The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

first_imgJustices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted a stay blocking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision. On the other side were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three-member liberal wing: Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Oct. 27, did not take part in the decision not to fast-track the case. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett had not participated “because of the need for a prompt resolution” and “because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.” Pennsylvania officials have instructed county election officials to segregate ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day through 5 p.m. three days later. That would as a practical matter allow a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine whether they were ultimately counted.Justice Alito’s statement in the Pennsylvania case echoed an earlier concurring opinion by Justice Kavanaugh in a voting case from Wisconsin. Justice Kavanaugh also said that state legislatures, rather than state courts, have the last word in setting state election procedures.Taken together, the Oct. 17 deadlock and statements from four justices suggest that Justice Barrett could cast the decisive vote if the Pennsylvania dispute holds the key to the election. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:06 p.m. ET Late last month, the justices refused a plea from Republicans in the state to fast-track a decision on whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had acted lawfully.- Advertisement – The U.S. Supreme Court has not hesitated to block orders from federal judges that sought to alter state rules for conducting elections. Rulings from state courts present more difficult questions because the Supreme Court generally defers to them in cases concerning interpretations of state law, while the Constitution empowers state legislatures to set the times, places and manner of congressional elections.In a statement issued when the court refused to speed the Pennsylvania case, Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, criticized his court’s treatment of the matter, which he said had “needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious postelection problems.”“The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decree that squarely alters an important statutory provision enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature pursuant to its authority under the Constitution of the United States to make rules governing the conduct of elections for federal office,” he wrote, adding that he regretted that the election would be “conducted under a cloud.”“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. “That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the federal Constitution.”But there was not enough time, he wrote. Still, Justice Alito left little doubt about where he stood on the question in the case. The court’s refusal to move more quickly came a little more than a week after it deadlocked, 4 to 4, on an emergency application in the case on Oct. 19. – Advertisement –center_img Should the vote in Pennsylvania have the potential to determine the outcome in the Electoral College and should those late-arriving ballots have the potential to swing the state — two big ifs — the U.S. Supreme Court might well intercede.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a three-day extension for ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day and for those with missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” WASHINGTON — President Trump promised early Wednesday morning to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election. “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop.”The first statement was premature. The second did not make sense.- Advertisement – The Supreme Court decides actual disputes, not abstract propositions, and then only after lower courts have made their own rulings. While there have been countless election cases filed around the nation, it is not clear which of them might reach the court in the coming days.But one candidate is already on the court’s docket. Last month, the court refused to put a case from Pennsylvania on a fast track, but three justices indicated that the court might return to it later if need be.As far as voting is concerned, it stopped on Election Day. But some states allow votes cast by mail on or before Election Day to be counted if they are received up to several days afterward. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the state Supreme Court extended the deadline for receiving ballots from Election Day to three days later. “The provisions of the federal Constitution conferring on state legislatures, not state courts, the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless,” he wrote, “if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

LCR shortlists St Pancras bidders

first_imgon January 21 London & Continental Railways shortlisted eight groups for a contract to develop St Pancras Chambers. They are: Bouygues, DEGW/TG and Lynton consortia, British Land Co plc, The Burrell Co, Midland Grand Hotel Group, Rainham International and St Pancras Chambers Hotel Group.LCR subsidiary London & Continental Stations & Property Ltd launched the competition last September, seeking a commercially viable use for the former hotel fronting London’s St Pancras station that would ensure its ’effective restoration’ and ’future long term maintenance’. The listed six-storey building was completed in 1873 by George Gilbert Scott for the Midland Railway. Converted to offices in 1935, St Pancras Chambers has been vacant since the early 1980s.According to LCR, all eight groups have ’considerable property heritage experience’ and have proposed schemes for a ’sensitive’ refurbishment of the building, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic style. Proposals include a mix of hotel, retail, catering, conference and residential.Detailed submissions are due in June and LCR hopes to place a contract in time for work to be complete for opening of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in 2003. olast_img read more

