The Hobby Lobby Arguments: An Analysis
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood which challenged the so-called contraception mandate under Obamacare. One important point must be mentioned upfront. First, a contraception mandate- requiring that contraception be covered as part of minimal coverage in a health care policy- is nowhere mentioned in the ACA. However, the ACA did grant HHS certain powers | Read More »
Obama Administration: Wait, HHS Mandate Case is About Abortion?
It appeared to come as a surprise to the Obama Administration’s lawyer that the abortion-pill mandate case before the Supreme Court had anything to do with abortion.
Deep into his argument about how the HHS Mandate doesn’t pose a substantial burden to businesses because for-profit business owners can’t exercise religion, the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General seemed to get stumped by the question at the heart of this case. In fact, from my vantage point in the Courtroom he looked like he didn’t know what hit him.
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The Watercooler ~ Hobby Lobby Green Family are American Heroes [UPDATE]
If you haven’t said a prayer for Hobby Lobby yet today, please do so. Their attorneys will bring their case before the Supreme Court seeking relief from the abortifacient contraceptive mandate tucked neatly into Obamacare and being foisted upon Americans in businesses, churches and hospitals across the land. One of the disadvantages people of faith encounter while defending their rights to practice their faith in | Read More »
The EPA Before the Supreme Court…Again
This past week, the United States heard oral argument in a case challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources- in this case, power plants. Much has been written about these regulations as they represent the Obama administration’s celebrated “war on coal.” The purpose of the regulations is to decrease the amount of these emissions in order to lessen the impact | Read More »
Jeffrey Toobin’s Article in Disgraceful
In what may be a particularly slow news cycle now that the Olympics are drawing to a close without a terrorist attack and the Ukraine president being ousted, Jeffrey Toobin penned an editorial in the New Yorker characterizing Justice Clarence Thomas’ now infamous silence on the bench as “disgraceful.” Toobin is the “go to” of the New York Times whenever there is a major Supreme | Read More »
New Jersey and Sports Betting: A Losing Proposition
The state of New Jersey has entered an appeal to the United States Supreme Court over sports betting. This was done at the apparent insistence of the Christie administration in conjunction with some state legislators who are in favor of sports betting. Being a resident and voter in New Jersey and having worked in the gaming industry in the state with knowledge of the law | Read More »
The Supreme Court’s February Docket
Having completed the January sitting of the Supreme Court, they heard oral argument in 12 cases. Four of them could be considered major cases. In National Labor Relations Board vs. Noel Canning, the Court was asked to wade into the concept of recess appointments and whether Obama’s appointment of members of the NLRB was constitutional. Although the government made it appear that all hell would | Read More »
Obama & Liberal News Meltdown – When “God” Speaks
In case you didn’t know, since the 17th of January the Liberal News Media happens to be on life support. They’re huddled in their little nooks and crannies trying to figure how to throw the remark by Rocky Seto of the Seahawks out of the ball park never to be heard again. I’d say the Seahawks have one up on the Liberals, because they just | Read More »
Red State Uprising Question 5: More of a statement about ‘Never Again’
PP.76-77 I am regularly told my ‘Never Again’ holding my nose attitude to avoid electing wishy-washy, moderate Republicans will harm the country. I offer an example from the 1940’s as to why we must all Never Again or we are doomed… The Supreme Court’s decision in Wickard v. Filburn is a perfect encapsulation of the explosion of federal powers that occurred in the 1940’s. In | Read More »
Massachusetts, Free Speech and Abortion Clinics
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McCollum vs. Coakley, a case which challenged a Massachusetts law involving a 35-foot free speech buffer zone around abortion clinics in that state. The law was passed ostensibly to deal with cases of pro-life “protesters” blocking clinic access to patients. It became quite obvious early in this case that the pro-life “protesters” were | Read More »
The Noel Canning Case
In a previous entry, I outlined the arguments in the case of NLRB vs. Noel Canning Company. To rehash, the company here lost a decision before the National Labor Relations Board. Upon appeal to the District Court of Appeals in DC, they won their case arguing that the decision could not stand since the composition of the NLRB was unconstitutional. Specifically, they argued and won | Read More »
NM Supreme Court: Gays as Capable of “Responsible Procreation” as Heterosexuals
First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes… Last week the New Mexico state Supreme court ruled redefining marriage, mandating that changes be made so as to not “discriminate” based on gender. The decision was 5-0 and the opinion read in part: We separately consider the purported governmental interests in responsible procreation and responsible child rearing. Regarding responsible procreation, we fail to see how forbidding | Read More »
EPA Powers Before the Supreme Court Again
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear the consolidated cases of EPA vs. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association vs. EME Homer City Generation. The Homer City coal electricity-producing plant is the focal point of a battle between the EPA and environmentalists on one side and the energy industry on the other side. The plant itself is located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. First, | Read More »
Hobby Lobby #Obamacare conscience exemption case to be heard by Supreme Court.
Not unexpected, but not before time, either. The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans. Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an Oklahoma City family with strong Christian beliefs, says a 1993 law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, protects the company from | Read More »
The Supreme Court’s December Docket
In December, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in 11 cases. Two of the cases are considered major cases. In order, the following is a brief synopsis of the cases as they will be heard by the Court. They touch on a variety of issues. Michigan vs. Bay Mills Indian Community: This case asks whether the federal courts can be used to enjoin activity | Read More »