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Through “Level the Playing Field,” Americans Elect Wades into Ranked Choice Voting

During its nine-year history, the privatized-presidential-election corporation called Americans Elect has taken on many names: Americans Elect, Change the Rule, Level the Playing Field, Unity08, Unity12 Task Force. In a post yesterday about the group’s resurrection for 2016, I noted how its recent activity featured a “charitable donation” to a mysterious 501c4 corporation called “The […]

Behind Americans Elect’s “Level the Playing Field” Donation to “Charity”

(Tip of the pen to Richard Winger for getting me started down this path.)

Earlier this year Americans Elect leaders popped up with a new organization, a new name (“Level the Playing Field”), and two mysterious payments from that group. The first mysterious payment was made out to “Imaginary Friend.” It turns out “Imaginary Friend” […]

Members Of Congress Urge Building A Moon Base To Enrich Businesses In Their Districts

There isn’t a single supporter of H.R. 2036’s plan to establish a permanent Moon base who doesn’t come from a congressional district that receives significant economic benefit from NASA operations. […]

A Map of Federal Spending vs. Federal Revenue for the 50 U.S. States in Fiscal Year 2014

This morning, someone passed me a Huffington Post article declaring that GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government. Is this true? With Huffington Post’s record (1 | 2 | 3), that’s anyone’s guess. To check the accuracy of HuffPo’s claim, let’s turn to Wikipedia…

…”Wait a minute,” you may be saying to yourself, “if […]

An Index Of Racism And Flags

University students prevented from going to their classes by the pro-flag protest: 11,0000 […]

In Tennessee, Voting For the Bible and Voting Against the Bible

The supporters of HB 0615, a bill before the Tennessee House of Representatives to “designate the Holy Bible as the official state book,” prevailed with 55 “Aye” votes. They are:

Rep. Alexander Rep. Brooks K. Rep. Butt Rep. Byrd Rep. Calfee Rep. Casada Rep. Coley Rep. DeBerry Rep. Doss Rep. Dunlap Rep. Dunn Rep. Durham […]

Circe is Serving Pork In Rhode Island

Circe Restaurant’s pork chops are a lesson in what can happen when businesses try mythological marketing without being mythologically literate. […]

Moral Mondays Return in North Carolina: Assemble in Raleigh on April 29

The Moral Monday movement in North Carolina is still rolling. With a nod of the hat to DocDawg for the tip, here’s an announcement of the latest demonstration:

WHEN: April 29, 2015 at 5pm – 6pm

WHERE: NC General Assembly 16 W Jones St Raleigh, NC 27601

“On the anniversary of the first Moral Monday […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Have St. Cloud Crime Rates Doubled Since Somalis Came to Town? The Answer Rhymes with Heck, Snow.

Steve Platy writes in response to an article showing that crime hasn’t worsened in Minneapolis since Somalis’ arrival:

“What you would find is that Minneapolis did indeed, still experience a moderate drop in crime between 200 and 2012.

But that is only half-relevant to this article because they primary Somali refugee community is in St […]

School Nurse Refuses Medical Treatment To Student Who Fails To Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance

A school nurse in Carlisle, Pennsylvania claims that she has the right to refuse medical treatment to students who refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance. […]