With Friends Like These: Stephanie Schriock

    In the 2008 presidential campaign, in what had to be a stroke of political genius, Barack Obama pulled off one of the greatest feats since the Great Oz fooled the people of the Emerald City.  His campaign brilliantly played the race card while Obama himself stayed above the fray.  Instead, that role was left to a cadre of supporters and a complicit media.  They created | Read More »

    Will the Supreme Court Finally Take an Abortion Case?

    Let’s go back to Texas in 2013.  In that year, the Texas legislature passed H.B. 2, an omnibus bill to regulate abortion in the state.  This is the very law that led to the infamous filibuster by state senator Wendy Davis- she of pink sneaker fame.  She attempted to parlay that notoriety into a run for Governor, but was humiliated by Gregg Abbott in the | Read More »

    What’s Love Got to Do With It?

    By now anyone who has some social media account should be aware, the ubiquitous LGBT rainbow and the “Love Wins” meme is all the rage.  I pride myself on having a wide variety of friends politically speaking, but I was unaware so many of them were so pro-same sex marriage.  By the number of profile picture changes from selfies to rainbow flags, rainbows with hearts | Read More »

    The 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term in Review- Part 3

    For purposes of this article, this writer is only using Justice agreement in non-unanimous cases.  Although there could be varying reasons for reaching a 9-0 conclusion, parsing the differences would prove a time-consuming task.  Instead, the purpose of this article is to answer the question whether the Roberts Court generally is drifting Left and if John Roberts in particular is drifting to the Left.  Most | Read More »

    US Senate Republican First Marking Period Report Cards

    We are through the first six months of the 24 months of the 114th Congress.  It is time for the GOP report cards after the first marking period. Receiving an A+: Cotton of Arkansas, Inhofe of Oklahoma and Sasse of Nebraska Receiving an A: Barasso of Wyoming, Fischer of Nebraska and Risch of Idaho Receiving an A-: Boozman of Arkansas, Burr of North Carolina, Cassidy | Read More »

    Sound the TRUMPets!!!

    The amount of commentary here and elsewhere regarding Donald Trump’s entry into the race for President as the Republican nominee requires a response.  I admit upfront that I am not a fan of Donald Trump- the businessman, the real estate mogul, the person, or the politician.  Most of the commentary centers around three supporting themes that I shall attempt to take on. The first is | Read More »

    The Supreme Court Term in Review- Part 2

    In part 1, I discussed some criminal law and separation of powers decisions of the Court in the 2014-2015 term.  In this entry, I will take a look at some free speech and civil rights cases (and two tax cases that are overblown).  First, the two tax cases.  In Wynne vs. Comptroller of Maryland ,  this was a 5-4 decision that ruled the Maryland taxing scheme illegal | Read More »

    EXCLUSIVE: The Hillary Diaries- June 2015

    As long as she continues to use an unsecure private e-mail server, this writer will continue these monthly entries. June 1: Dear diary… heard the news of Beau Biden’s death.  Simply tragic.  Poor Joe…he’s my good friend.  Someone’s death hasn’t shaken me this much since Vince Foster’s.  What else?  Oh yeah- Martin O’Malarkey Malley entered the race.  Geez!  When MSNBC pans your announcement, you know you are | Read More »

    With Friends Like These: Minyon Moore

    In the drama that is Hillary Clinton, the build-up to her announced candidacy pitted different loyalists against one another and at the center of the “resolution” is Minyon Moore.  Hailing from Chicago, she has deep roots in Democratic Party politics starting in 1984 when she became a volunteer in Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition eventually working her way up to deputy political director.  In Jackson’s | Read More »

    The 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term in Review- Part 1

    As usual, the Supreme Court’s recent term ended with a bang with decisions on Obamacare subsidies and gay marriage.  I suppose, considering we are entering a presidential election year, the GOP should thank the Supreme Court.  With Obamacare, which remains unpopular according to most polls, the GOP can now make a more forceful argument that the only way to rid us of it is through | Read More »