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It's Still a Democracy for the Rich and Connected

October 3, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

Last week I wrote about how the deficit supercommittee has so far held the majority of its meetings in complete secrecy. Well, as it turns out, that's not exactly true. According to Politico, the committee members have choosen a select group of citizens to give special access to their private meetings to. You and I just happen to not be on the list.

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Reid Promises a Lame-Duck Vote on the DREAM Act

October 31, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

What's actually going to happen in the lame duck session of Congress is still pretty much a mystery. But if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's [D, NV] word is worth anything, we now know for sure at least one bill that will get a vote, and -- no surprise here -- it's one with strong appeal to the Latino voters in Nevada Reid is counting on to help him defeat challenger Sharron Angle on Tuesday.

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For the first time this session, Senate Democrats have successfully filibustered a Republican amendment to loosen federal gun laws. The Senate today voted 58-39 on Sen. John Thune's [R, SD] amendment to allow people who are legally allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home state to carry their weapons in any of the 48 states that have some form of concealed carry law. SIxty votes were needed for the amendment to pass.

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Senate Republicans have had success this session winning substantial Democratic support for their pro-gun amendments. This week they'll try again, this time on an amendment to let people allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home states to carry them in any other state that allows concealed carry.

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Hate Crimes Legislation, Now Riding on the DoD Bill

July 17, 2009 - by Isabelle Cutting

With a 63-28 vote last night, the Senate approved the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill. The amendment seeks to expand federal hate crimes laws to include bodily crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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Lockheed Martin vs. Obama's Defense Budget

July 13, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

As the Senate begins consideration of the FY10 Defense Authorization bill, the most contentious issue will be $1.75 bill for new Lockheed Martin-produced F-22s. The Obama Administration says the new jets aren't necessary, but Congress, which has many connections to the company, is so far succeeding at getting the funds approved.

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