We, the people…and the Farm Bill.

Growing up in Massachusetts means a special kind of connection to the Fourth of July. Along with Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July is one of two holidays all Americans can claim as our own. Both were born in Massachusetts: Thanksgiving in Plymouth around a communal dining table and the American Revolution, which started with the [...]

Crunch Time For Democrats

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bipartisanship cannot mean simply that Democrats give up everything that they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship. —Barack Obama, at a news conference Feb. 9, 2010 On Thursday, February 25, the President is hosting [...]

Tracking the American Power Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Its short name is the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, but it’s not an “act” until the President signs it into law. Until then, it’s a “bill,” which is how I’ll refer to it here. The complete bill runs more than 800 pages; a faster-downloading version of the complete [...]

Cooking Up Health Care Reform

By Debra Kozikowski I’m not much of a television watcher, but last night my eyes and ears were glued to the screen during the health care debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. My fingers tapped in response to online comments from far flung friends and colleagues, mostly Democrats, as the debate stormed through the [...]

Pull out your old Merriam-Webster and look up the word “spine”

By Debra Kozikowski Just yesterday afternoon, according to this exchange reported by Dana Milbank, journalist Helen Thomas seemed to be in top form as she dogged White House spokesman Robert Gibbs for an answer about the president standing up for the public option in health care reform.  “Is he going to fight for it or [...]