McConnell Won’t Rule Out Gov’t Shutdown

Senate Republicans seem to be willing to force a shutdown of the federal government as part of negotiating deep cuts to the federal budget, according to comments made Sunday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press, McConnell pointedly refused to rule out a government … Continue reading

Getting Local: Newburyport Slights Non-resident Employees With Paid Parking Plan

For months the city of Newburyport, MA has been debating a paid parking plan for the downtown area, that is now one city council session vote away from being implemented. I’ve watched the news stories in the local paper for sometime as others from the area have, but the recent … Continue reading

DNC Promises To Promote Obama Agenda

The head of the Democratic National Committee is promising to help advance the agenda that President Obama laid out this week in his State of the Union address. Democrats will make “crucial investments to support the President’s agenda for our country’s future — from ads on the air to conversations … Continue reading

Of Football Teams, Fraternities, and Other Important Intellectual Concerns

by Walter Brasch The $50 million Burton Family Football Complex at the University of Connecticut may be nameless soon. Robert G. Burton, who had donated about $3 million to help fund the stadium, wants his money back and his family’s name erased from UConn football. He also informed UConn he … Continue reading

UPDATE: Senate Leaders’ Agreement Called ‘Significant Step’ Toward Filibuster Reform

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate late Thursday announced a new agreement to reduce obstruction in the chamber, after a more-forceful effort toward filibuster reform was killed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the floor to outline the shape of … Continue reading

Filibuster Reform Falters In Senate

Three Senate Democrats failed to win enough support to push forward with rules changes that would have made it more difficult to obstruct legislation. Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, had introduced measures that would have made it more difficult for … Continue reading

Many Say They Are Ready To Help President Obama ‘Win The Future’

President Obama’s decision to make such priorities as research, infrastructure and education key themes in his State of the Union speech won wide acclaim from diverse sets of advocates following Tuesday night’s address. Obama urged the adoption of policies intended to facilitate enhanced innovation, improved infrastructure, and access and quality … Continue reading

Senator Wants President Obama To Talk Foreclosures in State of The Union

While President Obama is expected to focus largely on jobs and U.S. economic competitiveness in his State of the Union, a Democratic senator wants to hear the president talk about how to more strongly stem the tide of housing foreclosures across the country. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) last week wrote … Continue reading

Gearing Up for the SOTU

This is not news to me: Senate Republicans to Oppose Obama’s Spending Plans. Seriously… Senate Republicans, in lock step, oppose every plan Obama lays out. On Tuesday, when he delivers the State Of The Union address, Obama’s agenda for “winning the future” may lean more centrist but that won’t win over … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: In Defense of Earmarks

Now that House Republicans have voted to repeal healthcare reform and moved on to proposing deep, deep cuts to the federal budget, you’re likely to hear more about the supposed evils of “earmarks.” Don’t believe it. Republicans, after all, just went through the exercise of reading the U.S. Constiution on … Continue reading