Category Archives: The Constitution

#Enough: On the Senate’s Fight Over Gun Control

With overwhelming public support for reasonable gun control measures like background checks (about 90% of all Americans, demonstrated in five polls in 2015) the GOP is playing with political fire, and with lives, by continuing to resist legislation that is … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade Comes Full Circle, 43 Years On

Friday January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of the landmark decision for women’s reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade. On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, where abortion rights advocates are challenging regulatory restrictions … Continue reading

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Obama, Immigration & the Supreme Court: Executive, or Judicial, Overreach?

On Tuesday we learned the Supreme Court is going to hear the Texas case that put a halt to President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration.  We’re likely to hear arguments in the Spring and a decision in the Summer. … Continue reading

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Cruz “religious liberty” victories actually won by minimizing religious content of ten commandments and cross

Ted Cruz’s newest ad to Iowans focuses on his defense of the ten commandments and a cross as evidence of his “religious liberty” bona fides.  Here’s the rub: Cruz’ success  defending the placement of the ten commandments on the Texas … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action on the Chopping Block?

The outsized (and largely unknown) power of conservative public interest law groups to bring fundamental change to important constitutional principles is on display this week in the Supreme Court.  Two cases scheduled for oral argument have been brought by the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Could Rule Assault Weapon Ban Constitutional

People on both sides of the gun debate have been waiting since the middle of September to hear whether the Supreme Court will take up Friedman v. City of Highland Park, the most important Second Amendment case since District of … Continue reading

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Guess what. There are no absolute constitutional rights

“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.” Dr. Ben Carson’s statement in the wake of the Oregon mass shootings is yet another example, as he and others … Continue reading

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Trump & Carson’s Revisionism and Cruz’s Long Game

In the race for the GOP nod, Donald Trump is the clear leader in campaign rhetoric revisionism.  The best example of this is perhaps the Carly Fiorina “face” comment that he later-revised to be about Fiorina’s “persona.”  Trump has also shown … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Victory

In breaking but not unexpected news, Hobby Lobby and two other closely held corporations prevailed over the Department of Health and Human Services in the Supreme Court today over whether they could be forced, under the Affordable Care Act, to … Continue reading

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This is Hell! with Chuck Merz

What a great talk with Chuck Mertz this Saturday morning on WNUR Chicago’s This is Hell! with Chuck Mertz. How is it that the conservative legal movement has made such huge strides over the last 30 years, effectively “conservatizing” U.S. … Continue reading

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