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  • Supreme Court to Weigh Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’

    05/26/2015 2:55:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 May 2015 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of “one person one vote.” The court has never resolved whether that means that voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters. The difference matters in places with large numbers of people who cannot vote legally, including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens; unauthorized immigrants; children; and prisoners. The new case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, is a challenge to voting districts...
  • Jonathan Gruber Glaringly Absent From NYT Article on Obamacare Wording 'Mistake'

    05/26/2015 11:40:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Say my name. ---Walter White aka Heisenberg in Breaking Bad.New York Times writer Robert Pear  knows his name but he didn't say it in his article about how four words in the Obamacare law was simply a mistake. Pear quotes a number of people involved in the law's writing process but fails to mention the one who was acknowledged as the architect of Obamacare...until it became politically inconvenient to do so---Jonathan Gruber. And the reason why Gruber's name went unmentioned in the article is because of his claim, recorded for all eternity on video, that only state based health exchanges would...
  • The long, legal road to marital anarchy

    05/25/2015 6:54:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2015 | Robert Knight
    As the calendar slips toward the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there’s a storm cloud hanging over America that will release its thunder in late June. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to declare a constitutional right to same-sex “marriage.” We are at a moral precipice. America’s Founders could scarcely have imagined a handful of people in black robes becoming so powerful and arrogant that they could defy natural law with the stroke of a pen. The question is: Will they do it? The drive to radically redefine marriage didn’t happen overnight. It’s the rotten fruit...
  • Senator, “Do You Have a Personal Animosity Against Gay Americans?”

    05/25/2015 3:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A reporter in Texas recently asked GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz this question: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?” Why would a reporter ask a Republican, running for president, such a question? I don’t know the reporter so I can’t say with certainty, but it wouldn’t shock me if he were trying to start trouble; if he were trying to trip up the senator into saying something negative about gays and getting some national publicity for himself in the process. But there’s another reason, I think, for the question. There’s no hiding the fact that some...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Even Pretending to Be Impartial

    05/20/2015 7:33:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Since there was no bride to be the “belle” at the ritzy D.C. wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Manhattan architect Charles Mitchem this weekend, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated, was happy to play the part. And she did so with panache, says Maureen Dowd: The most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States. . . . The...
  • The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    05/16/2015 1:55:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Linda Greenhouse
    Let’s assume, as I do, that the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when it decides Obergefell v. Hodges sometime next month. What happens next? It may be a morning-after landscape of more confusion than clarity, with some rain falling on the victory parades. Conservative Christians, claiming victimization by the onrushing tide of marriage equality, aren’t like to be deterred in their quest for the right to withhold goods and services from same-sex couples. Indiana’s retreat last month, under pressure from some leading corporations, from a law that would have given businesses a religious excuse for discriminating...
  • Order in the Court! Abrahamson v People of Wisconsin

    05/14/2015 2:04:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Lasee's Notes ^ | 5-14-15 | Sen. Frank Lasee
    Back in 2011, a dust-up between several Wisconsin Supreme Court justices led to a series of headlines revealing a long history of Wisconsin’s highest court not playing nice together. In response to this disclosure, the State Legislature offered a constitutional amendment changing the way the Supreme Court chooses its chief justice, by electing one instead of giving the title to the longest serving member. This spring voters approved this constitutional amendment by a 53-47 margin. This new constitutional provision allows the seven justices to vote for a chief justice they believe will be best to lead the court. Less than...
  • Texas Considering Measures to Defy Possible Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage

    05/14/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Legislators in Texas are considering bills that would seek to enforce a ban on gay marriage even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to declare such bans unconstitutional. Last month, the highest court in the land heard oral arguments in an appeal to determine whether or not state-level bans on gay marriage were constitutional. Texas representatives have introduced measures, including House Bill 4105, which would bar government funds from being used to support gay marriage. "State or local funds may not be used for an activity that includes the licensing or support of a same-sex marriage," reads the bill. "A...
  • In The Eyes of God

