Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Tea Party and Local Fiscal Responsibility

Yevgeny Shrago  The wave of Tea Party victories in the last election cycle means renewed promises of closing the deficit with vague promises of future spending cuts. The inability of Tea Party governments on the state and local levels to fund deficits with cheap money means that it should be possible to observe what sorts of “unnecessary”…

A new weapon against foreclosures?

Rachel Lauter Last week, Massachusetts’ highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, handed down its ruling in the Ibanez case, affirming a lower court’s ruling which invalidated two foreclosures based on U.S Bancorp and Wells Fargo’s improper paperwork. The ruling affirms that banks must show that they were assignees of the mortgages at the time of the…

DADT repeal leaves military spouses out in the cold

Marshall Thompson The recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a great step for equality in this country. Having served in two combat zones with good friends and outstanding soldiers who were gay, I was overjoyed that our nation abolished this oppressive policy. Unfortunately, while homosexual service members can now serve openly, they will…

School Admissions, Socioeconomic Status, and Affirmative Action

By Jay Willis As reported by ABC News (video) and the Houston Chronicle, Texas physician Michael Bardwil has filed suit against his alma mater, Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston), for denying admission to his son.  Bardwil claims that while meeting with school officials in 2006 to discuss his son’s eventual application, the school’s director of development assured him…

Ninth Circuit Decides Proposition 8 Case. Sorta.

By Michael Stephan Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the weighty gay marriage case involving California’s Proposition 8, took a step toward completion last week when the Ninth Circuit ordered certification of a question about standing to the California Supreme Court.  Proposition 8, which was deemed unconstitutional by a federal district court last August, provides that “[o]nly marriage between…

Why Is Chicago’s Mayoral Election In February?

By Zack Luck Here in America’s Third Second City, Election Day is less than two months away.  You heard that right, no primary, just straight to an election (with some unusual procedures) on the third Tuesday in February.  This is Chicago’s very own way of saying “you thought just having Elections on Tuesday was anti-democratic, we’re going to go…

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