Super Nationals Thursday Notebook Part 2

first_img*Super Nationals is legendary for bringing drivers from across the country and Canada to Boone. The diversity of addresses was best seen Wednesday in the 28th Modified heat where the eight starters represented seven states and our neighbors to the north.That heat included Terry Johnson of Iowa, Mike Petersilie of Kansas, Andrew Timm of Minnesota, Jason Wolla of North Dakota, Kody Scholpp of Saskatchewan, Steve Reynolds of South Dakota, Kyle Kudick of Wisconsin and Richard Mueller of Wyoming.Seven different states are represented in two of the 30 Thursday night heats, the ninth and 18th.*A dozen Modifieds will start tonight’s inaugural Karl Crate Clash. The winner goes home with a 604 crate engine, valued at $5,500, courtesy of Chevrolet Performance and Karl Performance. Names of the drivers starting the race were drawn from 121 entries this afternoon, with starting spots determined later in front of an SRO crowd at the Fan Zone.Brian Schmitt and Chevy Hadan drew front row starts. Ricky Stephan and Mike Petersilie are in the second row, Jake Durbin and Scott Hogan in the third row, Greg Cox and Kelly Lyons in the fourth row, Dan Rhiley and Jim Lynch in the fifth row and Shawn Kilgore and Gary Roberts in the sixth row.The last-place driver will be blackflagged on each of the first 10 circuits. The race will then be restarted with the leader getting his choice of starting position for a two lap dash.Dividing the value of the engine by the number of laps, the Karl Crate Clash is worth $458 and change evert time around the track to the winner.*Two former winners are in the field for the 2013 Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions. Jimmy Gustin (2007 and 2012) and Clint Hatlestad (2010) won Thursday qualifying heats, as did Dylan Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Dustin Smith and Corey Lagroon.Runners-up Tim Ward, Ryan McDaniel, Richie Gustin, Brandon Beckendorf, Chris Abelson and Aaron Turnbull also advance to Saturday’s $1,000 to win feature.Jimmy Gustin made the RoC for the fifth time, Lagroon for the third, Dylan Smith, Richie Gustin and Hatlestad each for the second. Ward, Sobbing, Beckendorf, Dustin Smith, Abelson, McDaniel and Turnbull each for the first.Turnbull also owns the distinction of being the first Canadian driver to qualify for the Harris Race of Champions, a Super Nationals staple since 1989. Twelve cars ran in each of six heats.*last_img read more

GB&I beaten in inaugural Concession Cup

first_img The inaugural Concession Cup, composed of players in the mid amateur and senior age groups, proved to be a tough assignment for the Great Britain and Ireland team as they went down 21½ – 14½ to the United States at Bredenton in Florida. Played on the Ryder Cup format, GB&I held their own in the opening day foursomes which finished all square. But a six point deficit in the second day fourballs proved a bridge too far. It left the visitors needing to win at least 12 of the 18 final day singles and they succeeded in seven with three halves to lose the session by just a point. It was particularly tough for the six English representatives, only three of whom achieved victories, mid amateur Ed Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent), and seniors Richard Partridge and Peter Hedges (both Wildernesse, Kent). Richardson’s (pictured) victory in tandem with Ireland’s Eoghan O’Connell was GB&I’s lone success in the second day fourballs when they beat Patrick Christovich and Trip Kuehne 2 and 1. Partridge won his final day single, 2 and 1 over George Zahringer, while Hedges’ win came in the opening day foursomes alongside fellow Ian Hutcheon from Scotland when they beat Jim Holtgrieve and Robert Lewis 4 and 3 in the all-super seniors clash. The Concession Cup ended, fittingly enough, with a concession on the 18th green. By that time, the US already had clinched a commanding victory to secure the Bonallack-Campbell trophy in the inaugural competition. When the last game between American Gene Elliott and Martin Young saw both balls land safely aboard the 18th green, Elliott doffed his cap and they agreed to halve the final hole for the match to end all square. Foursomes: US 4½ GB&I 4½ Fourballs: US 7½ GB&I 1½ Singles: US 9½ GB&I 8½ Overall: US 21½ GB&I 14½ 6 May 2014 GB&I beaten in inaugural Concession Cup last_img read more