Pennsylvania Bars Public Release of Cops Names After Shootings Until After Internal Investigations

In a story that seems to continue to repeat itself in cities and states across the nation, Pennsylvania voted to bar the public from learning the names of police officers involved in the shooting civilians for 30 days – after the department investigates their own and has come to a conclusion about the officer’s culpability. This decision comes just after the Pennsylvania legislature voted to bar public release body camera footage to members of the general public. Unlike civilians, who are...
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Modern Privateering -er– Policing

Want a way to make thousands – maybe millions – of dollars fast? What about a new car? Property? Electronics? Well, according to Westmoreland County and the Pennsylvania state government, policing might be the quickest way to get all of that, plus some. When property is seized in a drug raid in Westmoreland county and many other counties across the nation, all of the property that the police can even remotely connect to a crime can be seized legally – a legal term known as Civil Asset Forfeitur...
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Getting Medical Marijuana On The Ballot In Oklahoma

The legalization of medical marijuana could be on the ballot in Oklahoma on November 8. Petitions have been submitted to Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge. Benge's office has completed counting the signatures, and have announced a total of 67,761 signatures collected from Oklahomans who want the proposed state question to be on the ballot. This is more than the 65,987 signatures needed for an initiative petition to be placed on an election ballot. However, the fight is not quite over. G...
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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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Why Are Local Governments Opting Out of Tax Holidays?

Localities throughout the nation are opting out of tax holidays that encourage economic growth for local businesses. When this year’s weekend of the “Back to School Tax Holiday” came around, Aya Katz looked forward to buying a laptop for her daughter, a senior in high school. Normally Aya shops for school supplies in the Wal-Mart store in Houston, Missouri, but when she looked up the Tax Holiday online, she learned that the City of Houston, the nearby City of Licking, as well as the entire C...
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FDA Imposes New Vaping Regulations, Begins Destruction of Industry

As the vaping industry grows, government oversight grows just as much. States wasted no time in beginning to crack down on vaping sales and vaping in public. Most states put age restrictions purchasing and selling e-cigarettes and vape pens. Many require special licenses and permits for vape shops. This industry has been scrutinized and regulated from its conception. However, the federal government was not content allowing the states to each handle issues of vaping and vape sales without addi...
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Illinois’ Prison Problem

By Joel Lettimore Illinois prisons are over populated due to neglect in the criminal justice system and inefficient deployment of resources to fight crime. In February 2015 Governor Bruce Rauner issued the Executive Order Establishing The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice And Sentencing Reform, or Executive Order 14 in response to this long ignored crisis. Citing information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Rauner says that Illinois prisons are operating at 150% of their des...
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How Can You Help Stonegait Institute?

We are very proud to announce a very strong kickoff this last week at the Stonegait Institute.  We have identified many problems across the country, and have begun aggressive campaigns to raise awareness to these issues.  This has come due to a tremendous amount of work from volunteers all over America who want to see liberty and freedom restored to everyone.  However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for us, and we need your help moving forward. While we have been successful in findin...
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Sunshine State News (Op-Ed): The Presumption of Privacy: The State’s War on the 4th Amendment

The Stonegait Institute's Zach Garretson writes for the Sunshine State News: It is common knowledge in America that the Federal Government has programs in place to to collect citizen’s phone records, as well as many other invasions of our privacy under the guise of the Patriot Act. What most people fail to realize is the gross abuse of surveillance equipment by law enforcement at all levels of government, up to and including your local police departments. The most prevalent, and egregious devi...
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Smoking Bans – Who Should Decide?

More and more groups are popping up around the country advocating for state and local governments to implement smoking bans in privately owned bars, restaurants, and other establishments saying that second-hand smoke is a danger to society and that bans imposed on smoking is necessary for the health and safety of workers and patrons. At first glance, many people, smokers and non-smokers alike, think this is a good thing. However, upon further research, it turns out that these bans are harmful...
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