Under a proposed North Carolina law that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week, women could spend up to six months in jail for exposing a "nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast" for the "purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire."
Indecent exposure laws are nothing new — though people who insist that women's nipples are somehow indecorous while manboobs are acceptable for polite society have a twisted sense of decency — but the impetus for this law is unique…
Tags: First Amendment, North Carolina, State Legislature, Women's Rights
On January 1, 400 new federal laws took effect. Meanwhile, state legislatures passed 29,000 bills and resolutions, many of which came into force on the first of the year. Local government added thousands of new laws.
Ignorance is no excuse, so start cramming on all the weird new regulations you have to follow as of Tuesday:
Tags: Alcohol, Animals, California, Children, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Sex, State Legislature
David Axelrod on the redness of North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida…
"Anybody who thinks those states are in the bag is half in the bag themselves."
That may be the case, but if you think North Carolina is going to tip toward Obama at this point then you are probably on some sort of strong hallucinogenic. Because, really, what is blue or red anyway? They're just illusions. Everything is an illusion. Oh my God, all of life is nothing more than a puff of illogical imagination emanating from David Axelrod's mustache?
When your really think about it, that's about as likely as Obama taking N.C.
Tags: David Axelrod, Florida, North Carolina, Quote Unquote, Virginia
For the past few weeks, Mitt Romney has been steadily climbing in swing state polls. He's now leading in Colorado, surging in Florida and fighting the president to a draw in Virginia. Still, it's not enough. Barack Obama has many more paths to 270 electoral votes, and without Ohio, Romney is likely to fall short in his quest for the White House. Unless…
Tags: Fox News, North Carolina
No, not the district with highest quotient of ugly constituents. Everyone knows the New Jersey 5th has that locked down. Rather, Nate Silver's recent discussion of the Nebraska GOP's gerrymander of the 2nd Congressional District is a reminder that the 2012 election will be conducted with brand new district lines, courtesy of the 2010 Census and partisan gerrymandering.
The lines that create our congressional districts draw a picture of our democracy. Turns out, our democracy looks like a diseased whale uterus…
That's the Chicago 4th, an abomination formed by combining Chicagoland's two main Hispanic populations by way of an unpopulated highway median. It's number 3 on our list.
Number 2 on the list…
Tags: Gerrymandering, House of Representatives, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina