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Mitch Perry Report for 12.17.15 — As Congress votes on spending bill, will far right turn on Paul Ryan now?

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I’m going to guess that conservatives in Congress aren’t going to turn on new House Speaker Paul D. Ryan so soon, since he’s still undergoing a honeymoon less than two months after replacing the very unpopular John Boehner. But there’s definitely unease among the far right part of the party on this omnibus spending bill that his House of Representatives will vote on tomorrow. Today comes a vote on a tax package, which apparently is only going to be supported by Republicans,…

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No consensus about legality of Donald Trump’s idea of Muslim ban

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There’s no legal or historical precedent for closing U.S. borders to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, but neither is there any Supreme Court case that clearly prevents a president or Congress from doing so. Legal experts are divided over how the high court would react to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s call for a temporary halt to Muslims entering the United States. “The court has never been faced with a challenge against a whole religion. I think that would raise…

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Ronald Reagan a certain star at GOP debate, whoever else does well

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Jeb Bush calls his tax-cut plan “Reagan-inspired.” Scott Walker says “the greatest foreign policy president … was a governor from California.” Ted Cruz pitches himself as the leader for a new “Reagan revolution.” Donald Trump makes time for Ronald Reagan, too, alluding to the 40th president’s support of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal as a defense for his own conservative makeover after years of taking liberal positions. Even if Wednesday night’s Republican debate weren’t taking place at the Reagan…

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Seriously, has Antonin Scalia lost his mind?

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I am certain the public’s opinion is as divided on the subjects of gay marriage and Obamacare – and, in particular, this week’s SCOTUS rulings – as the court itself.  And while this is not a post about the meaning or impact of either ruling, I can’t help but wonder if dissenter-in-chief Antonin Scalia has lost his mind. In reading his two recent dissents, Scalia’s words read more like bizarre (and more than a little bit whiney) manifestos than reasoned…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.26.15 — That other health care decision affecting Floridians

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Good morning to the unofficial beginning of Summer, which actually began in the Tampa Bay area several weeks ago, if you gauge it by when the temperature gets into the 90s on a regular basis. Sometime between now and our next federal holiday weekend, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to come down with some major decisions. None will have more impact than their verdict in King. v. Burwell. That’s where the nine justices will rule on whether the tax subsidies…

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Justices uphold limits on judges’ appeals for campaign cash

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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states may limit candidates for elected state and local judgeships from making a personal appeal for campaign contributions. The justices’ 5-4 ruling means in 30 states that elect state and local judges, restrictions on judicial candidates and their campaign solicitations can remain in place. In all, 39 states hold elections for judges and some allow personal appeals. Chief Justice John Roberts said in his majority opinion that laws barring judicial candidates from personally asking…

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