Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D.


October 25, 2018: 

I got started in the “peace movement” as part of the anti-nuclear movement in the early 1980s.  At that time, the Soviets and the United States had both long range and intermediate range nuclear missiles. The Soviets said they would attack Europe with their missiles if those countries allowed US missiles to be deployed in Europe.  Then the two countries signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Missile Treaty in 1987 and I thought that such talk was over.  Now we are again hearing the same threats from Russia because of the proposed withdrawal of the US from the treaty.  The perpetual war mindset.  It never ends.

October 25, 2018:

Amid all the other reporting, A federal judge in Georgia has blocked the enforcement of the “matching signature” rules unless there is a right to object and prove identity after notice.

October 27, 2018:

In the accompanying article about the ACA lawsuit, given the political implications no matter what decision the court reaches, perhaps the court will not hand down its decision until after the mid-term elections.  Some could see this as the politicization of the judicial branch of government, which is supposed to be above those matters.

October 30, 2018:

The Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear an appeal of a decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that upheld lower court’s ruling that the 2011 re-drawing of the voting districts (“gerrymandering”) by the Republicans violated the state’s constitution.   This means that the districts that will be applicable for the mid-terms are those re-drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Good news for democracy.

November 2, 2018: 

The District Court judge in the emoluments clause lawsuit brought by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland (read “The Emoluments Clauses”) denied the stay of the case that the President requested.  This means that discovery about the President’s business interests in the Trump International Hotel in D.C. can proceed.

November 7, 2018:

Now that the Democrats are in control of the House, we can at least have the checks and balances that the Constitution envisioned.  But expect a significant amount of lame duck legislation in the next few weeks from the Republicans who are still in control of both houses. 

New Congress won’t be inaugurated until January 3, 2019 (20th Amendment, Clause 1) but they can appoint a different day (Clause 2).   That’s at least 57 days away!  We're only on day 1!

Also, remember that even if the Congress does not repeal Obamacare (“the ACA”), there is still pending the Texas vs. US case seeking to declare it unconstitutional.  The effect would be the same as a repeal and during, the pendency of any appeals, there would be great confusion and uncertainty.  Read “The ACA Lawsuit and Its Implications” at

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