Durbin under First Amendment fire

By   /  October 30, 2013  /  Congress, Featured, National, News, Senate, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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hanks to his unpopular efforts to limit reporters’ rights and interrogation of private organizations, Sen. Dick Durbin is getting blasted in some unusual places.

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Fed shutdown leaves Americans stranded abroad

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  Congress, Federal Government, homeland security, Legislature, National, News, Politics, Senate, U.S. House of Represenatives  /  1 Comment

WHICH WAY HOME? Tentacles of the federal shutdown reach all the way to Grand Cayman Island.

Part 31 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The U.S. Customs Service was established by the first Congress shortly after the Revolution, yet when their modern-day counterparts meet to hash over the budget impasse, they worry about emergency funding to national parks and Head Start – ignoring what men and women of George Washington’s era regarded as [...]

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Online sales tax bill provides shelter to big businesses, more cash for governments

By   /  May 9, 2013  /  National, News, Senate  /  7 Comments

After Amazon.com moved to Wisconsin, the argument for the Marketplace Fairness Act fell apart, according to research by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A push for online sales tax “fairness” is more about protectionism than equal protection.
Some have drawn that conclusion from after the U.S. Senate OK’d of the Marketplace Fairness Act earlier this week.  The bill — if it becomes law — would allow states to collect sales taxes from online transactions, even if [...]

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Is George McGovern the tea party’s answer to a GOP civil war?

By   /  March 1, 2013  /  Featured, Federal Government, National, News, Politics, Politics & Elections, Senate, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate  /  1 Comment


By Carten Cordell │ Watchdog.org
ALEXANDRIA — What was once a minor fissure in the GOP has expanded into a major ideological fault line, dividing the party from its upstart tea party faction.
Political strategist Karl Rove fanned the flames this month by announcing his creation of the Conservative Victory Project, a fundraising group designed to protect [...]

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Schultz plays familiar role as WI Republican dissenter

By   /  February 20, 2013  /  Assembly, Children, Education, Featured, Governor, Legislature, News, Politics, school choice, Senate, State Budgets, State Senate, Wisconsin  /  3 Comments

State Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, stands in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's school choice proposal, but this time he's joined by fellow Republicans.

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – Dale Schultz is no stranger to the role of dissenting voice.
While the Richland Center Republican has voted with his party the vast majority of his 30 years in the Legislature, he’s played the role of maverick on more than a few key occasions.
Schultz stood alone, the sole Senate [...]

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