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November 28, 2012

Rarely will you read a column of mine that advocates 1. An expansion of federal government power and 2. A tax increase. This one, however, does advocate these.
The Constitution grants Congress and the federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce. The vast majority of Internet purchases fit into the category of interstate commerce.

October 29, 2012

By and large, Amnesty International does good work. They represent the downtrodden and oppressed all over the world and bring attention to otherwise unknown human rights violations. Having said that, in a case currently before the Supreme Court, Amnesty International may have unintentionally blocked future plaintiffs from bringing cases about the U.S. government’s use of warrantless wiretapping.

October 23, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to West Lincoln Attendance Center in Lincoln County, Mississippi telling them to stop holding prayers and condemned other religious behavior by the school and faculty as it violates the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU also had problems with various religiously-themed posters found on campus and religious messages given by even the principal Jason Case.

October 17, 2012

The college admissions process is something most of us would never like to have to relive.
It’s a stressful time filling out applications, writing variations of the same personal statement and dealing with the attendant stress of finding a large or small envelope in the mailbox. However, for one girl, though she graduated from LSU this past May, she will have to relive this time of her life in front of the Supreme Court.

July 10, 2012

 
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, debates on judicial activism have arisen across the country. 

July 10, 2012

 
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, debates on judicial activism have arisen across the country. 

July 2, 2012

 
This past Thursday the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care plan in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., a known conservative, joined the four other more liberal justices in voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

June 27, 2012

The health care debate may be coming to a close, as the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this morning.

The health care debate may be coming to a close, as the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this morning.
 
The Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as “Obamacare,” is a piece of legislation that was enacted in 2010.
 
“We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care,” President Barack Obama said in his statement on March 23, 2010.
 

February 21, 2012

The movement to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission ruling and confront the idea of “corporate personhood” has never been as important as it is today.

 

The movement to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission ruling and confront the idea of “corporate personhood” has never been as important as it is today.

During a Republican primary and with the general election just down the road, hundreds of millions of dollars have already been poured into the race, and corporations are already trying to buy the election.

February 8, 2012

In a historic move on Tuesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Proposition 8, the statewide initiative banning gay marriage in California.

 

In a historic move on Tuesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Proposition 8, the statewide initiative banning gay marriage in California.

February 8, 2012

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

 

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

Later, in 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can require students to pass a drug test as a prerequisite for extracurricular activities, like sports.

February 2, 2012

 

In response to Trenton Winford’s “Pre-existing conditions unfortunate, but should not be covered.”

The Affordable Care Act is a controversial piece of legislation that seeks to address one of America’s most complex issues. This short, one-sided article ignores aspects of the ACA that act to protect not just patients, but insurance companies as well.  

January 26, 2012

On Monday, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that police must obtain a warrant before using a global positioning system to track suspects.

 

On Monday, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court held that police must obtain a warrant before using a global positioning system to track suspects.

Justice Samuel Alito focused on the physical nature of attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s vehicle. 

Frankly, this is not a surprising outcome. One can easily imagine a variety of ways in which police officers maneuver themselves in order to attach these devices to cars.

November 9, 2011

Brittany Sharkey says the government may be watching you. Wait, do they know you're reading this? 

 

While legal pundits will be debating the failure of Initiative 26, another very important issue concerning personal privacy rights is being argued in front of the nation’s highest court. 

The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments about whether GPS tracking without a warrant is constitutional or not. The present case, the United States v. Jones, is set to become a landmark case in terms of the relationship between technology and Fourth Amendment rights.  

November 9, 2011

What's behind Herman Cain's campaign? 

 

Allegations of some serious misconduct are hitting the Herman Cain campaign from what seems to be droves of women. The accusations are dire and are too damaging for the candidate to keep ignoring them.

They hardly hurt Cain, however; the real loser in this debacle is the United States of America.

November 9, 2011

Mississippians on Tuesday rejected the initiative aimed at defining a human life as beginning at conception.

 

Mississippians on Tuesday rejected the initiative aimed at defining a human life as beginning at conception.

Strong opinions were expressed concerning Initiative 26 after the results were announced, with many people upset and others relieved.

October 3, 2011

 

Americans hold three rights more dearly than any other: life, liberty and property. 

Any action by an individual or government to restrict or violate these rights raises harsh criticism from the general public.

On the other hand, we as Americans realize that individuals must give the government a little leeway on our rights to best serve the citizenry. 

One such place that we give leeway is on the topic of eminent domain.

September 29, 2011

 

July 6, 2011

 

July 6, 2011

 

March 24, 2011

Does anyone in our generation watch a television show in its natural time slot? With services like Hulu and DVR’s in tons of households, the classic idea of “primetime” television has quickly fallen to the wayside.

Does anyone in our generation watch a television show in its natural time slot? With services like Hulu and DVR’s in tons of households, the classic idea of “primetime” television has quickly fallen to the wayside.

March 8, 2011

Members of the Westboro Baptist church do not mind protesting at military funerals. Only, these protesters are picketing against gay people in the military.

Members of the Westboro Baptist church do not mind protesting at military funerals. Only, these protesters are picketing against gay people in the military.

For those who are unaware, the Westboro Baptist Church is a radical congregation in Topeka, Kan., that takes pride in flaunting its beliefs for the whole world to see and (mostly) laugh at.