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Maryland Senate Committee to Consider Police Reform Bills In Rare Interim Session
Jesse Kelley & Casey Witte

This week, the Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear testimony on several police reform bills in a rare interim session. While legislative committees often hold informational…

McSally and Sinema: How different are they really?
Jonathan Bydlak

The 2018 race for the Senate between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was one of the most hotly contested in the country. Polls leading up to Election Day showed each candidate…

The veto was the right call: Gov. DeSantis and SB 810
Jesse Kelley & Jonathan Haggerty

Gov. DeSantis appropriately used his veto power to combat black markets in Florida. Senate Bill 810 would have banned the use of any flavored nicotine liquid not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug…

Character Matters: An R Street Q&A Series on Character Education — Paul Herdman
Andy Smarick

Paul Herdman is president and CEO of Rodel of Delaware. Previously, he had roles with New American Schools, the Brookings Institution, RAND, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Education and…

Character Matters: An R Street Q&A Series on Character Education — Greg Richmond
Andy Smarick

Greg Richmond is the former president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Mr. Richmond spent 11 years at Chicago Public Schools in a variety of roles, including Chief…

Character Matters: An R Street Q&A Series on Character Education — Todd Huston
Andy Smarick

Todd Huston is Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. Previously, he was a member of a local board of education and the Indiana State Board of Education.

Do our public schools really…

Congress May Remove a Paywall to Justice
Anthony Marcum

Update: On Tuesday, the House Judiciary passed H.R. 8235, the Open Courts Act of 2020, by voice vote.

Would you believe the same committee that voted along party lines to impeach President Trump…

The Right to Drink Episode 1: Why Your Craft Cocktail Should Cost $4
William Gray & C. Jarrett Dieterle

Christine was about three quarters down the path of opening Silverback [distillery] when reality started to sink in. Operating a distillery in Virginia was going to be a lot different than she…

Why Public Service? Episode 4: Mario Beovides
William Gray & Kevin Kosar

“Right now, Congress is having a hard time making sure that that their Congressional Workforce looks like America. So we want to make sure that we have a more diverse Congressional Workforce. Part of…

Is Big So Bad? Political Competition Enforcement Threatens Consumers
Jeffrey Westling

Based on reports, Attorney General William Barr has decided to bring an antitrust case against tech-giant Google by the end of the month, against the advice of many of his department’s career staff….