Liz Halloran http://wkms.org en Back From Recess, Congress Opens With Scandal http://wkms.org/post/back-recess-congress-opens-scandal A former FBI agent turned congressman from New York gets indicted on charges ranging from evading taxes and employing undocumented workers to lying under oath while a member of the U.S. House.<p>A married congressman from Louisiana announces he won't run again, just weeks after being caught on video in a passionate clutch with a married staffer.<p>And this in the wake of the recent resignation of former GOP Rep. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:55:26 +0000 Liz Halloran 40202 at http://wkms.org Back From Recess, Congress Opens With Scandal Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote http://wkms.org/post/rand-paul-bids-loosen-democratic-hold-african-american-vote For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:29:42 +0000 Liz Halloran 40057 at http://wkms.org Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within http://wkms.org/post/red-state-senators-face-activist-challengers-within Re-election trouble is brewing for longtime Republican senators in deep-red states, from South Carolina to Wyoming. And the trouble is from within.<p>The GOP's restive Tea Party and libertarian wings, energized by their titular leader, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and funded in part by starve-government groups like the Club for Growth, are waging 2014 Senate primary challenges in six states — and counting.<p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is under attack, as are Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. All were rated among the most conservative in the U.S. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:21:22 +0000 Liz Halloran 35999 at http://wkms.org Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within Joy, And New Hope, For All Families Of The Missing http://wkms.org/post/joy-and-new-hope-all-families-missing Parents in a networking group for missing children were at a strategy dinner Monday night, discussing the terrors of Internet exploitation and the need for better communication with law enforcement, when news out of Cleveland hit somebody's smartphone and reverberated through the hotel conference room.<p>"All of a sudden someone said, 'Oh my God,' and started reading the report," said Mika Moulton, president of the <a href="http://www.spcoalition.org/index.html">Surviving Parents Coalition</a>.<p>She was among those attending the Justice Department-sponsored gathering called the Family Roundta Tue, 07 May 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 31526 at http://wkms.org Joy, And New Hope, For All Families Of The Missing Bulletproof Whiteboards And The Marketing Of School Safety http://wkms.org/post/bulletproof-whiteboards-and-marketing-school-safety A recent news item out of Minnesota <a href="http://www.kare11.com/video/2322511545001/1/New-bulletproof-whiteboards-unveiled-at-Rocori-schools" target="_self">caught our eye</a>: "Bulletproof Whiteboards Unveiled at Rocori Schools."<p>Bulletproof what? Where?<p>That would be whiteboards, at the small central Minnesota Rocori School District, which will spend upward of $25,000 for the protective devices produced by a company better known for its military armor products.<p>"The timing was right," Rocori school board Chairwoman Nadine Schnettler tells us. Sat, 04 May 2013 10:02:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 31406 at http://wkms.org Bulletproof Whiteboards And The Marketing Of School Safety Personality Or Party? Mass. Senate Race Shows Value Of Both http://wkms.org/post/personality-or-party-mass-senate-race-shows-value-both When Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts was tapped to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, his state — and national — party bosses were wringing their hands.<p>Why? The prospect of Republican Scott Brown launching another campaign to return to the Senate, where he served after winning a special election in 2010 to complete the term of the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last November in a race for a full Senate term.<p>But Brown opted not to run for Kerry's seat, and now it will go to either Rep. Wed, 01 May 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 31262 at http://wkms.org Personality Or Party? Mass. Senate Race Shows Value Of Both Max Baucus Says He Was Montana's 'Hired Hand' On Gun Vote http://wkms.org/post/max-baucus-says-he-was-montanas-hired-hand-gun-vote Longtime Democratic Sen. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 31033 at http://wkms.org Max Baucus Says He Was Montana's 'Hired Hand' On Gun Vote The Meaning Of Boston: Depends On Your Angle, Literally http://wkms.org/post/meaning-boston-depends-your-angle-literally The opportunistic political sentiment of never letting a crisis go to waste (see: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122721278056345271.html" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel</a>, among others) has been reframed since the Boston bombings by those seizing on the attack as certain evidence of their positions.<p>In the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> recently, columnist Doyle McManus referred to the attack as akin to a "<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mcmanus-column-boston-as-rorschach-test-20130424,0,5515939.column" target="_blank">national Rorschach test</a>" that has Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 30987 at http://wkms.org The Meaning Of Boston: Depends On Your Angle, Literally Bush Sees Approval Hike, But Trumanesque Recovery? Unlikely http://wkms.org/post/bush-sees-approval-hike-trumanesque-recovery-unlikely A poll released days before the opening of George W. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:12:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 30921 at http://wkms.org Bush Sees Approval Hike, But Trumanesque Recovery? Unlikely A Rand Paul White House Path Complicated By Dad's Legacy http://wkms.org/post/rand-paul-white-house-path-complicated-dads-legacy Freshman Sen. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:18:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 30864 at http://wkms.org A Rand Paul White House Path Complicated By Dad's Legacy