The Cleveland Free Times takes a long, hard look at the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) operating methods in Ohio. As usual, it ain't pretty. The right-wing, corporate-funded network of state legislators is exposed quite thoroughly.
The 2000 election sparked an interest in electoral reform. Paired with
a rising tendency among voters toward self-declared independence from
the two major parties and a new wave of reforms have started growing in
popularity across the country. In statehouses and in voting booths,
reforms are moving forward to give Americans more real options at the
Or if a tree falls in a forest and a jury isn't told, does the tree legally exist?
More or less, this is the issue before the US Supreme Court in a case deciding whether state law can require judges to hide evidence from juries. In South Carolina, state law generally prohibits defense lawyers from presenting evidence that someone other than the accused committed the crime in question.