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Friday, April 20, 2018

To Have A People’s Government, We The People Must Build It

After all, millions of our neighbors have long been disengaged, viewing the political scrum as somewhere between irrelevant and repugnant. But, suddenly they’re back — alert not only to Trump, but to their congress critters and to that menagerie of freaky, rightwing corporate mutants that Trump-Pence has put in charge of our government. In January, one red-district Texan told a reporter: “I think of politics the way I think of my car. I just want it to run [without my spending] a lot of time.”

April 20, 2017
Lieutenant Governor, States, Government, Politics, National News

In Many State, Lieutenant Governors Take On Larger Role

While still a spare tire of sorts, as the role of the governor inflates in many states, so does that of the number two: the lieutenant governor.

April 9, 2015
Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In Some States, Tax Cut Promises Collide With Budget Realities

Many Republican governors may have to think twice about plans to slash taxes.

January 19, 2015

Chuck Schumer: Take Two

Forget Obamacare — the rest of Schumer’s infamous National Press Club speech lays out a Democratic plan for victory.

December 18, 2014

How Are Federal Dollars Divided Among States?

Find out which states rely the most on government spending.

December 10, 2014

Israel’s Parliament Disbands, Sets Elections For March 17

Here’s what happens next in Israel.

December 8, 2014

In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

To fix government, start by making politicians base their claims on facts.

December 8, 2014

Ebola ‘Czar’ Urges Congress To Authorize Emergency Funding

Remember Ebola? We’re running out of money to fight it.

December 5, 2014

Israeli Coalition Collapses As Netanyahu Fires Key Ministers

Find out what’s next for Israel’s government.

December 2, 2014

Former Georgia Gov. Sanders Dies

By Mark Davis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS) Former Georgia Governor Carl E. Sanders, Sr., a statesman, businessman and philanthropist, champion of education and better government, died Sunday. He was 89. As a young man, Sanders gave up his role as a quarterback at UGA to go off to fight a war, now nearly 70 years […]

November 17, 2014

The Stunningly Static White Evangelical Vote

Analyses of exit polls shows that white evangelicals are stunningly static in their voting tendencies.

November 17, 2014

Putin Resists Western Offensive As Testy G20 Closes

Tension toward Putin flared at the international G20 summit.

November 17, 2014

High Stakes For Pelosi, Party With Energy And Commerce Fight

In the race for the next ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, what’s really at stake is the status quo for Democrats.

November 17, 2014

The Animal House Republicans Take Control

Here’s what to expect from the Republican majorities in Congress.

November 12, 2014

Endorse This: Republicans Are Finally Ready To Govern (In A Few Years)

Should the GOP use its congressional majorities to actually govern? It’s complicated.

November 11, 2014

News Flash: Progressives Have A Winning Economic Narrative — And Democrats Who Used It Won

Democrats can connect with voters by telling a story about how they’ll make the economy work for all of us.

November 11, 2014

Why The Democrats Should Unilaterally Disarm And Kill The Filibuster

How giving up their biggest weapon could help Democrats win a majority that actually works.

November 10, 2014

Social Impact Bonds Tap Private Money For Public Health

Learn more about this innovative new technique.

November 10, 2014

Don’t Govern On Fantasies

Hoping for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in Washington? Don’t hold your breath.

November 10, 2014

Jerry Brown Plans Final Touches On Legacy As California Governor

Find out what’s next for California’s longest-serving governor.

November 6, 2014

Here’s One Easy Way For Republicans To Reduce Government Dependency

Too bad they’ll never actually do it.

October 20, 2014

Do You Trust Your Government On Ebola?

There’s no need for panic — but there is cause for concern.

October 20, 2014

U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks To Lowest Level Since 2008

Is this good news budget hawks bad news for the economy?

October 15, 2014

Did She Vote For Obama? Kentucky Senate Candidate Still Won’t Say

Alison Lundergan Grimes stands by her decision not to reveal whether or not she voted for Obama.

October 14, 2014

Islamic State’s Soft Weapon Of Choice: Social Media

The Islamic State is making frighteningly effective use of social media.

September 22, 2014