Archive for the 'Legislation' Category

Jon Kyl On Earmarks: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Legislation, Money, Republicans

Last week, Arizona Senator and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl came together with other members of the GOP and passed a non-binding resolution that called a sweeping moratorium on earmarks. And this week… Tweet

November 24th, 2010 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Will The GOP Raise The Debt Ceiling?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Legislation

Looks like the new batch of Republicans are already signaling that they’ll refuse to raise the debt ceiling… even though John Boehner is telling them they must. From WSJ: [...] on Thursday, Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said he’s been talking to the newly elected GOP lawmakers about the need to raise the federal […]

November 19th, 2010 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Could This Be A Bi-Partisan Compromise We Could All Get Behind?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bipartisan, Democrats, Legislation, Republicans

Ezra Klein throws it out there, and I could see it working. From Wash Post: On Feb. 5, 2011, the president signed the Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011 into law. The legislation lifted the employer-portion of the payroll tax for a year, approved more than $50 billion in infrastructure investments, and cut […]

November 3rd, 2010 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

California’s Prop 8 Falls, Spectacularly

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in California, Homosexuality, Law, Legislation, Proposition 8, Sexuality

Proponents and opponents of gay marriage, the end is nigh. The ruling today was a thing of beauty, not just because Prop 8 was overturned, but because the language in the decision basically positions Gay Americans as equal to every other American in every single way. And, the cherry on top of the judicial sundae? […]

August 4th, 2010 | Permalink| 31 Comments »

Poll: Obama’s Healthcare Reform Opposition Waning

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Obama, Polls

As this issue becomes less politicized, more folks seem to warm to the legislation. Wait…what??? To me this is encouraging. Of course, we all know there are problems with the legislation that passed, but I think we can also collectively agree that the current system is completely unsustainable. So some type of fix had to […]

July 29th, 2010 | Permalink| 15 Comments »

Wall Street/Financial Reform Hits 60 Votes

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Legislation, Money, Republicans

Republican lawmakers Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe jumped on board to give Dems the votes they needed to pass a sweeping financial reform law. Susan Collins had previously committed to supporting the bill. And one has to wonder, after reading what’s in the legislation…why are Republicans opposing this? From The Hill: The legislation aims to […]

July 13th, 2010 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

Arizona Bill Targets Ethnic Studies. No, I’m Not Kidding.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Conservatism, Conservatives, Legislation, Race, Republicans

Really Arizona legislature? Really Governor Jan Brewer? This is the time when you decide to make this switch? And, from Politico, the text of the bill reads like some of the craziest satire… “Public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate […]

May 12th, 2010 | Permalink| 26 Comments »

California’s Proposition 14: Open Primaries, Open Vote

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in California, Independents, Legislation, Video, Voting

Heard about this? Well, you will. Basically, open primaries are where the top two vote getters move on to the general, with the hopeful net result being that Dems and Repubs wouldn’t have to appeal to the more extreme elements of their party to get to the big show. Here’s more… So, no more party […]

May 2nd, 2010 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

House Democrats And Republicans Agree: No Pay Raise This Year

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, House, Legislation, Money, Republicans

Finally, bipartisan cooperation! From CNN: Washington (CNN) – With midterm elections on the horizon and the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to block pay raises for members of Congress for the next fiscal year. The vote was 402-15. Rules approved by Congress in 1989 provide for an […]

April 27th, 2010 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Bipartisan Financial Regulation Legislation Making Progress

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Economy, Legislation, Money, Republicans

Looks like some Republicans are beginning to line up behind the Dodd legislation. So, lo and behold, compromises can be reached! From Wash Post: Key Senate Republicans on Tuesday began to back away from their sharp criticism of proposed new financial regulations and expressed optimism that a bipartisan deal on a bill that would drastically […]

April 21st, 2010 | Permalink| 2 Comments »