In the wake of the little-heralded acknowledgement by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan that a local murder wasn’t some kind Wiccan ritual after all, it might be tempting for Sheriff Morgan to back down in general from his demonization of Wiccans. Such an approach would be kind, considerate, and fact-based. It won’t put Sheriff Morgan […]
The way the law is set up in the United States right now is clear: Churches and other non-profit organizations have the right to campaign for particular political candidates if they choose. They are perfectly free to do so. They just have to do one little thing if they want to start politicking: pay taxes […]
A few days ago, I sent some questions to Mayday PAC, an outfit that says it will spend large amounts of money on American elections this year in order to stop the influence of large amounts of money in American elections. These questions are:
Question 1: What are the Guarantees that Mayday PAC […]
Americans Elect made a very strong claim today in an official news release:
“Giving to Americans Elect buys you no special influence whatsoever, and all donors acknowledge that fact when they contribute.”
Strong claims require strong evidence. But Americans Elect has provided you NO evidence to back up their claim.
What strong evidence would look […]
When the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) testified to a congressional committee this week, it was the first I’d heard of the organization, although I’m not likely to forget it now. After all, AUVSI is the group that spoke in favor of the domestic deployment and deregulated international sales of military robot drones […]
Last summer, I described the incredible decision by eight pharmacists from across the country to give campaign cash to Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas, all on the same day. Rep. Berry just happened to appear with at least one of those contributors at a news conference promoting Medicare reimbursement favorable to pharmacists. Just a coincidence?
A two-sentence summation of today’s opinion by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd:
People say Caroline Kennedy is coasting into the Senate on the basis of her connections to influential people, but that’s bizarre to assert, because what Congress needs is an infusion of class. She is a friend of mine and I can vouch […]