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Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic. Email this author.


Democrats Leading Push For Legal Parity Between Citizens And Illegal Aliens In New York

Democrats Leading Push For Legal Parity Between Citizens And Illegal Aliens In New York

An already-active bill seeks to immensely expand New York’s legal accommodation for illegal immigrants — up to and including the right to run for public office — simply by recognizing them as “New York State Citizens.”

Will Militia Plan To Block Border Bridges Lead To Standoff With Police?

Will Militia Plan To Block Border Bridges Lead To Standoff With Police?

This Saturday, a U.S. militia group reportedly will attempt to block the flow of traffic along one or more bridges connecting Mexico and the United States. What isn’t known is whether such an effort will actually materialize and, if it does, how it will play out as local and federal law enforcement look on.

The Replacement For Fingerprinting? FBI Facial Recognition Program Set To Supplant Current ID Methods

Facial recognition technology and surveillance have been cohabiting for a long time, but today the FBI announced it’s officially wedding itself to a $1 billion program intended to help supplant older, traditional methods (think: fingerprinting) of identifying and tracking individuals. The new facial recognition system is to be deployed alongside other features in the ongoing […]

Nevada Scraps Do-Over For Failed State Healthcare Exchange

Nevada Scraps Do-Over For Failed State Healthcare Exchange

Nevada abandoned its contract with a company to run its failed state Obamacare exchange back in May. The plan was to shift everyone buying Obamacare coverage over to Healthcare.gov, take a breath and recommit to crafting a new state exchange that could deploy in time for next year’s open enrollment period. The plan is off.

Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto Of Bill Permitting Armed Teachers

Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto Of Bill Permitting Armed Teachers

Both chambers of the Missouri legislature this week accomplished an override of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill expanding both concealed and open carry rights at schools in the Show Me State. Nixon had vetoed S.B. 656 in July, arguing that training educational staff to carry concealed firearms on campus “would not make […]

Obamacare Hits 250,000 Virginians With Canceled Policies, Extends Opportunity To Buy More Expensive Ones

Obamacare Hits 250,000 Virginians With Canceled Policies, Extends Opportunity To Buy More Expensive Ones

Last year, U.S. wages and consumer spending fell, even as spending on healthcare costs increased. That’s got to be especially good news for the quarter million people in Virginia who are learning their existing health plans will be canceled this fall.

Harry Reid Loses Both The Vote And The PR Campaign As Constitutional Amendment Bill Goes Down In Flames

Harry Reid Loses Both The Vote And The PR Campaign As Constitutional Amendment Bill Goes Down In Flames

Remember that supposed Constitutional amendment to restrict political spending by the Koch brothers and repudiate the Citizens United decision? The one that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was hell-bent on bringing up for repeated floor votes? The one that was supposed to be the “salvation of our country,” as Reid declared in May? Well, […]

One-Third Of Voters Don’t Even Know Which Party Controls House, Senate

One-Third Of Voters Don’t Even Know Which Party Controls House, Senate

In two months, U.S. voters will determine whether Congress continues into President Obama’s last two years with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House. But a chunk of those likely voters don’t even know which party currently holds the majority in each chamber. Rasmussen Reports said Thursday that only 63 percent of likely voters have […]

House Votes To Block EPA Power Grab That Would Regulate Small Waterways On Private Property

House Votes To Block EPA Power Grab That Would Regulate Small Waterways On Private Property

In a somewhat bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved H.R. 5078, a “statement” piece of legislation that aims to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented reach for regulatory power over small streams, ponds and similar catchments on private lands.

Commissioner Koskinen Says IRS Tries To Follow The Law ‘Whenever We Can’

Commissioner Koskinen Says IRS Tries To Follow The Law ‘Whenever We Can’

Take comfort in knowing that, just as you only try to follow federal tax law “whenever you can,” the agency that collects and enforces those same laws is right there with you. What? You always follow federal tax law because you don’t have much of a choice? Never mind then — the IRS hasn’t got […]

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