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Americans Elect Expresses Desire to Run Legislative Candidates after 2012 Nomination

Does the Americans Elect corporation have plans beyond electing its own candidate for President? It appears the answer is “yes.” On July 25 2011, Americans Elect directly responded to an individual who commented, “I would actually prefer to see some viable legislative candidates put forward. There’s only so much a President can do.” Americans Elect’s […]

$10.6 Million Dollars a Day in Untraceable Campaign Spending

From October 16 to October 20, 2010 (the latest day for which FEC data is available), corporate entities that have made-up names and are largely exempted from having to reveal their mysterious donors spent $53,052,839 in independent expenditures on congressional campaigns. $15.0 million went to oppose Democrats, $2.9 million went to support Democrats, $4.7 million […]

Progressive, Populist, Labor: Connection in Three Congressional Caucuses

As mentioned earlier this month, the substantive agenda of the House of Representatives’ Populist Caucus fits as a subset inside the substantive agenda of the House Progressive Caucus. The Populist Caucus proclaims its “middle class” orientation (over and over and over again) to shoring up economic security through pushing for better provision of health care […]

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 […]

Congress' Progressive Caucus Characterized by Varying Lassitude

Although the Congressional Progressive Caucus has developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners group in the House of Representatives, organized and relentless in its pursuit of radical legislation, the reputation doesn’t match reality. A look at the record of the Progressive Caucus shows wide variation among members in the level of support for both particular bills […]

Congressional Caucuses Formed As Avenue of Private Influence

CF Foundation Develops Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus in the USA, writes Cystic Fibrosis Foundation staffer Kathryn White in a moment of candor. (You can’t find this document directly on the internet anymore, but if you search for the headline on Google, then select the option “View as HTML,” you can review a cached version.) This […]

National Coalition Emerges in Congress To Protect Farallon Islands

Earlier today, The Green Man highlighted legislation to protect the Georges Bank off the coast of New England from oil exploitation that would cause ecological disruption and damage one of the nation’s most vital fisheries. I’d like to suggest that the struggle over the Georges Bank is a struggle within economics. When we think about […]

1 Page, Bullet Points, Sourced: Provide Your Congressional Candidate with Details Regarding the FISA Amendments Act

Earlier this month, I unsuccessfully attempted to ascertain congressional candidate Mary Jo Kilroy’s position regarding the FISA Amendments Act, the new law permitting unlimited warrantless searches, seizures and surveillance for periods of up to 67 days. Kilroy demurred from providing a specific response, indicating that she wasn’t sufficiently familiar with the details of the FISA […]