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Chuck Grassley Is Keeping Details Of His Iowa Events Secret To Avoid Protesters

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says he will be going around speaking with constituents at more than a dozen events in his home state during the Senate's...

Has Chris Christie Told You How Wonderful He Is Lately?

Joe Seldner | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Joe Seldner

Anyone who runs for President is driven in large part by ego. But Christie doesn't respect the voters, and believes that every time he has the podium it is time to tell you about himself and his "you-may-not-like-me-but-I'm-telling-the-truth" uniqueness.

Behind The GOP's Lame Impeachment Secret

Salon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

It’s becoming a ritual of the congressional recess for Republicans: At town halls, and other venues, frustrated (or angry, or hopeful) conservatives...

Former GOP Hit Fizzles Despite Tea Party Efforts

The Daily Beast | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

Tea Party Republicans had a huge hit with their rage against Obamacare....

Republicans Attempt To Dodge Tea Party Rage

The Guardian | Ana Marie Cox | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

Looking forward to the midterm elections, the Republican party is seeking to repeat the dramatic performance of 2010 that ushered in a freshman class ...

Republican Faced With Angry Constituents

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.) confronted some unruly crowd members who mocked his remarks on health care at a meeting Thursday. During a gathering of ...

WATCH: GOP Congressman Receives Verbal Beatdown From Constituent

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) felt the fury of one constituent at a town hall on Tuesday, when a man arose to grill the congressman over concerns abou...

GOP Rep. Makes Birther Joke

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) considered personally asking President Barack Obama if he was actually born in Hawaii, he told constituents at an eve...

New Kind Of Birther, Death Panel Insanity Explodes

Salon | Brian Beutler | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Ever since 2009, political junkies have turned their attentions outside the beltway each August, watching to see whether conservative voters would ret...

GOP Rep. Outrages Tea Party By Saying No

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

Tea party members in North Carolina caused a stir at a town hall meeting on Monday after Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) said he would not support a Re...

Obama's New August Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans were going to spend August talking up their own theme of "Fighting Washington." Obama has undercut this theme in a big way already -- by pointing out that anyone in Congress is not just part of Washington, but in fact they are failing miserably.

Detroit Citizens Key to Defining the Council Districts

Gary A. Brown | Posted 04.08.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Typically, when re-drawing boundaries, legislators -- local, state and federal -- create districts and then present them to the public as a final product. My colleagues and I desired a more open process.

Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.

Facing Opposition, Congressmen Skip Out On Town Halls

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political e...

Tyler Kingkade

Democrats Target Vulnerable House Republicans Over Town Hall Protests | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have taken a lot of heat from constituents at home during the August recess after a bitter showdown with Democ...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Congressman Seizes Cameras At Town Hall Event | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After banning and confiscating cameras at his town hall events, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is taking heat from all sides -- including fr...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Protesters Confront GOP Congressman Over Public Town Hall | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Confronting mounting pressure and protests, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) has agreed to hold a public town hall at the Duluth airport at ...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office...

Tyler Kingkade

House Republicans Face Anger At Home | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, more than 200 protesters impeded traffic in Washington state as they gathered near the offices of GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, c...

GOP Rep Pressed Over Medicare, Planned Parenthood At Town Hall | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

Facing an audience with a liberal bent, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon County) spent two hours fielding questions as part of a town hall meeting...

Alice In Medicareland: One Voucher Makes You Larger...

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.06.2011 | Comedy
Richard (RJ) Eskow

"If I had a world of my own," said Alice, "everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't." The...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Faces Tough Town Hall Questions | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress returns from its two-week recess, one of its top priorities will be voting on whether to raise the federal government's de...

Congressional Twitter Town Hall Invitation: #AskDems Anything About the Budget

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

We're focusing on budget issues and spending priorities. I hope you'll join us tomorrow to talk about the jobs problem, and more importantly, the jobs solution.

A Town Hall in Your Pocket, A Smartphone With a Front Row Seat

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. John Garamendi

I'm honored to continue in this tradition by becoming the first Member of Congress to host a live mobile video town hall -- or as Josh Richman at the Oakland Tribune coined it, "Garamendi on the Go."

Boehner's Dilemma: Decency vs. Depravity

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Now that Republicans in the House are the object of their own campaign ire (they're now "the government"), they need to reject the malevolent commentators on the sidelines and stand up for our institutions of civil governance.