Reconsidering the Supreme Court in Partisan America

The U.S. national energy policy: Does it infringe on life, liberty and property?

Americans have enjoyed profligate lifestyles compared to the rest of the world based on their easy access to enormous amounts of affordable energy.  On a total consumption basis, the U.S….  

The Supreme Court and Second Amendment Challenges

Columbine High School, Littleton, CO. April 20, 1999: thirteen killed; Pulse Night Club, Orlando, FL. July 12, 2016: 49 killed; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland FL. February 14, 2018:…  

Apology v. Apoplexy: Contrasting Rhetoric in Christine Blasey Ford’s and Brett Kavanaugh’s Hearings and Testimonies

Politics was not the only polarizing aspect of the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings on September 26, 2018. Under intense national scrutiny, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh…  

Will the Supreme Court Find its Way Out of the “Political Thicket” of Partisan Redistricting?

The Supreme Court avoided what Justice Felix Frankfurter called the “political thicket” of redistricting for over 180 years until deciding in Davis v. Bandemer (1986) that it was a justiciable matter….  

Cypher or Partisan? Locating Brett Kavanaugh’s Position on Immigrants’ Rights

Brett Kavanaugh has joined the Supreme Court at a critical time for cases involving immigrants’ rights. The cases that immigration policy scholars are currently following shine a spotlight on a critical…  

Trump’s Work Requirements Replicate Past Failures: The Courts Might Stop This Ill-Conceived Policy

My prior research with Joe Soss and Richard Fording has shown that work requirements for welfare programs have not led to reductions in poverty and improved economic well-being among recipients….  

Is it Possible to Balance the Supreme Court’s Conservative Tilt through the Political Process?

Posted on December 20th, 2018 · Posted in Reconsidering the Supreme Court in Partisan America

With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the United States Supreme Court has taken a decidedly conservative turn. We can expect the Court to continue to chip away at the Voting…  

The Potential Imbalance in Balance: Trump, Executive Orders, and the Supreme Court

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has been nothing short of controversial as he has built his presidential platform around stoking fears through…  

Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court and Immunity for Government Officials

While campaigning for the Presidency in Iowa in January 2016, Donald Trump declared, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any…