January 15, 2012 |
Detailing the histories of the nation's founding fathers and belief in God, Newt Gingrich took an anti-secular message to 1,200 worshipers Sunday at the Cathedral of Praise church in Charleston, a church Rick Santorum had visited the day before. Both are courting evangelical voters as each tries to pull ahead as the clear conservative alternative to Mitt Romney in the days before South Carolina's primary. Standing on a stage with a giant screen picturing a hawk on a blue and red backdrop dotted with white stars, Gingrich pledged to defeat secularism and the “elites,” a group he referred to repeatedly in his speech.
March 2, 2014 |
President Obama's proclaimed strategy to "bypass Congress" — most conspicuously his broad rewriting of the Affordable Care Act — has given unusual prominence to a fairly arcane legal doctrine: standing. Standing is what is preventing a potential blizzard of litigation against the president's unilateral decrees, and ironically, it's a doctrine liberal jurists have long decried. To challenge the government in federal court, it isn't enough to simply believe that the government's conduct is illegal or even unconstitutional.
January 24, 2012
California government has cut and must keep cutting, even though at this point all cuts are substantive and they hurt. But there are some things that need to be protected when everything else is taking a hit. Courts have taken as much slashing as they can bear, and then some. After imposing some $350 million in cuts in the current budget year, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed leaving the courts alone in the coming year — unless, of course, expected revenues fail to materialize. In that case, an automatic "trigger" would be pulled and courts would be in the sights.
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June 11, 2013 |
California's chief justice said she was "encouraged" that the budget deal worked out between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature would end a pattern of funding cuts for courts and restore at least some money lost previously. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a prepared statement Tuesday morning the state spending plan hammered out the day before "is an initial step forward" to rebuild "the kind of access to justice the public deserves. " It now falls to the Judicial Council and a newly created Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to work on how that money is allocated to trial and appellate courts.
March 1, 2012 |
The markets can't solve everything: Billionaire brothers and libertarian icons Charles and David Koch are taking to the courts to solve an ownership dispute involving the Cato Institute. The president of the institute, a longtime pillar of free-market thinking in Washington -- calls the move an attempt “to transform Cato from an independent, nonpartisan research organization into a political entity” with a “partisan agenda.” The oil-rich Kochs - champions for the business-minded right and reviled by the left - have donated hundreds of millions to charitable causes but are better known for backing tea party groups and influencing battles over climate change and federal regulation.
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September 10, 1999
Re "The Great Judicial Stall," Opinion, Sept. 5: David M. O'Brien states that the courts have been turned into an arena of ideological combat. Actually, it is the courts that have thrust themselves into the arena of political combat. They have done this by the self-expansion of their powers from Alexander Hamilton's time, when litigation issues were over who owned the cow, to today, when a single person in black routinely overturns the democratic process and thwarts the will of millions of voters or when a court reinvents the Constitution to mean whatever it thinks it should have said.