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Friday Talking Points -- End of Reefer Madness?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One story risks being buried among all this other newsworthy stuff, and that is the vote which happened late last night in the House of Representatives.

The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

Blue Fairy Godmother Budget Cuts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is the question the Republicans want to avoid: "What would you cut instead?" Because when the rubber meets the road, they refuse to answer that question. They want budget cuts that nobody can see where they came from, and that magically protect Republicans from harm.

VP Ryan: A Nightmare for the Poor and Minorities

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Paul Ryan's savage cost cutting plan is well-known. He'd cut tens of billions from Medicaid and Medicare, and more than a trillion from everything from food stamps to welfare over the next decade.

Merkley's Right: CBO Should Score Jobs

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This will force the public debate to cover the entire scope of the proposals being offered up, and it would do so by providing the data the public most cares about right now: how will this create or destroy jobs?

Distention Deficit

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

The deficit is now all the rage. Though post-election polls show it's jobs and economic certainty that voters want most, it's the deficit that's getti...

Who's Going to Pay for the Party?

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

It might be a bit confusing to a casual observer. Here we are charging into the November 2nd election and it seems like most of the country is positi...

The Sour Politics of Epithet and Government by Tantrum Brews Chaos

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

"Hunger makes the old grandmother trot" was a 19th century slogan attempting to justify England's harsh poor laws. Recent Republican and Blue Dog oppo...