Category Archives: Democracy

“Good” Victims and Hot Coffee

At this point we have all heard of both James Kirkland Batson and Clarence Earl Gideon and their respective cases. One person’s name you may have not heard of is Stella Liebeck. Her case may not have been criminal in nature, and her case … Continue reading

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How De-Federalizing Government Could End Partisan Gridlock and Save America from the Next Civil War

Americans live in a nation divided along party lines. Political polarization hasn’t been this extreme since the United States broke apart 150 years ago for the Civil War. This chart, drawing from a dataset of Congressional votes, tracks partisan polarization … Continue reading

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The AZ Power Trip

As I am sure many of you have realized from our class discussions, I am a local/state political junkie. The decisions made by your local city council and or your state legislature have a more immediate, visible, and direct effect … Continue reading

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To Fear Crime Over Injustice

I will be honest, until I read Paul Butler’s “In Defense of Jury Nullification”, I had never heard of jury nullification. I think what surprises me the most though, is the fact that I had never seen this topic come … Continue reading

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Dear U.S. Attorneys, “You’re Fired!” Sincerely, President Trump

On Friday, the Trump administration told 46 United States attorneys to resign their posts and fired one of the 46 who refused to resign. The 46 were Obama appointees who were held over for the first month of the Trump … Continue reading

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Trump and the Judges

Late last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck a major blow to President Trump’s immigration agenda when they upheld a suspension of his controversial travel ban. Since the ruling, President Trump made his views widely known, calling the … Continue reading

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The Freezing of American Democracy

When Things don’t Add Up In James Morone’s ‘The Democratic Wish’, he outlines a cycle for change occurring in American democracy. The cycle starts at a liberal political stalemate, moves to a popular response demanding action, creates new political institutions … Continue reading

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