The justices let stand a July 2016 decision by a lower court that found that the 2011 Texas statute ran afoul of a federal law that bars racial discrimination in elections and directed a lower court to find a way to fix the law’s discriminatory effects against minorities.
Court took relatively unusual step of reversing the Alabama Supreme Court without hearing oral arguments. None of the eight justices dissented.
Larry Wimore: “That’s right, you’re the one who opened your big mouth and got in the bed with the Devil — now he just wants you to keep that mouth open.”
Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.
Sandoval’s name surfaced as a possible nominee on Wednesday, but Senate Republicans quickly said they still would not hold hearings or vote on any Obama nominee.
“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”
Biden: “There are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans.”
Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.
A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice.
White House: “This is not the first time that Republicans have come out with a lot of bluster, only to have reality ultimately sink in.”
In private practice, prior to his appointment to the appeals court, Srinivasan successfully represented former Enron Corp CEO Jeff Skilling in a Supreme Court case.
Scalia’s death set up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the GOP-controlled Senate, just months before a presidential election.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have fervent supporters who oppose the other, although the fanatics are a minority. Both candidates are historic in their own right. And both candidates represent the kind of energy necessary to grow the Obama coalition.
Court turns away an appeal asserting that law violated U.S. Constitution’s requirement that tax legislation originate in the House of Representatives.
A ruling allowing non-union workers to stop paying “agency fees” equivalent to union dues, could strip public sector unions of millions of dollars.
With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to issue blockbuster rulings on same-sex marriage and health care, Republicans have a blueprint for victory: They need to lose.