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Blue lives do matter, but applying hate-crime laws to attacks on police is redundant

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Commentary, Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Morristown Police Department's official website

Legislation that affords special protection to police officers is sweeping the nation. These bills, sometimes called “Blue Lives Matter” bills, put police, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders under hate-crimes designation protection. Louisiana was the first state to pass this kind of law, and it went into effect in August. New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and […]

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‘Hope Vetoed’: How big government hurts people

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Commentary, Health Care, Idaho, Opinion, Regulations  /  No Comments

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When he was 10 years old, doctors diagnosed Josh Phillips with a kind of epilepsy that causes severe seizures. Now 19, and living with his parents in Salmon, Josh’s health future depends a great deal on how the state government chooses to treat him. Were he to live in any state contiguous to Idaho, Josh […]

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Survey highlights ‘nonpartisan’ ACLU’s liberal biases

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, First Amendment, Free Speech, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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If you are a limited-government guy, ACLU’s fight against government overreach generally doesn’t have you in mind.

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10 Halloween costumes that will give you the shivers this frightening campaign season

By   /  October 27, 2016  /  Commentary, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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What’s under that house of horrors? You don’t want to know.

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Separating fact from fiction on Texas school spending

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Commentary, Education, Federal Government, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

NO. 20 AND RISING: An annual study done by the National Education Association shows New Mexico jumped from 25th to 20th in per-pupil spending in the past year.

“For many schools the recession never ended.” With the media in Texas turning its attention to what will be a full-throated debate on school finance reform in this next legislative session, the grim headline on a National Public Radio website story demanded attention. The point of the story came in the single quote from Michael Leachman, […]

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In politics, calamity always has a constituency

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Commentary, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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There was a moment during the first Republican presidential campaign when Democrats were forced to confront the stark possibility that the anti-slavery party might actually win. It was a sobering moment for the defenders of slavery. Modern-day Democrats briefly faced a politically — though not morally — comparable moment recently. The reactions of the 19th- and 21st-century versions […]

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