For the latest proof of the importance of money in politics, look no further than the Wednesday decision by Bob... View ArticleContinue reading
Senator Doesn’t Get ATMs, Gets Money From Banks
In the latest episode in Ted Stevens-style technological misunderstandings comes this entry from Nebraska senator Ben Nelson: The Nebraska Democrat... View ArticleContinue reading
Is Ben Nelson At It Again?
Despite the fall-out from the Cornhusker Kickback in the health care reform debate, Sen. Ben Nelson is, at best, creating... View ArticleContinue reading
Do certain provisions in the health care bill violate disclosure requirements?
Earlier this week, Sen. Tom Coburn and a group of Republican senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid... View ArticleContinue reading
Reid Gives Nelson, Lincoln What Their Lobbyist Friends Want
TPM is reporting that Majority Leader Harry Reid is going to exclude a provision that would remove the anti-trust exemption... View ArticleContinue reading
Democratic Health Care Holdouts’ Ties to the Health Insurance Industry
The New York Times reports that there are three Democratic senators who are viewed as holdouts on a procedural vote... View ArticleContinue reading
Let’s Compare Votes: Who Votes With Sen. Olympia Snowe and How Often?
Despite what seemed to be a bruising August for health care reform efforts, Congress still appears to be on a... View ArticleContinue reading
Senators Call for Health Care Delay, Receive Big Campaign Contributions
Six senators called for a seventy day hold on voting on health care reform legislation today, according to the Huffington... View ArticleContinue reading
Visualizing Specter’s Switch
With Sen. Arlen Specter grabbing the headlines yesterday with his party switch, here are two cool interactive visualizations that show... View ArticleContinue reading
Backsliding on Earmark Reform?
Robert Novak suggests in a column today one subject in divided Washington that gets bipartisan support:
[Sen. Harry] Reid is also working behind the scenes with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to undermine earmark transparency and prevent open debate on spending proposals... ...Reid is plotting to strip anti-earmark transparency from the final version of ethics legislation passed by the Senate and House, with tacit support from Republican senators and the GOP leadership.I'm shocked. Also not surprised. Interestingly, Novak reports that the issue that's rankling lawmakers is a provision that would "bar earmarks benefiting a senator's family members." Continue reading