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Congressional Watch: Hunter’s curious case for war

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50) made the news again this month, and once again, not in a good way. Hunter has been no stranger to controversies. Just in the last year he has been caught using campaign funds for personal expenditures; including vacations, private school tuition and school meals for his children, oral surgery, and air travel for his pet bunny, among other things. He also just recently discontinued $3,000 monthly payments to his wife, Margaret, for “consulting work.” Despite having supposedly paid back $62,000 in personal expenditures, Hunter and his campaign are currently under federal investigation for violating campaign finance laws.

Congressional Watch: Countering the messages of hate

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

On Aug. 11 and 12, a group of “white nationalists” (a watered-down term intended to normalize white supremacists) took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the campus of the University of Virginia, in what was billed as a “Unite the Right” rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Among the group were neo-Nazis — complete with Nazi paraphernalia and symbols — heavily armed white supremacist militia, and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Congressional Watch: The issues around DACA

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, immigration became, once again, one of the key “policy” issues nationwide. I use quotes because there was not much real policy to the pronouncements. Primarily there was vitriol, paranoia and outright bigotry aimed at the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be currently living in the United States.

It began with Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for president, which included invectives against Mexican immigrants. “When Mexico sends its people,” he said, “they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Hearing from our veterans

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members […]

Different reactions to Russia probe

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Scott Peters (D-52) is taking the Trump-Russia probe very seriously, unlike many of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives. On May 9, after Donald Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey for what we now know — by Trump’s own admission — was Comey’s refusal to “drop the whole […]

Town halls, taxes and bunnies

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan […]

The heat in the kitchen

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch To paraphrase a common adage, stuff just got real for Duncan Hunter (R-50). The San Diego Union Tribune has chronicled in detail — during the 2016 campaign and since — the myriad of missteps Hunter has made by using campaign funds for personal expenditures. The House Ethics Committee had been […]

More from U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch (Editor’s note: This is the finale of a two-part interview with U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis. Read the first part at tinyurl.com/z9qs82s.) As a new Congress begins its two-year term, Democrats have their work cut out for them. As the Trump era begins, Democrats will be hard-pressed to counteract the policy […]