Rand Paul and Rachel Maddow Revisited: An early visit to the philosophical underpinning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

There’s been a national discussion about the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law in Indiana and pending in Arkansas.

What is interesting to me, and which has not to my knowledge been mentioned elsewhere, is that I have heard the logic used to defend and justify this law, and the ‘need’ for it, before. It was not well articulated, but you can hear the underpinnings of the reasoning there.

I first heard them almost 5 years ago.

It was in a famous – some might say notorious – interview that Rand Paul gave to Rachel Maddow when he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat from Kentucky. You can see and hear it here: Rachel Maddow’s interview with Rand Paul, 05/19/10 @ 10:10 PMUpdated 11/07/13 08:56 AM

This interview led to a commentary on my third-ever radio show.

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2010-MAY-24: Welcome to the Mike Honig Show: Thinkwing Radio

It’s hard to do a really topical show when it runs only once a week, but I’m going to start a little differently today, because I want to talk about the Rand Paul controversy, what I think it’s really about, and what I think it means.

[On May 19, 2010,] I was watching when Rachel Maddow asked Rand Paul the question about the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and whether he could support that today. Continue reading

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ELECTION DAY IS COMING! Register AND Vote!: VOTER & Political Info And Resources

“If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t try so hard to suppress it!”

I was flattered to be asked to guest co-host, with Egberto Willies, Geoff Berg’s show, Partisan Gridlock.  Geoff does a great show, and it obviously took two of us to try to replace him. Egberto and I had a great time, and we hope we’ll be invited back when needed.

You can listen to almost any show I’ve ever done (going back to May 2010) by going to the archive tab.

I also do Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

POSSIBLE TOPICS: Voting, Hong Kong Occupy, Ebola in the US, ISIS

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Texas Primary Runoff Election: July 31, 2012 (Early Voting 7/23-27)

There are still some runoff elections as a result of undecided primary races. To vote in the runoffs, you must have voted in that party’s primary. [8/1/2012: This is apparently only partially accurate. Please see the CORRECTION at the bottom of this post. – Mike]

For early voting and ballot information in Harris County (my home area, encompassing most of Houston) you can visit this site: http://harrisvotes.org/.

(Non-Texas voters may find some useful info for their localities here: http://gottavote.org/en/?choose-state=true)

I try to maintain some general voting and political reference material here: https://thinkwingradio.com/political-information-and-resources/

Your state may vary, but the information in Texas is as follows:

The early voting period for the July 31st Runoff Election is July 23 – 27, 2012.

From VoteTexas.org: Any registered voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person). Early voting by personal appearance for the July 31, 2012, Primary Runoff Election begins on July 23, 2012, and ends on July 27, 2012. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.

July 31, 2012 – Primary Runoff Election

You can see a list of runoffs for Texas Statewide positions (US Senator, etc.)  here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/,  and here: http://votetexas.gov/voting/what.

You can contact the Texas Secretary of State (SoS) about election-related questions or complaints here: http://votetexas.gov/contact/

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CORRECTION: Thanks for this submission by J J Smith, on 2012/08/01 at 6:28 AM | In reply to ThinkWingRadio.

New News for all of us….. From http://votetexas.gov/faq/registration#1120:
Q. Does a voter have to vote in the primary election in order to vote in a runoff-election or on November 6, 2012?

A. A voter does not have to vote in the May 29, 2012 primary election in order to qualify to vote in a primary run-off election on July 31, 2012, OR in the general election on November 6, 2012. If you voted in one party’s primary on May 29, 2012, then you may not vote in the other party’s runoff on July 31, 2012. Remember if you signed a petition in lieu of filing fee for a candidate for one party, you many not vote in another party’s primary or primary runoff that voting year (2012). Whether you voted or not in the primary, you may vote for whomever you choose in November. Party affiliations expire on December 31.