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  • Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned By Texas Appellate Court (Tom DeLay for Speaker)

    06/10/2014 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 100 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/19/2013 10:53 am EDT
    A Texas court ruled Thursday to overturn the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who was found guilty of money laundering in 2010. According to KHOU 11 and the Associated Press, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the case's evidence was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions," formally acquitting the former congressman on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • Times “Expert” Says Scandals Aren’t Scandals

    11/28/2012 12:43:05 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | November 21, 2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    — Columbia University has a “director of the center for gender and sexuality law” by the name of Katherine Franke who is considered an authority on sexual matters by The New York Times. Her position seems to be that recent scandals in the news are not really scandalous, except in terms of being sensationalized and overblown by the media. She told the paper that Kevin Clash and David Petraeus were victims of a “sex panic” when they resigned from their respective positions. The Times story written by Elizabeth Jensen and Brian Stelter is noteworthy for the claim that Clash, the...
  • Dems Call For Investigation Into 2006 Van Hollen Race Vote Totals

    04/14/2011 8:29:15 PM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    WTMJ TV 4 Milwaukee ^ | 4-14-11 | WTMJ News Team
    Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate has asked the Government Accountability Board to investigate the vote totals in Waukesha County that showed an apparent discrepancy in the 2006 statewide election. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen won that election by 9,000 votes. The apparent discrepancy involves 17,000 votes. Tate said that the situation is similar to the current issue in Waukesha County concerning the current Supreme Court race. 14,000 votes from Brookfield were not saved in the final total on election night earlier this month. After it was discovered, the unofficial lead in the State Supreme Court race shifted from...
  • (Tom) DeLay jurors warned to focus on case - "too many unrelated questions" (legal decision today?)

    11/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Jurors considering the political money laundering case against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Tuesday delved deep into the evidence, but asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track... DeLay had with him a copy of Empire of the Summer Moon, a recent nonfiction book about the Comanche people and their famed chief, Quanah Parker, and a TouchPoint Bible that allows readers to find Scripture relevant to their lives. "No demons, nor angels nor DAs can keep you separated from the love of Jesus Christ," DeLay said, playing off of...
  • The vultures gather [A blast from the past - Economist predicted Dem Victory 2006!]

    11/01/2010 7:49:38 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 1 replies
    The Economist Magazine ^ | Nov 2nd 2006 | Economist Magazine Staff
    “YOU have been sat here too long for any good you have been doing,” Oliver Cromwell famously declared, as he dissolved the Rump Parliament in 1653. If the polls are to be believed, American voters will say much the same to George Bush's Republicans when they vote in the mid-term congressional elections on November 7th. Although the Republicans may hold on to the Senate, where only 33 of the 100 seats are at stake, almost everyone expects that they will lose the majority they have held in the House of Representatives for the past 12 years. The scent of Republican...
  • DeLay trial will not be moved (will be in Austin)

    08/26/2010 2:41:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/25/2010
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, will be tried on money laundering charges in Austin, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling came as part of pretrial hearings during which DeLay argued he should be tried in Houston, near his home, because the case involves election matters, the Austin American-Statesman reported. His attorney, Dick DeGuerin also argued DeLay could not get a fair trial in Travis County. "I know there's negative feeling about Tom DeLay -- and it's strong," Senior District Judge Pat Priest said, adding DeLay could get a fair trial nonetheless....
  • DeLay says he's ready to fight state ethics charges

    08/17/2010 9:46:07 PM PDT · by DirtyHarryY2K · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Houston Cronicle ^ | Aug. 16, 2010
    AUSTIN — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Monday put the 5-year-old federal investigation into his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff behind him and turned his attention to an impending trial on Texas ethics issues. DeLay said federal prosecutors told his attorneys last week that he had been "cleared" of any criminal violations in their investigation of Abramoff. The formerRepublican lawmaker, who represented Sugar Land from 1984 to 2006, also said he is ready for up to three days of pre-trial hearings slated to start Aug. 24 in Austin on a state money-laundering charge related to campaign...
  • Democratic déja vu

    08/04/2010 2:04:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 4, 2010 | John Podhoretz
    The similarities between the political condition of the Democratic Party in 2010 and the Republican Party's condition in 2006 are growing. One sign of the similarity is the tendency toward hopeful delusion on the part of many Democrats and liberals, which parallels the hopeful delusions of Republicans and conservatives in the run-up to November 2006. Two senior congressional Democrats, Reps. Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters, in hot water with the House Ethics Committee, just as Republicans had to suffer from the cascading effects of the bribery scandal involving San Diego Rep. Duke Cunningham and a sex scandal involving Sen. Larry...
  • Pelosi asks for donations to fend off potential GOP investigations

