Congresswoman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has already complained this year of the "spending problem in Washington," appears to have a spending problem of her own. A former staffer claims the Minnesota Republican is refusing to pay him and four other staffers for their work on the Iowa caucuses.
“I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Peter Waldron, a consultant in charge of Christian outreach. read more
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has decided to take on the restoration of felon voting rights in his final year in office, pushing lawmakers in Richmond to take on the issue in Wednesday's State of the Commonwealth address. read more
The NRA emerged from a closed door meeting on gun violence prevention with no kind words for White House officials, complaining that policy proposals the organization suggested had been "prejudged" and that too much time was spent discussing gun restrictions.
The NRA released the following statement after the meeting: read more
Ted Nugent is known for making controversial and even threatening statements, and now he's comparing gun owners to the civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
In an interview with WorldNetDaily, Nugent said, “There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.” read more
Congressman David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina and a vice chair on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said the NRA must be willing to adapt if there is to be any meaningful progress on gun control. "Of course we need political leadership, including political leadership from perhaps unexpected quarters to encourage us to come together on this," Price said on Wednesday's PoliticsNation. "It is going to require the NRA and other organizations to be part of the solution, not to just dig in with resistance," he said. read more
Congress may be less popular than cockroaches and root canals, but new polling shows that voters dislike Republicans significantly more than Democrats.
The entire body has a 7% approval rating since the fiscal cliff debacle that dragged out until the very last minute. Democrats in Congress emerged with a 38% approval rating while their Republican counterparts are approved by only 15% of voters. Even GOP voters don't like their GOP lawmakers in Washington, with 25% approving and 61% disapproving. read more
A new poll out from Public Policy Polling shows the N.R.A has seen a 10-point drop in popularity since Wayne LaPierre's Dec. 21 press conference responding to the tragic Newtown, Ct., school shooting.
The organization now has a negative favorability rating, with 45% of voters viewing it negatively and only 42% viewing it positively. That's down from a 48% positive and 41% negative image before the press conference. read more
Two years after the Tucson shooting that left her with a bullet in her chest, former congressional aide Pam Simon is furious at the lack of Congressional action. "I'm outraged that it's been two years and Congress has done absolutely nothing to make any changes in the gun violence in our country," she said on PoliticsNation. read more
In the wake of the last minute fiscal cliff deal, a new poll has found that Congress' unpopularity surpasses that of some of the most loathed experiences and pests in American culture, including root canals, cock roaches, traffic jams, and even head lice.
To come up with the results, Public Policy Polling asked respondents whether they had a higher opinion of Congress or one of a series of "unpleasant or disliked things" and tallied the preferences. read more
On the two year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed 6 and injured 19 including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, she and her husband have launched Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee designed to "join a national conversation about gun violence prevention, will raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby." read more
Mitt Romney successfully won the presidency--of the former Confederate States of America. Since Ronald Reagan converted Southern Democrats, the South has been solidly Republican. The GOP can thank the conservative South for many of the seats it holds in Congress today. But those same Southerners may also be responsible for the party's image problem as an extremist party. read more
The opposition to Chuck Hagel started to be audible from the right almost as soon as his name was floated as a possible candidate for Secretary of Defense, but many of those who are skeptical today offered ample praise for the former Senator from Nebraska not too long ago. read more
Right wing pundits have never shied away from criticizing President Obama for going on vacation, and his return to Hawaii in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal is providing great fodder for their griping.
Rush Limbaugh called the Hawaii trip a "slap in the face" to Republicans on his Thursday radio show. Fox's Sean Hannity railed against the return too. "Our dedicated Commander in Chief has since returned to his wonderful vacation in Hawaii, once again showing us all that he simply does not have your best interests in mind," he said this week. read more
Vice President Joe Biden has picked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to swear him into office at the 57th inauguration later this month.
Sotomayor, who was President Obama's first appointment to the Supreme Court, will become the first Hispanic, and fourth female Justice to administer the oath of office. read more
The 113th Congress is officially at work--and it's the most diverse in history, meaning its members look at least a little bit more like the makeup of the people they were elected to serve. Let's look at the numbers:
101 women, including 20 in the Senate alone
7 openly gay or bisexual members