Thursday, January 20, 2011

Think Progress Picks a Beef (Updated)

(Update appears below.)

Think Progress  picked up my article in The Loop 21 questioning whether Rep. Giffords should be allowed to hold onto her seat. Currently, there are no federal laws or guidelines on medically incapacitated officeholders. Recent history - and for that matter history in general - offer little other than it is solely at the officeholder's discretion. That's not good enough for constituents. They deserve better.

One thing Think Progress gets wrong is my affiliation as a conservative. I am not. I have written at numerous outlets - both progressive and conservative - and maintain close ties with them. However, I am a Democrat.

*Update* The Huffington Post ran my article in full here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-s-wilson/post_1607_b_811853.html

*Update 2* The Tuscon Sentinel just posted my article as well: http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/012011_giffords_resign

*Update 3* Keith Olbermann did an entire segment on this piece on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.









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A proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, John is currently a Master's of Public Health candidate at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University  where he is studying health policy & management. He is also a weekly contributor to theloop21.comand founder of So Educated (www.soeducated.com), an education policy and reform blog focused on widening the debate surrounding education and empowering parents and teachers - frequently the least thought of. 

Areas of interest include health care reform and education reform, particularly: access to health care, health care exchanges, and Medicare and Medicaid; in addition, charter schools,  K-12 funding, and educational equality.
John is wholeheartedly determined to contribute to the rapidly changing dialogue in the health care and education communities. He has made continuous contributions by conducting research, publishing articles, interviewing practitioners and professors, and engaging students through on-campus organizations.

John's publishings have appeared in fora such as: The Orlando Sentinel, The Huffington PostThe Daily VoiceWiretap magazineBlack Web 2.0The Daily CalifornianNewMajority.comClub RelafordHipHopRepublican.com and Policy Net

Previously, he served as a legislative fellow in the offices of the Honorable David Englin (D) and  David Bulova (D) of the Virginia House of Delegates, in the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions, respectively. John also interned in the office of the State Attorney General of Virginia, and completed a Governor's Fellowship in the Office of Gov. Bob McDonnell where he worked with the deputy secretary of health on projects regarding aging, HIT and disability.

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