SCOTUS

#BrettKavanaughScandals

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2018

The left is so unhinged about the nomination of (XX) that the progressive monkeys are “digging deep” for any bit of poo to throw. This has ignited the Twitterverse with a new hashtag. #BrettKavanaughScadals. As you might expect, the denizens of said ‘verse’ are having a blast owning that hashtag to make fun of the left. Carrie […]

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This is What I Want In a Supreme Court Judge

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2018

Most of the copy I’m reading on SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh revolves back to a common point. The guy is a textualist who opposes a reimagining of the separation of powers.  That includes courts and bureaucrats who too often think they get to decide what things mean instead of making Legislators do it. Kavanaugh is a committed textualist. As […]

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Women’s March Sends Out Press Release Against SCOTUS Nominee “XX”

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2018

Do you remember the nomination of Justice Gorsuch? Protesters had blank signs on which they wrote the name of the nominee, so they could hate on them. Whoever it was, they’d get sharpied on to signs that were then waved in ‘protest.’ Fast-Forward to yesterday and the latest Supreme Court nomination announcement. Before the words […]

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President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

by Steve MacDonald July 9, 2018

President Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee and yes the left already has ads running against him. Here’s The Daily Signal’s Synopsis on Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Age: 53 Education: Yale University; Yale Law School Clerkships: Walter Stapleton (3rd Circuit); Alex Kozinski (9th Circuit); Justice Anthony Kennedy […]

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6 in 10 Say Yes to SCOTUS Nominee Vote Before November Elections

by Steve MacDonald July 5, 2018

A recent NBC poll reports that 62% of Americans believe the vote on Mr. Trump’s next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court should happen before the November Election. The vast majority of Republicans surveyed, 85 percent, said the Senate’s vote on the nominee should take place before the election. Roughly six in 10 Independents, or 61 […]

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If We Had Listened to ‘Never Trump’

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2018

As I poke around the internet dumpster fire for salvageable scraps that amuse me, I tripped over this. It’s Good. It’s good because it points out not just how the ruling class yahoos who refused to vote for Trump (like, say, Kelly Ayotte) were not just wrong, they are WHY WE HAVE TRUMP! If we had […]

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Trump SCOTUS “Kennedy Replacement” List Down To Two

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2018

We’ll know the next Supreme Court nominee’s name on Monday, but by all accounts, the choices are already down to two. CBS News has learned that D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett are currently Mr. Trump’s leading contenders for the appointment to the nation’s highest court. A […]

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Does former Supreme Court Justice Kennedy know something, or

by Skip June 30, 2018

…just being observant? Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Age: 85 (5 years past average retirement) Stephen Breyer – Age: 79 (1 year before average retirement) Clarence Thomas – Age: 70 (10 years before average retirement) Samuel Alito – Age: 68 (12 years before average retirement) Sonia Sotomayor – Age: 64 (16 years before average retirement) John Roberts – Age: 63 (17 years […]

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Democrat Scaremongering on Roe vs. Wade – A Supreme Court Nomination Battle Primer

by Steve MacDonald June 29, 2018

With the retirement of Justice Kennedy, Mr. Trump has the opportunity to ‘shape the court’ for decades. Democrats are frantically looking through their narrative junk drawer for a story-line the media can sell to whoever will listen. Outrage for the it-takes-a-village sheeple to robotically regurgitate on social media, at the office ‘watercooler,’ or their neighbor’s “lawns” […]

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Liberal Justice Elena Kagen Was Appointed In August Before a Mid-Term Election

by Steve MacDonald June 28, 2018

Remember when the Republican Majority Senate refused to advance Obama Nominee Merrick Garland before the 2016 Presidential Election? The “rule” they invoked was called the Biden Rule. It was first proposed by Democrat Sen. Joe Biden. But it’s not etched in stone. Not even close. From Red State. Doh!  The Biden/Schumer rule applies in PRESIDENTIAL election […]

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Blogline of the Day – this is what happens when you devolve to being a mere rent-seeker

by Skip June 27, 2018

and stray from your original mission in life, unions: This is basically Scott Walker on a national level. Of course, if the unions provided value, they wouldn’t have to force people to pay dues. (H/T: Instapundit)e UPDATE: let me add this which I bookmarked earlier:

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Trump Will Get to Nominate a Replacement for Justice Kennedy – He’s Retiring!

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Mr. Trump will get to choose his replacement. And, wouldn’t it be nice if he had a Senate Majority to help him out with that? SCOTUS Blog Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he would retire from the Supreme Court, effective July 31. In a letter to President Donald Trump, […]

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Breaking News: Mandatory Union Dues Violate First Amendment

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2018

Boom! For these reasons, States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form […]

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NIFLA v. Becerra: Pro-Life Agencies Need Not Market Abortion

by Ellen Kolb June 26, 2018
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In today’s NIFLA v. Becerra decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that pro-life pregnancy care centers may not be compelled by a state to advertise for abortion. The margin: one vote. Apparently, abortion providers in California are so hard up for business that they thought they ought be able to drag pro-lifers into helping out […]

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SCOTUS Says CA Law Forcing Pro-Life Facilities to Promote Abortion is Compelled Speech

