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January 30, 2015

On Wednesday, as part of a brief filed by my organization, Constitutional Accountability Center, in King v. Burwell on behalf of state and federal legislators -- including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi -- we dropped a bit of a bombshell. 

January 20, 2015

In commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation collectively paused a moment to take stock of how far we have come in realizing equality and justice, and how far we have left to journey. Given that there is unquestionably far to go when it comes to fair housing opportunities and conditions, the Supreme Court shouldn't dishonor Dr. King's memory by removing one of the tools we have used to build bridges from the "islands of despair" of racialized poverty and segregation that Dr. King so powerfully decried.

January 16, 2015

We should know by the end of June what kind of America we'll be living in. I hope and trust it will be an America in which marriage equality is recognized nationwide. The Constitution requires no less.

January 16, 2015

After all, Roberts has seen what a watershed decision Windsor has been, and he must surely recognize that if the Windsor majority takes the final step to recognize full marriage equality (as it should), that decision will be even more historic and undoubtedly one of the greatest legacies of the Roberts Court. Will Chief Justice Roberts be content to have such a momentous ruling be issued over his dissent, or will John Roberts want to be part of one of the greatest legacies of the Roberts Court? We should know by the end of June.

January 16, 2015

After all, Roberts has seen what a watershed decision Windsor has been, and he must surely recognize that if the Windsor majority takes the final step to recognize full marriage equality (as it should), that decision will be even more historic and undoubtedly one of the greatest legacies of the Roberts Court. Will Chief Justice Roberts be content to have such a momentous ruling be issued over his dissent, or will John Roberts want to be part of one of the greatest legacies of the Roberts Court? We should know by the end of June.

January 16, 2015

In striking down part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act two years ago, the Supreme Court has already decided that the federal government cannot deny benefits to same-sex couples lawfully wed in states that recognize marriage equality. Now the Court will decide whether all states must respect same-sex couples' right to marry. It has done the right thing today by agreeing to take the case. When it decides the issues later this year, it should do the right thing again and follow the Constitution, making history once more and finding that discrimination has no place in American society.

January 14, 2015

The Roberts court has turned our Constitution's promise of democracy of, by and for the people on its head, giving corporations and the wealthiest Americans an outsize influence over our political leaders. Creating a federal tax credit won't wipe away those rulings or rid us of super donors, but it can empower small donors, broadening the base of those who finance elections. Now, more than ever, we need to consider every viable solution for strengthening our democracy.

January 12, 2015

It defies belief that any governor, including Governor Walker, would allow their states and citizens to face such an outcome. Governors do have to govern, after all. Walker's comments are as clear as the law: tax credits are available nationwide, just as Congress intended.

January 12, 2015

It defies belief that any governor, including Governor Walker, would allow their states and citizens to face such an outcome. Governors do have to govern, after all. Walker's comments are as clear as the law: tax credits are available nationwide, just as Congress intended.