Political Turmoil: Brokered Conventions, Third Party Threats, and the Future of American Politics

As we head into tonight’s Republican caucus in Nevada, the race has dwindled to five candidates. Donald Trump continues to dominate the field with his chest-beating and bravado, leading in the state by 20 points. Ted Cruz, despite coming in third in both New Hampshire and South Carolina, continues to push forward with a traditional ground game based on traditional values. John Kasich is still positioning himself as the reasonable candidate, but with single-digit polling numbers, it looks like the electorate isn’t buying it. Dr. Ben Carson, with his painfully dull persona and woefully shallow policy perspectives, refuses to bow out. And Marco Rubio, the establishment heir apparent in the wake of Jeb Bush‘s departure, seems strapped in for the long haul.

But Trump still holds a commanding lead in national polls and is positioned not only to win Nevada, but the bulk of the Super Tuesday states. So why do the remaining candidates seem so resolute?

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Actor Johnny Depp Will Speak at Reason Rally 2016

The Reason Rally just got a major boost of star power.

Actor Johnny Depp, known for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be on stage at the Lincoln Memorial on June 4.

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Proposed Illinois Law Would Deny Support from Mothers Who Don’t List Father on Birth Certificate

Two Illinois Republicans, Rep. Keith Wheeler and Rep. John Caveletto, have introduced a bill (since referred to the Rules Committee) to amend state birth certificate rules by denying financial support from single mothers who don’t name the child’s father on the birth certificate.

Furthermore, they would deny the child a birth certificate altogether unless a father’s name was listed:

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Approves Program Giving Taxpayer-Funded Scholarships to Religious Schools

In 2010, Oklahoma passed a law called the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act which provided vouchers to students with special needs. It meant students who qualified could attend one of several dozen private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.

The problem with that law was that the vast majority of those schools were religious. (And most of them did not actually specialize in special needs students.)

In short, the scholarship was a sneaky way to get taxpayers to pay for the religious education of students.

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The American Family Association Has Quietly Removed the “Bigotry Map” from Its Website

It was a year ago today when the American Family Association released a “Bigotry Map,” a sort-of response to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s famous list of “hate groups.” But while the SPLC’s list consisted of groups that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” the AFA’s map appeared to have just one prerequisite: You disagreed with them.

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As of today, though, the Map no longer exists.

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