Will the New Supreme Court Change American Politics?

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While conservative Republicans and the ACLU agree that politics is a matter of free speech, others--including politicians of both parties, say money is destroying the credibility of American democracy. The US Supreme Court took up the issue today in a case that involves a Vermont law that puts limits on both. Tomorrow, it'll take up Tom DeLay's partisan reapportionment of Congressional districts in Texas. In 2003, the then-House Majority Leader rammed a new reapportionment through the Texas legislature that changed the Congressional majority from 17-to-15 Democratic to 21-11 Republican in the next election. What will the two cases reveal about the court's newest members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito? What will be their impact on America's political future?
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Cases/Resources on Campaign Finance

Cases/Resources on Voting Rights, Campaign Redistricting

Daragahi's article on Hussein trial, Iraqi violence

Savage's article on election-law cases

Mardi Gras in New Orleans



Warren Olney