    05/12/2015 7:05:53 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 11 replies
    Self | 5/12/15 | Me
    As a patriot who loves America and its foremost premise of individual liberty, I fully support people’s choice to be gay, bisexual, or whatever lifestyle they choose. Whether I agree or not is of no consequence for personal choice is the universal charter of freedom; judgment is not my cross to bear. Yet, despite this indelible truth, our call to embody compassion and forgiveness, Christians are routinely demonized in this progressive centrifuge of political correctness that demands “acceptance” over “tolerance” and “conformity” over “consequence”. Our right to oppose homosexuality and gay marriage is not the result of blind malice -...
  • Will discovery reveal more bombshell information about ‘rogue’ GAB?

    05/10/2015 8:02:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-7-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The state Supreme Court is weighing several key questions related to Wisconsin’s political John Doe investigation, including whether the stalled probe will be allowed to resume. But testimony is now being taken in another John Doe-related lawsuit that could further shine light on the abuses perpetrated by the prosecutors and their partners at the state Government Accountability Board. In December, following the release of bombshell documents that exposed the GAB as a rogue agency fixated on its “parallel” probe into Wisconsin conservatives and the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker, the attorney for plaintiffs in the lawsuit against...
  • Illinois Supreme Court basically kills and buries pension reform

    05/09/2015 10:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/09/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has yet another challenge on his hands when it comes to righting the state’s precarious financial situation. As is so often the case in the Land of Lincoln, the problem is their bloated, underfunded public workers union pension system. The programs are facing billions of dollars in shortfalls with no relief in sight, and a recent effort to remedy the situation just went down in flames. A 2013 law which sought to reform the system by eliminating automatic increases, reducing future benefits and generally curbing the growth of the debt has been rejected by...
  • Ben Carson hints: As president, I wouldn’t enforce a Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage

    05/07/2015 7:36:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/07/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via TPM, I did not foresee “let’s revisit Marbury v. Madison” emerging as a minor theme of the primary. But between Carson and Huckabee it’s already a hot race to see who can pander the hardest to social cons over the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Huck ante’d up recently with this comment: In Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. makes the case there comes a time when people of conscience have a moral obligation to practice civil disobedience against “unjust laws.” Do you agree with that? For example, is there anything a court...
  • What if SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage?

    05/05/2015 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    During a reception hosted by the group "Freedom to Marry," White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett praised President Obama for his huge part in accelerating the gay marriage cause heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) last week. "The arc of the moral universe," said Jarrett, "bent a little faster than even we thought it would." The "moral arc" regarding gay marriage cannot be bent without harmful consequence, but you'd never know that listening to Ms. Jarrett. Indeed. The arc is bent -- by intensely motivated activists pulling on it with all their might, demanding SCOTUS...
  • Anti-Christian 'ambush' by CBS ignites Twitter war

    05/05/2015 2:39:14 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/5/2015 | BOB UNRUH
    Traffic on Twitter on Tuesday targeted the Christian-bashing that surfaced on a recent “Face the Nation” program with Bob Schieffer, with comments from Watchmen on the Wall, Franklin Graham, Concerned Women for America chapters and a long list of individuals. “The Southern Poverty Law Center sows discord and hatred at a time when our great nation needs love and healing,” posted Katie Gorka. The dispute is over Schieffer’s recent interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over whether the justices will affirm traditional, biblical marriage, or whether they will...
  • Uncivil Rights and Wrongs

    05/05/2015 1:07:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Robert Knight
    While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice in Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody.What do the two have in common? In each instance, the concept of “civil rights” has been redefined to the breaking point. Each represents an unraveling of the moral order that makes civilization possible. In Baltimore last weekend, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expanded civil rights to include giving “space” to rioters “who wished to destroy.” Even though she later claimed to be taken out...
  • Cruz Releases Report: Obama’s Power Grab as Demonstrated in Court Cases

    05/03/2015 8:30:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Shark Tank ^ | May 2, 2015 | Nicole Sanders
    Senator Ted Cruz released a report entitled The Legal Limit Report No. 5. It lists 20 court cases the Obama Administration has brought to the Supreme Court which were all unanimously rejected. The cases were all in an attempt to take away citizen’s rights in alarming ways. Cruz said: The Obama Administration’s view of federal power is so extreme that since President Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected DOJ’s arguments for additional federal power twenty times in cases involving a federal party. He noted the Obama Administration’s losing rate is high and it...
  • Is John Roberts Drifting Left?

