Unprincipled Power Grabs Are Normalized in Supreme Court Contests Through 2020s

Thanks to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who deprived President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland even a hearing, the Supreme Court is no longer above politics but a hyper-partisan instrument. For the foreseeable future, no president will be allowed to successfully nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court unless his party has at least a... Continue Reading →

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25% of Supreme Court Nominees Have Been Rejected

Senator Roman Hruska of Indiana defended President Richard Nixon's Supreme Court nominee, a segregationist, G. Harrold Carswell in 1970 against charges that he was mediocre. "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have... Continue Reading →

NC Republicans Blatantly Discriminated, But Gerrymandered Maps Remain for 2018

Two federal court decisions significantly change NC politics. A federal appeals court in 2016 struck down North Carolina Republicans' voter-id law, charging that it "targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision." If the court had ruled the law constitutional, Republican Pat McCrory would probably have remained governor. He lost by 5,000 votes to Democrat Roy Cooper.... Continue Reading →

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Wins Approval

With the support of three Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 -- Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won Senate confirmation, 54-45. It was a major victory for Trump, and validation for those conservatives who reluctantly voted for... Continue Reading →

A Conservative Giant: Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia took his conservative judicial principals seriously, even when reason called for him to take positions in which he didn't like the outcome. He voted to expand the rights of criminal defendants, and dissented in a decision to uphold the legality of the special prosecutor statute in 1988. "He voted in 1989 to strike... Continue Reading →

Obama Can Take Credit for High Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

Quote from Supreme Court's Obergefell decision. Just think, if Barack Obama hadn't been elected president and hadn't appointed two Supreme Court justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, there likely would not be a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage. Obama's appointments replaced George H.W. Bush appointee David H. Souter and Gerald Ford appointee John Paul Stevens. The 6-3 decision... Continue Reading →

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