When the Supreme Court recently ruled that marriage was a fundamental right that could not be denied, I doubt the five Justice majority imagined the fall-out that would occur. Just three days after the ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion stating “the Court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.” Adding, “County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The strength of any such claim depends on the particular facts of each case.” Continue reading
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By Richard Winger According to this story, Fox News has refused to say (so far, anyway) which polls it will use to determine invitations for its August 6 Republican presidential debate. The story shows that the Fox description of which polls it will use is vague. Fox implies that there are only five nationally recognized polling companies, but the story says there are more than that. The story also shows the various polls don’t agree with each other as to which are the top ten candidates.
By Richard Winger On July 2, the Women’s Equality Party of New York filed its bylaws and a list of its interim officers. See them here. The party became ballot-qualified on November 4, 2014 by polling over 50,000 votes for Governor. Thanks to Mike Drucker for the link. Here is a news story about the filing.
There is also a Women’s Equality Party in Great Britain, but it is a bona fide party, whereas it seems likely the New York Women’s Equality Party will be completely controlled by Democrats.
By Eva Decesare Philadelphia, Pa — The predictable rhetoric from those in law enforcement is that the “brave men and women in blue” are out there putting themselves in harm’s way in order to serve and protect the rest of us.
The reality, of course, is very different.
Consider the number of incidents in which the police have illegally confiscated cameras, deleted video recordings, even arrested people for filming these “public servants” in action. If they are out there being courageous and righteous, why do they exhibit the mentality of “secret police,” wanting to be able to do what they do without be subjected to
By Jay Syrmopoulos La Paz, Bolivia – On Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Bolivia, the pontiff has requested to chew coca leaves, the raw ingredient for cocaine, according to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao.
The Pope was offered coca tea by the Bolivian government, but “specifically requested” to chew the coca leaves. The coca leaf has been utilized for thousands of years in the Andes region as a mild stimulant and to counteract the effects of altitude sickness.
According to a study published by Harvard University in 1975, (Nutritional Value of Coca Leaf (Duke, Aulick, Plowman 1975)) chewing 100 grams of coca, is enough to
By Richard Winger On July 2, a Nevada trial court ruled that a petition to recall a particular state judge in Las Vegas has enough valid signatures. The judge who is being recalled will appeal to the State Supreme Court. Nevada recalls for local office require the signatures of 25% of the last vote cast for that office. This is apparently the first judicial recall petition in state history to have enough valid signatures. See this story.
By Richard Winger On July 2, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed SB 121. Wisconsin already permitted write-ins and already said that they should be counted for candidates who had filed a campaign finance report. But, except for presidential write-ins, the old law did not specify a deadline for such a campaign finance report to be filed. The bill says write-ins shall be counted if the write-in candidate files a campaign finance report by noon on the Friday before the election (however, presidential write-ins already had a write-in filing deadline that is somewhat earlier, and their own rules on filing).
By Jay Syrmopoulos Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become a leader of the abolitionist movement, a social reformer, a dazzling orator and a statesman. His antislavery writings were a testament to his amazing intellectual capabilities and served as a rallying cry against the tyranny of slavery.
Douglass revealed to a largely ignorant American public that a former slave was in no way inferior to any other man through both his writing and public speaking.
In essence, Douglass was a stark counter-example to the southern argument of slaves’ intellectual inferiority, as his intellectual capacity served to destroy the very notion of racial inferiority to those
By Matt Agorist “Prison is for rapists, thieves, and murderers. If you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy, you’re the fucking criminal.” – Joe Rogan
Washington D.C. — The timeless words of Joe Rogan seem to be taking their toll on the consciences of American politicians. To kidnap and lock people in a cage for a personal choice and action that harms no one, is an evil act. Some politicians are figuring this out — or at least pandering to public demand. Either way, the result is the same.
Despite largely continuing the drug war and drastically increasing raids on
By Nick Tomaino Our second global Bitcoin hackathon, BitHack v2, recently concluded and we’re excited to announce the winners, who will collectively receive over $70,000 worth of prizes. The BitHack is important to us because it taps into a core benefit of Bitcoin: permissionless innovation. Anyone from anywhere in the world could submit a Bitcoin project to BitHack v2, as long as it met our simple guidelines. Over 300 teams registered, and we received 84 qualified submissions from twelve different countries. Many of these submissions came from people who were not able to build payment applications before Bitcoin.
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By Richard Winger On July 2, the Sixth Circuit agreed with a U.S. District Court that two Tennessee ballot access laws are unconstitutional. The Green Party and the Constitution Party had filed a lawsuit on October 10, 2013, against the law on how a party remains on the ballot, and also against the state’s loyalty oath for newly-qualifying political parties. Here is the decision in Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett, 14-5435. It is written by Judge R. Guy Cole, a Clinton appointee, and signed by Judges Deborah L. Cook and Helene N. White, Bush Jr. appointees.
The Tennessee vote test
By Richard Winger On July 1, South Dakota Republican candidate Annette Bosworth was sentenced to three years probation, because she left her 2014 ballot access petitions unattended in her medical office. Some of her patients signed the petition. Later she signed off as the circulator. Because she didn’t actually see the signatures being placed on the petition sheet, she now has twelve felonies on her record, but at least she was not sent to prison. See this story. She will appeal.
In some states, there is no requirement that the circulator of a ballot access petition even
By John Vibes Salinas, CA — Last month, the mother of Jose Velasco called police because he was having a mental breakdown. When police arrived on the scene they treated Velasco like he was a criminal instead of a mentally ill man in need of help.
When police attempted to subdue Velasco, he was having hallucinations that there were demons after him, sadly, he was figuratively correct. A struggle ensued in which Velasco attempted to free himself from the grasp of the police, which they saw as a threat, so they proceeded to brutally beat the man down with their batons.
Velasco was soon after