Stories are popping up about a town in Texas which has replaced contracted police patrols with private security. Crime has gone down, and proponents argue that accountability has improved. Is privatizing police functions a good idea?
Unable to get gun bans through Congress, the White House is attempting yet another regulatory end-run around the legislative process by banning ammo through the ATF. It’s okay, White House press secretary Josh Earnest tells us, because “everyone should agree.”
The irony of prohibition, whether of alcohol or drugs, is that it creates a space within the economy where government refuses to tread. Black markets are anarchical by nature, and thus represent a failure to appropriately govern.
A gun rights organization has joined a Minnesota state legislator in highlighting an unlawful attempt by the Mall of America to ban guns on their premises. State law bars landlords from prohibiting lawful carry in private spaces – like residences or business – and in the common areas providing access to such spaces. But is it appropriate for property owners to be denied their right to set the terms of their leases?
With no sense of irony to speak of, some of the biggest and most profitable companies on the Internet have succeeded in masking their pursuit of subsidy as a campaign for “an open internet.” Now, they stand ready to close the con.
While the physical barrier imprisoning Soviet citizens within East Germany was torn down 25 years ago, the ideas which manifest in the Berlin Wall remain. It’s not enough to tip our hat to a moment in history if we fail to recognize its relevance to our time.
A state legislator in Missouri seeks to prohibit cities from banning plastic bags in grocery stores. One city councilman from a town seeking to impose such a ban says the proposed ban on bans encroaches upon local control. Who’s right? Does local control mean the freedom to limit the freedoms of others?
It’s the kind of headline that makes you look twice. Is this guy for real? Is this from The Onion? Then you realize that indeed Time editor at large Jeffrey Kluger actually wrote “Facebook Must Shut Down the Anti-Vaxxers.”
The Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move a bill out of committee which – if passed – will restore the right to vote to parolees living in the community. The effort has attracted support from a broad bipartisan coalition. Here’s why.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler approached a legislative committee hat-in-hand Wednesday asking for $65.2 million to pay for a two-year tuition freeze. He said providing affordable tuition is a priority, but didn’t seem to understand what the word “priority” means.