Common Core is a "good idea gone bad," Mike Huckabee wrote in his new book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. He explained what he meant by that in a Monday interview with the Christian Post, and talked about his plans for a presidential run in 2016 and why he wrote the book.
He begins the book by recalling the Summer of 2012 Chick-fil-A protests over owner Dan Cathy's defense of biblical marriage. Huckabee helped to organize an August 1 counter-protest of sorts at the time called "Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day," which led to a 200 percent increase in sales on that day. Later, Huckabee said, he was disappointed in Cathy for saying he would never publicly defend biblical marriage again.
"For many who had stood for free speech in showing appreciation for Chick-fil-A, it seemed the company was choosing to abandon them and opt for 'no speech,'" he wrote. more >>
During the President's State of the Union address this week, he proposed a plan for restructuring the tax code to help middle class families. While initially appealing, his proposals are decidedly one sided. I expressed my displeasure with the plan here, but wanted to take the opportunity to interview my friend Brad Wilcox, one of the nation's foremost sociologists on family structure, who also expressed frustration with the President's plan in a series of tweets. Wilcox is the Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can follow him on twitter here.
Walker: During this week's State of the Union, you tweeted in disappointment that the President's tax relief plan for middle class families–which would triple the child-care tax credit to $3000 and add a dual-earner credit of $500–excluded any specific policies for households with a stay-at-home-parent. Why were you disappointed?
Wilcox: The president could have easily chosen to offer a tax reform plan that served all low-income and middle-class families. Instead, he offered a plan that serves only families headed by two earners. There's no place for the traditional family in the president's plan. What's more: the President's proposed dual-earner credit provides no relief to middle-class families headed by a single parent. more >>
America's 10 most Bible-minded cities are all still located in the "Bible Belt" of the South and Birmingham, Alabama sits at the top of that pack. The state of Alabama also became the state with the most Bible-minded cities in 2015, according to a Barna survey commissioned by the American Bible Society.
The study is based on 42,855 interviews conducted nationwide and the analysis of Bible trends. Bible-minded individuals are those persons who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.
According to the report, at least 46 percent of the population in the top-ten most Bible-minded cities met this criteria. more >>
Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions.
In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery. more >>
This past December, the CDC released abortion numbers for the year 2011. The CDC's figures indicated that among states consistently reporting data, the number of abortions fell by 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011. This is consistent with the long-term decline in the number of abortions performed since 1990. In fact, America's abortion decline has been remarkably durable: Abortion numbers have continued to fall regardless of demographic trends, the strength of the economy, or which party controls the White House.
Of course, as pro-lifers are quick to point out, the CDC's abortion-reporting requirements are notoriously weak. California, to take just one example, has not reported any abortion data to the CDC in over 15 years. That said, the abortion-trend data provided to the CDC correlates strongly with abortion-trend data released by the Guttmacher Institute, which has a more consistent data-collection mechanism. And the 2011 decline is fairly consistent among states, so it's unlikely that it was caused by yearly idiosyncrasies or changes in reporting requirements. In fact, the number of abortions fell in 42 of the 46 states that released data in both 2010 and 2011.
Why are abortion numbers falling? Pro-life legislation is playing a role. This past September, State Politics and Policy released a study of mine which shows that a range of state-level pro-life laws have resulted in lower abortion rates. But abortion numbers are falling everywhere—even in states that have not been active in passing pro-life legislation. Many credit contraception, but despite increased contraceptive use, the unintended pregnancy rate has remained fairly constant over the long term. Much of the decline is due to the fact that a higher percentage of women with unintended pregnancies are carrying them to term. more >>
This past week, following the nation's celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968.
This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help.
The Court heard arguments in the case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a non-profit defining itself as for "thriving racially and economically inclusive communities." more >>