Ohio Lawmakers Approve Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill to reform when and how government law...

Portland, ME Lawmakers Consider Privatizing Trash Collection

Lawmakers in Portland, Maine are considering legislation that would return trash collection...

Coming Soon: Internet At The Speed Of Government

When government “helps” run something - that something is terrible. The bigger a hand government...

Iowa Governor Shaves Hair-Braiding Licensing Requirements

When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed into law the state’s newest budget bill, he approved...

Questioning “The Secret Dirty War to Stop Solar Power”

“American taxpayers spent an average of $39 billion a year over the past five years financing...

Education Reform: One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All

Lately, education scholars at Washington, D.C.-based, nominally conservative think tanks have spun...
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Education

College Board Excises Islam from European History Curricula

School Choice Weekly #142 The College Board sure picked an apropos time to release a revamp of its Advanced Placement European history (APEH) class. Among other things, the revamp excises the history of Islam’s clash with Christianity and the West, just as that conflict resurfaced in Orlando, Florida. As with AP U.S. history, the teacher guidelines have expanded dramatically, crucial information...

Environment

Federal Judge Rebukes White House for Misleading Response to FOIA Request

Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on May 9, the Obama administration had engaged in “bad faith” in its handling of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). CEI made its FOIA request to investigate assertions made by the White House about the existence of human-caused global warming. Mehta’s ruling...

Portland School Board Bans Materials Questioning Human-Caused Climate Change

The Public School Board in Portland, Oregon unanimously approved a resolution banning textbooks and other teaching materials expressing any doubt or reservations concerning the claim humans are the primary cause behind global climate change and its dangerous consequences. The May 17 decision was supported by environmental groups that claim the debate over the theory humans’ fossil-fuel use is...

Fish and Wildlife Service to Grant 30-year Permits to Kill Protected Eagles

Under a rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), renewable-energy companies will be able to obtain permits over the next 30 years authorizing protected eagles to be killed or captured. The proposed rule is part of the Obama administration’s plan to expand wind and solar energy development. The rule would provide to renewable-energy companies protection from criminal or civil...

Finance & Insurance

Arizona Reinstates Children’s Health Insurance Program After Six Years

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a law reinstating KidsCare, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has been inactive since 2010, hours after Republicans joined Democrat state lawmakers in suspending the Senate rules in order to pass the legislation. After Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) blocked voting on KidsCare in March, a coalition of Democrat and...

Prosecution of Short-Term Lenders Mimics ‘Operation Choke Point’ Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a series of criminal charges against short-term lending companies, accusing the unrelated firms of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, a federal law passed with the intention of combating organized crime. The prosecutions align with the goals of Operation Choke Point, a DOJ program using banking regulations to try to...

U.S. House Members Unveil Banking Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has rolled out a plan to ease federal restrictions on banks in an effort to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance and start to decrease federal government control over the economy. Congress and President Barack Obama imposed forceful financial restrictions in 2010 in response to the 2008 economic crisis, including the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

Health

Massachusetts Considers Imposing Statewide Single-Payer Health Care System

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering two bills that would institute a statewide single-payer health care system. Senate Bill 579, “an act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts,” was heard by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on March 2 and remains in committee with its counterpart, House Bill 1026. Combined, the bills are cosponsored by 54 Democrats. No Republican lawmakers...

Prescriptions by Digital Eye Exam Banned in South Carolina

Residents of South Carolina will have to visit an eye doctor in person in order to buy eyeglasses or contact lenses in the state, instead of taking advantage of new services offering online eye exams. The Eye Care Consumer Protection Law bans the use of an automated digital eye exam to obtain a prescription for corrective lenses. It went into effect immediately after South Carolina lawmakers...

Pennsylvania Considers Strengthening Terminally Ill Patients’ ‘Right to Try’

Pennsylvania will become the 31st state to allow drug and medical device manufacturers to offer terminally ill patients drugs, devices, and procedures not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if House Bill 1104, the Right-to-Try Act, becomes law. HB 1104, sponsored by Robert Godshall (R-Hatfield), advanced to the Senate after the House approved it 182–0, with 20...

Taxes

Portland, ME Lawmakers Consider Privatizing Trash Collection

Lawmakers in Portland, Maine are considering legislation that would return trash collection services to private-sector companies. Addressing Portland citizens’ unhappiness with the city government’s administration of waste management services, the Portland City Council held a workshop in June to debate alternatives to the city’s current program. The city government has fielded numerous complaints...

Father’s Day, NBA Game 7 Cost Cook County Taxpayers

For the second time in two months, the Cook County Department of Corrections had to lock down inmates because of a mass guard call-off. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said 317 guards took off the Father’s Day shift off on Sunday, June 19. This came on the heels of the 464 call-offs on Mother’s Day, which led to a 24-hour lockdown. Cara Smith, Cook County Sheriff’s Office chief of policy and...

Iowa Governor Shaves Hair-Braiding Licensing Requirements

When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed into law the state’s newest budget bill, he approved provisions exempting hair braiding from regulation by the state’s Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. The law frees Iowa hair braiders from mandatory occupational licensing requirements. Previously, state laws required hair braiders to take 2,100 hours of cosmetology training, including education on...

Tech

Miami Taxicab Companies Sue County Government Over Uber Legalization

After local lawmakers voted to allow peer-to-peer transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Miami-Dade County, Florida, taxicab company owners filed a lawsuit against the county government, demanding $1 billion in taxpayer money as compensation. The lawsuit, filed in May, claims county commissioners are responsible for protecting the value of taxicab licenses...

Google Is Rigging Searches For Hillary Clinton

This is huge news - but it is hardly surprising. Google - President Barack Obama’s biggest crony in a sea full of armadas full of legions of Obama cronies - has been cozying up to the woman Obama just endorsed to succeed him: Hillary Clinton. And by “cozying up” - we mean warping their search results to hide Clinton’s decades of scandals and scandalous behavior. Last...