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Iowa Secular Voters Expand Influence Before 2016 Caucus

A campaign strategy that appeals to religious Iowans while shunning the significant secular minority in the state is unlikely to succeed. […]

Americans Elect Cancels its First Primary Ballot — not enough Actual People want their Candidates

Americans Elect has been going on for two years now about how the American people are crying out for centrist solutions and bridge-the-middle policies that offer a combination of Republicanism and Democratism. Americans Elect has been going on about finding the vital center in politics on national television, over national radio, and in our national […]

Democratic Group Peddles Religious Influence In The Shadows

What religious leaders are given access to the channels of power opened by the Democratic Faith Working Group, and how do they use that power? When does the group meet? What are the government policies that the group helps to create? […]

LGBT Equality Caucus Members Who Don't Support DOMA Repeal

Earlier this week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced H.R. 3567, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009. This bill, if passed, would repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), a piece of legislation enacted in the 1990s revoking the presumption that same-sex marriages carried out in one state would be recognized in other states or by […]

Even the Congressional Progressive Caucus Isn't That Progressive

Back in March of this year, articles at Irregular Times and That’s My Congress assessed the progressive record of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We were surprised to find that fewer than half of the more than 70 CPC members had acted progressively in regard to so much as half of the slate of […]

Which Members of the LGBT Caucus Don't Support the Caucus Slate?

A new report from That’s My Congress reveals that of the 79 members of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the House of Representatives, less than half support two-thirds or more of the caucus’ slate of 12 pro-LGBT bills.

The LGBT Equality Caucus describes its work in the Congress as “the extension of equal rights, the […]

LGBT Equality Caucus Expands, Constrains Members to Varying Effect

Since its re-registration as an official Congressional Member Organization of the 111th Congress, the LGBT Equality Caucus has expanded, welcoming additional members Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Steve Israel of New York and Chellie Pingree of Maine. The caucus boasts 79 members now, nearly one out of five members of the House of Representatives. By the […]

Congressional Financial Markets Caucus Slips Into Existence in the House. Watch its Agenda.

Noted by nobody except the staff of the Committee on House Administration and bearing not a word of mention in the Congressional Record, the Congressional Financial Markets Caucus slipped into existence as an official Congressional Member Organization (or CMO) on March 11, 2009. What do its co-chairs, conservative Democrat Jim Marshall and even more conservative […]

Adam Smith Supports Labor Unions

…while another invisible hand flips over and over to incessant distraction in the grave.

It tickles me to no end that the name of one of the members of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus is Adam Smith.

Tee hee hee hee hee. That is all.

Race and Homophobia: In the Congress, It's a NOT-Black Thing

In California’s last election, the passage of Proposition 8 barring same-sex marriage equality was made possible for many reasons, including the meddling of Roman Catholic and Mormon religious leaders, but also in part by the disproportionate support of black voters, leading to dismayed November 5 reactions like this:

I am feeling the same bittersweet feeling […]

No Overlap Between House LGBT Caucus and House Prayer Caucus

The Congressional Prayer Caucus and the House LGBT Equality Caucus each has a large number of members. The two caucuses have absolutely no members in common.