Stop the videos!!!

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It baffles me how B List animal rights groups like Mercy for Animals (MFA) still find farms where they can shoot “undercover” video exposing bad behavior. The latest small screen debut was shot on a “family farm” in the Southwest in August and released this month.  It’s supremely frustrating given how many speakers have showed… Read more »

It’s silly season in DC

In the lobbying business we call it “silly season,” that time frame that most epitomizes the old axiom warning you should never watch either legislation or sausage being made.  I’m talking about the last couple of months before a federal election, those last weeks in which the full House and one-third of the Senate, up… Read more »

A couple of items during the Dog Days

August is the slowest of months in Washington, DC.  Even the months with Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4, Memorial Day and New Year’s generate more news.  However, there a few issues of which you should be aware, as follow: Immigration reform – or at least the politics of immigration reform – will get a shot in… Read more »

A tarnished animal rights movement

The animal rights movement isn’t having a good year, mainly because the 800-lb. gorillas of the movement aren’t having a good year.  Despite lots of noise and heavy spending, there have been no congressional or state victories of any note, and generally speaking, very little media attention. A glance at the HSUS website shows press… Read more »

Climate Change Corporate Challenge

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Anyone who’s been on the planet longer than 15 or 20 years can’t deny the weather of the last few years has been odd, and in some cases, a little scary.  Droughts are more widespread and last longer; some parts of the country seem to be constantly underwater.  This summer, at least in Washington, DC,… Read more »

Gently, Mr. Ryan; security first, rural citizen

A musing and a warning this week, unrelated to one another, but still important. Sometimes a friend can make your life difficult.  Such is the case with Rep. Paul Ryan (R, WI), unsuccessful vice presidential candidate, a talked-about 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, and the outgoing chair of the House Budget Committee.  Ryan is the man… Read more »

It’s later than you think

Unless you work in DC, it’s tough to understand some of the unspoken signals that received from Capitol Hill.  In recent days, lobbyists sniffing the air like animals anticipating a storm, immediately understood the latest message:  We’re 100% into the race to October and recess until after the November 4 election. We’re now feverishly calculating what, if anything,… Read more »

Vermont’s Avenging Angel of Technology

I was fortunate this week to meet a woman named Joanna Lidbak. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy in this fact, save for where I met her and who she is.  She was a witness for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) as a Vermont member of Agri-Mark, Inc. at a House Agriculture Committee subcommittee hearing… Read more »

The House v. President Barack Obama

House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH) this week announced he’ll introduce a bill to instruct the House General Counsel to sue President Obama for failure to “faithfully execute his oath of office” to “protect our system of government and our economy from continued executive abuse.” Blame it on the upcoming midterm elections and the GOP’s… Read more »

So who’s Kevin McCarthy?

Rep. Kevin Owen McCarthy (R, CA), 49, the small businessman with an MBA representing the 23rd District of California and current House majority whip, moves up to the number two GOP leadership slot on August 1.  Elected House majority leader this week by an overwhelming majority, McCarthy, first elected in 2006, has for four years… Read more »