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Supreme Court opt-outs Obamacare; SCOTUSblog smacks haters

There were two large and related news stories from the Supreme Court today.

First up, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (PDF) that some Obamacare provisions can indeed be ignored by some employers who object to it on religious grounds:

Attempting to expand religious expression protections to small business owners without significantly disrupting the rules that govern for-profit corporations, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees’ birth control.

In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The RFRA dictates that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.” see more…

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Sarwark/LP could be “serious competition”

The Washington Times picked up on our “stunning” announcement of the new LNC chair:

Republicans and Democrats, who pine to woo the all-important young, restless and disengaged demographic, have some serious competition for this sizable voting bloc, which now numbers about 45 million.

In what onlookers described as a “stunning” upset during their recent national convention, the Libertarian Party elected Nicholas Sarwark as their chairman. He is 34, hails from Denver, serves as a deputy public defender, is a prolific blogger and is intent on positioning the Libertarian Party as “the only choice for pro-freedom young people.”

The party itself is getting feisty. The 43-year-old organization also intends to be recognized as the official “real deal” libertarians, which may not sit well with a spate of assorted Republicans, tea partyers and independents who also claim influence with the growing “less government, lower taxes, more freedom” crowd. The articulate Mr. Sarwark himself may be a serious draw for undecided or disengaged folk out there.

Libertarians and Democrats have seemingly been the only parties able to escape their middle-aged comfort zones — to attract and register younger voters.

If that fervor for unblemished voters emerges as a core theme of Sarwark’s leadership, it could prove to be a problematic second front for Republicans who are already struggling in this key demographic.

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Nicholas Sarwark elected to lead Libertarian Party

Columbus, Ohio was the scene of a stunning upset this evening as the delegation to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention voted the leadership position of Libertarian National Committee Chair over to 34-year old Coloradan Nicholas Sarwark.

Sarwark — who was most recently the Vice Chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party — was pitted against incumbent Chair Geoffrey Neale, Clark County Nevada LP Chair Brett Pojunis, Sharchild, and of course anarchist favorite “none of the above”.

Neale trailed the first round by seven percent, only to have the gap widen to thirteen percentage points in a second-round runoff against the young contender.

  SARWARK NEALE POJUNIS STARCHILD NOTA  
ROUND 2 51% 38% OUT OUT 11%

Sarwark +13

194 144 40
ROUND 1 41% 34% 17% < 1% 8% Sarwark +7
161 135 66 3 31

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Looking for a ride? Free market wins, Uber alles

There’s been plenty of press afforded to Uber’s fight against regulatory and competitive foes in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.

Well, did you also know that this free market wunderkind is now cheaper than traditional black car services, faster and more environmentally friendly to boot?

Next Big Future crunched the numbers:

The math here is simple:

Uber’s demographic probably tends toward the higher end of the $5,000-$15,000 per year range (depreciation on a highend car, parking, gas, maintenance etc..).

At the high end about 882 uber rides and 292 at the low end.

Uber costs twice as much as a cab ride. But the median Uber ride only costs $24. That means you’re paying $12 more than you would for a cab.

UberX, is usually 30 percent less expensive than taxis.

Uber tends to save 54 minutes versus a cab. They arrive sooner. see more…

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Drug War turns to billboard threat war…
“Dying for drugs”…

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Confirmed: Many of Obamacare’s ‘eight million enrollments’ are duplicates…
REPORT…

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Is 2016 the year of online voting? Could be…

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Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill reintroduced for third straight session, cosponsored by bipartisan House majority…
KEEP BORROWING FROM TOMORROW…

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Once more, on the lack of female libertarians

Spring is here, so it’s time again to try and find out why libertarian parties are predominantly produced of phalluses instead of pretty purses.

We’ve covered this subject with much enthusiasm, spasms, orgasms and sarcasm over the years and yet can only confidently say that this gets rehashed. Every. Fucking. Year.

This year is comedian Christopher Cantwell’s turn. He was smart to quickly wuss out of answering and instead asked Andrea Pisani, Toni Bones, and Tiffany Aliano — a bunch of libertarian women that apparently do exist — to do it for him.

And really, would anyone trust a man to say why women do anything? see more…

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Nobel prize-winning economists argue to end War on Drugs…
Grand Closing: American pot farmers putting Mexican cartels out of business…
Operation Grow4Vets offers Colorado veterans free marijuana, grow lessons…
Oklahoma initiative would make state first to export…

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‘Ghostbuster’ NYPD keep raiding dead man’s home…
family resorted to leaving a copy of death certificate on door

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New Hampshire finally defines “push poll” to thankful political researchers…
BILL…

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MUH ROADS! City won’t install crosswalks, pays $1,000 to remove after citizens paint own…

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MAKING UP NUMBERS: CA Congresswoman proposes $26 minimum wage…
Dems unfold 2014 minimum wage strategy…
Cruz counters with crude, says hikes would mean fewer jobs for “young people, Hispanics, African-Americans and single moms”…

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Colorado Democrats fracturing over fracking…
“could blow up the Democratic party this fall, particularly with Governor John Hickenlooper”

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Rand Paul starts new drone war…
“The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since its implementation”

Despite FAA ban, marketers take to the skies…
Pressure rises for FAA to allow commercial drones…

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This country needs a…

Via Human Events on facebook:

No stupid, we need less government.

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CT Senator nearly hit by train while at presser on train safety…
“Safety, as you know, is paramount”

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Elon Musk sues to break Air Force’s launch monopoly…

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Congress returns to work to do nothing…
FLASHBACK: Permanent vacation needed for politicians and bureaucrats…

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Christie: Not even ‘casual’ marijuana use is OK…
DENVER POST EDITORIAL BOARD: Gov. Christie, put this in your pipe…
Neighboring states demanding cut of cannabis revenues for policing…

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This land is whose land? Debate over federal acres heats up…
American Lands Council releases candidate questionnaire…

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Ukraine interim PM warns of “third world war” as violence escalates…
Airspace incursions…
PUTZ: Vladimir Putin hates everything about the Internet except ‘Website Vladimir’…
Viral Vladimir vs. ‘CIA project’…

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