Look Up, Americans, It’s Not As Bad As You Think

We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal … [Read more...]

What Lies Ahead

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks and mon … [Read more...]

What Makes A Strong Lobbyist

Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington. Here’s a case in point … [Read more...]

Helping Veterans Find Success as a Small Business Owner

By Chad Osorno Did you know that 24 million Americans are veterans? That’s approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Of those veterans, nearly one in 10 is a small business owner. This i … [Read more...]

A Vote for Education is Critical in Nevada

By Kara Kerwin In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 30 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Governing

I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of p … [Read more...]

Viewing Political Corruption More Broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in go … [Read more...]

November’s Elections Won’t Resolve Much of Anything

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about. The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — t … [Read more...]

The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are st … [Read more...]

Hey Mon, Try a Little Jamaica

By Tom Garrison Who doesn't want to visit Jamaica? Beautiful beaches under swaying palm trees, cool Caribbean swimming, and a friendly population. However, if you can’t afford the real Jamaica (who can?), take a short drive to Little Jamaica ( … [Read more...]