About: Sarah Rumpf

Florida Gator living in Austin, Texas. Attorney. Journalist. Caffeine Addict. Defender of the Oxford Comma.




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SCOTUS Strikes Down Challenged Provisions of Texas Abortion Law

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Posted by    Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10:55am 6/27/2016 at 10:55am

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down two challenged provisions of Texas’ abortion law, HB 2, the law that launched former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis to fame (or infamy, depending on your political leanings) for her pink-sneakered filibuster.

Previous court decisions had upheld HB 2’s ban on late term...

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SCOTUS: Obama Immigration Executive Orders Remain Blocked

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:05am 6/23/2016 at 11:05am

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court issued a tied decision Thursday in United States v. Texas, which dealt with the constitutionality of the executive orders President Barack Obama issued regarding parents who were illegal immigrants but whose children were citizens or legal residents (commonly known as DAPA).

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SCOTUS Upholds Use of Race in U. Texas Admissions

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:52am 6/23/2016 at 10:52am

Yet another exciting day for SCOTUS watchers. Thursday morning, the Court released its opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, holding in a 4-3 decision (Justice Elena Kagan did not participate) that the use of race in adm...

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Rubio’s Running for Reelection

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:59am 6/22/2016 at 10:59am

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has decided to run for reelection, he confirmed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Wednesday. Fox News posted a short clip on Twitter; the full interview will air at 6 pm Eastern Time.

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SCOTUS Continues Broad Interpretation of Commerce Clause in Drug Dealer Robbery Case

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Posted by    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/20/2016 at 5:00pm

Happy SCOTUS Opinion Day, Legal Insurrection readers! We’ve got several opinions coming out today. Still waiting for some of the most controversial ones — three Texas cases dealing with abortion, affirmative action, and immigration — but this morning’s opinions cover some serious constitutional rights.

In day’s first opinion, Taylor v. United States, the...

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SCOTUS: It’s OK If the Police Unlawfully Stop You If There Was a Warrant Out for Your Arrest

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Posted by    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 2:00pm 6/20/2016 at 2:00pm

Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in Utah v. Streiff that’s raising eyebrows for its implications for Fourth Amendment protections.

In Streiff, the defendant was stopped and questioned by a police officer in a parking lot near a house that an anonymous tipster had claimed was being used to sell drugs....

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Communications Chair for Young Republicans’ National Organization Quits Over Trump

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:00am 5/24/2016 at 7:00am
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Donald Trump may have won the Republican nomination in every way except the official coronation in Cleveland in July, but some prominent Republican voices refuse to cheer for him.

One of these voices belongs to the communications chair for the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF), the nationwide organization that oversees all Young...

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Trump Campaign Sued for Defamation by Republican Strategist

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Posted by    Monday, April 18, 2016 at 9:00pm 4/18/2016 at 9:00pm
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On Monday, Republican consultant Cheri Jacobus filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Jacobus is a veteran political operative with decades of experience in the political consulting world, including a stint as a media spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. She has been a repeated guest...

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Texas A&M University’s New Campus Carry Rules Allow Guns in Dorms, Classrooms

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Posted by    Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4:00pm 4/14/2016 at 4:00pm

When the Texas Legislature passed a campus carry bill during the 2015 legislative session, part of the law allowed the state’s universities to create rules designating certain areas of campus to remain gun-free, as long as those rules were not thwarting the law’s goals and making it impossible to carry a gun...

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SCOTUS: In drawing voting Districts, states can count non-voters

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Posted by    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:15pm 4/4/2016 at 5:15pm

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott, a voting rights case that dealt with how districts are drawn.

The opinion was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito concurring. With the unanimous ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia’s death...

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Florida GOP Trolls Hillary for April Fools’ Day

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Posted by    Friday, April 1, 2016 at 1:00pm 4/1/2016 at 1:00pm

The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) is having a little fun at Hillary Clinton’s expense this April Fools’ Day, posting several news releases highlighting her problems with the investigations into her email server and unfavorable polling.

In a mock press release obtained by Legal Insurrection, RPOF shared several fake news articles. One announced that...

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Mandatory union dues survive as SCOTUS deadlocks without Scalia

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:30pm 3/29/2016 at 8:30pm

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States, stuck in a 4-4 deadlock, affirmed the lower court’s decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a labor union dues case.

The one sentence decision offered no explanation and simply stated, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

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Supreme Court: 2nd Amendment applies to Stun Guns

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Posted by    Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30pm 3/21/2016 at 7:30pm
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that Second Amendment does include stun guns, in a ruling issued on Monday.

In the short per curiam (“by the Court”) opinion in Caetano v. Massachusetts, the Court set aside a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, rejecting the arguments offered for allowing the...

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Apple to FBI: ‘The Founders Would be Appalled.’

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Posted by    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:00am 3/18/2016 at 9:00am

In the latest round of legal battles between Apple and the FBI over accessing data in an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, Apple has fired back at...

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Florida Passes Abortion Law Similar to Texas Law Challenged at SCOTUS

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Posted by    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 6:01pm 3/11/2016 at 6:01pm
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On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that would cut off state funding to abortion provider Planned Parenthood and increases the safety requirements for abortion clinics. The bill was cheered  by pro-life activists across the country and also brings added importance to a case pending before the United States...

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Life and Death Take Center Stage as SCOTUS Hears Texas Abortion Law Case

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Posted by    Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1:00pm 3/3/2016 at 1:00pm

The Supreme Court of the United States has resumed hearing oral arguments since the death of conservative stalwart Justice Antonin Scalia. His seat remains empty, leaving the Court’s already-tenuous balance even shakier as they address one of the most important abortion cases during recent years.

Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in ...

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Texas Appeals Court Dismisses Indictment Against Rick Perry

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:41am 2/24/2016 at 10:41am

Wednesday morning, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court, dismissed the remaining charge against former Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry had been indicted in 2014 by a Travis County grand jury for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, stemming from his threat and then veto of...

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