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2016-07

July 29, 2016

Brianne Gorod, general counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center, said in a statement that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder “flashed a green light to conservative elected officials across the country looking for ways to restrict access to the ballot box.” The Fourth Circuit, Gorod said, “unanimously and correctly flashed a red light to that approach today.”

July 18, 2016
Our system of campaign finance is badly broken and is deforming our democracy. The problem is the Supreme Court, not the Constitution.
 
In a series of 5-4 rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues have rewritten the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech, insisting that money is speech, that corporations are an essential part of “We the People,” and that the government’s only legitimate interest in limiting election spending and giving is to prevent bribery.
 
July 18, 2016

“Because we have a short-staffed Court unable to issue a decision on the DAPA program, a regional lower court has been able to put unprecedented constraints on the executive and stop a federal policy nationwide, affecting millions of American families,” Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, said in a statement. “This petition highlights why the Senate leadership needs to stop its hyper-partisan gamesmanship and consider the President’s Supreme Court nominee, so the Court can fulfill its constitutional role of declaring what the law is.”

July 18, 2016

"There are extraordinarily important issues of law in play and it's something the Supreme Court should weigh in on," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. "The administration is basically saying we want you to rehear this case when you do have a fully staffed court and hopefully that will be soon."

July 18, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, said the Justice Department’s petition “highlights why the Senate leadership needs to stop its hyper-partisan gamesmanship and consider the president’s Supreme Court nominee, so the court can fulfill its constitutional role of declaring what the law is.”

July 18, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center ― an organization that has filed legal briefs at different stages in the litigation ― noted the government’s move was “unusual,” but expected given the gridlock in Congress. “Because we have a short-staffed Court unable to issue a decision on the DAPA program, a regional lower court has been able to put unprecedented constraints on the executive and stop a federal policy nationwide, affecting millions of American families,” Wydra said in a statement.

July 18, 2016

“If the court doesn’t designate for rehearing, when there’s nine justices there will be new constraints placed on the executive, and an important national program blocked without the Supreme Court weighing in and declaring what the law is,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.

July 11, 2016

On the abortion front, the court sent a strong signal that it won't tolerate an end run around the right to an abortion, Elizabeth Wydra, of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center, Washington, told Bloomberg BNA June 30. The court also handed liberals a victory on affirmative action, Wydra—who was “on the side of the most amicus victories this Term” according to a July 3 blog post—said. Justice Anthony Kennedy's shift on affirmative action in the case's second trip to the high court not only saved UT's race-conscious program, but it also provided a blueprint for public schools wanting to consider race in admissions, Wydra said.

July 8, 2016

Simon Lazarus, senior counsel, the Constitutional Accountability Center, testified the reimbursements were legal. He said the two programs were integrated and the funding authority for the tax credits also applied to the CSR program. “The administration has determined that the premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions are commonly funded by the permanent appropriation,” Lazarus said. “ACA opponents have mounted what amounts to a rerun of the same strategy for undermining a law they have not been able to invalidate or repeal.”

July 1, 2016

CAC President Elizabeth Wydra and ACS President Caroline Frederickson joined guest host Michele Jawando on Sirius XM Progress to discuss the end of the Supreme Court's Term.