January 22, 2018

Mexico files brief against Utah…federalism at issue?

Immigration is one of those issues that never seems to go away. While almost every policy can be debated, either passionately or with blithe calm, immigration seems to evoke a passionate and even angry response from people who are, otherwise, level-headed and even-tempered.

The Utah Compact on Immigration

If you care about immigration, an interesting thing happened a couple days ago. Some of Utah‘s leaders–religious, political, and secular–joined together to propose an a set of principles on to guid the immigration reform discussion. It is seen as an alternative to recent proposals such as those passed in Arizona and proposed for Utah by […]

Give Iowa a try…

Image via Wikipedia Iowa judges are under attack for unpopular rulings that have permitted gay marriage in their state.  Unhappy about the rulings, and displeased that so few could overturn the will of the people, activists are looking to check the power of the judges by way of the ballot box. From the Wall Street […]

Democracy and Judiciary: at odds over Proposition 8

Image by riacale via Flickr One of the interesting points about American government is the balance in the federal constitution between democratic and non-democratic institutions.  It is, as was intended, a series of checks and balances on the power of too much democracy.  The Congress, the most democratic of the countries institutions at the federal […]

Immigration Debate: Federal or state purview?

Image by Renegade98 via Flickr Recently, the local Deseret News has seen debate on its opinion page, and carried over in the Facebook-sphere, on the immigration issue, especially as it relates to whether immigration policy is the purview of states or the federal government, and in many respects, it returns to Constitutional interpretation by the […]

Proposition 8 overturned; next stop, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Just moments ago, the Judge Vaughn Walker of the  US District Court for the Northern District of California overturned Proposition 8, declaring it unconstitutional.  And, predictably per their promise, the legal team defending Prop 8 has sought a stay pending appeal.   In court papers filed Tuesday night, lawyers for the Proposition 8 defense team asked […]

Much ado about immigration in Utah

Image via Wikipedia There’s a scandal brewing in Utah over a list of alleged illegal immigrants that was sent to a number of government leaders with a demand for action.  A conservative bastion in the west, even the lone Democrat in Utah’s congressional delegation, Jim Matheson, votes with his Republican colleagues almost as often as he does with Nancy […]