Free Speech Cases At Top Of Supreme Court's Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and a California law banning the sale of violent. . ....

Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

Panel Hints At Tossing Part of Arizona Immigration Law

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Arizona's immigration law faced tough scrutiny from a federal appeals panel Monday as the state's governor appeared in person to support the controversial provision on the day before the election in which she's seeking her first full term. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

High Court Weighs Arizona Employer Sanctions Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to sustain an Arizona law that threatens to take away the licenses of businesses that knowingly hire workers who are in the United States illegally. The justices heard arguments in a case that plunges the court into the nation's...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Woman Writes Letter to Obama, Gets Featured in Book

"When Lucy Gutierrez of Kingman [AZ] wrote a letter to President Obama about the turmoil she felt over Arizona's most controversial immigration law, she had little hope that he would read it. Not only did Obama read the letter, but Gutierrez is now the subject of a book about everyday...

Arizona Jumps Birther Shark...Again

Just when you thought the news from Arizona could not get worse and/or more weird, this pops up: "Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Friday he is requesting officials in Hawaii to provide verification that President Obama was, in fact, born there." - CMS, May 19, 2012 . Cooler (and...

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 invalidated three of the four key provisions of the controversial Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070 ( Arizona, et al. v. United States , No. 11-182, U.S. Sup. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]). In an opinion written by...

Arizona v. U.S. and Obama's Deferred Action Policy: Geoffrey Hoffman

" I am hopeful that this decision is fully utilized for what it actually stands for: embracing the executive's power to fashion an intelligent and targeted approach to immigration enforcement. There should be no doubt that the president's power to do just that was the real holding of Arizona...

State Net Capitol Journal: Brewer Wins Medicaid Battle With Her Own Party

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) scored a huge political victory last week as Grand Canyon State lawmakers finally endorsed her call to greatly expand access to the state's Medicaid program. The expansion, part of the $8.8 billion budget lawmakers also adopted, is expected to provide health care coverage...