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SacBee: Opinion: Arizona Republicans’ lawsuit could help California Democrats

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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LATimes: Supreme Court to again decide fate of Obama’s healthcare law

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The court to rule on on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable. (Associated Press)

Court ot rule on healthcare law again
By David G. Savage
November 7, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama’s healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court upholds distress damages for fatal police shootings

Posted on Monday, October 6 at 6:20pm | By Bob Egelko

When police fatally shoot someone without justification, California law allows the victims’ estates to recover damages for economic losses, but not for the pain the victim suffered before death. That limitation will no longer apply in federal courts in the state, as the result of an order Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:20 am

Political cognoscenti know that the most important factor in determining which politician and party wins a congressional or a state legislative seat is how the district lines are drawn.

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Politico: Why the Supreme Court punted on gay marriage

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The court released no vote count Monday and no justice publicly dissented.

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 10/6/14 8:06 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court added fuel Monday to the same-sex marriage drive sweeping the country like wildfire, clearing the way for judicial rulings to add 11 more states to the 19 which already allow the practice.

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Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court. The prospect of a monumental ruling on same-sex marriage dominates expectations of the coming session.

By Robert Barnes
October 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The 10th edition of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. begins work Monday with the prospect of a monumental ruling for gay rights that could serve as a surprising legacy of an otherwise increasingly conservative court.

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By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: A mushroom bill on home care workers may backfire

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

At any given moment, dozens of comatose bills float around the Legislature – vessels to be filled with whatever the powers-that-be want to enact quickly and semi-clandestinely.

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LATimes: Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game

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David G. Savage
July 4, 2014

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.

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LATimes: U.S. Supreme Court’s refusals affect California interests

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Patrick McGreevy, Tony Perry and Julie Cart
June 30, 2014

A California law barring therapy aimed at converting the sexual orientation of minors from gay to straight withstood a legal challenge as the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal arguing that the statute violates free speech rights.

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There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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AP: Court: Public Union Can’t Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

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WASHINGTON — Jun 30, 2014, 10:08 AM ET
By SAM HANANEL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 10:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 7:39 am

The U.S. Supreme Court chipped away at government-employee union power on Monday by ruling that Illinois home-support workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

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InlandPolitiics: Supreme Court fires warning shot at labor unions

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Monday, June 30, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The United States Supreme Court has fired a shot across the bow of labor unions, who collect mandatory dues under agency shop agreements.

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AP: Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception

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Jun 30, 11:30 AM EDT
By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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The Supreme Court’s decision against recess appointments highlights the president’s risky strategy.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
June 26 at 8:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision invalidating President Obama’s use of recess appointments laid bare the legal and political risks the president faces as he makes the aggressive use of executive power a core tenet of his second term.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: Government by fiat

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Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer
June 26 at 8:08 PM

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

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LATimes: Supreme Court rules police cannot search smartphones without warrant

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search a suspect’s smartphone without a warrant during an arrest, marking a major victory for privacy rights.

David G. Savage
June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court brought the constitutional right of personal privacy into the digital era Wednesday, ruling unanimously that police may not search a smartphone or similar device without a warrant from a judge.

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AP: Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June’s end

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June 15, 2014 – 4:36 AM EDT
By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks.

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LATimes: Prayer case divides Supreme Court justices along religious lines

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Supreme Court allows prayer at public meetings

David G. Savage
May 5, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow Christian prayers at city council and other public meetings divided justices not only ideologically, but along religious lines as well.

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LATimes: Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

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By David G. Savage
April 22, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.

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SFChronicle: Campaign cash run amok? It’s worse in California

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Posted on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:40pm | By John Wildermuth

Think last week’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision, where the Supreme Court said rich guys could give to as many congressional campaigns as they like, is, to quote San Francisco’s own Nancy Pelosi, “a very existential threat” to our system of government?

Cheer up. Things could be worse. It could be California.

