Supreme Court seems skeptical of Biden vaccination mandates

The Supreme Court seemed skeptical of the Biden administration’s bold claim that it has the authority to impose vaccination mandates applying to more than 84 million private sector employees and to workers in federally funded health care facilities. In a rare Friday sitting the high court seemed broadly receptive to the idea that states have authority to impose vaccination mandates but questioned the ability of federal agencies to do the same. The court decided Dec. 22, 2021, to fast-track emergency applications pertaining to challenges to the two mandates’ lawfulness as those challenges work their way through the lower courts. Various … Continue reading Supreme Court seems skeptical of Biden vaccination mandates

Indiana lawmakers seek federal constitutional convention to keep Supreme Court at 9 members

A committee of the Indiana legislature approved a resolution on Jan. 5 calling for a federal constitutional convention to amend the Constitution to hold the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices at nine. Defenders of the Supreme Court say the institution is functioning as it’s supposed to, although Democrats in the nation’s capital continue to press to pack the high court so it won’t hinder possibly unconstitutional left-wing legislation aimed at transforming the country. When former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, tried to pack the court to clear the way for his controversial New Deal, the idea was met with backlash, … Continue reading Indiana lawmakers seek federal constitutional convention to keep Supreme Court at 9 members

California pushes kids to worship Aztec gods: Welcome to the enlightenment of ‘Ethnic Studies’

California’s long-running descent into madness continues as its bizarre Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) now encourages public school students to pray to bloodthirsty Aztec deities. The California State Board of Education approved the almost 900-page ESMC in March 2021, saying … Continue reading California pushes kids to worship Aztec gods: Welcome to the enlightenment of ‘Ethnic Studies’

Georgia begins probe of illegal 2020 ballot harvesting

State officials in Georgia are now investigating allegations that ballot harvesting–a practice that is unlawful in the state—was used widely during the November 2020 general election and the U.S. Senate runoff elections that followed two months later. The allegations originated from good-government group True the Vote, which promises to release other information on voting irregularities in five other states. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, confirmed to John Solomon of Just the News, that a probe is underway and that subpoenas from the state’s election board may soon follow as part of the evidence-gathering process. True the Vote, which focuses on electoral integrity issues, acknowledged in a statement … Continue reading Georgia begins probe of illegal 2020 ballot harvesting

Blue states ask Supreme Court to review SALT tax deduction caps

After losing in the lower courts, four Democratic-dominated northeastern states are asking the Supreme Court to consider their legal challenge to the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions imposed by then-President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law. The case is New York v. Yellen. Janet Yellen is being sued in her official capacity as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland asked the Supreme Court on Dec. 29, 2021, to extend the deadline for filing a petition for certiorari, or review, in the case from Jan. 3 to March 4. On Jan. 3, Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted the requested … Continue reading Blue states ask Supreme Court to review SALT tax deduction caps

Pence group asks Supreme Court to halt worker vaccination mandate

A group headed by former Vice President Mike Pence has asked the Supreme Court to halt President Joe Biden’s mandate forcing large businesses to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or endure frequent testing. Pence’s group, Advancing American Freedom (AAF), filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the emergency application filed by the National Federation of Independent Business, American Trucking Associations Inc., National Retail Federation, and other business organizations, which the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Jan. 7. AAF, which argues the mandate is unconstitutional and exceeds the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), shared the brief with The … Continue reading Pence group asks Supreme Court to halt worker vaccination mandate

Campus Struggle Sessions USA: The woke Maoist enforcers are coming for those who won’t bend the knee

Ritualized humiliation and self-abasement are becoming the norm for those in higher education who defy the campus enforcers of wokeness. In a scene out of Communist China’s Cultural Revolution, current law professor Jason Kilborn and former college administrator Jodi Shaw … Continue reading Campus Struggle Sessions USA: The woke Maoist enforcers are coming for those who won’t bend the knee

