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Guns Save Lives Guns Save Lives
You know what the mainstream media think about guns and our freedom to carry them. Pierre Thomas of ABC: "When someone gets angry or when they snap, they are going to be able to have access to weapons." Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "I wonder if in a free society violence is always going to be a part of it if guns are available." Keith Olbermann, who usually can't be topped for absurdity: "Organizations like the NRA ... are trying to increase deaths by gun in this country." "Trying to?" Well, I admit...
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Author: info@reason.org (John Stossel)
522 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 6/24/2010 12:48:00 PM

VP Biden on Broadband "Information Overline" VP Biden on Broadband "Information Overline"
You knew the White House was taking its chances sending out Vice President Joe Biden to talk up the broadband stimulus. And Old Joe was on form, as usual.This afternoon outside Erie, Pa., the veep was on hand to announce the criteria the federal government will use to hand out $7.2 billion in stimulus funds aimed at developing the broadband infrastructure in underserved areas.In his address to 200 people at Seneca High School near Erie, The Wall Street Journal reported Biden saying, “The bottom...
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Author: steven.titch@reason.org (Steven Titch)
452 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 7/1/2009 4:55:00 PM

Sandy Springs Continues to Prove that Privatization Works Sandy Springs Continues to Prove that Privatization Works
Yesterday's New York Times profiled the city government of Sandy Springs, Georgia, which incorporated nearly seven years ago under a model where the vast majority of non-safety services are provided through public-private partnerships (PPPs) with private sector service providers. Here's a snippet from the beginning: If your image of a city hall involves a venerable building, some Roman pillars and lots of public employees, the version offered by this Atlanta suburb of 94,000 residents is a bit of a...
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Author: leonard.gilroy@reason.org (Leonard Gilroy)
358 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 6/25/2012 2:25:00 PM

New at Reason.tv: Public-Private Partnerships in Puerto Rico New at Reason.tv: Public-Private Partnerships in Puerto Rico
Yesterday, my Reason.tv colleagues posted a new video on Puerto Rico's laudable program to entice private investment in public roads, schools and other infrastructure via public-private partnerships: "At the end of the day, we are benefiting from savings," explains David Alvarez, executive director of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Authority. "The government is not dedicating more resources to (infrastructure) and the taxpayers are receiving value."Although vital public projects such...
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Author: leonard.gilroy@reason.org (Leonard Gilroy)
233 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 7/10/2012 2:25:00 PM

[Op-Ed] Legislature has the Chance to Set a Standard on 64 [Op-Ed] Legislature has the Chance to Set a Standard on 64
Yesterday, Leonard Gilroy and I co-authored an op-ed published in The Colorado Springs Gazette for the Independence Institute (a Denver-based free market think tank) entitled, "Legislature has the chance to set a standard on 64." The piece specifically explores implementation of Amendment 64 to the Colorado state constitution. It begins: Last month Colorado voters resoundingly passed Amendment 64 into the state constitution, legalizing both recreational marijuana and industrial hemp. So...
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Author: harris.kenny@reason.org (Harris Kenny)
198 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/21/2012 5:20:00 PM

It All Depends on What the Meaning of the Word "Unserved" Is It All Depends on What the Meaning of the Word "Unserved" Is
Yesterday’s hearing on broadband stimulus reportedly was SRO, yet after several hours, most attendees walked away shaking their heads over the lack of general detail and panel’s own reticence to define what an “unserved area” is. You’d think it would be an easy binary yes/no answer to the question, “Is broadband service available in your city/town/region?” Such are the politics when it comes to a $7.2 bilion government giveaway. Defining unserved seems to be a...
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Author: steven.titch@reason.org (Steven Titch)
436 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 3/11/2009 11:03:00 AM

Carry On Carry On
Yesterday the Supreme Court considered the question of whether the Second Amendment applies outside of jurisdictions controlled by the federal government. The Court will almost certainly say yes, and soon it may consider a question that should be equally easy to answer: whether the Second Amendment applies outside of the home. In 2008, the first time the Supreme Court explicitly declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to “keep and bear arms,” it ruled that the...
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Author: jsullum@reason.com (Jacob Sullum)
308 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 3/3/2010 9:35:00 AM

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearings on Airport Security House Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearings on Airport Security
Yesterday the House Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Perspectives on the future of Transportation Security”. The subcommittee examined ways to improve the Transportation Security Administration. Americans who have flown over the past ten years have experienced the security screenings operated by the TSA. Chairman Mike Rogers (R) from Alabama who oversaw the hearing offered this opening statement (part below): Let me start by saying that giving up on TSA without having...
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Author: baruch.feigenbaum@reason.org (Baruch Feigenbaum)
255 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 7/11/2012 10:58:00 AM

California, Illinois Continue to Make Other States Look Good California, Illinois Continue to Make Other States Look Good
Yesterday Sunshine Review, a nonpartisan non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, released its first State Government Salary Report [available online here], which analyzes public sector employee salaries in 152 local governments spanning eight states. The editors of Sunshine Review selected eight states with relevant political contexts, including: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. It shouldn’t surprise...
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Author: harris.kenny@reason.org (Harris Kenny)
1495 Hits, 278 Comments, Added On 1/19/2012 12:57:00 PM

Union-Propagated Red Herrings Continue to Mar Corrections Research Union-Propagated Red Herrings Continue to Mar Corrections Research
Yesterday Mike Hall posted on AFL-CIO Now’s In the States blog about a recent report entitled, Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S. from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Unfortunately NCCD falls for red herrings propagated by public employee unions like the AFL-CIO, while ignoring pressing issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Specifically, they blame the private sector for problems that are more strongly correlated...
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Author: harris.kenny@reason.org (Harris Kenny)
199 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 6/13/2012 11:40:00 AM

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