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  • #81
    SCOTUS (lol) rules 7-2 that a baker can't be forced to make a custom cake for a same-sex marriage due to his religious convictions. However, they stay away from the issue if anyone can discriminate against same-sex marriage rights.

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    • #82


      WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by targeting people who havenít cast ballots in a while. The justices rejected, by a 5-4 vote Monday, arguments that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use votersí inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls.
      Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that Ohio is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues.
      The four liberal justices dissented.
      Partisan fights over ballot access are being fought across the country. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress votes from minorities and poorer people who tend to vote for Democrats. Republicans have argued that they are trying to promote ballot integrity and prevent voter fraud.
      Under Ohio rules, registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period are targeted for eventual removal from registration rolls, even if they havenít moved and remain eligible. The state said it only uses the disputed process after first comparing its voter lists with a U.S. postal service list of people who have reported a change of address. But not everyone who moves notifies the post office, the state said.
      So the state asks people who havenít voted in two years to confirm their eligibility. If they do, or if they show up to vote over the next four years, voters remain registered. If they do nothing, their names eventually fall off the list of registered voters.

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      • #83
        The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the authority to force online shoppers to pay sales tax; a move that could generate billions of dollars and significantly raise prices of commonly bought goods.

        The 5-4 ruling strikes down a decades-old decision that impacted online sales; clearing the path for local governments to charge sales tax on goods regardless of whether or not the business has a ďphysicalĒ footprint within its boundaries.

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        By the way, Amazon already charges CA sales tax, so this isn't that big of a deal... but for other states it may be.
        Last edited by Bolt-O; 06-21-2018, 07:43 AM.

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        • #84
          SCOTUS rules 5-4 that law enforcement needs a search warrant to obtain cell phone tower tracking data on individuals. Chief Justice Roberts joined Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer, and Ginsberg.

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          • #85
            Two 5-4 decisions:

            SCOTUS overturns 9th circuit decision on the "travel ban" on countries that happened to be majority muslim. Per Chief Justice Roberts... nothing in the proclamation says anything about religion. The inclusion of Venezuela may have helped the government position. The four dissenters said that Trump's comments before the election did show bias against Muslims.

            Also, the court ruled 5-4 that the California law requiring religious-based anti-abortion pregnancy health centers to give information about abortion is probably unconstitutional.
            Last edited by Bolt-O; 06-26-2018, 07:33 AM.

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            • #86
              SCOTUS rules 5-4 that non-union public workers are not required to pay 'agency fees' to the unions for negotiations. This overturns a 41 year precedent set by the court and a huge blow to the public-sector unions.

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              • #87
                Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement. YUGE.

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                • #88
                  Originally posted by Bolt-O View Post

                  WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by targeting people who havenít cast ballots in a while. The justices rejected, by a 5-4 vote Monday, arguments that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use votersí inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls.
                  Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that Ohio is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues.
                  The four liberal justices dissented.
                  Partisan fights over ballot access are being fought across the country. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress votes from minorities and poorer people who tend to vote for Democrats. Republicans have argued that they are trying to promote ballot integrity and prevent voter fraud.
                  Under Ohio rules, registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period are targeted for eventual removal from registration rolls, even if they havenít moved and remain eligible. The state said it only uses the disputed process after first comparing its voter lists with a U.S. postal service list of people who have reported a change of address. But not everyone who moves notifies the post office, the state said.
                  So the state asks people who havenít voted in two years to confirm their eligibility. If they do, or if they show up to vote over the next four years, voters remain registered. If they do nothing, their names eventually fall off the list of registered voters.
                  Republicans want less voting.

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                  • #89
                    Originally posted by Bolt-O View Post
                    Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement. YUGE.
                    The court is going to suck for years.

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                    • Bolt-O
                      Bolt-O commented
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                      Well, certainly more "originalist". I don't expect the court will be changing more recent decisions, such as same-sex marriage, but they may be more open to review judicial decisions that "make" law. Obviously, the most holiest of sacred cows is Roe for the Dems, but I doubt SCOTUS will outright reverse it, even though it is just bad law.

                      There's a new movie coming out... "Weekend at Ruthie's". She might be the most cared-for person on the planet, at least for the next year. Breyer isn't all that young either at 79.