    06/23/2010 11:14:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking supporters for contributions to help prevent the "subpoenas and investigations" that would result from a GOP majority. In a fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Pelosi says if Republicans take back the House, they'll initiate "endless investigations against President Obama" and "bring back the days of Ken Starr and the politics of personal destruction." "Remember a Republican-controlled Congress that devoted more time to subpoenas and investigations than to solving our country's problems?" Pelosi asks. "There is far too much at stake for our country now to allow it to happen again." Rep....
  • Black lawmakers push to cut back new ethics office

    06/02/2010 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies · 752+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 6/2/10 | BEN EVANS
    Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to scale back the aggressive ethics procedures that Democrats trumpeted after gaining control of Congress. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the new independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens. Black caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the sponsors, but the full 42-member caucus did not endorse the measure. Lee declined...
  • Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel

    03/03/2010 8:05:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 894+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 03/03/2010 Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel Washington, D.C - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning on Chairman Charles B. Rangel: "Chairman Charlie Rangel has informed me of his request for a leave of absence from his duties and responsibilities as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. I will honor his request. "I commend Chairman Rangel for his decades of leadership on jobs, health care, and the most significant economic issues of the day."
  • Chavez-Thompson wins Democratic nomination for Lt Gov (beats Ronnie Earle, Tom Delay prosecutor)

    03/03/2010 7:21:56 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies · 375+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8:08 AM Wed, Mar 03, 2010 | Terrence Stutz
    Labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, capturing 53 percent of the primary vote against two opponents. She now faces incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the fall in a race that will be an uphill battle for the Democrat. Chavez-Thompson used her support from labor and Hispanic groups to establish a strong position in the race and also outspent her opponents - including former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle - by a substantial margin. Chavez-Thompson, 65, of San Antonio, is a former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice...
  • You may be an ethics violator if ...

    03/02/2010 8:42:23 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Much that is wrong with Congress was well illustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's inability to answer a straightforward question about the ethical lapses of one of her most powerful members. Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News asked Pelosi on Sunday whether House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel should have known it was a violation of ethics rules to accept Caribbean trips paid for by special interests.Here's the exchange:
  • Poll: Nearly Half Of Americans Disapprove Of Pelosi's Job Performance

    05/19/2009 11:46:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,821+ views
    mystateline.com ^ | May 19, 2009 | NA
    (Washington, DC) -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is rapidly losing popularity. A telephone poll taken late last week shows 48-percent of Americans don't approve of how Pelosi is doing her job. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll comes as the California Democrat faces intense criticism over what she knew and when about government use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Last week, Pelosi said in a news conference that the CIA lied to Congress in 2002 and 2003 about its use of interrogation methods like waterboarding on terror suspects. Pelosi's new 39-percent approval rating makes her less popular than other congressional...
  • Pelosi Looks To Protect Lawmakers From Investigations

    05/04/2009 8:40:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1,241+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | May 4, 2009
    The most ethical Congress ever. Draining the swamp. Doing away with the culture of corruption. Insert whatever Pelosi talking point you want, Nancy appears to want to insulate federal lawmakers from being investigated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to buffer lawmakers from federal investigators. This is a bad idea. Special legal protections for politicians encourage unethical conduct.Irvin B. Nathan, general counsel of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday about establishing a protocol on how to handle “hopefully rare searches and electronic surveillance involving members of Congress.” Mr. Nathan...
  • Disgraced Evangelical Leader Ted Haggard Says He Struggles With Sexuality

    12/19/2008 8:28:18 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies · 1,635+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2008
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard says in a new documentary that he still struggles with his sexuality yet is committed to his marriage for the sake of his children. Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and was fired as senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs in November 2006 after a former male prostitute went public with allegations that Haggard paid him for sex and used methamphetamine. A father of five, Haggard had said he bought the drugs but never used them. He confessed to undisclosed "sexual immorality" and...
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman's Just Desertion

    08/21/2008 7:02:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies · 241+ views
    Patriotism: Joseph Lieberman will be called a Judas for speaking to the Republican Convention, but he was betrayed by his own party for refusing to support losing a war for political gain. It's only a matter of time before the long knives are unsheathed for Connecticut's "independent Democrat." Al Gore's 2000 running mate still caucuses with the Democrats, which lets the four-term senator maintain his seniority in committee assignments. Lieberman serves in the plum post of chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, where earlier this year he published a powerful and fascinating report on how terrorist groups such as...
  • BUSH LIED? WHAT ABOUT DEMOCRATS?

