US Politics in Trump era Public date: 12.07.2020 21:12:21

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27 Jun 2019

What Today’s Supreme Court Decision On Forced Arbitration Means For You

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that employers may require employees to settle collective disputes in individual arbitration, thereby barring them from banding together in class-action lawsuits against employers.
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that employers may require employees to settle collective...
16 May 2019

Originalism is a scam. Justice Thomas just proved it.

The greatest restraint on judges is that they are bound by a written text — or, at least, that they are supposed to be. Members of Congress gain their legitimacy from the will of the people, so they have broad ranging authority to enact laws that, in their opinion, will serve those people. Judges, by contrast, have no democratic legitimacy and far less discretion. Their sole task, at least in theory, is to apply written law to individual cases.
The greatest restraint on judges is that they are bound by a written text — or, at least, that they are supposed to...
21 Nov 2018

Wisconsin no longer has democratic legislative elections thanks to the Supreme Court

Democrats romped through Wisconsin on Election Day, winning each of the five statewide offices on the ballot and winning the statewide popular vote in the state assembly by eight points. Nevertheless, Republicans won a 63 vote supermajority in the 99 seat Wisconsin assembly. Wisconsin, in other words, did not have a democratic election for the state assembly. Something resembling an election took place and voters cast their ballots in earnest, but the entire state assembly race was rigged.
Democrats romped through Wisconsin on Election Day, winning each of the five statewide offices on the ballot and winning...

Publisher: The Intercept

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13 Jul 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Who Has Ruled Against Campaign Finance Regulations, Could Bring an Avalanche of Big Money to Elections

The elevation of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could have a profound impact on the rules governing the American democratic system. In recent years, the Supreme Court has swiftly remade the landscape of American politics, gutting 1960s-era civil rights laws restricting voter suppression, sharply weakening labor unions, and deregulating the campaign finance system to allow for wealthy  individuals and corporations to exercise greater influence over elected representatives. With President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, that influence is poised to grow.
The elevation of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could have a profound impact on...
29 Jun 2018

Gorsuch says he’ll repeal and replace the Fourth Amendment with something terrific

Gorsuch’s dissenting opinion in Carpenter v. United States is an odd piece of writing. After lecturing his colleagues for 20 pages about how he has uncovered a way of interpreting the Fourth Amendment that is more “tied to the law” than the last half-century of Supreme Court opinions on this subject, Gorsuch outright refuses to apply this mysterious new interpretation to the case at hand.
Gorsuch’s dissenting opinion in Carpenter v. United States is an odd piece of writing. After lecturing his...
26 Jun 2018

Supreme Court just wrote a presumption of white racial innocence into the Constitution

The Supreme Court held on Monday that white lawmakers enjoy a presumption of racial innocence, even when they draw legislative districts that empower white voters at the expense of racial minorities. The thrust of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Abbott v. Perez is that the “good faith” of a “state legislature must be presumed,” even when there are very serious allegations of racial gerrymandering.
The Supreme Court held on Monday that white lawmakers enjoy a presumption of racial innocence, even when they draw...
5 Mar 2018

‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on a 19th-Century Lie

Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre—even farcical—series of lawsuits over 130 years ago involving a lawyer who lied to the Supreme Court, an ethically challenged justice, and one of the most powerful corporations of the day.
Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for...
28 Sep 2017

Gorsuch’s speeches raise questions of independence, critics say

Trump and Republican leaders have celebrated Gorsuch’s confirmation as perhaps the signature accomplishment of the new administration, one  that restored a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Now, as Gorsuch is set next week to begin his first full term on the court,  he has accepted an invitation to speak to a conservative legal scholarship group Thursday at Trump International Hotel in Washington. He will be speaking to the Fund for American Studies, a nonprofit education organization that says it teaches “limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership” to students at home and abroad.
Trump and Republican leaders have celebrated Gorsuch’s confirmation as perhaps the signature...
15 Sep 2017

The Supreme Court’s conservatives just ensured that Latino votes still won’t count in Texas.

On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blockedtwo rulings  by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts. The lower court had ruled that the Texas Legislature illegally gerrymandered these districts along racial lines and ordered new maps for the 2018 election. But by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court put that order on hold, ensuring that the gerrymander will remain through 2018. The decision may also indicate that the five Republican-appointed justices will eventually reverse the district court’s decisions altogether.
On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blockedtwo rulings  by a federal district court that would...

Publisher: Vox

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20 Jun 2017

How 2 academics got the Supreme Court to reexamine gerrymandering

The Supreme Court has officially agreed to hear a case with the potential to put firm limits on partisan gerrymandering — and dramatically change the way states draw legislative boundaries. The case, Gill v. Whitford, challenges the 2011 Wisconsin state assembly map. Those districts were drawn by the Republican state legislature in Wisconsin, and packed Democrats into a smaller number of districts to maximize Republican odds. The lawsuit argues that the map is an unconstitutional effort to help Republicans retain power. 
The Supreme Court has officially agreed to hear a case with the potential to put firm limits on partisan...
5 Nov 2016

Supreme Court Allows Arizona Ban On Ballot Collection To Take Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a new Arizona that makes it a felony to collect early ballots. Saturday's order from the nation's highest court overturns an appeals court decision a day earlier that blocked the new law. The decision is a blow to Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and groups that had already geared up to help voters deliver their ballots to the polls.
The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a new Arizona that makes it a felony to collect early ballots. Saturday's order...

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