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Update: Of 5 Petitions with Massive Support, 3 Still Ignored by Barack Obama

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011

This is the important promise made by “We The People”, the official online petition website of Obama administration. From [...]

Those Pesky Citizens Want to Talk

“Ninety percent of the audience will be there interested in what you have to say. It’s the other 5 or 10 percent who aren’t. They’re there to make a point.”

— legislative aide, explaining why Senate Republicans have decided to stop holding town halls with their constituents.

Source: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/us/politics/a-former-engine-of-the-gop-the-town-hall-meeting-cools-down.html

Was Joe Wilson Wrong To Call Obama A Liar?

I wish that, when George W. Bush was President, the Democrats in Congress had shown one fraction of the backbone that Joe Wilson exhibited last night. [...]

Mary Jo Kilroy: No Communication on Policy, Prompt Communication on Fundraising

You may recall that starting last year and continuing this spring, I’ve asked you to contact your members of Congress in order to find out their position regarding warrantless surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act and to nudge them toward taking action to reform FISA law. If you haven’t done so already, please read up [...]

Theories of Representation and Support for English-Only Policy in the United States Congress

As of this morning, 59 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of H.R. 997, a bill to declare English the national language of the United States and (with some exceptions for national security, criminal justice and the like) to mandate that only English be used in federal and state [...]