Republicans in Congress Should Listen to GOP Governors

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Last week at the National Governor’s Association meeting governors, in particular Republican governors, stated their disapproval of the Republican’s threat to shut down the government.

A Pledge for Mr. Waxman

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Richard Eskow: The president and his fellow Democrats have agreed to a series of reckless budget-cutting measures instead of fighting for jobs and protecting the social contract, which has deepened and lengthened the lingering recession.

Julian Castro: First Latino President?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Simple addition and a prime-time convention spot make a Castro presidency seem natural, but the larger equation is complex and does not bode well for the young San Antonio mayor.

How Democrats Have Abandoned Their Core

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Rudy Acuña: The strategy of the DNC has been to support Blue Dog Democrats who have sold out on the issues of the economy, immigration, and the struggle to save Mexican American Studies in Tucson. In the process, racism has become constitutional in Arizona.

LA City Council Redistricting: What Price Belligerence?

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Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?

Mic Check! Mic Check! Where Are the Occupiers When Howard Berman Needs Them? –UPDATED

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Wednesday night’s packed Town Hall at the Robert A. Millikan Middle School auditorium in Sherman Oaks (January 4, 2012) to meet Congressman Howard Berman (D), the San Fernando Valley’s longest serving representative, was an informative and low-key affair about a good number of hot-button issues, punctuated by occasional but persistent outbursts from . . . [...]

Think Occupy Is Dead? Think Again

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Tim Gatto: We are now receiving major headlines in the mainstream media, and the frightened pawns of the corporate world are fighting back.

Will Obama’s Job Speech End Political Gamesmanship?

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Anthony Samad: I’ll be curious to find out how many people were hired from the CBC job fairs around the country. Or was it another “smoke and mirrors” engagement to make politicians look good?

A Few Cutting Remarks

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Walter Brasch: Slagheap World Airlines announced that in the spirit of national cost cutting, it would cut back its cockpit crew to one pilot and eliminate flight attendants, meals, and life rafts. “This way,” said the president, “we won’t have to penalize our loyal stockholders by lowering our return on investment.”

“Give to Israel or Lose God’s Hand”

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Lee Fang: Rather than making a policy-based argument to back up his firm belief in giving billions in foreign aid to Israel, Webster said the money is necessary to ensure “God’s hand” stays with America.

The Message Is Clear; Half The People Got It

Anthony Samad: Election night in the 8th District served as an opportunity to send a message to a politician who has lost his respect for constituents and of his constituents.

States Playing with Enforcement-Only Fire Likely to Get Burned

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Seth Hoy: Perhaps if state lawmakers listened to their constituents and considered the economic consequences, they might realize that playing with enforcement-only immigration is a surefire way to burn down your state’s economy.

Time to Say Goodbye to Bernard Parks

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Anthony Samad: Time to say, “Forescee can do better than this.” Time to say “Farewell Parks.” Enough is enough.

What’s in Your Wallet? Fiscal Notes Give States Pause Over Enforcement Laws

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Seth Hoy: As many states face budget deficits in 2011, lawmakers might be asking their constituents the same question as those Capitol One commercials, “What’s in your wallet?”

Civility and Political Discourse after the Tucson Shooting

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Walter Moss: President Obama has often been criticized for being too ready to compromise or for not displaying enough political passion for just causes. No doubt, he has not always perfectly calibrated the right mix of passion and compromise. But there is also no doubt, at least in my mind, that he is correct in calling for more civility in politics.

Anti-Immigrant ALIPAC Advises Supporters To Lie About Where They Live When Calling Congress

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Andrea Nill: There’s nothing wrong with grassroots advocacy that’s focused on putting pressure on key lawmakers. However, actually calling Congressional offices and pretending to be a constituent isn’t just disingenuous, it disrupts the democratic process.

Needed: A Competency Test for Elected Officials

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David Love: Where do they find these people? I’m talking about those crazy-talking Tea Party types, ultra-conservative Republicans posing as legitimate lawmakers and politicians, some of them even passing themselves off as senators, members of Congress and governors.

Brad Sherman’s Middle-East Town Hall Rife With Fear and Aggression

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Linda Milazzo: Not surprisingly in this election year, Brad Sherman is ginning up his Jewish constituency (who usually vote), and Jews in general (who usually donate), with his unrelenting support for Israel – including Israel’s controversial boarding of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla’s Mavi Mara and its killing of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish American citizen – an act internationally condemned by all nations except Israel’s steadfast ally, the United States.

