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The growing gap between Congress and those it’s supposed to represent

Our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) are out today with a fresh bit of evidence about the disheartening disconnect between members of Congress and the millions of Americans who are pinching pennies hoping to get in, or stay in, the middle class. Reviewing senators’ and representatives’2013 financial disclosure statements, CRP reports that […]

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Feinstein, Boxer now backing filibuster reform

Filibuster reform has picked up a pair of important supporters in the Senate. California Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, who had been considered strong supporters of the filibuster rule, have had a change of heart and are now ready to throw it out — at least for confirmation votes on presidential appointments. Feinstein told […]

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Senator Markey co-sponsors a strong Democracy Amendment!

In late August, the Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts delivered a letter to Senator Ed Markey signed by 30 organizations urging him to file or sponsor strong democracy amendments to end big money’s iron grip on our electoral process and policy making and to end the era of corporate constitutional rights. The letter has since […]

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Slippery slopes, super glue and the Senate

Politico has posted another in Richard Arenberg’s series of warnings against change in the Senate’s filibuster rule. Arenberg seems to operate on the theory that if you repeat bad ideas often enough and forcefully enough, people eventually will think they’re good ideas. In this post, he repeats claims that a Senate rules change ending or […]

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JFK’s prescient description of modern politics

This weekend I picked up a copy of JFK’s Profiles in Courage and I was struck by this particularly prescient passage. If it was true then, it is even truer today, almost 60 years later. “Today the challenge of political courage looms larger than ever before. For our everyday life is becoming so saturated with the tremendous […]

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