America’s most anti-gay judge will run for the U.S. Senate

Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst, Think Progress

Roy Moore, the twice-disgraced former Chief Justice of Alabama, wants to bring his unique brand of religious defiance of the law to the United States Senate. Moore announced Wednesday that he will seek the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions — and currently held by Moore’s fellow Republican, Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).

Moore also submitted papers to resign from the state supreme court, although this resignation is largely a formality. Last September, Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore without pay after Moore instructed the state’s probate judges to defy a United States Supreme Court decision holding that same-sex couples may wed.

In one judicial opinion, Moore wrote that the justices who joined the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges “‘exceed the commission from which they derive their authority’ and are ‘tyrants.’” And that, “by submitting to that illegitimate authority, the people, as Madison stated, become slaves.”

Moore’s 2016 suspension was the second time he was stripped of his duties as the state’s chief justice. In 2003, the Court of the Judiciary outright removed Moore from office (Moore was later reelected to the post) after he refused to obey a federal court order requiring him to remove an unconstitutional Ten Commandments monument Moore installed in the state’s judicial building.

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Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University. Ian clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has worked as an attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, as Assistant Director for Communications with the American Constitution Society, and as a Teach For America teacher in the Mississippi Delta. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Slate, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Duke Law Journal; and he has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Fox News and many radio shows.

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Union Matters

The Big Drip

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

A rash of water main breaks in West Berkeley, Calif., and neighboring cities last month flooded streets and left at least 300 residents without water. Routine pressure adjustments in response to water demand likely caused more than a dozen pipes, some made of clay and more than 100 years old, to rupture.

West Berkeley’s brittle mains are not unique. Decades of neglect left aging pipes susceptible to breaks in communities across the U.S., wasting two trillion gallons of treated water each year as these systems near collapse.

Comprehensive upgrades to the nation’s crumbling water systems would stanch the flow and ensure all Americans have reliable access to clean water.

Nationwide, water main breaks increased 27 percent between 2012 and 2018, according to a Utah State University study.  

These breaks not only lead to service disruptions  but also flood out roads, topple trees and cause illness when drinking water becomes contaminated with bacteria.

The American Water Works Association estimated it will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years to upgrade and expand water infrastructure.

Some local water utilities raised their rates to pay for system improvements, but that just hurts poor consumers who can’t pay the higher bills.

And while Congress allocates money for loans that utilities can use to fix portions of their deteriorating systems, that’s merely a drop in the bucket—a fraction of what agencies need for lasting improvements.

America can no longer afford a piecemeal approach to a systemic nationwide crisis. A major, sustained federal commitment to fixing aging pipes and treatment plants would create millions of construction-related jobs while ensuring all Americans have safe, affordable drinking water.

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