Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, examines the potential for gridlock over a Supreme Court nomination, should such a vacancy occur over the next two years.
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Alaska and Oregon approved referendums on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, but it could be a similar measure passed in the District of Columbia that triggers a public fight with Congress.
As the Republicans gain control of the United States Senate in early 2015, the new majority party will face two interesting tests of their newly regained powers. Specifically, the GOP leadership will face a decision on how to handle filibuster rules imposed last year by Democrats, and the upcoming nomination hearings for a new Attorney General.
In this commentary, Richard A. Arenberg from Brown University says if the Republicans win back control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s elections, a new battle over filibusters is likely to break out, and a controversial tactic using reconciliation bills could come into play.
Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks at long, complicated relationship between local and state control over Philadelphia schools, which is heading to the legal system in a contract fight.