Archive for the ‘Congress’ Category

Partisanship Without Purpose


By John Feehery

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“Cecil Roberts 2009″ by Bernard Pollack/(aflcio) – CO: Mine worker and activist Bob Butero with UMW President Cecil Roberts. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Outside of the losing candidates themselves, who had the worst election night last Tuesday?

You can make the case that it was the head of the United Mine Workers union,  Cecil Roberts.

Roberts biggest mistake was supporting Alison Grimes over Mitch McConnell.  Grimes always was going to be a long-shot, despite what the polls say.  And McConnell is now poised to be the Senate Majority Leader.  (more…)

Decision Points For the GOP Next Year


By John Feehery

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“Obama and Mitch McConnell” by The White House from Washington, DC – P080410PS-0912. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

Congressional Republicans have some big decisions to make when they gather to plot their strategies to take on President Barack Obama and to accomplish some things with him. Getting legislation to the president’s desk is harder than it sounds. They have to overcome objections from Democrats, of course, but also from within their own disparate caucus. Here are a few of the big issues: (more…)

2016 Is Right Around the Corner


By John Feehery

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“Greg Walden Congressman” by United States Government – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Well, that was fun.

Now, on to the next election.

Republicans won a resounding victory, thanks to President Obama’s stunning incompetence. (more…)

The TCPA Exemption


By John Feehery

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“Telephone keys”. Via Wikipedia.

I don’t ever answer my hard-line when I am at home.

Especially during election season.

I must get between 20 and 30 phone calls a day, none of which is answered. (more…)

Innocence Lost


By John Feehery

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“US Capitol east side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Like foreshadowing in a dark novel, three years before the attacks on September 11, 2001, a lone gunman walked into the document door of the United States Capitol, pulled out a gun, shot Jacob Chestnut, walked through a metal detector, opened the door to Tom DeLay’s Whip Office, shot John Gibson, who shot him back.

Chestnut and Gibson died at the scene.  The gunman, Russell Weston, was improbably saved by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who rushed in to provide CPR. (more…)


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