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President Arnold?


    You read that right.  Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has begun an intense lobbying effort to change U.S. law to allow him to run for President in 2016. You have to wonder if the effort is successful, would Jon Fleischman’s man crush for the Governator come back in full bloom? From the New…

GOP Minority Leader Doesn’t Know the Difference Between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s1eoVrjshE[/youtube] Keith Olberman’s Countdown segment last night has it on video.  But here’s what Rep. John Boehner said: This is my copy — this is my copy of the Constitution. And I’m going to stand here with our founding fathers who wrote in the preamble, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are…

Iowa’s Same Sex Marriage Decision: What it Says and What it Means

In 1998, the Iowa legislature, capitulating to a well-funded national campaign against gay marriage, amended the state’s marriage statute to define marriage as a union between only a man and a woman.Today, in a stunning, courageous, and powerfully written decision, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state’s anti-gay marriage statute is invalid because…

Prop 8: What’s Really at Stake for the California Supreme Court

The primary legal issue at tomorrow’s hearing before the California Supreme Court on the same sex marriage Prop 8 case is the narrow and extremely arcane question whether Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution or a revision of the state constitution. But appellate cases – and especially high profile and controversial appellate cases — are rarely decided on such narrow and arcane questions of law, even though lawyers and judges must pretend that they are. What’s really at stake in the Prop 8 case – and what will probably be the real deciding factor in the California Supreme Court’s decision – is the power and prestige of the California Supreme Court itself.