    06/16/2008 7:04:09 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 12 replies · 286+ views
    nEALZ NUZE ^ | mONDAY, jUNE 16, 2008 | NEAL BOORTZ
    Have you seen this delicious little quote from Pennsylvania Democrat Congressman Paul Jankorski? Why it would seem that Mr. Jankorski is admitting that the Democrats lied about what was going on in Iraq during the 2006 mid-term elections? Here's his quote: "I'll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we ... the Democrats ... that if we won the Congressional elections we could stop the war. Now anybody who was a good student of government would know that wasn't true. "But you know ... the temptation to want to win back the Congress ......
  • Congressman admits Democrats "stretched the facts," misled anti-war supporters

    05/22/2008 9:25:15 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 31 replies · 347+ views
    jeffemanuel.net ^ | 5/22/08 | Jeff Emanuel
    Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) has been a fairly undistinguished member of the House of Representatives for nearly a quarter of a century. He is a career member of the Financial Services Committee who has made little or no name for himself since his first electoral victory, and has maintained incumbency through the funneling of pork back to his district. Even his Wikipedia entry says that Kanjorski "usually plays behind-the-scenes roles in the advocacy or defeat of legislation and steers appropriations money toward improving the infrastructure and economic needs of his district." “But [in] the temptation to want to win back...
  • Iraq Violence Peaked Just Before U.S. Election, Data Shows

    04/08/2008 5:39:08 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies · 301+ views
    CNS News ^ | 8 April 08 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Data from the Defense Intelligence Agency indicates that enemy-initiated attacks on U.S. troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians peaked in October 2006, the month leading up to the U.S. midterm elections. At the time, Vice President Dick Cheney said the insurgents were "very sensitive to the fact that we've got an election scheduled" and were trying to "break the will of the American people." Democrats, who cast the 2006 midterm election as a referendum on Iraq, ended up taking control of both the House and the Senate. The DIA data shows that between November 2006 and May 2007, attacks...
  • Smackdown! By Independents & Moderates

    11/11/2006 5:19:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    CBSNews.com ^ | Nov. 8, 2006 | Dick Meyer
    On Election Day 2006, American voters did almost exactly what history would predict: giving a president in the sixth year of his administration a serious smackdown, as an electorate wary of politicians and parties hedged its bets and chose a divided government. Since World War II, the parties that controlled the White House for two terms have lost an average of 29 House seats and six Senate seats in their second midterm elections. This election fits tidily into that pattern. President Bush bucked another ubiquitous trap of modern presidents when he actually picked up Congressional seats for his party in...
  • Pelosi Falls Short On Election Promises

    02/27/2007 7:15:56 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,183+ views
    The Politico ^ | February 27, 2007 | Daniel W. Reilly and Jim VandeHei
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is discovering the cold truth about governing with a slim majority: It's much easier to promise behavioral change for Congress than to deliver it. Pelosi vowed that five-day workweeks would be a hallmark of a harder-working Democratic majority. So far, the House has logged only one. Lawmakers plan to clock three days this week. The speaker has denied Republicans a vote on their proposals during congressional debates -- a tactic she previously declared oppressive and promised to end. Pelosi has opened the floor to a Republican alternative just once. Pelosi set a high standard for herself...
  • Why anti-immigration conservatives fell flat in 2006

    01/27/2007 8:55:29 AM PST · by spintreebob · 253 replies · 2,855+ views
    Reason magazine ^ | February 2007 | David Weigel
    Former congressional candidate Vernon Robinson sounds resigned, and more than a little tired, when you ask him to explain his defeat. "The 2006 election was not a referendum on immigration," he says. "I would have liked it to be, but it didn't happen." That's an understatement. In the tumultuous political year of 2006, Robinson, a former city councilman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, became one of the country's most notorious voices for a crackdown on illegal immigration. In March, as the Republican-led House of Representatives wrestled with a harsh reform bill that would build a wall on the border and classify...
  • Stem Cells Figure Prominently in 2006 Election