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a “straightforward question of sexual discrimination.” These superficially surprising moves support Roberts’s oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Roberts’s tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • A Letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy

    05/01/2015 6:51:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    Dear Justice Kennedy: The forces for gay marriage are powerful. You have been their hero in the past, when gay people were not so powerful. The tables are turned now, as I think is clear to everyone. The LGBT community has built a powerful cultural, legal, and political movement. They are not helpless or friendless. They do not need you to distort the Constitution to win the right to live as they choose. We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help. We live at a time when our livelihoods are under new attack, when our...
  • Until The Court Do Us Part?

    04/30/2015 3:34:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    In 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the right question: whether it is appropriate for the Court to discard a definition of marriage that "has been with us for millennia," adding, "it's very difficult for the court to say, 'Oh, well, we know better.' " Kennedy, who is regarded as the swing vote on this and many other controversial issues, may not answer his own question the way proponents of traditional marriage wish, but the question is not rhetorical. Should this court, or any court, re-define and force the states to...
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • Swing Vote Justice Kennedy 'Not Persuaded' by LGBT Arguments at Supreme Court Hearing

    04/29/2015 7:48:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/29/2015 | Samuel Smith
    As the Supreme Court's oral arguments on whether states should be constitutionally obligated to issue same-sex marriage licenses adjourned Tuesday afternoon, Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson said in a news conference outside the building that the likely swing vote justice, Anthony Kennedy, was "not persuaded" by LGBT arguments. As many are predicting the Supreme Court's decision in June to come down to a narrow 5-4 vote, Justice Kennedy has been pegged again as the justice who is likely to decide which way the court leans in making the tough decision on whether the 14th Amendment requires states to uphold same-sex marriages...
  • Barney Frank on the Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling: 'I cannot wait to see Scalia's reaction'

    04/28/2015 11:30:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Weber
    Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is pretty bullish on the Supreme Court recognizing a national right to same-sex marriage, he told Seth Meyers on Tuesday's Late Night, though he said he hadn't read much about the oral arguments that took place earlier in the day. He's excited, Frank added, because he has a husband, and because "I cannot wait to see Justice Scalia's reaction. I'm speculating that like Rumpelstiltskin he will stamp his foot and go up in a puff of smoke." Meyers laughed, "That would be something to see."
  • The Court and Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:08:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Well. I really can't believe I am saying this. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to tell us what marriage means. Not speculate; not explain. Tell: as in, "Wipe that smile off your face and listen to what I'm telling you." We are at a remarkable moment in human affairs: one we would hardly have predicted 50 years ago at the start of our cultural upheavals. Historic understandings that drew, for the most part, support and sympathy no longer have footing, which is fine with the kind of folk -- they are in leadership roles all around us, including judgeships...
  • Will John Roberts decide for gay marriage?

    04/28/2015 8:27:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments today that could lead to a constitutional right for gays to marry. Many court watchers believe it's a done deal already. In addition to the 4 liberal judges, Justice Anthony Kennedy has already ruled with the majority 3 times against maintaining a ban on same sex marriage. He would appear to be the 5th vote that would make gay marriage the law of the land. But nothing is certain, which is why some observers believe that Chief Justice John Roberts may be a pivotal vote on the question of same sex marriage. New...
  • Supreme Court can’t fix Ted Cruz’s America: Why bigotry will survive even if marriage equality wins

