Posted by 07 July 2016
With women eligible for combat roles in the military, Congress is considering requiring them to register for the draft. If men are forced to register with the Selective Service, should women be forced to do so, too?
Posted by 02 July 2016
Should taxpayers be paying for government employees to conduct union business? Many collective bargaining agreements mandate the payment of salaries and benefits to teachers and other government employees who are working full-time on union activities. What do you think of this practice?
Posted by 28 June 2016
With recent decisions upholding affirmative action and striking down abortion restrictions, some say the Supreme Court’s conservative era is over. Do you think it is proper to look at the court as having a “conservative” or “liberal” tendency? Is the court too politicized, or are political considerations inevitable on controversial questions?
Posted by 12 June 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan has outlined ways that he would like to reform U.S. anti-poverty efforts. His focus is on re-orienting poverty programs to encourage and support work. Do you think these types of proposals are the way to reduce poverty? Or is there a better way to help low-income Americans?
Posted by 07 June 2016
In producing a documentary on gun control, Katie Couric edited the comments of Virginia gun rights supporters in a way they claimed was misleading. Was this artistic license, or was it deceptive editing to promote a political agenda?
Posted by 26 May 2016
The conflict actually arrived in March, when Democrats on a state Board of Education (an entity that has limited authority) proposed “guidance” that would require public schools to let students “use the restroom in accordance with their gender identity.”
See Memorandum from State of Michigan Department of Education here.
This week a bill was introduced in the state Senate that was described by MichiganVotes.org as follows:
2016 Senate Bill 993: Ban boys in public school girl’s restroom and vice versa
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on May 25, 2016, to prohibit public schools from allowing boys to use the girl’s restroom or girls to use the boy’s rest room, plus locker rooms, showers, etc. when students of the opposite sex are present. However, if a student asserts having a gender is different from their biological sex, and a parent or legal guardian consents in writing, the school would have provided an accommodation that does not violate the prohibition described above. This could include a single-occupancy or unisex restroom or the “controlled use” of faculty facilities.
Posted by 04 May 2016
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have joined other Democratic senators in asking the federal government to enforce policies affecting gay and transgendered college students. This is partially in response to North Carolina’s law that mandates transgendered students use bathrooms according to their biological sex. Does the federal government have a place in policing school policies on bathroom use?
Posted by 09 April 2016
The Obama Administration has told North Carolina that its legislation regarding transgender bathroom access is discriminatory, and that if the state enforces it that is a violation of federal law. North Carolina disagrees, and has filed suit against the federal government. Is this an issue where the federal government should step in and stop the state?