                  • #90
                    Originally posted by Bolt-O View Post
                    SCOTUS rules 5-4 that non-union public workers are not required to pay 'agency fees' to the unions for negotiations. This overturns a 41 year precedent set by the court and a huge blow to the public-sector unions.
                    The public sector will be worse for this. Weaker unions will lead to lower pay, which will discourage the best workers from applying to work in the public sector.

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                    • Bolt-O
                      Bolt-O commented
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                      They have the best pension systems which outweigh higher salary. If unions can do better at focusing on negotiation and worker protection, rather than political influence, they might get people to be happy to pay for that, than mandating it.

                    • SDfan
                      SDfan commented
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                      long past due. there NEVER should have been "public sector" Unions in the 1st place. Just 1 more horrid progressive concoction aided by morons like Jerry Brown. Life is gonna get worse and worse for progressive/liberals until the civil war comes- then it gets really bad for them with re-education camps so they can learn the truth about this country from the beginning instead of the lies they were indoctrinated with and more to allow them the opportunity to embrace the greatest country the earth has ever seen and to be productive, contributing citizens as the founders intended- or get the hell out. America, love it (as originally created) or leave it!

                  • #91
                    Trump's next pick should be Judge Roy Moore.

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                    • #92
                      Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the pick. 53 yrs old, clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy and was appointed to the DC appellate court by George W. Bush.

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                      • #93
                        I don't know if public-sector workers have the "best pension system", but, if they do, they won't have them when they no longer have unions. Who do you think will swoop those jobs? Just the people nobody else wanted to hire.

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                        • #94
                          the robots are taking over.
                          Chagras Got no barg!!!!!!!

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                          • #95
                            Originally posted by SDfan View Post
                            the robots are taking over.
                            Yes you are.

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                            • #96
                              Watching the hearings on the side... what a zoo. Dems and protestors trying hard to stop the hearings, but are just sounding shrill. They aren't showing the protestors getting arrested, and the Dem senators are on"talking points".

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                              • SDfan
                                SDfan commented
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                                I saw lots of arrests on TV. Libs are the most angry and intolerant people on the planet.

                              • Bolt-O
                                Bolt-O commented
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                                Yeah. They are relying on the courts to for 'new law'.

                            • #97
                              It's done, Kavanaugh confirmed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. My hope is that he remains fair, and continues the record he placed in front of the nation. Its my hope that both sides will think twice before throwing around reputations with uncollaborated claims against any nominee. The dems didn't want this to go through before the election, but I think they went over the line by dragging Kavanaugh through that dirt and maybe unified their opposition before the election. It's pretty amazing how consistent the talking point were since Kennedy's retirement, I think they would have done the same playbook on any male nominee. Lord help us for the next confirmation round if Trump has another space to fill if Ginsberg or Breyer decides to retire... or die.

                              Just my thinking, he's not going to be as reliable to the right as Alito or Thomas, but should be to the right of Kennedy. There is no way to know for sure, he could be the next Souter.

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                              • #98
                                the intolerant Left was on record they would oppose ANYBODY on Trump's list of 25 and do "whatever it takes" to scuttle any nomination. They even had prepared protest signs saying "I'm against judge ----" with no names on them to fill in the blanks after Trump announced his pick! They sunk to new lows and showed the entire country what scumbags they are and will stop at nothing to grab and hold onto power. The media is entirely complicit in the disgusting circus created by the Dems- and what really irks me is the oft-repeated lie that there is some permanent "swing seat" vacated by Kennedy that needed to be filled with same- when no such thing exists. Also how they keeping mindlessly blathering how the GOP wanted for decades to swing the court to the hard right, when in reality it is moving back to center with focus on adhering to the Constitution as intended and not being used to make law instead of just interpreting it as designed. The Founders created a very specific process to make fundamental changes to our society called the Amendment process- and this was to ensure that passing fads and popular culture did not result in making destructive laws on a whim. The libs hate that because their ideas have never been validated enough to survive the Amendment process so they resorted to changing the purpose of the Supreme Court to ram through their unprincipled social agenda.
                                Chagras Got no barg!!!!!!!

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