Ron Elving http://kplu.org en Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner http://kplu.org/post/immigration-turbulence-buffets-boehner Will the real John Boehner please stand up?<p>Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/31/269508298/after-3-day-retreat-gop-battle-plan-still-only-an-outline">a set of principles</a> for updating the nation's immigration laws.<p>In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the elephant in the room, if you will. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:41:21 +0000 Ron Elving 13508 at http://kplu.org Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' http://kplu.org/post/congressmans-exit-closes-book-watergate-babies Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."<p>When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:19:58 +0000 Ron Elving 13089 at http://kplu.org Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules http://kplu.org/post/nuclear-option-vote-marks-tectonic-shift-senate-rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Thursday to make possible the confirmation of presidential nominees with a simple majority marks a tectonic shift in the rules and folkways of the Senate.<p>Back in 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called this idea "the constitutional option" when he came close to invoking it on behalf of the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.<p>That sounded a lot more dignified than the name Frist's predecessor, Trent Lott, had used just two years earlier: "the nuclear option."<p>Guess which name stuck. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:56:12 +0000 Ron Elving 11219 at http://kplu.org 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming http://kplu.org/post/7-election-lessons-we-should-have-seen-coming In the end, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/06/243439199/your-election-news-in-five-headlines" target="_blank">they pretty much all won</a>. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:31:12 +0000 Ron Elving 10865 at http://kplu.org 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory http://kplu.org/post/how-sandys-path-could-chart-course-romneys-victory Over the pre-election weekend, we began hearing people, mostly Republicans, say that if Mitt Romney does not win the presidency this week it will be because of Superstorm Sandy.<p>That could be savvy analysis, or it could be the first signs of a search for an excuse. Either way, it's premature. For the moment, the Romney campaign should be looking for a way to turn the storm to its benefit.<p>The first thing to be learned from Sandy is trajectory. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 01:50:15 +0000 Ron Elving 7005 at http://kplu.org How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement http://kplu.org/post/george-mcgovern-improbable-icon-anti-war-movement If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.<p>The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.<p>McGovern himself was none of these things.<p>He was, at the time of his presidential nomination, a 50-year-old two-term senator from South Dakota, a family man and the son of a small-town Methodist minister. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:26:01 +0000 Ron Elving 6778 at http://kplu.org George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement Republicans or Democrats: The choice comes down to competing myths http://kplu.org/post/republicans-or-democrats-choice-comes-down-competing-myths Early in his acceptance speech last night, President Obama laid out the voters' task in these words:<p>"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice ... between two fundamentally different visions for the future."<p>It's a thought that emerges often in the Obama campaign, the idea of 2012 as a watershed election — "a hinge of history," as Vice President Biden called it at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Some might see this as a device to drive Democratic turnout in the midst of a tepid economic recovery. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 13:48:23 +0000 Ron Elving 6241 at http://kplu.org Republicans or Democrats: The choice comes down to competing myths A Majority Of Voters In NPR Poll Favor Amending, Not Repealing, Health Care Act http://kplu.org/post/majority-voters-npr-poll-favor-amending-not-repealing-health-care-act <a href="http://www.npr.org/news/polls/npr.pdf">A new poll done for NPR</a> by a bipartisan polling team shows the Affordable Care Act still stirring deep political division in the weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:25:54 +0000 Ron Elving 5636 at http://kplu.org A Majority Of Voters In NPR Poll Favor Amending, Not Repealing, Health Care Act Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation http://kplu.org/post/roberts-ruling-recalls-other-moments-when-high-court-shocked-nation You may already have made a mental note as to where you were when you heard the Supreme Court had upheld the health care law known as Obamacare. It's one of those moments that become touchstones of our memory, personal connections to the history we have witnessed in our lifetimes.<p>The Supreme Court may not be the source of such moments very often, but when its rulings reach this level of our awareness, they alter the course of our lives.<p>Of course, no one knows yet just how history will deal with this particular law. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:02:00 +0000 Ron Elving 5442 at http://kplu.org Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary http://kplu.org/post/new-hampshire-serene-romney-rides-out-final-hours-primary As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.<p>The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:53:32 +0000 Ron Elving 3646 at http://kplu.org In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary