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Ferguson bus tour: Beyond the riot-porn

There’s a lot more to Ferguson, Missouri than what we’ve seen in the media. After Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop, and during the uprising sparked by his death, the media swooped in: West Florissant Avenue and nearby streets became clogged with satellite trucks, police vehicles, miked-up reporters and every imaginable configuration of…

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Kansas raises taxes…reluctantly and nastily

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback [R]—who started the whole mess—knows it. The Republican dominated Kansas legislature—who gleefully made it happen—knows it, too. The radical, right-wing economic experiment in tax reduction that they imposed on Kansas citizens has failed—miserably, ignominiously, publicly—to do what its theoreticians promised it would do: magically stimulate the Kansas economy through that good-old,…

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I’ve lost my handgun virginity

Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that again. My 20 minutes at the firing range were part of the nine-week Citizens’ Police Academy…

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“Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” An honest answer in a tough market

Recently, Charlotte NC Mayor Dan Clodfelter proclaimed April 30, 2015 to be Honesty Day. In response, the editorial page editor of the Charlotte Observer–Taylor Batten—issued an invitation to readers to submit questions. One reader asked: “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Batten answered honestly. And those of us who call ourselves liberals/progressives would…

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Al Gore proposes “Scientific Freedom Restoration Act”

Former Vice President Al Gore met with Congressional leaders today to propose the Scientific Freedom Restoration Act. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that science, scientific research, and evidence-based policies receive the same consideration given to ideas, school lesson plans, laws and policies based on religious teachings and beliefs. Since beginning his crusade…

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