Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Parvini and Nigel Duara are reporting shock, befuddlement and disbelief at the development that, “for some reason,” the state of Indiana is getting picked on, bullied, and discriminated against for passing a law allowing government-chartered corporations to discriminate against gay people. Parvini and Duara share passages like the […]
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law this week a piece of education that protects the power of businesses to discriminate against people, using religion as an excuse. In response, huge numbers of people from around the United States are working quickly to make sure that they are doing as little business in Indiana as […]
If you look at the results of the 2014 elections for the Alabama State House of Representatives and Senate, you might get the idea that the major divide is between Democrats and Republicans, with 98 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent elected to the two chambers of the Alabama State Legislature. But there is a […]
If Americans want their schools to perform better, Oklahoma is not a place they can to look to for an example. So, why do Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and James Lankford want Oklahoma to have more local control over education? […]
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 […]
[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 […]
There is a place in Michigan called Hell. It’s an unincorporated settlement, meaning that it’s a place without any local government below the level of Putnam Township in Livingston County.
In its present incarnation, Hell is kind of hokey. It’s something like a Halloween theme park, populated by goofy cartoon images of vampires, zombies […]
What did you learn in school today?
Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland. The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]
Women have no right to control their own bodies.
Workers have no right to earn enough to live on.
Children have no right to eat.
Unprivileged citizens have no right to vote.
People of color have no right to organize.
Same-sex couples have no right to marry.
Those are the policy priorities of the right […]
From where I sit as I write this, I can look outside through a window, and see, even in the dim light of this early hour, that it is very snowy, and very cold, outside. It is easy to forget, in these conditions, that last year was the hottest year for Planet Earth in the […]