Watch Gore pull a ballot out of his hat

by Thomas Jipping -- Standing by that silly-looking bunch of flags on Nov. 27, Al Gore said all he wants is "a complete count of all the votes in Florida." How on more…

Florida's overweening court

by Thomas Jipping -- The presidential election saga is not about the fine points of election law. It is about whether "we, the people" or "they, the judges" run the country. Tuesday more…

Electing from the bench

by Thomas Jipping -- There's nothing like personal experience to strengthen one's resolve, to turn a principle into a conviction. On Nov. 14, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis rewrote Florida's election more…

Voting big and small

by Thomas Jipping -- The 2000 presidential election is already one for the history books for a variety of reasons, though at this column's deadline its presidential result remains undecided. No matter more…

Political ends, judicial means

by Thomas Jipping -- Cooped up here in Washington by President Clinton's veto-threat strategy last weekend, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said that "there is much at stake in more…

Tell it to the judge

by Thomas Jipping -- The presidential candidates can talk all they want about their plans. Even President Clinton's aggressive misuse of the executive order was no match for a federal judge. Presidents more…

'Judge' for yourself

by Thomas Jipping -- Real differences between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore are sometimes hard to find. In their second debate, when asked about any difference on Middle East more…

Court of voter appeal

by Thomas Jipping -- They say ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to the courts and the Constitution, ignorance is very dangerous. The presidential candidates debate taxes and Medicare, and Al more…

Vouching for education?

by Thomas Jipping -- In November, citizens in many states will not only elect representatives, but also decide important policy issues. Politically driven activist judges, of course, see this exercise in democracy more…

Fewer players on the bench?

by Thomas Jipping -- Imagine it is a presidential election year. With different parties controlling the White House and the Senate, the process of appointing federal judges is a little tense. According more…