Did Alcohol Prohibition Fully End Today? Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

By: Monday July 1, 2013 8:30 am

Today is an interesting milestone for me as an active homebrewer and a drug policy expert. As of July 1st 2013, it is now finally completely legal to brew beer at home in all 50 states. A new homebrewing law in Mississippi, the last remaining hold out, goes into effect today. One could argue alcohol prohibition in the United States didn’t fully end until today.

 

Late Night: Judicial Temperament, and Not

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s funny, albeit in the most depressing possible way, to hear Washington “journalists” discuss Supreme Court Justice (!) Antonin Scalia’s cartoonish hostility to the Voting Rights Act in terms usually reserved for, well, jurists, when Scalia and the Majority he leads are nothing of the kind. Wasting time talking about things we imagine Supreme Court Justices must thoughtfully consider as they contemplate scuttling fifty years of precedent is, as we’ve previously seen, patently ridiculous, when we know in advance Nino and the Gang are going to whatever it is their political movement currently needs at the moment, which is, among other things, a lot less of that messy ol’ democracy thing.

Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:45 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Alabama and its draconian immigration law. However, the precedent set by the Supreme Court on Arizona did hold, and the “papers please” parts of immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia were upheld for the time being.

Judge Shuts Down Debtor’s Prison in Alabama

By: Friday July 13, 2012 10:47 am

This is a harsh ruling. Judge Harrington granted a preliminary injunction hearing to the plaintiff, a victims of the debtor’s prison, and ordered the mayor and every member of the Harpersville City Council to be present at the trial. The judge also said that the city could not incarcerate ANYONE in the county jail or corrections facility without written approval from him. Harrington called the scheme a “judicially sanctioned extortion racket.”

Probation as a Revenue Scheme for Cash-Strapped States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 9:50 am

If you liked for-profit prisons pushing tougher sentencing and leading to a sharp increase in the warehousing of US citizens, then you’ll love for-profit probation.

Arizona Immigration Ruling Has Major Implications for Other States

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:40 am

The Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law may have its greatest impact on how it affects copycat laws across the country. The harshest of the ones already passed, in Alabama, faces some challenges after the court ruling.

Santorum Triumphs in the South, Romney Wins Hawaii

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 7:40 am

Last night was a big night for Rick Santorum, as he secured primary victories in two southern states, Alabama and Mississippi. His double win proved not only that he is still a serious candidate but that Newt Gingrich’s Southern strategy is simply not going to work, leaving Santorun the more viable non-Romney choice.

Alabama and Mississippi Primary – Live Blog – Update: Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 4:55 pm

Tonight features three contests in the Republican presidential primary. There are primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, and there is a caucus in Hawaii. You can find my primer for tonight here.

Polls close in Alabama and Mississippi at 8 pm Eastern

GOP’s Bachus (R. Ala) Propping Up Primary Campaign With Big Bank Cash

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 11:45 am

In addition to Presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi today, there are primary elections for Congress as well. And a new SuperPAC devoted to beating incumbents has a few more races in their sights today. One of them involves the powerful chair of the House Financial Services Committee, GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Alabama, Mississippi and Hawaii Primary Primer

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 10:00 am

Tonight’s GOP contests — primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and a caucus in Hawaii — have the potential to really shake up the race. The two Southern primaries in particular could potentially make or break the Santorum or Gingrich campaigns. Polls suggest the top three candidates are very close in Mississippi and Alabama, so anyone could win.

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