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 »

    Battle for the House 2016: The June Edition

    AK-at large:  has not had a serious challenger in a primary since 2008, but that may change and it would be to his advantage.  With both Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller considering a primary run, state senator Pruitt is making noise and may enter the fray.  With a crowded field with so many big name items, a split ticket would likely favor Young in a | Read More »

    Education: The School as Social Engineer

    Politicians on the Left and the Right regularly talk about one’s home life and the societal conditions that make learning difficult.  To those union voices, the cause of failing schools is not the teachers per se, but society as a whole.  It is actually a circular problem.  Without an adequate education, “graduates” are doomed to a life of low-paying jobs which only perpetuates a cycle | Read More »

    2016 US Senate News- The June 2015 Edition

    As we move along in this election cycle, things are starting to pick up a little on the US Senate side. Arizona: On the Republican side, McCain’s numbers in Arizona remain miserable.  No doubt, some potential primary challengers see that as a weakness to be exploited.  One such person is who said he would decide by August 15th whether he would challenge McCain.  The next question | Read More »