The whole point of letting reporters wander the halls is not because we are such wonderful company, but to make government more open to the people it serves and to provide elected officials a platform to present policy and politics to a broad audience. The arrangement was a tidy one in the old era of media, when a manageable number of newspapers and radio and television stations sent correspondents to the capitol. But in the current age, the question of who is and isn't a journalist has become hard to follow. Anyone can set up a website or social media page now and put out a few pieces of "news" to disguise a naked political agenda. Should those organizations then have the same access to legislators that the traditional press has? Should they be called journalists? The question is relevant in Texas today. The Austin American Statesman reported last week that the powerful conservative advocacy group Empower Texans has acquired a Senate press pass, something at … [Read more...] about Empower Texans now has a press pass to the Texas Senate. What interest group will be next?
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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jonathan Martin Published 4:25 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Photo: Erin Schaff / New York Times Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A man protesting abortion rights yells at a group of pro-choice demonstrators outside the Supreme Court building. A man protesting abortion rights yells at a group of pro-choice demonstrators outside the Supreme Court building. Photo: Erin Schaff / New York Times Conservative, liberal groups gird for battle over Kavanaugh 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — Even before Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, had reserved more than two dozen internet domain names — one for each candidate on President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees. The idea, said … [Read more...] about Conservative, liberal groups gird for battle over Kavanaugh
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJeremy W. Peters June 5, 2018 David H. Koch, the billionaire industrialist who combined his vast wealth and libertarian-tinged brand of conservatism to influence candidates at all levels of American politics, is stepping down from his political and business interests because of declining health, his company announced Tuesday. Mr. Koch’s brother, Charles, with whom he helped run Koch Industries, said in a letter to employees that health problems had made it impossible for David Koch to continue working. “Unfortunately these issues have not been resolved and his health has continued to deteriorate,” the letter said. “We are deeply saddened by this.” The Koch family has been influential in conservative politics for generations, long before their name became synonymous with big money in … [Read more...] about David Koch Steps Down From Business and Conservative Political Group
Opinion This article originally appeared on The Daily Signal. “Dems warn school vouchers for military families could ‘derail’ annual defense bill,” Politico reported last week. At the same time, special-interest groups, such as the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, are holding Capitol Hill briefings suggesting that empowering military families with school choice would “defund Impact Aid.” A new study found the U.S. military’s abortion policy is hurting female service members. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 51 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life And Average Salary These objections, however, are without merit, and only reflect a desire among special-interest groups to maintain the status quo. Under a proposal to provide education savings … [Read more...] about Special Interest Groups Are Denying Military Families Better Schooling Options