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The Supremes Get It Fundamentally Wrong
While much of the speculation in the academic and media world was about Justice Anthony Kennedy as the possible swing vote, one of the lawyers in my office kept saying over the past few months that Roberts was actually the weak link. Unfortunately, that prediction turned out to be all too accurate.
By upholding the individual mandate, the Court got it exactly wrong. They’ve issued a ruling with terrible implications for the future
Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power
The defeat Wednesday of a proposed law that would have made it easier for school districts to fire teachers in cases of sexual and other egregious misconduct has shone a spotlight on the strong sway of the California Teachers Association, widely considered the state's most politically influential labor union with more than 325,000 members.
Collective bargaining veto override defeated in House
The 225-124 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required to enact the bill over Lynch's objection. Because the House acted first and sustained the veto, no Senate action was required.
Supporters of the bill HB 1666, claimed it would help the Legislature control the costs of state worker pay and benefits which are a large part of state spending.
Arizona v. United States: What the States Can Do to Enforce Immigration Laws
Court Upheld the “Heart” of the Law
It certainly would have been better for the security of the country as well as the system of federalism if the majority of justices had followed the dissents of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and respected state sovereignty by upholding all four of the provisions of S.B. 1070 that were before the court. But Governor Jan Brewer (R) is correct when she said that the provision the court upheld was the “heart” of the law.
CANSECO: Over-regulation is killing jobs in America
Christie: Scutari won't consider tort reform
Looking at the Supreme Court's Decision About S.B. 1070
HANS VON SPAKOVSKY - This was unquestionably a significant loss for the Obama administration, no matter how much they try to spin it as a win. After all, the Court upheld the core provision of S.B. 1070 that the Justice Department had challenged and the administration publicly attacked: the requirement that law-enforcement officials find out the immigration status of individuals they arrest or detain if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is illegally in the U.S.
Supreme Court Allows Immigration Checks
In a 5-3 ruling, the court said Arizona in effect had tried to set up a parallel enforcement system that punished illegal immigrants more harshly and interfered with congressional authority over the nation's borders. The court rejected parts of the state law known as SB1070 that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and that authorized warrantless arrests of people suspected by state and local police of committing deportable offenses.
High Court Affirms Maryland's Redistricting Map
Matter Could Still be Put Before Voters on November Ballot
Some Republican lawmakers opposed to the map, drawn once each decade based on U.S. census counts, have until Saturday to submit the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to put it on the November ballot and let voters decide whether the plan stays.
South Dakota lawmakers ponder new bills after immigration law decision
Rep. Manny Steele, R-Sioux Falls, said if he brings legislation addressing illegal immigration next year, he’ll pay close attention to what the Supreme Court on Monday ruled was unconstitutional.
Oregon reins in tax credits for clean energy
That prompted lawmakers facing troubled budgets to rein in the credits, The Bend Bulletin reported Sunday.
Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Spurs Debate
The remark was made by Mike Turzai, the state’s House majority leader, when he spoke over the weekend to a meeting of the Republican State Committee and ticked off a number of recent conservative achievements by Pennsylvania’s Republican-led legislature.
Another View: NH's most vulnerable students need educational choices
Tuition tax credit scholarships for low- and middle-income K-12 students have a track record of improving student learning and public school performance. National testing data show that low-income New Hampshire students need help — help achievable through this legislation. New Hampshire legislators should, therefore, reaffirm their commitment to equalizing educational opportunity for students of modest means by, once again, passing tax credit scholarships.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs third grade reading guarantee bill into law
The third grade reading guarantee was the hot-button topic in Senate Bill 316, a multi-faceted education and workforce development bill that the Republican governor signed in Cincinnati. Kasich said he doesn't intend the new law to be a form of punishment for 8- and 9-year-old boys and girls who want to move on to the fourth grade, but more of a necessary investment in their futures.
NJ lawmakers pass teacher tenure bill
The Republican Christie administration worked on crafting the bill, and the governor's spokesman praised the effort, indications that the governor will sign it.
Rachel Maddow verbal tirade shockingly misleading
On Rachel Maddow's website yesterday (21 June 2012), her show highlighted a specific piece of commentary, As unions go, so goes the Democratic Party. In this five minute verbal escapade -- and yes, it's basically a quick trip to fantasy land -- Maddow suggests that Democrats will soon be unable to compete in terms of campaign spending, because the Republican Party is single handedly trying to "dismantle" Unions, the backbone of the Democratic Party's political base. Really? That's news to me.
Supreme Court Upholds Workers’ Rights Not to Fund Union Politics
California requires state employees who choose not to join a government union to nonetheless pay the union for expenses related to collective bargaining. However, unions cannot force workers to pay for their political and ideological spending. In prior cases, the Supreme Court has ruled that workers have a First Amendment right to certain procedural protections to enforce their underlying right not to subsidize political opinions they disagree with.
Cuomo’s Teacher-Evaluation Bill Approved by New York Legislature
The measure, introduced by Cuomo minutes before a midnight deadline June 18, won approval after Senate Republicans, who control the chamber, backed it. It has the support of New York State United Teachers, the largest educators union, and is opposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who wants wider evaluation disclosures.
“It struck a balance between parents’ right to know and some confidentiality,” said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican.
Supreme Court upholds House redistricting plan
$9 Billion in ‘Stimulus’ for Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs -- $9.8 Million Per Job
At the same time, those green energy projects also created, in the end, about 4,600 “indirect” jobs – positions indirectly supported by the annual operation and maintenance jobs -- which means they cost about $1.9 million each ($9 billion divided by 4,600).
McConnell calls for EPA to back off on coal reg
Confidence in US public schools at record low
Twenty-nine percent of those questioned in a Gallup poll said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in public schools. Forty percent had some confidence while 30 percent expressed little or none.
Mississippi voter ID regulations are being developed
Clash Over Teacher Bill
Mr. Bloomberg's opposition remained an important obstacle for the prospects of Mr. Cuomo's last-minute bid, the governor's latest attempt to squeeze a compromise on a fiercely debated education issue. The legislation represents a test of the mayor's influence over a statehouse dominated by Mr. Cuomo.