05 Jan 2015

The Public Wisely Doesn’t Expect Much From Congress

Republicans are set to officially take full control of Congress this week and the public doesn’t expect to see very much bipartisan legislation to emerge as a result. According to a new Pew Research poll, while a decent share of the public thinks President Obama will try to cooperate with

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02 Jan 2015

Public Thinks Their Top Problem is Their Government

The public thinks the number one problem facing the country last year was their dysfunctional government, according to Gallup. From Gallup: It is not too surprising a result, given that in the past few years we have seen almost no laws of any significance approved, a prolonged government shutdown and

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31 Dec 2014

DC’s New Attorney General Says Congress Didn’t Stop Marijuana Initiative

Karl Racine, who starting next month will be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, believes the recently approved marijuana legalization initiative can move forward.

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31 Dec 2014

DC’s New Attorney General Says Congress Didn’t Stop Marijuana Initiative

Karl Racine, who starting next month will be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, believes the recently approved marijuana legalization initiative can move forward. He told the Washington Post: “We think Initiative 71 was basically self-enacted, just as the congresswoman does,” Racine said. “And we think there’s good support for that

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29 Dec 2014

Sky Stubbornly Refuses to Fall in Colorado

I’ve spent every Christmas for the past decade in Colorado with my grandparents, and this year I noticed it was still the same beautiful state it has always been, even though recreational marijuana has now legally been for sale for a full year. The closest thing to the sky falling

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26 Dec 2014

Accomplishing Popular Things is Popular

Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off. The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via

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23 Dec 2014

Public Strongly Supports Opening Relations with Cuba

President Obama’s recent decision to change course on Cuba has garnered overwhelming support from the general public. By roughly a two-to-one margin, the country supports establishing diplomatic relations, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. It found that 64 percent of Americans back opening diplomatic relations with the nation.

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19 Dec 2014

Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup:

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18 Dec 2014

Why Act Now on Cuba

It is no accident that President Obama announced his decision to move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba yesterday. Four big factors made this the ideal moment. 1) Being a lame duck has its advantages – President Obama will never face an election again nor need to worry about how

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17 Dec 2014

Voters Are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has one very good number for Republicans. It found that an incredible 71 percent of voters want the next president to use a different approach for governing than President Obama. For the Republican party it is easy to cater to this disenchantment with

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