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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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Congressional Watch: Hunter on the hot seat

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Columns, Congressional Watch, Featured, News | 1 Comment

By Andy Cohen It’s been a rough month for Duncan Hunter (R-50). First there was the matter of some questionable charges made to his campaign credit card. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) had called to question some 68 charges made to the campaign account for video games, which were filed to his campaign disclosure statement with the notation “personal expense — to be paid back.”

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Congressional Watch: What our lawmakers are up to

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

By Andy Cohen Welcome to the latest installment of the San Diego Congressional Watch! The new year off started rather strongly for Scott Peters (D-52), who, as reported by the San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN), was invited along with 14 other members of Congress to the White House by President Obama last month. The group previewed and discussed — with the president and Attorney General Loretta Lynch — a series of executive actions on […]

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Congressional Watch: Wrapping up 2015

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

By Andy Cohen On Dec. 18, Congress passed the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, otherwise known as the omnibus spending bill that will fund and keep the U.S. government open and running until September 2016. This was the first major legislation passed under new Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and it passed, surprisingly, without much drama.

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Congressional Watch: Atrocities abroad and at home

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Congressional Watch, Featured | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Welcome to the final San Diego Congressional Watch of 2015! November was another eventful month in Congress, with one vote in particular gaining national notoriety — or infamy, depending on your perspective. On Friday night, Nov. 13, at least six Islamic extremists unleashed a series of terror attacks on Paris, France, leaving 130 people dead and several hundred more wounded. The terrorist organization the Islamic State group, operating out of […]

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