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Topic: U.S. Supreme Court

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July 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Hobby Lobby decision a step closer to establishing Christian church as official U.S. religion

Before the movie “Mary Poppins” came out the longest word in the English language was supposedly “antidisestablishmentarianism.” The word was coined in the middle of a heated political fight in Britain over the “established church,” namely the Church of England (frequently referred to outside of the U.K. as the Anglican Church). Not surprisingly, a lot of people…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Christianity, conservatives, Hobby Lobby

July 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Contraception: Hobby Lobby got it right

The notion that Hobby Lobby is attacking women’s rights by choosing to “opt out of covering…legitimate health needs” is absurd ["Yes, (some) corporations can pray — and you’ll all pay," Opinion, June 30]. Hobby Lobby has stated clearly that it opposes only those forms of contraception that it sees as abortive, like the morning-after pill.  It…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: abortion, contraception, health

June 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Allow government to protect citizens from gun violence

Americans need to wake up to the epidemic of gun violence [“At SPU, grief without despair,” Local News, June 7]. For too many years our elected representatives have been pushed around by the bullies in the National Rifle Association. The widespread availability of guns and the nuts who will use them in shootings, such…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun violence, Michael Crutcher, National Rifle Association

April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Citizens can’t compete with Corporate America

Guest columnist William R. Maurer ends his guest column concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling with the following statement, “ … for proponents of open and unrestrained political debate, the decision is something to celebrate.” [“Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech,” Opinion, April 8] The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision will now allow…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: James J. Farrell, McCutcheon ruling, U.S. Supreme Court

April 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: a lazy electorate?; Democracy sold to highest bidder

If the rich decide elections, it’s due to a lazy electorate

Syndicated columnist Gail Collins seems to feel that because the Supreme Court has allowed larger political donations, the rich now have more leverage in political elections [“Surprise! The rich won one,” Opinion, April 6].

Hey, are any of us forced to base our votes on TV ads, billboards and bumper stickers? Do the Koch Brothers (or any other billionaires) force us to vote for the candidates they support?

Or do all citizens have the opportunity, not to mention the responsibility, to inform themselves regarding all the candidates and issues?

If the rich determine the elections, based on their donations, it is due only to the laziness of the rest of the voting public.

Richard Askren, Seattle

Democracy sold to the highest bidder

There is just something so unseemly, wrong and even slimy about the Supreme Court’s rulings on

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: advertising, Don Curtis, Free speech

April 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: A ruling for the wealthy few

The Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC directly conflicts with the First Amendment [“McCutcheon decision unravels campaign finance regulation,” Opinion, April 6]. The amendment states that no law should be made which would abridge the freedom of speech. In a large-scale society such as ours, this requires that all people be given equal…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: democracy, First Amendment, McCutcheon v. FEC

April 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Democracy is now dead

Ruling loosens reins on political donations” [Nation & World, April 2] should have been titled “Ruling severs reins …” The U.S. Supreme Court has done the nation a great favor: finally removing any doubt that our democracy is dead. What a huge relief. No longer do the vast majority of Americans need to cling…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: campaign finance, Free speech, McCutcheon v. FEC

April 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case: Would open the door for Christian Scientists

Paul Tong / Op Art

The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood consolidated cases [“Hobby Lobby case a slippery slope,” Opinion, March 30] are providing the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to double-down on its extremely unpopular and unwise Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling (which created the notion that a corporation has the same protections as real person under the first amendment).

This time it’s about religious freedom, wherein the plaintiffs seek exemptions from established laws for a corporate entity based on the personal beliefs of the corporation’s leader.

While it surprises me that

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Barry Zimmerman, Citizens United, Conestoga Wood

March 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

President Obama calls California ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Marriage equality now On March 26-27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two historic cases concerning gay marriage [“Obama urges court to toss Calif. ban on gay marriage,” News, March 1]. There has been tremendous momentum around the issue of marriage equality over the last year. Loving, committed gay and lesbian couples want to marry for…

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Comments | More in Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics | Topics: California, Marriage equality, President Barack Obama