The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative has been cancelled, at least for this year. “Because of internal disorganization, internal discord, legal decisions, and [campaign founder] Ward Connerly’s health problems, there was some rough sledding for a while,” said state rep Leon Drolet, in the Detroit Free Press. Supporters say they’ll try to get on the ballot in 2006. I hope they do–but failing to make it this year is a big setback, given the momentum they should have had following the Supreme Court’s lousy decisions in the University of Michigan race-preference cases. Unfortunately, a lot of Michigan Republicans are probably patting themselves on the back for helping quash the initiative–you know, for making sure a “divisive” measure didn’t reach the ballot, because race preferences “bring us together” or somesuch nonsense. (See my article here on GOP opposition to MCRI.) As it happens, polls have indicated that voters probably would have approved MCRI. Michigan conservatives should bear this in mind and extract promises from gubernatorial candidates that they’ll support MCRI in 2006.
During last night's CNN town halls, Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating the voting rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and Kamala Harris indicated that she was open to the idea. Anne Carlstein, a junior at Harvard, asked Sanders, “You have said that you believe that people with felony ... Read More
I believe three things at the same time. First, Donald Trump should have voluntarily produced his tax returns years ago. Second, one of the laws Democrats are using to demand production of Trump’s returns — which grants the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee the right to see the returns of any ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
If you’re paying attention to presidential politics, you should be paying attention to Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur running for president as a Democrat. Yang is worth taking seriously not because he has a real shot at the nomination (he comes in at about 1 percent in most polls), but because, unlike most ... Read More
On Monday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to completely eliminate student debt and make college free. It’s a terrible, financially infeasible idea, which is something that has been pointed out many times over by the more economically literate among us. So, I’d like to ask ... Read More
Two eminent public intellectuals -- Jordan B. Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher -- sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto with their debate “Happiness, Capitalism vs. Marxism.” What followed had little to do with happiness and less to do with capitalism and Marxism, ... Read More