Reagan Made Martin Luther King Day an Official Holiday

In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, it is worth recalling that the legislation creating Martin Luther King Day was signed by Reagan on November 2, 1983 (after being passed by Congress with a veto-proof majority).

(Via The Swamp)

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    alex says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming.

    The Daily Green just put an article out talking about how the presidential candidates are not being asked where they stand on the issue of the climate change – this is surprising to me considering its such a MAJOR concern to people. I just saw a poll on that says people care a lot what their next leader thinks about global warming (after you take it they show you the results). Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

    If not, go to and take their poll to see which way the results go. This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. No matter which political party you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    You very well might be right that people care about the views of the candidates on global warming, but it doesn’t mean much to base this upon an internet poll at a site on global warming.

    There have been occasional stories comparing the positions of the candidates on global warming, but you are correct that this has not been very common.

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    gracie says:

    I imagine this was a day of much chagrin for Reagan given that he launched his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi and spoke of states rights on the very site where civil rights workers were slain. Reagan probably tossed and turned that night after having to sign this holiday for MLK into law.

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