Straight Talk on “Anchor Babies”

Posting this verbatim from my friend, Rev. Ryan Eller, who is the Executive Director of Define American. He posted this as a long comment on Facebook; I then asked if I could repost it, and he said “Yes, of course!” — so here it is.

The Four Questions for Choosing Our Democratic Nominee

(cross-posted from Daily Kos) Here we are, in the middle of the hottest summer on record, watching the 2016 primaries get just as hot, with pies flying so fast and furious that the Flag Guy is having to duck. In the midst of the sturm und drang, I thought it might be helpful to have something more than just pie, policy, and emotion as tools for picking our next Democratic standard bearer to take on the Regressives. …

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Fuzzy Journalism at WFPL re Conway

So I’m scanning Facebook today and came across the same post many of you saw: Both Major Candidates For Governor Want To Drug Test Welfare Recipients It was from Ryland Barton at WFPL, and was a link to his story of the same name. At first, I was upset. What was Jack Conway doing putting out a position like this? Then I actually read the story. And I realized that what was wrong here was not …

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How to Fight for Change Without Being Mean

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately, as I do more and more writing on this page, as I try to do more and more advocacy, AND as we prepare to launch a progressive community site for the city. There are some truths that I operate from, that seem to be at odds with each other: Silence is not an option. Bad ideas, policies, and actions must be challenged. Change only happens when either …

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Elections, Government, Democracy — It’s All for Sale

(Warning — this is a depressed rant. If you are allergic to rants, or depression, you should probably read something else.) So here’s the latest. The Club for Growth, a well-known right-wing PAC, colluded with the Scott Walker campaign multiple times, a clear violation of campaign finance laws. In addition, when corporation donated to the Club for Growth (after being told to by Walker),  legislation benefiting those same corporations was passed by the Wisconsin legislature and …

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Matt Bevin Asks the State To “Accommodate” Discrimination

I really don’t get what is so hard to understand: the First Amendment gives you the right to practice your own religion, but not to harm or discriminate against others. As I pointed out in this earlier post, using a “religious freedom” argument in this way is both incorrect and ultimately harmful to religion itself. And yet, Matt Bevin doesn’t get it. He somehow believes that being a Christian gives you the right to pick and …

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