Courts, Obamacare, and Voter ID heating up before election

Ken Klukowski

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will file for cloture on 17 judicial nominations from President Obama.

Given that Reid led the unprecedented obstruction of many of President George W Bush's judicial nominees, this is an interesting 180 in demanding that Republicans not block Obama’s nominees.

This irony is only deepened by the fact that before he was president, then-Sen. Barack Obama joined Reid in voting to filibuster even nominees that Obama admitted were fit for the judiciary (including John Roberts for chief justice).

Also, the DOJ has blocked Texas’ voter-ID law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Attorney General Eric Holder already blocked a similar law in South Carolina, a move that has already landed DOJ in court.

All this, despite the fact that in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld a stricter Indiana voter-ID law in Crawford v. Marion County.

And finally, HHS has released its regulations for the new state-based exchanges for Obamacare, which can be a stepping-stone to a single-payer system.

It’ll take a while to study the details, but it will doubtless include some surprises. All this as the Supreme Court prepares to hear constitutional challenges to the president’s signature law in two weeks.

Three stories in just one day on issues that will be decided by the federal courts. And three more reminders that the president we elect this November will decide who sits on those courts.

Examiner legal contributor Ken Klukowski is on faculty at Liberty University School of Law, and coauthor of Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America.



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