Photo courtesy Nicholas Eckhart, Flickr, March 19, 2014

If any of us needed another reminder that the US Senate is being led by a bunch of clueless demagogues comes a failed vote to overturn the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby opinion.

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The electoral juggernaut that is the Reelect Mark Begich hit a patch of rough water over the last several weeks; most of it due to democrats acting like democrats.

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State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

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Now that the IRS has demonstrated itself fully partisan in nature and wholly unaccountable, what do we do? This is not the only agency that has chosen sides in the political wars, though it is certainly the worst, as it is the agency with the most power over our daily lives (though the EPA , DHS, (In)Justice, and FDA are certainly vying for that designation).

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The Center for Immigration Studies released a report on immigration since the year 2000 late this week. The basic conclusions of the report, created using government supplied data, finds that over the last 14 years, there has been no increase in the number of Native Americans holding a job while 5.7 million immigrants hold new jobs over that period.

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