Nancy Jacobson

GERRYMANDERING AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE: WRONG TARGETS FOR REFORM

Sometimes an idea is so logical and sensible that we can’t let it go, no matter how often it proves not to work. Such is the case with continuous calls to end gerrymandering and to reform campaign finance laws. Big money’s corrosive effect on campaigns and gerrymandering’s callous, power-grabbing distortion of neutral political maps are …

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COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDERS IS A LOSING GAME

Joe Biden was badgered by the far left for claiming he planned to find a middle-ground strategy on climate change. That’s not what the activist community wanted to hear. They don’t have any intention of compromising with people for whom climate change isn’t the only issue — no matter whether those people are Republicans or fellow Democrats. So Biden released …

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TEXAS (YES, TEXAS) POINTS THE WAY TO BIPARTISAN ACHIEVEMENTS

Those who say bipartisanship is dead or hopeless should look to Texas. Yes, it’s a Republican-dominated state, but in its recently completed legislative session the GOP House speaker proudly took heat for working closely with Democrats and rebuking far-right groups that assailed him as too accommodating. The results? A record of accomplishments and a roadmap for …

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5 TOWN HALLS ON CNN, YET NO CLUE WHETHER ANY OF THE CANDIDATES IS CAPABLE OF GETTING THINGS DONE: TODAY’S TALKER

PRESIDENTS CAN’T GOVERN BY FIAT CNN’s five consecutive town halls Monday night illustrated a very strange chasm that has opened between how America is governed and how candidates campaign for national office. When Americans look at Washington, they wonder why our leaders can’t put their own interests aside and do what’s right for the country. …

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DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS FLIP ALL THE TIME ON BORDER SECURITY. THIS WAS A FABRICATED SHUTDOWN.

President Donald Trump crafted a three-week shutdown reprieve on Friday. In the aftermath, there was a crossfire of analysis of who won and who lost. But unlike previous shutdowns, the underlying disagreement keeping government workers hostage was entirely fabricated on both sides. Clearly, politics have reached a new low. This was a substance-free catastrophe. “Immigration …

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CRITICISM OF BIDEN BIPARTISANSHIP EXACTLY WHAT’S WRONG WITH U.S. POLITICS

Recently, the New York Times breathlessly reported that former Vice President Joe Biden had the temerity to praise a long-serving Republican member of Congress during a speech to a Midwest audience in the run-up to the 2018 election. This member—Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan—went on to win re-election by a relatively narrow margin. And now that Biden is signaling that he …

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NO LABELS

The Manichean dichotomy that separates America into red and blue partisan camps may be easy to understand. But the most salient schism in our politics isn’t between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the pragmatists in both parties who want to engage across the aisle, and the purists in both parties who are content to engage in endless tribal warfare …

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It’s Time for a National Strategic Agenda

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/09/16/its_time_for_a_national_strategic_agenda__123962.html If you wanted to distill the dysfunction in Washington down to one simple phrase, you could do a lot worse than this: “All tactics, no strategy.” In Congress, there are plenty of hearings being held and laws being proposed. In government agencies, there are countless programs, initiatives and imperatives. What we don’t have, as …

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