Transcript of OA471: Republican Lawyer Shouts Quiet Part on Voting Rights

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Thomas: Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 471.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, sir?

Andrew: I’m fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas: I’m great.  You know, we’ve got some law to break down for you, why don’t we get to it?

Andrew: Let’s hit it.

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Transcript of OA470: Can Harris Just Overrule the Parliamentarian?

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Thomas: Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments.  This is episode 470, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew: I am fantastic, Thomas!  Happy Donald Trump actual inauguration day to you.

Thomas: [Laughs]  I don’t even know what this is about!

Andrew: [Laughs]  

Thomas: Is this a thing?

Andrew: It’s a real thing.  The idea is it is Q Anon mixed with sovereign citizens.  No President since, I dunno, like 1875 has been legitimate.  

Thomas: Ahh.

Andrew: And they used to swear in presidents on March 4th back then.

Thomas: Oh my god.

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OA472: The American Rescue Plan – You Made This Happen!

It’s here! The 1.9 trillion dollar package is officially passed! If you are one of the many listeners who donated time or money to getting Democrats to 50 seats, you truly did make this happen. Andrew did all the reading so you don’t have to! He breaks down what’s in this incredibly progressive plan.

Before that, we respond to lots of people asking “Didn’t Republicans fire the parliamentarian in 2000?” This objection to our minimum wage episode completely falls flat for several reasons.

Links: WaPo Parliamentarian Article, Lott to Oust Senate Parliamentarian Who Ruled Against GOP, WaPo How big is the Biden stimulus bill?

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OA471: Republican Lawyer Shouts Quiet Part on Voting Rights

At oral arguments before the Supreme Court, a lawyer for Republicans admitted that eliminating voting restrictions would put Republicans at a ‘competitive disadvantage.’ Will this startling admission jeopardize the case for Republicans? Find out! Before that, we cover some good news and bad news. Bad first – the Texas EO on masking is worse than you thought. Good news – HR1 the Equality Act is amazingly good legislation! It’s the jam packed Tuesday deep-dive you’ve come to expect from us!
Links: TX Executive Orders GA-32 and GA-34, TX Code 418, TX Executive Order GA-10, State Voting Bills Tracker 2021, Georgia HB 531, [Brnovich v. DNC] Consolidated Oral Argument, 52 U.S. Code § 10301

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OA470: Can Harris Just Overrule the Parliamentarian?

Leftist publications like Jacobin have been excoriating the Biden administration, and specifically VP Harris, for not simply overruling the Senate Parliamentarian to force the $15 minimum wage through. They argue this is something Republicans definitely would do if the situation were reversed. So… is all that true? Andrew is here to break it down for us!

Links: The Hill Cruz: Let’s overrule Senate officer to expand ObamaCare bill, Rules Of The Senate, 2 US Code Chapter 17, Byrd Rule 2 US Code § 644, The Tax Legislative Process: A Byrd’s Eye View, Andrew’s favorite plan

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Transcript of OA469: The Batshirt Crazy ‘Latinos for Trump’ Lawsuit

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 469, nice! 

Andrew:         [Laughs] Niiice!

Thomas:         Nice!  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         Well, even better now.  [Laughs]

Thomas:         Yeah.

Andrew:         This is going to be a comedic episode.

Thomas:         Oh!

Andrew:         I have – oh gosh I have something that, it is delightfully layers upon layers of funny. 

Thomas:         Wait, you’re bringing the funny?  Oh crap, was I supposed to do a law?

Andrew:         Yeah, you were supposed to bring a law.

Thomas:         Okay, let me just [Sighs] shoot!  Wikipedia entry for law … hold on! [Laughs]

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         No, okay.

Andrew:         [Impersonation] Webster’s dictionary defines “law” as… [Laughs]

Thomas:         [Laughs] Naw, you’ve got both the law and the funny, maybe!  I’ll see what I can add, I can’t wait.

Andrew:         Alright!

Thomas:         Alright, well, I’m too excited, let’s get right to it, Andrew.

