- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)3
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)25
- Men who pulled father, son from burning car near Naylor honored by highway patrol (12/1/16)
- Cape woman hopes son's death in Chattanooga will lead to better policing (11/30/16)11
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
GOP makes rules like a bully
To the editor:
In the next 10 days the Republicans will try to use the nuclear option to seize absolute power to appoint judges who will roll back decades of progress in protecting worker rights, the environment and privacy.
The nuclear option is a parliamentary trick to eliminate the filibuster, which is the right to extend debate on controversial issues such as judicial nominations.
One of the first judges the nuclear option would force through is Janice Rodgers Brown of California, who is nominated for the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals, a common stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Judge Brown follows an extremist judicial philosophy that calls for the courts to block Congress from guaranteeing such things as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
It seems as though the Republicans who are in charge of the game also want to rewrite the rules to play by. Kind of reminds me of what the neighborhood bully used to do when he didn't get his way.
MARK BAKER, Jackson