Republicans Retain a House Seat: Arizona Special Election

The Story: Voters in Arizona's 8th congressional district, in a special election Tuesday, April 24, kept that seat on the Republican side, voting for Debbie Lesko over her Democratic opponent Hiral Tipirneni. The  contest in...
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Bond Holders versus Pensioners

 The Story: The Oversight Board created to put the finances of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico back on a sound footing has approved an austerity plan that is generous toward the commonwealth's bond holders, and...

Utah Republican Convention Sets Up Primary Clash

The Story: Republican delegates at a convention in West Valley City, Utah, tried on Saturday, April 21 to choose a Senate candidate for the seat that Orrin Hatch is vacating. Their efforts simply narrowed the...
Sen. Manchin: Trump should pull drug czar nominee

Challenge to Senator Manchin from his Left

The Story:  On May 8, Democratic voters in West Virginia will likely re-nominate their party's incumbent Senator, Joe Manchin, despite a primary challenge from his left, from Paula Jean Swearengin. Background: Swearengin has long been an active environmentalist,...

West Virginia GOP Primary Approaches

The Story: On May 8, Republican voters in West Virginia will choose their party's nominee to oppose the re-election campaign of Senator Joe Manchin (D). The candidate to watch in the final days of the...

Who Is Scooter Libby? and Why the Pardon?

The Story:  On April 13, 2018, President Donald Trump pardoned I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, a man convicted in 2007 in connection with the leak of confidential information as part of the lead up to the...

Alaska’s Voters and a ‘Good Government’ Initiative

The Story: This November, Alaskans may vote on an initiative that would disclose financial conflicts of interest of the state legislators, limit the gifts they can receive, and deny them per diem expense payments when...

Considering Consequences of a McCain Departure

The Story: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), facing deteriorating health, may soon have to resign his Senate seat. Background: Senator McCain, who was the Republican Party candidate for President in 2008, has exerted considerable influence in the Senate...

Amazon’s Packages and the USPS

The Story: President Trump has been tweeting a fair amount of late about the giant e-Commerce company Amazon, of which Jeff Bezos is founder and chairman. One of Trump's charges in these tweets is that...
Crunch time on Capitol Hill

The EPA Head and the Lobbyist Landlady

The Story: The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has leased a Washington D.C. condo, at a rate lower than market, owned by a lobbyist working for the healthcare industry: her husband is...
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