“Kansas is open for business!”
- Governor Sam Brownback (R), June 2013

It is still technically legal to be gay in Kansas. The discriminatory House Bill 2453 “Concerning Religious Freedoms” is so convoluted and extreme that that fact warrants a mention.

Go… Read full post »

There are “positive signs” for immigration reform in Washington: President Obama is changing tactics, Speaker Boehner is staffing accordingly, and more Republicans (traditionally opponents of comprehensive reform) are coming aboard. With any luck, we’ll have a bill soRead full post »

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” – President Obama | August 11, 2009

“There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate.” – President Obama | November 14, 2013

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 10:14PM

Should We Pay Welfare to Drug Users?

Florida paved the way for mandatory drug-testing for recipients of welfare. The goal was to keep taxpayer money from benefitting drug users, and they caught a whopping 108 offenders – a good day of government work in a state where 924,000 children live below the poverty line – but it didnRead full post »

The D.C. City Council recently failed to overturn a mayoral veto of a bill that would have spiked the minimum wage for employers like Wal-Mart. This comes after a nationwide strike by fast food workers seeking higher pay.

After spending a grueling campaign season trying to convince voters that corpoRead full post »

There were a lot of bigger stories this week, like Syria and Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner, Twitter’s public offering (which notably wasn’t the same story as Weiner), and a flood in Colorado, but Eliot Spitzer’s was the most heartwarming.

Eliot Spitzer lost the Democratic primary fRead full post »

AUGUST 17, 2013 12:12AM

The NSA Should Spy on Our Driving

The demand for privacy is making a comeback. If you don’t believe me, just check a friend’s Facebook page. Between photos of their meal, logs of their location throughout the day, and every other thought that crosses their mind, you might find a passionate call for privacy.

I’m not… Read full post »

Is your Facebook newsfeed shriller than usual this week, or is it just mine? There are a lot of passionate responses to current events (the Zimmerman trial, the Senate filibuster change), but then there are a whole host of responses to other people’s responses.

And by “other people,&rdquRead full post »

“No more secrets.” – Martin Bishop, Sneakers

The Flat Earth Society lost a number of members in 1968, when the crew of the Apollo 8 space shuttle took a photo of the clearly spherical Earth. A few die-hards held on until the late 90s, but for many members that photo… Read full post »

Every time Gay Pride rolls around, a few people give voice to an ongoing debate that the whole event celebrates promiscuity and harms our community. Sometimes their arguments are shrill (“Muscled go-go boys shaking their booties!”) and sometimes they’re exaggerated&nb… Read full post »

Washington can stop trying to pass a bill on expanding background checks, because it turns out we don’t need them. At least, that’s the word on the Right.

The Pew Research Center reported that gun violence in the United States has plummeted since 1993:

Compared with 199Read full post »

It took me a while, but I finally came around on the GMO controversy. I was on the wrong side for a long time, but now it’s clear: We have to keep science out of the grocery store.

And, while we’re at it, the schools.

After last year’s snow… Read full post »

The Republican Party has found its dream candidate. He’s never held elected office and refuses to register as a Republican, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

He does have one thing going for him: he’s black.

Dr. Benjamin Carson is a black man who doesn’t like President Obama’… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 6, 2013 8:18PM

President Obama is ruining my favorite show, The West Wing

Countless new fans are discovering The West Wing, now that it’s available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. They’ll love the show; it’s full of quirky, witty, flawed characters that form the principled, passionate staff of advisers in the administration of fictional President Josiah Bart… Read full post »

Clint Eastwood’s rant last night against an empty chair was definitely weird. But I think he’s onto something. Mitt Romney isn’t running against President Obama. He can’t – he’d lose.

Romney is running against Imaginary Obama.

You’ve heard of him: he raised… Read full post »

And we said Republicans would never budge on tax increases. The good news is: Lubbock County Judge Tom Head conceded that a property tax increase (of 1.7 cents) is necessary to maintain the district attorney’s office and police force.

There’s a catch.

Here’s the bad news: he wants… Read full post »

Words I never thought I’d write: I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Here he is on Monday’s radio show: 

The Paul Ryan pick “signals a decision was made somewhere that … we’re going to go head-first, going to take it straight to them and we’re going to win or wRead full post »

Before this morning’s announcement, I considered myself “middle class.”

And before this morning’s announcement, Paul Ryan was relatively unknown, familiar to Washington pundits for drafting “The Path to Prosperity,” a budget outline that is so viciously cruel to t… Read full post »

Republicans have spent a lot of time championing how well the private sector operates. Romney even suggested a constitutional amendment specifying “that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before he could become president of the United States.” (I… Read full post »

I know the news media loves an election, but this is ridiculous.

They’re currently asking how a potential repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act next week would affect Obama’s re-election odds.

Who cares?

The media is missing the point: 46 million people currentlRead full post »

I have a theory that the Wall Street Journal editorial page exists to cruelly undermine the newspaper’s esteemed journalism.

It’s like a gypsy curse. This is one of the best newspapers on the planet – it has the widest circulation in the US and has won 33 Pulitzers – and… Read full post »

A music teacher who was offered a position at Cincinnati Hills, a non-denominational Christian school in Ohio, reported that the offer was rescinded after the school brought him back to ask if he was gay. Cincinnati Hills has a policy against hiring teachers who “live as homosexuals.&… Read full post »

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argued this morning for a Romney victory, despite admitting it would set a “terrible precedent.” I initially misread it as “terrible president.”

Klein sets up the problem with an analogy: the GOP is holding a gun to the head of t… Read full post »

President Obama’s Keynesian job creation proposals have been given short shrift due to partisan opposition. Despite alarmingly low employment numbers in April and May, this administration feels incapable of action before the November election. But they have a recourse – buy out… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 8, 2012 3:11PM

North Carolina Shits the Bed

What are North Carolina Republicans thinking? I don’t mean creating the ballot measure that passed today, the one mandating that only married, heterosexual couples are recognized by the state. That I get.

Sure, gays already can’t get married in North Carolina, so the whole exer… Read full post »