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The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to become a lot more important in the general election, as many states will have recreational legalization ballot initiatives to vote on.

American Independent Dirty Tricks

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

This is critical for democracy to have complete information and a well-informed electorate. Confusing voter categories undermine transparency and accountability in elections.

It's Disgraceful That Trump Spoke 200 Yards From Where Racists Murdered a Latino Immigrant

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I grew up on Long Island, just a few miles from Patchogue, the town on the South Shore where Donald Trump spoke on Thursday. My parents moved out there in the 1970s, and my mother is still there. Plus, I work on the Island.

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

What Trump and Reagan Share

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

This year's Republican presidential nominating contest shows that nearly three decades after Ronald Reagan left office, his impact on the Republican Party endures.

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

God Helps Those Who...

Steve Austin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

If the names were removed from various speeches this political season, you might not know the difference in a talk given by Donald Trump or one by Jerry Falwell, Jr. A few years ago, I would have assumed these two would have very different rhetoric.

Hamilton and Health Care

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
David Blumenthal

If you want to understand health care in America, go to Broadway, where Hamilton is playing nightly to sell-out crowds. Better yet, read the Ron Chern...

State EITCs: Helping Working Families and Communities Thrive

Erica Williams | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

As state legislative sessions begin, policymakers can help keep people working, increase incomes, reduce financial hardship, and build an economy that works for everyone by following the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have created state Earned Income Tax Credits.

Governors Have No Right to Exclude Syrian Refugees

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

While states cannot refuse to admit refugees, they may make resettlement more onerous by denying resources, including housing assistance, to the federal government. If governors tried to block certain categories of refugees, they would be vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.

Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Pertman

All a state is doing when it imposes restrictions is shrinking its pool of prospective parents and, as a result, decreasing the odds that children in its custody will ever live in permanent, loving and successful families.

House Republicans Fail to Learn From the Political Mistakes of the Confederacy

John A. Tures | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.

Why Do Conservatives Hate the Conservative Supreme Court?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

It is ironic, bordering on demagogic, how Republicans pick and choose what parts of the constitution they fetishize!

Southern Pride?

Tim Arnold | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Tim Arnold

The scab has been ripped from this terrible wound. The horse is out of the barn, as some would put it. Confederate sympathizers are being taken to task.

Messing With Texas on Marriage

Anthony C. Infanti | Posted 05.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony C. Infanti

Anticipating the result in the same-sex marriage cases recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit state and local officials from issuing or recognizing the marriage licenses of same-sex couples. Is this really about states' rights or is it just another instance of states' rights being used as code for a license to discriminate?

Why Are Conservatives Abandoning States' Rights for Big Banks?

Paul Bland | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Paul Bland

Why are the Republican Attorneys' General, who go on and on about loving states' rights, trying to roll back the clock to an era when state consumer protection laws were widely stomped out in favor of federal regulatory agencies?

Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.

Proof That The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery

John A. Tures | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia rolls around, some armchair historians and pundits are still battling over what the Civil War was about. It's time to go beyond the rhetoric and read the evidence.

The Other FCC Decision

David Morris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

By now, if the telecom companies had kept their promises we might well have a national broadband network that would be the envy of the world. Instead many consider the United States a laggard in high speed, affordable broadband.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

Professor: Who Needs Judges? Let's Put Our Constitutional Rights to a Vote

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

If we seek to restore the rule of law established by the Constitution, we need judges to consistently hold the political branches accountable to itv-- not leave our rights to be voted up or down.

What the Supreme Court Can Learn From Ted Cruz

Scott Titshaw | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Titshaw

Sen. Cruz's "State Marriage Defense Act" is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Yet it is a good example of the kind of chaotic reaction the U.S. Supreme Court eventually could unleash if it upheld anti-gay state marriage laws in the case it will hear later this term. Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts, are you listening?

The Museum of Educational History

Lee Kronert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The National Museum of Educational History located in Albany, New York has been a hotbed of public attention since its opening in January of 2035. The old timers still can't believe that they used to allow themselves to be pushed around like that back in the years of 2000-2020.

States' Rights: The Truth

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Intellectually, there's a case to be made for the rights of state government in the face of federal power. States pre-existed the federal government. States organized and fought a revolution to break free of a strong central government. Washington is, after all, the creation of a contract among sovereign states.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.