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The Iran Deal: What You Need to Know

The Iran Deal: What You Need to Know

. . By Thomas L. Knapp At last, the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China) have announced an agreement with Iran limiting that country’s nuclear research program. Supporters of the deal proclaim “peace in our time.” Opponents cry “Munich!” Which side should you believe? Neither, really. But the deal’s supporters have […]

Redistricting for Dummies: How to End the Gerrymander

Redistricting for Dummies: How to End the Gerrymander

    By Thomas L. Knapp Every ten years, based on the latest census data, the states receive new apportionments of seats in the US House of Representatives. The state legislatures begin mapping out revised districts to accommodate changes in population, population distribution, and increases or decreases in the number of seats. And five years […]

Broadband Prices: Bernie Sanders and His Gang of Four Are Out of Touch

Broadband Prices: Bernie Sanders and His Gang of Four Are Out of Touch

    By Thomas L. Knapp Back in 1992, US president George HW Bush stumbled over a grocery store price scanner on his way to re-election. Touring a grocers’ convention, Bush gazed in “wonder,” according to the New York Times, at technology well-known to everyone else. Bush went down in history as “out of touch” […]

In Praise of Sanctuary Cities

In Praise of Sanctuary Cities

    By Thomas L. Knapp Politicians can’t resist the opportunity to pile on to a juicy news story for a quick bit of campaign face time. The bloodier the better, so in the wake of Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an “illegal immigrant,” it’s no surprise to see […]

“Gun Control”: The Answer Is NO

“Gun Control”: The Answer Is NO

    By Thomas L. Knapp “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” US president Barack Obama said after last week’s shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. “[O]nce again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a […]

Time to Give Taxpayers a (Prison) Break

Time to Give Taxpayers a (Prison) Break

    By Thomas L. Knapp Daniel Webster was from New England, but one of his most famous quotes merits recognizing him as an honorary Floridian: “Every man’s life, liberty, and property are in danger when the Legislature is in session.” In special session last week, Florida’s House and Senate negotiators agreed on a $2.3 […]

An Explanation: What The Supreme Court Will Not do to ObamaCare

An Explanation: What The Supreme Court Will Not do to ObamaCare

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The US Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in King v. Burwell soon. At issue in the case is whether or not the Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” entitles people in states which have not established their own “exchanges” to federally subsidized health coverage. Writing […]

Regulating Rides: Markets Are Better Than Politics

Regulating Rides: Markets Are Better Than Politics

    By Thomas L. Knapp Jacksonville, Florida’s politicians have, once again, arrived at an impasse on the matter of how to regulate “ride-sharing” services UberX and Lyft (Christopher Hong, “UberX, Lyft remain in limbo as City Council looks to state for new regulations,” Florida Times-Union, May 17). Instead of asking the state’s legislature to […]

Pan Fascism: Mussolini was a Piker

Pan Fascism: Mussolini was a Piker

By Thomas L. Knapp California’s Senate unanimously approved a bill proffered by Sacramento Democrat Richard Pan on May 18. The bill “would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board.” Why are “beer bikes” so important to Senator Pan? If you guessed “because he […]