Tuesday, June 30, 2020

RECENT SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND THE APPARENT “SWING VOTE ROLE” OF CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS

As the Supreme Court nears the end of its 2019-2020 term we hear from FORMER CONGRESSMAN BOB BARR who represented Georgia’s 7th District in the House of Representatives and is now President of the Law Enforcement Education Foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia.

WEBSITE: https://laweef.org

JIM BURLING, Attorney, Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Pacific Legal Foundation is also our guest as the discussion continues on rulings and upcoming cases facing the high court. 

WEBSITE: https://pacificlegal.org

Burling has worked with Pacific Legal Foundation since 1983, litigating cases from Alaska to Florida. He is a member of the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group’s Executive Committee, a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and an honorary member of Owners Counsel of America, an organization comprised of eminent domain attorneys who represent property owners. The Owners Counsel awarded James its Crystal Eagle award in 2013. In 2001, James successfully argued a major property rights case, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, before the United States Supreme Court, a case which affirmed that rights in regulated property do not disappear when land is bought and sold. He has written extensively on all aspects of property rights and environmental law and frequently speaks on these subjects throughout the nation.

FALLING FURTHER BEHIND ON STUDENT LOAN DEBT DURING THE PANDEMIC 

SARAH SATTELMEYER, Student loans project director at Pew Charitable our guest who offers  thoughts on the student loan debt crisis in this country and possible income driven repayment plans.

WEBSITE: https://www.pewtrusts.org

Sattelmeyer directs Pew’s student borrower success project, including overseeing research, advocacy, communications, and outreach. The initiative promotes successful repayment of student loans, especially among borrowers at greatest risk for delinquency and default. Previously, she served on Pew’s financial security and mobility project, assessing the relationship between short-term financial security and longer-term economic mobility, and on Pew’s economic mobility project, encouraging debate on how to improve opportunity in America. Before joining Pew, Sattelmeyer was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, where she helped design and manage projects related to family self-sufficiency and stability. She also worked for the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Urban Institute, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Sattelmeyer holds bachelor’s degrees in English and biology from the University of Georgia and master’s degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

DEVOTED, by Dean Koontz  (Author) 

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 31, 2020) 

“Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late. Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.” When he was a senior in college, DEAN KOONTZ won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 500 million copies to date.

WEBSITE: https://www.deankoontz.com

Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (One Door Away From Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor, The Husband, Odd Hours, Relentless, What the Night Knows, and 77 Shadow Street), making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers in countries as diverse as Japan and Sweden.