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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 […]

Slick Surprise Senate Roll Call: Senate Passes Patriot Act 86-12 on 2/15

Boom. Just like that, with hardly any notice at all and no significant public debate, the U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act by a margin of 86-12. Patriot Act powers, which are almost always used for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism, permit surveillance, search and seizure without probable […]

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 […]

Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars […]

The Partisan Use of Independent Expenditures (Graph)

Working from Federal Election Commission data on independent expenditures starting on January 1, 2009 and ending with today’s release, here’s a graph showing the distribution of independent money (untraceable beyond the front groups) used to support and oppose the political parties’ candidates for federal office:

I’m not leaving third party candidates off this chart […]

I Am Not in the Democrats’ Base Constitutency, and We Aren’t on the Same Team

“Remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.” — Joe Biden, September 27 2010

Has Barack Obama kept his promises?

“The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people […]

31 Democrats Say the Rich Need a Tax Cut So They Can Make Plans Better

If you’re looking for a good example of political contortionism, I suggest you read the full text of the letter sent last week by 31 Democrats to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

What’s their justification for these tax cuts to the richest Americans? It can’t be that they […]

Knox County GOP Outhustles Knox County Democrats at the Fair

At the Union Fair this year, the Knox County Republican Party paid for a tent placed prominently on the midway. Over the course of the last three days the Knox County GOP tent has been uniformly staffed by one person and often by two people engaging in animated conversation with passersby. Lawn signs have […]

Homeland Security Brags About Domestic Surveillance Used During 2008 DNC

Through its “Fusion Center” program, the military and civilian wings of the United States government have been disseminating classified information on Americans collected through warrantless wiretapping programs to state officials, local sheriffs, town and county governing bodies and various private corporations. In turn, these local officials and private corporations have been amassing their own data […]

Is Your Democratic Senator in Favor of Anti-Gay Discrimination?

It’s a reasonable question to ask as we review the list of cosponsors of S. 1584, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. If passed, this bill would outlaw anti-gay workplace discrimination in hiring and promotions, and would also prohibit discriminatory behavior against union members and leaders on account of their sexual orientation.

This bill is worthy of […]

Congressional Democrats Continue Silence on Kangaroo Courts

Today, I looked again. I searched the online offices of all the most celebrated “progressive” members of the House and Senate. Though they’ve had three days now to review, reflect upon and react to the military tribunal announcement, none of them have dared to challenge it. […]