Texas senator Ted Cruz, recently spotted rocking a cool beard, has introduced a constitutional amendment establishing term limits on the senators and congressmen who make decisions in our country.
The constitutional amendment has clear rules: Senators only get two six-year terms, and House members get three two-year terms, for a total of six years.
And guess what? Cruz got Marco Rubio, David Purdue, and Mike Lee to co-sponsor it.
Term limits are a great idea because many of our lawmakers grow complacent in perpetual incumbency, so satisfied that nobody can beat their home-town machine that they don’t actually have to try. Term limits incentivize lawmakers to actually get things done. Also, term limits would make some progress in preventing special interests from owning certain House or Senate seats forever, opening up competition from fresh-faced challengers on a more regular basis.
This is a major step forward for the American people, even if it is very difficult to pass a constitutional amendment and of course most of the corrupt political machine and special interests will be marshaled against it.
But good for Ted. As fun as it was to watch President Trump fly his private jet over Cruz’s rallies in the primaries, most of Trump’s supporters have re-embraced the tea party senator whose epic fights — including his Obamacare-themed government shutdown — helped get the populist right-wing insurgency to a point where it can now govern.
As Trump said about Cruz: “Like, Dislike, Like.”
Meaning, the opinion is back to “Like” now.
No hard feelings!
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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon
A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.
A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.
Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.
Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.
Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.
Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.
In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.
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