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Topics in the News: Supreme Court


Andrew Cuomo on Abortion : May 18, 2014
Codify state with federal law to allow 9th-month abortions

Cuomo said he wanted to "codify" state with the federal law to assure abortions could be performed into the ninth month of pregnancy. Although already legal under federal law, he said the state measure is needed in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Roe v. Wade decision.

Cuomo made the issue a crescendo in his 2013 State of the State speech--"Because it's her body! It's her choice!" But Senate Republicans, as expected, ultimately blocked the measure.

State records show few New Yorkers seek abortions as late as the ninth month of pregnancy. Of 97,502 abortions in New York in 2012, just 2.6 percent came after the fifth month of pregnancy, according to the state Health Department.

Astorino last week called Cuomo's proposal to protect ninth-month abortions "sick, I think that's ghastly. I would veto that in a second." But he said he wouldn't try to erode current abortion laws. "I'm pro-life. This is a pro-choice state. I get that," Astorino said.

Click for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.   Source: Newsday AdWatch on 2014 New York State gubernatorial race

Jerry Brown on Crime : Jan 22, 2014
Major reductions in our prison population

In the field of public safety, we have changed historic practices in our prison system and transferred significant responsibilities to local authorities. The Federal courts, backed up by the United States Supreme Court, have ordered major reductions in our prison population and dramatic improvements in the medical and mental health programs that the state makes available. In response, we have transferred the supervision of tens of thousands of lower level offenders from the state to our 58 counties. This realignment is bold and far reaching, but necessary under the circumstances. And local law enforcement has risen to the occasion.

Our prisons are pioneering new programs and treatments--and so are the counties. Last week, I visited the Lerdo Jail just north of Bakersfield and sat in on some classes. It was moving to hear the men's stories and the struggles they encounter.

Click for Jerry Brown on other issues.   Source: 2014 State of the State Address to California legislature

Rand Paul on Health Care : Oct 6, 2013
It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare

Q: Why is ObamaCare even a matter of a negotiation when it's passed both houses of Congress, and upheld by the Supreme Court?

PAUL: Well, because it's Congress's job to oversee spending. The power of the purse resides with Congress and they fund programs every year. So it's not their obligation once something is law to never change it. So it's a silly argument for Democrats to say, "Oh, the law has been passed. We can't ever change it." Well that's what Congress's job is.

Q: You talk about compromise a lot with regard to ObamaCare. What part of ObamaCare do you like and want to keep?

PAUL: I don't really like any of ObamaCare. But I realize I'm not going to get my way. But we do control a third of the government. People did elect us to fight. I'm supposed to go and fight to make bills either less bad or make them better if possible. So I think it is my job to stand up and provide oversight for legislation. It's precisely what Congress is supposed to be doing. This is Congress's job.

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2013 interviews: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Hillary Clinton on Government Reform : Aug 12, 2013
Fight obstacles to voting disguised as election fraud claims

If the Voting Rights Act is not fixed [despite the Supreme Court's June 2013 ruling], Clinton warned, "citizens will be disenfranchised, victimized by the law instead of served by it, and that progress--that historical progress toward a more perfect union--will go backward instead of forward."

Clinton assailed what she considers an "unseemly rush" to make it harder for African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities to vote. She noted that this year, more than 80 bills restricting voting rights have been introduced in 31 states. "We've seen a sweeping effort across our country to construct new obstacles to voting, often undercover and addressing a phantom epidemic of election fraud," she said.

Clinton singled out 4 states in particular: FL, SC, TX, as well as NC, home to what she called the "greatest hits of voter suppression." Clinton said, "There are many problems in life that we can't fix, but preserving fairness and equality in our voting system is one that we can and that we should."

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Philip Rucker in Washington Post, "Demons of Discrimination"

Marco Rubio on Civil Rights : Jun 28, 2013
Defining marriage does not demean a class of people

I believe the Supreme Court made a serious mistake today when it overstepped its important, but limited role. I do not believe that Pres. Clinton and overwhelming bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress acted with malice or intent to 'demean' a class of people when they adopted a uniform definition of marriage for the purposes of federal law. The Court should not have second guessed the will of the American people acting through their elected representatives without firm constitutional justifications. The sweeping language of today's majority opinion is more troubling than the ruling itself as it points to further interference by the Court in the years to come.

