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The Ghost of Bush: How Dubya's Court Can Undo Democracynew

Make no mistake about it. The Supreme Court is the ticking time bomb Dubya left in the executive bedroom. And it's about to blow.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  09-18-2009  |  Commentary

The 9th Circuit's Lion of Liberalism is Having the Last Laughnew

Betty Fletcher, 86, is a liberal icon and the most powerful woman in Seattle you've never heard of. Sadly for conservatives, she just won't stop working.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  08-24-2009  |  Politics

Hypocrisy 101: The Vetting of Judge Sonia Sotomayornew

Does Republican US Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have cotton in his brains? I was listening to the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor and was gobsmacked to hear Graham's "lecture" about the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Ellen Snortland  |  07-27-2009  |  Commentary

Ron Wyden Disappoints by Recommending Five Straight White Males for judgenew

Wyden ticked off the nearly 1,400 members of Oregon Women Lawyers as well as the state's gay, lesbian and African-American legal eagles last week when he and fellow Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley recommended five straight, white, male lawyers for two open federal judgeships, which are generally regarded as the choicest judicial appointments in the legal profession because they carry lifetime tenure and pay $174,000 annually.
Willamette Week  |  Nigel Jaquiss  |  07-22-2009  |  Politics

Colleagues Reflect on Sotomayor's Formative Legal Experience in Connecticutnew

From the moment the self-described "wise Latina woman" was tapped by President Obama to be the first Hispanic to serve as a Supreme, the cheers and jeers from those judging her prevailed over her actual record of service.
Hartford Advocate  |  Chandra Niles Folsom  |  07-21-2009  |  Politics

Connecticut's Senate Seats are Not For Salenew

The political horse-trading in Illinois and New York present the best opportunity in years to reform Connecticut's laws concerning filling Senate vacancies, says Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.
New Haven Advocate  |  Andy Bromage  |  12-30-2008  |  Politics

The Way We Elect Judges Is a Shamnew

Judges can have far more direct and tangible impact on people's lives than most anyone else you'll vote for -- deciding individual fates on a daily basis. Yet we hardly know anything about them. And that seems to be exactly what the legal establishment wants.
Seattle Weekly  |  Damon Agnos  |  10-20-2008  |  Politics

Va. Law Offers No Recourse if Fired for Political Viewsnew

With a month to go before the election, you've probably pulled into the work parking lot with that Obama O on the side of your car or watched the Katie Couric-Sarah Palin interview in your cubicle. But you might want to be careful if your boss' politics run the other way.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Mark Meier  |  10-08-2008  |  Politics

The Robes Are On and the Gloves Are Off at the Supreme Courtnew

This week, the justices of the Supreme Court don their robes and reclaim their seats on the bench to open the Court's fall session. The first week alone promises enough controversy and mayhem to rival any TV late-night lineup.
San Antonio Current  |  Martha Lackritz  |  10-08-2008  |  Politics

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