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Free to discriminate!

Cheeto declared today that healthcare workers are free to discriminate against others based on their religious beliefs. Now that the moral handcuffs are off, and the Hippocratic Oath is rendered meaningless, a new wave of personal freedom is upon us.

Cannabis won't be on the ballot, but it may define the 2018 elections

National polling shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of it. Support has increased by 14 points since 2011, and even 51 percent of Republicans say medical marijuana should be made legal.

Life may not be fair, but government should be

Phil Berger and Tim Moore want to control all three branches of government in North Carolina, and they’re working to make that happen. The first branch in their crosshairs was the executive, where they’ve been trying to hobble Governor Cooper. Some of their actions have already been judged unconstitutional, others will be.

Freedom + fairness: Abortion rights

Freedom + fairness: Abortion rights

I had a great conversation today with an extremely knowledgeable advocate about many different aspects of reproductive health. She thinks that "safety" is a key element in the discussion, something that hasn't been front and center for me. Her evidence is that many people who disapprove of abortion still want it to be legal ... and safe.

I get that, and I'm sure there are lots of people who feel that way. But the question I didn't get to ask is this: Will people who disapprove of abortion ever vote for a Democrat?

Dereliction of duty

What happens when a legislator votes for a bill she or he cannot possibly have read? Isn't there some sort of legal challenge that could be mounted by citizens charging dereliction of duty? Rather than saying, "We use elections to decide such things," how about saying, "This is a matter for the courts. Some things are fundamental. including carrying out the basic responsibilities of the position to which you have been elected. Reading bills is one of them. We fine you $100,000 and declare that you stand for reelection in the next cycle."

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