    12/03/2006 1:23:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 564+ views
    Center for American Progress ^ | November 8, 2006 | NA
    Support for embryonic stem cell research played an important role for voters in the 2006 election. The Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative passed in Missouri, and candidates who used support for stem cell research as a central campaign issue were quite successful - 62 percent of races between an opponent and supporter of stem cell research went to the supporter. The key stem cell candidate victories occurred in Missouri and Wisconsin. Sen. Claire McCaskill's support of stem cell research and the embryonic stem cell ballot initiative helped her defeat incumbent Jim Talent in Missouri. And Gov. Jim Doyle won...
  • Lauds liberal viewpoint (THE TRUTH HURTS LAUGH ALERT)

    12/03/2006 8:41:28 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 51 replies · 2,325+ views
    Star Newspapers (Chicago) letter to the editor ^ | December 3, 2006 | Martha Burke Tressler
    Thank you for publishing Paula Morris' guest column (The Star, Nov. 30). Make her a regular, please. Her articulate statement of the liberal position made this almost 72-year-old crone jump up and down and yell. (My dog thinks I'm demented but he has lots of company). Ms. Morris is correct about the backlash. It can be vicious. As I drive to my office each day I pass a building with a sign in flashing light bulbs which has the statement ever since the mid-term election, "al-Qaida celebrates!" Whoever is behind it has a right to his or her opinion but...
  • Runoff set for congressional race Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla vs Democrat Ciro Rodriguez)

    11/22/2006 9:52:26 AM PST · by weegee · 7 replies · 1,296+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2006, 1:44AM | no byline
    A runoff between Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla and his Democratic challenger will be held Dec. 12, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday. Bonilla finished with 49 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 special election. He will face former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, who got about 20 percent of the vote. Early voting will begin Dec. 4. Eight candidates participated in the special election that was called after the U.S. Supreme Court found a portion of the congressional district boundaries unconstitutional.
  • 'Free to Lose' Isn't Good Philosophy for the Right Wing (Mark Steyn)

    11/19/2006 2:39:53 AM PST · by Tom D. · 118 replies · 2,690+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    'Free to lose' isn't good philosophy for the right wing November 19, 2006 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist If Milton Friedman had to die, then a week after the defeat of a Republican Congress that had apparently forgotten every lesson Friedman taught in Free To Choose is eerily apt timing. As it happens, had ill health not intervened, Professor Friedman would have been disembarking round about now from a National Review post-election cruise with yours truly and various other pundits and commentators. Instead, we were obliged to sail without him, and in the days that followed I found myself wondering...
  • Buchanan still ahead after second recount (but Democrat still refuses to concede)

    11/17/2006 9:11:53 PM PST · by Omega Man II · 22 replies · 1,366+ views
    11/18/06 Buchanan still ahead after second recount SARASOTA -- Republican Vernon Buchanan's lead stood at 400 votes as the race's second recount ended Friday at a secure warehouse just outside of town. Buchanan's battle with Democrat Christine Jennings for the 13th District Congressional seat next moved to the Supervisor of Elections office at 2001 Adams Lane for a count of overseas military ballots. The count was to be completed by 5 p.m. Saturday. Veterans Lee Kichen and Rich Swier were on hand to observe the count. Swier represented the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, which comprises "over 50 military, veterans and...
  • 3 Big Losses Last Week (Joseph Farah Salutes Richard Pombo,John Hostettler And Rick Santorum Alert)

    11/16/2006 11:37:54 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 756+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/17/2006 | Joseph Farah
    For most of the press and pundits and, certainly, the party establishments, last week's election was a numbers game. It wasn't so much about personalities and candidates and ideas as it was about how many seats it took for a change in power in the House and Senate. For many, lost in the power politics of Election Day was the fact that some very good men lost their jobs – and with those lost seats, the American people lost dedication, experience and principle. Anyone who knows me understands that I do not suffer fools nor have much patience with politicians....
  • Desperate Congresswomen of Hysteria Lane (Ann Coulter)

    11/15/2006 3:09:01 PM PST · by pogo101 · 52 replies · 2,800+ views
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | November 15, 2006 | Ann Coulter
    In the past week, there are 476 documents on Nexis heralding the magnificent achievement of Nancy Pelosi becoming the FIRST WOMAN speaker of the House. I thought we had moved beyond such multicultural milestones. The media yawned when Condoleezza Rice became the first black female secretary of state (and when Lincoln Chaffee became the first developmentally disabled senator). There were only 77 documents noting that Rice was the first black woman to be the secretary of state, and half of them were issues of Jet, Essence, Ebony or Black Entrepreneur magazine. A New York Times profile of Rice at the...
  • More of the same? Not this Congress (JESSE JAGMO FLATULENTLY GLOATS)

