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“Six Amendments” — Stevens Stirs the Pot

Supreme Court justices routinely serve well into their golden years and fade from public view once they leave the bench. Two of the three living retired justices, Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter, have followed that model. Souter, retired in 2009, went home to New Hampshire and has pretty well disappeared. O’Connor, who stepped aside […]

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The 5 Most Absurd Quotes in McCutcheon v FEC Decision

Last week’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC was a blow to an open and vibrant democracy that stakes its legitimacy on the robust participation of all citizens’ voices – not just the very wealthy.

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Lawmakers react to McCutcheon ruling

Capitol Hill is reacting, loudly, to today’s Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Here’s a sampling Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/blog/baldwins-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-federal-election-commission Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT: http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-statement-on-scotus-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. Chris Coons, D-DE: http://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/release/statement-of-senator-coons-on-supreme-court-decision-on-limits-on-political-donations Sen. Angus King, I-ME: http://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/in-response-to-mccutcheon-king-introduces-legislation-to-improve-transparency-of-campaign-donations Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT: http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/comment-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-chairman-senate-judiciary-committee-on-the-supreme-courts-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. John McCain, R-AZ: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=81861515-8059-4bec-b717-b7a79b2a3b22 Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY: http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=57f6000c-f6a3-44e1-af0c-e900b087d0a4 Sen. Bernie Sanders, […]

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A turning point — if we make it one

There’s no getting around it; today is a bad day for our democracy. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court this morning struck a blow on behalf of the powerful and against the hundreds of millions of Americans whose voices now can be further drowned out by the wealthiest one percent. The decision is a […]

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Cuomo, lawmakers pull not-funny prank on NY voters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders apparently have decided that April Fools is the perfect day for a not-at-all-funny prank on Empire State voters. After months extolling the virtues of a “Fair Elections” public financing plan for New York’s scandal-plagued elections, and even including money for it in his annual budget proposal, Cuomo […]

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