One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better

Ban incumbents from campaigning against each other, says Sen. Joe Manchin, and require a five-day workweek. Earlier this spring, speculation was mounting that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would be leaving the Senate to run for his former job as governor of West Virginia. Polls showed Manchin to be a heavy favorite, were he to become a candidate … Continue reading One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better

It’s hard to be a moderate politician. It’s also expensive.

It’s tough to make it as a moderate in Congress these days. Across the country, competitive purple districts have been gerrymandered into oblivion, replaced by seats that are safely red or blue. Activists at both extremes show no mercy toward elected officials who venture to advocate compromise. Even former House majority leader Eric Cantor — … Continue reading It’s hard to be a moderate politician. It’s also expensive.

How to End Gerrymandering

Every state should have an independent redistricting commission, says Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper. Many observers say Illinois’ 4th Congressional District resembles a pair of ragged earmuffs. Intended to capture Chicago’s Latino population, the district carves out two roughly symmetrical disks in the heart of the city, connected by a narrow stretch of I-294. The district is often cited as a blatant … Continue reading How to End Gerrymandering