    04/28/2015 6:45:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | April 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Even if the Supreme Court rules for gay marriage, Cruz proves that much still needs to be done for LGBT rights. Today’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court marriage equality case may or may not be exciting, but the importance of the outcome cannot be overstated. We are witnessing before us one of the greatest expansions of civil rights in decades, and if the high court decides to be part of the future instead of the past, this advance will codify into law the basic human right of marriage for gays and lesbians throughout America. This country has come a...
  • Justice Kennedy and Marriage: A Guide for the Perplexed

    04/27/2015 7:12:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/27/2015 | by QUIN HILLYER
    By his own logic, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should lead the court’s majority in upholding individual states’ laws against same-sex marriage. In the four conjoined cases on the subject set for oral argument April 28, the high court is asked not whether same-sex marriage is good policy. It is instead asked if such marriage is a national, constitutionally protected right, one so fundamentally interwoven in our nation’s fabric of protections that no state law can refuse to recognize it. Kennedy’s most recent decision regarding marriage, the 2013 case of U.S. v. Windsor, contained two notions seemingly in tension with...
  • Domestic foreigners: our contradictory Senate

    04/26/2015 10:18:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Which entrance into this nation is illegal? The natural journey down the birth canal or the unnatural, contrived crossing of the border? Ten senators laid down their mandate to protect the Constitution when they voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general Thursday, April 23. Having taken an oath to uphold the tenets of our founding documents, these republicans, who vowed to serve faithfully, were found faithless. There was good reason why President Obama had placed such confidence in his nominee to become the top justice official. When questioned by the Senate committee, Lynch plainly stated her intention of standing...
  • Supreme Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/26/2015 9:40:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/15 | Al Caruba
    We are witnessing a homosexual juggernaut that will settle for nothing less than their own interpretation of the relations between the sexes In 1973, the Supreme Court looked into the Constitution, found that it approved of abortion and overruled laws banning it. Other laws have since addressed late term abortions and those resulting from rape or incest, but killing human life in the womb has been lawful since then. . According to the Guttmacher Institute from 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S. By dismantling the fundamental traditions and beliefs of a nation piece by...
  • March for Marriage' Looks to Rally Support for Traditional Marriage Ahead of Supreme Court Arguments

    04/26/2015 6:30:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Supporters of traditional marriage will participate in the third annual "March for Marriage" on Saturday, three days before th U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on gay marriage. The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage is organizing the event. "The 2015 March for Marriage is our last, best opportunity to reach the U.S. Supreme Court before they decide whether marriage as it has existed throughout our history is unconstitutional," reads the event's website. Attendees will first gather at the National Mall on Saturday morning and then after hearing from assorted speakers will march towards the Supreme Court building off First...
  • SCOTUS justices face off over “ridiculous” raisin law, property rights

    04/23/2015 7:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Jazz Shaw referenced a case this week we’ve been watching at HotAir since it was argued the first time, on more narrow grounds, at the Supreme Court a couple years ago. The question at the heart of this round of oral arguments on an archaic raisin regulatory regime: Can the government confiscate substantial parts of a farmer’s crops in a bid to keep the prices of that crop stable as part of a long-ago established regulatory structure, without paying the farmer. The Hornes of California disobeyed the government’s orders to give over the literal fruits of their labors and...
  • The Jujitsu of Same-Sex Marriage: One Last Surge of Reflection for the Court

    04/17/2015 10:23:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    First Things ^ | April 14, 2015 | Professor Hadley Arkes
    There has been no want of “writing on the wall” about the upcoming cases on marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas could not help but remark on the point that a majority of his colleagues had already, and gracelessly, signaled their “intended resolution of that question.” And yet, writers and lawyers on both sides continue to expend their genius in writing briefs for the Court, clinging to the possibility that the words they set down may yet tip the balance. But as the arguments pour forth, the curious asymmetry is that only one side is offering substantive arguments. Justice Kennedy has maintained...
  • An Issue of Supreme Importance for 2016

