Is Facebook Filtering Content for More Ad Revenue? Guest Post from Craig Wilcox of Simplur

10.26.14

Is Facebook Filtering Content for More Ad Revenue? The treatment of recent major stories by Facebook highlights how our country’s dominant social network can amplify likable stories and filter out uncomfortable stories and challenging ideas. Facebook is optimizing user experiences away from important social information that might otherwise lead to substantial social progress. The question that …
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Thoughts on Arizona’s SB1062

02.26.14

From the right, by Gregory Conterio  (counter point below) “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” I’m sure we’ve all seen this on a sign, or heard the phrase before.  And if you own or operate a business, I’m sure you recognize the need and desirability to occasionally refuse to do business with …
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States Move Aggressively to Rewrite Immigration Law

09.20.13

While immigration reform legislation languishes in Congress, states are aggressively taking immigration law into their own hands. Immigration law is big business in states throughout the nation. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 43 states and the District of Columbia passed 377 laws and resolutions relating to immigration through the end of June …
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State Voter ID Laws Under Fire from the Department of Justice

09.05.13

 State Voter ID Laws Under Fire from the Department of Justice  Politics Disguised As Policy View from the Right By John Walker In a move marked more by partisan politics than sound legal policy, the Justice Department has sued the State of Texas over the state’s strict voter photo identification law. The suit seeks a …
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The Contrarians – Stand your Ground

07.19.13

The View from the Right by Gregory Conterio When history looks back upon the George Zimmerman trial, there will doubtless be much wonder about all the fuss.  After all, based on all the available evidence and witness testimony, this was a clear-cut, almost textbook case of self-defense, as anyone acquainted with the facts already knows.  …
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The Contrarians and Abortion Legislation

06.26.13

(for an updated look at 2014 legislation see this blog post) The View from the Left Derek Smith There are a handful of middle-American states with Republican legislatures that are almost constantly churning out legislation to limit access to abortion, two of which made headlines a couple months ago—North Dakota for enacting the strictest regulation …
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The Contrarians – Is it time to End the IRS?

06.14.13

The View from the Right by Gregory Conterio Scandals are nothing new to Washington D.C. but the past few months have been remarkable in their number and proximity.  I don’t know that I have ever seen or heard of a similar period when so many scandals have popped-up in such a short period, and all …
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The Contrarians – Disecting the Gun Control Argument: California SJR1

05.28.13

The View from the Right by Gregory Conterio The tragic and horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last year has thrust the issue of Gun Control once more into public debate.  This debate may have reached a crescendo on April 17th with the failure of the The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, …
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The Contrarians – What is it with South Carolina and Nullification?

05.15.13

The View from the Left by Derek Smith Citizens and legislators in thoroughly red states have been engaging in a exaggerated form of sabre-rattling towards the federal government since Obama’s re-election, implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) suggesting the will of the majority of voters at the 2012 polls does not really reflect the will of the …
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Is it a Search? Is it Surveilance? Virginia HB1981 and GPS Monitoring (Contrarian)

05.09.13

The View from the Right By Gregory Conterio The school year is winding-down, and parents or not, the minds of many of us are beginning to turn to the summer. But that does not mean legislatures have been idle!  Bills of greater and lesser import continue to be introduced at the state and federal level. …
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Minimum Wages: Do They Help the Poor, or Hurt the Economy? (Contrarian)

04.29.13

(the following post is from 4/13/2013. We posted this update in June, 2016.) The Progressive View by Derek Smith In his most recent State of the Union address, President Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour by 2015, and Congress has taken up the issue with the Fair …
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NC H494 – The Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013 (Contrarian)

04.26.13

The View from the Right By Gregory Conterio The Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013 does not appear to have much of a future.  According to local reporting, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis has said the bill will never be brought up for a vote.  Yet even though the bill likely will …
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Introducing: The Contrarians

04.23.13

We are launching a new blog feature, which I hope you will enjoy.  As you may recall, last summer we dubbed “The Summer of Controversy” and picked various hot-button topics to examine.  From  Gay Marriage and  Sex Offender Lists, to Stand Your Ground and Genetically Modified Food, we covered a wide range of topics, and hopefully helped you …
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