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Shays Joins GOP's Odd Protest On Dimly Lit House Floor
Hartford Courant ^ | 8/7/08 | JESSE A. HAMILTON

Posted on 08/07/2008 7:37:38 AM PDT by DallasBiff

WASHINGTON — - A Connecticut congressman took his turn Wednesday in an unusual piece of political guerrilla theater taking place on one of the most prominent stages in the country: the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Chris Shays, the lone New England Republican in the House, stood in the chamber of the recessed Congress — where the lights are low and microphones are off until the session resumes in September — and demanded that the Democratic majority come back to the Capitol and allow a debate on energy policy.

More specifically, Shays and several other Republicans who returned to Washington during this five-week recess want a vote on more oil and natural gas drilling. Shays described their plan as "a comprehensive approach, which also includes drilling."

"We have been deprived of a debate," Shays argued on the floor.

(Excerpt) Read more at courant.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; congress; drillheredrillnow; drilling; election; elections; energy; gasprices; houserepublicans; mccain; obama; oil; pelosi; republicans; shays
Shays(a liberals liberal) sees the freight train coming down the track, especially when $4 a gallon heating oil hits New England this winter(I believe that a majority of the houses in NE are heated with oil), while Queen Nancy thinks her botox face will crash the freight train.

I have a bit of schadenfreude for New England voters since they voted(i.e liberal democrat) for their problems now(high energy prices)

1 posted on 08/07/2008 7:37:38 AM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

If Bush had any political sense.....he’d call a special summer session of Congress to deal with the energy “emergency”.....

......Harry Truman did it in 1948....calling back the “Do-nothing Republican Congress”......and you know what....?

Truman beat Dewey....there are still some who can’t believe it, yet.

Our there any politicians in the White House?


2 posted on 08/07/2008 7:41:30 AM PDT by kjo
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To: DallasBiff
“ ...in an unusual piece of political guerrilla theater taking place on one of the most prominent stages in the country: the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Jesse A. Hamilton ought'a get out more...

3 posted on 08/07/2008 7:41:43 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: johnny7

lol


4 posted on 08/07/2008 7:43:37 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: DallasBiff
"Rep. Chris Shays, the lone New England Republican in the House"

Wow, kudos to Shays for being there but is that a tragic fact or what! At least if Obama challenges him, Shays can say "I know what it's like to be a token."

5 posted on 08/07/2008 7:45:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: DallasBiff

Sigh. There are still a few of us conservatives here in NE. It really is beautiful country, but we have way too many liberals!!


6 posted on 08/07/2008 7:46:53 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: kjo

If Bush had any political sense.....”

Ha, good one!


7 posted on 08/07/2008 7:50:22 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: DallasBiff

This is an opinion piece, right? It definitely isn’t an objective news piece.

I know, MSM isn’t objective but this is getting ridiculous.


8 posted on 08/07/2008 8:04:03 AM PDT by imskylark
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To: DallasBiff
They could have bought a generator at Home Depot w/some lights.. A feed to some cable channel(s) could also have been gained.. plus video feeds to other places..

Wheres the creativity?.. Placards that read WHO TURNED THE LIGHTS OUT?... should be visible..

9 posted on 08/07/2008 8:06:27 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: kjo
“Are there any politicans in the White House”?

Not NO but hell NO, at least not any with any guts !!

10 posted on 08/07/2008 8:14:02 AM PDT by bestrongbpositive
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To: All

We need a vote
Nazi Pelosi AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov

We need emergency session
President Bush comments@whitehouse.gov
202-456-1111

McCain needs to get to Washington where he belongs
It will bring the much needed media attention
http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/


11 posted on 08/07/2008 8:14:30 AM PDT by mouse1 (GO JOHNNY GO!!)
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To: hosepipe
They could have bought a generator at Home Depot w/some lights.. A feed to some cable channel(s) could also have been gained.. plus video feeds to other places.. Wheres the creativity?.. Placards that read WHO TURNED THE LIGHTS OUT?... should be visible..

They can't jury rig a news feed, the lights aren't the problem, the fact that no cameras, except the Cspan feed, are allowed on the house floor. What little video that has come out of there since this started was kind of bootlegged.