    04/16/2015 1:10:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 15, 2015 | Allen Mendenhall
    "...................The Senate Judiciary Committee, which conducts hearings on presidential nominees to the High Court, currently consists of 11 Republicans and 9 Democrats. Republicans hold a 54-member majority in the Senate, the governing body that confirms presidential nominees to the Court. If these numbers remain unchanged or only slightly changed under a Republican president, that president would have wide latitude to nominate candidates who have tested and principled commitments to conservatism. Let’s say the presidential election favored a Democrat. A Democratic president could simply replace the departing Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer with a jurist in their mold, in effect filling...
  • Supreme Court’s Supreme Problems

    04/15/2015 5:56:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/15/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Is the Supreme Court broken? MSNBC asks, “Is the Supreme Court broken?” The logic in the online article that asks that question has some merit, and in fact, in some ways the writer asks the right questions. Sometimes, leftists teeter on the truth, but usually their ideology doesn’t allow them to locate the right answers. The basis of Gabe Roth’s questions about the Supremes in his MSNBC article stems from a question that liberal left statist Justice Stephen Breyer asked. “Why should nine unelected people be making decisions that affect you in an important way? And why should you support...
  • Too Soon to Go Full Totalitarian

    04/10/2015 4:19:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity. A population that, according to the census, makes up less than 10 percent of the nation, gives the impression that it represents at least a quarter of the population. Many Americans are surprised by how few gay Americans there actually are. To its credit, the gay rights movement has worked hard to shift culture...
  • ‘A Bonhoeffer moment’: Evangelical leaders vow civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage

    04/08/2015 11:52:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage.The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely, where an unelected judge has forcibly determined – to redefine marriage.“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating...
  • Voters back amendment on chief justice selection (WI)

    04/08/2015 1:09:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4-8-15 | Patrick Marley
    Madison— Voters on Tuesday approved letting state Supreme Court justices choose who will lead them — a change to a 126-year-old system that is likely to result in the demotion of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. With 97% of precincts reporting, the proposed amendment to the state constitution had 53% "yes" votes and 47% "no" votes. The proposal often overshadowed a race for a seat on the high court, with outside money flowing mostly to the referendum rather than the court election. In that race, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley — an ally of Abrahamson's — won a third 10-year term on...
  • Cruz touts radical court-stripping scheme (Ref: Homosexual “Marriage”)

    04/08/2015 12:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | April 7, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in Iowa yesterday, where the presidential hopeful reflected on the possibility of a Supreme Court ruling endorsing marriage equality. The far-right senator told his audience, “The first thing and I think the most important thing every one of us can do, is pray. Lift up in prayer.” But as the Dallas Morning News noted, that’s not all Cruz said. He reiterated his vow to press for a constitutional amendment that would clarify the power of state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the high court does legalize...
  • What Will the Court Do to Marriage?

    04/07/2015 4:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling. A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable. The first of those...
  • Courting Confusion

    04/02/2015 4:18:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Wailing that the Wisconsin Supreme Court is “dysfunctional” is a favorite tactic whenever Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s Liberal allies are trying to defeat a Conservative justice, so it’s revealing this week to see how desperate they are to preserve the status quo. As we’ve mentioned, there’s a referendum on next Tuesday’s spring election ballot. A “yes” vote would amend the Wisconsin Constitution so that the chief justice would be subject to election every two years by a vote of all seven sitting justices. This would replace the current system, in which the chief justice is whichever one has been on...
  • American flag case: U.S. Supreme Court ends Morgan Hill flap over shirts

    03/30/2015 2:46:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/30/2015 | Howard Mintz
    Turning away a legal plea literally wrapped in the American flag, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in a controversial case involving a South Bay high school's discipline of students who chose to wear flag-adorned shirts during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration. The high court's action left intact a federal appeals court ruling last year that found Live Oak High School officials had the legal right to order students wearing the American flag shirts to turn them inside out or go home.
  • Huckabee calls for Supreme Court term limits

