Supreme Court Shenanigans 2: Electric Boogaloo

Today, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States, effective July 31st. Kennedy has been an Associate Justice for just over thirty years now, and his moderate conservative-ish voice made him a swing vote on the court of nine. Upon his retirement, Kennedy will likely be replaced…

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Brief Thoughts: What the Jones Victory Means

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)

In roughly 20 days, Doug Jones will be sworn in as a United States Senator from the state of Alabama. Jones, a Democrat, will replace Republican Luther Strange and narrow the GOP's already-slim majority from 52 seats to 51. The official election results have not yet been certified, but it appears that Jones has beaten…

Brief Thoughts: On Amateur Hour

hahahahahahhahaha you dumb idiots cant even repeal my law

Just 90 minutes after midnight, 51 United States Senators voted against Majority Leader McConnell's latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I spent the evening worrying about the bill, labeled a "skinny repeal" by the Senate Republican Leadership. The repeal promised to get rid of Obamacare's individual/employer mandate (the thing that requires everyone to…

The 41-Vote Calculation Part II: Electric Boogaloo

At 9:30 AM on 10 April 2017, Neil Gorsuch's official job title changed from "Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit" to "Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court." Welcome to the bench, Justice Gorsuch, and congratulations. Normally, any nomination to the bench requires 51 "yes" votes on the nominee…