Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:06 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Returns Voter ID Case to Lower Court; Must Enjoin Law if It Could Result in Disenfranchisement

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 10:58 am

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has returned the controversial voter ID law back to the Commonwealth Court for review in a move that could put an end to voter ID in the state for the year. The initial reports claimed that the state Supreme Court threw out voter ID, but actually they just remanded it back [...]

Ruling Overturning Parts of Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Likely to Be Short-Lived

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 7:49 am

Don’t expect yesterday’s Dane County court ruling overturning sections of Wisconsin’s anti-union law to remain operative for long. The ruling by Judge Juan Colas voids the law for city, county and school workers on the grounds that it violated the workers’ constitutional right to free speech, free assembly and equal representation. It singles out public [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Heard Before State Supreme Court

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 9:35 am

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law got debated in the state Supreme Court today. Despite the fact that the state admits there have been no recent prosecutions or even investigations of in-person voter fraud, the state passed a restrictive voter ID law that critics say could disenfranchise up to 750,000 eligible voters in a state with few [...]

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Go Forward

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 7:34 am

A judge in Pennsylvania upheld the voter ID law that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of legal voters in the state. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wouldn’t grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID. Opponents are expected to file an appeal within [...]

Republican Calvinball Watch: WI State Supreme Court Republicans Dissolve Ethics Case By Recusal

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s an ingenious example of using a system to your advantage. You may remember David Prosser. He’s the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who won a re-election campaign when a clerk in Waukesha County “found” a bag of ballots at the last minute. He also made headlines for grabbing his fellow state Supreme Court justice by [...]

Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 9:58 am

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not surprise anyone. They quickly [...]

Don’t Believe Everything You Read Dept.: Foreclosure Case in Massachusetts Gives New Protections to Homeowners

By: Friday June 22, 2012 12:56 pm

A ruling in a long-awaited foreclosure case in Massachusetts had an ambiguous result today, though it’s presented here by Nick Timiraos as a win for banks: The highest court in Massachusetts rejected a challenge from a Boston homeowner who had contested the validity of her foreclosure in a widely watched case that threatened to create [...]

Montana Case Challenges Supreme Court on Citizens United

By: Monday May 21, 2012 9:39 am

The Supreme Court overturned a number of campaign finance laws in the Citizens United ruling over two years ago. And since that time, we have seen the corrosive power of runaway campaign spending, and who it benefits. In fact, the orgy of spending has become so embarrassing, that it has led some to believe that [...]

Key Case in Florida Supreme Court Could Strike a Blow Against Bank’s Fraudulent Foreclosure Practices

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 8:33 am

The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important case that could have wide-ranging implications for foreclosures in that state. The case, Roman Pino v. Bank of New York Mellon, could invalidate the ability of banks to refile documents in situations where the initial documents they filed to foreclose on homeowners were fraudulent. Pino [...]

Judge Halts Restrictive Wisconsin Photo ID Law

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:56 pm

Voting rights advocates have won a round in Wisconsin against a voter ID law that a Dane County judge blocked temporarily: Wisconsin voters will not need to show ID to vote in the April 3 primary and local general election, thanks to a Dane County judge who granted a temporary injunction against the new law [...]

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