2013 February 26
by Ben Raker
Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement. The newly opened seat which Jackson had held for 17 years attracted a multitude of contenders – 22 in all, 17 Democrats and 5 Republicans for today's primary. Only three candidates took our questionnaire and demonstrated their Political Courage, roughly 14%, which is, sadly, par for the course when it comes to congressional candidates.
UPDATE: Robin Kelly wins Democratic primary, Republican candidate still uncertain.
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2013 February 18
Mike Johanns, the republican senior senator from Nebraska, won't seek reelection in 2014.
2013 February 14
New Jersey's senior senator, Frank R. Lautenberg decided today that he will not seek reelection.
2013 February 14
Article II, section 3 of the United States constitution lays is out clearly: “Every year the president shall give a really big speech the whole country will watch, half of them eagerly, half of them angrily.” Well, not exactly.
2013 January 31
Recently, something called an “assault weapons ban” has been making major news.
2013 January 28
With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about.
2013 January 25
Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.
2013 January 24
In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an interim final rule concerning contraception.
2013 January 16
States across America considered legislation in their most recent sessions that would change voting and voter registration requirements.
2012 December 21
There's still time to make your 2013 Membership contribution before the Dec. 31st tax deadline!