Trump-induced Chaos: So Many Dots. Too Soon to Connect.

Political activity seems to be both voluminous and moving at hyper-speed these days. If you’re like me, the stimuli are often overwhelming, especially when I try to make sense of it all. Occasionally I take comfort in simply noting my observations for now with a desire to see the forest … Continue reading

The Great Ethics Evasion

We all need to lean on Congress, and especially the Senate, to turn up the heat on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is trying to shove cabinet appointments down the country’s throat without adequate ethics/background checks. The Ethics Committee has filed a formal complaint that many of Trump’s cabinet picks … Continue reading

Pink Sneaks Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights

  by Walter and Rosemary Brasch   The filibuster is at the core of the U.S. senate. It’s also why nothing of much significance has been done the past decade. Under Senate rules, senators can filibuster any legislation. They can just stand up and start talking. They can talk about … Continue reading

Latest Political Standoff: Violence Against Women Act

Although they’ve become famous for their use of obstruction and the filibuster to kill Democratic legislation in recent years, congressional Republicans increasingly appear to be using a different tactic to thwart Democrats: the political standoff. It works like this: the Senate approves some key piece of legislation on a bipartisan basis, but House … Continue reading

For Women’s Day, Democratic Senators Push John Boehner To Quit Birth Control Fight

In observance of International Women’s Day, all 12 Democratic women senators sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner calling on him to rescind his pledge to push forward with efforts to restrict women’s access to contraception after the Blunt amendment was defeated in the Senate. The senators’ letter … Continue reading

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe to Retire

Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has announced her retirement. A moderate Republican, who has often voted with Democrats in the Senate cited the extreme partisanship of recent years as her reasoning. In a statement Snowe said, “Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate … Continue reading

Breaking: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Announces Plan to Step Down from Congress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has just announced plans to step down from Congress. Giffords was the “victim of a gunshot wound to the head in an attack a year ago in her Arizona district.” She said her work toward recovery was her reason for stepping down. Prior to the shooting Gabrielle … Continue reading