November 7, 2012 |
In a sign that political leaders are willing to heed President Obama's calls for bipartisan cooperation in the wake of his reelection, both Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid softened their partisan tones on Wednesday. In separate press conferences three hours apart, they pledged to work together to get the country on a better financial footing. In the hours after his victory speech in Chicago, Obama had called the men to discuss the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the morass of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts and a rising debt.
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Independent candidate Angus King was elected in the U.S. Senate race, as Mainers favored the popular former governor over the Democratic and Republican candidates. With both parties vying for control of the Senate, King could hold the balance of power when senators cast the all-important first votes of the session to establish the majority. King, who was projected to win by CNN and the Associated Press, has declined to say which party he would join, though many believe he will side with Democrats -- at least for that vote.
November 4, 2012 |
After a year of campaign sound and fury, we're about to hold an election that will probably fail to usher in the one thing voters of all stripes would like to see: an end to the partisan gridlock in Congress. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney appears likely to win the kind of landslide victory that provides a mandate for big change. And whoever wins the presidency is almost certain to face at least two years of divided government in Congress: a Republican House, a Democratic Senate.
October 31, 2012 |
Peg Rosenfield has been monitoring elections for the League of Women Voters in Ohio for almost 40 years and has seen just about every voting glitch imaginable. She says there's a saying among election workers: "Please, God, make it a landslide. " In a landslide, there is no quibbling over hanging chads or provisional ballots or registration requirements or rigged voting machines or whether ballots were cast by the dead. A winner is declared, a loser concedes - election over. No one expects a landslide when Americans go to the polls on Tuesday.
October 27, 2012 |
The Partisan The Life of William Rehnquist John A. Jenkins Public Affairs: 368 pp., $28.99 Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was a curious man. He could be courtly and gracious, elegant in argument and a brilliant advocate. He also was a ferocious adversary, a relentless conservative and, as John A. Jenkins makes clear in his new biography, a determined partisan. One sample of his paradox: Rehnquist was a respected leader of the court, appreciated even by those whose politics he abhorred, and yet he secured his position in part by perjuring himself at his confirmation hearing.
October 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently attended a Capitol Hill hearing, pursuing an unlikely cause for the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee: eggs. Both the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, an industry group, wanted the California Democrat to promote legislation setting national standards for the treatment of hens. "She has the ability to reach across the aisle," said California egg farmer Arnie Riebli. Feinstein, a Democrat, has spent years trying to establish this kind of reputation - a bridge builder who works to span the Senate's partisan divide.
October 22, 2012 |
ROCHESTER, N.H. - It wasn't until the mailers began targeting her as a union stooge that Julie Brown realized how much her party had changed. Brown registered as a Republican on her 21st birthday in 1956. She was an Ike girl in the 1950s, riding a bandwagon and handing out pins dressed in a red felt skirt, blue sweater and white blouse. She worked for Maine's Republican Sen. William S. Cohen in the 1980s, and organized on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. before last winter's New Hampshire primary.
October 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. The new president was trying to sustain his ambitious initiative to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. He needed Snowe, a centrist Republican, to make the effort bipartisan. Now, she was telling Obama what he wanted to hear: She would be with him. That would precipitate a months-long scramble as the president and his team shaped the legislation to meet Snowe's concerns.
October 3, 2012 |
Just before their first debate ended, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each got a chance to say how he would cut through the partisan political gridlock that has paralyzed Washington. Romney recalled his work as governor of Massachusetts with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. “That meant I figured out from day one I had to get along and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done,” Romney said. WHAT THEY SAID: The first presidential debate “As president,” he continued, “I will sit down on day one -- actually the day after I get elected, I'll sit down with leaders, the Democratic leaders as well as Republican leaders.
September 23, 2012
Re "Senate GOP blocks veterans jobs measure," Sept. 20 I see the "party of no" is at it again. The Republicans in Congress don't care who they hurt, even the brave warriors who lay their lives on the line for our country. The recent jobs bill for veterans was blocked by Senate Republicans last week. It was designed to help veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks. It was being paid for, as The Times writes, by "imposing penalties on Medicare providers and suppliers who are delinquent on taxes and by collecting back taxes on others.