On Thursday—the very same day that President Biden announced his executive actions to restrict certain firearms—the Kansas legislature took a bold step in the opposite direction. The Kansas legislature passed a pro-gun rights bill that expands the right to keep and bear arms in multiple ways. In the morning, the Senate passed HB 2058 by a vote of 30-8. Then, later in the evening the same day, the House passed the Senate version of the bill by a vote of 80-43. The Kansas legislation does three things. First and foremost, it reduces the minimum concealed carry age from 21 to 18. In order to carry a concealed firearm, 18-20 year-olds would have to pass concealed-carry training and carry a permit. Kansans over the age of 21 are already allowed by Kansas’s “constitutional carry” statute to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Second, the bill recognizes the validity of other states’ concealed carry permits, provided the state has a reciprocity agreement with … [Read more...] about Exclusive–Kobach: The Kansas Legislature Votes to Reduce the Age for Concealed Carry
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Contrary to what Georgia’s governor , Fox News , Newsweek and others have said since Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game out of the Atlanta area, Colorado’s voter access laws are not more restrictive than Georgia’s. By nearly all measures, Colorado makes it more convenient to vote and is consistently and widely hailed by Democratic and Republican officials alike as among the safest and most accessible states in the U.S. to cast a ballot. The two states are being compared because of MLB moving its annual All-Star Game from the Atlanta Braves’ stadium after Georgia passed a controversial new voting law . The game will be held instead at Coors Field . Here are a few ways Colorado and Georgia’s voting laws differ. Voter ID This is where Colorado and Georgia have been most often compared by conservatives. “What I’m being told, they also have a photo ID requirement,” Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday. “So it doesn’t make a whole lot of … [Read more...] about How do Colorado voting laws compare to Georgia’s voting laws?
Recent media reports lit up with news that the oil and gas industry has agreed to endorse a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. Several weeks ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API), one of the nation’s largest oil and gas trade associations, voted to support the tax as a replacement for current greenhouse gas regulations. Readers should realize that the API’s support for the carbon tax is based on at least four big myths. First, this support for the CO2 tax is based on the questionable notion that American society requires some regulatory motivation to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It clearly doesn’t. Even under the Trump administration’s push for energy dominance, the U.S. reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emission s. Driven largely by electricity producers switching from coal to natural gas, but also magnified by last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns, the U.S. has reduced its CO2 emissions by 24 percent from 2005 levels . While GHG emissions are expected to increase slightly … [Read more...] about CO2 tax support is based in myth: Taxing essential energy harms more than it helps
Our politics have become painfully and pointlessly polarized. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Republican Party’s hardline stance on immigration. Even as our southern border faces the biggest migrant surge in two decades , Republicans won’t budge on immigration. To score points against the Biden presidency and the Democratic majority in Congress, too many Republicans are willing to throw bipartisanship to the wind and hold the line against any sort of Democrat-led immigration reform. But while playing hardball may put points on the board in the short term, the GOP’s broadly anti-immigration platform is a losing strategy in the long term. To win hearts and minds for generations to come and expand its voter base, the GOP must change its tune and join the fight for immigration reform before it's too late. It’s easy to see why Republicans are reluctant to side with Democrats on immigration. The GOP remains spellbound by the extremist rhetoric that defined the Trump … [Read more...] about The GOP is stuck in a losing battle against immigration
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, including repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability. Lawmakers approved a new statewide use-of-force policy, limits on no-knock warrants and an expansion of public access to records in police disciplinary cases. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down Police would be required to use body cameras statewide by 2026. One measure would create a unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate police-involved deaths and prohibit law enforcement from buying surplus military equipment. The legislation, which now goes to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, has been months in the making and a top priority of the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. A spokesman for Hogan said he would review the legislation. Lawmakers voted to repeal the Law Enforcement Officers Bill … [Read more...] about Maryland Lawmakers Approve Package Of Police Reform Measures