The U.S. Constitution – What It Says, What It Means, Why It Matters
Mondays, 12:30 – 2:30
Niles Schore, Instructor
Niles’ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 1 – September 11, 2017
NPR tweeted Declaration of Independence and angered some who didn’t recognize it
10 Hours, a Few Sharpies, One Act of Resistance: Writing the Constitution – The New York Times
Errant comma forces new pot vote in Manchester
Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s worst week was a strong one for American democracy
Maine Voices: If we demand leaders with character, that will make America great
Bill Nemitz: One comma left out gives judge pause in Oakhurst overtime case
Week 2 – September 18, 2017
1. Redistricting/Apportionment cases
a. Bethune-Hill v. VA Bd. of Elections
b. Evenwell v. Texas
c. Harris v. Ind. Redistricting Comm’n.
d. Vieth v. Jubelirer
e. Whitford v. Gill
f. Additional Whitford v. Gill link
Justices have long said that drawing districts based on extreme partisanship is unconstitutional, but haven’t found a way to decide when lines are crossed.
The challengers in a Wisconsin case that could impose limits on a practice that has helped define American politics say partisanship in redrawn districts can be measured.
Week 3 – September 25, 2017
2. Spending Power – South Dakota v. Dole
3. ACA Obamacare – NFIB v. Sibelius
4. Another View: Trump’s moves won’t jibe with Constitution
Week 4 – October 2, 2017
Week 5 – October 9, 2017
Additional Hawaii District Court reading
Week 6 – October 16, 2017
Week 7 – October 23, 2017
Week 8 – October 30, 2017
Instead of freedom, workers at companies like Uber have encountered low wages and coercion.
Mr. Abrams, a titan of free speech jurisprudence, says the Twitter trail could be a gift to lawyers defending journalists during leak investigations.
Judge blocks Trump’s move to cut funding for ‘sanctuary cities’