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  • Kansas City Case Testing the Limits of Attorney-Client Privilege

    April 5, 2017

    David Burress

    A payday loan company being investigated for fraud tried to protect itself from state-level regulation by merging into a Native American holding company. (States can’t regulate such companies because of tribal sovereign immunity.) However it needed to backdate the protection–which it did by having the payday loan sue the holding company in Kansas courts to ...

  • Trump vs. the Constitution…Again

    April 4, 2017

    David Burress

    Trump plans to punish cities and counties that refuse to violate the Constitution. Earlier, he issued an Executive Order to withhold federal grant money from cities that refuse to hold people in jail without warrants based on ICE supposition that they might be deportable–which would amount to kidnapping under color of law. Yesterday the Attorney ...

  • Kancare Expansion

    April 3, 2017

    David Burress

    Medicaid expansion has now passed both houses of the Kansas legislature, but with not quite enough votes to withstand the expected veto from Governor Brownback. The biggest issue preventing an override of the veto seems to be the right-wing claim that it is not revenue neutral. In particular, they do agree that taxes on the ...

  • Anti-filibustering Centrism

    April 3, 2017

    David Burress

    The ambient arguments against filibustering Gorsuch display all the worst features of craven centrism.   Now I get it that Democrats in marginal Senate seats might think a vote for Gorsuch and/or for breaking the filibuster could save their hide. I also get it that they can’t come right out and say that. I also get it ...