The Republican Party has made a number of choices in recent years. Some of these choices are structural, others are simply cultural and economic. But all of these choices have had consequences for the composition of the Party and its competitiveness in national elections.
Wilson Huhn blogs regularly here on on a variety of topics including constitutional law, health care financing reform, income inequality, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Choices and Consequences for the Republican Party
Friday, December 27, 2013
Federal Judge Upholds NSA Metadata-Gathering Program
On December 16 Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia district issued his decision in the case of Klayman v. Obama striking down the NSA telephone metadata surveillance program as unconstitutional -- a violation of the Fourth Amendment. My analysis of that decision may be viewed here. Today Judge William H. Pauley III of the Southern District of New York issued his decision in the case of ACLU v. Clapper. Judge Pauley came to the opposite conclusion and upheld the constitutionality of the data-gathering program.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Obergfell v. Wymyslo: Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages From Other States
Judge Timothy S. Black, a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Ohio, has issued a ruling in Obergfell v. Wymyslo ordering the State of Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages that were lawfully entered into in other states. Like last week's district court decision in Utah, the judge based his ruling on the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor which ordered the federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages entered into in the states that allow them.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Federal District Court Strikes Down Utah Laws Against Same-Sex Marriage
In a decision issued earlier today in the case of Kitchen v. Herbert, Judge Roger J. Shelby, a federal judge for the Central District of Utah, struck down that state's statutes and constitutional provisions against same-sex marriage. Utah thereby becomes the 18th state to recognize same-sex marriage. The judge's opinion is available here.
The Miracles of Jesus: Not Magic, But Lovingkindness
The lesson we should draw from the miracles of Jesus is not that we can work magic, but that we must care for each other.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
New Mexico Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
Earlier today in the case of Griego v. Oliver the New Mexico Supreme Court declared that, under the Bill of Rights of the New Mexico state constitution, same-sex couples have the same right to marry as opposite sex couples. The court's opinion is available here.
Health Insurance Advertising to Explode
Private health insurers are racing to capture market share under the Affordable Care Act.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Klayman v. Obama, the NSA Surveillance Case: Is the "Third Party" Doctrine Still Alive? Or Is the Gathering of Information by Businesses Now Considered "State Action"?
In an opinion released Monday, Judge Richard J. Leon, a federal judge for the District of Columbia, struck down the NSA surveillance program as unconstitutional. The principal question is, "How shall we reconcile the Third Party Doctrine with the State Action Doctrine?"
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Affordable Care Act: What to Look for in 2014
Here is what to look for during 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Income, By County: Northeast vs. Southeast
In her article America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor (December 13, 2013) Emily Badger of The Wire has collected some fascinating statistics from a recent report by the Census Bureau showing the distribution of wealth and poverty in the United States. These reports show that wealth is concentrated in a seacoast corridor stretching from Washington, D.C. to Boston, while poverty in concentrated in the southeastern states that form the Confederacy.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Charges Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Here are the federal charges that are being brought against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bomber.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Republican Party Has to Change – But Can It?
The Republican Party is in a hard spot. If it does not change its positions on a host of issues it will continue to lose national elections.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Senator Ted Cruz’s Attack on “Critical Legal Studies”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has slandered President Obama and critical legal scholars.
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