Although voters decry the hyper-partisanship of our government today, there’s a very real possibility that nothing will change after Nov. 6, writes Aaron Blake for The Washington Post
. While the presidency is still up for grabs, it looks like the House will remain under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control, with very similar majorities. After this past Congress was so unproductive, will the next one be the same? No Labels' plan to Make Congress Work!
offers a solution to free Congress from the gridlock: Aaron Blake for The Washington Post: A status quo election? Could be.
SHIFTING POWER IN WASHINGTON:
“As polarization and legislative gridlock have worsened in recent years, the nation’s great legislative body has withered, losing not only popular support but the ability to exercise its constitutional powers,” write the editors ofBloomberg View
. Because Congress has been so mired in gridlock, the power of the executive branch has expanded to compensate:Bloomberg View Editorial Board: A Congress Too Polarized to Protect Itself
LOOMING FISCAL CLIFF: The Washington Post
Editorial Board is calling for leaders to make a deal in the lame-duck session to avoid the fiscal cliff. While candidates are avoiding talking about it in on the campaign trail, the economy is already suffering. Our leaders need to begin to deal with our finances: “Only credible action can restore the political and economic confidence upon which our prosperity depends.” The Washington Post Editorial Board: The looming fiscal cliff
UNDERSTANDING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE:
All eyes are on the election for the next 10 days, and many are speculating that the candidates could split the popular vote -- or, less likely, the electoral college. But how exactly does this work? Read more to get a better understanding of our voting system: Bobby Cervantes for POLITICO: How does the Electoral College work?
FROM THE FIELD:
No Labels Student Leader Mason Garard made the local news yesterday, saying he thinks hyper-partisanship is one of the most crucial issues for his generation. Click here to read more.
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