U.S. Supreme Court http://iowapublicradio.org en Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conservative-or-consistent-2013-2014-us-supreme-court-session <p>While some say this year's Supreme Court session was conservative, others have characterized it as consistent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:38:32 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 43547 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-red-and-blue-political-typology-shades-gray <p>We often like to think of states in terms of red and blue, and people in terms of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.&nbsp; But, the Pew Research Center finds our politics offers many more shades of gray.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Pew researcher about their latest <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">political typology study</a> and what hints it might provide for the upcoming midterm elections.&nbsp; Are you a "Young Outsider," or a "Hard Pressed Skeptic?"&nbsp; You can take the quiz <a href="http://www.people-press.org/ Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 43141 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-weigh-supreme-court-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby can be seen as "narrow" or "broad" - depending on how it's looked at. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we ask a political scientist and a legal expert what implications this ruling has for the future.</p><p>Today's guests include: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Kende, Professor of Law at Drake and the Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43085 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action Confusing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scotus-ruling-affirmative-action-confusing <p>The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday that upholds Michigan's right to bar racial preference in college admissions.&nbsp; Or, at least we think so.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle from University of Iowa, and Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science Bruce Nesmith of Coe College about the ruling and what it means.&nbsp; The opinions are confusing at best.&nbsp; They also discuss the conflict in Ukraine, and the grassroots mobilization around a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Rodham Clinton.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:19:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39602 at http://iowapublicradio.org SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action Confusing Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opening-floodgates-money-politics <p>Four years after the Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that frees the nation's wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. Today on politics day, analysis of the court's decision.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Stephen Schmidt and Timothy Hagle.</p><p>Also, a last-minute enrollment surge enabled the White House to meet its original sign-up target for the Affordable Care Act, a surprising victory for the Obama administration. How does this change the political landscape?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:18:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38527 at http://iowapublicradio.org Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics A Look at the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term http://iowapublicradio.org/post/look-us-supreme-courts-2013-2014-term <p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term started this month and after last year’s series of surprising and tumultuous rulings eyes again are trained on the nation’s highest court.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:46:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 31307 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Look at the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-supreme-court-decisions <p>On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. &nbsp;Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and&nbsp;Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. &nbsp;Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm&nbsp;Bill from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:37:31 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 23070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-upcoming-supreme-court-decisions <p>Between now and the end of June, decisions will be made on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Host<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ben Kieffer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;gets analysis on some of the biggest cases: concerning affirmative action, voting rights, same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It's River to River's Politics Wednesday. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:38:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 21578 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions Juvenile Sentencing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/juvenile-sentencing <p>Bills making their way through the legislative process would set sentencing options for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.&nbsp; The debate comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled juvenile offenders can not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.&nbsp; But, how much time is enough?&nbsp; 40, 50 or even 60 years?&nbsp; Today on River to River, we talk about the legislation and how the courts have ruled on the treatment of juvenile offenders.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:23:47 +0000 Clay Masters 17523 at http://iowapublicradio.org Juvenile Sentencing Patterns of the Iowa Supreme Court http://iowapublicradio.org/post/patterns-iowa-supreme-court <p>On today&#39;s &quot;River to River&quot;, we take look at the inner workings of the Iowa Supreme Court -&nbsp; including patterns emerging that provide clues as to how individual judges view issues before the court.&nbsp; Katherine talks with Des Moines attorney Ryan Koopmans who&rsquo;s analyzed Iowa Supreme Court Decisions over the past year. Later, host Ben Kieffer talks with author and historian Lawrence Goldstone. Goldstone has studied the U.S. Supreme Court and its interpretation of several amendments to the Constitution.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:21:57 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 6046 at http://iowapublicradio.org Patterns of the Iowa Supreme Court