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The “PULL” is Gone!

“…a University of Georgia report projects that, when 2011 figures are tallied, the state economy will show a $391 million loss due to farm labor shortages. Georgia is one of … Continue reading

April 12, 2012

Political, Not Pretty: How to Fix the Tax Code

Compared to other developed countries, the United States doesn’t collect much tax at all. Tax revenue at all levels of government adds up to less than 25 percent of the … Continue reading

April 12, 2012

SCOTUS Fire Burnin’

Increasingly, Professor Driver said, the court splits 5 to 4, with appointees of one party opposite those of the other. That was true of Monday’s ruling that local officials can … Continue reading

April 5, 2012

Justice? It’s Gonna Cost You!

Lawyers who work on amicus briefs before the Supreme Court say it can cost $25,000 to $100,000 in lawyers’ time and expenses to prepare one, plus $1,500 or more to … Continue reading

April 4, 2012

Increasing the Cost of Voting?

Texas has no driver’s license offices in almost a third of the state’s counties. Meanwhile, close to 15 percent of Hispanic Texans living in counties without driver’s license offices don’t … Continue reading

March 22, 2012

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

“In sum, neighborhoods are not important centers of contemporary American life. Americans today do not know their neighbors very well, do not talk to their neighbors very much, and talk … Continue reading

March 22, 2012

‘Super PACs,’ Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending

The tone of the advertising in Ohio offers a telling example of how super PACs have assumed the role of attack machine. Of the 11 commercials pegged to the presidential … Continue reading

March 16, 2012