Start Your SCOTUS

To most of us, the Supreme Court is this somewhat amorphous entity that makes important decisions, but rarely seems to affect our everyday lives. That's the perception anyway. For this coming Fall term, though, the court has picked up a couple of cases that will be felt almost immediately. The first comes in a case out of Indiana where a new law requires you to show a photo ID in order to vote. With a presidential election coming next year, the decision could change the way states handle polling. There's another case out of Kentucky that, by one report, is the first time the Court will hear a challenge to an execution method since 1879. The justices will decide if the so-called cocktail administered in lethal injection executions amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. David Savage will have all the details on what's coming up this term, and how it might affect you (feel free to post your questions). And, Jeffrey Rosen will talk a little about the makeup of this court, and what it might mean in terms of the opinions.

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Why can't the Republicans and Democrats compromise on the National ID Card for voting? Require everyone to get one and the Federal government subsidizes the cost of getting all the paper work and the costs of paying for elections.

Sent by Jonpaul | 2:05 PM | 9-27-2007

This came up in CO last year. Our Dept of Revenue was requiring everyone to bring 2 forms of very specific ID to get an ID or license. DOR didnt even consider a US passport as valid ID. If you wanted to get benefits frmo the state; you had to have an ID and if you couldnt get it; they were going to deny benefits. That includes people in nursing homes. If you were just getting a license; most dont even have 2 forms of ID. The list goes on as to the problems this was causing so it went to court so there was a delay in implementing it. This also went back to denying illegals the right to benefits that our old Governor wanted.

NOt sure how it turned out so maybe someone else does?

Sent by jm fay | 2:17 PM | 9-27-2007

Every day, junkies overdose on heroin. They don't shoot heroin 'cause it's painfull. If this drug were used for lethal injection (if heroin's legality is the problem, use morphine), the inmate certainly wouldn't feel pain. In fact, if you laced it with Fentanyl, which is many times stronger than heroin and is used to cut dope by drug dealers, you wouldn't even need to find a vein (just do a "skin-pop" as a novice junkie would). This is so incredibly simple. Why am I so smart? I know someone who overdosed once, and they said they knew they did too much, but they didn't mind (obviously, they were revived by paramedics or I wouldn't be telling you about this).

Sent by Bill Paci | 2:35 PM | 9-27-2007

Are you guys Nuts? So many of the people who bring the dogs into the stores let the dogs MARK merchandise and nip at people. The reply from the owner is "he's never done that before". Yeah right! I do not wish to shop with dogs! Dogs should only go to pet stores.

Sent by Wanda | 2:57 PM | 9-27-2007

I do object people bring non-service dogs to comercial businesses. I have a horse. I am restricted to where I am able to ride. Many public trails do not allow horses. I pay more in gas taxes and licensing fees. I drive a large SUV so I can pull my horse trailer. Horse owners add billions of dollars to the GDP, but I am restricted to where I can house my animal. I guess some animals are more equal than others.

Sent by Jennifer Gulati | 3:04 PM | 9-27-2007

SHAME on you for not allowing discussion of caging. It is legitimate, germaine and urgent to today's show topic. I shut off the show as soon as that happened.

Sent by Kat Burch | 5:11 PM | 9-27-2007

http://www.aclu.org/votingrights/exoffenders/statelegispolicy2007.html

The above is a link to a map indicating which states allow convicted felons to vote.

Sent by Julia Arnold | 12:53 PM | 10-1-2007