Former Vice President Joe Biden recently confessed that, if elected president, he would form a commission to investigate whether to “pack” the Supreme Court. His flirtation with the far left on this issue is alarming. Court packing would be an egregious act. Biden and every Democratic Senate candidate should be forced to explain their position on it to voters.
What is court packing? It occurs when Congress and the president pass a law that adds new seats to the Supreme Court, which the president and Senate can then fill with new justices. It is an odious practice that allows a political party to create a majority that shares its views of law and policy. In today’s context, it would involve Democrats adding four new seats to turn a (so-called) 6–3 conservative court into a 7–6 liberal court.
Some argue that if Democrats control the executive and legislative branches, they should pack the court to undo the Roberts court’s conservative precedents. Yet, contrary to such claims, the Roberts court actually has been moderate. As it shows, the court decided 52% of its decisions in the liberal direction during the 2019 term and 54% during the 2018 term. In fact, the Roberts court rarely has deviated from moderation. Of the top 10 most “extreme” court terms since 1946, nine came under the liberal Warren court, while only one came under the Roberts court. Even if the court does become more conservative with Justice Barrett, it still is unlikely to be as extreme as the Warren court. Simply put, the data refute the claim that a rightward shift demands immediate court packing
More importantly, court packing will subordinate every citizen’s constitutional rights to the fickle mercy of politicians. Suppose an extreme Congress wants everyone to pay an abortion tax to cover taxpayer-funded partial-birth abortion. To overcome the court’s current First Amendment jurisprudence, legislators could simply pass a law that adds four more justices to the court. Voila! Problem solved.
If your politics approve of that outcome, consider the flip side: Suppose a conservative Congress and president believe the Constitution envisions a liberty of contract that precludes any state or federal laws addressing wage or working conditions in the marketplace. Court packing thus subjects everyone’s life, liberty, and property to the winds of politics.
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.
An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.
The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.
The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.
Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.
The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.
Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of
Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day
2020 is on Monday, October 12. It was unofficially celebrated in a
number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not
become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of
both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-
The Sangamon County Republican Office will be closed on Monday,
October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Contact: email@example.comSchneider statement on Pritzker muzzling Frerichs
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider today released the following statement after Governor JB Pritzker forced State Treasurer Michael Frerichs to call off his press conference to explain the details of Pritzker’s plan to tax retirement income if the constitutional amendment passes:
“Earlier today, Governor Pritzker put the muzzle on Treasurer Frerichs who was minutes away from telling the people of Illinois the truth: Pritzker has a plan to tax retirement income in Illinois and needs the constitutional amendment to get it done. Pritzker can muzzle Frerichs all he wants but the secret is already out. To protect retirement income from Pritzker’s tax plan, Illinois voters must vote no on the constitutional amendment.”
Labor Day is usually celebrated with parades, picnics, and barbecues. For most family’s it means saying good-bye to summer and the start of a new school year. With COVID-19 this year, many of the traditional events and celebrations may not be happening. But the meaning of Labor Day is still important, and it is still important to recognize the labor movement and the
contributions of laborers to America. As a country, we have been celebrating Labor Day since 1984. It falls on the first Monday in September. It is a time for all of us every year, to pay tribute to all the workers who have made this country great through their hard work and dedication. So, on this Labor Day 2020, when many of us would be enjoying traditional Labor Day activities, lets take a moment out of our day and reflect on the commitment and dedication of those men and women who have made this county what it is through their efforts.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee thanks all who attended and the volunteers who worked the drive-thru lunch to honor the heroic individuals during these uncertain times which was held on Saturday, July 18th. We were fortunate to have extra lunches and they were taken to the workers at St. Johns and Memorial Hospital. Lunches were taken to most of the Fire Departments. They were very appreciative. Thanks to Don Gray, Sangamon County Clerk for providing the pulled pork for the sandwiches, Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Coroner provided a bag of chips, and Brad Carlson, Rich Berning and Alysse Aiello Hewell of the Capital Township Republican Team provided a cookie. Water was also handed out.
Thanks to all.
Rosemarie Long, Chair of the Sangamon County Republican Party
An endowed scholarship has been established at Lincoln Land Community College as a memorial to Frank and Cinda Edwards. The Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship is funded by contributions made by family and friends.
It is designated for a Chatham Glenwood High School graduate enrolled full-time in LLCC’s associate degree nursing program.
Frank and Cinda Edwards, Glenwood High School alums, were known for their community service. Cinda, an LLCC nursing alum, was a member of the LLCC Board of Trustees from 2007–2013 and served as chair for two years. She was appointed Sangamon County Coroner in 2011. Cinda was awarded the 2015 LLCC Honored Alum Award and was recognized as the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Honored Alum in 2016. Frank served in the Illinois National Guard and worked for the Springfield Fire Department, retiring as chief in 2002. He then served as Springfield’s Ward 1 Alderman. He also served as interim-mayor from December 2010 to April 2011.
Samantha McCarrel of Pawnee has been named the first recipient of the Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant in the cardiac unit at St. John’s Hospital while also attending classes full-time and maintaining a 3.82 GPA. In the last year, she has earned several awards from patients and colleagues.
“I have learned how much I enjoy helping people and working together in a team environment,” McCarrel says. She plans to continue working at St. John’s Hospital as a registered nurse after graduating from the LLCC associate degree nursing program in spring 2021. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to one day teach.
At the recent Springfield Airport Authority Board Meeting, Mayor Jim Langfelder attempted to oust Chairman Frank Vala. After a passionate speech from Chairman Vala on the success the airport has seen over the last 14 years, the Mayor’s attempt failed. Below is the speech Chairman Vala delivered and a recent interview with AM Springfield’s Sam Madonia.
With almost 18 years serving on this board, 14 of those years serving as Chair I want to thank all the past and present board members for their cooperation and involvement in the growth and development of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
When I was appointed, this airport did not even have Abraham Lincoln included in its official name, the only entrance was a dangerous crossover, buildings were in disrepair, and the parking lot full of holes. We never had a workable jet bridge or handicapped bathrooms or a classroom for Lincoln Land School of Aviation and with Susan Shea’s effort we even have directional signs on our state
The upgrades and road improvements along with a solid financial base are accomplishments that we have done with the full cooperation of my fellow board members. We can all hold our heads high. I don’t know of any other government body that can make that claim. I am grateful to Mark Hanna and his staff for all the time and outstanding effort that they have contributed to this effort. Without their dedication, I believe we would not be where we are.
On a personal note, I would like to say that during my term as chair I have not taken any of the monthly stipend offered to the board nor have I charged any storage fee for the Abraham Lincoln statue that will be going on display in the airport.
In conclusion, I want the board to know that the decision to replace me was a political move by the Mayor and I caution you to watch the airport money because Langfelder in 6 years has taken a multi-million dollar reserve and turned it into a large City Government debt and will be looking to see how much Airport money he can get his hands on to cover his mismanagement of city finances.