2013 was a year that showed us Washington at its worst. But it also showed us Constitutional Progressives at their best. Thank you for your hard work this year. We have a great deal to be proud of, and a great deal to prepare for.
Moments ago, the U.S. Senate confirmed Patricia Ann Millett to a judgeship on the all-important U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. To say this was a “hard-fought” confirmation would be a major understatement, and I want to thank you for all of your help in this fight.
Constitutional Accountability Center interviewed several tea partiers in front of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the Obamacare cases in March 2012. Many of them feel strongly that the law is unconstitutional, and many of them proved that they have absolutely no idea about what the Constitution actually says.
As the constitutional claims of the tea party have become more and more extreme, we here at the Constitutional Accountability Center have been troubled by the lack of push-back from serious conservatives to some of these embarrassingly wild and unfounded claims. This failure of adult supervision has allowed claims that should truly remain on the constitutional fringe to flourish in conservative legislatures around the country.
In his op-ed, entitled "A pledge that compromises our oath," Senator Marsden asked his colleagues, "How can you take your oath of office in the General Assembly knowing that you have a prior allegiance to a special interest that dictates how you will perform your duties?"
President Obama announced today that he will use his constitutional authority under the Recess Appointments Clause to install Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three commissioners to the National Labor Relations Board, despite Republican efforts to prevent this by keeping the Senate in pro-forma session during the holiday recess.
The story Jeff Clements tells — how Lewis Powell's campaign to bend the Constitution to serve the interests of corporations culminated in Citizens United — is an important one for anyone concerned about the negative impact of Citizens United on our democracy and everyone working to overturn the ruling.