We observed in an editorial last month, “Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.” We noted that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis seems oblivious to such concerns and that her cavalier approach has attracted national attention, securing her the starring role last year on ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline in a story headlined: “Lear Jet J
“Just this morning, nearly 200 West Virginia coal miners in Randolph County were informed that their jobs would be gone by Christmas,” Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lamented last Tuesday as she discussed the bipartisan resolution of disapproval that she and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota had introduced in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources.
When bad things happen, it's only natural to think they're bad. After all, if they weren't bad, they'd be good – and you'd think they were good, not bad, and you might be right. Or, you might be wrong. Because things aren't always what they seem. Even when they are, you can't count on them staying that way.
Why are Americans still talking about slavery? Yes, and no. It has been a century and a half since the end of slavery in America. That's true enough. Should it have ended in our country sooner? Surely. Could it have? Maybe. Was it good that it finally ended when it did? Of course. We can all agree on that.
Promises, promises. That's pretty much all voters have to go on when a candidate runs for office the first time. When seeking re-election, however, that same candidate has a record to run on. Voters can scrutinize that record and judge accordingly. Have the promises been kept, for instance? If not, why not?
Two months ago, having concluded that its authority extends only to promulgated rules and not to proposed ones, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to conduct a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, as requested by Patrick Morrisey and 14 other state attorneys general.
Why do we let ourselves be pitted against each other?