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About Paul Kane

Paul Kane joined in January 2007 to write a blog about Congress. He previously worked at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the inside politics of Capitol Hill. Kane covered the Senate leadership from late 2000 through 2005 for Roll Call, and in 2006 he covered the ongoing ethical scandals that engulfed the 109th Congress. In 2004, he won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage for Congress from the National Press Foundation, and he was awarded "special citation" from the foundation as a runner-up for the Dirksen award in 2006.

A veteran of congressional coverage since the early days of the Gingrich revolution, Kane came to Washington in 1995, starting at States News Service, the regional wire service that used to provide local coverage out of the capital for smaller papers across the country. His byline appeared in Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe and Bangor Daily News, among other papers. He also worked in the one-person bureau for The Record of Hackensack, N.J. (1998-2000), getting his first real taste of political corruption as he covered the start of an FBI/Justice Department investigation into favors-for-gifts-and-cash allegations against former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.).

Before coming to Washington, Kane took a one-year assignment in 1994 as a copy editor and writing coach for China Daily, the English-language newspaper in Beijing. His daily journalism also includes time spent at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. (1993-1994), and The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. (1992-1993).

A 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware, Kane is a native of Maple Glen, Pa., a suburb just outside of Philadelphia. Go Eagles!

By Editors  |  January 18, 2007; 4:30 PM ET
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Good first blog, but what restaurant was it?

Posted by: Al Eisele | January 19, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Since when is Speaker Pelosi a Republican as noted in the story?

".....Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) bulldozing her agenda....."

Posted by: | January 19, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Paul Kane is so so dreamy. he's my favoritist blogger ever.

Posted by: Otto Fishbein | January 19, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Paul I love the concept behind this blog and I'm already hooked! Beyond congressional leaders it would be great to learn more about the random personalities who try to shape the process (Jolies's, Borgen's, Sachs, etc.). Any window into political outsiders who have an impact could be kind of empowering and something we don't hear much about.

Posted by: rocket | January 19, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure this town is big enough for two Paul Kane's but welcome to the Washington area. I pray your insights into the workings of our government will further the work of our democracy!

Paul Kane

Posted by: Paul Kane | January 19, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

There can be only ONE Paul Kane! Beware, pretender to the throne! The true Paul Kane shall smite thee with his mighty wisdom and insight! his legions of blogbots shall bring ruin upon your house!

Posted by: Otto Fishbein | January 19, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Great blog P.K.! Question on corporate jet/AF1 use though: Much of the time previous candidates have combined presidential campaign stops with legit/conveniently planned (ahem) presidential stops. So how would the rulewriters be able to distinguish the two?
Keep up the stellar rise!

Posted by: Hook'em | January 22, 2007 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Are those plugs?

Posted by: Dr. Butrose | January 23, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey there Paul,

Just want to let you know lest you fall prey to the House Republicans' bit of chicanery on this Sunkist stuff--the only territory the min. wage bill applies to is the Northern Mariana Islands...American Samoa has had a wage review board in place for years and years that allows it to keep its wages lower that the federal min. If Republicans are so outraged by this so-called exemption than they could have gotten rid of it anytime they were in power because the "exemption" has been in place for some time now.

The bill only mentions the northern marianas--there's no mention of American Samoa or any other territory. You can read the bill very easily for yourself: it's H.R. 2 and very short.

Republicans could say that Dems are creating an even worse double standard than already exists by making the mariana islands companies pay the min. wage. But the truth is--the double standard with american samoa has existed for years--with places like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which abide by the fed. min. wage while American Samoa does not and has not. But that would implicate Republicans since they sat idly by for the last 12 years and said nothing about America Samoa's exemption...

Posted by: Sunkist fatigue | January 25, 2007 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck, PK. Very happy for you. You're a class act.

Posted by: Jonathan | January 30, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck, PK. Very happy for you. You're a class act.

Posted by: Jonathan | January 30, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Tell Ben Bradley - if he's still at the Post - FU! - that's from LBJ.

Posted by: HILLARYisAshemale | February 6, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This was an awesome story. I absolutely loved it....Great Job Dude...your writing rocks!

Posted by: Karen Robbins | February 15, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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