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  • I respectfully disagree

    07/16/2018 10:26:53 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Catholic Times ^ | 7/8/18 | Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The United States Supreme Court on June 27 decided that public sector employees can no longer be required to pay mandatory fees to support unions to which they do not wish to belong. This landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME, involved Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a public-sector union. Janus refused to join the union because he opposes many of its positions, including those taken in collective bargaining. Despite his opposition, for...
  • SCOTUS and Janus: the end of stare decisis? (preserving bad precedent as valid law)

    06/28/2018 9:14:33 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 36 replies
    self | 6/28/18 | NewJerseyJoe
    The Janus ruling was earth-shaking (in a hugely positive way). Way past time for out-of-control government unions (aka Democrat money-laundering machines) to be taken down at least one peg. But I thought the more important takeaway was SCOTUS putting in writing the idea that precedent is insufficient grounds for preserving bad law that conflicts with fundamental constitutional tenets. "Fundamental free speech rights are at stake...and [prior precedent] Abood [v. Detroit Bd of Ed.] was poorly reasoned." - Justice Alito It's really bad news for the lefties, who always scream about "settled law" and stare decisis. This ruling has huge implications...
  • Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Joe Mansky (Justice Alito NAILS the Leftist Defender)

    03/07/2018 3:36:15 PM PST · by rlmorel · 24 replies
    Supreme Court Argument Transcript ^ | 2/28/2018 | Supreme Court Arguments
    (Disclaimer: Please excuse and correct any errors in terminology-I don't know legal processes well) There was a case argued on 2/28/2018 in front of the Supreme Court (Minnesota Voters Alliance vs. Joe Mansky) regarding the expression of political speech in polling areas. In the exchange below, Mr. Mansky is defending the Minnesota state statute prohibiting the wearing of political apparel at polling locations. Justice Alito is drilling down on just what "apparel" would be allowed or disallowed at a polling place: JUSTICE ALITO: How about a shirt with a rainbow flag? Would that be permitted? MR. ROGAN: A shirt with...
  • SCOTUS Grants Temporary Stay In Texas Redistricting Case

    08/29/2017 3:26:38 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 9 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | 08/28/2017 | Kevin Daley
    Justice Samuel Alito stayed a lower court order requiring the Texas state legislature to draw new legislative district lines in advance of the 2018 elections Monday. (snip) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Supreme Court to stay the ruling Friday. ďIt is astonishing that the lower court ignored that the maps are the very same ones that the court itself adopted in 2012, and the Obama-era Department of Justice did not bring any claims against the maps,Ē he said in a statement. ďWe are confident that the Supreme Court will allow Texas to continue to use the maps used...
  • Certain Conditions May NOT Apply.

    06/20/2017 4:08:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-20-17 | MOTUS
    What part of ďFree SpeechĒ do you not understand? ď(The idea that the government may restrict) speech expressing ideas that offend Ö strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,Ē wrote Justice Alito in his opinion. ďSpeech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express Ďthe thought that we hate.'ĒďA law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an Ďegregious form of content discrimination,í which is Ďpresumptively unconstitutional,'Ē Justice Kennedy wrote in...
  • Alito: SCOTUS conservatives have lots of opportunities once we get Scaliaís replacement

    11/19/2016 11:31:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 19, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Now that the election has settled the question of who will appoint the next Supreme Court justice, we have spent a considerable amount of time analyzing who might get Donald Trumpís appointment. Perhaps a better way to look at that question will be to recall the context in which it gets made. Earlier this week, Justice Samuel Alito laid out the potential agenda for a court in which an originalist replaces the late Antonin Scalia ó and reminded the Federalist Society of the bullet conservatives dodged in the election: Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday laid out a possible agenda for...
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Courtís decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an ďominous signĒ for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. ďIf this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,Ē Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Justice Alito: ĎThose Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concerní

    06/29/2016 3:54:33 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 28, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Courtís decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an ďominous signĒ for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. ďIf this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,Ē Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Donald Trump Falsely Claims Justice Samuel Alito Supported His Sister

    02/26/2016 5:45:41 AM PST · by agrarianlady · 161 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/26/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    "Apart from the fact that judges do not sign bills into law, pro-life attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom indicates Trump is wrong on the point and that Justice Alito, when he was a lower court justice, not only did not agree with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry on opposing a bill to ban partial-birth abortions he went out of his way to indicate how he disagreed with her. While some pro-life voters were shocked that Trump continued to defend Planned Parenthood others are shocked that Trump would defend his sister's support for partial-birth abortions by falsely maligning a pro-life...
  • Sen. Obama shows the GOP how to stop President Obama's SCOTUS nomination

