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Interesting legislation and laws from around the country and what it means to the Democrats and American people.

Do Not Call! star
Next June fifty million Americans will find their numbers purged from the Do Not Call Registry unless they resign up. Rep. Mike Doyle has introduced legislation that will make the Do Not Call List permanent.

Fiscal Responsibility Returns to Congress star
It was the second day Democrats controlled Congress; they wasted no time restoring the pay-go rules. Just as ordinary American do every month, the Congress will have to look at its bills, the money it wants to spend and figure out how to pay for it

Fixing Education star
Is linking the dollar value of teachers' paychecks to the scores of their students on standardized tests just the latest patch on the broken system we call American public education? Or will the business mentality of Arne Duncan bring success to our schools?

For Sale Sign on Congress. star
Placing a for sale sign on the nations capitol is what federal prosecutors accused Duke Cunningham of in his sentencing memorandum. For almost a decade, Former Congressman Duke Cunningham accepted millions of dollars in exchange for awarding defense appropriations.

Is Washington DC to Immoral for Minors? star
Maybe Washington DC should be a zone free of minor children. After all we pass laws to forbid minors from unsafe environments. At the very least the Page program should not continue unless we can guarantee the safety of every Page from predators.

John Edwards Speaks on Moral Leadership star
November, 4th, 2006, I was fortunate enough to hear John Edwards speak at Pasadena Californias All Saints Episcopal Church. While not declaring his own candidacy for the 2008 presidential campaign, he did speak about the challenges facing the next president.

Michelle Bachelet, President and Single Mom. star
President Bachelet is a fifty-four year old single mother of a twelve-year-old daughter and 2 grown children. As a torture victim and pediatrician she has a unique perspective on government reform.

Port Security in a 9/11 World star
President Bush has threaten to veto any legislation that would slow or block the sale of control of operations of 6 major US ports to the UAE.

Prosecutorial Purges star
Last year congress passed a little noticed provision in the patriot act that gave the U.S. attorney general the authority to appoint interim U.S. attorneys indefinitely without Senate approval. What has happened since this provision was passed is prosecutorial purges at an unprecedented rate.

Rightwing Extremism star
On April 7, 2009, the Obama administration did something very good. It released the Department of Homeland Security's Report on Rightwing Extremism. The report is a fine piece of analysis -- intelligent, clearly presented, fact-based, and, unfortunately, right on target.

Single White Female Seeks Good Government and Good Lover star
When thinking about what I want from a government, I realized that I want in a government, many of the same qualities I want in a lover. Government should be like a good lover in that it gives you your space, but is there when you need them, has good credit and a good body, and is honest and open.

Sunshine Week star
Laws that allow us access to government papers are known as Sunshine Laws. When you live in a representative democracy, sunshine laws are very important. They provide us with the information we need to evaluate are leaders, so we can make informed decisions when we vote.

The Common Good star
We go to the polls this November to choose a new Congress. This past session we have seen member after member of Congress investigated, indicted, tried, resign, many leaving for alcohol rehab or jail. These are the people we choose to represent us. Do these Representatives represent our values?

The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot star
Naomi Wolf issues a warning to a young patriot that democracy is fragile. Wolf identifies the ten steps that must be taken to shut down democracy. She shows how those steps were implemented in dictatorships around the world and where America is in the process of meeting each of those steps.

The Hatch Act star
If you have following the scandals out of Washington, you might have heard the Hatch Act. Violations the Hatch Act seem to be underlying many of the scandals hitting the nightly news. The Hatch Act was first passed in 1939 in response to concerns about the political activities of federal employees.

Torture American Style star
Enhanced interrogation is not new, and neither is torture. What sets the Bush administration's torture memos apart is their unabashed attention to detail.

Trusting the Government star
For the past six years, we have had an administration that has tried to operate in secrecy, without transparency, without the public having knowledge about their action. . .Well, this week, Congress is finally pushing back

Vermont, Kucinich, and Rosie O'Donnell star
On April 24, 2007, presidential hopeful Dennis J. Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. While Kucinich could find no one to co-sponsor his articles of impeachment, he is not alone in calling for the impeachment of Cheney.

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