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  • Two-year House of Representatives terms made sense at the time — now, maybe not

    In her book, "Ratification, The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788," Pauline Maier notes that during the debate for ratification of the United States constitution in Massachusetts (as reported in the American Herald during the convention), the good...
  • Does Obama stand for anything?

    Does Obama stand for anything?
    Reflecting upon growing voter indifference in democracies across the Atlantic, historian Tony Judt chalked it up to a roster of world leaders who "convey neither conviction nor authority" and "stand for nothing in particular." These words resonate in...
  • Effort to overturn Dream Act unconstitutional

    Efforts to overturn the Maryland Dream Act granting undocumented resident aliens tuition rates at state colleges equal to those charged citizen residents of Maryland would have voters veto a clause of the 14th Amendment: "No State shall … deny to...
  • Hearings will allow closer look into death penalty cases

    Attorneys for an inmate accused of killing a corrections officer five years ago want prosecutors to reveal their evidence to determine whether it satisfies the state's death penalty statute. The hearing, requested by lawyers for Lee Edward Stephens, is...
  • Congress adheres to Constitution only when it wants to

    Now that the debt limit crisis has been kicked down the road for another month or so, we need to consider its lasting impact on our Constitution. For the first time, many members of Congress blithely ignored the clear language of the 14th Amendment...
  • Durbin endorses Duckworth, takes shot at Republicans' anti-tax pledge

    Durbin endorses Duckworth, takes shot at Republicans' anti-tax pledge
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he remains optimistic a bipartisan congressional panel of lawmakers can come up with a new round of deficit reduction plans if Republicans realize their “oath is to the Constitution” and not to an anti-tax...
  • Judge hears arguments in Catholic Charities case

    Judge hears arguments in Catholic Charities case
    SPRINGFIELD -- A Sangamon County judge heard oral arguments today from lawyers representing four Catholic Charities agencies who urged him to prevent the state from severing a partnership that has provided publicly funded foster care and adoption services...
  • Agenda debate suggests a highly divided City Council

    COSTA MESA — Earlier this month Councilman Eric Bever suggested the city stop lone council members from putting items on the agenda. Doing so, however, would have further isolated Councilwoman Wendy Leece, the only person on the council opposed...
  • Ron Kaye: Don't always go to the party

    Sipping iced coffee in the Black Cow Café in Montrose on Friday with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, I found myself suspending my disbelief, putting aside my deep cynicism as a newspaperman and feeling like I was in the company of a politician actually...
  • Archbishop O'Brien has a right to try to influence public policy

    In his letter to The Sun printed Aug. 18 ("O'Malley correct on church-state separation"), Arnold Paskoff suggests there should be "no representation without taxation." This implies that he thinks Archbishop Edwin O'Brien pays no taxes. I believe this is...
  • Starving education will lead to intellectual skeletons

    Starving education will lead to intellectual skeletons
    Second of two parts. Sunday's column took a look at the recent Tea Party rally that marked the unveiling of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's first budget. Scott claimed in a written statement distributed at First Baptist Church of Eustis, where the event was...