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Ranked-Choice Voting Could Improve Alabama’s Primaries
Ryan Williamson

The Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff concluded last month after neither of the top two candidates received the necessary majority to declare victory. The state spent millions of dollars so…

Criminal Justice Reform Efforts and Rise in Crime: Spotlight on Baton Rouge, La.
Lisel Petis

This is the fifth in a series of posts on the subject. Scroll to the end to see the most recent posts in the series.

Introduction
The nation has been captivated by reports of rising crime and the…

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Faced with increased crime, we need more—not less—justice reform
Marc Hyden

It’s impossible to escape the tragic news of the recent mass shootings and the general rise in violent crime, and Americans are naturally scrambling to discover their cause and how they can be…

It’s time to cut the red tape for absentee voters
Matt Germer

The requirements for voting by mail in North Carolina are absurd.

Let’s start with the basics: it’s important that our elections are secure, that outcomes are trustworthy, and that only those…

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Georgia’s primaries reveal a disturbing degree of sore loser-ism
Marc Hyden

Social media is once again awash with elections-related conspiracy theories as Trump loyalists struggle to explain how four of his endorsed candidates were trounced so badly on Georgia’s primary…

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The laboratories of democracy need to stop importing bad ideas
Marc Hyden

One of the many benefits of our system of federalism is that states can experiment with different policies, and if successful, other states and even the federal government can consider adopting them….

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Despite Government Interference, Charity MUST Persevere
Marc Hyden

Few things are more frustrating than supposedly well-intentioned government policies that ultimately devastate large swaths of people. There are plenty of historical examples of this—from high…

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A Confused Approach to Harm Reduction
Marc Hyden

If you want consistent approaches from the government to society’s many problems, then you’re likely to be disappointed. Nowhere is this clearer than in the responses to the tobacco and opioid…

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Invoking Lovejoy’s Law on Justice Reform
Marc Hyden

“Think of the children” is a common refrain used in state capitols and city halls across the country to justify banning or regulating just about anything—even including plastic straws. Often,…

Florida Homeowners Insurance Market: The Crash Everyone Can See Coming 
Jerry Theodorou

The Florida homeowners insurance market is in crisis. Again. Observers characterize the market in “freefall,” in “crisis” mode and “spiraling” toward collapse. In recent years, insurance…

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