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Bridging the Vital Center: Testing Americans Elect’s Complaints About Cooperation Across Ideology in Congress

“America faces large challenges, but the two political parties in Washington are not working together to find solutions. Most voters — Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — feel unrepresented by both extremes. We need new leadership, and it begins with you.

In June 2012, Americans Elect will invite you and every registered voter in the country [...]

Hyperpartisanship? Congressional Caucuses are a Showcase of BiPartisan Cooperation

Two inter-linked 501c4 corporations that refuse to disclose their donors are hip-deep in plans to throw their money behind as-yet unnamed candidates in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. To justify their existence, Americans Elect and No Labels make the same claim: that American politics is wracked by hyperpartisanship. There’s just one problem with that [...]

2/3 of Privacy Caucus Leadership Votes For the Patriot Act

It may sound like a setup for a SNL skit, but it’s true: the membership list of the Congressional Privacy Caucus remains private. The Congressional Member Organization has registered as an official caucus of the 112th Congress but hasn’t updated its leadership since Co-Chair Christopher Dodd left the Senate to take up a position as [...]

61% of Transparency Caucus Votes Against Transparency

In the spring of 2010, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois strode up to the microphones, posed for the cameras, and declared the formation of a new voluntary organization for members of the House of Representatives, the Congressional Transparency Caucus. In his call for colleagues to join the Transparency Caucus, Quigley called for the government to [...]

#38 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ask the Noisy Opposition Why They Aren’t Saying Anything

Watch the third minute of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s speech in a meeting of the Intelligence Committee on February 15 2011. Try to twist your mind around her justification of Patriot Act surveillance without probable cause:

I am always surprised at the opposition, because I would have thought somebody, if they had a problem, would have [...]

Roll Call Accountability Time: Tea Party Senators and the Patriot Act (Feb. 2011)

15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and [...]

Tea Party Roll Call Voting Record on Final Passage of the Patriot Act, 2-14-2011

On February 14, after a series of initial votes, members of the Tea Party in Congress had one last chance to reject Big Government surveillance programs, searches and seizures without probable cause — practices forbidden by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution they swore to uphold.

Tea Party members of Congress are identified here from [...]

How did “Tea Party” Members Endorsed by FreedomWorks Vote on the Patriot Act 2-8-11?

The Patriot Act is a nearly ten-year old law that permits searches and seizures to be carried out on American soil without the warrants establishing probable cause required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Patriot Act powers have been used to spy on law-abiding political activist groups exercising their 1st Amendment constitutional rights [...]

Full Text of Dennis Kucinich’s Speech Against the Patriot Act, 2/8/11

While some politicians whose names rhyme with “a sock-a-rama” have made big promises to reform the Patriot Act only to break those promises later, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has remained firmly set in word and practice against the Patriot Act in its nearly ten years, speaking out against it and most importantly voting against [...]

House Democrats Who Voted FOR Patriot Act Reauthorization, Feb. 8 2011

You know, it’s a pretty safe bet that a Republican politician will support the anti-constitution, anti-freedom, authoritarian provisions of the Patriot Act: only 26 out of 236 Republicans in the House — less than 10% — voted NO against H.R. 514, the bill Speaker of the House John Boehner tried to shove down Congress’ throat [...]

Republicans who Voted Against Patriot Act Reauthorization February 8 2011

Expect the following individuals to be the subject of a number of interviews and the target of a lot of recriminations from Republican Party leadership. These members of the House of Representatives, all Republicans, defied their party leadership to vote NO, AGAINST H.R. 514, the bill to reauthorize crucial provisions of the Patriot Act:

Justin [...]