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Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

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 ...

Nullification: The Shame of Missouri

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

For a century-and-a-half, the doctrine of nullification seemed safely consigned to the dustbin of history. The State Senate of Missouri, however, has chosen to arouse this beast from its slumber. And Americans must speak out.

GOP Lawmaker With Drunken Boating Rap Sheet Likes Crazy Plan To Shut Down The NSA

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

A spy agency without running water certainly can't have clean hands. Maryland's House of Delegates is now considering a bill that would prohibit st...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the Man on Hunger Strike Against Same-Sex Marriage

Rob Watson | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Starving yourself to prevent your fellow citizens from marrying is not respectful. Leaving our children without social or legal standing is not kind. Your reference to specific relatives as "practicing a homosexual lifestyle" is dismissive, superficial and, quite frankly, rude.

Winning the Shutdown Battle Wasn't Enough: Democrats Must Stand United to Win the Budget Fight

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?

Bigger and Badder Than Before: The Second Coming of Ted Cruz

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Ted Cruz is on hand to embrace all those brave right-wingers who have been thus stabbed in the back. The extremist right will see the debt-ceiling struggle not as a loss, but as a battle they have only begun to fight.

The Republican Shutdown and Time Magazine's False Equivalency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

John Celock

Mark Kelly Praises State's Nullification Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords praised a Missouri Senate vote Wednesday night that will preserve federal gun laws in the state. Mar...

John Celock

State Won't Be Able to Block Federal Gun Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri state Senate defeated an effort to nullify federal gun laws in the state by one vote Wednesday night. During a ...

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.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

John Celock

Extreme Consequences From GOP Lawmakers' Late Night

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature passed the nation's most extreme gun protection bill, along with bans on Islamic law and the United Nat...

Another State Passes Bill To Nullify Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

The Alabama state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would nullify all federal gun laws in the state, joining a growing list of state legislatures...

GOP Lawmakers Propose Official State Religion

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from th...

John Celock

Doctors In Kansas Will Still Be Allowed To Ask Patients About Guns

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

A Republican-controlled committee in the Kansas House of Representatives has removed a provision from legislation that would ban doctors from asking a...

NRA Sheriff Organizing Campaign to Take Down Federal Government

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Let us not embolden extremists by shrinking from a debate about the supremacy of federal law and the government's role in vindicating and protecting individual rights. Out of this terrible tragedy in Newtown arises the potential to recommit to the pillars of democracy in our Constitution.

States Thumb Their Noses at the Drug War

Anthony Gregory | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

This whole controversy raises questions about dominant liberal understandings of federal power. Since 1996, drug policy developments have put the lie to the federal government's reputation as a bulwark of civil liberties, humanitarian rights, and rational policy.

State GOP Calls For Sovereignty

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

The Idaho Republican Party last weekend adopted a party platform that calls for the return to the gold standard, the end of the direct election of U.S...

Arizona v. USA: Hate Racism, Support Arizona

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Supreme Court has just heard a day arguments on the case of Arizona v. United States, concerning Arizona's immigration-related bill, SB 1070. When it was originally passed, I was an immigrant resident of that state.

Republicans Have Shut Down the NLRB. The President Must Act!

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The National Labor Relations Board is effectively shut down, unable to do its job. This is a "nullification" by Republicans of laws that protect workers and companies, in exchange for campaign help from the 1%.

The Appeal of the Repeal Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

There are several efforts under way to gut last year's landmark health care legislation. The best known of these is the lawsuit brought by the attorne...

On the Issues from Abortion to War & Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I want to put this somewhat intellectual blog posting into perspective. Below is a quote from Matt Taibbi's new book, Griftopia-Bubble Machines, Vamp...

14 ATTORNEYS GENERAL v. THE CONSTITUTION

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Fourteen state Attorneys General have indicated their determination to challenge the recently-enacted health care legislation on the grounds that the...

Con Games: America Null And Void

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A family fatality afforded us the chance to stumble upon the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Denver -- a wonderfully morbid coincidence for an Irish-American like me.