I recognize that the definition of marriage and the legal status of same-sex relationships is a deeply personal and emotional issue for Americans of a variety of viewpoints. These types of disagreements should be settled through the democratic process, not through litigation and court pronouncements.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: Press release on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA

Marco Rubio on Civil Rights : Jun 28, 2013
I believe in historical marriage, but ok if states redefine

I believe that marriage is a unique historical institution best defined as the union between one man and one woman. In the U.S., marriage has traditionally been defined by state law, and I believe each state, acting through their elected representatives or the ballot, should decide their own definition of marriage. For the purposes of federal law, however, Congress had every right to adopt a uniform definition and I regret that the Supreme Court would interfere with that determination.

I appreciate that many Americans' attitude towards same-sex marriage have changed in recent years. I respect the rights of states to allow same-sex marriages, even though I disagree with them. But I also expect that the decisions made by states like Florida to define marriage as between one man and one woman will also be respected.

I do not believe there exists a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Therefore, I am glad the Supreme Court did not create one in the Proposition 8 case.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: Press release on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA

Rand Paul on Civil Rights : Jun 26, 2013
Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems

Earlier today, for example, the senator appeared on Glenn Beck's show to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. The host suggested the ruling could lead to polygamy: "If you change one variable--man and a woman to man and man--you can logically change another variable--one man, three women."

For Paul, this seemed perfectly sensible. In fact, the senator went even further than Beck: "If we have no laws on this people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans? I'm kind of with you, I see the thousands-of-year tradition of the nucleus of the family unit. I also see that economically, if you just look without any kind of moral periscope and you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country? It's having kids without marriage. The stability of the marriage unit is enormous and we should not just say oh we're punting on it, marriage can be anything."

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Rachel Maddow blog on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA

Jeb Bush on Education : Mar 5, 2013
Civics & government for high school graduation

The lack of adequate civics education means that many Americans have little idea how their government works or how to effectively influence it. Indeed, nearly 2/3 of American cannot name all three branches of government and less than 1/2 can name a single Supreme Court justice--but 3/4 can correctly name all of the Three Stooges. The majority of American 8th graders could not explain the purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and only 5% of high school seniors could explain how Congress and the Supreme Court can check presidential power.

Even as we strengthen the immigration examination to ensure that newcomers understand American ideals and mechanisms for civic participation, we think in recent years, our education policy increasingly has recognized the importance of mastering subjects like math, science, and English. And yet we treat civics as a distant relative.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Immigration Wars, by Jeb Bush, p. 60-61

Jeb Bush on Education : Mar 5, 2013
Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools

The best way for education policy to catch up with technology advances is to fund students rather than schools. After the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a voucher program for foster and disabled children under the state's Blaine Amendment, the Goldwater Institute proposed an innovative idea called education savings accounts. For any eligible student who leaves the public schools, the state each year deposits the student's share of state education spending in an account owned by the student's family. The accounts can be used for any educational expense, from private school tuition to distance learning, computer software, tutors, community college classes, and discrete public school services. Any money remaining can be saved for college.
Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Immigration Wars, by Jeb Bush, p.193

Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty : Feb 12, 2013
Community organizing brings about redistributive change

In a 2001 public radio interview, then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama said that the Constitution was too restrictive and didn't allow for the redistribution of wealth that he felt was needed in America.

"The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.

One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change."

During his presidency, we've seen Mr. Obama's many attempts to skirt the law and get around the Constitution to implement his redistribution agenda. His crowning achievement was one of the most immense pieces of redistributionist legislation in America history--the federal health care law.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Last Line of Defense, by Ken Cuccinelli, p. 37-38

Andrew Cuomo on Abortion : Jan 9, 2013
Let women make decision: pregnancy, adoption, or abortion

New York was a national leader protecting choice even before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Governor Cuomo will continue to vigorously protect a woman's right to choose. Therefore, he will fight for passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which will protect the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman's right to make private health care decisions. Several other states have already passed similar laws, including California,

A woman facing an unplanned or problem pregnancy should have the opportunity to make the best decision for herself and her family, whether her decision is continuing the pregnancy, adoption, or abortion.

