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Lawmakers react to McCutcheon ruling

Capitol Hill is reacting, loudly, to today’s Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Here’s a sampling Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/blog/baldwins-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-federal-election-commission Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT: http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-statement-on-scotus-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. Chris Coons, D-DE: http://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/release/statement-of-senator-coons-on-supreme-court-decision-on-limits-on-political-donations Sen. Angus King, I-ME: http://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/in-response-to-mccutcheon-king-introduces-legislation-to-improve-transparency-of-campaign-donations Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT: http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/comment-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-chairman-senate-judiciary-committee-on-the-supreme-courts-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. John McCain, R-AZ: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=81861515-8059-4bec-b717-b7a79b2a3b22 Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY: http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=57f6000c-f6a3-44e1-af0c-e900b087d0a4 Sen. Bernie Sanders, […]

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Ethics panel probing congressman’s continuing ties to former aide

Watchdogs in the House Ethics Committee are sniffing something funny in the office of Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. According to reports, Gutiérrez paid his former chief of staff, Doug Scofield, approximately $500,000 – about $4100 per month — in taxpayer funds over 10 years to train staff, review and draft news releases, and help publicize […]

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Scott Brown shouldn’t ditch the ‘People’s Pledge’

(A shortened version of this post was published as a letter to the editor in the Globe on Sunday March 30, click here.) In his column in the Sunday Globe, Tom Keane is quick to criticize the People’s Pledge (Scott Brown should ditch ‘People’s Pledge’, Mar. 23). He’s not so quick to back those criticisms […]

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Sinking to new lows in the House

There are too many loose cannons rolling around in Congress these days, and now one of the loudest, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, may have fired once too often. Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is taking a beating from Democrats and not getting much support from his fellow Republicans […]

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Voters lose as Senate rejects Obama’s civil rights nominee

Debo Adegbile, by all accounts a whip-smart lawyer and legal scholar of impeccable integrity, lost his bid on Wednesday for Senate confirmation to serve as head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department. The 45-52 vote was cast in news accounts as an embarrassing defeat for President Obama, who saw seven Democratic senators […]

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