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Proposition 8 Backer, Hak-Shing William Tam, stands by views on pedophilia

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A proponent of California's same-sex marriage ban testified Thursday that he thinks gays are more likely to be pedophiles and th...

The Commerce Secretary From Boeing

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Former Washington governor Gary Locke has worked hard to minister to the needs of the hometown corporation. Since being appointed as commerce secretary, he has an even higher perch from which he can do so.

Floors Not Ceilings: Progressive Federalism, Not "States Rights"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

In order for Progressive Federalism to happen, the federal government has to be supportive of floors, not ceilings -- that is, oriented toward setting minimum progressive regulatory standards, not maximum regulatory ceilings.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

Study: Most States Fail To Protect The Legal Rights Of Abused Children

Causecast | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A new study released yesterday, co-authored by First Star, a nonprofit advocacy group for neglected and abused children, and the Children's Advocacy I...

Memo to Govs. Pawlenty and Perry: States' Rights Rhetoric Belongs In History Books, Not Headlines

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

The noisiest critics of the federal government's role in health care, the economy, and education are recycling the rhetoric that was used to justify secession, segregation, and other injustices.

Emerging GOP Theme: Nullification

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.

Pawlenty Backs Off 10th Amendment Threat

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On 'This Week', Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty backed away from earlier statements suggesting he'd invoke the 10th Amendment to block Obama's health care...

Nadler To Introduce DOMA Repeal Bill Next Week

Advocate | Kerry Eleveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jerrold Nadler will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next week. The Advocate has learned that Democratic representati...

Gay, Gay, More Gay: Can't We All Just Get It Straight?

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

A state that recognizes same-sex marriage is entitled to have its "public act, record, and judicial proceeding" (and marriage is arguably all three) respected by all the other states.

The JusticeBot 9000

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The JusticeBot 9000: You said you wanted a machine that took all the human factor out of the law, so that emotion and empathy would be forever banished from the bench.

New DOMA Lawsuit is the Most Exciting Yet

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A suit filed yesterday in Massachusetts is a smart, novel attack on a law that is clearly unconstitutional, but also has the support of a waning, yet significant portion of the U.S. population.

The New Federalism Attack on DOMA: Does the Supreme Court Really Care About States' Rights?

Kent Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

The 10th Amendment, often used to limit the federal government's power to protect our environment and regulate firearms, is now being trotted out to fight against federally mandated discrimination.

Sam Stein

John Oxendine: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Joins Perry States' Rights Stance | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is support for states' rights the new litmus test for the GOP? For the second time in as many weeks, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the Sout...

Historical, Hysterical Conservatives

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Conservatives have opposed progressive change -- for states rights and against "big government socialism" -- in every era. In those past eras, history was not on their side. It is not in our time, either.

Time for Statesmanship

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lance Simmens

McCain's actions over the past week, cast great doubts upon his comprehension of either the problem or the solution.

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.

Let Them Drink Beer

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was a news item today about a group of college presidents who have signed on to an effort to "rethink" the drinking age in America. While not e...