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OA469: The Batshirt Crazy ‘Latinos for Trump’ Lawsuit

Hooooo boy, have we got some legal craziness for you fine listeners! Disgraced lawyer who Instagramed his participation in an insurrection has filed a lawsuit that is essentially Latinos for Trump and a few other groups v. EVERYONE. Andrew had way too much fun diving into it! Before that, we have quite the deep-dive on hearsay related to a recent T3BE question. Turns out you can’t kill witnesses to get away with stuff? Who knew!

Links: Rule 801. Exclusions from Hearsay, Rule 802, Rule 803, Rule 804, Find A Lawyer | Paul MacNeal Davis, Goosehead Insurance, Sollenberger Tweet, Gondor has no King nonsense, Court sua sponte motion, amended complaint, Davis fire by basically everyone, LFT asks for more time, LFT motion for fees, supporting exhibit

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Transcript of OA467: Demolishing the Electoral College, with Lawrence Lessig

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 467.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m really good.  I’m comin’ off, you know-

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         -an amazing episode that we did last Friday.  That was super cool, and we’ve got a really cool interview today.  We’re gonna be talking to Lawrence Lessig about, you know, getting rid of the electoral college, which is something that I’m pretty sure a very high percentage of our listeners would like to get rid of.  Probably in the 99s, percentage wise.

Andrew:         [Laughs] We may have some nostalgia fans.

Thomas:         Yeah.

Andrew:         We’ve got the hate listeners, we’ve got Uncle Frank, we’ve got that one guy that wanted to keep coming on promoting James Lindsey’s book.

Thomas:         [Laughs]

Andrew:         But [Laughing] other than that!  [Laughs]

Thomas:         Yeah.  Plus, there have been some people who are genuinely misinformed about this stuff.  They have an instinct for institutions, they have, you know, they don’t want to get rid of – they might have a certain fondness in their hearts for like, well, we shouldn’t get rid of these certain institutions that have been around, blah blah blah.  But when you look at the facts, this is not something that was intended by the Founders, even.  This is not something that is some age-old beloved thing with a time-honored tradition that makes sense, it’s a mess.

Andrew:         Yeah.  What I love about Professor Lessig is, I mean, he is out there actually litigating these issues, doing something about it.

Thomas:         Yeah.

Andrew:         Not just saying “hey – not just us.

Thomas:         Yeah, that’s what I’m doing!  [Laughs]

Andrew:         Hey it’d be really cool!  Yeah, me too!  To have a constitutional convention, but thinking okay, if we’re stuck with this system what are the things we can do to kneecap it?  I love – I can’t wait until we get a chance to talk to him.

Thomas:         Well, you’re in luck because we’re gonna hop on over right now-

Andrew:         Woo!

Thomas:         -and talk to Professor Lawrence Lessig.

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Transcript of OA465: The Fight to Unionize at Amazon

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 465 and I’m Thomas, and that’s Andrew, how’re you doing sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas?  How are you?  Still not a cat!  [Laughs]

Thomas:         Still not a cat.

Andrew:         How’re you doing?

Thomas:         And we are not talking about he who shall not be named.  I’m excited for what is sure to be a classic OA deep dive the way the show should have been in the alternate universe where Hillary was President or something.  [Laughs] I can’t wait, let’s see, I don’t even think we have any announcements or anything.

Andrew:         No, I can’t wait, let’s get to it!

Thomas:         Alright, here we go.

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OA468: SCOTUS News! Trump’s Taxes, Affirmative Action, and Title X

Normally we’re bracing ourselves every time there’s SCOTUS news, but this time there’s actually some good! Cy Vance HAS TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS. Ok that’s pretty much the end of the unambiguously good news. But listen in as Andrew gives us the expert analysis on the anti-affirmative action case and the Title X case!

Before that, we talk about what elections actually would have looked like under Lessig’s proportional system from last episode. The results are very fascinating! Yay spreadsheets! We finish off with a quick answer to the question, “could the Senate have voted anonymously on impeachment?”

Links: 2021 Cornelius Vanderbroek Memorial Essay Competition for Law School Students, Maryland FBA Essay Contest, BBC Facebook v Australia: Who blinked first?, Daily Kos How minority rule plagues Senate, Andrew’s Spreadsheet, CNN Trump’s tax returns turned over to Manhattan district attorney, Mayor v. Azar, 973 F.3d 258, California v. Azar, 950 F.3d 1067, 42 US Code § 18114 – Access to therapies

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