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Where did the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on Campaign Disclosure in the Senate?

For decades now, nearly all federal campaign finance reports have been filed electronically so we can find out as soon as possible who’s been getting funded by whom. I say “nearly all” because there’s a lone holdout: the U.S. Senate. The United States Senate allows its members to file campaign finance reports on paper, which […]

60 Senators Act to Keep Americans in the Dark About their Campaigns’ Contributors (Just Long Enough)

The filing of campaign finance reports electronically instead of on paper may not seem like a big deal. Who cares about the format, as long as information is made available, right?

If you care about the influence of big money contributors on national politics, you should care about this issue. The United States Senate, unlike […]

Separation of Church and State? Holy Books in American State Legislatures, 2015

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word “Bible”: 267

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word “Koran”: 2

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word […]

Congress Reauthorizes Program That Provides Federal Funds For Schools That Discriminate On The Basis Of Religion

Republicans claim to object to abuse of Big Government power. Nonetheless, all but 8 of them voted in favor of this bill to allow religious groups to run roughshod over students’ First Amendment rights. […]

The Part of the First Amendment that Walter Jones Hasn’t Read

Text of H.Res. 399, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (NC): Text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Whereas the United States of America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and even today many Americans believe that our strength comes from these principles;

Whereas the creator is explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of […]

Should The U.S. Government Try To Control Use Of Social Media By Terrorists?

Radicalism can be an ugly thing or a beautiful thing, depending on its content, but whatever it is, it isn’t the business of anyone in the federal government. […]

The Religious Test for S. 1598 and H.R. 2802

There are many right-wing Christian thinkers in America who support the Republican congressional bills S. 1598 and H.R. 2802, which would allow a government worker to use the power of his or her office to withhold services and legal rights from people, so long as the government worker proclaims that s/he “believes or acts in […]

Congressional Bill Creates Special Right to Break the Law and Persecute Others, Only for those with Right-Wing Religion

60% of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 69% of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate are acting to narrowly protect people who use hold religious beliefs and use a combination of those religious beliefs and their government positions to persecute others.

I’m not making this up. Go read the […]

Senate Exposes The Sham of Sequestration Compromise

Two years ago, President Barack Obama shoved his audacity of hope into the garbage disposal, making a deal with Republicans to create drastic budget cuts in domestic social programs. Obama assured us that it was a carefully crafted compromise that would ensure that the government wouldn’t shut down and would help politicians reach a sustainable […]

Derek Kilmer Addresses Climate Issue Behind Fire That McMorris Rodgers Avoids

McMorris Rodgers has refused to support legislation that will alleviate suffering in Washington’s coastal communities. […]

After Repeated Flops, Louie Gohmert’s CHURCH Act Fades Away

In 2009, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas first introduced the Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage Act, also known as the CHURCH Act. If passed, the CHURCH Act would have:

Rejected the separation of church and state; Mandated the erection of a sign in the U.S. Capitol endorsing Gohmert’s alternative vision of […]