    03/29/2015 6:41:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As he continues the process of “considering” running for President, Mike Huckabee is rolling out some of the golden oldies of political bones to chew. Such was the case this week when he trotted out the time honored proposal of putting limits on the terms of Supreme Court justices. Prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Saturday for the imposition of term limits on U.S. Supreme Court justices, saying that the nation’s founders never intended to create lifetime, irrevocable posts.“Nobody should be in an unelected position for life,” the former Arkansas governor said in an interview, expanding upon remarks he...
  • More Executive Overreach, This Time from the EPA

    03/29/2015 8:10:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposed regulations are expected to cost the coal industry a whopping $9.6 billion, but only offer a meager $500,000 to $6 million in public health benefits. Cato filed an amicus brief in the case that focuses on why the EPA chose to ignore costs in developing these regulations. It turns out that EPA could achieve its goal of comprehensively regulating utility emissions only...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Snake Oil Sociology

    03/27/2015 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of good science. Instead, they have joined the ranks of the pink panzers of political correctness. Most studies we have seen that claim that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantages are so seriously flawed that in...
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    03/23/2015 8:30:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which it had previously kept from going into effect before November’s elections. The court’s decision not to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and perhaps other states that have tightened voting procedures to require additional identification.
  • Why the 14th Amendment Can’t Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2015 7:34:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same sex relationships. There are several reasons why the answer is no. The most decisive of these reasons is the fact that when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, homosexual behavior was a felony in every state in the union. So if the 14th Amendment was intended to require same-sex marriage, then every state in the union intended to throw the new couple into prison as soon as the marriage was consummated! Some may say,...
  • Would A Supreme Court Decision In Favor Of Gay Marriage End The Religious Right?

    03/17/2015 7:22:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    If the Supreme Court decides that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, will that signal the end of social conservatism? People have long predicted the end of the religious right and, increasingly, even the demise of “white Christian America.” These obituaries typically prove premature. First, why assume a loss at the Supreme Court will end the religious right’s reason for existence? Organized social conservatism was built from such defeats, including high court rulings against school prayer and legalizing abortion. The school prayer decision will turn 53 in June. Roe v. Wade turned 42 in January. Neither of those...
  • Lego Says You Can’t Build That — Because Of Politics

    03/13/2015 6:28:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    kpbs.org ^ | 3-13-2015 | Anthony Palmer / NPR
    Science journalist Maia Weinstock recently got the idea to create a custom LEGO set to celebrate the female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. She researched the Supreme Court building, the justices, and their traditions, all the way down to the silver mugs that they often carry out to the bench when hearing oral arguments. After purchasing the pieces she needed, Weinstock created the "Legal Justice League: Women of the Supreme Court in LEGO," in honor of International Women's Day. "Some of these women are pretty iconic in terms of their media appeal these days," Weinstock told NPR. "One consideration...
  • How the Supreme Court is about to explode America’s racial wealth gap

    03/14/2015 1:41:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 101 replies
    Salon ^ | March 14, 2015 | Sean McElwee and Catherine Ruetschlin
    Yet again, conservatives on the Supreme Court are poised to do significant damage to minority communities When discussing race, the conservative argument is best expressed by the famous words of Chief Justice John Roberts: “The best way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Translation: America has done bad things in its history, but those bad things are gone now, so we should move past those horrors and look forward. Conservatives believe that if blacks and Latinos simply work hard, get a good education and earn a good income, historical...
  • Justice Obama

    03/13/2015 5:12:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Monthly's Political Animal ^ | March 12, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    So in his turn writing “Tilting at Windmills” in the latest issue of the Washington Monthly, contributing editor (and esteemed friend) Steven Waldman needs just three sentences to toss out a very interesting idea: If Hillary Clinton wins, Obama should be her first Supreme Court appointment. It’d be good for her, and very good for progressives. Would he want it? It’s possible he’d view it as too confining, but it may be the only job a former president can get that won’t seem like a step down. Jeffrey Toobin actually devoted a long op-ed back in 2010 to Obama’s sterling...