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12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

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McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling ignores disclosure reality

The Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in ‘robust’ campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influence of political donations. The problem is, this relies on a faulty view of today’s reality in the 50 states.... Read more»

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an opinion that is likely to further increase the flow of big money into politics. In a 5-4 decision, the high court’s conservative-leaning justices struck down aggregate contribution limits to candidates and parties but kept base limits intact.... Read more»

Texas hoping for edge over New Mexico in water battle

With the official support of the U.S. government, Texas now hopes it has a substantial edge over New Mexico in an interstate legal battle over water from the Rio Grande.... Read more»

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Understanding immigration federalism in the U.S.

Over the past few years, the pendulum of state action on immigration has swung from punitive laws to positive laws that seek to integrate immigrants and mitigate the harsh effects of enforcement.... Read more»

Supreme Court: Yuma sheriff must return seized medical marijuana

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Yuma County’s appeal of a state court ruling that the county sheriff had to return seized marijuana to a woman with a medical marijuana card. County officials hard argued that returning the drugs would violate federal law.... Read more»1

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GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

Former Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Louis Sullivan, says the Affordable Care Act resembles a plan crafted by Republicans in the early 1990s.... Read more»

What happens next on the health law?

As the first open enrollment period draws to a close, here are seven things to watch for clues about what the health law’s future might hold.... Read more»

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Discrimination? Corporate loopholes? Hobby Lobby’s slippery slope

This term, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the religious beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby Stores, a for-profit, secular corporation, can be used as justification to deny the company’s employees the contraceptive health coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»1

Activists chart alternative course for immigration reform

Backlash against get-tough immigration laws like SB 1070 led to a climate that makes it possible to push for alternative immigration reforms, activists said, including in-state tuition and driver’s licenses. Those plans were attacked by critics as “practically amnesty.”... Read more»

Justices to weigh contraceptive mandate against religious freedom claims

Two businesses are challenging the health law’s birth control coverage requirement on religious freedom grounds.... Read more»

Obama urges Latinos to sign up for insurance now

President Barack Obama appealed directly to Latinos on Thursday, telling them time is running out to sign up for health coverage this year and that they should enroll now to avoid problems.... Read more»

Bar none: Two Az women fight to help lawyers in military families

Passing the bar is tough enough, but lawyers with military spouses have to face the exam - and its costs - every few years when the family is relocated. Two women are leading the push to change that.... Read more»

Judge rules Texas gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.... Read more»1

Az Supreme Court decision upheld in 1993 Phoenix murder case

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal Monday of an Arizona death-penalty case in which an autopsy report was entered as evidence without the medical examiner who wrote it.... Read more»

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