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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

Jeff Sessions speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Sessions Sends Help in Transgender Murder Case

October 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm 0 comments

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent a highly qualified federal hate crimes lawyer to assist in an Iowa murder case involving a transgender teen whose trial started on Tuesday. According to the New York Times, this decision has shocked and confused many Americans since it goes against his notoriouslyRead More

Jeff Flake speaks in support of Mitt Romney at a 2012 rally in Tempe, Arizona. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. http://bit.ly/1p2b8Ke)

Senator Flake to Retire in 2018 Citing ‘Nastiness’ of Washington

October 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

In a dramatic speech on the Senate floor, Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2018. The announcement came months after Flake published his book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” which heavily criticized President Donald Trump and the Republican Party for allowing himRead More

Governor Rick Scott with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi presenting a medal at the October cabinet meeting. (Public domain photo by Office of the Governor.)

Scott Proposes Opioid Legislation as Washington Wavers

October 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

Opioid addiction has persisted for centuries as the development and abuse of opium-based drugs have been used by society for thousands of years. The prevalence of this type of drug began with the invention of opium, which has been used to create drugs such as morphine, Percocet, OxyContin and heroin.Read More

Disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein in 2015. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Thomas Hawk. bit.ly/1eBd9Ks)

Harvey Weinstein Scandal Shakes up the Democratic Party

October 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm 0 comments

Over 40 women have now accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. Beginning with an October 5 article by The New York Times, allegations against Weinstein have been slow to stir a response in the Democratic Party. The Miramax co-founder has historically been known to hold closeRead More

Florida Governor Rick Scott at the West Palm Beach Emergency Operations Center before Hurricane Irma. (Public domain photo by Jesse Romimora.)

Red Flags Raised Amid Nursing Home Tragedy

October 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

Eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on September 13, 2017, sparked an outcry from Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and attracted the attention of Governor Rick Scott, R-Fla., as calls for legislation to prevent similar deaths mount. “These deaths may have been preventable. It is an abomination thatRead More