Category Archives: Supreme Court Issues

Cartoon: Democrats React To A Crisis

If you like these cartoons, help me make more. A $1 sponsorship really matters. After Justice Kennedy announced his retirement – within an hour – my twitter feed spat forth, again and again, Bernie fans blaming the loss of the … Continue reading

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Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016

I can’t say I feel sad that Scalia died – I feel sympathy for those who loved him, because they must be sad today, but that’s it. Nor do I feel happy, although pragmatically of course I’m pleased that the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Legalizes Marriage Equality Nationwide

The vote was 5-4. From Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion: The States have contributed to the fundamental character of the marriage right by placing that institution at the center of so many facets of the legal and social order. There is … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines To Gut Obamacare, 6-3

From Chief Justice Roberts’ decision (pdf): In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined—”to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Any Gay Marriage Appeals – In Effect, A Big Victory For Equality

From ScotusBlog: With not a single dependable hint of its own constitutional view of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court in one fell swoop on Monday cleared the way for gays and lesbians to wed in a batch of new states … Continue reading

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Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Unconstitutional?

Sasha Volokh brings up the question with a quote from Justice Stevens’ concurrence in City of Boerne v. Flores.1 In my opinion, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) is a “law respecting an establishment of religion” that violates … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules For Coporations In Hobby Lobby

You can read the ruling in pdf form here, and Ginsburg’s mammoth, strongly-worded dissent here. Sarah Kliff sums up the ruling in three sentences: 1. A federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was written to protect individuals’ religious … Continue reading

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Utah Has Legal Same-Sex Marriage (for now)

Well, that was unexpected. From Scotusblog: Directly applying the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act to a state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a federal judge in Salt Lake City ruled Friday that Utah’s voter-approved state constitutional … Continue reading

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Section 1311: How The Supreme Court Could Still Trash Obamacare

I think it’s likely that, in the future, “section 1311” be as familiar a phrase to my people1 as “hanging chad.” Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler are leading the charge on this issue on the right. They write: To advance … Continue reading

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North Carolina Republicans To Challenge Voter Registrations Of Students At Black University

This is how Republicans are trying to win elections. The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Pasquotank County Board of Elections … Continue reading

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