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 →

Best Supreme Court Decisions

Loving v. Virginia (1967), legalizing interracial marriage. Heart of Atlanta Motel v. U.S. (1964), upholding the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation in public facilities such as hotels, restaurants and movie theaters. Reynolds v. Sims (1964). "One-person, one-vote is constitutionally required. For any legislative body with districts, all districts must be about the same... Continue Reading →

5 Worst Supreme Court Decisions and 4 Worst Justices

On nearly every legal scholar's list of worst Supreme Court decisions are Dred Scott (1857), which declared that African Americans are not American citizens; the Civil Rights Cases (1883), which reversed laws outlawing racial discrimination in public facilities;  and Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed segregation and the fraud of "separate but equal" facilities for... Continue Reading →

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