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Town halls, taxes and bunnies

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan Davis — her town hall was much friendlier than those of her colleagues.

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Heat in the kitchen

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch To paraphrase a common adage, stuff just got real for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50). The San Diego Union-Tribune has chronicled in detail — during the 2016 campaign and since — the myriad of missteps Hunter has made by using campaign funds for personal expenditures. The House Ethics Committee (HEC) had been investigating Hunter’s campaign finance follies, but on March 20, the committee announced that they had unanimously decided to […]

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2017 ushers in a new era of angst in America

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Welcome to a new era of angst. In 2009, it was the rise of the Tea Party that gave Democrats across the country major headaches, particularly when it came to health care and the soon-to-be-introduced Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Republicans made it known that they would have no hand in crafting the legislation, and took every opportunity to deride the Obama administration and the Democrats’ efforts […]

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More from U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch (Editor’s note: This is the finale of a two-part interview with U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis. Read the first part at bit.ly/2jIlfJi.) As a new Congress begins its two-year term, Democrats have their work cut out for them. As the Trump era begins, Democrats will be hard-pressed to counteract the policy changes brought about by the Trump administration and his Republican allies in Congress.

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Congressional Watch: Gitsham: a ‘New Age’ Republican

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch We’re just over one month away from Election Day and it’s been an election year unlike any other. While the Trump vs. Clinton circus rightfully takes center stage, there are other races that will be decided on Nov. 8, as well. They don’t have nearly the entertainment value or generate anywhere near the level of anxiety that Trump’s candidacy has [and let’s face it, plenty of Republicans are just as […]

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Congressional Watch: Trumping Issa

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Election Day 2016 is just over two months away, and for the first time since being elected to Congress in 2000, Darrell Issa (R-49) might face real difficulty in keeping his job. The millionaire Issa, the richest member of Congress for the third year running, is facing a challenge from Doug Applegate, an attorney and former Marine from San Clemente.

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Congressional Watch: Issa suggests another ‘shut down’

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch In 2013, enraged by their inability to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) after 50-plus attempts in Congress to scrap the first major healthcare legislation since Medicare, and just as the law was about to take effect, Congressional Republicans decided to send a message and refused to negotiate on a federal budget unless Democrats agreed to repeal the law in its entirety.

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Congressional watch: Pride and prejudice

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress […]

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Congressional Watch: A lesson on Wikipedia

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen Much like Duncan Hunter in last month’s column, it was a rough May for Darrell Issa (R-49). First, there was the serious matter of the Congressional investigation of the IRS, with Republicans seeking to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for singling out conservative organizations that claimed tax exempt status; accusations that have been proven again and again to be baseless after numerous Issa investigations as Chair of the House Oversight Committee.

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