While huge strides have been made in terms of ensuing everyone has the right to vote, there are those who in the name of partisan politics would try and construct barriers to voting. Both major political parties are guilty of such manipulation, and their two most popular “tricks” today are the introduction of voter ID and early voting laws. Continue reading Manipulating the Right to Vote
“Equal pay for equal work. It’s common sense. It’s also overdue. Let’s close the gap and let’s do it now.” -Vice President Joe Biden Winston Smith When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law … Continue reading The Equal Pay Act: Is It Working?
John O. Sullivan The General Assembly may continue its session so long as in its judgment the public interest may require, for a period not longer than ninety days in each year. The ninety days shall be consecutive unless … Continue reading Marylands Crazy Part Time Legislature
Days after losing an election and promising to cede power, long-time ruler of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh retracted that promise, and The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is a sub-unit of the African Union, declared that if Jammeh did not resign his post by the planned inauguration date of the 19th, that they would authorize a military intervention to remove him by force. It is 90 days exactly since the original ultimatum deadline for Jammeh’s term, so now seems a natural time to look back at those events and examine the end results. Continue reading Gambia Intervention: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Tom Warwick “It’s when the ‘international community’ expresses ‘concern’ about your ‘situation’ that your situation is well and truly fucked.” ― Michael D. Weiss Last week, a total of fifty-nine tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the decks of two … Continue reading FBB Primer: The Struggle in Syria
These are troubling times for the National Parks. Decades of chronic underfunding has left our National Parks System with a $12 Billion maintenance backlog. The Parks Service has arrived at a critical crossroads between conflicting goals of its mission: Access and Preservation. Movements by State Republicans to decertify Bear Ears National Monument in Utah and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine threaten individual parks, but one ever looming, increasingly popular idea threatens the parks as a whole: Privatization. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Privatizing the Parks!?
Much ado has been made about the refugee crisis because of unrest in the Middle East. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an estimated 5,020,470 people are registered as Syrian refugees – a number higher than the population of any of the 116 smallest countries in the world. While that statistic is staggering, it is in no way the largest refugee crisis our world will face in the 21 century. Continue reading The Coming Storm: Climate Change Refugees
The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation. – Sandra Day O’Connor By Winston Smith Our governmental institutions have become … Continue reading Judicial Independence and the Selection of Judges
In use since the early days of the republic, the procedure has become especially controversial in the last few years as both Republicans and Democrats have threatened to significantly curtail its effects. Since it is likely that we will see some significant action concerning the future of the Filibuster as early as this week, the team at the FBB thought a short primer might be helpful. Continue reading FBB Special Report: Parliamentary Pirates
On Christmas Day 1991, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over all power to the Russian President. At 7:32pm, the Soviet Hammer and Sickle that flew over the Kremlin was lowered and replaced with the Russian tricolor. Overnight the world’s oldest, largest, and most powerful Communist state had ceased to exist. The future of this wayward state was now in the hands of Boris Yeltsin. Continue reading There is a Bear in the Woods: False Starts