Posted by Samantha Bayne

Life from 30,000 feet up: is this time unique?

Life from 30,000 feet up: is this time unique?

By: Samantha Bayne Living and learning in Washington, D.C. has been a strange experience. The shutdown is nearing the end of its twentieth day with no resolution in sight. Federal workers are now protesting outside of the Capitol. Restaurants near the Federal Triangle stay empty at lunchtime. Rush hour on the Metro has felt as … Continue reading

Policy, Not Politics: Uniting Beyond What Divides Us

Policy, Not Politics: Uniting Beyond What Divides Us

By: Samantha Bayne The legislative director for Senator Grassley, James Rice, suggested that we can all find common ground on policy, but not politics. Our discussions over the past few days have revealed the strong divisions in this country, but Mr. Rice shows that bipartisanship might still be possible. Even in the incredibly tense times … Continue reading

Meeting a Boston local

Meeting a Boston local

When we first learned we were visiting Senator Markey’s office, I was a little confused. He is the junior Senator from Massachusetts — what does that have to do with Iowa? My grandparents live outside of Boston, and I was just there a few days ago, so I was curious to see what the Senator … Continue reading

Shutdown & Show Up: Expectations Essay

It is certainly a chaotic time to be arriving in the District of Columbia. A clock ticks and ticks on national news channels, tallying each second that has passed since the government shutdown first began. Uncertainty plagues the nation as 800,000 or so federal employees wait to see their next paycheck. Bipartisanship seems at its … Continue reading