Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Arthur Laffer’s dynamic roadshow

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Siddhartha Mahanta 1 Comment

On January 19 of this year, Kansas state Sen. Julia Lynn offered an exuberant greeting to renowned tax-cutting enthusiast Arthur Laffer. “What an honor and privilege to have you here in Kansas,” Lynn said, welcoming the fabled former Reagan economic advisor to an informational meeting of the senate’s assessment and taxation committee. Les Donovan, the committee chair, raised the roof for their “special guest who has proven expertise in the field of economics going back decades.” (more…)

Long Election Day lines strengthen push for early voting in Va.

Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Reilly Moore No Comments

A Virginia early voting bill failed during the past six General Assembly sessions, but some lawmakers hope that frustration over long lines during the 2012 election will lead to a more productive discussion on how to make voting more convenient. (more…)

‘Abortion doesn’t unrape you’

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Screenshot of Students for Life of America's postcard featuring rape and incest arguments

After two GOP Senate candidates saw their campaigns implode when they made controversial comments about abortion and rape, Republicans like Sen. John McCain have been asking their party to just shut up about abortion. (more…)

Christian anti-abortion group sues government for taxpayer funding

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Should taxpayer funds be used to help a “Christ centered ministry” buy and renovate a building in which it will offer Bible instruction and other services aimed at preventing abortion? (more…)

AUDIO: National Organization for Marriage wants Starbucks to pay ‘price’ in Middle East

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 29 Comments

Screenshot of invitation to a conference call held by the National Organization for Marriage Nov. 8, 2012.

The National Organization for Marriage is pledging to continue its efforts to ensure that companies that back same-sex marriage pay a “price” in Middle Eastern countries that are hostile to gay rights. (more…)

Anti-abortion scholar: Restrictions should be designed to raise costs for women

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 6 Comments

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Anti-abortion restrictions should be designed to raise “the costs” of abortions in order to discourage women from obtaining them, a prominent scholar for a leading anti-abortion group told an audience of social conservative activists in Washington last weekend. (more…)

Big telecom pushes de-regulation bill in California

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Siddhartha Mahanta 1 Comment

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California could be the latest state to enact a law that dramatically curbs regulatory oversight of telecommunications services in the state, handing a significant victory to the industry players that have lobbied for the bill’s passage. (more…)

Backers of Minn. marriage amendment use controversial parenting study

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by Andy Birkey 11 Comments

Minnesota for Marriage spokesperson Kalley Yanta

A controversial study on parenting has become a focal point of the campaign in Minnesota to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage this November. (more…)