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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 [...]

Usury and the Congress: An Atheist is the Most Biblical of All

Number of passages in the Bible condemning the practice of usury: 5

Percent of members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are cosponsors of H.R. 1640, a bill “to amend the Truth in Lending Act to protect consumers from usury”: 0%

Percent of avowed atheists in the United States Congress who have cosponsored H.R. 1640: [...]

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 [...]

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.

Congressional Network: Populist Caucus as of March 11, 2009

Below you can review a video representation of the congressional network of one of the newest caucuses in the House of Representatives, the Populist Caucus. This network video shows ties of varying strength between members of the Populist Caucus, using data current as of March 11, 2009.

The blue blocks you see represent the [...]

Progressive Caucus, Populist Caucus: Progressiver Than Thou?

Late last month, second-term congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa announced the formation of the Populist Caucus in the 111th Congress, a group organized around advocacy for the following principles:

Creating Good Jobs and a Secure Retirement: Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in America, providing fair wages, proper benefits, a level playing field at the negotiating [...]