The jubilantly hypocritical fight over control of the Supreme Court

Mitch McConnell made a mistake by announcing that the Senate would not allow a vote on any nominee that President Obama is going to make for the Supreme Court. It instantly gave Democrats ammunition. “How dare they!” cried Chuck Schumer, right before footage emerged of him planning to obstruct any SCOTUS nominee George W. Bush might make in 2007. Obama bristles now about the behavior of the Republicans suggesting they’d deny him a nominee, even though he tried to filibuster a vote on Samuel Alito. Let’s not pretend this is…

What Could Happen with Same Sex Marriage at the Court?

The Supreme Court will likely render its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges on Monday, June 29. The Court will answer two questions, commonly referred to as the marriage question and the recognition question: (1) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and (2) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state? There are a few possible outcomes (remember, the Sixth…

Diversity and the Supreme Court, an Alternate Perspective

I usually don’t expect myself to agree with Dahlia Lithwick, who provides commentary on the Supreme Court for Slate Magazine.  But when I read her article The 2014 Supreme Court: An Ivy League Clan Disconnected From Reality, I wanted to stand up and applaud. Here’s are some excerpts: [H]aving covered the Court for 15 years, I’ve come to believe that what we’re seeing goes beyond ideology. Because ideology alone would not propel the justices to effect such massive shifts upon the constitutional landscape, inventing rights for corporations while gutting protections for…

Money and Politics: Like Water Flowing [Hub Debate]

Money and Politics: recently, Salt Lake Tribune columnist George Pyle wrote that the onus is on voters to choose the leaders of our republic.  Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics? “Get money out of politics.” “Heightened transparency.” “Campaign finance reform.” “Restore strength to our democracy.” Whatever the euphemism, the phrases  amount to one thing: veiled proposals to limit the means, manner, and amounts of spending on political campaigns. Proponents point to the galactic sized…