Washington's Wisdom: Advice to the Senate on the Supreme Court Vacancy from a Real Originalist
February 22, 2016
This afternoon, the United States Senate will observe one of its most hallowed traditions: the annual reading of President George Washington's farewell address, penned in 1796. Every year, a senator is assigned to read the address into the Congressional Record, and then adding his or her signature to a leather-bound book that is kept by the secretary of the Senate for posterity. This observance began during the Civil War.
Marching Toward a Cliff: Rubio Joins GOP Candidates Backing Constitutional Convention
January 5, 2016
Campaigning over the weekend in Iowa for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced his support for a dangerous idea: a national convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to propose constitutional amendments on term limits and a balanced federal budget.
Sen. McConnell’s deal for the ultra-wealthy to buy politicians
November 30, 2015
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Politico reported that Senator McConnell is planning to insert a provision in a must-pass government funding bill that would significantly increase the amount of money that political parties could spend on candidates. The provision, drafted in secret and without any hearings, would eliminate caps on the amount of political money that parties may spend in coordination with candidates.
Big Tobacco, Big Oil, and Big Pharma sponsors ALEC’s Annual Conference At San Diego Resort
July 24, 2015
The first night at ALEC’s conference I was quietly sitting at the hotel bar. One legislator handed a whisky to another legislator and I heard him say “don’t thank me, thank Pfizer.” When I asked the legislator if Pfizer just paid for his drink, he denied it.
America’s Journey for Justice
June 16, 2015
Just steps away from where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. vividly called for racial equality more than 50 years ago, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) led a broad, diverse coalition of grassroots labor, environmental, and democracy groups on Monday in a new call for justice.