Columns/Opinions

Don’t Let Politicians Use Pandemic As An Excuse For Dictatorship

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By invoking the Defense Production Act, which “authorizes the President to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders and to allocate materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies,” US president Donald Trump has declared himself America’s economic dictator.

To Fight Coronavirus, Fight Poverty

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As Americans do everything they can to stay safe and limit their exposure to COVID-19, we are seeing more clearly the great divides in our society. While the virus doesn’t

Freedom: Don’t Let Politicians Tell You To Earn It

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The Wile E. Coyotes of the Internet — US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — are sure that THIS time they’ve finally found a made-toorder tool that can take out the Roadrunn … er, those meddling ki … er, the First Amendment and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Senator Howard’s Legislative Session Notes

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We are into the second month of session and approaching another deadline. This is the last week to hear Senate bills in our chamber. Next week, we will return to our committees to begin work on House measures.

Happy National Tired And Grouchy Week

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On Sunday, March 8, millions of Americans woke up an hour early, having set their clocks ahead by an hour the night before, and dug in for a week or so of bleary-eyed, irritable attempts to tweak their bodies’ natural sleeping and waking rhythms. This fatuous semi-annual “spring forward, fall back” ritual, called “Daylight Saving Time,” ranks high on my personal list of “dumbest ideas in the history of mankind.”