U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann’s decision to leave Congress marks a changing guard in the anti-tax Tea Party movement as it girds for its next battle later this year over an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling.
While suffering through another snowy winter in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania , last month, Dolores Pohl said she’d sometimes wonder how nice the Florida sunshine would feel on her face. Then the 59-year-old would consider more basic needs and go back to shoveling.
In July, Governor Tom Corbett called penalties on Pennsylvania State University part of a “corrective process” after a sex-abuse scandal. Last week, he sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association for levying them.
The debate over President Barack Obama’s policy on contraceptive coverage is likely to persist, with the two sides struggling to frame the issue as either one over access to birth control or of religious freedom.
Michigan’s swift conversion to a right-to-work state has galvanized advocates of the law, who vow to seek similar legislation nationwide under the battle cry: “If it can happen in Michigan, it can happen anywhere.”