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Are judicial candidates corruptible with campaign cash?

Foes of the increasing role of money in elections, last week received a pleasant surprise when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Florida law limiting certain fund-raising activities for judicial candidates. 411 more words


Assuming Other Outrage

When the desperate and outraged people of a major American city have finally had enough, and when there’s the right precipitating event – one of their kids dying while in police custody, again, for just running from the police, which any sensible kid would do, given how the local police, given the impossible task of maintaining order in neighborhoods where despair is a way of life, just beat the crap out of anyone at all, and often kill them – the riots in the streets will transfix the nation. 3,448 more words

Gay Marriage

“. . . in our brokenness thrives life, thrives light, thrives the essence of our strength. . .” (Jimmy Santiago Baca)

So. This was the big day. The day a certain portion of society has been awaiting for thousands of years (hyperbole, vanity, or fact?). The showdown between Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. 973 more words

Supreme Court

Marriage for Millennia

During arguments about gay marriage before the Supreme Court today, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the definition of marriage “has been with us for millennia.” Later in the proceedings, Justice Antonin Scalia borrowed the phrase and noted that marriage has meant a man and a woman “for millennia.” 537 more words

Observations And Musings

"I March In the Parade of Liberty": Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution

“I march in the parade of liberty/but as long as I love you I’m not free”

-Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love”, 1975

The Supreme Court of the United States will be hearing arguments today regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, and I felt it appropriate to re-post (the link, at least) the argument (far, … 776 more words

Conservatives show quick trigger fingers

You have to hand it to conservative political leaders, who demonstrate time and again how quick they are to seize an initiative and outflank their liberal foes. 225 more words

Legal News

Will John Roberts find a constitutional right to equal marriage?

Chief Justice John Roberts is usually a reliable vote among the conservatives on the nine-member court. Yet in NFIB v Sibelius (2012), he voted with the four liberals to find that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional. 761 more words

Gay Issues