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April 28, 2023

All 9 Supreme Court justices push back on oversight: 'Raises more questions,' Senate chair says

There's no conservative-liberal divide on the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to calls for a new, enforceable ethics code.

All nine justices, in a rare step, on Tuesday released a joint statement reaffirming their voluntary adherence to a general code of conduct but rebutting proposals for independent oversight, mandatory compliance with ethics rules and greater transparency in cases of recusal.

The implication, though not expressly stated, is that the court unanimously rejects legislation proposed by Democrats seeking to impose on the justices the same ethics obligations applied to all other federal judges.

"The justices ... consult a wide variety of authorities to address specific ethical issues," the members of the high court said in a document titled "Statement on Ethics Principles and Practices."

April 16, 2023

The Paradox of Control

Sounds like every conservative I've ever run across.

June 24, 2022

Should have had Cisneros.

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, the lone anti-abortion Democrat in the House, said Friday his position has not changed.

"We'll let the states make this decision now," he said.

Asked by NBC News about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision, which she said was "cruel," Cuellar said, "Everybody has their opinion, including the speaker."

Cuellar said that while he was in the minority in his caucus, he is not in his district.


I'm sure he's pretty chuffed at the support he got. How does that support look now?
May 25, 2022

It's time to politicize this shit.

Too soon? For what? The NEXT massacre? You make better POLICY when you POLITICIZE stuff. This more than qualifies.

May 3, 2022

How to be apolitical


January 1, 2022

Makes crazy amounts of sense.

Likely why it won’t happen.

September 20, 2021

You gotta' be kidding me: Joe Manchin to draft climate legislation

WASHINGTON — Joe Manchin, the powerful West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate energy panel and earned half a million dollars last year from coal production, is preparing to remake President Biden’s climate legislation in a way that tosses a lifeline to the fossil fuel industry — despite urgent calls from scientists that countries need to quickly pivot away from coal, gas and oil to avoid a climate catastrophe.

But Mr. Manchin is also closely associated with the fossil fuel industry. His beloved West Virginia is second in coal and seventh in natural gas production among the 50 states. In the current election cycle, Mr. Manchin has received more campaign donations from the oil, coal and gas industries than any other senator, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets, a research organization that tracks political spending.

He profits personally from polluting industries: He owns stock valued at between $1 million and $5 million in Enersystems Inc., a coal brokerage firm which he founded in 1988. He gave control of the firm to his son, Joseph, after he was elected West Virginia secretary of state in 2000. Last year, Mr. Manchin made $491,949 in dividends from his Enersystems stock, according to his Senate financial disclosure report.

Read more: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/19/2053267/-Joe-Manchin-to-draft-climate-legislation-You-gotta-be-effin-kiddin-me?pm_source=story_sidebar&pm_medium=web&pm_campaign=recommended
July 1, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema speaks in favor of reconciliation

Start around the 3:38 mark.

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