Jim Hickey’s American Politics

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End Citizens United Is A Community Outreach For Us

I work with a number of people who are interested in changing the way we hold elections, and I have been a strong proponent for many years of increased accountability. End Citizens United is a super PAC that was created… Continue Reading →

Education Is Key, But Not The Only Interest Of Betsy DeVos

As part of the nomination process for her current role as the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos revealed a large amount about her own philanthropy and financial giving over the last few years. I have always been impressed with… Continue Reading →

Charles Koch Ponders Waging A War Against Donald Trump

Many people are wondering if Billionaire industrialist and conservative-leaning businessman Charles Koch can throw a monkey wrench in Donald Trump’s plans to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. In 2012, Koch, along with his younger brother, David, raised over $400… Continue Reading →

Southern Baptists Make A Stance on Homosexuality

Those Southern Baptists are making the news again. This time they are strongly opposing gay marriage among their members. What will this do to the members who are already homosexual? The meeting took place in Columbus, Ohio where Pastor Ronnie… Continue Reading →

Lincoln Chafee Seems Destined to Capture the Metric Advocate Vote

In modern politics today, there appears to be an advocacy groups for every imaginable initiative, medical or emotional disorder, etc. It turns out that ever since Congress passed a law in 1975 to make the switch to the metric system,… Continue Reading →

Senator Sanders Praises House Democrat’s Temporary Victory Over TPA – Hillary Clinton Mum

On Friday, House Democrats rejected the GOP’s political sop called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The bill was designed to break off enough Democrat votes to secure passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for President Obama. TPA is viewed as critical… Continue Reading →

Fox Adds Political “Forums” for Tier-2 Candidates that Do Not Make the Cut for the First Debate

No serious GOP presidential hopeful wants to be among the tier-2 candidates that fall short of getting an invitation to the first presidential debate hosted by Fox News. Yet, the reality is the Fox News Network cannot conduct a serious… Continue Reading →

NSA Spying Victory May Not Be All Great

Rand Paul’s NSA Victory May Be Costly In lawmaking, the Patriot Act has been a key issue for politicians ever since its creation back in 2001. As of 2015, the act has now been changed somewhat. On Sunday, the Senate… Continue Reading →

Obamacare Enrollment Through Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion Hits 22.5 Million

Enrollees in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the exchanges have totaled 12 million, according to Charles Gaba of ACASignups.net. This consists of 9 million through Healthcare.gov, the federal government website, and 3 million through the state exchanges. These figures… Continue Reading →

Senator Rand Paul Criticizes NSA for Spying on Ordinary Americans at the Expense of Real Terrorists

Senator Rand Paul, one in a long list of GOP presidential contenders, took time to criticize the National Security Agency (NSA) over its stealth phone-internet metadata program. The program, which was first learned about after NSA employee Edward Snowden ratted… Continue Reading →