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NationalJournal: Supreme Court Declines Review of NSA Phone Spying

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By Dustin Volz
April 7, 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday opted to not take up the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that collects bulk telephone data of millions of Americans, a decision that arrives as the other two branches of government are moving forward with reforms to the controversial practice.

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Money

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/02/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

Southland residents could see even more campaign mail, even more TV ads and, generally, even more money poured into this November’s congressional races thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday that further loosens the spending reins on wealthy donors to federal campaigns. Individuals once limited to contributing no more than $123,200 in a single election cycle can now donate millions of dollars.

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Politico: John Boehner hails Supreme Court ruling

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By JAKE SHERMAN | 4/2/14 10:41 AM EDT

Speaker John Boehner praised the Supreme Court for knocking down aggregate limits on campaign donations, saying “freedom of speech is being upheld.”

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Politico: Big donors fear shakedown after decision

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By ANNA PALMER and TARINI PARTI | 4/2/14 7:36 PM EDT

The biggest Washington donors used to have a great excuse to keep their wallets closed when fundraisers came knocking: Sorry, I’m maxed out.

But a Supreme Court ruling swiped that line from them Wednesday when the justices tossed a rule that limited how much an individual can give to candidates, party committees and PACs.

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By Mark Sherman, Associated Press
Posted: 04/02/14, 8:08 AM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

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By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post
Posted: 01/22/14, 8:06 AM PST |

The Supreme Court on Monday debated what one liberal justice said would be a “radical” restructuring of organized labor by prohibiting states from requiring public employees to pay fees to the unions that represent them.

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LATimes: Supreme Court hints it may limit president’s recess appointment power

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Based on oral arguments Monday at the Supreme Court, the justices may be preparing to limit a president’s ability to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses. Above, President Obama last week at a lunch with young people. (Olivier Douliery / MCT / January 10, 2014)

By David G. Savage This post has been corrected. See below for details.
January 13, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hinted Monday it may move to limit a presidential power used since the days of George Washington to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses.

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RollCall: A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance

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Hawkings Here

By David Hawkings
Posted at 8 p.m. on Jan. 12

One of the biggest congressional stories of the decade starts unfolding Monday — not at the Capitol, but across the street.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Monday, January 6, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Monday morning.

The Deep Freeze

Most of the nation is adrift in snow and freezing cold weather Monday. The average U.S. temp is reportedly at 12.8˚F.

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Money

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 11:56 pm

Jeff Miller, a fundraiser soliciting money for conservative causes in California’s initiative wars last year, had a prospective contributor lined up, but he was apprehensive.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown wants Supreme Court to allow private-prison deals

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Gov. Jerry Brown, shown here in January pledging to appeal prison crowding caps before the U.S. Supreme Court, on Thursday filed a new appeal protesting a ban on expanding the use of private prisons out of state. (Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times)

By Paige St. John
October 24, 2013, 6:35 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is back on the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking an order to let him go ahead with contracts that would send thousands more inmates to private prisons out of state.

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LATimes: California prisons: Supreme Court action a setback for Brown [Timeline]

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By Chris Megerian
October 15, 2013, 10:10 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that California’s prison crisis is over stalled Tuesday when the justices refused to hear his appeal of court-ordered caps on the state’s prison population.

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By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
Posted: 10/06/13, 7:55 AM PDT |

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial topics that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer.

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Posted By: Bob Egelko | Sep 25 at 6:44 pm

When a federal court gave California another four weeks to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown was furious — not because of the extension, but because the court prohibited the state from transferring inmates to out-of-state private prisons in the meantime.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the latest ruling blocking a state plan to send inmates to out-of-state prisons.

By Anthony York
September 25, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration says a federal three-judge panel has overstepped its authority in blocking a state plan to send thousands of inmates to out-of-state prisons, and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

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LATimes: California signs private-prison deal

By Paige St. John
September 23, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — California has signed a contract with private prison contractor Geo Group to lease space for 1,400 inmates in overcrowded state lockups.

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LATimes: Supreme Court may strike new blow to campaign funding laws

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The Supreme Court, in a new campaign funding case, may lift a lid on the total the wealthy can give to all candidates and parties.