NC voter ID law challenge delayed until Supreme Court hears case

The judge in a federal lawsuit on North Carolina’s voter photo identification law scheduled for trial on Jan. 24 has decided to delay the proceeding until the U.S. Supreme Court can decide in coming months whether North Carolina legislative leaders should be allowed to help defend the statute in court. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs, an Obama appointee, ordered the trial delay on Dec. 30, saying it wasn’t reasonable to move forward without first obtaining feedback from the high court. Moving ahead prematurely could force the court to try the matter twice, “needlessly expending tremendous resources of time and effort” … Continue reading NC voter ID law challenge delayed until Supreme Court hears case

‘Reggie,’ we hardly knew ye

Virginia’s incoming Republican governor is promising a big lump of coal for global warming alarmists this new year season as he plans to set fire to some of the financial infrastructure that is helping to keep irrational fear of the earth’s natural weather patterns alive. Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has said he will extract Virginia from the jaws of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an 11-state regional carbon emissions-trading scheme. The RGGI is a “carbon tax” paid by energy consumers, Youngkin said in promising an executive order pulling the state out of the interstate compact that created it. “RGGI will cost ratepayers over the … Continue reading ‘Reggie,’ we hardly knew ye

Virginia Supreme Court adopts electoral map shifting congressional districts

The Virginia Supreme Court has given its blessing to new electoral maps for Virginia’s congressional delegation and its state legislature following a process that for the first time kept elected officials out of the decision-making. The contentious once-in-a-decade exercise included a bipartisan redistricting commission that deadlocked and failed to complete the task. It then fell to the court to appoint two special masters—RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende and University of California–Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman—to draft the new maps. Trende, who was nominated by Republican lawmakers, and Grofman, who was nominated by Democratic lawmakers, unveiled their proposed maps on Dec. 7 to the … Continue reading Virginia Supreme Court adopts electoral map shifting congressional districts

Wisconsin legislation would strip grants, allow lawsuits against colleges violating free speech rights

A Wisconsin state lawmaker’s new legislation would penalize the state’s public universities and state technical colleges for violations of free speech rights or academic freedom. The legislation comes after years of pressure from activists and state lawmakers who believe that the University of Wisconsin (UW) hasn’t done enough to defend free speech on campus. A prior measure in the Legislature that would have expelled students who disrupted invited speakers on campus failed to be approved by the state Legislature, according to a Longview News-Journal summary. The university’s board of regents approved a resolution containing provisions similar to the failed legislation after a … Continue reading Wisconsin legislation would strip grants, allow lawsuits against colleges violating free speech rights

Law prof punished for perceived racial insensitivity considers lawsuit against school

A law professor in Chicago has been ordered to undergo mandatory reeducation as punishment for using an abbreviated version of a racial slur in a legal hypothetical about race-based employment discrimination on an exam. The question posed on the civil procedure exam by Jason Kilborn, a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, included the following sentence, which was deemed hurtful to students: “Employer’s lawyer traveled to meet the manager, who stated that she quit her job at Employer after she attended a meeting in which other managers expressed their anger at Plaintiff, calling her a ‘n____’ … Continue reading Law prof punished for perceived racial insensitivity considers lawsuit against school

Dem senators tell Virginia Supreme Court redrawn electoral map doesn’t protect Democrats enough

Virginia’s two Democratic U.S. senators urged the state’s Supreme Court to reject proposed changes to the state’s congressional map, claiming that the changes would make it more difficult for three incumbent Democratic lawmakers to be reelected. The Dec. 20 letter from the two male senators emphasizes that all three of their electorally endangered colleagues are female, and it comes after the Virginia Supreme Court appointed two special masters. The court appointed RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende and University of California–Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman to redraw Virginia’s electoral maps after an independent state commission deadlocked over a redistricting plan, as The Epoch … Continue reading Dem senators tell Virginia Supreme Court redrawn electoral map doesn’t protect Democrats enough

Woke pharmacists add diversity, antiracism to professional oath

Pharmacists across the United States will soon have to embrace the left’s political and cultural agenda as a result of radical new ideologically-motivated revisions to the wording of their professional oath. Although Marxist-inspired critical race theory in public education has been meeting unprecedented resistance across the country in families with children in government-run schools, “woke” ideology has been consolidating its hold over academia, government, the corporate world, and the helping professions. One manifestation of wokeness or political correctness is “health equity,” a variant of social justice ideology that has been defined as “the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable … Continue reading Woke pharmacists add diversity, antiracism to professional oath

