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Supreme Court must have ethics restrictions

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Sept 23, 2023. We should be deeply concerned that, for years, two U.S. Supreme Court justices have received lavish trips, large sums of money and other gifts from people with issues that they would be ruling on. Our highest court does not

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Analysis

SCOTUS rulings swing pendulum of progress backwards

Tallahassee, FL — Following three rulings handed down by the ultra-conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried issued the following statement: “This week, a Supreme Court stacked with Trump sycophants has taken us back to the dark ages, swinging the pendulum of progress backwards and emboldening a new wave of discrimination,” said FDP Chair

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Analysis

What a closely watched SCOTUS case could mean for Florida

By GARY FINEOUT ,  Politico Florida Playbook, Dec 7, 2022. Before the court — A lot of attention will be directed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as it takes up a North Carolina redistricting case that could determine the future of elections nationwide, including Florida’s. The case known as Moore v. Harper centers around

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Judicial Candidates

A partisan Supreme Court is 2022’s other incumbent

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, October 2, 2022. What makes this midterm election different from every other? Most midterms are about the party in charge. But in this one, two parties count as incumbents: the Democrats who control the White House and Congress, and the Republicans who control the Supreme Court. GOP pollster Whit

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Judicial Candidates

The Supreme Court’s majority reconvenes its assault on democracy

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post Columnist, October 4, 2022. This week, a zealous band of Republican partisans gathered in Washington intent on advancing their campaign to undermine free and fair elections in this country. It isn’t the Proud Boys responding to President Donald Trump’s call to “stand back and stand by.” Nor is it the

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Judicial Candidates

No surprise that Rubio and Scott are in lock step

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on April 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of failing to justly consider Supreme Court candidates on their merits. We can’t be surprised, but we can be disappointed, after Florida Sen. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio voted against confirmation last week for

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Judicial Candidates

The Senate knew about Kavanaugh’s partisan history. It confirmed him anyway.

By Jackie Calmes, The Washington Post, Sept 16, 2021. Nearly three years after his confirmation, Justice Brett Kavanaugh remains a deeply divisive figure, the best-known but least-popular justice on the Supreme Court. Occasionally, his votes or some news story will renew the bitter sense among many Americans that he got away with a lie in denying Christine Blasey

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Elections

Florida’s 2020 Judicial Retention Elections

By Sarah Lewerenz, Attorney at Law, Charlotte Dems writer Judges and those who appoint them like to claim that judges, as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said at his confirmation hearing, just “call balls and strikes” with no personal biases when ruling on the law. As someone who practiced law in Minnesota for

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