Roberts’ Health Care Ruling, and the Impact on Future Congressional Policy

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 12:52 pm

The first argument I wrestled with on the Affordable Care Act opinion was about Republican governors and Medicaid. The second concerns the weakening of Commerce Clause interpretations and the possibilities for liberal policy generally. I don’t think there’s much doubt that John Roberts embraced very conservative interpretations of the Constitution in his ruling. Just looking at the majority opinion on the Necessary and Proper Clause can show you that


District Court Judge Strikes Ban on Direct Corporate Giving to Individual Candidates

By: Friday May 27, 2011 12:45 pm

A federal judge has ruled that a ban on direct corporate giving to candidates is unconstitutional, in a case that will probably filter up to the Supreme Court, which needless to say has not been a great ally for campaign finance types. The judge, James Cacheris, used the Citizens United ruling on corporate giving as his basis. But this takes it a step further, by saying that direct corporate donations to candidates are permissible, rather than corporate spending to outside groups.

Late Night: SJC Republicans to Obama, “C’mon, Shake on It!”

By: Monday May 10, 2010 8:00 pm

It’s official: Senator Jeff “Beauregard” Sessions can’t play poker for shit.

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