I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a disproportionate degree against minorities, students and other traditional Democratic constituencies. True the Vote claims they are merely trying to clean up voter rolls and prevent voter fraud.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 5, 2012 12:40 pm|
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 28, 2012 9:30 am|
The Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out en masse from the House chamber during the vote today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The CBC believes that the contempt vote is a ploy to embarrass the President and his Administration.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 20, 2012 5:00 pm|
I’ve pretty much said what I want to say about the Fast and Furious situation and the looming vote holding Eric Holder in contempt by Darrell Issa. I think it’s fairly clear at this point that ATF letting guns walk to track them was a bad strategy badly executed. That’s why the head of ATF resigned. Where Holder fits into the picture is unclear to me, but certainly Darrell Issa wants him front and center, as a means to embarrass the White House.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 20, 2012 8:15 am|
When Darrell Issa had nowhere else to turn, he put the investigation of the ATC Fast and Furious Operation of selling guns to drug lords in an effort to track them back on the front burner of his House Oversight Committee. Today, it’s likely that the committee will hold a vote charging Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress by obstructing the committee’s investigation.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 21, 2012 6:30 pm|
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a conservative paper, endorsed Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election over the weekend, saying that his removal from office “isn’t justified.” The Sentinel spends the rest of the editorial detailing multiple reasons why Walker should be removed, concluding only that he hasn’t committed a crime . . . but what is his legal defense fund for?
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 16, 2012 12:15 pm|
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 16, 2012 8:20 am|
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee complained loudly about the Republican majority’s refusal to allow minority witnesses at a hearing on the Administration’s birth control access rules. The panel, which is happening live right now, was announced by Chairman Darrell Issa with the participation of nine panelists, all of whom oppose the new rules, including a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 15, 2012 2:25 pm|
In their ongoing quest to make themselves look completely retrograde and ridiculous, House Republicans will hold a grandstanding hearing on the Administration’s birth control access rules tomorrow, featuring testimony from a leader of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and other opponents.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 24, 2011 11:50 am|
Peter Haller, a former Goldman Sachs VP now working for Darrell Issa on the House Oversight Committee and advocating for the interests of the banks changed his name shortly before moving to work for the Oversight Committee. Now we learn he was involved in the weak attempt by Patrick McHenry to embarrass Elizabeth Warren at a recent hearing.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 16, 2011 9:45 am|
A separate article in the Wall Street Journal said the short list was narrowed to Raj Date, Richard Cordray and Jennifer Granholm. But Granholm already turned down the job, saying Warren deserved it, and she doesn’t work at CFPB. So it’s probably down to Cordray and Date, and in all honesty, I’m fairly sure Date will be nominated. The fact that nobody would leapfrog Warren and take the job was working to constrain the Administration’s options for a time, but once Date expressed willingness, Warren couldn’t very well say no to someone she hired.