Tag Archives: SCOTUS


Senate Democrats Reach Filibuster Threshold


Senate Democrats “appeared to secure the votes necessary to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, sending the body hurtling toward a bitter partisan confrontation later this week,” the New York Times reports.


Americans: Supreme Court Is Important, We just Can’t Name Them


A new new C-SPAN/PSB poll finds that while 90% of Americans believe that the Supreme Court has a big impact on their daily lives, just 43% could name at least a single justice. No one surveyed could name Justice Stephen Breyer.

Poetic Justice

Who’s Got the Button?

Go nuclear!” said the Trump to McConnell,
If his SCOTUS choice the Democrats do throttle.
With bravado and bluster —
Poof! No more filibuster!
Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t lead by example.

Poetic Justice

Gorsuch? Not Much.

Following a weekend of travel-ban outrage,
Trump tried to make us feel somewhat encouraged.
But liberals can’t expect much
From conservative Neil Gorsuch,
Though he promised “Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage.”


An Appropriate Honor for Antonin Scalia

Gawker: “Last week, George Mason University announced that its law school would be renamed, at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the program, after the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia: the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University—ASS Law. (Or ASSoL.)”

The New York Times says the school will now be renamed again to The Antonin Scalia Law School.


Americans Don’t Trust GOP Candidates to Appoint SCOTUS Justice


Of American voters trust Sen. Ted Cruz to nominate the new Supreme Court justice (57% don’t), only 31% trust Donald Trump to (62% don’t), and just 26% trust Marco Rubio to (61% don’t), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. The poll also found that the public feels Taylor Swift is just as qualified as Donald Trump to make a court appointment.


Most Americans Support SCOTUS’ Decisions


Of Americans support the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges, a new CNN/ORC poll finds. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states.

Poetic Justice

Gay Marriage Wreckage

Bobby Jindal wants the Supreme Court’s destruction,
While Ted Cruz wants justices to stand for election.
They say that gay marriage
Is a judicial miscarriage.
They don’t believe in constitutional equal protection.


Roberts Court Is Trending Liberal This Term


Of the cases in which it had announced decisions as of June 22 were considered liberal decisions, according to the Supreme Court Database, using a widely accepted standard developed by political scientists. “If that trend holds, the final percentage could rival the highest since the era of the notably liberal court of the 1950s and 1960s led by Chief Justice Earl Warren.” “The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has been a conservative court. But even conservative courts have liberal terms – and the current term is leaning left as it enters its final two weeks,” the New York Times reports.


Public Wants Supremes to Leave Obamacare Alone

55% to 38%

Margin by which more people say the Supreme Court should not take action to block federal subsidies in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. “Public opinion on providing subsidies splits in predictably partisan ways — but not overwhelmingly so. Nearly two-thirds of Democrats (65 percent) say the court should not take action to block health insurance subsidies. Fifty-five percent of Republicans say the court should rule against the subsidies. Independents side with keeping subsidies, 57 percent to 36 percent.”