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Bruce Ledewitz

Bruce Ledewitz

Opinion contributor Bruce Ledewitz teaches constitutional law at Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. He hosts the “Bends Toward Justice” podcast. His latest book, “The Universe Is On Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life,” is out now. His opinions do not represent the position of Duquesne University Law School.

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The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Only you can prevent amendment abuse | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 13, 2022

Because we get so much of our news online, many Pennsylvanians did not see the advertisement of five proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that were published in Pennsylvania newspapers on Thursday, Sept. 1 — three months before the next general election as prescribed by the state constitution. If approved in the next legislative session, […]

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Trump isn’t going to jail. And that’s good news for Democrats | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 29, 2022

It means that the Democrats' chances of retaining control of Congress and the White House just improved.

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Attendees of the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party celebrate after primary election results verify Kansans voted to keep abortion a constitutional right on Tuesday. (Lily O’Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

Few lessons for Pa. from Kansas abortion vote. GOP still should beware | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 16, 2022

Republicans run the risk of creating the very constitutional right to abortion they are trying to prevent.

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This is the right moment for the Democrats to run a fiscal hawk | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 2, 2022

A balanced budget is the way to bring back the working class, especially voters of color.

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The Supreme Court’s abortion, EPA rulings could open the door to more democracy | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - July 19, 2022

The cases that are bothering people require a democratic political response. They do not demand a surrender.

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Does the end of Roe mean the end of the anti-abortion movement? | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - July 8, 2022

A minority got something the majority doesn't want. Imposing their will won't be as easy as they think.

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Tax cuts cause inflation, too. We need to resist quick fixes | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - June 21, 2022

The bottom line: Inflation is far worse than higher taxes.

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A man shoots AR-15 rifles and other weapons at a shooting range during the “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival” on October 12, 2019 in Greeley, Pa. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

Here’s a path to practical, immediate gun reform | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - June 9, 2022

Ban all body armor sales for civilians and slap a hefty tax on assault weapons and ammo.

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Debating when Clarence Thomas should recuse himself is the wrong argument | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - May 24, 2022

The question really is whether we can trust the justices not to be zealous, partisan fanatics. Some Americans don't. And that's the issue.

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A leak? The Supreme Court tipped its hand on abortion long ago | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - May 11, 2022

The justices harmed the rule of law when they refused to enjoin Texas' restrictive, six-week abortion ban

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How a shuttered bathroom at a Pgh grocery store explains structural racism | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - April 27, 2022

Structural racism does not require evil people dressed in white robes to be effective. It operates quietly, but relentlessly.

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Toomey’s vote against Ketanji Brown Jackson set a dangerous precedent. Here’s why | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - April 14, 2022

Justices don't make campaign promises. They interpret the law - and that perspective can change over time.