Al Franken wins the longest race…

Al Franken won a unanimous decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court; Coleman concedes, and so the senate race there is finally over.

Here’s a Franken Decision, thanks to Third South. While Franken may now be the Minnesota legislator who is funniest on purpose, Michele Bachman may be (not on purpose) the funniest (she’s also the […]

Mark Sanford / John Edwards movie titles

From Susan Orlean’s Twitter Feed: “Road to Argentina” is first of Sanford/Edwards road movies, followed by “Two Men and My Aide’s Baby”.”

Absalom, Absalom?

At his first post-Argentina-cabinet meeting, Gov. Sanford explains that his decision going forward will have a Biblical basis:

I have been doing a lot of soul searching on that front. What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily, he fell in very very significant ways. But […]

For an overview or understanding of the Ricci case…

I highly recommend the discussion beginning here on Slate between Dahlia Lithwick, Emily Bazelon, Walter Dellinger, and Linda Greenhouse about the Ricci case. It’s excellent, explaining that the case may be a sea-change in Title VII, weakening disparate impact theory.

The Supreme Court Finishes the Term, and a Honest Services Bribery Case Gets Cert

This was the last day of the Supreme Court term. Three decisions were expected, and we only got two: First, Ricci, in the firefighters / Title VII case, the U.S. Supreme Court held that throwing out the test violated Title VII. The decision was 5-4, with Kennedy writing the majority opinion. Second, Cuomo, a case […]

The Legislature’s Special Session As The Clock Runs Out

Meeting because the state faces a fiscal year start of Wednesday without authority to spend money, the Mississippi legislature special session began yesterday at 2:00 PM, and the legislators acted first to keep car tag prices down. In the Clarion Ledger’s summary of the special session and budget issues, one legislator takes an opportunity to […]

Visual Display of Quantitative Information

What you’re supposed to see here: temperature change from year to year is “noisy”– it can (from year to year) go up and down a fair amount. You have to look to a longer hall to see a trend. So what’s the trend here?

Ok, the trend is obvious. Things are getting warmer. Why would […]

What Radio and Blogging Have In Common

You can do either in a bathrobe (although in my case, today, it’s dressed to go to the gym). You are often allowed to participate with no proven expertise (although certain legal commentators beloved of Jackson area newspapers suggest that this principle holds for print journalism, too).

And so, at 2:00 PM, on Mississippi […]

Sunday various

Nixon and Elvis are up there in honor of past odd celebrity/presidential encounters; why its there will come clear as you read the next bullet. Two odd bits about Justice Roberts– AP reports (again– they came up during his confirmation hearings) that Roberts, while working in the White House Counsel’s office, was churlishly […]

As the Legislature and the Governor Continue to Stare Into The Abyss

We’re apparently on for a special session at 2:00 PM this afternoon. There’s no deal on Medicaid funding, and the governor’s intention is apparently to call up the budget piecemeal, considering agencies funded by fees and taxes first. I gather he’ll expand the call if there’s a deal he likes.

There’s then the question of […]