Federal Appeals Court Deems Voter Mandated Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that, "a federal appeals court has ruled that California's voter-mandated ban on gay marriages was unconstitutional, in a closely-watched case that could eventually lead the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. In a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said …

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Saturday Night Advice for U.S. Voters Next Tuesday (1940) BY Prof. John Q. Barrett

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The Yonkers Connection On November 2, 1940, the Saturday before Election Day, Robert H. Jackson, the Attorney General of the United States, delivered the principal speech at a political meeting outside of New York City.  That year featured a presidential election that Jackson and many believed would be close and, for Democrats, possibly a defeat:  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, seeking …

eHeziSaturday Night Advice for U.S. Voters Next Tuesday (1940) BY Prof. John Q. Barrett

Ratner Admits He Has No Plans To Build Atlantic Yards Affordable Housing and Office Tower

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Brooklyn, NY, September 28, 2010 —  For his Atlantic yards project Bruce Ratner promised a grandiose "urban room" and a tax generating office tower at the gridlocked Atlantic and Flatbush intersection at the heart of Brooklyn. he also promised to build "affordable housing." None of that is going to happen.

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Eminent Domain Hurts Our Most Vulnerable Citizens By John Murtagh

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The Westchester County Legislature is presently considering a law to curb the use of taxpayer money in cases where wealthy developers try to get the government to use the power of "Eminent Domain" to take private property for new development.  The County Board should pass this law quickly and local legislatures like our own City Council should do the same. …

eHeziEminent Domain Hurts Our Most Vulnerable Citizens By John Murtagh

Current Commentary: MoveOn Targets Target, And Free Speech BY Larry M. Elkin

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The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org believes in freedom of speech for everyone, with the exception of anyone who backs Republican or conservative causes with corporate money. So when Target Corp. recently got involved in politics, MoveOn made a target of Target. MoveOn’s call for a national consumer boycott against the retailer is an obviously self-serving, demagogic attempt at commercial intimidation. It is …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: MoveOn Targets Target, And Free Speech BY Larry M. Elkin

Does The Supreme Court Need Reserve Players On The Bench? BY Larry M. Elkin

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A standing-room-only crowd filled the courtroom of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently when retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appeared there to help decide three Montana cases. Although it is rare to see a former member of the nation’s highest court fill in on a lower court panel, it is not unusual in the federal court system for …

eHeziDoes The Supreme Court Need Reserve Players On The Bench? BY Larry M. Elkin

California Judge Refuses to Stay Prop 8 Marriage Ruling

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San Francisco, CA, August 12, 2010 — U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker today refused to stay his ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in which he struck down Proposition 8 (Prop 8), the state marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one woman and one man in the California Constitution. In November 2008, California voters amended their state constitution by …

eHeziCalifornia Judge Refuses to Stay Prop 8 Marriage Ruling

Ed Koch Commentary: An Overriding November Election Issue – Amnesty for Illegal Aliens BY Edward I. Koch

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Immigration is the issue that will dominate the November elections. On one side of this contentious issue are those who believe as I do that the Obama administration has exactly the same goal as its predecessor, the Bush administration, which is to provide amnesty and a “path to citizenship” for our illegal alien population, now estimated at between 11 million …

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Weir Only Human: Thanks to Otis McDonald and the Supremes BY BOB WEIR

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The most important job of the government is the protection of its people. That protection involves their physical safety and the security of their property. That means providing police presence to deter criminals before they commit crimes and harsh penalties for offenders whose crimes were not deterred. The fact is that most crimes cannot be deterred because the bad guys …

eHeziWeir Only Human: Thanks to Otis McDonald and the Supremes BY BOB WEIR