No doubt there were scores of screaming tweens at Taylor Swift’s concerts this week in Washington D.C.
There also were members of Congress – plenty of them. (Let’s, for a moment, skip the lyric-based puns about there being “Bad Blood” between Democrats and Republicans.)
Among those raking in dollars to Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Shake it Off” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” was Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a U.S. Senate candidate in California. Golden State Reps. Eric Swalwell of Dublin and Doris Matsui of Sacramento also were scheduled to hold fundraisers at the show.
Sanchez’s campaign reports that her reception at Nationals Park was sold out; 20 people at $1,000 apiece. Interestingly, perhaps, an invitation for the 1989 World Tour event lists as the host the National Association of Convenience Stores, a trade association for roadside shops and gas stations.
Sanchez, along with Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, introduced the NACS-backed Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act in response to the retail food industry’s concerns about the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling requirements.
The legislation would, among other things, delay retailers’ compliance date of the FDA rules by two to three years and exempt some non-restaurant businesses from posting calories … leaving on their menus a … “Blank Space.”