Monthly Archives: May 2015

What The Nebraska Vote Means For The Death Penalty Nationally

Nebraska state Sens. Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after the Legislature’s vote overriding the governor’s veto and eliminating the death penalty. NATI HARNIK When it overruled the governor and outlawed the death penalty in Nebraska on Wednesday, the state Legislature seemingly defied the polls. Around 60 percent of Americans support the death penalty for murder, […]

NY Times Blows a Hole in Case Against Obamacare

There are basically two versions of the looming Supreme Court case against Obamacare. One of them makes sense but doesn’t pose enough of a threat to Obamacare to satisfy Republicans. The other poses a real threat to Obamacare, but it’s never made much sense — and the New York Times just blew a hole right […]

8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color

The nation’s criminal justice system is broken. People of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are unfairly targeted by the police and face harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts. Given the nation’s coming demographic shift, in which there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by 2044, the United States cannot afford for […]

Why George Pataki’s Candidacy Is Virtually Hopeless In Two Charts

So what’s wrong with George Pataki, the former governor of New York? Why shouldn’t he run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination? Martin O’Malley, who’s hoping to win the prize for “presidential candidate most likely to put the sleeping pill industry out of business” might not like the competition. There’s also the fact that Pataki […]

The Costs of a $15 Minimum Wage

In the 1970s, when oil prices jumped, most liberals embraced a simple solution: price controls. It should be illegal, they thought, to sell oil or gasoline for more than a certain amount. Americans should be able to drive without being fleeced by oil companies and foreign governments. The impulse was understandable. Gasoline is an essential […]

The ‘One Person, One Vote’ Case Relies On Statistics That Nobody Has

“One person, one vote” is a deceptively simple promise, but a Texas woman wants to clarify which persons count. On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Evenwel v. Abbott, a suit that challenges exactly who should be counted as a person when states draw their district boundaries in pursuit of proportional representation. The plaintiffs […]

What Data on Older Households Tell Us About Wealth Inequality and Entrepreneurship Growth

Entrepreneurship has become especially pronounced among older households, while entrepreneurship among younger households has fallen, slowing overall entrepreneurship in the United States. Entrepreneurial activity—a measure of a country’s dynamism and indicator of economic opportunity—can enhance economic growth through a number of channels. First, entrepreneurship fosters innovation through the development and marketability of advanced, often groundbreaking […]

The California Medi-Cal Mess

California’s health program for the poor and disabled, Medi-Cal, has presented state lawmakers with quite a perplexing paradox. More and more people fall under the protection of Medi-Cal and need a doctor but fewer and fewer doctors are accepting the low fees associated with the program. While a simple solution may appear to be increasing […]

Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers

So the proposed 2016 Obamacare rates have been filed in many states, and in many states, the numbers are eye-popping. Market leaders are requesting double-digit increases in a lot of places. Some of the biggest are really double-digit: 51 percent in New Mexico, 36 percent in Tennessee, 30 percent in Maryland, 25 percent in Oregon. The reason? They say that with a full […]