California Tries to Add Tax Returns to Constitutional Presidential Qualifications (Constitution news round-up)
Presidential Qualifications: California law purports to add qualification that presidential candidates must reveal tax returns to get on the ballot
Separation of Powers: Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s use of redirected military funds to build the border wall while an appeal is pending.
Due Process: federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration rules requiring illegal aliens to apply for refuge in transit countries before applying for asylum in the United States.
1A: Trump sues New York on free speech grounds for law requiring disclosure of his state tax returns to congressional committees seeking them
1A: Trump officials shielded by First Amendment, federal judge says in dismissing DNC lawsuit for supposedly conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 elections
1A: conservative political consulting firm sues Ann Arbor over law requiring firm to work for left-wing groups under the guise of stopping discrimination. (Make no mistake: They always have a ‘good reason’, but the authoritarian Left is coming for your liberty and won’t be satisfied until they take ALL of it.)
1A: ‘professional speech’ cases are a growing area of First Amendment litigation; case-in-point - Tennessee’s new requirements for auctioneer licenses
1A: 6th Circuit muses whether a showing of no probable cause should really be required in order to bring retaliatory arrest claims when only speech (and not conduct) is involved.
Free Expression: Facebook agrees to help French ‘hate speech’ police, will turn over user ID
Free Expression: Authoritarian transgender activist proclaims what is acceptable and unacceptable speech for the rest of us
1A Free Press: UC-San Diego’s defunding of student newspaper for writing satire about trigger warnings and safe spaces violates freedom of the press (9th Circuit)
1A Free Press: 4th Circuit knocks down Baltimore police practice of requiring nondisclosure agreements as a condition of settling police misconduct claims
4A: posting video on Facebook posing with guns and smoking pot gives police probable cause to get a warrant to ask Facebook for identity (8th Circuit)
14A Equal Protection: racial quotas in Connecticut schools create roadblocks for minority children; high-achieving magnet schools have empty seats because there aren’t ‘enough’ whites
14A Equal Protection: lawsuit challenges State Department policy of conferring automatic citizenship to U.S. couples’ children born abroad, but not if it’s a same-sex marriage
Discrimination: EEOC to argue in Supreme Court in October it is allowed to puff up the definition of ‘sex’ as a protected class in its enabling statute to include ‘gender identity’ (lots of civil rights commissions are playing this game)
Economic Liberty: Supreme Court struck down Tennessee law prohibiting new residents from getting a liquor license for 2 years (law protected existing liquor stores from competition)
Appointments Clause: Supreme Court to consider ‘subdelegation’, i.e., whether ‘inferior officers’ in administrative agencies can issue legally binding regulations or Senate confirmation of the issuing official is required
Shame! “Parents Laugh and Urge Children to Take Turns Whacking ICE Agent Piñata at Chicago East Side Community Day”
Kudos! “Prize-Winning Student Film Shows What It Means to Be American” (we have the freedom to hold our government accountable and the duty to maintain our Republic by doing so)