There have recently been a wave of rightwing resolutions asserting "state sovereignty," with Governor Rick Perry even evoking Civil War-era rhetoric about Texas having the right to secede from the United States.
NEW YORK - Today, Progressive States Network (PSN) issued a
call for state legislators across the country to denounce Texas State
Rep. Betty Brown’s recent assertion that that legal Chinese American
immigrants should adopt Anglophone names that are “easier for
Americans to deal with.”
According to PSN policy analyst Caroline Fan, herself a second
generation Chinese American immigrant, “Now more than ever, we need to
have a rational and respectful dialogue about how to fix our country’s
broken immigration system. Rep. Brown’s comments, which imply that
Chinese Americans aren’t Americans, are precisely the kind of racially
divisive rhetoric that will keep us from having such a dialogue.”
Three recent revelations about electronic voting machines highlight the
maddening lack of security in paperless elections, and emphasize why paper ballot voting with robust post-election audits are a basic requirement for secure elections.