Constitutional Law (page 8)

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    Congress shirks in-person duties

    Mike Gallagher writes at National Review Online that Congress is refusing to do its job properly. Emergency powers, we are always told, will be reserved only for emergencies. During earlier stages of the pandemic, the House of Representatives considered a landmark rules change to allow members to vote…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2021
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    Martin Center’s Leef notes Supreme Court’s chance to protect campus free speech

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on a U.S. Supreme Court case that could have important implications on college campuses. Over the last 30 years, federal courts have consistently ruled that restrictive speech codes and minuscule free speech zones on college campuses violate the First Amendment. So, why…
    Mitch Kokai, March 3, 2021
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    Cruz tries to thwart Democrats from packing court

    Bronson Stocking writes at TownHall.com about Sen. Ted Cruz’s plans for protecting the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats are no longer hiding their disdain for the high court. Democrats openly admit to hostile court-packing plans. … … Most concerning, President Biden has created a commission to study possible reforms…
    Mitch Kokai, March 1, 2021
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    Supreme Court ducks election cases

    Margot Cleveland of the Federalist criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases related to the 2020 election. On Feb. 22, the Supreme Court refused to hear two 2020 election-related appeals, falling one vote short of the four needed for the high court to agree to…
    Mitch Kokai, February 24, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a Greenville bar owner’s court fight against Gov. Roy Cooper’s shutdown order. John Trump’s CJ Opinion urges Cooper to stop talking about priorities and to take real action to reopen schools and businesses.
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. House and Senate differences on a school reopening bill. The latest CJ Opinion highlights the constitutional significance of Paul Newby’s first written opinion as N.C. Supreme Court chief justice.
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2021
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    Guess who will co-chair President Biden’s commission to review the federal courts

    Candidate Joe Biden told CBS News he would appoint a commission to look at the federal court system because they are ‘out of whack.’ He said it wasn’t about court packing, but other things. Now that commission is being assembled, according to politico.com. Will it be partisan in…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2021
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    The 6 GOP Senators Who Voted Yes To Impeachment Trial

    Following hours of debate on Tuesday from House prosecutors and defense attorneys representing former President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate voted 56 – 44 that trying Mr. Trump is constitutional. The 56 votes included six Republican senators. They are: * Bill Cassidy – Louisiana * Susan Collins – Maine *…
    Donna Martinez, February 10, 2021