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"Money in Politics for Me, but Not for Thee" -- More Leftist Hypocrisy

In this week's Liberty Update, we highlight the ironic absurdity of the "authentic" label constantly applied to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, as his long career exposes him as perhaps the least authentic candidate of all.  His behavior simply doesn't match his professed beliefs, including on so-called "campaign finance reform" laws (which violate Americans' First Amendment rights).

In that vein, The Washington Post today highlights how the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU), perhaps the most powerful labor union of all, plans on spending a whopping $150 million - a record amount - to elect Democrats in November:

The Service Employees International Union plans to spend $150 million this year to get out the vote for Democrats…[more]

February 28, 2020 • 12:01 pm

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Update on the Anna Nicole Smith Case: the Long, Strange Two-Pronged Trip through Our Legal System Continues Print
By CFIF Staff
Monday, July 06 2009
The fourteen-year jackpot justice abomination that is the Anna Nicole Smith case continues, but may hopefully reach a just conclusion soon.

The fourteen-year jackpot justice abomination that is the Anna Nicole Smith case continues, but may hopefully reach a just conclusion soon.

Although media attention understandably centers upon the tawdry celebrity element of this dispute, it has actually spawned an alarming Supreme Court decision that should trouble all Americans. 

As readers of CFIF’s website may recall, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the 2006 Marshall v. Marshall matter that a duplicative federal bankruptcy court action was somehow not preempted by a preexisting Texas state court lawsuit.  Originally a state probate court matter, overactive lawyers thought they could improve their odds by filing a redundant action in a California federal bankruptcy court.  From there, the case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then to the United States Supreme Court, which remanded back to the Ninth Circuit following its decision. 

The reason for alarm is that in cases such as this one, which center upon state law questions, federal courts had traditionally deferred to state courts.  By eroding that longstanding deference, the Supreme Court not only exacerbated federal intrusion into traditionally state matters, but also increased trial lawyers’ ability to forum-shop and file multiple lawsuits in alternate jurisdictions in pursuit of a result to their liking. 

Moreover, the Supreme Court’s disturbing ruling undermined estate planning and philanthropic giving across the nation by granting federal judges authority over state inheritance matters with which they’re less familiar. 

In the latest installment of this long, strange road trip through the American legal system, the Ninth Circuit held oral arguments last month on remand.    Hopefully, the Court will reach its previous substantive conclusion, thereby providing the Marshall family with long-overdue justice, and making this the last stop in a regrettable legal saga. 

In addition to the Marshall family, the health of the U.S. legal system and sanity of Americans is also at stake.

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"With the revelation that superdelegates and party officials may stop Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic convention this July should he only have a plurality of delegates, candidates trailing in the primary race are more incentivized to continue their campaigns, which helps Bernie even more as he plows ahead to cement an insurmountable delegate lead over a divided field.Everyone is afraid of Sanders…[more]
 
 
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