Tag Archives: state

The GOP’s Selective Concern for the Poor

Steve Benen, MSNBCLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) school voucher scheme has been plagued by a series of problems, culminating in a legal defeat in a state court two weeks ago. But in a Brookings speech yesterday, the Republican governor said he…

Can God Save Egypt?

Thomas Friedman, New York TimesWhen you fly along the Mediterranean today, what do you see below? To the north, you look down at a European supranational state system "” the European Union "” that is cracking up. …

Taking Away an Unfair Privilege

Paul Moreno, National ReviewBefore the New Deal, nearly every state was a “right to work” state. They assumed that competent parties were free to make employment contracts on any terms that they found mutually advantageous. Employe…

Is the U.S. Moving to the Left?

John Cassidy, The New Yorker Over the weekend, at a Christmas party in Brooklyn, I ran into an old acquaintance, a veteran editor and publisher of serious, left-leaning books. For much of the time I’ve known him, he’s been…

Same-Sex Marriage Meets High Court

Michael Klarman, Los Angeles TimesOn Nov. 6, for the first time in American history, a majority of voters in a state — indeed, in three states — approved same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on the is…

A Remarkable Event in Michigan

John Steele Gordon, CommentaryBills that would make Michigan the 24th state to adopt a right-to-work law have passed the Michigan Senate and House, both in Republican hands. If the bills are reconciled, as seems likely, the legislation will be signed …

I Was a Teenage Conservative

Steve Erickson, American ProspectBarry Goldwater was my first political hero. The most antiauthoritarian figure in mainstream American politics, who said what he thought without giving a damn, he looked and sounded as Western as Arizona, the state he …