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A Letter to Iowa Legislators

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN

The following letter was sent to Iowa legislators debating a bill to slash collective bargaining rights of public employees by a former Iowa state senator and current school superintendent in neighboring Minnesota:

Collective Bargaining

What's The Right Theory?

Tax reform is on everyone’s lips – but is there a good solution?  The traditional supply side theorist (I use that term since there’s no guarantee the solution will work as predicted) says that lower taxes will help create jobs and grease the wheels of industry.  191 more words

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Apparently Some “Safe Spaces” Need to Be Preserved

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH

Here are some excerpts from a scathing article in Roll Call on the Senate’s silencing of Elizabeth Warren. Written by Mary C. 442 more words

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The Tennessee Legislature's Attack on Free Speech

BY JOHN K. WILSON

Last week, I criticized a proposal by the Goldwater Institute for model legislation on the “Campus Free Speech Act,” pointing out the flaws of the model and the danger in allowing legislators to dictate campus policies. 1,470 more words

Academic Freedom

A Week in Review: A Window on 2016 and 2017

BY MARTIN KICH

Each week The Hill distributes a newsletter called Sunday Show Wrap-Up.

Ahead of this week’s shows, I think that it is instructive to review the headlines and summaries from last week, collectively gathered under the heading “Spotlight Shines on Trump Travel Ban.” Please skim the list, which sets up some extended commentary in the second half of this post: 1,986 more words

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Letting Voters Decide, Then Deciding Differently

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH

We are getting used to seeing this sort of thing in states in which, largely because of gerrymandering, the GOP control of state government is all out of proportion to their actual share of voters. 288 more words

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