Politics

Protecting Marriage the Old-Fashioned Way

April 26, 2005 - The Texas House today passed a constitutional amendment banning both same-sex marriages and civil unions. The bill was approved by a 101 to 29 vote, barely exceeding the 100 votes necessary to amend the state constitution. The bill next goes to the state senate. If it garners a two-thirds vote there, the amendment will need to be approved by Texas voters.

What's Right About Taxes

April 15, 2005 - For those despairing about the growing injustices in our tax code -- and threats of more on the way -- our friend Max Sawicky of the Economic Policy Institute has

Tax Day

April 15, 2005 - Ah, Tax Day, the moment that all of us stand back to reflect on what it means to have a government and invest in the public good -- or, for the slackers amongst us, the day we scurry to get our returns in the mail.

Missing Tax Dollars

April 13, 2005 - As a complement to "Swine Still Doing Fine," today's Institute report from correspondant Sean Reilly about the rise of pork spending under our current Washington leadership, here are stats from today's issue of the Facing South newsletter:

West Virginia Secretly Adopts English as Official Language

April 12, 2005 - West Virginia state legislators were surprised to discover that Senate Majority Whip Billy Wayne Bailey, a Democrat, had quietly slipped a provision reading, "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia," into a mundane parks and recreation bill that passed during the latest session of the l