Liz Halloran http://www.kplu.org en Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://www.kplu.org/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:17:23 +0000 Liz Halloran 16081 at http://www.kplu.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet http://www.kplu.org/post/congressmans-lament-174000-isnt-enough-make-ends-meet In what world does an annual salary of $174,000 meet the definition of underpaid?<p>That would be in the nation's capital, where soon-to-be-retired Rep. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:24:38 +0000 Liz Halloran 15691 at http://www.kplu.org Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals http://www.kplu.org/post/conservative-media-watchdog-univision-telemundo-favor-liberals The nation's increasingly powerful Spanish-language television networks show a distinct liberal bias in covering domestic news, a conservative media watchdog group asserted Tuesday.<p>The Media Research Center says that its<a href="http://www.mrc.org/press-releases/media-research-center-launches-mrc-latino-first-spanish-language-conservative-media-w"> four-month analysis</a> of weekday evening newscasts aired on Univision and Telemundo showed that the networks' domestic coverage was "dominated by partisans" from the left.<p>Authors Ken Oliver-Mendez and Rich Noyes, who were particularly critic Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:31:56 +0000 Liz Halloran 15570 at http://www.kplu.org Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals No Break From Politics On Obamacare Deadline Day http://www.kplu.org/post/no-break-politics-obamacare-deadline-day The sign-up period for 2014 individual insurance coverage required under President Obama's Affordable Care Act expires Monday, much as it began.<p>There were HealthCare.gov website snafus, White House pleas for enrollees, and the need for "navigators" to help those enrollees work their way through the often-balky federal insurance exchange site. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:12:40 +0000 Liz Halloran 15522 at http://www.kplu.org No Break From Politics On Obamacare Deadline Day Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-slugfest-highlights-hawaiis-changing-political-landscape It says something about the changing politics of Hawaii that Democratic powerhouse Daniel Inouye's deathbed pick of a successor was ignored by his own party.<p>The question is what.<p>The December 2012 death of the long-serving senator — and one of the state's founding fathers — has exposed cracks in Hawaii's solidly Democratic façade, leading to a contentious Senate primary that has placed age, gender and ethnicity at center stage.<p>The combatants are two respected liberals: Sen. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:43:53 +0000 Liz Halloran 15306 at http://www.kplu.org Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key http://www.kplu.org/post/top-democrat-insists-party-will-hold-senate-turnout-key As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.<p>The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.<p>"Our best weapon may just be Republicans themselves," said Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, at a press conference. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:41:31 +0000 Liz Halloran 14996 at http://www.kplu.org Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress http://www.kplu.org/post/one-year-after-party-autopsy-gop-touts-progress One year ago, a frank <a href="http://goproject.gop.com/RNC_Growth_Opportunity_Book_2013.pdf">Republican Party assessment</a> of why it came up short in the 2012 presidential election included a stark recommendation.<p>Embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform, the post-mortem authors urged, or get used to a party whose appeal "will continue to shrink to its core constituents only."<p>That bold assertion was decidedly offstage Monday, as the party orchestrated a full-on media effort to mark advances it says it's made as a result of recommendations contained in the 2013 Growth and O Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:31:56 +0000 Liz Halloran 14965 at http://www.kplu.org One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations http://www.kplu.org/post/hispanic-activists-vow-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations Five months before his 2012 re-election, President Obama announced that his administration would stop deportations of more than a half-million young adults, often referred to as "Dreamers," brought illegally to the U.S. as children.<p>Latinos subsequently turned out to vote in record numbers that fall. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 02:41:12 +0000 Liz Halloran 14891 at http://www.kplu.org Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change http://www.kplu.org/post/new-climate-drug-sentencing-guidelines-expected-change The nation's highest law enforcement official Thursday endorsed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal — as it's known by prison sentencing reformers — to change the way drug crime sentences are handed down.<p>Attorney General Eric Holder backed <a href="http://famm.org/mandatory-sentencing/state-and-federal/u-s-sentencing-commission/reforming-the-guidelines-for-drug-offenses/">the concept</a>, which has garnered support from across the political spectrum, in testimony before a commission examining federal prison sentencing guidelines. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:39:49 +0000 Liz Halloran 14800 at http://www.kplu.org New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters http://www.kplu.org/post/obamas-big-move-overtime-pay-keyed-swing-base-voters President Obama's planned move to expand the pool of the nation's employees covered by overtime pay laws was hailed Wednesday by Democrats as key to their midterm election strategy.<p>And it was just as predictably criticized by conservatives as an overreach by a president who recently characterized income inequality as the "defining challenge of our time."<p>The president plans to exercise his executive authority on Thursday, leapfrogging Congress to direct the Labor Department to come up with guidelines that would set a new, higher income threshold at which employers are required to pay over Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:19:08 +0000 Liz Halloran 14766 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters Florida Election Tests Midterm Messaging http://www.kplu.org/post/florida-election-tests-midterm-messaging There's a congressional election in Florida on Tuesday that's worth watching — even if you don't live in the Tampa Bay-area district where it's taking place.<p>It's not because the winner of the neck-and-neck special election between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly will affect the GOP's stranglehold on the U.S. House this cycle. It won't.<p>Rather, the contest to succeed the late longtime Republican Rep. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:31:45 +0000 Liz Halloran 14676 at http://www.kplu.org Florida Election Tests Midterm Messaging The 'Blue-ing' Of Texas Is Unlikely To Start At The Top http://www.kplu.org/post/blue-ing-texas-unlikely-start-top The process of electing a new governor in Texas begins in earnest Tuesday, when Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are expected to easily dispatch their primary opponents and move on to the Nov. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:17:39 +0000 Liz Halloran 14393 at http://www.kplu.org The 'Blue-ing' Of Texas Is Unlikely To Start At The Top Another Bush Takes Aim At Texas Office And Family Dynasty http://www.kplu.org/post/another-bush-takes-aim-texas-office-and-family-dynasty George Prescott Bush.<p>Ring a bell?<p>It should, and if it doesn't, it soon will. George P. Bush, 37, is a great-grandson of a late U.S. senator from Connecticut; a grandson and nephew of former U.S. presidents; and the eldest son of ex-Florida Gov. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:44:19 +0000 Liz Halloran 14289 at http://www.kplu.org Another Bush Takes Aim At Texas Office And Family Dynasty Debbie Dingell Poised To Keep U.S. House Seat In The Family http://www.kplu.org/post/debbie-dingell-poised-keep-us-house-seat-family Debbie Dingell is expected to announce Friday that she will run to succeed her husband, John Jr., for the southeast Michigan congressional seat that's been in the family since John Sr. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:38:21 +0000 Liz Halloran 14172 at http://www.kplu.org Debbie Dingell Poised To Keep U.S. House Seat In The Family Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes http://www.kplu.org/post/lobbyists-amp-efforts-sell-washington-e-cigarettes In a scene from the new season of the popular Netflix political drama <em>House of Cards,</em> the elegant Claire Underwood catches her soon-to-be vice president husband puffing an e-cigarette.<p>"You're cheating," she says, referring to their efforts to quit smoking.<p>"No, I'm not," Congressman Francis Underwood replies. "It's vapor ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:19:42 +0000 Liz Halloran 14112 at http://www.kplu.org Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes