Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson speaking at CPAC 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

Upcoming Tax Reform Vote Faces Some Unlikely Opponents

November 30, 2017 at 10:15 am 0 comments

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed tax reform legislation, which includes provisions to cut taxes on the richest people in the country. This is based on the idea that wealth will “trickle down” from the rich to ordinary Americans in the form of wage increases and rising economicRead More

Rep. Jackie Speier listening to Tom Perez at a 2014 Department of Labor event. (Public domain by the Department of Labor.)

Congresswomen Lead Sexual Harassment Reform Effort

November 27, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Sexual assault and harassment allegations have grown to national prominence impacting Hollywood, the media and now extending all the way to Washington. As more and more victims come forward to speak about their instances of dealing with sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has grown to allow victims to speak candidlyRead More

Rep. Byron Donalds on the House floor in April 2017. (Public domain photo from the Florida House of Representatives.)

Possible Solution for Bullying Victims Sees Political Roadblocks

November 20, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Naples Republican Rep. Byron Donalds introduced The Hope Scholarship program in early November, to expand Florida’s voucher system to students who have been bullied in public school programs. The scholarship is slated to be paid for by taxpayers who make a tax-credit applicable contribution up to $20 when they purchaseRead More

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in May 2017. (Public domain USDA photo by Preston Keres.)

NAFTA Negotiations Continue With Increased Discord in Trump’s Base

November 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

In the 2016 presidential election, farmers across the heartland states—among many other factors—helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Although Trump’s anti-trade platform would have normally turned off those in the agricultural sector, the agricultural lobby believed that Trump’s promised renegotiation of NAFTA would leave agricultural trade untouched. Now,Read More

President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Seema Verma in March 2017. (Public domain photo by White House photographer Shealah Craighead.)

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis Public Health Emergency to Mixed Reactions

November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am 0 comments

On Thursday, Oct. 26, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The declaration has been met with controversy since many believe the declaration conflicts with what the president has promised in the past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 people a dayRead More

Rep. Frederica Wilson at a 2012 Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) briefing. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by HAWG. http://bit.ly/RT9dL0)

Representative Wilson Returns to Washington After Death Threats

November 10, 2017 at 2:39 am 0 comments

On the evening of October 31, Representative Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and her famous rhinestone hats returned to Washington D.C. to vote for the first time in Congress since being forced to spend a week at home due to death threats.   The threats were in response to an argument withRead More

Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs at a League of Women Voters event in 2009. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by the League of Women Voters of California. http://bit.ly/2iDzpbc)

First in the Nation: California’s Universal Basic Income Experiment to Begin in 2018

November 9, 2017 at 1:03 pm 0 comments

Stockton, California, a city of 300,000 people located about 80 miles east of San Francisco, has become the first city in America to announce plans for a Universal Basic Income program. Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is a social welfare program that allows a government to unconditionally ensures a sum ofRead More

Left: Ed Gillespie at the 2014 Virginia general election senate debate. Unmodified Creative Commons photo by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. http://bit.ly/1ryPA8o) Right: Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam speaking in January 2017. (Public domain photo by Michaele White, Office of the Governor of Virginia.)

Tuesday’s Virginia Elections Being Watched More Closely Than Ever

November 6, 2017 at 1:21 am 0 comments

On Tuesday, November 7, voters in Virginia will head to the polls to elect their new governor and state legislators. In Virginia’s first general election since last year, Democrats are hoping to demonstrate an energized resistance to President Donald Trump. On the other hand, Republicans want to show that theyRead More

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady at CPAC 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

House Budget Paves Way for Tax Reform

November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm 0 comments

The House has adopted the recently passed Senate budget which will replace the previously accepted House budget from October 5. Contrary to the anti-deficit rhetoric espoused by President Trump when he outlined his initial tax bill, this budget resolution raises the federal deficit by up to 1.5 trillion over theRead More

Senator Mitch McConnell at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in 2012. (Public domain photo by Air Force Maj. Dale Greer)

McConnell to End Blue Slip Tradition to Accelerate Judicial Confirmations

November 1, 2017 at 12:42 am 0 comments

Since President Trump and the new Congress took office, Republicans have actively pushed for conservative legislation with little to no results, heightening the importance of filling empty court seats with conservative judges. For around the past century, senators have been able to veto the nomination of a judge from theRead More