    11/14/2006 10:32:53 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 9 replies · 614+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 14, 2006 | JESSE JACKSON
    As Democrats take control of the House and Senate, many wonder whether it makes a difference. The corporate lobbies aren't gong anywhere -- they started to hedge their bets by contributing to Democrats late in the election. The foreign policy establishment that led us into Iraq and continues to support a global economic posture that benefits the capital but undermines work isn't going anywhere. Does it make a difference? Yes, it does, in ways that are big and small. First, the agenda of the country will change. Consider the six-point agenda that Democrats will pass through the House in the...
  • Election Dissection

    11/13/2006 7:45:50 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 7 replies · 798+ views
    Conservative Outpost ^ | 11/13/06 | Drew McKissick
    As George Bush put it, the Republicans took a “thumpin’” on November 7th. By the time the counting and recounting is finished, the balance of power in the House of Representatives will have essentially flip-flopped, giving the Democrats approximately the same numerical strength that the Republicans had prior to the election. In the Senate, they will hold a one vote majority, providing that recently exiled Joe Lieberman makes good on his word to continue to caucus with the party that abandoned him. That’s the result of what happened on Tuesday, but what actually happened? Well, a lot of things. To...
  • The Republican debacle

    11/13/2006 6:46:36 AM PST · by Small-L · 108 replies · 1,737+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    Two months after Germany's surrender in World War II, British voters dumped the Conservative prime minister who had led the nation to victory -- Winston Churchill -- and replaced him with Clement Attlee, whose Labor Party had won the election in a landslide. Embittered by his defeat, Churchill spurned King George's offer of a knighthood. "I could not accept the Order of the Garter from my sovereign," he said, "when I have received the order of the boot from his people." Last week, American voters gave Republicans the order of the boot, stripping them of at least 29 seats in...
  • The prophet of 11/7

    11/12/2006 6:13:55 PM PST · by Small-L · 11 replies · 829+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2006 | Paul Jacob
    Few election results were less surprising than last Tuesday?s. It?s not as if there was no reason for a general backlash against Republican Party dominance in Washington, D.C. There were, in fact, more reasons to vote against Republicans than for them. The Grand Old Party, in actual operation as a ruling party, had stood by just a few principles. Most people could only name two: Republicans had stuck to their guns on gun ownership rights and on a few tax cuts. But general tax cuts? No. A general tax simplification reform? No. Spending cuts? A resounding no, no, no, echoing...
  • Ballot-bag problems may slow counting of 8th District votes (Washington State, of course)

    11/12/2006 5:34:42 PM PST · by Stoat · 45 replies · 949+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | November 12, 2006 | Stefan Sharkansky
    "Ballot-bag problems may slow counting of 8th District votes" ?King County Elections staff said about 100 bags -- containing up to 20,000 absentee ballots that had been dropped off at polling sites on Election Day -- remain uncounted because of an array of problems caused by the bags' being overstuffed. ?Jim Buck, King County's interim elections director, acknowledged that the problems -- including broken zippers and unclosed bag seals -- could potentially have allowed ballots to be cast after voting ended. Not clear yet whether any of the ballots are actually ineligible, and it's unlikely there could be nearly...
  • Reason Magazine Blogger Finds Pleasure in Tears of Rick Santorum's 8-year-old Daughter

    11/12/2006 10:48:17 AM PST · by Matchett-PI · 286 replies · 5,987+ views
    Right Reason philosophical conservatism. ^ | 11/11/2006 | Francis J. Beckwith
    Reason Magazine Blogger Finds Pleasure in Tears of Rick Santorum's 8-year-old Daughter Because the libertarian universe has no place for the vulnerable, weak, or the dependent--since none are autonomous adult-choosers in search of virtual kiddie porn--it has no qualms in providing a forum in which children and their families can be verbally abused and have profanities hurled at them. Read and weep Julian Sanchez's "Your Tears Are So Yummy and Sweet" in which the writer says he finds joy in the tears of Rick Santorum's eight-year-old daughter, who is pictured crying next to her father as he gives his concession...
  • Mark Steyn: U.S. Must Prove Its Staying Power (Iraq Test Of US Seriousness Alert Mark Steyn Classic)