By David G. Savage
September 21, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.

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LATimes: Union leader accuses Supreme Court of waging ‘war on democracy’

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By Kate Linthicum
September 9, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

In a fiery speech Monday, the leader of the nation’s largest labor federation took aim at top American corporations and the U.S. Supreme Court, which he accused of waging a “war on democracy.”

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Prisons pivotal in crunch time at the Capitol

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 – 7:44 am

Things are getting a little crunchy in the state Capitol.

Having taken off Labor Day and planning to observe two of the Jewish high holidays, state legislators have just six business days remaining before the scheduled end of their 2013 session, with hundreds of bills still awaiting action.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Is Jerry Brown’s obstinancy a big hurdle in prison battle

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Darrell Steinberg, the state Senate’s top leader, is offering Gov. Jerry Brown a way to salvage something positive from his otherwise losing fight over prisons.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown’s shiftiness on display with prison dispute

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown has never considered consistency a virtue during his nearly half-century in California politics.

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AP: Calif. asks US high court to halt inmate releases

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Aug 9, 10:42 PM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Against growing odds, Gov. Jerry Brown formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday to intervene once again in California’s yearslong battle with federal judges over control of the state’s prison system.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown reaping what he sowed on prisons

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The biblical injunction “as ye sow, so shall ye reap” has a political version – what goes around comes around.

Jerry Brown’s career is a particularly ironic example.

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Bloomberg-Businessweek: Obamacare May Be Headed Back to the Supreme Court

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By Greg Stohr
August 01, 2013

The legality of the Affordable Care Act appeared settled when the Supreme Court upheld the law last year. Not so, it turns out.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies defense attorney pushes toward dismissal

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Burum’s attorney gets hearing to possibly lift stay of criminal proceedings
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2013 09:33:58 PM PDT
Updated: 08/02/2013 10:05:01 PM PDT

The attorney for a Rancho Cucamonga developer accused of conspiring with county officials in a bribery scheme is asking a San Bernardino Superior Court judge to lift a stay on criminal proceedings so he could file a motion to dismiss the case, court records show.

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California Prisons

By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 08/02/2013 11:59:01 AM PDT
Updated: 08/02/2013 06:41:02 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown and his top prison officials may be running out of options to avoid having to remove another 10,000 inmates from the state’s prisons by the end of the year.

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Bloomberg: Brown Scuttled Prison Bond Haunts Inmate Release Order

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By Michael B. Marois – Jul 24, 2013 8:25 PM PT

Six years ago, California lawmakers shook hands on a $7.4 billion deal to build lockups for 53,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding that was so severe a federal judge threatened to set thousands of convicts free.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 6:49 am

California’s four living former governors have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of current Gov. Jerry Brown’s plea for relief from a court order to drop the state’s prison population by nearly 10,000 more inmates.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown channels George Wallace

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 – 6:32 am

George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, became a national political figure on his pledge to “stand in the schoolhouse door” to preserve “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 8:34 am

Who can defend an orphaned ballot initiative?

The question gained resonance Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, had no standing to pursue their appeal once California officials declined to defend the embattled law.

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Scales of Justice

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/26/2013 07:14:50 AM PDT

The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

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By Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz
Published: June 25 E-mail the writers

In calling for a rewrite of one of the nation’s most significant civil rights laws , the Supreme Court has demanded that the other two branches of government design a guarantee of racial equality that reflects the realities of the 21st century.

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By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a decision bolstering private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled that a Florida landowner could sue a local government agency for denying him a building permit because he refused to pay for improvements on public property several miles away.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 – 7:46 am

When California’s new redistricting commission was divvying up the state’s 38 million residents among 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts in 2011, the federal Voting Rights Act loomed large.

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LATimes: Supreme Court retains affirmative action if needed for diversity

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By David G. Savage
June 24, 2013, 2:59 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Defying widespread expectations that they were on the brink of doing away with affirmative action in higher education, the Supreme Court justices Monday upheld using race as a factor in admissions decisions but said colleges and universities must prove that race-based policies are truly necessary to achieve diversity.

