Monthly Archives: January 2017

Judge Thomas Hardiman, Short List SCOTUS Nominee


Judge Thomas Hardiman(i), federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit is currently considered a favored(ii) candidate of President Trump, from his short list for Supreme Court Justice. The other two favored contenders are Judge Neil Gorsuch (U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit) and Judge William Pryor (U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit)(iii). Personal Background Thomas Michael Hardiman was born July 8, 1967 in Winchester, Massachusetts. Hardiman is from a blue collar family (his father owned a taxi-cab […]

Judge William Pryor, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee


Judge William Pryor is one of the top three contenders in President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. Judge Pryor’s background and some of his judicial writings reveal his pro-life leanings and defense of the Constitution. Indeed, attempts to block his 2003 nomination as an 11th Circuit Justice are indications of his conservative nature and the strong opposition of his nomination from NARAL Pro-Choice America(i) provide additional evidence to his conservatism and stance on the right to life(ii). There […]

Judge Neil Gorsuch, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee Favorite


Judge Neil Gorsuch, federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit is currently considered the favorite(i) candidate of President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. Personal Background Neil McGill Gorsuch was born August 29, 1967 in Denver, Colorado. In 1988, he earned a B.A. from Columbia University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper The Fed. A 1991 Harvard Law School graduate, he went on to become a Marshall Scholar(ii) and earn a Doctorate of Legal Philosophy from Oxford […]

Judge Diane S. Sykes, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee


Judge Diane Sykes is one of the top contenders in President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. President Trump referenced Sykes and another candidate, Judge William Pryor, by name in February of 2016 as prospective Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nominees(i). Hon. Sykes was also considered as a possible SCOTUS nominee by President George W. Bush in 2008. Personal Background Diane Schwerm Sykes was born on December 23, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sykes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism […]

The Antifederalists Were Right….But the Answer is Still Federalism, Part II


As we did in Part I of this Three Part Series, let us look back at history’s lessons so that we can find a better way forward. In the time leading up to, and during the constitutional convention, men like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison worked to correct the broken system created by the Articles of Confederation. In an overly zealous effort to avoid the same tyranny previously employed by the British Empire, the Articles left the continental […]

The Antifederalists Were Right….But the Answer is Still Federalism


In the fall of 1787, the Constitution was adopted by the attending delegates of the Philadelphia Convention.  There were still many questions to be answered about the document, and a five year battle for ratification was about to begin.  Three delegates refused to sign the document flat out- George Mason, Elbridge Gerry, and Edmond Rudolph. Their concerns represented rumblings throughout the fledgling country. How would the people be represented? Could this new federal government be trusted to restrain itself? If […]

Rex Wayne Tillerson


Rex Wayne Tillerson, Nominee, Secretary of State On December 13, 2016, Rex Tillerson was nominated as President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of State.  Mr. Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil. He has chosen to retire from this company in light of his nomination. Mr. Tillerson began his career with ExxonMobil in 1975, moving up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the chairman and CEO in 2006.  As such, he has worked with a broad range of businesses and with many different […]