Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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Janus: Son of Bush v. Gore

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Stephen Roberts, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), holds up a sign against Mark Janus during a rally outside of the Supreme Court I. Son of Bush v. Gore M itch McConnell is a big winner today. His refusal to let the Senate consider Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court seat opened by Antonin Scalia’s death led to Neil Gorsuch’s accession to Scalia’s seat, which in turn led to the spate of reactionary decisions the Court has since delivered. But no decision has mattered more to McConnell than today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME , for this decision has a direct and immediate effect on the partisan balance of power. By stripping public-sector unions of the right to collect the fees from non-members they are obligated to represent in bargaining and grievance procedures, the five Republicans on the high court have effectively compelled the unions, which constitute some of the largest and most...

Barbarians in Robes

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington T he Committee to Defend Rich, Bigoted Old White Men (Preferably Patriarchal in the Pope Benedict Mode, and Zealously Republican)—otherwise known as the five Republican justices on the Supreme Court—is on a roll. The Committee is closing out this session with a bang, delivering a satchel of decisions that harks back in its economics to the Lochner court of 1905 (which struck down New York’s law that said bakers couldn’t be made to work more than ten hours a day or 60 hours a week, because it violated the free speech of employers) and in its racial attitudes to the Dred Scott court of 1857 (slightly updated for appearances' sake). This spring, the Committee ruled that employers could force their workers to resolve disputes with their employer by going through an employer-...

Will Another D.C.-Based Government Disdain Democratic Norms?

Odua Images/Shutterstock trickle-downers_54.jpg W hen is a free and open election invalid? Apparently, when elected officials don’t like the result. That’s the philosophy of Maine’s Trumpier-than-Trump Republican Governor Paul LePage, who has refused to expand Medicaid in his state despite the legally binding vote of Maine’s citizens, who passed a Medicaid-expansion initiative. LePage has been ordered by the courts to implement the expansion, but still refuses. Mercifully, LePage is termed out of office at year’s end. Something like that could never happen in the nation’s most liberal jurisdiction, right? Well, maybe it could. On Tuesday, voters in Washington, D.C., passed an initiative that would raise the minimum wage of tipped workers—currently, only $3.30—to the same level as the city’s non-tipped workers: $15, to be phased in over the next eight years. Unlike the Maine initiative, this one (Initiative 77 by name) was only advisory, but avowed liberals on the D.C. Council and the...

Want a Decent Immigration Policy? Deport Rupert Murdoch!

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Rupert Murdoch attends the TIME 100 Gala. “ All right, we are two nations,” John Dos Passos wrote in his USA trilogy, and it appears to be the primary mission of Rupert Murdoch and his minions to keep us that way. The polling on separating immigrant children from their parents makes our divisions dramatically clear (not that they already weren’t). Quinnipiac shows that Americans oppose the policy by a 66 percent to 27 percent margin; CNN shows they oppose it by 67 percent to 28 percent. But a majority of Republicans in both polls support it: 55 percent (against 35 percent opposed) in Quinnipiac; 58 percent (against 34 percent opposed) in CNN. The chain of bigoted lies and distortions that Donald Trump has spewed forth doubtlessly feeds into many rank-and-file Republicans’ pre-existing biases and fears. But Trump couldn’t do this alone. The key to his rise, and to sustaining GOP support for such obscene policies as family separation, has been the...

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