[Constitution Day is] taken for granted but it was truly revolutionary at the time. Those of us who were excluded in the founding from “We the People” claimed it as our own by amending it over the last 200 years, and we took those principles that were declared at the founding of equality and democracy and vindicated them by changing the Constitution to actually make it so, to include people of all colors, creeds, men and women, rich and poor.
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"The lower courts are coalescing around a broad view of the Voting Rights Act's prohibitions on discriminatory results," says David Gans, a civil rights expert at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
In fact, the right to vote is the single right most often mentioned in the Constitution, according to the Constitutional Accountability Center. It is mentioned five times and has four amendments to protect and ensure that all people had the right to vote.
Still, if the candidates are set on carrying out their promises, Trump has a steeper climb, Elizabeth Wydra, of the progressive think tank the Constitutional Accountability Center, Washington, told Bloomberg BNA.
CAC Senior Counsel Simon Lazarus spoke with Bloomberg Law hosts Greg Stohr and June Grasso about Metlife v. FSOC.
Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a single leader to respond promptly and decisively in protecting consumers from the types of abuses that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt — guest hosted by Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress — to discuss the importance of progressives caring and taking an interest in both the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.
In an amicus brief they submitted for the Kansas Supreme Court’s consideration in support of the plaintiffs, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) note that the 14th Amendment, like Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights, draws directly from the Declaration of Independence and its lofty language about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Language from the Declaration of Independence also appears in the Bill of Rights of the Kansas constitution, which notes "all men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In June, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center filed an amicus brief arguing that because of these similarities, if the 14th Amendment protects a woman's right to an abortion then the Kansas constitution also protects that same right.
Legal experts who had expected a broader discussion of the court's role were disappointed. "Both candidates wasted an incredible opportunity last night to educate the American people on their vision of the Constitution’s role in our society and our courts," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. Instead, she said, they resorted to addressing "specific hot-button issues."
The filing was a response to an amicus brief by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center which defended the idea that the Kansas constitution protects abortion rights.
Thanks to legal scholar Elizabeth Wydra, who spotted the case and spread the word on the electric Twitter machine, we learn that McAllister—or someone who may or may not still be working for him—went a bit antebellum on a citation in the case of Hodes and Nauer v. Schmidt et. al., a case challenging that state's draconian anti-choice law.