North Carolina asks Supreme Court to deny challenge to race-based admissions at UNC

North Carolina is urging the Supreme Court to throw out a watchdog group’s challenge to the University of North Carolina’s partially race-based admission policies. The case is Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina, court file 21-707, an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) describes itself as “a nonprofit membership group of more than 20,000 students, parents, and others who believe that racial classifications and preferences in college admissions are unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional.” In its still-pending petition before the Supreme Court, the Arlington, Virginia-based SFFA argued that … Continue reading North Carolina asks Supreme Court to deny challenge to race-based admissions at UNC

Smith College ex-staffer sues over anti-white racism, ideological struggle sessions

Former Smith College administrative employee Jodi Shaw, a white woman, is suing the elite school in federal court for retaliation and racial discrimination including forced participation in humiliating ideological indoctrination sessions. David Pitvorak, who describes himself in his Twitter biography as an “individual rights attorney taking on Critical Race Theory in the courts,” is representing Shaw in the lawsuit. “We allege that Smith forced Shaw to undergo ritual racial humiliation and tasked her with implementing policies that racially segregated and discriminated against students,” Pitvorak tweeted. The 101-page lawsuit was filed Dec. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the District of … Continue reading Smith College ex-staffer sues over anti-white racism, ideological struggle sessions

Group sues Colorado secretary of state for illegally withholding voter data

A good-government group is suing Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold in federal court for refusing to allow the inspection of voter list maintenance records as required by federal law. Griswold, a Democrat, is refusing to allow the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) access to voter list maintenance documents, including data that Colorado receives from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Griswold says her agency’s contract with ERIC prohibits the release of the data that ERIC provides to member states. ERIC, a nonprofit that describes its mission as “assisting states to improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration … Continue reading Group sues Colorado secretary of state for illegally withholding voter data

Supreme Court sends Texas ‘heartbeat’ abortion law appeal to the 5th Circuit

The Supreme Court issued a procedural ruling late Dec. 16 that will prolong the ongoing litigation over the Texas “heartbeat” law that bans abortions after six weeks of gestation and crowdsources enforcement to members of the public. The brief order, signed by Justice Neil Gorsuch, sends the case to the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit–which is perceived as a conservative appellate court—as Texas officials had requested. The high court refused to stay the Texas law. “We know the Court of Appeals is inclined to slow walk this challenge and allow Texas to enforce the law relative to District Court,” … Continue reading Supreme Court sends Texas ‘heartbeat’ abortion law appeal to the 5th Circuit

Group asks to intervene in Democrats’ sue-and-settle lawsuit against Democratic-controlled election board

A good-government group asked a federal court to be allowed to intervene in an apparently collusive Democratic Party lawsuit in Virginia so the group may safeguard electoral integrity protections that the Democrats seek to dismantle. For a half-century, would-be voters in Virginia have been required to provide their Social Security number on their registration application form, but now that Democrats are about to lose control of the governor’s and attorney general’s offices in coming weeks, the party is arguing that this longstanding requirement somehow imposes a burden on the right to vote, according to papers filed with the court by the Public Interest Legal … Continue reading Group asks to intervene in Democrats’ sue-and-settle lawsuit against Democratic-controlled election board

Supreme Court to hear case of Texas state trooper pushed out of the force after Iraq War injuries

The Supreme Court agreed on Dec. 15 to review an appeal by a former Texas state trooper who claims that his former employer discriminated against him after he suffered injuries during his deployment in the Iraq War as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. The man filed suit against his former employer in Texas state court in 2017, seeking more than $5 million. The Supreme Court granted Torres’s petition for a writ of certiorari, or review, in the case known as is Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety. Petitioner Le Roy Torres enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve … Continue reading Supreme Court to hear case of Texas state trooper pushed out of the force after Iraq War injuries