Alaska May Alter Its Constitution to Allow Taxpayers to Fund Religious Schools

If Alaskan Republicans get their way, then taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for students who attend religious schools.

As it stands, the state’s Constitution forbids that. Article 7, Section 1 states:

No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.

But Reps. Wes Keller, Lora Reinbold, Bob Lynn, and Bill Stoltze are attempting to eliminate that line altogether with House Joint Resolution 1:

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Congressman Rush Holt, Science Advocate and Darwin Day Enthusiast, Will Not Run for Re-Election

We’re losing one of the good ones.

Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey, announced yesterday that he won’t be running for re-election later this year:

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Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas Wants You to Vote for Him Because… Jesus

State Senator Dan Patrick, a radio talk show host from Houston, is currently running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas. He already voiced his support for teaching Creationism in science classes during a televised debate last December, where he added, “The breakup of the family in this country has started when we took God out of the classroom.”

Now, his latest campaign ad educates voters on what really matters: His record. His policies. His platform. God.

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How to Better Bruise Your Kid

If you’re concerned that parents feel constrained by law to hit their children, State Rep. Gail Finney, a Kansas Democrat, is rushing to your side.

A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.

Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn’t leave marks. State Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising. The bill also would allow parents to give permission to others to spank their children. It would continue to ban hitting a child with fists, in the head or body, or with a belt or switch.

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Anti-Gay Domino Falls in Virginia, Promising To Knock Over Other Southern States’ Marriage Laws

Pro-equality campaigners notched their belts late last week when

Invoking Abraham Lincoln and the nation’s historic struggle against racial discrimination, a federal judge declared … that Virginia’s laws that limit marriage to a man and a woman violated the due process and equal protection provisions of the 14th Amendment. … The ruling, which overturned a constitutional amendment adopted by Virginia voters in 2006 as well as previous laws, also said that Virginia must respect same-sex marriages that were carried out legally in other states.

If the Court of Appeals upholds Thursday’s decision, the repercussions in the South, where opposition to same-sex marriage has been strongest, could be wide. Restrictive state amendments would most likely be voided in other states of the Fourth Circuit, including North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. (Maryland, the fifth circuit member, approved same-sex marriage in 2012.)

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