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Warren in Minnesota: ‘The game is rigged’ OpenDoors-report.pdf. Wright_schaffner_apsr.pdf. Common Cause – "Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition. We are pleased to announce the inaugural Common Cause “Gerrymander Standard” Writing Competition.

Common Cause – "Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition

The Supreme Court has long suggested there is a limit for what is acceptable partisan gerrymandering, but like obscenity, so far the line is undefined and left to courts to know it when they see it. The Court has said that it is willing to hear constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering, but existing legal theories have been insufficient to empower citizens with the tools they need to overturn partisan gerrymanders in court.

If You Support Legal Marijuana, Memorize These 13 Stats. Regardless of your feelings about legalizing marijuana, it's hard to deny that legal weed would be a bonanza for cash-strapped states, just as tobacco and alcohol already are.

If You Support Legal Marijuana, Memorize These 13 Stats

With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can finally start to put some hard numbers on the industry's value. Numbers like: $1.53 billion: The amount the national legal marijuana market is worth, according to a Nov. 2013 report from ArcView Market Research, a San Francisco-based investor group focused on the marijuana industry. $10.2 billion: The estimated amount the national legal marijuana market will be worth in five years, according to that same ArcView report. $6.17 million: The amount of tax revenue collected in Colorado on legal marijuana sales in just the first two months of 2014.

12-536 McCutcheon v. Federal Election Comm'n (04/02/2014) - 12-536_e1pf.pdf. A Real Step to Fix Democracy. What happens when Congress itself is the problem in politics?

A Real Step to Fix Democracy

The framers of the Constitution thought of a solution for that very problem. Howard Chandler Christy In January, Gallup found that Americans from across the political spectrum picked the failure of “government” as the top problem facing America today. The vast majority link that failure to the influence of money in politics. Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement  "It is but equity that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged.

Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement 

" -- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations Don't let Adam Smith fool you. He wasn't talking about a "living wage. " He was talking about a "minimum wage" that was set at a decent level. The difference matters, and will matter more as America confronts its income inequality problem. A "minimum wage" is a government-established standard for what a private-sector employer must pay to a private-sector employee. The Happiest Countries in the World. For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. examined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s report on life satisfaction in the developed world.

The Happiest Countries in the World

Economic prosperity, health and a strong social support network continue to correspond highly with happiness. Once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia, Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do. The OECD measured more than 30 sets of data in 11 different categories, including education, health and employment. How Christian Were the Founders? Over two days, more than a hundred people — Christians, Jews, housewives, naval officers, professors; people outfitted in everything from business suits to military fatigues to turbans to baseball caps — streamed through the halls of the William B. Our Founding Fathers Were NOT Christians. "It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points.

Our Founding Fathers Were NOT Christians

The tendency to unsurpastion on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interfence in any way whatsoever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect agst. trespasses on its legal rights by others. " James Madison, "James Madison on Religious Liberty", edited by Robert S. Alley, ISBN 0-8975-298-X. pp. 237-238 . Don't Blame The Supreme Court For Citizens United. WASHINGTON -- The two most controversial campaign financing practices of the post-Citizens United era aren’t actually the Supreme Court’s fault.

Don't Blame The Supreme Court For Citizens United

The court's conservative majority most certainly expected that its 2010 ruling, which granted First Amendment rights to corporations and equated money to speech, would unleash unprecedented amounts of political spending. But when people rail against Citizens United these days, they’re often complaining about two things in particular: the candidate-specific super PACs that implausibly claim to be independent of the candidates they’re backing, and the political slush funds that can accept unlimited secret donations by claiming to be issue-oriented nonprofits. Neither were inevitable byproducts of Citizens United -- or a subsequent lower court ruling.

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