    11/12/2006 2:42:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 138 replies · 2,970+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    On the radio a couple of weeks ago, Hugh Hewitt suggested to me the terrorists might try to pull a Spain on the U.S. elections. You'll recall (though evidently many Americans don't) that in 2004 hundreds of commuters were slaughtered in multiple train bombings in Madrid. The Spaniards responded with a huge street demonstration of supposed solidarity with the dead, all teary passivity and signs saying "Basta!" -- "Enough!" By which they meant not "enough!" of these murderers but "enough!" of the government of Prime Minister Aznar, and of Bush and Blair, and troops in Iraq. A couple of days...
  • The Architect Speaks

    11/11/2006 10:37:52 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 12 replies · 876+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | November 10, 2006 | Mike Allen
    At the White House senior staff meeting in the Roosevelt Room at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Chief of Staff Josh Bolten thanked Karl Rove for his hard work in the elections, and the group around the big table burst into spontaneous applause. It was a much-needed moment of cheer for Rove, the President's chief strategist, after Republicans lost the House and were headed toward the same fate in the Senate in midterm congressional elections that turned into a blue rip tide of voter ire. "The profile of corruption in the exit polls was bigger than I'd expected," Rove tells TIME....
  • Why The GOP Lost (Hey, Its The Trust, Stupid Alert)

    11/11/2006 4:36:43 AM PST · by goldstategop · 53 replies · 1,247+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/11/2006 | Star Parker
    There's already plenty of punditry about what went wrong. What did the president and the Republican Party do and when did they do it? Robert Novak summed up the consensus view of the Republican wipeout well, writing that "opposition to the war and the president had produced a virulent anti-Republican mood." My point of departure from most of the analysis that I've read would be to disagree that this election was about any single issue. I think this election was about trust. Trust is the glue that holds relationships together. The war, rather than being THE issue, was more a...
  • NPR Complains About John Kerry Coverage, Post Political Editor Boasts He Buried It

    11/09/2006 4:45:16 PM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies · 1,113+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | November 9, 2006 | Tim Graham
    NPR Complains About John Kerry Coverage, Post Political Editor Boasts He Buried It Posted by Tim Graham on November 9, 2006 - 08:48. On the weekend before the election, the NPR show "On The Media" brought their usual liberal criticism of the media to bear, with co-host Brooke Gladstone complaining how the national media was somehow an over-enthusiastic puppy in?coverage of Kerry's don't-be-stupid-and-get-stuck-in-Iraq comment: "But the media can't stop masticating on this latest liberal gaffe like a Washington Monument-sized Snausage." (As in "scrumptious" doggie treat.) Her guest was Washington Post national political editor John F. Harris, who boasted he?succeeded in...
  • The Gloves Are Off (Time For Conservatives To Fight Back Against Bipartisan Cut And Run Crowd Alert)

    11/09/2006 10:16:11 PM PST · by goldstategop · 75 replies · 2,187+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/10/2006 | Melanie Morgan
    The country is buzzing about Rush Limbaugh's post-election comments that he felt liberated now that he would no longer have to shill for those who had not earned his unequivocal support. Limbaugh said, "I feel liberated, ladies and gentlemen, because I feel like I don't have to carry the water for people that I think don't deserve to have their water carried." Limbaugh's success as a talk-radio host comes from his incredible talent at analyzing the lay of the land, breaking down the issues of the day for his audience and seeing things that most people miss when sizing up...
  • Into the Mouth of the Wolf: My Two Cents After Tuesday

    11/09/2006 6:32:50 PM PST · by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net · 1 replies · 432+ views
    Spare Change | November 9. 2006 | Dave Aland
    Living in Italy, one often has the challenge of explaining the workings of American politics to Italians, a people whose own political system can sometimes admittedly resemble a psychedelic jigsaw puzzle of ever-changing design. For such an endeavor, the Italians have a unique way of wishing one luck. They say ?In bocca al lupo?, or ?into the mouth of the wolf.? Tuesday, an evening that henceforth many will think upon as ?the night of long teeth?, the Democrats effected a sweeping re-balance of Congress ? although it should be said that the Democrats did not so much win this week...
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    11/09/2006 1:23:34 PM PST · by MarkDel · 57 replies · 1,018+ views
    Self | Self
    I've been thinking a lot about our devastating losses in the Midterm Election, and trying to ask myself, "Where do we go from here?" In order to properly answer that question, we need to determine HOW we get into this situation where we have lost both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The mainstream media would like you to believe that the 2006 Election signals the end of the so-called "Reagan Coalition" and the beginning of a move to the Left in American politics. I do NOT agree. The Reagan coalition has NOT been destroyed, but I do think...
  • Republican Election Fiasco

