Felony Threshold, Logical Fallacies, Gun Safety and More

Posted on August 16, 2018

Felony Threshold Reform Act: Felony theft is distinguished from misdemeanor theft by a monetary value. If the item stolen is worth more than, say $500, the crime is a felony while taking an item worth $499 is a misdemeanor. The Felony Threshold Reform Act increases the dollar threshold. A recent study finds that such reforms reduce the number of unjust felony prosecutions, save the state money, and do not affect crime rates.

Five logical fallacies often used in political and policy debate: Progressives have gotten so used to hearing bald-faced political lies that perhaps we have become a little less able to recognize rhetorical tricks. Let’s consider five of the most common informal logical fallacies—arguments that may sound convincing but actually rely on a flaw in logic. Read more in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

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After Parkland, States Pass 50 New Gun-Control Laws: 2018 was an unusual year for gun safety legislation, with 25 states passing 50 new laws, including 14 states with Republican governors. Pew’s Stateline explains what happened, where and why.

100 Questions You Should Ask Your State or Local Pension: The Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association wrote series of questions to the State Investment Commission which oversees their pensions. As a Forbes story explains, they are questions everyone should ask.

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