Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

A time existed when my professional life revolved around the Republican Party. In 1981, I took a sabbatical from writing and shooting photos for newspapers to take a job as a press secretary for then Republican Congressman Paul Findley of Illinois.  The plan was to work a couple of years inside government to learn how […]

Campaign dirty tricks costs veteran reporter his job

Campaign dirty tricks costs veteran reporter his job

Sadly, the rough and tumble world of the Virginia governor’s race this year has cost a veteran Associated Press reporter in Richmond his job along with two editors for the news service. Bob Lewis, a 29-year AP reporter and dean of political writers in The Old Dominion, was sacked by the news service over a […]

It’s finally over. Congress approves debt, budget deal

It’s finally over.  Congress approves debt, budget deal

After weeks of wrangling, 16 days of partial shutdown, and less less than two hours before the deadline for the government to lose its borrowing authority, Congress approved a last-minute compromise bill that puts the government back to work and allows the U.S. Treasury to continue borrowing money — sending the legislation to President Barack […]

Vote on House GOP debt bill scrapped for lack of support

Vote on House GOP debt bill scrapped for lack of support

A planned House vote Tuesday night on consideration of a controversial Republican proposal to reopen the government and extend borrowing authority was scrapped after it became clear Speaker of the House John Boehner didn’t have the votes to pass the bill. Republican leaders cancelled a meeting of the House Rules Committee to set up the […]

House votes exist to pass Senate deal but Boehner is stalling process

House votes exist to pass Senate deal but Boehner is stalling process

Aides to Republican members of Congress tell Capitol Hill Blue that they have the votes necessary to combine with Democrats to pass a proposed deal from the Senate that would reopen the government and stave off a debt default on Thursday but say that Speaker John Boehner is resisting bringing the measure to the floor […]

Agreement on new deal stalled, won’t meet optimistic predictions

Agreement on new deal stalled, won’t meet optimistic predictions

Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell predictions that they could reach agreement Tuesday on a deal to reopen the government and avoid a debt-increase stalemate that could result in a first-ever default on debt and obligations proved too optimistic. The pact, if approved by both the House and Senate and signed by President Barack […]

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