Strict Voter ID Laws Are Winning in Federal Courts

Judge's gavel representing federal court victories for strict voter id lawsAs voters hit the polls for the 2014 midterms, as many as half will be asked to show ID.

Based on 2012 data, 55% of registered voters live in states that currently enforce voter ID laws. About 30% reside in the 21 states that request ID but will also use other means to certify a voter’s eligibility. The other 25% live in the 10 states that require ID for in-person voting, including 7 states that insist on photo ID.

Defenders of voter ID say it has already won in the Supreme Court. They’re right—at least about the voter ID law in Indiana. One of the first in the nation to require government-issued photo ID at the polls, Indiana’s law passed constitutional muster by a vote of 6-3.

Strict photo ID requirements like Indiana’s continue to win in the upper echelon of the federal judiciary. But, strange as it may sound, opponents of those voting restrictions can still fight them at the polls. Continue reading Strict Voter ID Laws Are Winning in Federal Courts

Challenging the Gluten-Free Movement

Oats, barley, and some products made from them Photographer: Peggy GrebThe gluten-free movement is rising. According to a 2013 consumer survey, over 70 million American adults are trying to eat less gluten, a grain-based protein. That’s a 20% boost in recruits since 2010. By 2016, sales of gluten-free foods could hit $15 billion, a 40% increase over 2013.

Yet only an estimated 2o million Americans of all ages suffer from gluten intolerance. Around 2 million have celiac disease and another 18 million may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

So at least 50 million people are spending billions of dollars to avoid eating a protein that probably isn’t bad for them. Why? Does a gluten-free diet still benefit those who aren’t gluten intolerant? Is gluten intolerance more prevalent than experts believe? The answers don’t look good for the movement. Continue reading Challenging the Gluten-Free Movement