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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 […]

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 […]

Where is the Level the Playing Field Foundation Registered as a Corporation?

The return of Americans Elect as the Level the Playing Field Foundation signifies plans for the 2016 presidential election that bear watching, especially considering the deep pockets of Level the Playing Field’s chairman and sole funder, the private wealth investment tycoon Peter Ackerman.

The point at which Americans Elect began to noticeably move forward with […]

Pastors Behaving Badly

They’re driving drunk. They’re making up stories about getting shot by African-Americans. They’re having sex with kids. Christian pastors in America are behaving very badly indeed. […]

The Congressional Candidate For A Nice Long Nap

I’m looking for an answer to a campaign finance oddity. Yesterday, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee declared to the FEC that it had spent $110,000.00 for radio advertisements supporting Patrick Hope, one of many Democrats competing for their party’s nomination to Virginia’s 8th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Obama Approves Offshore Drilling With Untested Technology

The Obama Administration has just agreed to expand offshore drilling along the shore of Virginia, and to allow Shell Oil to conduct offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea’s icy Arctic waters, using untested technology. Barack Obama has been an anti-environment President, in the pocket of corporations that profit from selling fossil fuel. He is not a decent choice for serious environmentalist voters in 2012. […]

Is Religious Discrimination In Adoption Okay?

The religious groups advocating for this law say that they need it to protect their First Amendment freedom of religion. Of course, the groups would be using government money to punish people for their religious beliefs. […]

Occupy Norfolk Protests December 14 against new Indefinite Detention Law

If you’ve been paying attention, you know about S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011. You know that the House and Senate have passed it. You know that if Barack Obama signs it when it reaches his desk in a few days, the legislation will become the law of the land. And you […]

In Unnoticed Remarks, Bobby Scott Outlines Foreign Intelligence Danger in Patriot Act Powers

On May 12 2011, Rep. Robert Scott introduced a new wrinkle to considerations of Patriot Act powers and their uses. We already know from reports to Congress that most uses of the Patriot Act have nothing to do with terrorism. But what, then, is the purpose of the Patriot Act?

In a House Judiciary Committee […]

38 Percent Of 4th District Virginians Vote For Atheist

If an atheist can get nearly 4 out of 10 votes in Virginia, who’s to say that openly atheist candidates couldn’t win outright in more progressive places? […]

Corporate Types Mess With Elections Using Guns As A Pretense

The Gun Owners of America is working against the re-election of Harry Reid in protest against votes that don’t have much of anything to do with guns. […]