Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

Presidential Candidates Will Need to Listen

The most recent AP-GfK poll found something interesting. Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him… Read more »

Trading Symbolism for Substance

Last week Democrats in the House started attaching an amendment to appropriation bills curtailing the display of Confederate flags on graves in federal cemeteries and the sale of the Confederate flag in national park gift stores. When some Southern representatives objected to it, Speaker Boehner was forced to bring the whole process to a halt…. Read more »

Daylight Video

While I was visiting Lake Superior last week this song by Dan Fogelberg was on my mind. It tells a lovely story, but the thing that has always impressed me about it is that you can feel the motion of the water and the waves in the music. For those of you who are not… Read more »

Rough Day on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Today was pretty rough and tumble on the presidential campaign trail. Donald Trump escalated his recent feud with Sen. John McCain during his appearance at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. Sarcastically, Trump quipped, “He’s a war hero because he was captured.” Then, he added, “I like people… Read more »

Economic Forecast for 2016 Election

The New York Times asked 17 economists to weigh in with their predictions about the economy leading up to November 2016. Overall, it’s not good news for anyone who wants to run for office on complaints about “the Obama economy.” They said they believed that unemployment would be the lowest it has been during an… Read more »