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Sat Apr 17, 2021, 01:20 PM

ALEC Seeks Constitutional Amendment to Block Expansion of Supreme Court

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which called Barrett “tremendously qualified” for the Supreme Court in a letter of support to Congress, has deployed lawmakers to assist with the effort. ALEC is an ostensibly nonpartisan pay-to-play operation where legislators and corporate lobbyists meet behind closed doors to adopt model legislation on a broad range of public policy issues.

At its December 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit, ALEC board member and Indiana State Chair Sen. Jim Buck (R) introduced a model resolution calling on Congress to send to the states a constitutional amendment that simply says, “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.”

Buck presented the resolution in front of lawmakers, lobbyists, and conservative nonprofits at the summit’s Federalism and International Relations Task Force meeting.

Since then, 21 states have introduced resolutions calling on Congress to pass the amendment, 16 of which were sponsored by ALEC-tied politicians, the Center for Media and Democracy has found. The resolution has passed both chambers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

On March 1, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-R) introduced U.S. Senate Joint Resolution 9 (SJR 9), officially proposing the amendment. ALEC Alumni Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-






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Reply ALEC Seeks Constitutional Amendment to Block Expansion of Supreme Court (Original post)
ShazamIam Apr 17 OP
CrispyQ Apr 17 #1
efhmc Apr 17 #2
SheltieLover Apr 17 #7
SWBTATTReg Apr 17 #3
SheltieLover Apr 17 #8
Midnight Writer Apr 17 #4
SheltieLover Apr 17 #9
SharonClark Apr 17 #5
ShazamIam Apr 17 #10
PortTack Apr 17 #6
dalton99a Apr 18 #11

Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 01:57 PM

1. I've never seen such a collection of immature, childish assholes as the Republican Party.

Everything has to be their way. Anytime we don't capitulate & give them everything they want, they accuse us of being partisan. I'm so goddamned sick of their hypocrisy. My loathing of the Party has impacted my personal relationships. It's hard to respect people who still identify as Republican.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 02:09 PM

2. True, that.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 03:48 PM

7. Absolutely!

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Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 02:10 PM

3. Obviously expanding the Supreme Court is a good thing for democrats and protecting the rights of all

Americans. Obviously republicans don't think so nor does ALEC, which in my mind, when they meet behind closed doors, they're trying to hide things from the public that as taxpayers and / or American citizens, we should know what is going on. By hiding or doing things behind closed doors, what are they hiding? In short, IMHO, these groups obviously don't want the majority of Americans us to know about what they are talking about, debating about, etc., and in short, are doing us harm.

This sends me a clear signal that YES, indeed, the US Supreme Court should be expanded. By expanding the Court size, this doesn't mean that favorable decisions would be 100% one side or the other side, it is just leveling the playing field out, considering that republicans packed the Court in recent years deliberately.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 03:48 PM

8. This!👆

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Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 02:37 PM

4. Good time to review ALEC's funding and expose their patrons.

Are they the same corporations who are taking the public stance of defunding GOP politicians promulgating The Big Lie?

We need to shine a light on the Dark Money machine that funds groups like the Proud Boys, that pay for Hate Radio broadcasts, that buy influencers on the internet, that prop up bigoted and misogynist politicians.

The corporate PR machines are talking unity and integrity while working to divide and destroy our society.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 03:49 PM

9. Get rid of Citizens United AND corporate personhood!

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Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 03:14 PM

5. Not surprised to see Ernst sign on to

ALEC legislation. They write the horrible bills the GQP legislators in Iowa introduce.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:21 PM

10. And for the most part our news folks ignore this direct attack on a democratic system.

When they could mention that particular legislation or particular additions to legislation are created by these groups. They do finally mention that the kochFederalist Society schools and vets nearly every Republican judicial appointment.

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Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 03:31 PM

6. A constitutional amendment to block expanding the Supreme Court...will never happen

When thomas, roberts and some of the others retire, or die and replaced, possibly with a more liberal judge what will they do then?
Such immature idiots

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Response to ShazamIam (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 12:06 PM

11. Kick

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