Tricks No Treats

It’s Halloween in the faculty lounge (how do we explain to the professors that “the undead constitution” is too high-concept a costume?). This time around, Richard Epstein and John Yoo cover the scariest topic of all: the 2016 election. First, a deep dive into the new revelations about Hillary’s e-mail. Then, Is it time to ditch early voting, the electoral college, and ballot initiatives? Is there a grain of truth to the “this election is rigged” talk? Are we stuck with an 8-member Supreme Court for the foreseeable future? And, most terrifying of all, would a President Clinton have the ability to pardon herself? All that and more in the final pre-election Law Talk.

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  1. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Couldn’t Obama pardon Hillary?

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    • November 1, 2016, at 8:36 AM PDT
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  2. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    On the topic of the Constitutional Amendment process, in Colorado the situation has been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you get TABOR (the Taxpayer Bill of Rights) that restricted tax increases without some form of popular approval but you’ve also gotten Amendment 23, which enshrined in the Constitution levels of spending on education. Fixing the issue with (ironically) another Constitutional referendum is bothersome – add to that the fact that the amendment gives the legislature the power to repeal such amendments as have been created with simple majorities.

    None of this gives me much in the way of comfort. It would be nice if you could fix the initiative process so that a supermajority were required to amend the Constitution at least, but this is not the way.

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    • November 1, 2016, at 9:19 AM PDT
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  3. Flizzo Stizzo Member

    Ryan (@ryanm) put the same song at the end of the latest Flyover Country podcast.

    Great minds….

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    • November 1, 2016, at 7:26 PM PDT
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  4. Blue Yeti Admin

    Flizzo Stizzo:Ryan (@ryanm) put the same song at the end of the latest Flyover Country podcast.

    Great minds….

    It’s one of the free tracks that come with Apple’s Garage Band audio editing software.

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    • November 1, 2016, at 9:25 PM PDT
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  5. Hammer, The Member

    Blue Yeti:

    Flizzo Stizzo:Ryan (@ryanm) put the same song at the end of the latest Flyover Country podcast.

    Great minds….

    It’s one of the free tracks that come with Apple’s Garage Band audio editing software.

    Hah! We know you guys are ‘uge fans of Flyover Country and totally ripped us off.

    That’s ok, I love Richard and John and Troy, so I’ll forgive it this time.

    (in fairness, I did not even know that garage band came with free tracks! I’m sure there’s much about it that I don’t know. Like, a “bleep,” for instance. I’ve never been able to find one, yet it seems like an obvious function to include in the software.)

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    • November 3, 2016, at 12:08 AM PDT
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