How the Supreme Court used the First Amendment to get around ‘Blaine amendments’
I used to live in Blaine, Washington, which was named for James Blaine. The man was a huge wheel in Washington DC in the 1870s and 80s and, opponents charged, a scoundrel.
When he ran for president on the Republican ticket in 1884, Democratic opponents chanted: “Blaine! Blaine! James G. Blaine! The continental liar from the state of Maine!”
Blaine’s candidacy allowed for the election of Grover Cleveland, which was the first time that a Democrat was able to capture the White House since 1856.
Blaine is one of the reasons why kids who don’t even have a public high school in Maine towns are having a hard time getting the state to spring for their schooling.
That state, and many others, has what is known as a “Blaine amendment” in its constitution.You must be wondering: And what are Blaine amendments? Because you are a smart cookie.These are amendments to state constitutions that prohibit public funds from being used for religious schools.If Blaine had his druthers, these would have been a single amendment to the federal Constitution, with the following text: No state shall make any law respecting an establishment […]
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