This post originally ran in May 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for a free public college education for all. We hope it sheds some light on why this not only isn't a radical idea, but is one deeply rooted in our nation's history. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court this past week ordered the legislature and the executive branch to remove a six-foot tall Ten Commandments granite monument from the front of the state house. The monument was placed there in January and is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
VP Joe Biden has spoken out forcefully against the 47 Republicans who took it upon themselves, with no constitutional authority, to meddle and attempt to undermine the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.
PACER is a terrific acronym, but that's about all the Public Access to Court Electronic Records gets right. By almost all accounts, the system to search and download records constitutionally guaranteed to be made public is outdated, clumsy and loaded with bugs — and incredibly expensive for the average bank account. Now, the administrators at the courts of this country are actively removing cases from this antiquated, constitutionally-mandated access to public records.
There has been a lot of speculation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will resign as early as February next year. Senate President Steve Sweeney recently said, he has "no idea" whether Christie will leave office early, but his guess is Christie will leave before the next budget has to be passed in June 2015. So what would happen next?
"Freedom of religion matters to our national security," intoned President Barack Obama at this year's National Prayer Breakfast. Unlike the right's concept of religious freedom, generally, the President meant all religions and their ability to congregate freely, not just the uniformly Christian members of today's GOP.
In the wake of the defeat of the Voter Restriction Amendment, Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath has been doing some soul-searching. Yesterday, he posted a lengthy apology at True North to share some of his conclusions:
On the steps of Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, the Minnesota Council of Churches announced that they were joining the coalition of groups opposing the constitutional amendment to restrict voting rights. The MCC represents upwards of 1 million Minnesotans from the following denominations.