Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

Professions: Before They Were Elected to Congress

The Hill new members guide

Wondering what professions newly elected members of the 114th Congress had prior to being elected? Answers to this question, will shed light on the experience that they likely bring to an incredibly difficult job. Farmers, dentists, attorneys, consultants and more will walk the halls of the Capitol Building very soon. What about those newly elected […]

Senate Leadership in the 114th U.S. Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington

In a GOP majority, whose likely running the Senate? From Mitch McConnell to Thad Cochran the Senate will be under new leadership starting in January. Here are a few Senators whose names have been mentioned in a recent Politico article likely to assume Chairmanships… Appropriations: Thad Cochran Fresh from his narrow win in Mississippi over […]

Women in Leadership Series: Norma Torres

Norma Torres

Could a woman whose parents sent her from Guatemala “on vacation”, become a U.S. Congresswoman? It is quite possible with Norma Torres. Earlier this year, the current California State Senator announced her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod. As detailed in a recent Huffington Post article… “More […]

Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation

Long Lines at the Polls

Is there a correlation between election day lines and resource allocations? Yes – and minority voters are suffering as a result (or quite possibly by design). Research recently published by NYU Law’s Brennan Center for Justice focused on an issue that received much media attention on election day 2012 – incredibly long lines at the […]

Women in Leadership Series: Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

The Women in Leadership Series seeks to shine a light on women both in leadership positions and on the rise. Spotlights will be shined on women from all sectors of society from non-profit to government to the corporate arena. Today’s spotlight is on Kamala Harris. In 2011, Harris was sworn in as the 32nd Attorney […]

Women In Office: Another Record Breaking Election in 2014?

Diversity of Congress

Were you impressed by the number of women elected to Congress in 2012? The 2012 election cycle saw a record number of women elected in Congress. In fact, 102 women currently serve in the 113th Congress: 82 in the House (63 Democrats and 19 Republicans) and 20 in the Senate (16 Democrats and 4 Republicans). […]

Fair Minimum Wage Act


What do you think is a fair minimum wage? As the President noted in his State of the Union Address, there is a push on Capitol Hill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t been increased since 2009. The Fair Minimum Wage Act, backed by Representative […]

Failing Our Future: Insights on Sequestration by Dr. Beverly Tatum

Effect of Sequestration on Education Dr. Beverly Tatum

Did you catch the recent guest blog post by President of Spelman College, Dr. Beverly Tatum? While the effects of the sequestration are still not clearly pronounced, many have weighed in with key insights on the subject. In the recent HuffPost editorial, Dr. Tatum speaks to the effects of sequestration on the education of people […]

The 57th Presidential Inauguration

President Obama Inauguration

As friends, family and colleagues file past him, returning to the inner halls of the capital building, President Obama paused to take one last look at the sea of Americans and American flags that marked his final Presidential Inauguration. The occasion, falling on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s national holiday celebration, was definitely one worthy […]

Interesting Facts About the Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration 2013

Did you know that before 1933, the president had been sworn in on March 4, typically the final day of the congressional season? That’s right. The Associated Press recently published an article that goes on to explain that the stretch between the November elections and the March 4 inauguration led to lengthy lame-duck sessions of […]

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