Archive of Articles in the "2014 Elections" Category

Friday Talking Points [330] -- How Bad Laws Get Made

[ Posted Friday, December 12th, 2014 – 17:29 UTC ]

There were two big things going on in the political world this week: the release of the Senate torture report, and the cromnibus bill which kept the government open. For the most part, we're going to cover the torture report at the end, in a very unusual talking points section.

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The D.C. Marijuana Compromise

[ Posted Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 – 18:14 UTC ]

One Maryland Republican in the House, apparently still upset that his state donated the land for D.C. centuries ago (or something), pushed an amendment to the cromnibus that would have flat-out overturned the will of the people on Initiative 71, and kept recreational marijuana fully illegal in District law. Democrats indicated that this was a deal-breaker for them (on the entire cromnibus bill), so today a compromise of sorts seems to have been reached.

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Friday Talking Points [329] -- 'Tis The Season

[ Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 – 18:05 UTC ]

It is indeed the season. Yes, it's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

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Marijuana Rider On The Cromnibus?

[ Posted Thursday, December 4th, 2014 – 18:28 UTC ]

OK, I do realize that everyone is already sick of the term "cromnibus." I'm no exception -- I was sick of it the first time I heard it, in fact. But seeing as how we've only got one more week of talking about it (before it becomes an answer in political barroom trivia games of the future), I felt it was time to stretch the inane metaphor once again. Because today the subject on Capitol Hill is riders. That's right, the riders on the cromnibus.

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Cromnibus Stop?

[ Posted Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 – 19:03 UTC ]

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing. Since the vehicle chosen for this Washington drama has been dubbed the "cromnibus," these metaphors all lean on the transportation theme. Will the wheels on the cromnibus go 'round and 'round? Are Tea Partiers waiting at the cromnibus stop, or will they just stop the cromnibus? Will the cromnibus even leave its House depot? Who will be forced to sit at the back of the cromnibus? Republicans are either on the cromnibus, or off the cromnibus (warning: due to its origins in the counterculture, Republicans may not get the reference in this last one).

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Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2014

[ Posted Monday, December 1st, 2014 – 17:47 UTC ]

Added together, the differences from October to November for Obama's average monthly job approval and job disapproval ratings total a whopping 0.1 percent. That's pretty flat. Remarkably, this was during a month with several enormous political stories, from the midterm election results to immigration reform to Ferguson, Missouri. Before we get to all of that, let's take a look at the flatness of the chart for November.

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Jumping On The Cromnibus

[ Posted Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 – 17:29 UTC ]

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

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Friday Talking Points [328] -- Obama's Gutsy Move

[ Posted Friday, November 21st, 2014 – 17:40 UTC ]

When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States. The president in question was George H. W. Bush, and the year was 1990. Congress, at the time, was run by the opposition party. What did they do in response? They passed a bill, which Bush later signed.

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Friday Talking Points [327] -- The Calm Between The Storms

[ Posted Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 17:56 UTC ]

What walks like a duck and quacks like a duck but seems to have serious mobility problems?

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Elizabeth Warren Moves Up

[ Posted Thursday, November 13th, 2014 – 16:59 UTC ]

Senator Elizabeth Warren is about to become more influential in the Democratic Party. It was announced today that she will be joining the ranks of the Democrats' Senate leadership, albeit in a newly-created position that might be best called "Progressive Liaison." The position is seen as forming a new bridge between progressives and the party leadership, who have mostly been much more timid when it comes to issues with real populist appeal. Depending on what sort of leadership role Warren carves out for herself, this could be very good news.

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