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Recent articles by David:

Newsom says 95% of Texans pay more than Californians in taxes. But is he correct?

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently proclaimed that “95% of Texans pay higher taxes than Californians.” → Read More

Gas keeps costing more. Would an emergency oil supply help cut prices?

California gasoline prices are soaring again — up more than a dollar over the last month — and the latest big congressional idea for relief involves creating an emergency oil supply tha… → Read More

Federal stimulus checks may start arriving this week. Here’s who gets what and how.

Most taxpayers will get federal stimulus payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent child. But not everyone, and there are no solid estimates of how many people will get the cash. → Read More

‘Part of the problem.’ With Senate in sights, Democrats plot run against how GOP runs D.C.

Democrats need to gain 4 seats, 3 if President Donald Trump loses reelection, to take control of the Senate away from Mitch McConnell & the Republican Party. This is how they plan to challenge incumbents. → Read More

As Congress struggles with trade deal, here are the lawmakers to watch

A new trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico is struggling to find support in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers are concerned about effects on drug prices, labor standards and the environment. → Read More

Give us a Senate majority, Democrats plead at debate. But there would still be trouble

Democratic candidates for president want the party to take control of the US Senate during the 2020 election. But if they unseat Republicans it doesn’t mean Democrats’ health care or immigration policies will pass. → Read More

Under Trump, KC area transit projects see changing fortunes in federal funding

Under President Donald Trump, federal funding for transportaiton projects more often favors rural over urban areas, and road projects over public transit, a McClatchy analysis of data shows. In the Kansas City area, the Turner Diagonal and KC Streetcar are examples. → Read More

Trump states and rural areas grab bigger chunk of transportation grant funds

States President Trump won in 2016, such as Texas, Kentucky and South Carolina, have benefited from a transportation grant program. Instead of promoting innovation, much of the funding supports road projects → Read More

Republicans devise plan to prop up 10 vulnerable House districts with extra cash

In the Patriot Program, 10 GOP Republican congressional incumbents will get extra staff & maybe money for re-election campaigns, since they represent areas where changing demographics could favor Democrats. → Read More

Impeachment? These are the Democrats to keep an eye on

Which Democrats in Congress could play a role in beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump? Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives are key. → Read More

Why Nancy Pelosi isn’t talking Trump impeachment

While many Democrats see momentum for an impeachment inquiry, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is resisting but urging continued investigations → Read More

Should ‘Dreamers’ with DUIs get the same break as a member of Congress?

Democrats want Dreamers convicted of drunk driving to be given the same compassion members of Congress give colleagues with driving under the influence convictions → Read More

Tax the wealthy and big companies for road repairs? Democrats are divided

Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are considering higher taxes on the wealthy and big companies to help fund infrastructure improvements. But other Democrats say no. → Read More

Legislative graveyard? Tended by grim reaper? Welcome to Congress 2019

Senate Democrats charge Republicans have created a “legislative graveyard” for House-passed bills. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell counters that he is indeed the Senate’s “grim reaper.” → Read More

GOP touts infrastructure plan without raising taxes — but will it work?

Republicans are touting a plan to pay for infrastructure improvements that won’t raise taxes -- but will it raise enough money? → Read More

Democrats plan new push on election security, voting rights

Democratic leaders are launching a more aggressive push this month to direct attention to actions in states that they say made it more difficult for minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic, to go to the polls. → Read More

Congress taking a serious look at taxing miles driven

A tax based on miles driven is getting a serious look from both Republicans and Democrats, who see it as an alternative to the federal gasoline tax → Read More

A gas tax hike? Raise taxes on the rich too, Senate Democratic leader tells Trump

Senate Democratic leaders want to make the tax code more progressive before they’ll agree to an increase in the gasoline tax. → Read More

This could be the year passenger fees for airport improvements go up

Congress is weighing whether to increase the fee airline passengers pay for airport improvements, which hasn’t gone up in 19 years. Democrats and conservatives like the idea. → Read More

Here’s how the GOP is going on offense on the Mueller report

Republicans view Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a useful political weapon against Democrats. The GOP is encouraging candidates to say Democrats are wasting the nation’s time and money by investigating its findings. → Read More