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Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

Senate Votes Against Jobs And Social Security

Democrat Mark Warner voted against Ron Wyden’s amendment to prevent the privatization of Social Security. Republicans Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Mark Kirk, John McCain, and Rob Portman supported the measure. […]

Democrats Introduce Bill To Reduce America’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

While Ted Cruz skipped work, these members of Congress introduced a bill to cut spending and reduce the threat created by America’s nuclear weapons arsenal. […]

Ted Cruz Skipped Work To Announce Presidential Candidacy

Yesterday, Ted Cruz took the day off work, and didn’t show up for an important confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate. Is this slack attitude toward work what he intends for his time in the Oval Office? […]

Ted Cruz for President, the Pros and Cons

On the one hand, Ted Cruz has never been arrested for selling illegal drugs. On the other hand, Ted Cruz wants the federal government to sell off national parks. […]

On Dan Coats, Science, Massaging White Rabbits, And Talking To Football Players

Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally. […]

Senators From Oklahoma Want Their Schools To Aim Lower

If Americans want their schools to perform better, Oklahoma is not a place they can to look to for an example. So, why do Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and James Lankford want Oklahoma to have more local control over education? […]

Tell Us Your Stories Of Suffering From The Speaking Of Non-English Languages

When Inhofe speaks of the ability to communicate to one another, he’s speaking of it in terms of an unequal, top-down imposition of only one kind of speech by the federal government. That’s not the only way we could move forward together as a nation. […]

Names Of The Senate Democrats Who Just Voted To Help Republicans Override Barack Obama’s Veto

The following Senate Democrats chose to join with the Republican Party, to break Barack Obama’s veto, and to allow a dangerous pipeline to carry petroleum sludge from Alberta’s tar sands all the way through America’s heartland. […]

Confronting Corruption In Presidential Libraries

The change in the political party that is engaging in presidential library corruption does not change the consistency of the corruption. Secret Presidential library fundraising is a means for the bribery of a sitting President of the United States. […]

Disclosure Delayed is Disclosure Denied: Another Year, Another Bill to Bring Senate Disclosure into the 21st Century

S. 366, a bill introduced by Montana Senator Jon Tester, would require senators to file campaign finance reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission, not on paper with the Senate.

This may not sound like an important distinction, but the practical effect of the current system is to delay the processing of campaign contribution reports, […]