Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off. The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via executive action, the public overwhelmingly [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 23, 2014 1:00 pm|
President Obama’s recent decision to change course on Cuba has garnered overwhelming support from the general public. By roughly a two-to-one margin, the country supports establishing diplomatic relations, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. It found that 64 percent of Americans back opening diplomatic relations with the nation. In addition 68 percent would [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 19, 2014 1:00 pm|
The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup: Increased public concern about an [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 18, 2014 1:00 pm|
It is no accident that President Obama announced his decision to move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba yesterday. Four big factors made this the ideal moment. 1) Being a lame duck has its advantages – President Obama will never face an election again nor need to worry about how Congressional Democrats will do under [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:00 pm|
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has one very good number for Republicans. It found that an incredible 71 percent of voters want the next president to use a different approach for governing than President Obama. For the Republican party it is easy to cater to this disenchantment with Obama’s governing style. As the [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 16, 2014 1:00 pm|
Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts.
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 15, 2014 1:00 pm|
Congress’s overall approval rating continues to remain extremely bad, but in their terribleness they have managed to achieve something that would be impressive if it wasn’t so depressing. Gallup found that disapproval with Congress is basically equal among all political groups. Regular Republicans, Democrats and Independents all have an almost identically bad opinion of Congress. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Sunday December 14, 2014 3:00 pm|
Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday December 13, 2014 3:00 pm|
After over a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan and billion spend on trying to build it up, the nation is arguably the worst place on Earth to live and things still are deteriorating.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 12, 2014 1:00 pm|
It is time for Obama to put his money where his mouth is. Obama has often publicly claimed to care about the principles like democracy, minority voting rights, and D.C. Statehood; but has failed to fight for them when it matters. Now he faces a clear and simple test to prove if his word means anything. If he actually believes in the importance of voting rights and the “principle of District home rule,” he should use his power to to make it happen.