Blog Posts for 2016-10

The American Presidency Project

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Horizontal string of eight photos of former U.S. Presidents, including a photo of John F. Kenneday smoking, Richard Nixon making the "v" symbol, Ronald Reagan talking to his neighbor, Bill Clinton at a rally, George W. Bush smiling, and Barack Obama giving a speech with his hand in the air pointing at the audience.

With the Presidential election coming up very soon, now is a great time to reflect not only on the current candidates, but also on the Presidency itself and the individuals who have previously occupied the Oval Office.  There is a wealth of information available, but perhaps the best resource is the American Presidency Project (APP), hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The APP is a non-partisan website that collects almost every public statement ever made by a President, or more recently, a presidential candidate.  Whether you are interested in the history of Presidential elections or only want to hear what the current candidates think about the issues, the APP has some excellent ways to find what you need.  You can browse through the different collections, or you can search the entire archive.

Public Education and the Separation of Powers

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Image of an open book with wire-frame glasses on top of the open pages and two closed books with an apple in between.On September 15, 2016, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen filed an application for certification to appeal Judge Moukawsher’s groundbreaking decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell directly to the Supreme Court, signaling a looming constitutional showdown between the legislature and judiciary over the future of public education in Connecticut.

Other states have had similar controversy over the legislature’s constitutional duty to provide education, prompting intense debate over the separation of powers on a par with the fundamental questions asked in Marbury v. MadisonIn Washington, for example, the court held the legislature in contempt for failing to adequately fund schools and fined them $100,000 a day until they came up with a plan to assuage the court’s concerns.  And yet, the legislature, in control of the purse strings, has not even set up the segregated account for the fines required of them by the court.  How can the judiciary force legislative action?

Games and Sports Equipment

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The Library has a variety of sports equipment and games available from the main desk, courtesy of the SBA and Student Services office, which may be checked out.

Image of a football, a small red circular ball, and a small black circular ball all lying in grass.

Balls, bats, bocce. Take a study break and enjoy the lingering summer weather.

Image of a student making an underhand throw on the grass in front of the law library. Two students stand watching on each side of the thrower.

Toss some beanbags in a game of cornhole, or just relax in the sunshine on a lawn blanket.