When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts:
Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the governed. We believe:
1. The American people have the right [...]
A month ago, I noted the apparently ironic declaration of the “Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus”:
The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of individual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative advocate for personal privacy [...]
In Promise #2 of its “Progressive Promise” to America, the Congressional Progressive Caucus promises to stand up for Americans’ privacy and civil liberties:
“2. Protecting and Preserving Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
» To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U. S. Constitution.
» To protect [...]
If Henry Waxman, Doris Matsui and the rest of the Congressional Climate Fan Club truly believe that the time for action is now, then all they have to do is introduce a copy of the legislation already written by Boxer and Sanders. That’s it – not much work involved. [...]
2/17 Update: the Maine GOP has retracted its official results for Washington and Waldo Counties, promising after considerable pressure to count caucus votes that had gone uncounted. A new count will be made at the March 10 meeting of the Republican State Committee. See this space for further updates.
2/15 Update: See the end of [...]
Past as Prelude: Unity08 and the Story of Big Bad Iowa & New Hampshire In the 2008 election cycle, the presidential bid called Unity08 started off its appeal for an online presidential nomination election in which it would run an election, count votes, and announce a winner all by itself. People were skeptical, so Unity08 [...]
Direct-to-Garment printer CafePress has a “Cultural Barometer” of sales records it’s been using to track trends of support for 2012 Republican presidential contenders. Here are the CafePress Barometer’s readings from November 14 through December 31 of 2011.
Just a few days after the point of last tracking, the 2012 Republican Caucuses in Iowa reported [...]
The Tea Party Caucus. The Constitution Caucus. The Progressive Caucus. One of these caucuses voted most strongly against H.R. 1540, the bill introducing Indefinite Detention without charge to American soil. Can you guess which one? Click through to find out. [...]
Tea Party Caucus members declare themselves to be Defenders of the Constitution. But when Americans’ 5th and 6th Amendment constitutional rights were on the line, how did the Tea Party Caucus actually vote? Read on to find out. [...]
“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 [...]