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January 10, 2014

Current U.S. Supreme Court cases

TAHLEQUAH — The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing cases last October. Although decisions could take until late June, here are some key cases to watch:

1. President Recess Appointments: National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.

In answering whether President Obama had the authority to make so-called “recess appointments” of people to the National Labor Relations Board during “pro forma” sessions of the Senate in which no business was to be conducted in January 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that he did not.

In a broad ruling, the judges said that the Constitution’s “recess appointment” clause — which allows presidents to fill vacancies temporarily that otherwise would need Senate approval during Senate recesses — only applies to the “intersession” recess between sessions of Congress and not “intrasession recesses” taken during a session of Congress. Although that opinion could have found against Obama’s decision on a more limited reasoning that the Senate was not actually recessed during a time when it held “pro forma” sessions, the D.C. Circuit issued the broader reasoning in its ruling.

The justices took the case and, if the D.C. Circuit’s reasoning becomes the law of the land, could create a significant change in the way nomination battles are fought in D.C.

2. Campaign Finance “Aggregat” Limits: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

Justices will consider whether “aggregate” limits faced by political donors are constitutional. Beyond the normal contribution limits, the aggregate limits — $48,600 to candidate committees and $74,600 to non-candidate committees like political parties — are limits on overall contributions to any federal candidates or non-candidate committees within an election cycle.

The Federal Election Commission argues that there has been a different standard applied to contributions than to campaign expenditures since the Supreme Court upheld the post-Watergate federal campaign finance law. Shaun McCutcheon and the Republican National Committee, with support from campaign finance restriction foe Sen. Mitch McConnell, say that distinction should be tossed out by the court or, at least, should nonetheless mean the aggregate limit is unconstitutional.

A broad array of groups has argued in support of the limits, and Public Campaign released a report showing how eliminating the limits would, primarily, benefit wealthy, white men. In the shadow of Citizens United, though, supporters of campaign finance restrictions are nervous. As law professor Rick Hasen has written, given the other members of the court, “Liberals have to hope [Chief Justice John] Roberts will show some restraint.”

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  • School district spending

    How much does your school district spend?

    Here's a look at how much each school district in Oklahoma spent per pupil overall and the percentages it spent on administration in school year 2012-2013. Data is from the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.

     

    A closer look at superintendents' pay.

    Here's a table showing what superintendents at each Oklahoma school district earned in 2013-2014, as recorded by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
    Some totals are partial-year compensation because the superintendent took office during the fiscal year. Enrollment was not provided for some districts, so pay-per-student was not calculated. Total compensation per student is not intended as a definitive measure of whether someone is overpaid or underpaid, only as a starting point for comparing superintendent salaries among districts of all sizes.

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  • Sales-tax free weekend

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    July 26, 2014

  • Infant mortality stats

    The entire State of the State report can be viewed online as well as individual ‘report cards’ for each county.

    July 23, 2014

  • TCP 41st season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse Inc. announced the line-up for its 41st season

    July 23, 2014

  • Third Thursday participants

    Tahlequah Main Street Association Inc. President Amy Yarnell Carter contacted downtown merchants to see who planned to be open for Third Thursday Art Walk and said the following businesses planned to be opened.

    July 19, 2014

  • Online poll results about Hobby Lobby decision

    The Daily Press polled its online readers asking if the agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a private business (such as Hobby Lobby) to decline to offer certain types of insurance coverage (such as contraceptive birth control) to employees, based on the religious beliefs of the owners?

    July 11, 2014

  • SCOTUS decision on Hobby Lobby

    To read the balance of the full text of the Supreme Court’s decision, visit: http://www2.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/Burwell_v_Hobby_Lobby_Stores_Inc_No_13354_and_13356_US_June_30_20

    July 11, 2014

  • The history of Independent Retailer Month

    The history of Independent Retailer Month

    July 10, 2014

  • Summer camps at NSU

    The following is a list of remaining camps available this summer at Northeastern State University.

    July 8, 2014

  • Restaurant inspections

    Cherokee county restaurants are inspected four to two times a year on average for compliance with the state’s health code.
    The results of these inspections are open to the public in a searchable database on the state website.

    July 3, 2014

Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
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