JUDGE OKs RECALL….As expected (well, as I expected, anyway) the ACLU has lost its challenge to the recall election. They were arguing that punch-card ballots discriminated against minorities because they were used mostly in minority-heavy urban counties, but the judge ruled that Californians have “a strong public interest in promptly determining whether a particular elected official should remain in office” that outweighed any possible but unintentional discrimination.

Things aren’t quite finished yet, though. The ACLU says it might appeal, and there are still a few other miscellaneous cases wending their way through the courts. None of them seem likely to succeed, though.