National/US political news and opinion from a liberal viewpoint.

Prop 8 Proponents Emergency Request DENIED!

Anthony Kennedy - Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turned down at midday Sunday a request to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in California. Without comment, and without seeking views from the other side, Kennedy rejected a plea that the Ninth Circuit Court did not have the authority to put into effect last Friday a federal judge’s order that allowed such marriages.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Act Formula


The Supreme Court issued decisions three of the remaining six cases before it in the 2012-13 session today; Striking down the formula provisions of the Voting Rights Act. “Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2…”

Supreme Court Rules on Fisher v. UT Austin

United States Supreme Court - Washington D.C.

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued 5 of 11 remaining decisions for the 2012-13 session. Most notable case was Fisher v. UT Austin, the affirmative action case. In a 7-1 decision The Fifth Circuit is vacated and remanded, its decision affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment was incorrect. Ginsburg dissents alone. Kagan was recused.

Jose Solorio’s TEA Party Moment

Jose Solorio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz

My first reaction to the image of Jose Solorio shaking hands with Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the Orange County Republican Party’s Flag Day fundraiser was; “what was Jose trying to prove,” I wondered? He’s running for the 34th Senate seat in 2014, as a Democrat, for Christ’s sake.