What started as an ordinary meeting of the Elmhurst, Illinois Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Service Committee on the evening of May 17 to discuss a proposed $30,000 lobbyist contract, had turned into an event of nationwide proportions at the June 14 follow-up, owing to the mannerisms of one citizen present.
Is there any conflict in the world too remote or too irrelevant to U.S. national security for Washington not to interfere in it somehow? Has Congress ever passed a bill ostensibly targeted at one problem that was not laden with paybacks to various special interests that were entirely irrelevant to the problem at hand? The answer to both appears to be no.
This year’s National Conference for State Legislatures (NSCL), held in Louisville, Kentucky, opened on Monday with state legislators from all 50 states, federal congressional members, and representatives of foreign countries, including five members of the Russian delegation who sat in the fourth row of the center aisle in the packed Cascade Ballroom of the Marriot Hotel. The featured guest speakers on Monday morning were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.