Further extending a drawn-out legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over whether Texas' congressional and House district boundaries discriminate against voters of color.
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry wrote that this suit "defies reason" in his dismissal of the case in July of that year, as the clinic had only started performing abortions after receiving explicit permission to do so by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services - with the understanding that an official license would only be granted after the clinic passed an inspection by that department.
A three-judge district court panel ruled a year ago that some national and state districts were drawn to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics, but it refused to call them political gerrymanders.
State GOP leaders have argued the maps were drawn to favor Republicans, not to disenfranchise minorities. North Dakota, and said the high court should reconsider it due to the explosive growth of online sales.
Eric Holder Jr., chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and US attorney general under former President Barack Obama, said the Texas case gives the Supreme Court a chance to send the message that "racial gerrymandering and intentional vote dilution is unconstitutional and diminishes the voice of minority citizens".
The Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state, taking a case that could have a major impact on online commerce. It's unclear when the court will schedule oral arguments in the case, which is formally known as Abbott v. Perez. Courts in South Dakota blocked the law, saying they were bound by U.S. Supreme Court precedent. "These taxes fund education, public safety and the innumerable services that state governments provide", said Deb Peters, a Republican South Dakota state senator involved in the issue.
If the Supreme Court overruled its past restrictions on the states, small and medium-size online businesses would suffer, Wayfair and its fellow defendants said.
The National Retail Federation welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to take up a South Dakota case on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores but also urged Congress to address the issue through federal legislation.
But Congress has struggled for years to come up with a plan, even though some online retailers have said that they would welcome a national remedy rather than deal with individual states.
In Friday's announcement, the court said nothing about a related appeal by the Texas Democratic Party, which argued that the two maps should be tossed out for improper partisan gerrymandering.
The SEC case is a technical issue that could affect how other regulatory agencies do their work.
Such officers must be appointed by the president, the head of a federal agency or by a court. The high court past year heard arguments in a Wisconsin case over the limits of partisan gerrymandering and whether extreme practices can be deemed unconstitutional. It says it now agrees with Lucia and others in the business community who say that the SEC's way of appointing the judges violates the Constitution.