December 10, 1992
WASHINGTON -- In a move that drew cries of outrage fro Republicans, the House Democratic majority decided yesterday to limit televised after-hours speeches by members of Congress to three hours a day divided equally between the two major parties.The Democratic plan, which also would impose a 9 p.m. EST curfew on the previously unlimited "special orders" broadcast by the C-SPAN network, sailed through the party's caucus by a vote of 174-35.Since the House has a lopsided 258-176 Democratic majority, the new rules were expected to be adopted when Congress convenes Jan. 5 despite the Republican protests that they would be deprived of a valuable forum to air minority views on national issues.
August 27, 2002
BALTIMORE COUNTY'S next council and new executive will confront issues that have hung over the state's second-largest jurisdiction for some time: managing development in a county without much open space left, keeping urban problems from destroying aging suburban communities, and ensuring that schools maintain high standards for student achievement. Fortunately, several candidates would bring the experience, new ideas and energy needed to address these potential problems. County executive: Experience is what James T. Smith Jr., a former chairman of the County Council and circuit court judge, has over Joseph Walters Jr. in the Democratic primary.
February 16, 1996
PAT SCHROEDER, Norman Mineta, Tom Bevill. In all, 20 Democrats have decided the Republican takeover of the House means it's time for them to move on. The result could be a firmer hold on the reins of power by the Republican majority. The liberal Democrat likely to replace Kweisi Mfume is in for some rough times.It will take an exceptional person to take on this job. Mr. Mfume had the benefit of Democratic leadership during most of his five House terms. But as Congress changed, so did he, from a --iki-wearing activist to a tailored-suit conciliator able to gain praise even from conservative House Speaker New Gingrich.
August 1, 2002
NEARLY EVERYONE expected the Senate debate over helping retirees buy prescription drugs to end exactly as it did yesterday -- in failure. That doesn't make it less disappointing. Driven by election-year urgency, senators were uncommonly willing to compromise. Other political considerations intervened, however, and they couldn't reach consensus. No senator should be smug about blaming the defeat on the other party. There were plenty of missteps by the Democratic majority, but also lots of Republican feet in the path making sure the Democrats stumbled.
December 19, 2006
The first impulse upon learning of another's sudden ailment or injury is generally sympathy for the individual. But when the fallen is a pivotal figure like South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson, a calculation of the possible consequences quickly follows. Regardless of whether Mr. Johnson recovers from the brain condition that required emergency surgery last week, one message of his sudden disability is clear: Life is so fragile, even for an apparently healthy 59-year-old man, that nothing can be taken for granted.
January 7, 1991
THIS IS A redistricting year, and Republicans look on that prospect with a mixture of hope and desperation. They are hopeful because redistricting means that almost every member of the House will have to face at least some new voters in 1992. Anything that makes incumbents nervous makes Republicans happy, because 61 percent of House incumbents are now Democrats. But Republicans are feeling desperate, too, because once again, the redistricting process will be controlled by Democrats. Republicans assume that Democrats will manipulate the process to preserve their own partisan advantage and that in the 1990s, as in the 1980s, the GOP will be cheated out of a congressional majority.