    11/09/2006 11:19:29 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 62 replies · 1,321+ views
    (In my article on "The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party" in the Fall, 2006 issue of The New Individualist I analyzed the likely results of a GOP turning more and more to big government, interventionist policies. In that issue TNI editor Robert Bidinotto's piece on "Back to the Future?" looked at the philosophical degeneration of the Republican Party. The results of the party's direction were seen at the polls in the 2006 elections.) November 8, 2006 -- Months of prognostication about the predicted pitiful performance at the polls by Republicans has now given way to prescriptions about...
  • SAUNDERS: Didn't see it coming

    11/09/2006 7:52:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 1,614+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/9/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    YES, I THOUGHT the GOP would do better Tuesday -- I certainly didn't see 28 (as of this writing) House seats going to the Democrats. I thought the GOP was sure to retain the Senate. Democrats beware, however, if you think this was a victory for your party. As Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen noted in a conference call Wednesday morning, Dems won the House by picking candidates who were "running away" from liberal Democratic positions. Independents, who rejected President Bush and congressional GOP leaders, have not signed on to soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda. Yes, I am disappointed. I strongly...
  • Compassionate Conservatism Lost

    11/09/2006 7:25:30 AM PST · by Small-L · 98 replies · 1,493+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Wednesday, November 8, 2006 | Herman Cain
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, likely new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the media will portray Tuesday's takeover as a repudiation of President Bush's leadership on the war in Iraq. The public's media-tinted perception of U.S. progress in Iraq, and its subsequent willingness to vote for Democratic House and Senate candidates does not, however, fully explain the switch in party control. No explanation of the Democrats' takeover is complete without laying partial blame on President Bush's so-called compassionate conservative agenda. The term compassionate conservatism was coined by University of Texas professor and...
  • Indiana Democrats Running As Conservatives

    11/08/2006 8:09:06 PM PST · by do the dhue · 82 replies · 1,049+ views
    wcpo news ^ | 10/21/2006 1:20:31 PM | A.P.
    KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) -- The Democratic challengers considered most likely to unseat incumbent Republican congressmen in Indiana next month are all running as conservatives. Former Congressman Baron Hill's Web site mentions "My Faith in God," "The Sanctity of Marriage," and opposition to late-term abortions. Joe Donnelly says he opposes abortion and wants no part of a mandated troop withdrawal from Iraq. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth campaigns on his career in law enforcement and appears on his Web site carrying a hunting rifle. Ellsworth is running against incumbent John Hostettler in the Eighth District, Donnelly against Chris Chocola in the...
  • AP: Democrats win control of Senate

    11/08/2006 5:34:49 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 483 replies · 23,005+ views
    AP ^ | November 8, 2006
    Democrats win control of Senate with Jim Webb victory in Virginia.
  • STILLWELL - Election 2006: What Went Wrong for the Republicans

    11/08/2006 12:28:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 345+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 10/8/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The midterm elections are over and those who hoped for a Republican victory are still digesting the results. The usual pre-election mainstream media hype led many to the mistaken impression that the Democratic Party's much-vaunted success might not pan out. But in fact, the Democrats did much better than expected, taking the House and possibly the Senate as well. So what does it all mean? Clearly, the Republican Party has in some respects lost its way. The dissension within the ranks over the last few years over issues such as runaway federal spending, illegal immigration, the Dubai ports deal, and...
  • Bush keeps head up despite loss of House

    11/07/2006 11:18:51 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 48 replies · 1,633+ views
    AP ^ | November 8, 2006 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    President Bush struck a businesslike tone Tuesday night as the Republicans lost control of the House, making plans to call the woman poised to become speaker of a Democratic House majority. Bush, unaccustomed to political defeat, planned a morning phone call to Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and made plans to give his take on the midterm election results at an afternoon news conference. Asked if the president was surprised that the House was headed for Democratic control, Snow said it wasn‘t "a slap-on-the-forehead kind of shock."