Wisconsin's New Aristocracy Is on the Ballot

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published April 26, 2012 on Forbes.com.Our Founding Fathers carefully eliminated in American law every special legal privilege of the old aristocracies of Europe. They strongly favored instead equality under the law, later enshrined in the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, which means not equality of result, but that everyone plays by the same rules.A recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. But on the ballot that day will effectively be whether we should establish in law after all these years a new aristocracy [...]

2012-04-27T09:21:45+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

Texas Hold 'Em Unfolds in El Paso

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 3, 2011 in The Washington Times.North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue spoke for many politicians on Tuesday when she suggested suspending congressional elections for two years to give the politicians a free hand without voter input."You want people who don't worry about the next election," Mrs. Perdue, a Democrat elected in 2008, said to a Rotary Club gathering. Although a tape of the speech reveals that she made the statement in a serious manner, she later insisted she had been joking.But the insularity of elected officials is no joke, and Americans who are looking for ways to [...]

2011-10-02T23:17:20+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

Left-Wing Wisconsin Recall Amnesia

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published August 15, 2011 in The Washington Times.Some stories have "legs." They don't disappear after a day or so but stay in the news, especially if they help move a liberal agenda. Think of global-warming findings or New York's assault on marriage.Tuesday's recall elections in Wisconsin won't have legs. That's because union-backed Democrats failed to gain control of the state Senate in perhaps the most expensive off-year campaign in history. Of six Republicans up for recall, just two were defeated. One was in a heavily Democratic district that gave President Obama more than 60 percent of the vote [...]

2011-08-15T11:46:07+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

Waging War, Union-style, in Wisconsin

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published April 8, 2011 on The Washington Times website.It seems like only yesterday that progressives were warning us about "politicizing the judiciary." That was after Iowa's voters declined last November to retain three Supreme Court justices who had ruled to overturn the state's marriage law. Today, after a feverish and expensive campaign by unions to remove conservative Wisconsin Supreme CourtJustice David Prosser, you'll hear no such talk. With last Tuesday's election between Judge Prosser and liberal JoAnne Kloppenburg possibly headed for a recount, the progressive view can be summarized as follows: "Take that, Walker!"That would be Republican Gov. [...]

Reckless Congress Makes Case for Recall

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing December 17, 2010 on The Washington Times website.If ever a Congress epitomized the need for more accountability, it's the 111th lame-duck gang. Sorry, that's unfair to gangsters. With most Americans distracted by holiday plans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has sprung another Christmas surprise, vowing to ram through a far-left agenda in the waning days of 2010. Last year, he put a giant lump of coal in Americans' stockings with Christmas Eve passage of Obamacare.This year, he has tried to force through a pork-loaded $1.1 trillion spendathon, dumping the nearly 2,000-page omnibus bill into the hopper [...]

2010-12-20T10:41:01+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules State Constitution's Recall Law Unconstitutional

ACRU will file amicus brief when case involving effort to recall Sen. Robert Menendez is appealed to U.S. Supreme Court.The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on Thursday that a provision in the state Constitution providing for recall of all elected officials, including Congressmen and U.S. Senators, was unconstitutional, overruling a unanimous lower court decision.."This decision sets up a perfect test case over whether we the people in America will enjoy the freedom to maintain the continuous democratic accountability provided by recall, which is now essential to maintaining a functioning democracy in our country," said American Civil Rights Union General Counsel Peter Ferrara, who wrote an amicus [...]

2010-11-19T16:27:10+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

Complaint Filed in North Dakota Supreme Court to Allow Recall of U.S. Senator Kent Conrad

On July 14, North Dakota joined New Jersey in an effort to recall a U.S. Senator.RecallND filed a complaint with the North Dakota Supreme Court claiming that the state's Secretary of State has unconstitutionally blocked a petition to recall U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).The complaint indicates that on May 13 North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem published an opinion concluding that the North Dakota State Constitution does not allow for the recall of a U.S. Senator. On the same day, the office of the North Dakota Secretary of State claimed to have no authority to approve the circulation of RecallND's recall petition.Section 10 of Article III in [...]

ACRU Files Brief Urging N.J. Supreme Court to Allow Menendez Recall Petitions

On May 10, 2010, the American Civil Rights Union filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court urging the justices to affirm a state appellate court ruling ordering the Secretary of State to recognize a recall notice for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D). If the court concurs, petitioners could begin immediately to collect the 1.3 million signatures needed within 320 days to put Menendez on the ballot. Menendez, who was elected in 2006, is not slated for re-election until 2012."The New Jersey Supreme Court must either affirm the ruling of the court below, or expressly overrule all the New Jersey precedents holding that courts will not [...]

ACRU Files Brief Urging N.J. Supreme Court to Allow Menendez Recall Petitions

On May 10, 2010, the American Civil Rights Union filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court urging the justices to affirm a state appellate court ruling ordering the Secretary of State to recognize a recall notice for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D). If the court concurs, petitioners could begin immediately to collect the 1.3 million signatures needed within 320 days to put Menendez on the ballot. Menendez, who was elected in 2006, is not slated for re-election until 2012.The brief, filed by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara, makes it clear that the court is deciding only the validity of a lower court's ruling that signature [...]

2010-05-10T15:51:59+00:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , , |

ACRU Urges NJ Supreme Court to Deny Sen. Menedez Petition to Hear Recall Appeal

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) petitioned the New Jersey Supreme Court to hear his appeal from the ruling of a state appellate court that a citizens committee seeking a recall election to remove him from office could proceed to circulate petitions to collect the signatures required under the New Jersey Constitution to qualify for such an election.The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed an amicus curiae brief on April 21, 2010 with the New Jersey Supreme Court urging it to deny the petition from Senator Menendez to hear the case on the grounds that the circulation of petitions and the collection of signatures is political activity and political [...]