32 Howard L.J. 83 (1989)
Political Parties Win the Battle, Will They Win the War: Tashjian v. Republican Party of Connecticut

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Political Parties Win the Battle, Will
They Win the War?: Tashjian v.
Republican Party of Connecticut
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION    .............................................  83
I.  BACKGROUND    .........................................  86
A. Article I, Sec. 2, Cl. 1 and the Seventeenth
Am endm  ent .......................................  86
B. Political Parties, the Nomination Process and the
R ight  to  Vote  ......................................  88
C.  State  Action  .......................................  93
D. The White Primary Cases and Their Aftermath .....     95
E. The Narrowing of the State Doctrine ................  102
II. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY OF TASHJIAN ....          103
III. THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION IN TASHJIAN ........        107
IV. CRITIQUE OF TASHJIAN: EXPANSION OR
MISAPPLICATION OF THE WHITE PRIMARY CASES? .....         109
V.  RAMIFICATIONS ........................................   111
A. Prelude to Express State Action Ruling ............. 111
B. Implications of State Action Holding ................  113
VI.  RECOMMENDATIONS ...................................      115
CONCLUSION   .................................................  117
INTRODUCTION
In recent years, the Supreme Court has greatly expanded the
rights of political parties, largely through the right of association
granted by the first amendment.' The right of free association allows a
1. See, e.g., Democratic Party of the Unites States v. Wisconsin ex rel. La Follette, 450
U.S. 107, 121 (1981) (stating right of political association is protected by first amendment); Cois-

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