Government Run Amuck: Corruption in “Middletown” America

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating officials in the town of Muncie, Indiana, for allegations of multiple instances of public corruption. Muncie is known for being the subject of a sociological study published in 1929, called Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture. The first instance of corruption involves a local business owner, Carl Barber, who sold a flea market to Jeff Burke, a local businessman, in August for $150,000. By September, Burke had already re-sold ...
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3,000 Go Hungry After Kansas City Health Department Seizes Two Tons of Donated BBQ

Every year, the leftover meat from American Royal's World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, MO, is donated to needy families. But this year the Kansas City Health Department caught wind of this charitable venture, and, rather than letting it go on unmolested, seized more than 4,200 pounds of meat and side dishes, tossing it in a dumpster and covering it in bleach. “All of that food was uninspected,” said Kansas City Health Department Operations Manager Joe Williamson, “so that makes it from ...
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Pennsylvania Legislators Turning Their Backs on Police Accountability

Following in the footsteps of North Carolina (on which Stonegait previously reported), the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a bill that impacts government transparency and police accountability. Per the Pittsburgh Post – Gazette, the bill before the Pennsylvania house has noticeable similarities with the law passed by the North Carolina legislature: “The bill would require anyone seeking access to data from body cameras to identify every person in the video before the video had b...
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Michigan State House Seeks to Ban Assault Weapons

By Taylor Hill With two months to go in Michigan’s legislative season, a new House Bill has been introduced with the intent of making “assault weapons” a felony to manufacture, sell, transfer or own. The fact that House Bill 5996, brought by Democratic state representatives Robert Wittenberg and Jim Townsend and known as the “Assault Weapon Regulation Act,” is even being considered should be a red flag to citizens of Michigan. While gun control advocates argue that removing guns from ...
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New Mexico Governor Fights to Reinstitute Death Penalty

By Taylor Hill Ever since winning her campaign in 2010, Governor Susana Martinez has been trying to reinstitute the death penalty in New Mexico. But after a police officer, Jose Chavez of Hatch, NM, was shot while conducting a routine traffic stop earlier this year, Governor Martinez has taken her efforts to new heights. New Mexico abandoned the death penalty under Governor Bill Richardson in 2009, substituting the ultimate penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parol...
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Why would Libertarians Compromise on Gun Control?

If there is one right Libertarians hold dear, it is the right to keep and bear arms, for this is the right that guarantees that the people will have recourse against a truly tyrannical government. There are, of course, plenty of reasons for owning firearms, be it for hunting, self-defense, sport, or even just collecting as a hobby. But, at the end of the day, the right to bear arms is about ensuring that the American people have the tools that they need to fend off oppression and tyranny. ...
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It is Illegal to Curse, Blaspheme, or Break the Sabbath in Oklahoma

We may live in a time where gay marriage is legal, anyone can order a drone off the internet, and America proved that the path to the presidency can include reality-TV stardom, but it is still illegal to curse, blaspheme, or break the Sabbath in Oklahoma. The text of the law reads: If any person shall utter or speak any obscene or lascivious language or word in any public place, or in the presence of females, or in the presence of children under ten (10) years of age, he shall be liable ...
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Double Taxation: Texas Roads Edition

After fully funding a highway project with taxpayer dollars, a Texas agency is collecting tolls, effectively double-taxing local residents The Loop 375 Border West Highway toll project in El Paso, TX, is a unique arrangement between the state and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) that effectively double-taxes residents. Even though the RMA, an unelected toll authority, did not contribute financially to the project, it was given $500 million in Texas Mobility Funds out of the ...
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VA Gov. Pushing Anti-Second Amendment Regulations

By Trent Somes and Joe Trotter Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is trying to institute regulations that would make it illegal for gun owners to carry a weapon, concealed or otherwise, on any executive branch offices, and Virginians are not happy. The public has shown distaste for the regulation, showing up en masse to public hearings to speak out against McAuliffe’s new regulations, with even some state employees making their voices heard in opposition of the new measures. The Virgini...
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Activists Supported By Stonegait Institute Wins Big for Medical Marijuana

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners met Thursday night to vote on a one-year moratorium for all medical marijuana facilities within the county.  The Stonegait Institute was out in front of this issue, informing the public of what was going on, and sending activists to the meeting to speak out against this infringement on our rights. The County Commissioners claimed to need the moratorium so they could discuss how marijuana dispensaries would be licensed and zoned in Escambia Cou...
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