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Another Milestone on the Path to Equality

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BY Dennis Riley On June 26th the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws meant that no state could ban marriages between members of the same sex, just as it had held almost 50 years earlier that no state could ban marriages between individuals of different races. Reaction was ... Read More »

Another Milestone on the Path to Equality”

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BY Denis Riley On June 26th the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws meant that no state could ban marriages between members of the same sex, just as it had held almost 50 years earlier that no state could ban marriages between individuals of different races. Reaction was ... Read More »

“Hoosier Hospitality”

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By Dennis Riley Judging by the look on his face or the tone in his voice as Indiana Governor Mike Pence tried to fend off some decidedly pointed questions from ABC’s George Stephanopolous that Sunday in late March, you would have thought that the Governor had found himself in the middle of a real firestorm and not just the verbal ... Read More »

The Long Path to Equal Citizenship

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BY Dennis Riley The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen equal protection of the laws of the state in which that citizen — any U.S. citizen in any state for any reason — finds himself or herself. The amendment doesn’t define equal protection, but the First amendment doesn’t define free speech, the Fifth doesn’t define due process, ... Read More »

The University of Scott Walker

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BY Dennis Riley Anyone reading this is aware that Governor Walker wants to turn the University of Wisconsin System into a very different animal. In between the Governor’s Budget Address and the writing of this column – about five days – there has been an awful lot of talk about the size, shape, and strength of that new animal. Much ... Read More »

Blood On His Hands?

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By Dennis Riley At a late December 2014 press conference called shortly after the murders of two New York City police officers, Patrick Lynch, the President of the city’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association, insisted that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands.” The implication, of course, was that the blood on the mayor’s hands was the blood ... Read More »

The Six-Year Itch

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By Dennis Riley November 4 was a pretty rough night for Democrats. Some of the blame has to go to Madison—James Madison. With a lot of help from his “friends” at the Constitutional Convention that summer, James Madison gave us a system that created a separation of power, overlaid it with plenty of checks and balances, and seasoned it with ... Read More »

The Courts Giveth, and the Courts Taketh Away

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And Sometimes When You Least Expect It, They Giveth It Back BY Dennis Riley J.B. Van Hollen was reelected Attorney General of the state of Wisconsin in 2010. Since the celebration that surrounded that victory, and the “red tide” it was part of, the Attorney General has spent a great deal of his time in federal courts. Most of that ... Read More »

Advancing Coporate Personhood

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By Dennis Riley By now I presume that you are aware that at the end of its 2013-14 term, the U.S. Supreme Court struck another blow for corporate personhood. Now corporations are not only protected from government interference in their right to speak freely, but in their right to worship freely. Can protection from cruel and unusual punishment – you ... Read More »

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