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David J. Brunell
J.D., Stetson Univ. College of Law, LL.M., Florida State Univ. College of Law

Entries by David J. Brunell

A Shutdown to Shutdowns

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:07 PM

This might come off as radical, but let's dispense with governmental shutdowns. It's time to rewrite the paradigm of having Congress work together -- both within itself and with the president -- to pass a budget, that one tiny matter that keeps our government running. We assume we have to...

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Recent Presidential Elections: Better Juries, Harder Ballot Initiatives

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:56 AM

The election and reelection of President Barack Obama probably have even more significance than you realize. I generally take the longer view and think Supreme Court nominations are the most significant actions U.S. presidents take, but I'm not referring to anything Obama has already done or will do in the...

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Marriage Equality for All (Yes, the Feds Can Do It)

(24) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:37 PM

My partner and I just completed the paperwork for a domestic partnership in Tampa. We took a picture and posted it online. Oh. My. G-d. The firestorm that created! "Are you married?!" "Why didn't you tell us?!" "Congratulations!" Though we were appreciative of the support, we realized that our friends...

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Defense of Marriage Act: It's No Secret That Lesbians and Gay Men Are Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

(66) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Here in the U.S., lesbians and gay men are second-class citizens in the court of law. Many readers are probably now familiar with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- the federal law that stipulates that, for federal purposes, marriage is between a man and a woman. And many are...

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