Jillian Bandes

Posted December 20, 2010

The battle over booze regulation is a sexy, dirty, political mess that could leave you dizzier than a drunk after a long night at the pub.

Posted December 15, 2010

In 2010, the EPA granted exactly two new coal mining permits in West Virginia. There are fifty permits outstanding, because according to the EPA, bugs are more important than jobs.

Posted December 10, 2010

A half-dozen staunchly conservative Members of Congress have been beating around the bush on the anti-earmark ban. They support the GOP’s current ban, but not permanently, and not enthusiastically.

Posted December 09, 2010

Netty Aranguren wants her ears surgically pinned back. That way, she'll feel more prepared to embark on the journey of marriage.

Posted December 04, 2010

Tax code reform has the potential to achieve what seems to be an impossible goal: increasing revenue while lowering tax rates.

Posted December 02, 2010

Glenn Beck has come out against him. Rush has come out against him. Depending on your priorities, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may or may not deserve it.

Posted December 01, 2010

The saga of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit continues, as Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas finally called for an unconditional release of the 24-year-old hostage.

Posted November 24, 2010

It’s become a common refrain to say that the November elections were more of a rejection of Democrats than an endorsement for the Republicans.

Posted November 19, 2010

The legal arguments surrounding the constitutionality of the health care debate are nuanced, and at the center of the debate is whether Congress can regulate a citizen’s inactivity.

Posted November 18, 2010

It’s worse than your kids at the dinner table: the battle over food safety has gotten worse after the Senate voted to move forward on the bill Wednesday.

Posted November 17, 2010

A bill up for consideration in the Senate today would update food safety regulations for the first time since the 1930’s.

Posted November 12, 2010

For the past week, conservatives have been bellyaching that the new class of Republicans won’t do much of anything.

Posted November 11, 2010

The members who sit on the House GOP Majority Transition Team look committed to Rep. John Boehner's "no exceptions, no excuses" mantra.

Posted November 08, 2010

Fiscal conservatives had some big wins last Tuesday, but their post-election statements indicate that they might not mean what they say. Conservatives can't sit back and relax.

Posted November 03, 2010

President Obama smacked his lips repeatedly and declared his love for Slurpees in a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday that highlighted his charisma and unwillingness to compromise.

Posted November 03, 2010

Tea partiers won some and lost some last night, but their influence was strong enough to make a statement: the movement has made a difference.

Posted November 01, 2010

Republican Bill Johnson has an uphill battle in the Buckeye State. But if he can pull it off, Republicans everywhere can rest easy on Election Day.

Posted October 30, 2010

Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” and Steven Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Fear” was hilarious, and heartbreaking.

Posted October 29, 2010

Slovenians “vote blood, not party,” according to outgoing Ohio Sen. George Voinovich (R), who campaigned this week with gubernatorial candidate John Kasich.

Posted October 28, 2010

Keith Rothfus’ campaign was under the radar until just a few weeks ago. Then, it came out of the shadows with a very clear message.