Click for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.   Source: NY Rising 2013 State of the State booklet

Paul Ryan on Abortion : Oct 11, 2012
Judges shouldn't decide abortion; Congress should

Q: If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?

RYAN: We don't think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.

BIDEN: The next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That's how close Roe v. Wade is. Just ask yourself: With Robert Bork being the chief adviser on the court for Mr. Romney, who do you think he's likely to appoint? Do you think he's likely to appoint someone far right, that would outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen. I guarantee you that will not happen [with Obama]. We picked people who are open-minded. They've been good justices.

RYAN: Was there a litmus test on them?

BIDEN: There was no litmus test. We picked people who had an open mind, did not come with an agenda.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

Joe Biden on Abortion : Oct 11, 2012
Romney will appoint pro-life Justice; Obama will not

Q: If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?

RYAN: We don't think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.

BIDEN: The next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That's how close Roe v. Wade is. Just ask yourself: With Robert Bork being the chief adviser on the court for Mr. Romney, who do you think he's likely to appoint? Do you think he's likely to appoint someone far right, that would outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen. I guarantee you that will not happen [with Obama]. We picked people who are open-minded. They've been good justices.

RYAN: Was there a litmus test on them?

BIDEN: There was no litmus test. We picked people who had an open mind, did not come with an agenda.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

Rand Paul on Environment : Sep 12, 2012
Navigable waters should mean permanently flowing

What is a "navigable stream," exactly? Well, as one Corps agent admitted, "Whatever we say it is." The Supreme Court didn't define navigable waters, but it did say, at least, that citizens have the right to contest in court the Corps' assertions concerning what constitutes a wetland.

It remains a dangerous situation, though, because the definition of "navigable" is still nebulous and arbitrarily decided by the Corps. Congress has abdicated its responsibility to provide clear laws and guidelines for regulators and citizens to follow. I have introduced the Defense of the Environment and Property Act of 2012 in order to:

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Government Bullies, by Rand Paul, p. 90-92

Mitt Romney on Abortion : Sep 11, 2012
Since 1960s, illegal for states to ban contraception

In the January 6, 2012, Republican primary debate, ABC's George Stephanopoulos blurted a question [that] was strange, out of left field. Since the 1960s, it has been illegal under relevant US Supreme Court rulings for a state to ban contraception. Romney himself was taken aback by the question. "George," he said, "this is an unusual topic that you're raising. Given that there's no state that wants to do so, and I don't know of any candidate that wants to do so, you're asking could it be constitutionally done?"

But Stephanopoulos didn't want an answer. He wanted to make a point. "Do you believe states have that right or not?" he reiterated.

"George," Romney answered," I don't know if the state has a right to ban contraception, no state wants to! The idea of you putting forward things that states MIGHT want to do, that no state wants to do, and then asking me whether they can do it or not is kind of a silly thing."

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p.180

Barack Obama on Government Reform : Aug 30, 2012
Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United

President Barack Obama says the nation should consider mobilizing behind a constitutional amendment process to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that loosened restrictions on money in politics.

Obama made the comment Wednesday in an online chat with the website Reddit. The 2010 Citizens United ruling paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations, unions and wealthy interests.

The president says that even if the amendment process fell short, "it can shine a spotlight" on super PACs and, in his words, "help apply pressure for change."

Obama says that in the meantime there's a need for more disclosure of the large campaign contributions flowing into super PACs and that such contributions, quote, "fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Boston Globe, "Amendment on Money in Politics"

Rand Paul on Health Care : Aug 29, 2012
ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court

When the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!

The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said--can't you pleeeease count to ten before you speak? So, I've had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it's unconstitutional!

Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds? I think if James Madison himself--the father of the Constitution--were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!

This debate is not new and it's not over. Hamilton and Madison fought from the beginning about how government would be limited by the enumerated powers. Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined. The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.

So, how do we fix this travesty of justice? There's only one option left. We have to have a new president!

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech

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