Lawmakers scrutinize militarizing local police

FULL STORY FROM POLITICO

The practice of transferring military equipment to local police departments is coming under increasing scrutiny by lawmakers incensed over images emanating from Ferguson, Missouri.

The use of military-style weaponry in the St. Louis suburb, deployed in the wake of demonstrations over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparked stern condemnations from lawmakers in both parties this week. Now lawmakers say they are going to do something about it.

On Friday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said the Senate will “review” the Defense Department program that allows military weaponry to trickle down to police departments…

POLITICO: The People’s Senate at 100

By LARRY J. SABATO

Americans love anniversaries. We commemorate the good ones—the Declaration of Independence and our triumphs in the 20th century’s two world wars, for example—and the bad ones, such as Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination and Sept. 11.

Yet there’s one anniversary that has recently been roundly ignored: the centennial of popular elections for the U.S. Senate. One of the great innovations of the Progressive movement, the 17th Amendment took the election of U.S. senators away from state legislatures in 1913, where it had resided since the Constitution became effective in 1789, and put power in the hands of the people—or…

Three New Congressional Members Join Main Street

Reps. Ellmers (R-NC), Benishek (R-MI) and Heck (R-NV) Join the Partnership

(Washington, DC) - This week, the Main Street Partnership - the largest organization of elected common-sense conservatives and centrists in the country - announced that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) had joined the organization.

"We are honored to have these three incredibly distinguished public servants join Main Street," said Sarah Chamberlain, COO and CFO of the organization. "At a time when opinion polls show how much faith Americans have lost in our institutions in Washington we need more leaders like this distinguished trio."

"Main…

LaTourette in POLITICO: “The grifting wing vs. the governing wing”

While the Tea Party is busy lining its pockets, the rest of the Republicans are actually trying to get things done.

Vocabulary.com defines a grifter as: A grifter is a con artist—someone who swindles people out of money through fraud. If there’s one type of person you don’t want to trust, it’s a grifter: Someone who cheats someone out of money.

Historically, grifters have taken many shapes. They were the snake-oil salesmen who rolled into town promising a magical, cure-all elixir at a price. The grifter was long gone by the time people discovered the magical elixir was no more magical than…

Main Street Week in Review: August 1, 2014

Border Crisis Update

What was once considered must pass legislation - to deal with the crisis on the border with Mexico - is now in disarray in both chambers.  In the House, Republican leaders are hoping to take a second whack at passing an emergency border-funding package, after they suddenly backed off a planned vote Thursday afternoon amid discontent within their own ranks.

The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a presidential veto. But the decision to pull the $659 million measure represented a major embarrassment for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership…

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Lawmakers scrutinize militarizing local police

FULL STORY FROM POLITICO The practice of transferring military equipment to local police departments is coming under increasing scrutiny by lawmakers incensed over images emanating from Ferguson, Missouri. The use of military-style weaponry in the St. Louis suburb, deployed in the wake of demonstrations over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparked stern […]

POLITICO: The People’s Senate at 100

By LARRY J. SABATO Americans love anniversaries. We commemorate the good ones—the Declaration of Independence and our triumphs in the 20th century’s two world wars, for example—and the bad ones, such as Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination and Sept. 11. Yet there’s one anniversary that has recently been roundly ignored: the centennial of popular elections for […]

Three New Congressional Members Join Main Street

Reps. Ellmers (R-NC), Benishek (R-MI) and Heck (R-NV) Join the Partnership (Washington, DC) – This week, the Main Street Partnership – the largest organization of elected common-sense conservatives and centrists in the country – announced that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) had joined the organization. “We are […]

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