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Rob Oldham

Rob Oldham is a political writer interested in legislative politics at the state and national levels.


The Obamacare markets: Trump is making Democrats pay for writing an ambiguous law

November 9, 2017
P.L. 111-148 , also known as “Obamacare.” By Rob Oldham Over the last few weeks, the Trump administration has taken an important step in dismantling the Affordable Care Act by… Read More

The 1986 Tax Reform Effort Shows that Republicans Have a Tough Road Ahead

October 11, 2017
Source: By Rob Oldham If there is one thing that unites Republicans as different as Donald Trump, Paul Ryan (WI), and Susan Collins (ME), it is a general… Read More

A Closer Look at a Trump-Schumer Deal to Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

September 19, 2017
Source:, By Rob Oldham President Trump made waves in Washington when he agreed to a deal with congressional Democrats that provides relief from the damage caused by Hurricane… Read More

When Presidents Try to Primary Congressmen

April 6, 2017
Source: by Rob Oldham In Barnesville, Georgia in August 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, recently elected to his second term in 1936, shared a stage with Senator Walter George, the… Read More

When Unified Government Just Isn’t Enough

March 15, 2017
Illustration credit: Wikipedia. by Rob Oldham Don’t sound the alarm just yet, but it looks like the Republican Party’s policy agenda might be in trouble. Without a 60-member Senate… Read More

What Place Will the Filibuster Have In the 115th Congress?

February 8, 2017
Photo credit: by Rob Oldham For the first time in six years, we have unified government. With Republicans in charge of the House and the Senate… Read More

About That Trump Term-Limit Proposal

January 9, 2017
Source: Bill Watterson by Rob Oldham In the waning days of his campaign for president, Donald Trump stoked the anti-Washington sentiment that had drawn in so many of… Read More

Is Too Much Transparency Crippling Congressional Deal-Making?

November 27, 2016
The U.S. Congress: Too much or too little transparency? by Rob Oldham President-elect Donald Trump prides himself on being a deal-maker and has said that he hopes to… Read More

Congressional Earmarks: Are We Better Off Without Them?

October 3, 2016
Source: Data for Social Science Good,  0 0 1 1399 7975 R Street Institute 66 18 9356 14.0… Read More