Congress (page 2)

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    Sinema standing out as Democrat sticking to Senate rules

    Burgess Everett explains at Politico why one Democratic U.S. senator might frustrate progressive colleagues on a continuing basis. Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t often make big policy pronouncements. But when she does, Democrats had better listen. Take the $15 hourly minimum wage that Democratic leaders want to add to a…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2021
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    States don’t need another federal bailout

    Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute explains why the feds should not throw more money at state governments. President Biden and the Democrats are including $350 billion in aid for the states in their $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. But state and local budgets are in decent shape, and…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2021
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    Democrats’ single-minded focus on Trump ignores real problems

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online warns of dangers associated with Democrats’ apparent disinterest in any topic other than Donald Trump. The Democratically controlled Senate spends thousands of collective hours conducting an impeachment trial against a president who is no longer president. The acquittal is predetermined, as…
    Mitch Kokai, February 12, 2021
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    Whitehouse pushes harmful donor disclosure again

    Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon details the latest dubious campaign from U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a longtime fan of the John Locke Foundation. (Sarcasm alert!) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) and a group of Democratic lawmakers are urging the Justice Department to buck tradition…
    Mitch Kokai, February 11, 2021
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    GOP senator suggests impeaching Schumer

    Jake Dima of the Washington Examiner reports an interesting development in the impeachment saga. Sen. Rand Paul said if Democrats seek to impeach former President Donald Trump for his rhetoric before the Capitol riot, then they should consider impeaching colleagues such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “for…
    Mitch Kokai, February 9, 2021
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    Support for the COVID-19 relief alternative involving Tillis

    Yuval Levin explains at National Review Online why he likes a new Republican proposal for federal COVID-19 relief. Signs of life in the legislative branch are always welcome, and the move by ten Republican senators to propose an alternative to the Democrats’ pandemic-relief bill is certainly such a…
    Mitch Kokai, February 3, 2021
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    What is HR 1 and why is Speaker Pelosi pushing it?

    You’ve heard about it, but do you really know what HR 1 — the For the People Act — is all about? Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, gives us a succinct explainer on the U.S. House’s plan for inserting the federal government into state election rules.
    Donna Martinez, February 1, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak of Carolina Journal Online profiles Kathy Harrington, the N.C. Senate’s first female majority leader. John Hood’s Daily Journal contrasts Congress and the N.C. General Assembly on the issue of protecting their constitutional authority.
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2021