Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
HYPER-PARTISAN PRIMARY: Florida is holding its primaries today, but voters are more focused on the negativity surrounding elections in Miami. According to Marc Caputo, "Candidates and shadowy political committees have dredged up divorce records, filed court complaints, propped up ringers to run against rivals, hurled charges of corruption or questioned opponents’ sexuality, national origin or addiction to pornography." We have real problems in this country and candidates running for office should focus on those issues, not mudslinging: Marc Caputo for The Miami Herald: A voter’s guide to Miami-Dade’s nasty primaries
RUNNING ON SOLUTIONS: Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle is running for U.S. Senate on a problem-solving platform. While talking about how to end the gridlock in Washington, Lingle mentioned the No Budget, No Pay Act and having Congress follow a five-day work week, both part of our Make Congress Work! action plan: Gov Linda Lingle for The Hawaii Free Press: Lingle: My Opponent is one of the '12 Percenters'
GRIDLOCK CAUSING FEAR: Last year, Lynnette Rodgers faced a tough decision: take a job with the Social Security Administration or a job at home with the Cuyahoga County government in Ohio. Despite having to move from home and Washington having a much higher cost of living, Rodgers moved to DC. Now with large, blind cuts looming, Rodgers does not know if she will have a job in a few months. Many federal workers have a similar story as they wait to see how the cuts will effect them: Steve Vogel and Timothy R. Smith for The Washington Post: Federal workers fret about jobs as sequestration looms
RUNNING FROM FACTS: Both presidential campaigns are running on very different ideas about how we can reduce our deficit and get our economy moving again. However, The Washington Post editorial board believes that both plans are incomplete and only use the information they want to highlight. Both plans could be more comprehensive if we used the facts as proposed in our Make the Presidency Work!action plan: The Washington Post Editorial Board: The dangerous myths at the heart of political parties’ fiscal policies
QUESTIONS: Presidential candidates have the responsibility to provide answers for American voters. Yet, President Barack Obama has only answered one question about gun control in the last eight weeks while former Governor Mitt Romney answered three questions from the press on his overseas trip and then ignored the press. As part of proposal number one in our Make the President Work! action plan, we believe that presidential candidates should be open about their views and hold at least two press conferences a month.
TYING TO GRIDLOCK: Both presidential campaigns want to tie the opposition to Congress, trying to avoid the blame for an extremely unpopular body. Recently, Vice President Joe Biden has used the announcement of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to tie the Republican ticket to Congress. We need solutions from our candidates not finger-pointing: Jared Favole for The Wall Street Journal: Biden Tries to Tie GOP Ticket to Congress
THE DAILY BREAK: Chuck Norris loves America. Find out why here: Chuck Norris for The Daily Beast: Chuck Norris’s 10 Favorite Things About America
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STAT OF THE DAY: For the past eight weeks, Gallup's Economic Confidence Index has been stagnant in the -23 to -29 range. 35 percent of Americans think that the economy is getting better, while 61 percent believes that it is getting worse. The fight over the fiscal cliff in Congress is unlikely to ease these tensions: Jenny Marlar for Gallup: U.S. Economic Confidence Remains Lower