The previous three Presidents who served two terms—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan—spent their last two years in office with the Senate under the control of the opposition party. Polls suggest that Obama and the Democrats may meet the same fate.
A divided Supreme Court early Saturday morning let a new Texas voter ID law take effect, the latest ruling in a series of decisions on voting laws in the states just weeks before midterm elections.The court’s decision means Texas voters starting Oct. 20 must present one of several forms of photo identification.“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office said in a statement.
The Supreme Court opened its 2014 term this month with major actions on same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion — all handled in private, without explanation or even a breakdown of how the various justices voted.
One of the most unpredictable outcomes of a GOP takeover of the Senate, which is looking likely, is the fate of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. Republicans, who have been systematically delaying action on nominees all year, would have the ability to block any of Obama’s judicial picks in his final two years in office.
Facing off against a powerful company in arbitration is like playing a baseball game in which the other team hires and fires the umpires. So it’s no wonder that, in consumer disputes, one study found that arbitrators rule for companies over consumers 94 percent of the time.
So you think the 2014 midterms don’t matter? Do you wish we could skip November and get straight to the 2016 primaries? Were you among the people who thought this year’s Iowa Steak Fry this year was about Hillary Clinton’s non-launch campaign launch and not the Democratic congressional candidates on the ballot? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re wrong (except for the last one – no argument here.)
The U.S. Supreme Court today halted court-ordered early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have given voters the chance to vote early on 35 days before the election — meaning Tuesday — instead of the 28 days provided by state law.
Columbus Dispatch / Norwalk Reflector | September 30
For the 20th time in 30 years, the eastern Hillsborough megachurch hosted politicians for a candidates forum. The turnout Aug. 5 was impressive: More than 40 candidates — from aspiring School Board members to incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — spoke to a crowd of more than 600.