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The heat is on: California water restrictions a frightening harbinger

I share a running joke with some cousins in California. Whenever they brag about basking in the sunshine and poke fun at our extreme cold or heavy snowfall in the Midwest, I always say, “Yeah, but at least we’ve got water.” Somehow, that’s not so funny anymore. California Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed mandatory restrictions […]

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Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law needs more than clarification

You’ve almost got to feel sorry for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Almost. After being universally mocked for a disastrous Sunday morning interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at which Pence tried — and failed, miserably — to defend his state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Pence has become desperate to stem the flow of negative publicity and the flood […]

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No evidence Indiana needed anti-gay discrimination law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that will let Hoosiers discriminate against anyone they want to in the name of “religious freedom.” The bill clearly was aimed at the LGBT community. Pence did not hold a public signing ceremony for the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”; instead, the bill was signed behind […]

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From Selma to same-sex marriage: Civil rights not a state issue

It’s ironic that the movie Selma is in theaters and up for two Academy Awards as the state of Alabama tries to turn back the clock on the civil rights issue of same-sex marriage. Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders led historic marches in Alabama over […]

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Psst, red states. Obamacare Medicaid expansion saves people money

As more states led by Republicans slowly join the ranks of those widening the base of people eligible for Medicaid, it’s becoming clearer that the action is good for the state and good for ordinary citizens. They gain insurance coverage, and they spend less on insurance. Now a new study from Health Affairs puts dollar […]

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