Bill Spaulding

Purity Has Its Place

President Obama surprised some and disappointed others with the tax deal he cut. Ideological purists are up in arms, saying he capitulated yet again. Pragmatists are impressed that he hoodwinked Republicans. One could argue that both perspectives are true.

She’s No Quitter

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just ended two long days of intense speculation. She has announced that she will run for Minority Leader in the next Congress. In a tweet from earlier this morning, she said, “Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader”

It Actually May Not Be So Bad

Or it could be worse. But hear me out. The House. Incoming committee chairs are so polluted by donations from the companies/industries they affect/oversee/regulate that legislation originating in the House will likely be as besotted as the new chairs. John Boehner, by all accounts, built his reputation on pragmatic compromise.

Business Leaders Endorse Loretta Sanchez

This afternoon Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez received the enthusiastic public endorsement of about a dozen small business owners, many of whom spoke at varying lengths. In her opening remarks, Rep. Sanchez recounted some of her efforts at supporting small businesses. She spoke of the 16 bills passed in the last two years that were aimed specifically…

Call Ten People

If you read local political blogs like this, you’re probably passionate and informed about what goes on in your community. Since a lot of people will be marking their sample ballot or mail-in ballot this weekend, there’s something simple you can do to make a difference. Pick one or two contests you especially care about.…