• On the 1st Amendment: Town of Greece v. Galloway

    5-Cent Explanation:  Two residents from the town of Greece, NY, filed a federal suit claiming the town board’s practice of starting monthly meetings with a prayer delivered by a “chaplain of the month” was a violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. 10-Cent Explanation:  In 1999, officials in Greece, NY, initiated the practice of opening… Continue Reading

  • On Campaign Finance case: McCutcheon v. FEC

    The five-cent explanation:  Sean McCutcheon is a wealthy man who wanted to give more than $123,000, the total amount (aka “aggregate cap”) individuals can give, to candidates running for federal office in recent elections.  McCutcheon’s case challenges the constitutionality of the cap, the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and has the potential to overturn the ruling in Buckley… Continue Reading