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Supreme Court Justices Receive Circuit Assignments, Amy Coney Barrett’s Includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

Circuit assignments do indeed matter, as will be explained herein.

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Each Supreme Court justice recently received their circuit assignments. Justice Amy Coney Barrett received the Seventh Circuit, which includes the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

Justice Barrett was a Seventh Circuit judge for three years, so perhaps it’s not surprising that she has been assigned that circuit as a member of SCOTUS.

Circuit assignments are not something irrelevant. They matter significantly, especially in a time when the president and his lawyers are contesting the election results in several states. One prime example was when Justice Samuel Alito ordered the separation of mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania. Alito was able to do this because the Third Circuit is one of his assignments—the circuit in which Pennsylvania is located. If a liberal justice were overseeing the Third District, he or she might’ve ignored the Pennsylvania GOP’s emergency application on the matter.

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Here’s a brief explanation of the circuit court system courtesy of Law & Crime:

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The federal court system is made up of district courts, appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. After a case has made its way through one of the nation’s 94 trial courts, a party may appeal to the circuit court in their jurisdiction. The image below helpfully outlines what the circuit boundaries are and identifies them by circuit number.

[…] [T]here are 13 federal circuits.

The First through Eleventh Circuit courts are self-explanatory. The District of Columbia Circuit, given its location, handles some of the most high-profile and controversial political appeals in the country. The Federal Circuit, as the court’s website notes, is unique in its nationwide jurisdiction and the kinds of claims it handles:

[…] It has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, veterans’ benefits, and public safety officers’ benefits claims. Appeals to the court come from all federal district courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The court also reviews certain administrative agency decisions, including those from the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the Congressional Office of Compliance, the Government Accountability Office Personnel Appeals Board, and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The now conservative-leaning Supreme Court will be acutely interesting and relevant for years to come. This is true regardless of whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump occupy the White House. The political balance of the court has shifted, there will likely be continued congressional gridlock, and one side will have their confidence in the entire political system shattered if the other side has their man in the Oval Office. What a time to be alive.

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The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters

Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.

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Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters. 

Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits. 

He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.

The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:

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Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…

By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.

For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats. 

Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another. 

In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election. 

Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.

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