No, Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Exempt the FLDS from Child Labor Laws

You may have seen the headlines: Using Hobby Lobby to refuse a subpoena about child labor. Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamus Sect Member Can Refuse to Testify in Child Labor Case. The sky is falling!  Just like Justice Ginsburg predicted it would!  I told you that Hobby Lobby was about more than just birth control!  Now those religious fanatics are using it to undermine child labor laws! Or not. It’s quite apparent that the authors of the alarmist articles haven’t bothered to read Judge Sam’s actual ruling in Perez…

Hobby Lobby Wins One for Single Payer [The Hub Debate]

The SCOTUS has ruled, and in favor of Hobby Lobby against the contraception mandate in the affordable care act. Some will call it a win for ‘religious liberty.’  Some will call it another step towards the court turning corporations into people.  Democrats will campaign on it as another example of conservative disdain for women’s health issues.   Republicans will call it another kick in the teeth for the Affordable Care Act, while trying carefully not to own it too much in case the Democrats’ message plays well.  In the immediate,…

Public Opinion and Politics at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s favorability numbers have been falling steadily since 2000, when it issued its (infamous or not, depending on your perspective) decision in Bush v. Gore, which stopped the endless recounts and bickering over hanging chads, made George W. Bush President, and unwittingly set Al Gore on the path to fame and fortune. Currently, just over 50% of Americans have a favorable view of the Supreme Court, down from between 70 and 80 percent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While it’s impossible to know the precise drivers of…