The recent partisan blocking of President Obama’s moderate Supreme Court appointment, Judge Merrick Garland, was a new peak for a politicized Supreme Court. However, though this dangerous trend has been a long-term development, Michael Livermore and Daniel Rockmore argue that the trend is not irreversible and propose serious reforms to help tackle the dysfunctional Court’s politicization and remove the […]
In its Arizona redistricting decision, the Supreme Court has made explicit that redistricting initiatives are a state legislative action.
This week, the Supreme Court found in favor of the state of Arizona’s use of an independent commission to conduct the redistricting process once every decade. The state’s Republican-led legislature had argued that the commission is unconstitutional. During oral arguments in March Keith Gaddie wrote that the disagreement centered on one word — the term ‘legislature.’ The Court’s conservative […]
Last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality across the entire United States, overturning bans in 14 states. The case was decided 5 votes to 4, with Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissenting under an Originalist or traditionalist interpretation of the Constitution. Leslie C. Griffin closely examines each of the dissents, writing […]
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. We asked our expert contributors for their reactions to the ruling. We will be periodically updating this post with expert commentary.
One may reasonably expect that the national legalization of same-sex marriage will send a powerful signal that positively shifts […]
In the current bitterly contested political atmosphere, the Supreme Court’s second decision on Obamacare has resolved little.
This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of subsides which support federal health insurance exchanges which operate in the states under the Affordable Care Act. Richard B. Saltman writes that the core argument over Obamacare goes beyond the role of these subsidies and that many who oppose it do so on the grounds that it is an expensive […]
On Thursday the United States Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. We asked our expert contributors for their reactions to the ruling. We will be periodically updating this post with expert commentary.
The King v. Burwell ruling adds pressure on the GOP candidates in the 2016 presidential […]
This month the Supreme Court is due to announce its decision in the King v. Burwell case, which will determine whether federally-run health care exchanges may provide subsidies to individuals under the Affordable Care Act. Many Republicans hope the Court rules that such subsidies may not be provided under the text of the statute, while some Democrats, including President […]
This week the Supreme Court will hear cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee on whether those states’ bans on same-sex marriages are constitutional, and if they must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. USAPP editor, Chris Gilson, compiles a selection of articles from our archive which cover the debate over the constitutionality and recognition of same-sex marriages, and on public attitudes […]
Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case which challenges Oklahoma’s use of “liquid fire” in executions. The drug – potassium chloride – is one of a cocktail of drugs currently used in some states to carry out death sentences, a cocktail that has led to botched executions. Nancy E. Millar comments on the upcoming case, […]
Last week oral arguments began at the Supreme Court on the state of Arizona’s use of an independent commission to conduct the redistricting process once every decade, with the state’s Republican-led legislature arguing that the commission is unconstitutional. Keith Gaddie writes that the disagreement centers on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the term ‘legislature’, with those who are against […]