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REDEEM Act – Needed Prison Reforms Or Coddling Criminals?

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives saw the introduction of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill by Democrat Chaka Fattah and Republican Frank Wolf. The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act (REDEEM Act – H.R. 5158) would:

- Reduce solitary confinement for juvenile offenders – Provide methods for both juvenile and adult nonviolent [...]

Meritocracy Loses In 2016 Presidential Poll

A new poll out by NBC and Marist shows, among voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, Hillary Clinton in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and Jeb Bush in the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was shown to be far, far ahead of her nearest [...]

Republican Senators Introduce Bill To Reduce Worker Pay

S. 2617 would devastate local economies across the United States, giving workers less money to spend at local businesses, resulting in fewer jobs on worse terms. Included here is a list of those US Senators who have signed their names in support of this ill-advised scheme. [...]

Meet The Scientific Ignorance Caucus In The US House Of Representatives

First, the good news. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act. In terms of spending, it was a modest bill. If it is signed into law, it will barely result in any increase in federal government spending at all.

Still, the impact of H.R. 5029 could [...]

Matilda Joslyn Gage On The Freethought Trail

Matilda Joslyn Gage was an abolitionist, an advocate for Native American rights, a Women’s Rights Movement leader, and a prominent freethinker. [...]

Support For Obama Drops Among Atheists

Throughout his presidency Barack Obama has enjoyed a higher rate of support among atheists than among Christians. A new poll from Gallup shows that, although this higher rate of support from atheists continues, support for Obama from atheists has decreased by 20% since the first year of Obama’s presidency.

Currently, the rate of support [...]

A Picture Of Progress

This is what progress looks like to me. What does it look like to you?

Men Speak Out For Women Speak Out PAC?

When I looked through the FEC record of a recent set of independent expenditures for the Women Speak Out PAC, I noticed an odd thing. There were a lot of men being paid to speak for Women Speak Out. Does the Women Speak Out PAC think that women can’t speak for themselves?

The Women Speak [...]

Many Donors To Mississippi Conservatives PAC Aren’t Even From Mississippi

One thing becomes quickly clear upon looking at this year’s U.S. Senate race in Mississippi: Voters won’t have anything but conservative candidates to choose from. There are two conservative candidates in the Republican primary, incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel. One of them will face Travis Childers a conservative Blue Dog former member of [...]

Thanks Are Due To 23 Republicans In Congress Who Voted To Block USA From Entering Iraqi War

Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.

However, these Democrats weren’t the only [...]

DNC Chair Votes To Allow USA To Go To War In Iraq Again

Any effective Democratic Party strategy has to include a means of differentiating itself from the Republican Party. There are only two substantial political parties of any size in the USA, after all, and if citizens don’t believe that there is any serious difference between those two parties, voter turnout will drop to absurdly low levels.

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