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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Two big victgories for Trump ... Reply with quote

First, the Supreme Court struck down a provision that made paying union dues mandatory in civil service jobs. Now paying dues will be discretionary! Expect those unions to change radically, and for the Democrats to have less money.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/06.....nion-dues/

This signals a change of direction for the court. Apparently it said the original decision was wrong, and that it has had bad consequences.

Second, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy is retiring. This will give Trump another Supreme Court appointment!

http://dailycaller.com/2018/06.....paign=push

Both of these decisions could have long-range consequences.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justice Kennedy's retirement is massive;
While he has hated the label, the reality is he has been the deciding vote on a tremendous about of 5-4 split decisions over the last decade.

Kennedy generally speaking has been the middle of the road in terms of the current sitting of the courts.

If the President replaces him with another 49 year old Neil Gorsuch-esk appointment the balance of the Supreme Court will be shifted for decades.

Couple this with the fact that Justice Stephen Breyer is 80 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 it puts the Liberal position on the Supreme Court at risk.

For the Democrats losing in 2016 is going to haunt them for a long time judicially.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its way too early to call this retirement a victory for trump as this is one of the so called conservative judges and now they must somehow confirm another one to the court , which is not going to be an easy task this fall , although its more likely that however trump nominates is confirmed than not but will be a major battle in Washington )



Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement, giving Trump 2nd Supreme Court pick


By Bill Mears, Shannon Bream | Fox News



Justice Kennedy announces plan to retire

The 81-year-old Kennedy said he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the Supreme Court.

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring, giving President Trump a critical opportunity to move the Supreme Court more solidly to the right in what promises to be an epic confirmation fight.



The 81-year-old senior associate justice informed the White House in a letter of his intention to step down from the high court after 30 years, effective July 31. Rumors of another vacancy have reverberated across Washington in recent months, and it comes a year after Kennedy's former law clerk Justice Neil Gorsuch, took over the seat occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump, reacting to the news, called Kennedy a "great justice" and said he'd begin the search for a replacement immediately.


Arguably the most powerful member of the Supreme Court, Kennedy's moderate-conservative views often left him the "swing" -- or deciding -- vote in hot-button cases ranging from abortion to gay rights to political campaign spending.

A Supreme Court vacancy will likely become a key issue in a midterm congressional election year, when control of the Senate is at stake.

That body will consider Trump's latest high court nominee, requiring only a simple majority for confirmation. GOP leaders changed the rules when Gorsuch was being considered, to get rid of the 60-vote procedural filibuster threshold.


But Democrats are expected to try and transform the court opening into a broader political referendum on Trump's leadership, and the future of social issues like immigration, gun rights and race.

Republicans, for their part, hope Kennedy's replacement helps them in the November elections.

Kennedy was nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and sworn in the following year.

While often voting with the court’s conservative bloc, he has been a key swing vote in a number of cases and occasionally sided with the court’s liberal wing, particularly on issues such a gay rights an abortion. Most notably, he wrote the 2015 ruling on Obergefell v Hodges, which found that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

His retirement had been rumored in recent years, with several of his former clerks having said they thought he was considering stepping down.

While it is not clear whom Trump will nominate, the eventual nominee is likely to face resistance from Senate Democrats -- who are still bristling from Senate Republicans’ blockade of Obama-pick Merrick Garland in 2016 and would balk at the possibility of Trump hardening the conservative bloc on the court.

Kennedy’s retirement comes as both Gorsuch and Kennedy were key votes in two controversial decisions this week -- upholding Trump's 'travel ban' and ruling against union's 'fair share' fees.

Both decisions were 5-4.

http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....etire.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears the "Resist" movement and the Nuclear Option that resulted in Justice Gorsuch fast walk to confirmation has greatly benefited the GOP now.

The Democrats would have been far better allowing for Justice Gorsuch to replace Justice Scalia which kept the balance as is and then fought their asses off this time around when they are up +1 Senators from last time.

Now I would imagine you will have another young Conservative on the bench before midterms.

Democrats Senators Donnelly, Manchin, and Heitkamp voted with the GOP majority on Justice Gorsuch and all three are up for reelection in red states in November all of which are TCTC and I can't see them turning their re-election campaigns into referendums on the Supreme Court and its position.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The union decision may be as influential as the Supreme Court nominations. Conservatives haven't had good luck with their choices in the past.

This video shows some of the effects of that this decision might have. It depends, of course, on employees resigning from the unions.

http://www.dickmorris.com/rip-.....=dmreports

This was one of Harper's targets, if he had won his last election.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Union decision has a lot of long term impacts;

You already have 29 Right to Work States with one pending;
The growth to the list over the last decade has grown more than the previous half century.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason that Chrysler went broke was that of worker pensions. In effect, Fiat took over responsibility for unfunded pension liabilities -- direct deductions from after-tax profits! The bailout of GM was a bailout of auto worker pensions. Detroit has gone broke because of unfunded civil servant pensions.

And these unions got these 'concessions' -- in effect wage settlements that didn't increase wages! To be paid in the future.

It isn't just Detroit. It's Chicago, it's Cleveland and Cincinnati and San Francisco and New Orleans and on and on and on ... whole states facing bankruptcy, and big pension payments being a big part of their problems.

If you want a board level meeting with any corporation in Canada, just find a solution to the 'unfunded pension liabilities' issue.

I was once a 'steward' of a big union that was bounced back and forth between the Steel Workers and the Auto Workers -- both of these are now webs of other unions. In my local, which was huge, the dues came to about $10 million a year! Only a third of that stayed with the local and was used in a wide range of dubious activities. The rest, in part, financed a lobby machine playing in all the capitals of the nation. The workers have nothing to do with their politics. So it's different but the same here. In the US, there's more power at the municipal level. than in Canada, so they appear at that level.

In any case, they bring a thuggish element to politics, and take a lot of power from ordinary people and organize it into one of the most powrful lobbies in the country, accountable to nobody. NOBODY!
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