Floriduh: Where good governance and common sense go to die

When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit. In April Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a ban on slot machines and Internet cafes after a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was [...]

“Tea Party”: Defining ignorance, racism, and misogyny since…pretty much Day One

From tax policy to health care policy to actual lectures written to be delivered to women, to mandatory, unnecessary invasive procedures, Ohio’s Tea Party Republicans put together a wish list — with the worst provisions added at the last minute with no debate — that places new burdens on the state’s most vulnerable women. Like [...]

July 4th: A day for celebrating freedom…such as it is

[Today] we celebrate the birth of our nation. Land of the free and all that. Too bad as a nation we are still struggling with ‘minor’ things like allowing our citizens to vote. One would think that making sure all citizens can participate in the democratic process would be important. Alas it is not so. [...]

Texas Republicans: You think it’s easy being on a first-name basis with the Almighty?

Texas Republican state senator Dan Patrick is not impressed by Wendy Davis. Despite Davis’ all day filibuster of an anti-choice bill, Patrick thinks he is the one that deserves the praise. Patrick, the sponsor of the bill, told Mike Huckabee…that he urged his fellow Republicans to break Senate tradition and stop the filibuster. He compared [...]

Sow the Wind

You know the rest…

Reports from the arc of the angry Tea Party movement indicate that, yes indeed, there is a FEDERAL government and yes, it does provide a big payoff to be in one of the five states that comprise Tea Party Homeland. Each and every one of the states on the map receives [...]

Leading Indicator – Utah (and the governor is not happy)

Utah governor Gary Herbert is not amused. In fact, he’s pretty pissed off at the mindless Frankenstein of the March 1 sequestration that will result in robo-cutting federal programs across the country. He estimates that Utah will lose $550 million in federal funding abruptly.

“Utah’s fundamentals are strong, as evidenced by continued state [...]

Hard Times and Horsemeat: Coming Here?

Andrew Kreig Justice Integrity Project

February 17, 2013

My morning newspaper Feb. 17 provided several depressing reports. I learned more about the spread of horsemeat in Europe’s human food supply. Subscribers read also about austerity measures in the United States that hurt the young, old, and those in between.

The downward developments are worth noting, [...]

America’s election and the Tea Party

by Cas Mudde

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

What a difference two years make.After the congressional elections in November 2010, the Tea Party was the talk of the town. Both left-wing and right-wing media pundits declared “the” Tea Party to be the (only) winner, and all focus was on [...]