It is often difficult to say, “It has been an exciting week for the United States Supreme Court and Oregon State Supreme Court”. But, last week was an exciting week. Three major decisions coming from the US Supreme Court, a surprise decision from the State Supreme Court, and the announcement from Justice Kennedy of his retirement.
Decisions from the US Supreme Court:
The Janus decision, issued on June 27, 2018, granted rights to public workers, no longer requiring the worker to “subsidize” the union if the worker does not believe the Union represent the workers personal beliefs. This decision, as many of the liberal media and legislators have stated, does not remove the rights of public workers, it does the opposite, it grants rights. However, this is a blow to public unions, as the coffers of available money to fund liberal candidates and issues will be reduced.
On June 26, 2018, two decisions were handed down that are victories for Right to Life Advocates and President Trump.
The first, the US Supreme Court overturned a California State Law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to provide abortion information to everyone who sought their services. Many of these pro-life pregnancy centers were owned and operated by religious groups, and the law violated their religious beliefs. This decision was a big victory for pro-life advocates and religious groups.
The next US Supreme Court decision overturned a lower court’s decision to stop President Trump’s Temporary Travel Ban. The ban, as opponents claim, did not target a religion, but only a very few select countries who have a history of promoting terrorists and terrorism against the United States. This decision will do promote the safety of the United States and its citizens.
In a surprise move by a liberal Oregon State Supreme Court, a decision was handed down on June 27, 2018, referring the IP-43 ballot title back to the State Attorney General for modification. This decision was a big blow to the anti-gun right advocates, and a huge victory to the Second Amendment Rights supporters. Because of this decision, the Petitioners have stated they will not proceed to place IP-43 on the November Ballot because there is not enough time to collect the required signatures.
The decision by the State Supreme Court must have been devastating to Governor Kate Brown. She is an outspoken advocate for gun regulations and gun control. Brown appointed four of the seven justices on the Supreme Court, stacking the court with Justices who share her beliefs. This decision was truly unexpected.
The coup de gras for the week, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court. Although listed as a conservative, Kennedy is often referred to as the “swing vote”, often voting liberal when it came to social issues.
President Trump said he will announce the name of his nominee to replace Justice Kennedy on July 9, 2018.
Many Democrat Senators and news media outlets have already vowed to block any nominee President Trump submits. The hate against the President runs so deep within these Senators and liberal press, they have pledged to obstruct Trump’s nominee, regardless who that person is and how qualified they are. Although there will be a battle on the Hill, the Republicans have the votes and tools to confirm President Trump’s nominee.
President Trump has an opportunity to shape the US Supreme Court for many years to come. Instead of a court making decisions based upon popular, personal social beliefs, we could have a United States Supreme Court making decisions based upon the United States Constitution as written.
About the Author: Ron Le Blanc is the past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party. He has served on and Chaired many committees within the CCRP. Ron is a small business owner and a retired Deputy Sheriff.
Standard Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the author are not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.