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LATimes: Supreme Court decisions test chief justice’s moderate approach

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By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
June 22, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will be put to a major test this week when the Supreme Court hands down its decisions on college affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown files notice to appeal prison ruling to Supreme Court

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By Paige St. John
May 13, 2013, 3:59 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has, as promised, filed legal papers to appeal federal court orders to reduce the state’s prison population with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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SacBee: Brown says more prison releases require Legislature to act

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By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 – 10:53 pm | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, May. 3, 2013 – 7:53 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Brown administration told a federal court Thursday night that to further reduce inmate prison population the Legislature would have to agree to dramatically restructure the laws governing California’s corrections system.

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LATimes: Non-residents have no right to a state’s records, court rules

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Supreme Court upholds Virginia laws that deny public records to residents of other states. The trend has been for states to open their records on an equal basis.

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — Americans do not have a right to obtain public records from states other than their own, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing a setback to businesses and researchers who gather data across the nation.

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This artist rendering shows Attorney Theodore Olsen, right, representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, as the court heard arguments on California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan. ((AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren))

Landmark case will determine whether gays can marry in California, possibly nationwide
By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 03/26/2013 04:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 03/26/2013 04:56:33 PM PDT

WASHINGTON — Struggling with the gay marriage issue for the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday resembled the kid at the end of the highest diving board at the pool for the first time – inclined to turn around and try another day rather than take a bold jump into an uncertain future.

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WashPost: A historic moment as same-sex marriage arrives before Supreme Court

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By Robert Barnes
Published: March 25 | Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 7:07 AM

A four-year legal battle to extend the right of marriage to same-sex couples no matter where they live gets its moment before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in historic oral arguments difficult to imagine even a decade ago.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court to decide same-sex marriage

Bob Egelko
Updated 10:30 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012

More than eight years after San Francisco’s mayor told city clerks to ignore state law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and four years after gays and lesbians first won and then lost the right to wed in California, the burning question of who can marry in the state – and perhaps the nation – has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court silent on gay-marriage cases

Bob Egelko
Updated 10:51 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court was unexpectedly silent Friday about whether it will take its first look at same-sex marriage, in cases involving California’s Proposition 8 and a law banning federal recognition and benefits for married same-sex couples.

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OCRegister: Friday could be a key date in Proposition 8 fight

Published: Nov. 29, 2012 Updated: 6:26 p.m.
By BRIAN JOSEPH / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Same-sex marriage could be legal in California by the end of Friday.

Or the legal wrangling over Proposition 8 could continue for several more months — or even longer.

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Politico: Health care ruling: Individual mandate upheld by Supreme Court

 

By JENNIFER HABERKORN
6/28/12 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: 6/28/12 11:10 AM EDT

The Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that Congress did not overstep its power by requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court’s four liberal justices in the ruling, which says Congress had the authority to impose the law’s individual mandate under Congress’s taxing power.

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The Hill: Supreme Court gives split verdict on Arizona immigration law

By Sam Baker and Jonathan Easley – 06/25/12 10:40 AM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The court upheld the most controversial part of the law, which allows law enforcement officials to verify a person’s legal status when they’re stopped on suspicion of committing a separate offense.

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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press
Posted: 06/25/2012 07:27:27 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, June 23, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

News from across the transom this Sunday morning.

Arnett to challenge Shorett again

Joe Arnett is going to take another shot at unseating San Bernardino City Councilman Fred Shorett.

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SacBee: SEIU violated rights of dues-paying nonmembers, U.S. Supreme Court says

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 7:48 am

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that California’s largest state employee union violated the free speech rights of 28,000 so-called “fair-share” nonmembers by coercing them to finance political campaigns in 2005 and 2006.

The 7-2 ruling highlights the strained relationship between Service Employes International Union Local 1000 and its nonmember contributors and could have implications for a key November initiative that would restrict union fundraising.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 – 08:45 a.m.

