Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Voting Rights Act

By: Friday November 9, 2012 2:30 pm

Part of the success in beating back efforts to limit election participation in a number of Republican-led states came from the work of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, which used its pre-clearance authority under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to block measures that could have disenfranchised minorities, like district-level maps [...]

Supreme Court Will Not Interfere With Ohio Early Voting Ruling

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:30 am

The Supreme Court will not step in to block early voting hours in Ohio, delivering a win to voting rights advocates and the Obama campaign, which needs the help as polling starts to turn away from them.

Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 10:33 am

The latest in a string of rulings limiting the GOP’s war on voting has come down. A federal court has unanimously stopped Texas from instituting a voter ID law. While this would seem contradictory to the Supreme Court’s upholding of voter ID for Indiana in 2009, this case is different because it follows the Justice [...]

Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

Scalia Denies Stay, Allows Execution of Mentally Retarded Man in Texas

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:13 pm

The Supreme Court justices have jurisdiction over various regions of the country when it comes to injunctions, particularly when it comes to stays of execution. In the case of Marvin Wilson, the mentally retarded man with an IQ of 61 and an intelligence level of a 6 year-old, set to die today in Texas in [...]

Mentally Retarded Man Faces Execution in Texas Today, in Contravention of Supreme Court Ruling

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:55 am

Staying with my Texas theme this morning, the state is about to execute a mentally retarded man today, despite a Supreme Court prohibition on the practice which they managed to get around: In 2002 the Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally retarded violated the Eighth Amendment. The Court left it up to individual states [...]

Great News: Cass Sunstein Leaving Government

By: Friday August 3, 2012 10:10 am

Regardless of what happens in November, we are guaranteed to have a much more functional federal government in the near future. That’s because Cass Sunstein is taking his boot off the neck of the federal regulatory state and leaving government. I couldn’t be happier. Cass Sunstein, a top adviser to President Obama who functions as [...]

Did Justice Scalia Just Encourage the Next Crazy to Aim a Real RPG at the Supreme Court?

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 11:10 am

It is a well know fact that when a right wing zealot is invited onto Fox News, you’re likely to hear the the most extreme forms of right wing nuttiness, while the Fox interviewer barely flinches at the sheer nuttiness.  And that rule apparently applies to radical right wing Supreme Court Justices. Zach Ford at [...]

In Voter ID Lawsuit, Pennsylvania Admits They’ve Never Prosecuted or Investigated Voter Fraud

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:58 am

With Wisconsin’s voter ID law tied up in court, and Indiana trending in the Republican direction after a 2008 Obama victory, the only state which will have a strong voice in the Presidential election that has a voter ID law on the books is Pennsylvania. There, at least 750,000 voters currently don’t have the necessary [...]

States Pushing Medicaid Ruling to Cut Rolls Immediately

By: Monday July 9, 2012 8:15 am

It’s true that states could, after 2014, reduce their Medicaid rolls without the potential consequences of losing their entire federal share of funding. But some states aren’t waiting until 2014. The court, which upheld most of the law, struck down penalties for states choosing not to expand Medicaid. A few states are also trying to [...]

Conservatives Raise Court Challenge on Allowing Insurance Subsidies on Federally-Run Exchanges

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 10:17 am

Robert Pear today writes about an emerging lawsuit over the health care law that I touched on Thursday. The language around the insurance exchanges and whether the state or federal government runs them is sufficiently vague that conservative legal functionaries think they can exploit it: Starting in 2014, the law requires most Americans to have [...]

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