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NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ISSUES STRATEGIST
Bob Weiner, a national issues and public affairs strategist, has been spokesman for and directed the public affairs offices of White House Drug Czar and Four Star General Barry McCaffrey, the House Government Operations Committee and Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and the House Narcotics Committee, and was Chief of Staff for the House Aging Committee and Chairman Claude Pepper (D-FL). He also was Legislative Assistant to Ed Koch of New York and a political aide to Ted Kennedy (D-MA) for his Presidential and Senate races. Bob worked at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate as youth voter registration director in 1971-1972 when the constitution was amended to allow 18-year olds the vote.
Since he left the White House in 2001, Bob heads up a public affairs and issue strategies company, Robert Weiner Associates. He is a regular political analyst on Radio America and has appeared on Bill Maher, CNN Crossfire, Today, Good Morning America, and the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening news. He is widely published in columns he writes on national issues in major papers throughout the country including recently the Washington Post, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Atlanta Constitution, New York Post, Washington Times, Sacramento Bee, Palm Beach Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Adweek. He is also regularly quoted in key media coast-to-coast, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, AP and Reuters, concerning the presidential campaign and national issues.
Monday, May 20, 2019 Conyers Continues at 90
Long-time progressive Congressman Conyers at 90th says don't impeach Trump but keep investigating, most proud of King Birthday bill, happy about reparations progress, hopeful for single payer, keep fighting voter suppression, all-in for Biden
(2 comments) Friday, May 3, 2019 China to build Moonbase To Mars within decade, US Lagging
Space exploration offers unknown opportunities to not only improve the quality of life on Earth, but the quality of our species. Knowledge is power, and right now China is usurping American power. The new developments from Beijing should spark a fire in the White House, because returning to the Moon in 2024 isn't progress it's a lack of political will. Trump needs to commit to the Mars expedition and beat China.
(1 comments) Friday, April 26, 2019 Neal's Hard Health Choices and the Medicare Pay-For Myth
Workers and unions have always understood that they will be the ones paying for healthcare for families if the government does not. Right now it's a mess where the USA pays twice the cost of other civilized countries. Health costs are the #1 reason for private bankruptcies.
(1 comments) Tuesday, February 12, 2019 "Ageism" Wrong Against Old or Young in Politics and Workplace, from Clyburn to Ocasio-Cortez
"Ageism" against old or young, from Jim Clyburn to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is wrong in politics and the workplace. The popular misconception is that old (or young) politicians can't fix today's problems. From the youngest to the oldest, we should elect, re-elect or defeat politicians because of what they bring to the table, not their age.
(6 comments) Friday, February 1, 2019 Amid The Chaos, Hope from Washington: Election Reform First Up in House
Amidst the chaos of the longest-ever shutdown finally ended, the Russia investigations, and general gridlock, there is hope in Washington. Under the radar of the media reports of the big presidential controversies, the first hearing in the new Congress, in the House Judiciary Committee was on a terrific bill this week -- the "For the People Act".
(1 comments) Monday, December 24, 2018 The New Politics and the Speech That Will Save America
The only way to reclaim political language is to elect people who will not abuse language. This means electing politicians who answer the tough questions in good faith, and not merely politicians who tell us what we want to hear.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 Reforms Against Partisan Gridlock Would Protect Incumbents Too
For nearly the last two decades, public disdain of Congress has been building, punctuated about every four years, such as in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018, by wave elections that sweep the majority from power. No matter which party holds the Speaker's gavel or the size of their majority, the public views Congress as paralyzed by obstructionists and mired in indecision.
(1 comments) Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Private Prisons -- Justice for Corporate Bottom Line
The Department of Justice has found that private prisons "had more frequent incidents of contraband finds, assaults, uses of force, lockdowns, guilty findings on inmate-discipline charges, and selected categories of grievances." In other words, private prisons are more unsafe, more unjust and less effective than government-run prisons. So why would any state use them?
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials
People occupying the highest positions in government should be treated the same under the law as our most egregious private sector criminals. The Flint water crisis and the recent imprisoning of immigrant children in cages, away from their parents, are cases in point.
(3 comments) Monday, October 22, 2018 Inauguration Slush Fund: Where Did the Money Go? We Still Don't Know
There is no day that defines the institution of the Presidency more than the inauguration. From Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address to JFK's first, inauguration day is a celebration of peaceful transfer of power. Yet according to FEC filings and reporting by OpenSecrets, of the $106 million raised, more than double the amount by either of Obama's inaugurations, it is still almost entirely unclear how most was spent.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Working Families' Children Could Fall Off Food "Benefit Cliff"
Piles of evidence link consistently available food to academic performance among schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this research has been ignored by the House leadership, who have included a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that would jeopardize free meals at school for many vulnerable children from working families.
(1 comments) Thursday, July 19, 2018 Government Failures Still Hurting Puerto Rican Recovery
The wide media coverage of the President's throwing paper towels as a symbol of helping in a news conference, during his October trip to Puerto Rico, was only a half-told story. One person in the room told us, "We wanted to show we need more than paper towels. We actually wanted to throw them back."
(3 comments) Friday, July 6, 2018 Washington's Latest Budget Cruelty Hurts Detroit and Nation's Vulnerable
On June 19, House Republicans released a proposal that would balance the federal budget in nine years by cutting entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. Two days later, the House passed a farm bill that would stop more than a million people from receiving food stamps. Those struggling across the nation deserve a government that will help them and not the uber-wealthy.