Winograd Stops Concert – Condemns Attacks

Winograd stops concert to condemn the actions of the attackers of the flotilla carrying aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Primaries, Immigration, and an Appetite for Change

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Michele Waslin: Immigrant advocates will be asking themselves what role immigration played in the primaries. The fact is that the immigration issue probably plays a small role, if any. Quite frankly, Members don’t have much of a record on the issue for voters to base their votes on because Congress has been too scared to take on the issue and see what their constituents say about it. But the sentiments behind the immigration debate echo what we saw in the polls—the public has grown tired with inaction.

Winograd vs. Harman in California Primary: Will U.S. or Israel’s Interests Come First?

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Linda Milazzo: Winograd’s grassroots momentum so concerned her opponent that Harman retaliated with an ideological assault of minor relevance to most residents in her district. Rather than going toe to toe with Winograd on constituent-specific matters, Harman chose Israel as her main campaign strategy. Though Harman and Winograd are both Jewish Americans, they hold radically different views on Israel.

Blue Dog Democrats Exposed as Frauds

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Paul Hogarth: many Blue Dogs are in trouble because of health care, and ironically what could save their hide is a public option. Instead, they are left selling a corporate-friendly bill hashed behind closed doors that forces Americans to buy private insurance – which will only make their constituents vote Republican. That’s why so many Blue Dogs are retiring – so they can bail and become lobbyists for the insurance industry.

When Woolsey Met Harman

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David Swanson: Fortunately, I get the impression that a great many Angelenos and Americans are principled, decent, and sophisticated enough to support Woolsey when she does right and oppose her when she does wrong, and to overwhelm her misplaced advocacy with our support, donations, and volunteer time for the woman who will be the leader of the fight for the people’s views against the corporate agenda in the 112th Congress, Marcy Winograd.

Henry Waxman: Where Is Our Congressman?

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Maureen Cruise: Whatever ‘liberal Democrat’ Waxman once was, he no longer is. His prepared speeches are nice to hear and the ‘charm’ is palpable. But people’s lives are hanging in the balance and reality lies in votes and legislation, the action and the inaction of his office.

2009: The Year Change Fell Prey to Backroom Deals

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I don’t recall how or when single-payer was taken “off the table” – except that Senator Max Baucus said it was. Without single payer, progressives focused on the public option – which although a compromise, could have held insurance companies accountable. Everyone knew it was tough and compromise would happen, but we were supposed to be part of that decision.

The Public Option vs. the Ghost of Jefferson Davis HR 3962

But in considering what compromise measure Reid DID include in the bill to make it more acceptable to the right, and to attract votes that he isn’t going to get and doesn’t need, I am deeply disturbed by the way that we chose to identify this “trigger” as the deal-breaker at the expense of fighting something else which is indeed wholly unacceptable.

What’s Been Missing from Obama’s Response to the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates

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I understand that Obama, as the first African American to assume the presidency, has to walk a racial tight rope, a burden no other American president has had to bear. But as an African American woman who cried the night he was elected and cried the day he was inaugurated, I feel a deep sense of betrayal.

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Shannyn Moore to Sarah Palin: Sue Me! Please!

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Threatened by litigation from Palin camp, AK bloggers close ranks, scoff at intimidation effort by cutting-and-running Governor…

Anti-Immigrant Group Mistakenly Bashes Cornyn’s ‘Pro-Amnesty’ Stance

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A few days ago, the anti-immigrant group, Numbers USA further relegated itself to the right-wing fringe by denouncing a potential “mainstream” ally, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and his “frightening pro-amnesty” stance. Shortly before President Obama’s Thursday bipartisan meeting on immigration reform, Numbers USA issued an email to its members bashing Cornyn: “Sen. Cornyn has been [...]

Intellectual Monopoly Is an Unnecessary Evil

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In a rush to stimulate the economy, the Obama administration is touting various “visionary” plans to make the American economy more progressive, more innovative, and more forward-looking by subsidizing politically-motivated projects like “green” technology. These hands-on policies will be ineffective. Recent research suggests that a much more effective way to accomplish the same goals would [...]

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