Ron Elving

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Life In The 'New' Washington: In Your Face! No, In YOUR Face!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

President Obama entertained a group of Americans Tuesday in the intimate Roosevelt Room in the White House, thanking them for their written testimonials to the benefits of his Affordable Care Act. Four hours later, the House of Representatives was to vote to repeal the ACA in its entirety.

Nothing will ...


Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Monday, January 26, 2015

This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.

Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because ...


Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Friday, January 23, 2015

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to ...


Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In the first minute of his hourlong State of the Union address, President Barack Obama summed up his theme in single sentence: "Tonight, we turn the page."

The president then detailed a page of history filled with the financial crisis of 2008, the recession and unemployment and deficits that followed ...


Obama Joins Ike, The Gipper, Bill And George II In A Club No One Wants To Be In

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama begins his seventh year in office Tuesday facing a Congress where both the House and Senate are in the hands of the opposition party. He shares this in common with every other president fortunate enough to even have a seventh year in office since the 1950s.

Dwight Eisenhower ...


Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Friday, January 16, 2015

On the one hand, having the just-elected senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst, deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week makes perfect sense.

On the other hand, you have to wonder why anyone would want the job. As often as not, the opportunity to ...


What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tongs?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pity the poor guys who are trying to run for president while still serving as governors.

All the media attention this week went to former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, because Romney suddenly decided to call in his chits and get back in the presidential conversation for 2016. Virtually ...


Still Just A Bill: Why Being Senate Bill 1 Doesn't Guarantee Success

Friday, January 09, 2015

On his first day in his new job, freshly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., designated the Keystone XL pipeline bill as Senate Bill 1 --the first legislation introduced under his leadership.

That signaled more than just McConnell's own support for the bill. The prestige of being S-1 also ...


5 Signs We're Not In Post-Partisan Paradise Yet

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

If you follow the latest fashions in Washington politics, you've surely noticed the new look for 2015. It's all about "showing we can govern" and putting the flamboyant partisan stylings of past years behind us.

Unfortunately, this week the new political season opened in Washington, and that latest theme took ...


6 Reasons Size Matters To The New GOP Majorities In Congress

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big majorities are more likely to make history, either by passing new laws that really matter or by frustrating a president who has big plans.


Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

Friday, January 02, 2015

When he died of heart failure on New Year's Day, Mario Cuomo had been out of office exactly 20 years. But his impact endured, in part because he articulated his political philosophy so powerfully while at his peak and in part because he never fulfilled the destiny many envisioned for ...


6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barring new and jarring developments, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is going to survive the story that he addressed a conference of white supremacists in 2002.

Unless further evidence emerges of liaisons with the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO, Scalise will take his oath next week for the ...


Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Monday, December 29, 2014

As he looks toward his seventh year in the White House, President Obama still believes there is time to make his presidency a transformational moment in history.

In an interview recorded shortly before he left for Christmas vacation in Hawaii, the president told NPR's Steve Inskeep that 2014 had ...


Is Ted Cruz Running For President...In 2008?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yes, we know the 2008 presidential election is years in the past and will not come around again. The question is, does Sen. Ted Cruz know this?

The question arises because the junior senator from Texas, in hot pursuit of the presidency, has chosen a trail blazed by Barack Obama ...


Should We Rue Rob Portman's Decision Not To Run For President?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

This just in: At least one Republican in Washington has decided he doesn't want to be president.

OK, that's not exactly what Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said. He said he wasn't running for president. Obviously, there is a difference. Nothing is more common in politics than a would-be mayor/governor/president ...


House Committees Find No Wrongdoing In 2012 Benghazi Attack

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two House committees of jurisdiction have found no wrongdoing in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. The House Select Committee created by a House vote...


Who's Dreaming Now? Obama Opponents Do A Weapons Check On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014

Even before President Obama actually announced his new deferred deportation policy for millions of people in the country illegally, Republicans were everywhere denouncing it and threatening retaliation.

"If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act," said Mitch McConnell, ...


Obama's Immigration Action Has Roots In Reagan Policy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Simpson-Mazzoli Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan 28 years ago this month. Republican presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush later expanded on it.


Get Ready To Watch This Lame-Duck Congress Sprint

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Maybe this duck won't be so lame after all.

Judging by what we've seen so far, the "zombie Congress" that returned to town this week (the reelected and the not-so-lucky) will do more business in the weeks following the election than it did in many months preceding.

Consider these trains ...


When Legislative Leaders Fail In Other Countries, They Lose Their Jobs

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last week, you may have heard, the Democrats took a historic drubbing in the midterm elections for Congress. They lost their majority in the Senate and saw their numbers in the House fall to their lowest point in nearly seven decades.

Yet they could hardly wait ...