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Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | Gay 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.

Alaska's Enlightened Approach to Drugs and Privacy

David Morris | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Rarely do politicians or political parties offer a coherent framework for deciding when a higher level of government should preempt a lower level of government, or when individual liberty trumps state regulation. Which makes Alaska so refreshing and instructive.

Allow Municipalities the Chance to Build Broadband Networks

Mike Montgomery | Posted 11.22.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the municipal broadband issue, but stopping community projects due to a misguided argument about states' rights isn't one of them.

This November We Can Reclaim Local Authority Over the Internet

David Morris | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
David Morris

It's true that some public networks have had significant financial losses, although it is usually bondholders, not taxpayers who feel the pain. But compared to the track record of private telecoms, public sector management looks like a paragon of financial probity.

Igor Bobic

Iowa Republican Senate Candidate Has A History Of Advocating Nullification Of Federal Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Republican Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst once appeared to speak favorably of the concept of ...

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

SEC Goes Rogue, Defies Congress

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The idea behind the JOBS Act is to jump-start growth, not to give fraudsters an easy way to fleece unwary victims. Reasonable finance professionals find the SEC's proposed rule amendments so ludicrous that the SEC seems to beg for a thorough housecleaning.

Attorney General Schuette and States' Rights: Is He Shooting from the Hyp?

Michael Komorn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Komorn

It is clear that Attorney General Bill Schuette has built his image around fighting for Michigan and is a very vocal advocate of states' rights. But at some point someone has to point out his inconsistencies when it comes to particular issues.

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...

Christian Marijuana Dispensary Takes On The IRS

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Small Business

A Christian medical marijuana dispensary and advocacy group could set a precedent for the industry’s financial rights after presenting arguments bef...

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Toxic Chemical Reform Must Help, Not Hinder, States and Victims' Rights

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.29.2013 | Green
Sidney Shapiro

In the United States, the framework for safeguarding people and the environment against the dangers of toxic chemicals comprises three mutually reinforcing legal systems.

The Myth of States' Rights

Leon Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leon Friedman

The assertion of states' rights really means resistance to progressive federal laws designed to alleviate the inequality in our society. We must look more closely at the real reason why States rights are asserted to block action by the federal government.

Farm Bill Could Overturn Dozens of State Laws. Why Does Tea Party Darling Steve King Want to Centralize Power in Washington?

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The sale of foie gras is currently illegal in California; Steve King's Farm Bill provision would overturn that law and dozens of others that protect animals, the environment, consumers, and more.

Ted Nugent and Rand Paul Declare: We're Anti-Racism, Pro-Civil Rights Heroes!

Bob Cesca | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Ted Nugent and Rand Paul aren't joking. They're playing the same old Republican game: do and say a lot of peculiar things, then later insist that it never happened and hope that no one fact-checks any of it.

If You Stand With Rand, You Also Stand With His Racist, Crackpot Buddies

Bob Cesca | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with agreeing with someone who is otherwise loathsome. But what's too often overlooked with Rand Paul is that which specifically informs his so-called civil libertarian views.

On Same-Sex Marriage, the Supreme Court Chose States Rights Over Equal Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To put the current Supreme Court's rulings in perspective, ask yourself this question: Should the states decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans?