US Politics

The Rubio-Cruz Race is Problematic for Establishment Types

Clearly, Donald Trump has caused a tidal wave in American politics.  Pundits at every stage have been wrong about the millionaire mogul’s imminent collapse.  Trump has been on top of the polls from the time he entered...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2016/02/the-rubio-cruz-race-is-problematic-for.html

 

Unfortunately for Sanders, There Will Likely Need to be a Constitutional Amendment to Address Campaign Finance

Independent Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was asked last night during a town hall event hosted by CNN how, if elected president, he would end the national political gridlock.  Sanders responded by saying...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2016/01/unfortunately-for-sanders-there-will.html

 

Whom or what do the 2016 candidates consider America's greatest threat?

This article originally appeared on The HillTo read in full, please follow link...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/12/whom-or-what-do-2016-candidates.html

 

Budgetary and Political Impasses

The American political system appears as fractured as ever. In one of the more recent theatrical escapades, President Obama vetoed the military’s annual appropriations measure called the National Defense Authorization Act...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/10/budgetary-and-political-impasses.html

 

Frustration with Washington Fuels Strife Among GOP Presidential Hopefuls

For the Republican Party, there has been a great deal of frustration with Washington and the national component of the party.  At the state and local level, Republicans dominate state legislatures and governors’ mansions...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/09/frustration-with-washington-fuels.html

 

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Attack GOP in Washington

Trying to break out of a crowded GOP presidential field has proven difficult, especially when competing with the celebrity of Donald Trump and his bombastic rhetoric.  But aside from touting standard conservative principles and talking points...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/08/gop-presidential-hopefuls-attack-gop-in.html

 

Patriot Act Reauthorization: Implications and Politics

The latest fuss in Washington has focused on the set of provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire on June 1.  In true Washington fashion, the procrastination of approaching the reauthorization led to late night and weekend theatrics in the Senate...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/05/patriot-act-reauthorization.html

 

Could Democrats be on a Collision Course in the Future?

It always seems to be election season in Washington.  No sooner is one election over than the next one begins.  In the hours after President Obama won reelection, pundits were already discussing who from his party could win in 2016.  Shortly following the mid-term elections...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/04/could-democrats-be-on-collision-course.html

 

Voter Turnout: Balancing Higher Numbers with a More Informed Electorate

President Obama’s comments last week regarding mandatory voting has spurred considerable debate regarding the merits of such a proposal. According to the president, mandatory voting could be a way to counteract money in politics in the short term...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/03/voter-turnout-balancing-higher-numbers.html

 

Marijuana State Taxation - A Federalism and Taxation Remedy for Conservatives?

A recent Marist poll discovered that “[w]hile nearly six-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they value a candidate who stands on conservative principles over someone who can win, the proportion...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/03/marijuana-state-taxation-federalism-and.html

 

Federalism’s Paradoxes: Marijuana, Firearms, Marriage

It can be argued that federalism – the division of a national and local governing system – has been the most divisive issue throughout American history ringing through to the present day. In fact, federalism led to the American Civil War...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/02/federalisms-paradoxes-marijuana.html

 

Obama and Climate Change

President Obama has prided himself as a liberal hero of sorts. From commuting sentences of non-violent prison offenders to supporting marriage equality, the president’s supporters have stood by him as a true liberal bent on reforming American society and values...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/01/obama-and-climate-change.html

 

How Important is CNN’s Drone Authorization From the FAA?

The projections and possibilities unmanned aircraft, or drones, will open up are enormous. Some moderate estimates indicate drones will become a billion dollar industry. Several industries have stated that the use of drones will immensely...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/01/how-important-is-cnns-drone.html

 

The Broader Political Issues Surrounding the Torture Report

Sometimes politics does not make any sense. For example, take President Obama's White House trying to whip votes for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for the so-called cromnibus bill to keep the government funded. But sometimes politics is just that, politics...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/12/the-broader-political-issues.html

 

What Do Voters Really Want?

