February 1, 2011
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As has been widely reported, U. S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled on Monday that the requirement to make individuals purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. Not only did he rule against that provision, he ruled against the entire law:
“I must conclude that the individual mandate and the remaining provisions are all inextricably bound together in purpose and must stand or fall as a single unit,” Vinson wrote.
As expected, the White House announced they would appeal. But what does this mean for the law?
Republicans announced right after the bill was passed that they would do whatever they could to repeal it. The House has already voted to repeal, and conservatives believe they can use procedural techniques to force a repeal vote in the Democrat-held Senate. But somewhere, Dems are nervous. While there have been two judges that upheld the new law, and now two that have ruled against, it’s highly likely the argument will not be settled until reaching the Supremes. Currently, the court leans conservatively, with no change in sight. This would seem to bode well for the right and not so well for the left–though stranger things have happened in regards to the court and their judgements (look up “Kelo” and “imminent domain“).
November 9, 2010
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Alvin Greene. A name that makes democrats in SC simply cringe. I won’t go into his backstory here, but now he’s considering another run…
Alvin Greene might run for president.
Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina who lost overwhelmingly to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint last week, called the state Democratic Party on Tuesday to ask how much it would cost to run for president.
Read the rest here (and scratch your head): Alvin Greene Mulls Presidential Bid
November 3, 2010
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Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you have heard or seen that republicans took over the House, gained seats in the Senate, and won a few governors races. From the reactions of many of my left-leaning friends, one would think the world is about to end, or that something large, dark, and ominous is coming (Think the dark planet in “The Fifth Element” or a comet or asteroid in “Armageddon” or “Deep Impact”).
While I’m sure this puts a wrench in the plans of Dems to get certain things passed, its not the end of the world. The government has gone back and forth between the major parties for years and the country has yet to fall off the edge of the flat planet and drift into outer space. Its not even the first time that one house was controlled by one party, while the other (and the White House) was controlled by another. Republicans and Democrats will have to figure a way to work together.
Now we get to see if President Obama really meant all those nice bipartisan things he said before getting elected.