Tag: congress

WE HAVE TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT NOW

BY DOMINIC PINO OPINION EDITOR Congress has been in decline for decades. It has conceded much of its power, often willingly and gleefully, and the courts and the administrative state have filled the void. The gradual slide into constitutional irrelevance…

SEN. KAINE: MY PRIORITIES IN THE NEW CONGRESS

BY SEN. TIM KAINE CONTRIBUTOR After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, many were rightfully worried about our ability to have a peaceful transfer of power and get to work on accomplishing critical legislative priorities. But in the weeks…

CONTRIBUTOR: THE CONSEQUENCES OF POLITICS WITHOUT POWER

BY ARJIT ROSHAN CONTRIBUTOR “Impotence” is the word that best captures the scene at the Capitol on January 6. Capitol Police fumbled and failed to stop insurgents from raiding the seat of the world’s oldest democracy. The legislators inside —…

One on one with Congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn

RENOWNED FORMER JOURNALIST PUTS DOWN HER PEN FOR POLICY By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Leslie Cockburn, a former journalist with PBS “Frontline” and CBS News “60 Minutes,” is now a candidate running for Congress in Virginia’s fifth district. She discussed…

OPINION: What’s the deal with compromise?

By Dominic Pino, Columnist Compromise, compromise, compromise.  Every discussion about Congress is obsessed with compromise.  Republicans should compromise with Democrats, Democrats should compromise with Republicans, the House should compromise with the Senate, Congress should compromise with the White House, they…

The broken branch

(Photo credit: Alec Moore/Fourth Estate) This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. Supreme Court vacancy spurs political controversy On March 16, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme…

Mason Takes on Capitol Hill

This story was originally published in the Nov. 10 issue of Fourth Estate. Allison Lundy, staff writer Students are taking advantage of living near Washington D.C. Mason attracts many politically-minded students, and students interested in politics have good reason to…

Guide to the 2014 Senate Election

This story was originally published in the Oct. 27 of Fourth Estate. Featured photo by Ken Zirkel. No changes made. Creative Commons License. Three candidates will be on the ballot on Election Day in the race for a seat representing…

Former Mason Law alum now serving in Congress

Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) is now the first Mason alum to serve in the U.S. Congress, representing Florida’s 13th district. Congressman Jolly grew up in Dunedin, FL and received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Georgia. When…