By all indications, last night's midterm election results were a Republican wave despite previous prognostications of the contrary.  Democrats were walloped and the president must now come to terms with a heavily controlled Republican Congress...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/11/what-do-voters-really-want.html

 

In a GOP Controlled Senate, Majority Leader McConnell May Feel Boehner's Pain

By almost all accounts, the Republicans are going to take control of the Senate in today's midterm elections and thus control the entirety of the legislature.  A GOP controlled Senate would make Mitch McConnell...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/11/in-gop-controlled-senate-majority.html

 

Independents: The Key to Democrats' Strategy to Maintain Control of the Senate

By most accounts, the Republicans are going to gain control of the Senate in the November mid-term elections.  Republicans only need six seats, which seems to be well within their capability given the death spiral...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/10/independents-key-to-democrats-strategy.html

 

Why the Sky Won't Fall for Dems if GOP Take Senate in Mid Terms

By most accounts, polling, and reporting, Republicans will gain a majority in the Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections this November.  That means Republicans will control the entirety of the legislature, a notion that terrifies Democrats...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/08/why-sky-wont-fall-for-dems-if-gop-take.html

 

Recess Appointments from a Constitutional and Modern Practical Political Perspective

President Obama has been thought of by some as having no regard for laws or the Constitution as he has been accused of picking and choosing laws to enforce and execute while also meteorically expanding the power of the Executive...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/07/recess-appointments-from-constitutional.html

 

When Immigration Becomes a Human Rights Concern

 It's no secret the United States has an immigration problem.  Aside from the bickering in Washington and the pontificating by pundits over the future of immigration reform in Congress, the issue of immigration into the United States has reached...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/06/when-immigration-becomes-human-rights.html

 

The First Amendment and Political Influence

In the world of post-Citizens United and post-McCutcheon, what are other factors, besides money, influencing elections?  Many liberals believed the sky would fall with the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v FEC where...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/06/the-first-amendment-and-political.html

 

Pivoting Resources to Domestic Terrorism

Is the 9/11 era over?  It appears that way with President Obama officially announcing the war in Afghanistan's conclusion at the end of 2014 (with a residual, non-combat force remaining there until 2016), the Sgt. Bergdahl prisoner swap...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/06/pivoting-resources-to-domestic-terrorism.html

 

Climate Change < Jobs

There is a monumental policy split between most Democrats and most Republicans when it comes to climate change and global warming.  This policy difference has become a major issue during the midterm election season and is poised to...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/05/climate-change-jobs.html

 

The Oxymoronic Threat to Democracy: Campaign Finance

Nearly a month after the Supreme Court ruled on campaign finance again in McCutcheon v FEC, both sides of the political aisle are not allowing the issue go away.  At a high spirited and emotional Senate Rules Committee hearing on...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/05/the-oxymoronic-threat-to-democracy.html

 

Rubio 2016!

The race for the 2016 presidential nomination has already begun - unofficially.  Top Republicans are beginning to position themselves as presidential hopefuls by giving addresses to certain interest groups at a variety of conferences and...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/04/rubio-2016.html

 

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Several Pieces to Address

Democrats and liberals alike have been championing equal pay for equal work for some time much to the dismay of Republicans who believe Democrats are just trying to gain political points.  Last week, Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from being...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/04/equal-pay-for-equal-work-several-pieces.html

 

One Year After Boston Marathon Bombing: US Efforts to Combat Homegrown Terrorism

The Obama administration's terrorism strategy abroad is pretty clear at this point: drone strikes on high profile members of terrorist organizations, and Special Forces Operations, when feasible, to capture and interrogate terrorists to gain...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/03/one-year-after-boston-marathon-bombing.html

Conservatism in the Democratic Party

Last week's vote in the Senate, which failed to confirm Debo P. Adegbile to be an Assistant Attorney General, was the first such failure post-nuclear option.  The motion for cloture did not even receive a simple majority with seven Democratic...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/03/conservatism-in-democratic-party.html

