Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
RUNNING AGAINST HYPER-PARTISANSHIP: No Labels Co-Founder Bill Bloomfield is running against incumbent Henry Waxman for a California congressional seat. “It’s not about how liberal [Waxman] is or isn’t, I’m running because of how partisan he is,” said Bloomfield. If elected, Bloomfield hopes he can work to encourage more representatives to get involved with No Labels and work to solve problems, not just vote the party line: Kymberly Bays for Independent Voter Network: Bill Bloomfield Aims for Upset Over Partisan Incumbent Henry Waxman
COMMON-SENSE PROPOSAL: Kent Hayward, a No Labels supporter, writes for the Kane County Chronicle, thanking his representative for co-sponsoring No Budget, No Pay: “[Rep.] Hultgren’s support of No Budget, No Pay is a step in the right direction toward ending congressional gridlock and promoting a spirit of working across the aisle to get things done.” Kent Hayward for Kane County Chronicle: Hayward: No Budget, No Pay a common sense proposal
BUMPER-STICKER POLITICS: At the beginning of the week, the public had high hopes for a shift to a more substantive debate in the presidential campaign. Unfortunately, this week has proven that “modern politics can transform any serious issue into a demagogic slugfest.” Instead of explaining their agenda for the future, each presidential candidate is only talking about the damage their opponent could do: The Washington Post Editorial Board: A presidential campaign that’s not serving the country
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STAT OF THE DAY: President Obama has appointed 125 judges to federal district courts (where trials are held). At a similar point in President Clinton's first term, 170 had been appointed, and at a similar point in President Bush's first term, 162 had been appointed. Charlie Savage for The New York Times: Obama Lags on Judicial Picks, Limiting His Mark on Courts