News coming across the transom this morning.

No healthcare ruling from Supreme Court

It looks like next week will be the week. Next Monday that is.

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LATimes: Officials ponder how to ensure healthcare reform in California

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the fate of the federal Affordable Care Act, legislation in California could pave the way for a state substitute, if needed.

 

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2012, 9:42 p.m.

As doubts grow about the survival of the federal healthcare law, state officials are considering ways to keep key elements of the legislation alive in California.

Skepticism of the Affordable Care Act by conservative Supreme Court justices during oral arguments last week has raised the possibility the court will strike the individual mandate to purchase health coverage or throw out the entire law as unconstitutional.

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LATimes: Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan administration lawyers

Advocates of judicial restraint say conservative justices should be wary of the impulse to strike down the healthcare law passed by Congress.

 

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
March 31, 2012, 5:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — When the incoming Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. came before the Senate for confirmation seven years ago, President Reagan’s solicitor general gave him a warm endorsement as a “careful, modest” judge.

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CaliforniaWatch: Calif. money flows to super PACs as state lawmakers seek limits

Money & Politics | Daily Report
March 23, 2012 | Will Evans

Wealthy Californians are keeping the money flowing to super political action committees, even as some state lawmakers want to turn off the faucet.

Super PACs on the left and right drew hefty contributions last month from the rich and famous – such as controversial comedian Bill Maher and GOP mega-donor Jerry Perenchio – as well as from the merely rich.

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WashPost: George Will: Is it bribery or just politics?

George Will

By George F. Will,
Published: February 10, 2012

All elected officials, and those who help finance elections in the expectation that certain promises will be kept — and everyone who cares about the rule of law — should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal of his conviction. Until the court clarifies what constitutes quid pro quo political corruption, Americans engage in politics at their peril because prosecutors have dangerous discretion to criminalize politics.

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McClatchy Newspapers
Created: 11/09/2011 01:39:10 AM PST

California’s ban on the commercial slaughter of downed livestock will come before the Supreme Court today, in a case that pits state against federal power.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s prison plan under fire from Republicans, Democrats alike

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 – 1:44 pm

Inmates in orange jumpsuits trudge across the screen against an ominous soundtrack. Gov. Jerry Brown appears in hazy black-and-white footage. Later, a tattooed skinhead and some shirtless thugs loom.

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InlandPolitics: Just a thought

Friday, October 7, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.

“Fathom the Hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured… but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”

The Sun: High court to decide case from Rialto

Associated Press
Posted: 09/27/2011 10:33:32 AM PDT

WASHINGTON – In a case stemming from Rialto, the Supreme Court will decide whether private lawyers hired as outside counsels for governments can be sued.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Grandstanding at its finest

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.

The demand for campaign finance reform in San Bernardino County has reared its head once again.

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DailyBulletin: Counties bracing for prisoner transfer

Corrections officials hope to cut state prison population by 40,000
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 07/09/2011 10:19:28 PM PDT

County jail officials are bracing for a significant influx of prisoners as the state gets closer to sending them thousands of low-level inmates.

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SacBee: High court ruling against California boosts Indian tribes’ power

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday undercut states’ negotiating clout with Indian tribes, effectively upholding a decision that the state of California overreached when it sought to compel general fund payments in exchange for casino approvals.

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DailyBulletin: Prison plan a problem

Privatization call draws criticism from officials
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/11/2011 10:24:02 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown’s solution to meet a court-ordered prison reduction is to shift low-level state inmates to county jails, but others say turning to private prisons is a good idea as well.

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LATimes: California risks violating first deadline to cut prison population

Inmates eat dinner at the state prison in Lancaster. The November benchmark is the first of four that were set in motion late last month when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling requiring the state to shed about 33,000 inmates over the next two years because of severe overcrowding. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / June 10, 2010)

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — California is in danger of violating the first court-ordered deadline for cutting its prison population unless lawmakers pass Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan, state officials said Tuesday.

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