 

The State of Social Security

There is no denying that entitlement reform is necessary.  Created during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt, programs such as Social Security were not expected to last as long as they have.  The old system was based on a 1930's life...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/02/the-state-of-social-security.html 

 

Same-Sex Marriage and the Civil Rights Movement

This weekend, it was reported that Attorney General Eric Holder will instruct the federal government to acknowledge same-sex marriages even among states who do not.  This means all the rights and benefits heterosexual couples enjoy will be afforded to same-sex couples...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/02/same-sex-marriage-and-civil-rights.html

 

Why The Recent Obamacare News is Not a Major Blow to Democrats

Yesterday, a report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) dealt a blow to Democrats and the Affordable Care Act.  Contrary to previous CBO reports that stated the law would create jobs and reduce the...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/02/why-recent-obamacare-news-is-not-major.html

 

Is Immigration Reform Possible?

Immigration reform has been on the top of the list for Democrats and the president.  When the "gang of eight" last year was able to get a comprehensive immigration bill passed in the Senate, it seemed like this dream, no pun intended...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/02/is-immigration-reform-possible.html

 

The State of The Union and Unilateral Executive Action

Last night, President Obama gave his yearly address to a Joint Session of Congress known as the State of the Union.  There was much anticipation about what the president was going to outline for his agenda in 2014, most notable - what...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/the-state-of-union-and-unilateral.html

 

Midterm Elections and the Changing Political Atmosphere

It's no secret the 2014 midterm election cycle will be a political blood bath featuring high profile primaries and general elections.  Many prominent members of Congress are not only facing stiff competition from the other party, but difficult primaries from...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/midterm-elections-and-changing.html

 

Will Americans be Satisfied with Proposed NSA Reforms?

Today, President Obama gave a much anticipated speech regarding the future of the controversial NSA programs.  While the president started with some historical context referring back to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty, he...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/will-americans-be-satisfied-with.html

 

Washington Power Players

In today's Washington, invoking the nuclear option in the Senate is the only way to get things moving along.  This is the only real groundbreaking news to come out of Congress: utilizing unpopular procedural tactics.  It seems each...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/11/washington-power-players.html

 

Brand and Trust Problems: A Look Toward 2014 Mid Terms

One thing Washington insiders love more than anything is speculation - whether it's about nominations, policy or elections.  As the 2014 mid-term elections creep ever closer, the public eye will shift its vision and scrutinize every move made by each party...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/11/brand-and-trust-problems-look-toward.html 

 

Biofuels Mandate: Defend, Reform, or Repeal

 Today, the National Journal Live hosted the policy summit titled, Biofuels Mandate: Defend, Reform, or Repeal.  The summit examined the current biofuels mandate and renewable fuels standard (RFS) in our country.  Representatives Steve...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/10/biofuels-mandate-defend-reform-or-repeal.html 

 

Congress's August Recess and What To Expect After 

After this week, congress will recess for the month of August and reconvene in early September.  At first glance it seems as if the 113th Congress is even less productive than the "do nothing" 112th Congress.  It seems as if...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/08/congresss-august-recess-and-what-to.html

 

What Should Be At The Top Of The Legislative Agenda

It's no secret congress is deadlocked.  It seems as though simple legislation is met with an iron fist of scrutiny and partisanship.  There is also legislation being proposed that has no business being on the front burner...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/what-should-be-at-top-of-legislative.html 

 

Why the GOP Defeat Their Own Argument Against Big Government 

It's no secret the Republican Party is outspoken against government intervention in the lives of Americans.  Big government is one of the main distinctions between Democrats and Republicans...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/why-gop-defeat-their-own-argument.html 

 

Edward Snowden - Hero or Criminal

There is a fine line these days between whistle blower and leaker.  Edward Snowden has been tight roping this line ever since he decided to out himself as the individual responsible for the public’s knowledge of the government surveillance program...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/edward-snowden-hero-or-criminal.html 

