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April 30, 2022

Florida Supreme Court Justice Lawson to retire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson announced plans to retire Friday, which gives Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the opportunity to have appointed four of the seven justices.

Lawson's retirement will be effective Aug. 31, well ahead of DeSantis' November reelection bid. Lawson was appointed by former governor and current Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott six years ago.

“The highest honor I have enjoyed in my career is my service on the Florida Supreme Court," Lawson said in a statement released by the court. “To those who I serve with now, I can only say that leaving you, this great institution and our court family is the most emotionally difficult decision of my life."

He said he and his wife Julie plan to spend his retirement "prioritizing family, health and fitness, spiritual growth and development, friends, the outdoor sports that we enjoy, and charitable work in the United States and abroad.”

April 30, 2022

Who should we root for to win the PA Republican primary, David McCormick or Mehmet Oz?

The primary is May 17th. Who do you think would be easier to beat in the general election for John Fetterman?

April 29, 2022

Supreme Court Rejects Emotional Damages in Discrimination Case

Conservative justices rule 6-3 against deaf and legally blind Texas woman who sued a rehabilitation center that refused to provide her with an interpreter

April 28, 2022

Supreme Court Bans Recovery for Emotional Harm in Discrimination Suits

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — Dividing 6 to 3 along ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that victims of discrimination that is forbidden by four federal statutes may not sue if the only harm was emotional distress.

The case concerned Jane Cummings, a Texas woman who is deaf and communicates primarily in American Sign Language. In 2016, she sought treatment for chronic back pain at Premier Rehab Keller, a physical therapy facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, asking it to provide a sign language interpreter at her appointments.

The facility refused, saying Ms. Cummings could communicate with her therapist using notes, lip reading or gestures. She sued under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Affordable Care Act, both of which ban facilities receiving federal funds — as Premier Rehab Keller had — from discriminating on the basis of disability.

A federal judge found that the only injuries Ms. Cummings had suffered were “humiliation, frustration and emotional distress” and ruled that the laws she invoked did not allow suits for such emotional harm. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, affirmed that ruling.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/28/us/politics/supreme-court-discrimination-emotional-harm.html

April 16, 2022

Looks like Oz got a bump from Trump's endorsement in his primary

He was trailing last week, but here's where it stands now: McCormick 20, Oz 23, Barnette 18, Sands 11, Bartos 8, Bochetto 3, Gale 1


So who should we root for? Who will be easier to beat, Oz or McCormick?

April 9, 2022

Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins dies after being hit by car

Source: Yahoo! Sports

According to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has died at the age of 24 after being hit by a car in south Florida. This information came to Schefter per Haskins’ agent Cedric Saunders

Haskins joined the Steelers before the 2021 season and looked to be in the mix to battle for the starting quarterback job this season after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger.

Details are scarce at the moment but we will share any updates we have as they come in. For now, our hearts go out to Haskins’ family during this time. Haskins played his college football at Ohio State and was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft by the Washington Commanders.

Presumably Haskins was in south Florida by invitation of Mitch Trubisky who had invited his new teammates to his home to work out and get to know each other.

Read more: https://sports.yahoo.com/steelers-qb-dwayne-haskins-dies-150545661.html

April 6, 2022

Supreme Court reinstates Trump-era water rule, for now

Source: Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated for now a Trump-era rule that curtails the power of states and Native American tribes to block pipelines and other energy projects that can pollute rivers, streams and other waterways.

In a decision that split the court 5-4, the justices agreed to halt a lower court judge’s order throwing out the rule. The high court's action does not interfere with the Biden administration's plan to rewrite the rule. Work on a revision has begun, but the administration has said a final rule is not expected until the spring of 2023. The Trump-era rule will remain in effect in the meantime.

The court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented. The court’s other conservative justices, including three nominated by President Donald Trump, voted to reinstate the rule.

Writing for the dissenters, Justice Elena Kagan said the group of states and industry associations that had asked for the lower court's ruling to be put on hold had not shown the extraordinary circumstances necessary to grant that request.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-reinstates-trump-era-132643735.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHVzqRWT8ykL9ch8cMe_rF8fO1HmWiVV_VZ7bxajcDmlQVveLEBV3kFrqsPlESbRMp9sHozy4raeBZn9FwFTSJO7snbox9drIh3hoQ8iigutg6yd5hso3xTz0DGTyVzrMLxtcHN9D6QqiK1Vi6PZD6BsLs8j8iulKXMF9TXHuOWi

April 1, 2022

Democrats see hope for a clean energy bill, but Manchin is adding a new hurdle: More funding for fos

Source: CNN

Democrats see hope for a clean energy bill, but Manchin is adding a new hurdle: More funding for fossil fuels

(CNN)Congressional Democrats are cautiously optimistic to see Sen. Joe Manchin back at the table on the clean energy bill he previously declared "dead." The senator has been engaging with the White House on measures that could be included in a new package, and recently met with US Climate Envoy John Kerry over dinner in Paris.

But there's a new potential roadblock: Manchin now wants to include funding for more fossil fuel infrastructure in the US, in part because of the energy crisis in Europe.

"You have to," Manchin told CNN earlier this week. "You want to be Europe? You can't leave yourself vulnerable. The US has to be energy independent. You have to have infrastructure to do that, and you can't just shut them down or kill them with a thousand cuts."

Exactly how much money Manchin wants to dedicate to fossil fuels compared to investments in clean energy is so far unclear, as his conversations with the White House continue.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/01/politics/climate-clean-energy-bill-fossil-fuels-manchin/index.html

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