In the wake of political maneuverings mostly managed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that dramatically changed the United States Supreme Court, leading to recent rulings that broke or ignored judicial precedents, the court itself seems currently being judged.
This is not a good place for the highest court in the land, or for us.
The June ruling ending abortion rights in Roe v. Wade was a dramatic example of a brutal reversal of precedent and it came after some members of Congress believed they had been lied to or misled by the answers they had heard from the last two Supreme Court nominees during their Senate confirmation hearings. .
A judge took public notice of it.
“Judges create problems of legitimacy … when they appear to be an extension of the political process or when they impose their own personal preferences,” Judge Elena Kagan warned in a speech in New York.
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Kagan mainly pointed to the reversal of the precedent Roe v. Wade on abortion rights.
I sometimes remember what a Republican leader in Nebraska once said to me in the early months of the Trump administration as the new president began to take power: Give Republican members of Congress judges and cuts taxes and you can do whatever you want.
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The pomp and pageantry of the ceremonies in honor of Queen Elizabeth II were mesmerizing.
And it highlights a unifying cord in the UK, a bond we don’t have in our own country.
The queen was a figure uniformly admired by nearly all her countrymen; we do not have such a figure.
Abraham Lincoln attempted to summon unity in 1861 with a call for “the best angels of our nature” before the Civil War – and they were not to be found or heeded.
And now, a substantial part of the American electorate has already made it clear that they do not accept the results of the 2020 presidential election and that they will not accept the results of the next presidential election if their candidate does not don’t win.
“We are not enemies, but friends,” Lincoln said a century and a half ago.
“We must not be enemies.”
And then came the civil war.
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Metropolitan Omaha’s 2nd district seat is up for grabs again.
It’s still a battleground, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee counts this district as one of the four seats Democrats “hope most to overthrow” from Republican hands in November, according to a recent Politico article.
State Sen. Tony Vargas is the Democratic challenger to three-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon in a district whose boundaries were changed by the 2021 redistricting.
Meanwhile, the redistricting and perhaps most importantly the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending Roe v Wade abortion rights has created what appears to be potentially a competitive second congressional district in Nebraska.
A reminder of the June 28 special election results in the 1st District: State Sen. Mike Flood, 61,017; State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, 54,783.
With these opposite polar results in Lincoln-Lancaster County: Pansing Brooks, 41,104; Flood, 31,054.
The extraordinary voter turnout in Lincoln in November appears to be key for Pansing Brooks, the Democratic challenger, in a rematch with Flood, now a Republican congressman from eastern Nebraska, whose party affiliation and office him give the upper hand.
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* Ewing’s David Wright, a conservative Republican who backs a consumption tax proposal, failed last week in his efforts to acquire enough signatures to gain entry to the general election ballot as a nonpartisan candidate in the post of governor.
* Upon returning to Nebraska from a congressional trip to the Mexican border in Arizona, Flood said he supported immigration reform “that puts working Americans first.” Flood said he “will never support amnesty, voting rights, taxpayer-funded benefits, or a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”
* Pansing Brooks says ‘it’s time to pass common sense gun laws’, including mandatory background checks and red flag laws that allow a judge to remove the gun at someone based on reasonable suspicion that he or she may use it to harm themselves or others.
* Deal with this if you can; I can’t: there are probably at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy and at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. And the light from some stars that we see may have taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. Shocking.
* After Saturday’s stomp by Oklahoma, discussions of Husker football on Twitter and Facebook went from critical to toxic – with no more attention to the one-score losses.
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