Upon request, we open up the blog to comments about the Democratic debate which is being held here in Miami.
If you watched the debate last night and saw the problem during the switch of moderators when the microphones of everyone including the people back stage went hot, you may not be aware of what caused the snafu. It turns out the microphones were plugged into a control panel that was connected to the power outlet by an extension. One of the extension cords also in the wall was followed out of the studio, out of the building, and to an illegal duplex in Hialeah.
There are also two important Supreme court decisions today.
The court ruled in Rucho v. Common Cause that Judges cannot hear gerrymandering issues. Therefore a new congressional district that snakes through Doral, Penscaola, Two Egg,* and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, cannot be challenged in court.
However, in a surprising decision (Department of Commerce v. New York, here), CJ Roberts joined with the court's liberal wing and held that the Commerce Department's inclusion of a citizenship question in the census was improper. Roberts noted that the Commerce Department defended the inclusion of the citizenship question based solely on the assertion that the answer will assist the Department of Justice in enforcing the Voting Rights Act. Roberts noted one eeiney, weeney, tiny, problem, that being that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked to have the citizenship question included within a week of taking office. It was then months later that Commerce employees began emailing bewildered Justice Department officials asking them they weren't they worried about the voting rights act and shouldn't Commerce do something to help like including a citizenship question in the census.
Invoking the ancient and rarely used legal doctrine of "Liar Liar Pants On Fire" (literally "Bullshit") Roberts wrote: "Several points, considered together, reveal a significant mismatch between the decision (of Commerce Secretary Ross) and the rationale he provided."
"Mismatch". Nice word. We are going to use it: "Judge, there is a "mismatch" between the facts of this case and what the prosecutor just told you."
* Two Egg, Florida bills itself as "The Capital of the New South". Really.
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