Democratic Party (United States)

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

A bill to legalize same-sex civil unions in Colorado won final approval from state lawmakers on Tuesday and was expected to be signed into law, reflecting a recent shift to the left in the political balance of power in the Denver statehouse. Supporters of the Democratic-sponsored measure, which cleared the state House of Representatives on […]

New gun control laws pass Colorado Senate

New gun control laws pass Colorado Senate

A gun control package pushed by Colorado Democrats cleared the state Senate on Monday, as sponsors described it as a needed response to Colorado’s blood-soaked history of mass shootings. One Democrat after another rose Monday to talk about restricting gun rights after last July’s shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. The vote came on […]

Obama, GOP continue to blame each other for sequestration

Obama, GOP continue to blame each other for sequestration

Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending. The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the […]

The Disunited States of America: Abandon hope all who enter here

The Disunited States of America: Abandon hope all who enter here

The monumental failures who occupy both the White House and Congress came up with sequestration as a “doomsday” scenario so onerous that it would force both sides to work out necessary budget compromises to avoid financial disaster within the federal government. Unfortunately, that plan depended on both sides realizing that at some point they had […]

Democrats, Republicans will stage meaningless budget votes

Democrats, Republicans will stage meaningless budget votes

Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services. The two parties drafted alternative measures to replace the cuts, but officials conceded in advance the rival measures were doomed. At the White […]

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama such as divorce, family feuds or schoolyard scraps. They recognize in Washington’s bitter budget standoff a hint of human nature as they know it, but with the crazy pumped up to absurd levels. […]

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

John Boehner is pulling back. After two stressful years as Washington’s most powerful Republican and a pair of failed, high-profile rounds of budget talks with President Barack Obama — and disappointment over Obama’s re-election — the battle-scarred House speaker has adopted a you-first approach to the Democrat in the White House, his allies who control […]

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

Is Washington’s backroom dealing dead? House Speaker John Boehner says he no longer wants to negotiate deficit reduction with President Barack Obama. The president says he won’t negotiate raising the government’s borrowing authority. Rank and file lawmakers say they’re tired of being left out of the loop and insist on the regular legislative process. If […]

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

In an earlier era, a move like the one engineered by House GOP leaders to pass a “no budget, no pay” measure probably would have been stopped in its tracks. But with Congress’ approval ratings in the gutter, House lawmakers pushed aside questions about fairness and constitutionality and tacked the idea on to an unpopular, […]