Polls show what Americans think about gun control laws

A review of nine recent national polls shows that two gun control ideas have widespread support among Americans, and citizens have concerns about Second Amendment issues. Constitution Daily looked at polls and surveys taken this month from sources including Gallup, Pew Research, Public Religion Research Institute, CNN/Time, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Fox News, ABC/Washington Post, AP-GFK, […]

Historic re-election pattern doesn’t favor Democrats in 2016

It’s not too soon to start talking about the next presidential inauguration in 2017, and why the historical re-election trends favor the Republicans. Maybe Hillary Clinton, the current very-early front-runner for the Democratic nomination, can break the struggles that Democrats have had trying to win a presidential election after its candidate (or his legal successor) […]

Senate deal puts the Jimmy Stewart filibuster on ice

A reported Senate deal has placed the old-fashioned Jimmy Stewart filibuster back on a dusty shelf and left the much-criticized “silent filibuster” fairly intact. The Huffington Post obtained copies of two proposed Senate resolutions that represent a compromise deal between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The deal is expected to be […]

Fascinating facts about Senate filibusters

The filibuster may be one of the biggest issues facing the current Congress, but filibusters aren’t as dull as they seem. In fact, Mae West, Jimmy Stewart, and Aaron Burr are all part of filibuster folklore. In some ways, the filibuster is as significant an issue as gun violence and immigration. That’s because a filibuster […]

Happy birthday, 20th and 24th Amendments

Today we celebrate the ratification of not one, but two constitutional amendments: the 20th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1933) and the 24th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1964). Here’s what you need to know. The 20th Amendment What it did It reduced by several months the time between the election and inauguration of the president and […]

Washington state ponders next moves in marijuana standoff

Washington state officials are dealing with new issues as they discuss a resolution to their state’s conflict with the federal government over legalized marijuana. But the state remains committed to legalization. Newly sworn-in Governor Jay Inslee was in the nation’s capital on Tuesday to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and Justice Department officials about […]

Constitution Check: Can one word make constitutional history?

Lyle Denniston looks at President Barack Obama’s historic discussion of gay rights in his inaugural address, and its constitutional significance. The statement at issue: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still, just as it guided […]

27th Amendment gets publicity in budget battle

One of the least known constitutional amendments is getting a lot of publicity as a wild card in the ongoing budget battle in Washington. The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment, and there are many people who probably don’t remember what it stands for: congressional pay raises. “No law, varying the compensation for the […]