Biden: Chances for Alito Filibuster Have Increased
In an interview on FOX News Sunday, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) indicated that the chances for a filibuster against Samuel Alito have increased following the release of Alito's 1985 job application. Senator Biden was not only concerned about Alito’s views on the constitutionality of abortion and affirmative action expressed in the job application, but also his views on reapportionment, or “one man, one vote.” In the 1985 application to become deputy assistant to the attorney general under President Reagan, Alito wrote, “In college, I developed a deep interest in constitutional law, motivated in large part by my disagreement with Warren Court decisions, particularly in the area of … reapportionment.”
“If he really believes that reapportionment is a questionable decision – that is, the idea of Baker v. Carr, one man, one vote – then clearly, clearly, you’ll find a lot of people, including me, willing to do whatever they can to keep him off the court,” said Senator Biden.
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .
6/29/2015 The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics - The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas.
The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday. . . .