 

Government Surveillance and Expanded Presidential Power

Two scandals reported this week have raised new questions and concerns over the role of our government and the power of the president.  On June 5, 2013 the British news...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/government-surveillance-and-expanded.html 

 

Mr. Speaker

This weekend, Politico posted an article highlighting Speaker John Boehner's weak speakership.  This has created quite stir recently among pundits and journalists alike asking the question of how weak of a speaker Mr. Boehner is...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/05/mr-speaker.html 

 

Elections

Earlier this week, senior Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2014.  More and more legislators have opted for retirement in the past few months-  Baucus's being the most recent and it comes within...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/04/elections.html 

 

Failure to Act

Yesterday's Senate vote on the Mansion-Toomey bill or the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act angered me deeply more severely than any other political outcome I can remember.  This bipartisan sponsored bill...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/04/failure-to-act.html

 

Republican "Re-Branding"

After the Republican's defeat for the executive in November, the party has been on a crusade to re-brand themselves and make their party more appealing and electable in the future.  The groups Republicans struggled with recently were mainly...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/04/republican-re-branding.html

 

The Big Picture of Gun Control 

Gun control has been on the front burner for several months now.  The massacre in Newtown, CT brought the focus of Americans to its small community and to the issue to guns in our society.   It comes as no surprise that passing gun reform...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/03/the-big-picture-of-gun-control.html

 

Obstructionism

The main takeaway from the 2012 election was that the American people voted to maintain the status quo.  With that being said, everyone was ready for congress and the President to hunker down and start legislating...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/02/obstructionism.html 

 

Immigration Reform

Immigration has been a hot button issue for some time now.  We currently have around 11 million undocumented immigrants residing within the confines of our boarders.  Most of us remember the famous...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/01/immigration-reform.html 

 

John Boehner: Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place

John Boehner currently has one of the most undesirable jobs in the country – leader of the republican party in the House.  His party is imploding right before his eyes.  They cannot even pass their own bills in the house including Boehner’s bill...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/01/john-boehner-stuck-between-rock-and.html 

 

How the GOP Has Beat Down Obama

President Obama won reelection this past November by an overwhelming popular vote majority.  With the fiscal cliff narrowly and rapidly approaching, the cards were in his favor.  However, the republicans and tea partiers...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/01/how-gop-has-beat-down-obama.html

 

Why Filibuster Reform?

It seems as though democrats and republicans cannot agree on anything these days.  We can now add filibusterer reform to that long long laundry list.  Harry Reid and other top democrats have proposed to reform the filibuster on the floor...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/12/why-filibuster-reform.html

 

The Fiscal Cliff: Avoiding What Happened in 2011

Now that we have all moved on from the 2012 election cycle, our government can get back to what they do best, stalemating.  In all seriousness our legislators need to come up with a vision as how to avoid the much...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/11/the-fiscal-cliff-avoiding-what-happened.html

 

Back to the Drawing Board

About two years ago when the republican primaries were beginning, I thought that the democrats would have no problem in 2012.  This is because the party was split in two, main stream republicans and the tea...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/11/back-to-drawing-board.html 

 

Final Push: A Lesson From the Past

The election is just one day away!  Millions and millions of dollars spent, countless hours on the trail, and volunteers across the nation have donated their time in the hopes of aiding their candidate to become the...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/11/final-push-lesson-from-past.html  

 

Voting

As the nation is preparing for the final stretch of the 2012 campaign, mother nature may throw a monkey wrench into the process as she usually does.   Early voting has already been suspended today in Maryland...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/10/voting.html 

 

Third and Final Presidential Debate

Well the final debate has come to a close and it covered a wide range of topics from China to Libya to education and energy.  I had originally thought that this debate would have little affect on the outcome of the election because...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/10/third-and-final-presidential-debate.html