Meet with Your Congressman, But at a Cost



I’m handing out a few chanclasos to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and to any other elected official who onlyholds private events with a cover charge. During a congressional recess period, members of Congress usually hold a few town hall meetings in their districts that are free and open to the public.  Rep. Ryan has decided not to do that during the August break, opting instead to work with a third party that is charging $15 per person to attend a closed meeting with him. Someone needs to tell Rep. Ryan and all the othersinvergüenzapoliticians that they don’t need to make every event a fundraiser. Each elected official should hold free and open town hall meetings with their constituents. Isn’t it enough that these people put them in office with their votes, an invaluable gift? No need to fear or charge the people you are serving.

Wow! Just wow! In case you haven’t read it, you should definitely take 30 minutes out of your day and read Yahoo!’s Charlie Robinson’s piece on the University of Miami’s athletic program. From 2002 to 2010, Nevin Shapiro, a University of Miami booster, was doling out cash to athletes, which is a major violation of the NCAA.  From the report, it looks as though coaches were complicit, which is another major NCAA infraction. The University of Miami is a repeat offender and could be in line to get the so-called death penalty, which is the harshest punishment meted out by the NCAA. Un chanclaso para la Universidad de Miami. Y un aplauso para Charlie Robinson for doing some great investigative reporting.


Un aplauso to Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont for marrying a lesbian couple in his office, thus keeping a campaign promise.  Gov. Shumlin has been an advocate of marriage equality in Vermont and helped lead the way in his state for marriage equality. Orale!


For many Latinos, a chancla is more than summer footwear. The flip flops on our mothers’ feet were also impromptu and easily accessed weapons. Back talk, ignoring orders or fighting with your siblings could, without warning, result in a chancla on the rear end or, if distance was a factor, flying at you.Now we’re all grown up. But some people still deserve chanclasos. And we’re going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Every Friday, Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand. Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, being on the wrong end of the chancla could get you one or two chanclasos. Sergio will also give aplausos to those who make us proud.You’ve been warned. Now, behave!

Blog originally published on August 19, 2011

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Sergio Lopez is a San Antonio, Texas native based in Washington, D.C. His weekly blog, El Chanclaso, examines political shenanigans and current events with a chancla firmly in hand and ready to fire. See who gets hit and who dodges with an aplauso. Consider yourself warned. Now, behave!