Senate Republicans Push Historic Tax Reform One Step Closer to Reality

Tax reform is hard. Not just hard, nearly impossible. The tax code has been slowly turned into a minefield of competing credits, deductions and loopholes, essentially guaranteeing that any attempt at reform will have unintended side effects on one or another group of taxpayers. For a while, it looked as though the Senate would not…
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Four Senate Races to Watch On the Eve of Election Day

This election season has displayed all that is wrong with politics. It’s been like watching a boxing match, with each candidate throwing ever-harder punches in the hopes of knocking the other out. But here we are, twelve rounds later, and both candidates are still standing, still fighting despite being thoroughly beaten, bruised, and bloodied. Sure,…
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Ron Johnson – A Refreshing Throwback to the Days of the Citizen Legislator

It wasn’t too long ago that Senator Ron Johnson’s reelection chances appeared to be a lost cause. It had nothing to do with Johnson, who was a well-liked and extremely productive member of the Senate, and everything to do with the ebbs and flows of politics. The former businessman was swept into the Senate on…
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Russ Feingold–The Father of Campaign Finance Reform–Finds Himself in Hot Water Over PAC Spending

Russ Feingold is known as the father of campaign finance reform. During his tenure as a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Feingold was a vehement critic of the role of money in elections and an enormous proponent of campaign finance reform. He, along with Sen. John McCain, authored a landmark bill, which came to be known…
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Budget Vote-a-Rama Reveals Democrats True Colors

It was late, people were tired, but the Senate trudged on. The budget vote-a-rama began at 4 p.m. and lasted 13 hours, ending just before 5 a.m. on Saturday (well past most senators bed times). A tired-looking Angus King miscalled a voice vote and an even tireder-looking Harry Reid pulled off his glasses and rubbed…
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