Big-time college sports is a classic case of economic and social injustice bred of a plantation mentality disguised by the term "student-athlete." It's past time for the amateur myth to be blown up in college athletics, just as it was for Olympic athletes.
Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.
I thought I knew a lot about the nonprofit sector, as it is my chosen profession, but after serving as a judge for the Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program, I have learned a lot more.
On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy and elected leaders and other key stakeholders.
Instead of going on a witch hunt to find welfare queens, that by in large do not exist -- Representative Farrington might want to consider spending our money on strengthening our social safety net. Maybe we can spend half a million dollars helping them instead of stigmatizing the poor. Just food for thought.
In the wake of the big election victories on November 4, many people are asking, "What's next for the push to legalize marijuana in the United States?"
This summer, I invited eight musicians and one very talented filmmaker named Christopher DeSanty up to the same cottage--where I had, a year prior, flirted with forever--in order to film a documentary and four "Les Cheneaux Sessions" in an attempt to explore imagination, landscape, and the act of creation in one triumphal stab at redemption.
The two pillars of good policy -- independent and verified science and thoughtful electoral consensus -- agree: Hunting wolves is not acceptable to the public and makes life worse for ranchers who raise cattle and sheep.
Today the Michigan Committee on Elections and Ethics met for the second time to hear testimony on a bill that would change the way that Michigan distributes its electoral votes.
The still too quiet majority must ramp up its engagement to defend diplomacy. If enough Michigan Democrats get on the horn, maybe Gary Peters will find a phone booth and change into Carl Levin.
In Kent County, Michigan, 49-year-old Tim Bernhardt is dead by his own hand. The 22-year veteran police officer was forced to plead guilty to felony charges of maintaining a drug house, ending his law enforcement career and causing his suicide.
As long as sports are interesting to viewers, leagues turn a blind eye and players fail to hold their peers accountable. Ultimately, the responsibility to ostracize those who systematically abuse their positions as superstars and act above the law falls upon the fans.
The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.
We are not sure what is on the minds of Pennsylvania and Michigan legislators these days. Likely quite a bit. But if the changes to the Electoral College should cross their minds, we hope they will weigh their options fully and with a focus on the fairest proportion: one person, one vote.
I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.