15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and [...]
There never were all that many “Tea Party” identified members of Congress who stood up and voted against that biggest of Big Government programs called the Patriot Act. Today, the number shrank further as the few dissenting Tea Party members of Congress, apparently whipped in private, publicly fell back in line to support the authoritarian [...]
Expect the following individuals to be the subject of a number of interviews and the target of a lot of recriminations from Republican Party leadership. These members of the House of Representatives, all Republicans, defied their party leadership to vote NO, AGAINST H.R. 514, the bill to reauthorize crucial provisions of the Patriot Act:
Check it out: Here is the roll-call vote, 277-148, by which the House just failed to pass Patriot Act reauthorization bill H.R. 514. If only the Republican leadership had followed their own House Rules, this bill would have passed. But the Republicans suspended their own rules, which meant that the margin required for passage rose [...]
The 5 Democrats who defected to the Republican side to defeat Obama’s public option are: Max Baucus, Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, Bill Nelson and Tom Carper. [...]
Back in March of this year, articles at Irregular Times and That’s My Congress assessed the progressive record of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We were surprised to find that fewer than half of the more than 70 CPC members had acted progressively in regard to so much as half of the slate of [...]
“Can you hold on a couple minutes… Can we take just a couple more questions? Really really?” — Donna Leinwand, National Press Club President.
“No… No… So what? I gotta go! That’s the job. That’s what the Detroit Free Press would like, is for me to stay here and miss my votes. Thank you very [...]