Republican Senators singing like canaries in Trump’s coal mine

Canary in a coal mine – Wiktionary

An allusion to caged canaries that miners would carry down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately.

Donald Trump supports coal mines. Donald Trump, as president, promises to restore thousands and thousands of jobs to an industry whose better days are long gone. But Trump does not understand the value of a canary in a coal mine. Continue reading

Nuclear options

The country, it seems, is drinking in national and international politics through a fire hose these days. So it’s probably practical, from a commentary point of view, to combine issues wherever possible.

The United States Senate today will vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Given the partisan divide in the country, Gorsuch will only get a few more than the bare minimum number of votes needed for confirmation. Continue reading

Kristy Mazurek, Queen for a Day; Interpreting the Constitution; A DC chain reaction

With all the things that have been happening in the world of local politics lately, this post is for doing a little catching up on some other stuff.

What shall it proffer a woman …

Ok, just one more speculation piece (for now) about Pigeongate. From what is being indicated in Sunday’s News story about Kristy Mazurek, and from what Joel Daniels is quoted about, it sounds like Mazurek has signed what lawyers call a proffer agreement, aka “Queen for a day.” It is a document that promises the prosecutors will not prosecutor you for what you say in an interview – unless they learn something else about you that they can get you on. Continue reading