The hints had been in the news for weeks. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens was rumored to be retiring. The man is approaching 90. Just because an appointment to the Court is lifelong doesn’t mean you should stay your entire life. Stevens has been on the Court since I was in high school.… Continue reading Looking for a New Supreme Court Justice
Yesterday, while I was off guest blogging at Drama For Mama and Motherese, a birthday party happened. The watershed SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade turned 37 yesterday. Do you remember, if you are older than 37, what you were doing at that age? Had you become complacent in your life, with your thinking? Did you take… Continue reading Roe versus Wade at 37
In returning a 5-4 ruling concerning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court of the United States has given life to corporate personhood and, in many ways, limited the effectiveness of the everyday person’s contributions to political campaigns. Many who are happy with the decision feel that SCOTUS has ruled in favor of… Continue reading SCOTUS Ruling on Campaign Finance
I have been trying, with little success, to hold my own little news blackout this summer. Summers, for those of you who don’t know, in upstate New York tend to be short so I want to get out and enjoy this one as much as I can. Unfortunately, the Senate is holding confirmation hearings on… Continue reading Sotomayor and the Senate Circus
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in dissenting opinion regarding the case Massachusetts et al vs. EPA et al, said “No matter how important the underlying policy issues at stake, this court has no business substituting its own desired outcome for the reasoned judgment of the responsible agency.” He and the other four conservative justices, including… Continue reading Is the EPA really as stupid as the Supreme Court case makes it seem?