Wisconsin lost 200,000 votes in 2016 election due to its ID law

Wisconsin lost 200,000 votes in 2016 election due to its ID law

Nation – According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, nine percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter-ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a […]

Oregon man fined $500 for challenging timing on red-light cameras

Oregon man fined $500 for challenging timing on red-light cameras

Mats Jarlstrom’s trouble all began with a red-light camera. In April 2013, Jarlstrom’s wife, Laurie, received a ticket after driving her Volkswagen through an intersection in Beaverton, Oregon, that was equipped with a traffic camera. His wife paid the fine, but the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection piqued Jarlstrom’s interest, so he […]

Shoveling snow off Detroit sidewalks for pay? Get a license

Shoveling snow off Detroit sidewalks for pay? Get a license

“Detroit licenses about 60 occupations, imposing extra fees and requirements on top of existing Michigan licenses for about half of these occupations. The other half of the occupations that Detroit licenses are not licensed by the state at all.” Window washers (who must pay $72 per year), sidewalk shovelers, dry cleaners, and furniture movers are […]

Food roundup

Food roundup

Good: Incoming Agriculture Secretary Perdue to introduce “flexibility” into Obama-era school lunch mandates [Tony Mecia, Weekly Standard; Baylen Linnekin, Reason; Joe Simonson, Heat Street; Pat Roberts letter; earlier] Also good: FDA delays mandate for calorie labels on prepared food [Tim Devaney/The Hill, WSJ editorial, Seyfarth Shaw, earlier] And your hot dog isn’t from Frankfurt or […]

Over half of American households have no land line

Over half of American households have no land line

BBC – Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline. A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile phone nor a landline. The CDC found that mobile-only households had become the majority during its twice-yearly survey […]

On religious liberty, a less than overwhelming executive order

On religious liberty, a less than overwhelming executive order

I’ve got an op-ed at the New York Daily News about President Trump’s executive order taking a few generally small and measured steps toward accommodation of and favorable legal treatment toward religious belief. Excerpt: On Wednesday, social media was filled with outcry about the sweeping, “Handmaid’s Tale”-like provisions of the executive order on religious liberty […]

Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart purse

Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart purse

Laura Wallace’s mother-in-law purchased a purse from the store using a gift card she’d given her. She later found a tiny folded up note inside a zipper compartment. The note was written in Chinese. Wallace had it translated. “It actually stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China,” she said. “Basically […]

Banned Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air

Banned Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air

Here’s the Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air, because of a one second clip which showed Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Scott Peley, and other TV “journalists” with the words “Fake News” super imposed on their faces. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. Read Full Story   — Freedom’s Phoenix    

Judge in Ireland rules on playground fall

Judge in Ireland rules on playground fall

A child hurt herself falling on a playground in Dublin, Ireland, and this is what Mr. Justice Raymond Groarke of the Circuit Civil Court wrote: She was engaged in a game of chase pure and simple and, while it is most regrettable that she became unbalanced and fell, this was simply an old fashioned accident […]