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“Obamacare” in the Supreme Court Spotlight

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court enters the political thicket and will begin hearing arguments regarding the constitutionality of “Obamacare.”  The three day hearing may shed light on which direction the justices may be leaning.

A key issue the justices will consider is whether the individual mandate to require everyone to purchase health insurance in unconstitutional.  Opponents claim it is unconstitutional for the U.S. Congress to require such a mandate and penalizes those who do not buy the insurance.

Stay tuned for additional analysis.

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March 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

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Supreme Court: No T.V. Cameras Allowed!

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued the followed statement regarding televising oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“The Court will hear argument in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases on March 26, 27, and 28. Because of the extraordinary public interest in those cases, the Court will provide the audio recordings and transcripts of the oral arguments on an expedited basis through the Court’s Website.

The Court will post the audio recordings and unofficial transcripts as soon as the digital files are available for uploading to the Website. The audio recordings and transcripts of the March 26-28 morning sessions should be available no later than 2 p.m. The recording and transcript of the March 28 afternoon session should be available no later than 4 p.m.

Anyone interested in the proceedings will be able to access the recordings and transcripts directly through links on the homepage of the Court’s Website. The homepage currently provides links to the orders, briefs, and other information about the cases.”

The Court’s Website address is www.supremecourt.gov.

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March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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“Not Insubstantial” and Texas Redistricting

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Last week, a  three-judge San Antonio panel hearing legal challenges to maps passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature, drew interim maps applying the “not insubstantial” standard announced in Perez v. Plaintiff, an expedited Supreme Court ruling invalidating the previously drawn interim maps.  The District Court for the District of Columbia has not issued a ruling on the Section 5 preclearance challenges and thus the San Antonio panel had to make an educated guess at how the three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. may or may not rule.

Opinions justifying the new lines for congressional and Texas House districts have not been issued.  But the court will undoubtedly interpret the “not insubstantial” standard regarding districts that are facing Section 5 challenges.  No federal district court has interpreted the new standard.

Stay tuned for additional analysis.

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March 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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