12 posted on 08/07/2008 8:16:08 AM PDT by calex59
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To: DallasBiff
"I'd rather be in my district right now. I've got plenty to do." Is he serious?
13 posted on 08/07/2008 8:18:37 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: DallasBiff

Thank-you Rep.Shays for doing the right thing. Support from one CT Yankee to another.


14 posted on 08/07/2008 8:25:21 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: DallasBiff

Here C-Span could be providing a service to the nation, and it fills it’s air time with lesser programming.

I remember back when the Whitewater hearings were on, C-Span claimed it couldn’t cover them because it’s mandate was to cover Congress or the Senate live.

Well, there’s something going on in Congress and where is C-Span? No, it’s not actual official Congressional business, but it is historic in nature.

Others will disagree, but I think C-Span is very prejudiced in the direction of the Democrats.


15 posted on 08/07/2008 8:50:42 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We're a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 2, who won't be voting for McCain.)
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To: DallasBiff

Conservatives should not have allowed this RINO on the floor. He is doing nothing but taking advantage of the publicity that true patriots and true conservatives have created. He is a liberal, gutless, sham and should have been thrown out the moment he stuck his nose in the door.


16 posted on 08/07/2008 8:52:57 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: DallasBiff

The States with the long history of liberalism have the highest gasoline prices. However, their populations still seem to believe that their future lies with government largesse.


17 posted on 08/07/2008 9:10:23 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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To: DoughtyOne

House rules say that the speaker has the power over the cameras. Queen Nan shut them off only she can turn them back on.


18 posted on 08/07/2008 9:26:51 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: DallasBiff
...especially when $4 a gallon heating oil hits New England this winter...

$4 a gallon? I just signed a contract with my heating oil company in CT for $5 a gallon! That was the only way I could get a locked-in price. They offered me $4.79 but only as an adjustable rate. There are plenty of genius nay-sayers out there, but I feel pretty certain that heating oil is going through the roof this winter regardless of what Congress does.

19 posted on 08/07/2008 9:31:17 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: DallasBiff

A rump session isn’t “guerilla theater”.

It’s about two inches away from a regime crisis, which is coming closer and closer.

Keep your powder dry.


20 posted on 08/07/2008 9:32:09 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain't just puttin' on the Ritz)
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To: chris_bdba

Thanks. Then I should cut C-Span some slack on the matter. I appreciate the correction.

Are we allowed to take cameras into the chamber? If so, we should take that video and post it on some Republican sight.


21 posted on 08/07/2008 9:39:20 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We're a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 2, who won't be voting for McCain.)
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To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...

Connecticut Ping!!

The CT Ping list has been dead for a few months, but I'm gonna try to be more active again.

Let me know if you want on or off of this Ping List.

22 posted on 08/07/2008 9:44:40 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan.)
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To: hosepipe
Video feeds?

Heck CSPAN won't run it, drop your own line out the building or use a jury rigged wire to the High Speed Cable out of the building to a Website and Broadcast live on the Web.

Rotate shifts so you have 24 hour coverage.

Fox and all of Talk Radio will Cover it and it will get ground swell support.

Can't the GOP leadership think this up? Gosh are they that inept?

23 posted on 08/07/2008 9:45:59 AM PDT by taildragger (The Answer is Fred Thompson, I do not care what the question is.....)
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To: CT-Freeper

Keep me on it, please. Thanks.


24 posted on 08/07/2008 9:52:36 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: taildragger
[ Can't the GOP leadership think this up? Gosh are they that inept? ]

Duuugh.. (hands on hips) (patronizing glare)

25 posted on 08/07/2008 9:57:30 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: taildragger

They could go to such lengths, but then they’d be violating their own House rules, giving Pelosi and the Dems an issue they’d love to yammer about instead of the energy issue.


26 posted on 08/07/2008 10:18:40 AM PDT by Eroteme
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To: DallasBiff

Is there a listing of the Representatives that are taking part in this protest?


27 posted on 08/07/2008 10:25:51 AM PDT by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: CT-Freeper

keep me on it thanks!


28 posted on 08/07/2008 2:15:17 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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