constitutional-issues

Pa. Supreme Court will consider whether life without parole for second-degree murder is ‘cruel’

BY: - February 19, 2024

Pennsylvania is an outlier in sentencing people convicted of second-degree murder to  life in prison without the possibility of parole, advocates for ending the practice say.

The Guardian, or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Al Drago/Getty Images).

Here’s what the U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting decision means for Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2023

The federal ruling gives Pa. 'mapmakers a little more freedom' to craft majority-minority districts, an expert said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to dismantle a key part of the Great Society. Here’s how | Opinion

BY: - June 8, 2023

The high court is likely to strike down affirmative action for college admissions, undermining racial equality.

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If the GOP won’t do it, Democrats will have to block Trump’s nomination for them | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 19, 2023

Any chance that Trump might become president should be avoided at all costs. Democrats have a role to play in the nominating process.

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How the U.S. Supreme Court could doom workplace diversity initiatives | Opinion

BY: - April 28, 2023

Cases heard last fall, and expected to be decided soon, could topple race-baed considerations.

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The new regulation is part of the Murphy administration's push to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dodd decision. (Dana DiFilippo | New Jersey Monitor).

State battles over abortion are leading to state constitutional amendments | Analysis

BY: - April 16, 2023

It's an option in all states and available directly to citizens in 18 states.

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With Pa’s highest court depleted, Shapiro, GOP Senate leaders let voters down | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - April 10, 2023

The Pennsylvania Constitution is very clear as to what should happen when there is a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

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What bad decisions by Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom have in common | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 23, 2023

We're citizens -- not subjects. The two governors ignored that fact in their unconstitutional haste to punish two corporations.

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Here’s how to end the stalemate over the civil justice window for abuse survivors | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2023

Lawmakers are still fighting needlessly. Gov. Josh Shapiro can -- and should -- put it on the November ballot.

The FDA approved mifepristone under the brand-name Mifeprex in 2000, and an abortion-drug regimen that has seen few deaths and a low rate of adverse events in more than two decades of use.  (Peter Dazeley/GettyImages)

How the judge who could ban the abortion pill won confirmation in the U.S. Senate

BY: - March 1, 2023

Trump appointee Matthew Joseph Kacsmaryk once worked at a conservative religious liberty legal organization.

Black borrowers hold a disproportionate share of student loan debt, and many likely were recipients of Pell Grants.

Black student loan borrowers at risk as U.S. Supreme Court weighs forgiveness plan

BY: - February 27, 2023

Black borrowers hold a disproportionate share of student loan debt, and many likely were recipients of Pell Grants.

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What both sides of the abortion fight can learn from Antonin Scalia | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - February 21, 2023

Both sides are committing a political error by trying to nationalize the issue again, this time in Congress