Abortion Laws State by State

Abortion is now illegal or heavily restricted in at least 11 states.

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

CDC Lessens Quarantine Recommendations Despite Omicron’s Spread

The flurry of news around the new variant is dizzying.

Women Likely to be Included in Draft

A long-overdue change appears to be happening.

$4 Trillion for Dignity?

The Democrats are apparently selling their omnibus spending package the wrong way.

Vaccine Mandates are Popular and (Often) Legal

Despite a rising groundswell of support, the obvious solution to our crisis has not been implemented.

Marijuana Legalization’s Inevitability

It’s seemingly just a matter of time before recreational use is allowed throughout the United States.

Virginia Legalizes Marijuana

My home state has become the first in the South to join the trend.

Are “Liberal” States Shrinking?

Thinking about unsupported narratives and a little bit about data usage.

(Many?)(Most?) Republicans Acknowledge Biden WIn

Too little, too late.

The Republican Party’s Shame

The Party of Lincoln went over the cliff like lemmings in support. It’s tough to see how they recover.

The Pandemic Continues

Reminders from a perusal of the news.

President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami

Trump Fires Campaign Manager Again

The President does not like his poll numbers.

Supreme Court Says Eastern Oklahoma is Indian Country?!

Congress forgot to disestablish a Creek Reservation created by treaty in 1833 and 1856 when it made Oklahoma a state in 1909.

Trump’s Mount Rushmore Diatribe

The President is desperate and unwell and the press is making no bones about it.

President Trump Travels to Maine President Donald J. Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of White House to board Marine One for Joint Base Andrews Md. Friday, June 5, 2020, to begin his trip to Bangor, Maine. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufiour) President Trump Travels to Maine President Donald J. Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of White House to board Marine One for Joint Base Andrews Md. Friday, June 5, 2020, to begin his trip to Bangor, Maine. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufiour)

Republicans Losing Fear of Trump

As the President becomes less popular, there are signs he’s losing support from his co-partisans in Congress.

Some States Reopening Too Soon

We’re putting people in an impossible position.

Food Shortages in Our Future

The bad news keeps on coming.

Lawsuit Seeks To Preempt Efforts To Declare Equal Rights Amendment Ratified

A newly filed lawsuit seeks to blunt expected efforts in 2020 to “ratify” the Equal Rights Amendment even though it effectively died nearly 40 years ago.

Farm Bailouts

The costs of irresponsible policy.

Meth. South Dakota Is On It.

South Dakota launched a new ad campaign to deal with its methamphetamine crisis. They missed the mark.

It’s Mueller Time

Starting at 8:30 a.m. this morning, the eyes and ears of Washington and much of the nation will be focus on one thing, the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Education Deserts a Fact of Life

Rural Americans are much less likely to go to college than their urban counterparts. Is there a solution?

Texas Bans Red-Light Cameras

Texas has become the latest state to eliminate red-light cameras amid increasing evidence that they are largely counterproductive.

Backing Trump, The Right Sells Out On Trade And Tariffs

As it has in so many other areas, the right has sacrificed it’s previously held beliefs on international trade to feckless obedience toward President Trump.

Congress Nears Deal On Border Security And Funding, But Will Trump Agree To It?

Congress appears to be near a deal on border security and government funding, but it’s unclear if the President will be on board.

Andrew Cuomo Says He’ll Push For Pot Legalization In 2019

New York State seems likely to join the list of states where marijuana has been legalized sometime next year.

Voters Voting Voters Voting

Are we Finally Starting to Talk about Electoral Reform?

The NYT is trying to start a conversation.

Another Federal Court Deals A Setback To Trump’s War On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Trump Administration’s war on so-called “Sanctuary Cities” suffers yet another defeat in Court.

Support For Marijuana Legalization Continues To Be High

One month before voters in several states head to the polls to vote on legalization referendums, a new poll shows that public support for legalization remains at record high levels.

Voter Turnout Was Way Up In 2018 Primaries

Voter turnout in primary elections in 2018 was significantly above normal levels. especially in Democratic races.

The Year Of The Political Women By The Numbers

A look at the numbers behind the influx of women into electoral politics this year.

Obama Hits The Campaign Trail

Former President Obama took on his successor in his first major political speeches since leaving office.

Federal Appeals Court: Trump’s Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities Unconstitutional

A Federal Appeals Court has found that a Trump Administration policy purporting to punish so-called sanctuary cities is unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Rejects Administration Challenge To “Sanctuary Cities”

A Federal Judge in California has largely rejected a Trump Administration challenge to a series of new laws in California designed to protect so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Supreme Court Hands States A Big Win On Taxation Of Internet Sales

Overruling precedent dating back 51 years, the Court has ruled that states can require businesses that sell to residents within their state collect and remit appropriate sales taxes.

A Busy Two Weeks Ahead For The Supreme Court And Supreme Court Watchers

With two more weeks to go, there are plenty of “big” cases still awaiting the release of a decision.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration Policy On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Another Federal Judge has held that the Trump Administration’s efforts to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ violates both Federal law and the Constitution.

Supreme Court Set To Hand Down Several Landmark Decisions By End Of June

With one month to go in its term, there’s still a lot on the Supreme Court’s plate.

Supreme Court Tosses Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

A big win for Federalism and common sense at the Supreme Court.

Fearing Losing Control, Republicans Aim To Push Judicial Nominees Through Senate

Republicans are planning on pushing judicial nominees through the Senate in case they lose control in November. Meanwhile, the possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy raises the stakes.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Order On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a Trump Administration Order that purported to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’

Republicans Are Actively Helping Trump Undermine The Russia Investigation

Republicans on Capitol Hill and in positions of power are slavishly backing their President over their country. They should be ashamed.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Internet Sales Tax Collection

The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday on the issue of whether online sellers can be required to collect sales taxes, and the status of the issue remains as confused as ever.

The Path To A DACA Deal Won’t Be An Easy One

Getting to a DACA deal isn’t going to be easy.

Government Shutdown Enters Second Day With Few Signs Of Quick Resolution

It’s Day Two of the Federal Government shutdown and there are few signs of a quick resolution.

Congress Drifts Closer To A Government Shutdown

With less than two days to go, the prospects for Congress finding a way to prevent a government shutdown aren’t looking good.