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Cleveland Mayor Signs Non-Discrimination Ordinance with Protections for Transgender People

Last Friday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed an amendment to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance into law. This vital piece of legislation protects the right of transgender people to use restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity. Show More Summary

Video: Will Voters Get To Sound Off On Redistricting Reform?

More than 560,000 Illinoisans signed a petition for a constitutional amendment to remove politicians from the process of drawing their own district maps. But the Illinois Constitution says citizens only can amend the constitution as it pertains to the structure and procedure of the Illinois General Assembly. Show More Summary

Reading list: the First Amendment and the FDA

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Christopher Robertson, A Trojan Horse? How Expansion of the First Amendment Threatens Much More than the Regulation of Off-Label Drugs, forthcoming, __ Ohio State Law Journal __ (2017) Abstract: Scholars, advocates, and courts have begun...Show More Summary

WELL, I’VE BEEN ON TOP OF THIS STORY FOR QUITE A WHILE: Knife Rights: The Unseen Side of the Second…

WELL, I’VE BEEN ON TOP OF THIS STORY FOR QUITE A WHILE: Knife Rights: The Unseen Side of the Second Amendment. While congressional Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over gun control, proponents of a smaller, often overlooked facet of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms pursue a battle of their own—the right […]

Digital Copyright Law Could Be Challenged

One of the key elements of US copyright law in the digital age may be challenged in the Supreme Court. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) breaches the first amendment. The DMCA,...Show More Summary

Abortion Activists Want to Force You Pay for Abortions So Abortion is “Free for All Women”

Abortion activists are doing their best to try to convince the American public that women must have free, taxpayer-funded abortions. Ending the Hyde Amendment and forcing full-on taxpayer funding of abortion has become the movement’s No. 1 goal. Abortion activists have a promise from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to help push the agenda, and […]

Luzerne County Local Rules on Civil Litigation Arbitrations Amended

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to an Luzerne County Order of Court amending its Local Rules of Civil Procedure 1301 - 1313 pertaining to Arbitrations in that County.Of note are the adoption of a jursidictional limit of $50,000 or less for Arbitrations...Show More Summary

Constitutional law roundup

Ilya Shapiro on round II of Fisher v. University of Texas, the racial preferences case [Pope Center] “Supreme Court Endorses Tribal Courts; Bad News For Corporate Defendants?” [Daniel Fisher on Sixth Amendment case U.S. v. Bryant] “Is The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Unconstitutional?” [Susan Dudley] “Dueling perspectives on Lochner v. Show More Summary

'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Do Jacqueline and Teresa Make Amends?

In this episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, "Leopard is the New Black," Jacqueline and Teresa clear the air, Siggy and Teresa plan a birthday bash for Dolores, and Teresa shares some interesting insights about prison life. Jacqueline has spent days -- actually years -- wondering where her relationship with Teresa stands. Show More Summary

U.S. Global Role: The First And Second Amendments, Tragic Reason Gun Violence Won’t End Anytime Soon

The United States is a global leader, on many fronts: personal liberty, freedom of speech, gun ownership, and gun deaths, among many others, as reported by CBC and CBS. Globally, the United States is the precedent-setter, which all other countries look to, and who utilize U.S. Show More Summary

Drowning in incompetency: Revised coastal floodmaps ignore sea level rise

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Science? We don't need no stinking science: New maps for Dare County will remove thousands of homes and lots from flood zones, creating a need to amend local building codes that until now accounted for more rising water, not less. In...Show More Summary

Trump's Call To Repeal The Johnson Amendment And Allow Churches To Endorse Political Candidates

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Bad Idea: Trump Repeats Call To Let Churches Endorse Candidates Christianity Today, Johnson Amendment: Trump's 'Greatest Contribution to Christianity'? The Daily Signal, A Pastor Fights...Show More Summary

Andrea Burton: Lawyer Jailed For Not Removing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Pin In Court

Andrea Burton was removed from court, arrested, and sentenced to a week in jail for exercising First Amendment rights. Here are the details below. On Friday, in Youngstown, Ohio, Andrea Burton appeared in court with a client. However, rather than Burton’s client catching the judge’s heat, Andrea found herself being criticized because of her Black... Show More Summary

Freedom of speech

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; orShow More Summary

Vienna HFC Talks: Progress, High Expectations, & Work Ahead

The HFC talks in Vienna wound up early Sunday morning with strong progress towards a Montreal Protocol amendment to phase down these super potent climate pollutants, and high expectations that the deal will be sealed in Kigali, Rwanda, this October. Show More Summary

Does Gary Johnson Not Understand How the 12th Amendment Works?

From the Ryan Lizza New Yorker story: “If it gets thrown to the House of Representatives and it goes beyond one ballot, I could be President,” Johnson said, smiling at the absurdity of the idea. “Because, if it goes beyond … Continue reading ?

Effort to abolish superdelegates fails at DNC rules meeting

At the gathering in a Philadelphia conference room, a delegate for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders offered an amendment to get rid of superdelegates — party insiders who can vote for the candidate of their choice at the convention. [...]...Show More Summary

Progressives Mount Fight To Abolish Superdelegates Ahead Of DNC

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

A coalition of progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers will introduce an amendment to the party’s rules on Saturday that would abolish superdelegates for future presidential nominating contests. The effort suggests that while Sen. Show More Summary

Senate Bill Would Exempt Student Loans Discharged For Any Reason From Being Taxed As Income

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced the Student Loan Tax Relief Act: The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student loans discharged for any reason from being taxed as income, including through participation...

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