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Congressional Watch: Countering the messages of hate

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

On Aug. 11 and 12, a group of “white nationalists” (a watered-down term intended to normalize white supremacists) took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the campus of the University of Virginia, in what was billed as a “Unite the Right” rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Among the group were neo-Nazis — complete with Nazi paraphernalia and symbols — heavily armed white supremacist militia, and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Congressional Watch: The issues around DACA

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, immigration became, once again, one of the key “policy” issues nationwide. I use quotes because there was not much real policy to the pronouncements. Primarily there was vitriol, paranoia and outright bigotry aimed at the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be currently living in the United States.

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Congressional Watch: Hearing from our veterans

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members as well. And while I try to find more positive events to discuss, the unfavorable tends to be far more […]

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Congressional Watch: 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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Congressional Watch: 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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Congressional Watch: 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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Congressional Watch: 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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