Category Archives: Supreme Court

No, Democrats Should Not Wait Until the Next Supreme Court Nominee to Pick a Fight

On Tuesday night, our current president announced, in a prime time address, he was nominating Neil Gorsuch, currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left after the passing of conservative justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago today. There has been an ongoing debate in Democratic Party circles over… Read more »

Game On

Jonathan Shurberg   February 1, 2017   No Comments on Game On

Chuck Schumer has, at least for now, has thrown down the gauntlet on the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. More of this, please. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted on Wednesday that Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, will need 60 votes to clear the upper chamber.  “We Democrats will insist on a rigorous but fair process. There will be 60… Read more »

Coons Puts His Big Boy Pants Back On

At least one anonymous reader was incensed that I harshly criticized the reader’s personal friend Chris Coons yesterday. I stand by what I said, but I will also note approvingly that Coons has walked back his earlier comments, suggesting that he hasn’t ruled out a filibuster of the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. A number of other senators have done the… Read more »

The Supreme Court Battle Lines Are Drawn

After a year of denying Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, so much as the courtesy of a hearing and a vote, the Republican leadership of the Senate has suddenly rediscovered its belief in moving such nominations forward. Democrats have expressed anger, and opposition, but have been loath to call explicitly for a filibuster. That changed today, bigly. To… Read more »

#WeNeedNine At The Supreme Court Tuesday

Yeah, I got a court case going right now, and yeah, Monday and Tuesday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But my upbringing tells me that being a Jew means fighting for social justice and causes I believe in. And I believe – despite a Court controlled for too long by right wing forces – that the Supreme Court… Read more »

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina Voter ID Law

The Supreme Court minutes ago issued an order rejecting an appeal by North Carolina regarding its voter ID law. The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to reinstate a 2013 North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification at the polls.  In a 4-4 split decision, the court said it would not hear a challenge to a 4th Circuit Court… Read more »

In Defense Of The Notorious RBG

Everyone’s got their knickers in a twist over the comments by the queen of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While the vast majority of the commentariat is reaching for the smelling salts, I don’t agree (I’m looking at you, Dave Asche, you ignorant slut). While what Ginsburg did violated the nominal norms of “appropriate” judicial behavior, (a) they pale… Read more »

The Notorious RBG Did Cross A Line With Trump Criticism

Far be it from me to defend Donald Trump. I mean, how can anybody defend a guy who has uttered the awful comments he has about Latinos, women, African Americans, POW’s, and every other non-white male constituency you can think of? Well, you can when a sitting Supreme Court Justice decides to insert themselves into a presidential campaign. I know… Read more »

BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

Two key provisions of the draconian 2013 Texas abortion law were struck down this morning by a 5-3 Supreme Court majority. Significantly, Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the majority in an opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer. One of the challenged provisions dealt with admitting privileges at local hospitals and the other mandated abortion facilities to comply with all the requirements… Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Affirmative Action Plan

Well, not every Supreme Court case ends up in a terrible result. Today, by a surprising 4-3 vote (Scalia’s empty seat and Justice Kagan having recused herself), the Court upheld the University of Texas’ admissions policies which consider race among other factors as considerations for admission. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of the Court’s majority opinion, had never voted to uphold an… Read more »