    02/18/2016 9:46:07 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-17-16 | DrJohn
    The tragic loss of Antonin Scalia set off a political firestorm vis-a-vis his potential replacement. Mitch McConnell said there would be no replacement while Obama was President and the left went berserk. Big mistake, opines WaPo. The non-American British citizen John Oliver castigated the GOP for its position: "Well, that does not bode well because Mitch McConnell is actually pretty good at delaying things for people‚ÄĒwhether it's legislation, court appointments, or orgasms," joked Oliver. "Believe me, if you ever need to 'delay, delay, delay' [an orgasm], just picture [McConnell's] face and I guarantee you nothing will happen possibly for the...
  • White House: Obama Now 'Regrets' Filibustering Alito [That was then, this is now]

    02/18/2016 8:17:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/18/2016 | Debra Heine
    After President Barack Obama scolded Republicans for vowing to block whomever he nominates to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, some Republicans called him out for being a hypocrite because he tried to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in 2006. Now the White House is saying that the president "regrets" that decision, but still maintains that the Republican opposition is somehow different and unprecedented. Via The Hill: ‚ÄúThat is an approach the president regrets,‚ÄĚ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

    02/18/2016 7:54:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2016
    The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting "obstructionist" Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Obama's 2006 vote, as a U.S. senator, at the daily briefing. "Looking back on it, the president believes that he should have just followed his own advice and made a strong public case on the merits about his opposition to the nomination that President Bush had put...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' his filibuster of Supreme Court nominee

    02/17/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Feb. 17, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama "regrets" filibustering the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, his top spokesman said Wednesday, though he maintains that the Republican opposition to his effort to replace Justice Antonin Scalia is unprecedented. "That is an approach the president regrets," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering Alito "should have been in the position where they were making a public case" against the merits of his nomination to the high court instead, Earnest said. "They shouldn't have looked for a way to just throw sand in the...
  • White House says Obama ‚Äėregrets‚Äô filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Democrats Display Supreme Hypocrisy About Replacing Justice Scalia

    02/17/2016 2:57:22 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/16/2016 | Staff
    Supreme Court: ‚ÄúThe Senate‚Äôs constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president‚Äôs Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.‚ÄĚ That was Sen. Harry Reid in a Washington Post op-ed this week condemning any effort by the GOP to block President Obama from naming a successor to conservative stalwart Scalia. He went on to write that ‚Äúthe consequences of blocking any nominee, regardless of merits, would hang over their heads for the rest of their careers.‚ÄĚ Reid has apparently forgotten his own role in trying to do just that a decade ago,
  • Obama: Who Cares if I Filibustered Alito, Republicans Have to Vote on My SCOTUS Nominee

    02/16/2016 4:14:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Life News ^ | 02/16/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama respond this afternoon to promises by Senate Republicans to not allow a vote o his nominee to replace recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama doesn't care about the fact that he filibustered Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in an attempt to prevent the Senate from voting to confirm him, he demanded that Republicans allow a vote on his nominee. After Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not take up a vote on a replacement for deceased pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the presidential election. Such a promise prevents pro-abortion President...
  • Inside the Religious Rightís hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the popeís visit but were instead...
  • Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments,

    06/26/2015 7:22:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6/26/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In his dissent from the Supreme Courtís 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision ďwill be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.Ē Alito warned that in the wake of the courtís ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination. ďI assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be...
  • The Alito, Thomas Dissent: ĎConstitution Does Not Guarantee Right to Enter into Same-Sex Marriageí

    06/26/2015 8:41:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    CNS ^ | 06/26/2015 | Shannon Quick
    Distancing themselves from the majority on the Supreme Court, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas filed a dissenting opinion to Wednesday's Defense Against Marriage Act ruling, stating that ďsame-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy Ė but not a difficult question of constitutional law." "The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage,Ē the justices wrote. The landmark case was filed by Edith Windsor of New York, who was forced to pay taxes on an inheritance when Thea Spyer, the woman she married in Ontario, Canada, died in 2009. Windsor was...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. Thatís a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. Thatís where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obamaís Solicitor General,...