No One Knows What the Big Political Issue Will Be Come 2016

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:13 pm

I don’t know what the big political issue will be around December of 2015, but I doubt it will be ISIS unless our latest war goes bad. If it does that might not necessarily bad for the candidate who has been skeptical about how effective military action can be.

 

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:05 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization is under investigation for depriving citizens of their constitutional rights before awarding grants, which may include military-grade equipment.

The Pentagon has a 1033 program, which gives away surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement for free.

After Ferguson Congressman Hank Johnson Proposes Bill to Stop Militarizing Police

By: Friday August 15, 2014 6:50 am

For many Americans it may not have been until the crackdown on those protesting the killing of Micheal Brown by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that they learned how militarized local police have become in the post-9/11 world. Though police work became dramatically more bellicose when the Nixon Administration launched the War On Drugs, it was not until the War On Terror that high-grade military surplus starting being shoveled in earnest to local police.

DREAMer Erika Andiola Offers to Let Steve King Tear Up Her DACA Card

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:59 am

DREAM activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in a restaurant about his opposition to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memo, which defers deportation of some immigrants who migrated to the United States as children. In the video, Andiola offers King the opportunity to tear up her DACA card.

Rand Paul Forgets He Supported Cutting Aid to Israel

By: Monday August 4, 2014 6:30 pm

There is no surer sign that someone is lining up to run for president than when they start genuflecting before AIPAC.

And therefore it should have been no surprise that Rand Paul, who did in fact in 2011 support cutting aid to Israel, has suddenly had a memory lapse.

The 2016 Republican Frontrunner Is Rand Paul

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 9:06 am

Obviously, polling has a very limited ability to predict election outcomes over a year away but they still have an impact on things happening now. As long as Paul is the frontrunner his profile is significantly raised, his fundraising becomes much easier, and his ability to push his legislative goals is increased.

How Rand Paul Could Pull a Thad Cochran

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 10:00 am

The surprise victory of Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) may have provided some of the best evidence for how Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) could gain a big advantage in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Introduce Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:02 am

There is a new bipartisan effort to fix parts of broken criminal justice system. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a broad reaching bill to make our criminal justice system fairer and less destructive.

Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker to Offer Medical Marijuana Amendment

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 3:21 pm

Last month the House voted to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs and now the Senate will likely get its turn. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will offer a similar amendment to the appropriations bill in the Senate, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

Republicans Run From Cliven Bundy After Slavery Statements

By: Friday April 25, 2014 1:38 pm

It was not so long ago that Cliven Bundy was a conservative hero for organizing an armed posse to defend his right to not pay federal grazing fees, but now it seems everyone in the Republican Party and mainstream conservative movement is running the other way.

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