In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. This year the legislature de-listed student IDs but added a new form of ID that would gladly be accepted: a handgun license.
Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.
A variety of court decisions prevent statutes of repose from operating retroactively. There would be merit in a "blue-ribbon commission" suggesting model statute of limitation and statute of repose legislation to the states. Of course, a variety of political considerations will doubtless influence any legislative action.
Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.
As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.
The Supreme Court is currently awaiting word from the Obama administration regarding its position on generic drug manufacturers' claims that federal regulation of prescription drugs grants them immunity from lawsuits in state courts.
At stake in the financial reform debate is an issue that has received far less attention than the CFPA, but is at least as important: Whether Congress will restore the authority of states to oversee national banks.
That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.