Liz Halloran http://wfpl.org en Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-bids-loosen-democratic-hold-african-american-vote For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:22:53 +0000 Liz Halloran 9188 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President http://wfpl.org/post/establishment-tea-party-republicans-rebut-president Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House, occupied a coveted spot Tuesday night: She delivered the televised rebuttal to the president's State of the Union.<p>Yet the Washington congresswoman and mother of three young children didn't have the spotlight to herself. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:53:03 +0000 Liz Halloran 8395 at http://wfpl.org From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive http://wfpl.org/post/debate-wage-and-wealth-gap-heats-solutions-elusive The national debate about income equality and low-wage labor ramped up this week as fast-food workers across the country rallied for better pay and President Obama assailed the nation's growing income gap as the "defining challenge of our time."<p>Meanwhile, an $11.50 minimum wage bill was approved in the nation's capital, and giant discount retailer Wal-Mart opened its first Washington stores — accompanied by a flurry of ads defending the company's often-criticized <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Walmart-Salaries-E715.htm">pay and benefits practices</a>.<p>(Protesters showed up outsi Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00:07 +0000 Liz Halloran 7833 at http://wfpl.org Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/gop-family-feud-showboat-demint-takes-tyrant-mcconnell Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is more than a little aggravated with the Senate Conservatives Fund, and who can blame him.<p>The youngish but well-financed Tea Party organization has targeted McConnell, a five-termer from Kentucky and highest-ranking Senate Republican, by helping to bankroll a primary challenger and using the race as an intraparty, us vs. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:07:20 +0000 Liz Halloran 7788 at http://wfpl.org GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West' http://wfpl.org/post/feds-seek-corral-medical-marijuana-wild-west When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn't challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.<p>The administration's position, complained one Colorado congressman, was tantamount to allowing states to opt out of the federal law banning pot possession, cultivation and sale.<p>Other anti-legalization activists predicted that the administration was waving the white flag in the war on drugs.<p>The first claim is essentially true: The states will be creating their own regulatory regimes.<p>As for the idea of a surrender in Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:40:13 +0000 Liz Halloran 6821 at http://wfpl.org Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West' House GOP: We Won't Consider Senate Immigration Bill http://wfpl.org/post/house-gop-we-wont-consider-senate-immigration-bill The prospects for an immigration overhaul effort that could reshape the contours of American society appeared grim Wednesday after a closed door meeting of House Republicans.<p>A majority of the fractious House Republican Conference lined up in opposition to (barely) bipartisan legislation already approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate, despite the urging of leaders to do something on the issue.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith tells us that after the meeting, Colorado Rep. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:48:49 +0000 Liz Halloran 6078 at http://wfpl.org House GOP: We Won't Consider Senate Immigration Bill The New World Of Firefighting: Politics, Climate And Humans http://wfpl.org/post/new-world-firefighting-politics-climate-and-humans Writer and photojournalist Michael Kodas has been documenting firefighting and firefighters for more than a decade. His current book project, <em>Megafire</em>, an examination of the new world faced by firefighters, will be released in 2014. Kodas, also the author of <em>High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed</em>, lives in Boulder, Colo. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 11:08:03 +0000 Liz Halloran 6033 at http://wfpl.org The New World Of Firefighting: Politics, Climate And Humans On Military Sexual Assault Issue, A New Era for An Old Committee http://wfpl.org/post/military-sexual-assault-issue-new-era-old-committee Other bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill may be collapsing around them, but a cadre of Democratic and Republican women serving on the Senate and House Armed Services committees are leveraging their historic clout to respond together to the sexual assault crisis engulfing the U.S. Sat, 11 May 2013 11:31:36 +0000 Liz Halloran 5352 at http://wfpl.org On Military Sexual Assault Issue, A New Era for An Old Committee Poll: Obama Approval Up, Effectiveness Down; GOP In Doldrums http://wfpl.org/post/poll-obama-approval-effectiveness-down-gop-doldrums President Obama's job approval has inched up in recent weeks, but the percentage of Americans who say they believe he is effective has taken a hit, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.<p>And while the image of Republican leadership remains "deeply negative," and continues bearing the brunt of the blame for Washington gridlock, the survey found that the GOP runs even with Democrats on the key issues of the economy, immigration and guns.<p>The survey also showed that even while Republicans hold a negative view of their own leaders, with over half expressing disapproval, Wed, 08 May 2013 17:05:57 +0000 Liz Halloran 5298 at http://wfpl.org A Rand Paul White House Path Complicated By Dad's Legacy http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-white-house-path-complicated-dads-legacy Freshman Sen. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:55:17 +0000 Liz Halloran 5083 at http://wfpl.org A Rand Paul White House Path Complicated By Dad's Legacy