Transparency, My Ass

Quietly, in the dead of night, and out of the glare of public scrutiny, House GOP members┬ávoted to make significant changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). (Note: they have since rescinded their move after a backlash not only from the public, but also from their own speaker of the house and president-elect.) Now, rules changes aren’t abnormal acts for a party that controls a house of congress. But a change to a group that oversees and investigates ethics violations of the people making the changes is unusual....

New Year, New Plan

Wow. What an election, right? You’re probably either shocked, scared, shocked, terrified, or just shocked at the outcome. And now the 2017 political session is looming, and we’re all holding our communal breath to wait to see what happens. For the site here, I┬áhaven’t posted since August, and need to pick it up, because there’s a lot to say and comment on, but some of the longer-form pieces just aren’t easy to do with the free time I have. So I’ve decided to try to do some quicker pieces:...

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