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Wisconsin Bill Tackles Civil Asset Forfeiture

Imagine living in a country where transporting property from one place to another could result in your property being seized by the government. The process of civil asset forfeiture makes it so the mere suspicion of a crime is enough for law enforcement officials to take and keep possessions. Law enforcement officials in this are able to keep a portion of the assets that they confiscate so the system is frequently abused.

3 days ago
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Just Another Week... Almost a Year Later

With the majorities in the Senate and in the House, Republican constituents were looking forward to key issues finally being addressed in Congress. Healthcare repeal and tax reform were the two major promises made by legislators. Fast forward to October, though, and neither have been accomplished and senators are have gone home until October 16.

10/06/2017
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North Carolina Considers Bill to Simplify Criminal Code

Hot dogs are becoming the unlikely symbol for overcriminalization in the United States of America. More specifically, the heavily codified permit system which profits the state and harms small business owners. On September 9th of this year a man was selling hot dogs on the street in Berkeley without a permit when campus authorities approached him and took money straight from the vendor’s wallet. While law enforcement said that the money was evidence, the action is representative of the larger issue at hand.

09/27/2017
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Politicians’ Vetoes Speak Louder than Words

Government officials across party lines are vetoing minimum wage increases citing negative economic effects. Recent decisions by politicians to veto attempted minimum wage hikes have put Nevada, Illinois, and the city of Baltimore at the center of a national debate about wage laws. The widespread nature of this phenomenon illustrates just how crucial it is to be realistic about the costs of implementing a higher minimum wage.

09/15/2017