The Economist magazine has announced its “Country of the Year.” It’s Armenia. The idea behind the award is to recognize the nation that has “improved the most” during the past year. The honorific implies no rosy assumptions about the future. Obviously, a country can backslide. The Economist’s editors admit that this proved to be the case with prior winners
By Philip Blumel On Jan. 2, the FBI lodged a 37-page criminal complaint against Edward Burke, a 50-year incumbent on Chicago’s city council. Since 1983, he has chaired the city’s powerful finance committee. During that time he has apparently also been using his position to shake down individuals and companies for money. For much of
I have exciting news on the national term limits front. Major action is happening in Washington D.C. and in state capitals across the country. Our U.S. Term Limits (USTL) teams are working for term limits on Congress by any means necessary. In D.C., U.S. Representative Francis Rooney (H.J.R. 20) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (S.J.R.
The top 3 questions we get most often at U.S. Term Limits are: “Why not put term limits to a national vote of the people?” “How can we expect Congress to term limit itself?” and “What can I do as a citizen term limits supporter?” “Why not put term limits to a national vote of
For immediate release November 30, 2018 Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits Email: email@example.com Phone: (321) 345-7455 New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Kentuckians Support Congressional Term Limits Washington, D.C. — A new poll shows that Kentucky residents resoundingly agree that it is time for term limits on Congress. The survey, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 84 percent of
For immediate release November 30, 2018 Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (321) 345-7455 New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of West Virginians Support Congressional Term Limits Washington, D.C. — A new poll shows that West Virginia residents resoundingly agree that it is time for term limits on Congress. The survey, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 83
Democracy can degrade into other things, even strong-man rule. To avoid such degradation, we have a ready prophylactic. Term limits. Which hamper would-be dictators-for-life, including entrenched oligarchs in the legislature. Many countries illustrate the point. But take Peru, where the new head of state, Martin Vizcarra, has been combatting political corruption by supporting a referendum to impose term limits and other reforms on Peru’s
Sounds like a joke but it’s actually true. In a recent No Uncertain Terms podcast, U.S. Term Limits’s Executive Director Nick Tomboulides and U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas referred to Americans’ ranking of Congress as somewhere in the vicinity of head lice and gonorrhea, respectively. Congressional favorability ratings rise and fall over time and
The following is a term limits discussion between Nicolas Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits and J.R. Hoeft on his podcast. Listen to the episode in its entirety here: https://jrhoeft.com/2018/11/19/nick-tomboulides-u-s-term-limits/. Nick T.: … getting legislatures who are actually closer to the people and have to appeal to voters. They can’t just rely on PAC money.
Isn’t it an obvious conflict of interest when politicians put a measure on the ballot to weaken or repeal their own term limits? In 2012, citizens of Kettering, Ohio, collected signatures to put an eight-year term limits measure on the ballot. It passed with more than 60% of the vote. In 2016, with a simple