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The MayDay Super PAC Returns

“Embrace The Irony.”

Remember that phrase? It was the phrase that Lawrence Lessig used to launch a big-money-gathering political action committee called the MayDay Super PAC in 2014. The publicly declared purpose of the big-money MayDay Super PAC was to … wait for it … get rid of big-money-gathering political action committees. What could go […]

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

Fake Voter Rally In Michigan Shows How US Elections Have Gone All Kinds Of Wrong

In September last year, a voter rally was held in Michigan, a grassroots demonstration that people in that state supported the Republican campaign of Terri Lynn Land enough to go to the trouble of putting together a well-orchestrated event. Today, we’re learning that, although the event was well-orchestrated, it wasn’t at all what it appeared […]

Heads Up: Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Warrantless Seizure) Expires June 1, 2015

Before she ran for the U.S. Senate, civil liberties advocate Shenna Bellows sounded the alarm on the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 215:

“The USA PATRIOT Act created new powers. It says that the government can now conduct what are called ‘sneak and peek’ searches, that they can go into your home, conduct a search of […]

Bill Shuster Gets Tough on Amtrak Food Concessions, Goes Woolly on the F-35

Republican Representative Bill Shuster is pulling out all the stops in congressional bill H.R. 749 to get Amtrak to cut, cut, cut its budget for paying the workers on its trains so that the federal government can stop paying $80 million a year to support Amtrak’s on-train food sales.

While we’re on the subject of […]

Jeb Bush Proposes Presidential Election To Be Held In 2016

Jeb Bush was speaking in support of a big government program that seeks to break up families, separating children from their parents when the children are American citizens and their parents aren’t. […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]

H.J. Res 32: Tim Huelskamp and 32 other Republicans in U.S. Congress Push for More Big Government

Over and over, the Republican Party declares itself to be “the party of small government.” But which party is trying to use the powers of big federal government to tell the people and the states what they can and cannot do? You guessed it — it’s the Republican Party.

Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas […]

Barack Obama’s Response to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition blows past 600 Days Overdue

It’s now been 620 days since the petition to Pardon Edward Snowden met the required standard of the official White House petition website (100,000 signatures within 30 days) to obtain a response from the Obama administration. 620 days later, there has been no response to the petition from President Obama or anyone else in the […]

Questions for CPAC

On the morning of February 27 2015, Newt Gingrich issued a call for questions at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) via the Twitter hashtag #CPACQ:

Neither he nor any of the CPAC leadership had bothered to check the #CPAC hashtag they’d started up the day before: people everywhere, not just conservatives, were asking […]

Is Ben Carson Right About Homeschooling and Private Schools?

Ben Carson claims that homeschoolers perform best, and public school students do the worst. Let’s look at some research to see if his claims hold up to scrutiny. […]