Florida, Florida, Poverty
October 22, 2010
If you’ve seen any of our maps, you know Florida hasn’t been faring well on any metric ( employment, unemployment, poverty, lender-owned properties to name a few). But two swing districts are getting squeezed from all angles: Central Florida’s 8th and 24th Congressional Districts (see map with arrows; the two are in the middle of the state and eastward). Not only do these districts encompass much of Orlando, its metropolitan sprawl, and its deteriorating economy, but they are at the tipping point of the congressional and campaign debate between the mounting urgency to get people back on their
A Step By Step Approach
March 10, 2010
The Onion describes some alternative health care reform bills: Melancon-Cooper Bill: Would create a low-cost government-administered health insurance plan, but would prohibit anyone from buying into it Griffith-Cantor Bill: Low-income families would be allowed to huddle outside hospital windows in the cold and look at wealthier families receiving care Hutchinson-Snowe Bill: Children insured on a cuteness scale Grayson Bill: Rep. Alan Grayson will personally punch in the face any insurance executive who turns down a valid claim More here.
Bachmann And Kucinich, The Sensible Center
March 05, 2010
David Jarman points out that National Journal's "most conservative/most liberal" rankings make no sense: Consider Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who is generally regarded as one of the most liberal politicians in the nation, let alone Congress. And yet he finished in 160th place in the "most liberal" rankings. Or there’s netroots heroes Alan Grayson (170th place in the House) and Russ Feingold (55th most liberal in the Senate). The same holds on the other end of the spectrum. Rep.
A Dodd-Grayson Alliance?
November 12, 2009
I agree with Ezra Klein that Chris Dodd’s financial regulatory reform bill takes the surprisingly populist tack of stripping powers from the Federal Reserve and making the bank more accountable to Congress. As he points out: Fed skepticism has been much more prevalent among Ron Paul supporters and Tea Partiers than MoveOn.org members. Indeed, the financial regulation plan developed by Barney Frank was fairly friendly toward the Fed.
One More for the Grayson Files
October 27, 2009
Alan Grayson, the Democratic Congressman from Florida who's rapidly making a name for himself as the sort of liberal analogue to Michelle Bachman, is in some more hot water for calling Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a “K Street whore.” Anthony Weiner probably had the best line among the various Congressional Democrats rushing to distance themselves from Grayson: “Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?" But I think what may be more troubling than Grayson's "K Street whore" comment is the venue in which he made it: Alex Jones's radio show.
Today at TNR (September 23, 2009)
September 23, 2009
How I Became a Keynesian: Second Thoughts in the Middle of a Crisis, by Richard Posner Meet Alan Grayson, the Blogosphere’s Man in Congress, by Marin Cogan What’s the Right Historical Analogy for Our Presence in Afghanistan? by Michael Crowley Chait: Is the GOP Overreaching on Health Care? by Jonathan Chait The Problem With Obama’s Big New Nuclear Proposal, by Barron YoungSmith Should Israelis Be Declaring Victory After Today’s Summit? by Shmuel Rosner Obama at the UN: Is He Finally Getting Serious About Fossil Fuels? by Bradford Plumer So Ron Artest Walks Into a Chabad Telethon.
September 23, 2009
The congressman is nearly in tears--his face crumpled and voice cracking. This was hardly the response that I anticipated when I asked freshman Democrat Alan Grayson a banal question about adjusting to life in his new job. "Personally, it's extremely difficult for me to be away from my family," he started. That's when he started to swell. As he came unglued, I cast a nervous glance at his aide. The least she could do was hustle him from this awkwardness.