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2018

California passed a law that forced licensed non-profit pro-life groups to include information about abortion services on their premises. Today the Supreme court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that this creates a burden on protected speech. It imposes a government-scripted, speaker-based disclosure requirement that is wholly disconnected from the State’s informational interest. It requires covered facilities to […]

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Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2018

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Mr. Trump has the constitutional authority to institute his thrice proposed travel ban. President Trump’s travel ban is both legal and constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, reversing a series of anti-Trump decisions by lower courts and delivering a landmark win for the White House. The justices, in […]

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SCOTUS Rules Law Enforcement Can’t Aquire Cell Site Records Without a Warrant

by Steve MacDonald June 22, 2018

In a 5-4 decision (and wait until you read who), the US Supreme Court has ruled that cell site records are protected by the Fourth Amendment. Holding: The government’s acquisition of Timothy Carpenter’s cell-site records from his wireless carriers was a Fourth Amendment search; the government did not obtain a warrant supported by probable cause before […]

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Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Taxes – It Hits Home. Badly

by Skip June 22, 2018

Some new and nice things will soon be happening to GraniteGrok, chief amongst them being a new site with better security, newer features for authors to better get our message to you, better ways for readers to get feedback to us – lots of things to look forward to including items not in cyberspace (but […]

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SCOTUS Upholds South Dakota’s Right to Tax Online Sales From Retailers Outside the State

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2018

Yuck. The Commerce Clause must not prefer interstate commerce only to the point where a merchant physically crosses state borders. Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this Court’s precedents. This Court should not prevent States from collecting lawful taxes through a physical presence rule […]

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SCOTUS Will Hear Case That Could Subject Asset Forfeiture to 8th Amendment

by Steve MacDonald June 20, 2018

The Stop Asset Forfeiture folks should take note. Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided to consider Timbs v. Indiana, an important constitutional property rights case. As my co-blogger Eugene Volokh and Reason’s Damon Root explain, the case will address the question of whether the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment applies against states, as well as the federal government. If the […]

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SCOTUS Wont End Gerrymandering

by Steve MacDonald June 18, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in how Wisconsin draws its legislative districts. From the Washington Times. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said it wasn’t enough to claim that Wisconsin’s districts were drawn to favor one party or another. The plaintiffs needed to prove they individually were unable to vote for a credible candidate […]

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SCOTUS Protects Rule of Law by 5-4 Decision in Ohio Election Case

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2018

In a case brought against the State of Ohio over how it interprets Federal law regarding the removal of ineligible voters from state voting rolls, four out of nine Justices attempted to legislate from the bench in deciding HUSTED v. A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE. “Respondents contend that Ohio’s process for removing voters on change-of-residence grounds violates this […]

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When Progressives Wax ‘Poetic’ About ‘Religious Bigotry’ …

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2018

The Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling continues to bear fruit. David French, writing at National Review Online, has provided several pieces that emphasize the upside of the decision, here, here, and here. One important point that is a gift that should keep on giving is a quote from the Decision written by Justice Kennedy. To describe a man’s […]

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SCOTUS Vacates Lower Court Ruling: Illegal Immigrants Do Not Have a Right to Abortion

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2018

Choosing not to wrestle with the larger picture the US Supreme Court elected to vacate a lower court which ruled that illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. pregnant had the right to abortion. The Supreme Court on Monday erased a lower appeals court’s ruling that had found illegal immigrant teens in federal custody had a constitutional […]

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SCOTUS Sides with Christian Baker On Same-Sex Wedding Cake

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2018

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission violated a Colorado Baker’s religious liberty when penalized him for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple. Washington Times. The 7 to 2 ruling found the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not view the baker’s case with “religious neutrality.” “The reason and […]

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So, Alicia Preston, does this mean that the NH GOP should be FOR Abortion? By your argument, it should be, right?

by Skip May 20, 2018

Hillary: “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” (H/T:  Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it).  That WOULD be your argument if you were intellectually and philosophically honest, Ms. Preston. Well, if JHo […]

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The First Amendment Doesn’t Apply to You If You Are Pro-Life

by Steve MacDonald March 14, 2018

Freelance writer, pro-life activist Ellen Kolb joins me to discuss compelled speech and the case of NIFLA v Becerra which challenges a California Law the forces pro-life clinics to advertise state-funded abortion services. Visit the original blog post for more ways to listen. 

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The First Amendment Doesn’t Apply to You If You Are Pro-Life

by Steve MacDonald March 14, 2018

Freelance writer, pro-life activist Ellen Kolb joins me to discuss compelled speech and the case of NIFLA v Becerra which challenges a California Law the forces pro-life clinics to advertise state-funded abortion services. Follow this program on TuneIn Also Available on Google Play

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20 States Challenge Roberts “It’s a Tax” Ruling On Obamacare Now That Tax Is Gone

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2018

When President Trump signed tax reform into law the individual mandate to Obamacare, the fine – that taxing power Chief Justice Roberts claimed gave Congress the power to seize regulatory control over health insurance – ceased to exist. The tax is gone. It’s dead. No more. If there is no tax, has the SCOTUS ruling that […]

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Janus v. AFSCME – An End to Union Politics as We Know It?

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. What’s at stake? The case concerns Mark Janus, a child-care specialist for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, who refuses to join the union. Nonetheless, by state law, Janus is forced to pay “agency […]

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