• Los Angeles County, CA v. Humphries: Oral Argument – October 05, 2010
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    Los Angeles County, CA v. Humphries: Oral Argument – October 05, 2010

    Roberts: We will hear argument next in Case 09-350, Los Angeles County v. Humphries. Mr. Coates. Coates: Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court: In Monell v. Department of Social Services, this Court held there could be no liability against a local public entity under section 1983 unless the plaintiff proved causation, namely that the injury that was inflicted was inflicted as a result of a custom, policy, or practice of that local public entity. The Ninth Circuit, however, in this case has imposed ex post facto declaratory relief on the County of Los Angeles as well as a substantial fee award, while acknowledging that it has not,…

  • Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona: Oral Argument – March 18, 2013
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    Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona: Oral Argument – March 18, 2013

    Roberts: We’ll hear argument first this morning in Case 12-71, Arizona v. the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. General Horne. Horne: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court: The NVRA should not be construed to preempt Arizona’s Proposition 200 for three reasons. First, prohibiting a State from effectively enforcing the citizenship requirement is so far-reaching that if Congress had intended that, it would have put the prohibition in the statute expressly, which it did not do. Congressional silence should not disable States from taking sensible precautions to exclude noncitizens from voting. Second, when Congress wanted to expressly prohibit something, it knew how to do it. It…

  • Constitution amendment: Dogara briefs govs on devolution, others
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    Constitution amendment: Dogara briefs govs on devolution, others

    Constitution amendment: Dogara briefs govs on devolution, others Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, October 18, briefed governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on the National Assembly’s efforts to amend the nation’s constitution. Dogara’s briefing came a few weeks after Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate met with the governors. Punch reports that Dogara confirmed that he was invited to talk to the governors on most of the bills being considered in the amendment. On the governors’ request for the expansion of the scope of constitutional amendment, he said only the House could take a decision on the matter. According…

  • Cops In Minneapolis Create Shirts To Wear To Trump Rally After Liberal Mayor BANS Uniforms
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    Cops In Minneapolis Create Shirts To Wear To Trump Rally After Liberal Mayor BANS Uniforms

    The Democrat mayor of Minneapolis is trying to “antagonize” and “bully” President Trump to discourage him from coming to the historically blue state, a police union leader said, Fox News reports. Lieutenant Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said on “Fox & Friends” that Mayor Jacob Frey is discriminating against Trump ahead of his upcoming rally at the Target Center on Thursday. Kroll’s claims are in line with Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who accused Frey of “abuse of power” over a proposed $530,000 security fee to use the arena. “It’s disparate treatment,” Kroll said. “They have not charged nearly that much for other events…” Trending:…

  • Bernie Sanders’ Call for a ‘President Who Believes in the Constitution’ Backfires
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    Bernie Sanders’ Call for a ‘President Who Believes in the Constitution’ Backfires

    This isn’t likely to make him feel any better. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist who’s presidential campaign hit a snag last week when he suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas, tried to use a Twitter post on Sunday to imply President Donald Trump doesn’t really support the country’s founding document. But when the blowback came from Trump supporters, it hit hard. In the tweet, Sanders wrote that “Maybe I’m old fashioned. But I believe we should have a president who believes in the United States Constitution.” That’s almost funny, considering Sanders is seeking the nomination from a political party that has shown precious little respect for the Constitution…

  • Grassroots Legislative Advocacy Training: Power Mapping
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    Grassroots Legislative Advocacy Training: Power Mapping

    All right. So, you have now picked which legislator you want to target and the next step: you’re going to now map the power relationships between you and your legislator. And this power map is going to form the basis for developing a legislative campaign to win them over. A quick note on logistics, we provided you with a blank power map that you can download and fill out with pen, if you like, but the best way to do this is to get together your core activists and to fill out the power map using sticky notes in a blank wall. And we’ll explain shortly why this is a…

  • A Day in the Life of a Legislative Drafter
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    A Day in the Life of a Legislative Drafter

    A little nervous. It’s Justice Canada and it sounds very official. But everybody has been so welcoming and supportive. My name is Diana Smyth and I participated in A Day in the Life of a legislative drafter. The team here is very dedicated. Very passionate about what they do. And they care about what they’re doing and how it will impact all Canadians. I think you obviously need to know the law, but I’ve also found that a good knowledge of history helps because you can look back on things that have precedence and bring them forward to help inform new laws. I think that just knowing where we all…