Confusing “Consensus” at the Supreme Court

    This week, the Supreme Court announced decisions in four cases with about 20 left to go.  Looking at these decisions, one was unanimous, one was 8-1 and the other two were 7-2 decisions.  One think there was rather broad agreement on the cases- that ideological differences were laid aside in cases involving free speech, employment discrimination and immigration deportations.  But looking deeper, one can make | Read More »

    Could the Supreme Court Create a Titanic Shift in Electoral Politics?

    (From the diaries…bill s) Amid the recent spate of Supreme Court decisions as they wind up this term lost in the discussion is a potentially blockbuster case they accepted for review for the October 2015 term- Evenwell vs. Abbott.  It, in fact, has the potential to change politics for years to come, perhaps generations.  This “controversy” dates back to a 1964 decision- Reynolds vs. Sims- which established | Read More »

    Christie’s Common Core Conundrum

    By now, everyone is aware that New Jersey Governor and possible Presidential GOP candidate Chris Christie has announced that the state is pulling out of Common Core.  His stated reason is that after five years, it is not having its intended effects and is causing disruptions and conflicts between teachers, students, and parents.  The problem is Christie should have had this epiphany five years ago. | Read More »

    With Friends Like These: Jake Sullivan

    This is the first of a series of weekly entries profiling key players in the Clinton campaign.  Today’s subject is Jake Sullivan.  Sullivan is something of a “wunderkid” once profiled in Time magazine as one of “40 under 40″ to watch.  His resume is impressive.  He is a Rhodes scholar and graduate of Yale Law School and visiting professor there.  He was a law clerk to an | Read More »

    And Graham Makes Nine- Good Grief!!

    With Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 47%‘s entry into the GOP sweepstakes to be the  next President, things are getting a little strange… and crowded.  I’m talking about official candidates as in “declared.”  We still have Walker, Bush, Jindal, Christie and Kasich to hear from which could increase the field to 14.  For political pundits, that may be a little too much- too | Read More »

    EXCLUSIVE: The Hillary Diaries- May, 2015

    By methods which shall remain secret (but involve a private server and some spyware), this writer has gained exclusive access to Hillary Clinton’s personal diary.  I thank “the cloud.” May 1st- Dear Diary: Bernie Sanders is in for a run against me.  Me!  Of all people, Bernie Sanders is running against me.  Well, it does have two advantages.  It certainly makes me look younger and | Read More »

    The Battle for House 2016: Recent News

    This is the first in a monthly series of reports on news involving the battle for the US House in 2016. CA-25:  The Democrats believe they have a decent candidate in Santa Clarita Water Board member Maria Gutzeit.  Why?  Because the Water Board is elected so she therefore has won an election before.  They believe that Republican incumbent [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000387′ | Read More »

    Some Interesting Senate 2016 News

    Some interesting tidbits in the bid for control of the Senate in the 2016 election cycle: Alaska:  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 38%, the technically independent, nominally Republican Senator from Alaska will likely face a primary opponent in 2016.  State senator Mike Dunleavy, who is considerably more conservative than Murkowski, is said to be mulling a primary bid.  If one remembers, Murkowski lost | Read More »

    A Small Victory for Taxpayers

    Last week, the United States Supreme Court released a 5-4 decision in the case of Comptroller of the State of Maryland vs. Wynne.  Most commentary on the decision has focused on the odd voting alignment in that case which had Scalia and Thomas dissenting along with Kagan and Ginsburg with a majority of Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, Breyer and Sotomayor.  As most commentary has noted, this is | Read More »

    Jesus: Political Prisoner?

    Sean Illing, according to Salon, teaches political theory at Louisiana State University, but a quick look at the LSU website fails to turn up his name.  Maybe he is just a student there which, whether a student or teacher at LSU, a recent article titled “Jesus is a Political Prisoner” leaves much to be desired.  If this is the work of a “scholar” then higher education | Read More »