Frank James http://wamc.org en Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://wamc.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Frank James 94686 at http://wamc.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://wamc.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:48:18 +0000 Frank James 94593 at http://wamc.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? http://wamc.org/post/should-president-obama-visit-texas-border Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.<p>That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.<p>Some have even taken <a href="http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/07/07/cuellar-obama-immigration-border-katrina/">to asking</a> if this isn't Obama's "Katrina moment," an allusion to President George W. Bush's 2005 failure to immediately visit the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast once the storm had passed. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Frank James 94483 at http://wamc.org Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool http://wamc.org/post/senator-turns-his-bible-political-tool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGPymn9fsI</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Frank James 94403 at http://wamc.org A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling http://wamc.org/post/red-state-democrats-tread-lightly-hobby-lobby-ruling For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent <em>Hobby Lobby</em> decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.<p>Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate</a> if they have religious objections.<p>But some Democrats have to be more constrained than others in their objection to the Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Frank James 94091 at http://wamc.org Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress http://wamc.org/post/another-day-another-reason-voters-loathe-congress Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:50 +0000 Frank James 93916 at http://wamc.org Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament http://wamc.org/post/obamas-no-win-immigration-predicament President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.<p>He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.<p>Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Frank James 93833 at http://wamc.org Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels http://wamc.org/post/pews-latest-look-voters-finds-many-who-defy-party-labels Following up on its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/12/321417426/pew-poll-more-americans-are-political-purists">recent report</a> on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">unveiled its latest sorting</a> of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.<p>Not only that, Pew also has an <a href="http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/">online quiz</a> of 23 questions th Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:26:33 +0000 Frank James 93577 at http://wamc.org Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground http://wamc.org/post/new-house-leadership-puts-export-bank-shakier-ground The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:19:57 +0000 Frank James 93378 at http://wamc.org New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? http://wamc.org/post/will-mississippis-black-democrats-save-republican It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.<p>Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning of the election is just how many African-American Democrats might actually visit polling places across party lines to vote for Sen. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:28:00 +0000 Frank James 93305 at http://wamc.org Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?