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Sally Persons

Sally Persons

Sally Persons covers politics for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Sally Persons

The number of true “swing” districts has dropped more than 50 percent compared to 20 years ago, from 164 seats down to just 72 after the 2016 election, said the Cook Political Report. ut of the 92 swing districts that “vanished,” more than 80 percent of them disappeared because voters moved around, in a process demographers call “self-sorting” — not because lawmakers drew themselves safer districts, the analysis said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress has 20 percent approval rating: Poll

Congress's brief surge in popularity didn't last long. After leaping to 28 percent approval in February, Capitol Hill has sunk back to 20 percent in the latest Gallup survey as voters quickly soured on lawmakers. Published April 13, 2017

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney arrives at the Capitol with President Donald Trump to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul, in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Mick Mulvaney, OMB director, touts end to federal hiring freeze

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday touted an end to the federal hiring freeze announced in January, saying the new guidance is in line with President Trump's pledge to run a more efficient government. Published April 12, 2017