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  • Commerce Secretary Bryson Resigns

    06/21/2012 11:57:46 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera
    WASHINGTON -- Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, saying the seizure that he suffered on June 9 that led to two San Gabriel Valley hit-and-run accidents could be a distraction in the job. "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department," Bryson wrote to President Obama in a letter dated Wednesday.
  • DATA SNAP: US March Factory Orders Post Biggest Drop In 3 Years

    05/02/2012 7:21:55 AM PDT · by sunmars · 27 replies
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. factory orders fell at the sharpest pace in three years in March, a sign that demand is slowing amid an uneven economic recovery. Orders for manufactured goods declined 1.5% to $460.46 billion, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That matched expectations of economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires. Factory orders over the previous month were revised down, as well, to a 1.1% increase from an initial estimate for a 1.3% gain.
  • Commerce nominee appears to endorse world government in video, Republicans say

    06/07/2011 7:02:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/7/11 | John Rossomando
    Does John Bryson, Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, want a world government? Critics say a newly uncovered video of the nominee suggests that he does. In the video – given to The Daily Caller by sources on Capitol Hill – Bryson refers to the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen as “the closest thing we have to a world governance organization,” implying it provided the best model for imposing climate regulations on countries around the globe. Bryson also boasts about his role as an adviser to the U.N. secretary general on climate change in the video.
  • Obama names businessman Bryson to Commerce post

    05/31/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, a White House official said Tuesday. Bryson's appointment brings another private sector player into an administration that has been making a concerted effort to improve its relationship with the business community.
  • Census workers share their horror stories

    06/01/2010 4:00:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,637+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 1, 2010 | John Crudele
    A guy I'll call Mike has worked for Census 2010 several times in California over the past two years. The last time, he was trained at a facility that was an hour's drive from his home. He was paid for his commuting time at $17 an hour -- which is what he also got while working and training. Mike says that he, like everyone else, was also given 50 cents a mile for gasoline. The last time Mike worked for Census, the job lasted two weeks. He and the rest of his class had been promised eight weeks. Mike says...
  • Was the US 2010 Census used to prop up the (PO) by sending...wasteful mail to every American?

    05/16/2010 4:50:27 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 36 replies · 787+ views
    Hill Buzz ^ | 15 May 2010 | Unknown
    Here’s a theory we’d love your help researching. Last night, we were all talking about the crazy amount of mail everyone’s received about the 2010 Census. We don’t remember this much mail in 2000, or in 1990, the other two censuses we were aware enough to take note of. The Census mailed letters advising Americans a census was happening. Then, the government sent letters asking if the first letters were received. It seems letters were sent informing the public that more letters would be coming telling them to expect letters that would give further details about expecting more letters, and...
  • Census will count gay couples who check "husband or wife"

    03/30/2010 9:10:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies · 665+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 30, 2010 | Lornet Turnbull
    Gay and lesbian couples who share a home may identify one another as "husband or wife" on their 2010 census forms if that's how they view their relationship — even if they have not legally married in any of the places where it is allowed. And whatever they say on that form is precisely how the government will count them. Advocates who have long sought a complete count of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say this falls short but is still a partial breakthrough — one they say offers tacit acknowledgment of the very relationships the federal...
  • The IRS Will Enforce Mandatory Healthcare Using the Honor System

    03/29/2010 6:18:29 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 20 replies · 930+ views
    GoingConcern.com ^ | 24 Mar 2010 at 12:25 PM | Joe Kristan
    (Please click on the original to see the linked articles, important further reading) 24 Mar 2010 at 12:25 PM / IRS, TAXES, TAXES: BECAUSE WE'RE THE LITTLE PEOPLE / Comments The IRS Will Enforce Mandatory Healthcare Using the Honor System By JOE KRISTAN 57 Share Share Email How much tax would you pay on April 15 if the IRS couldn’t levy on your bank account, slap you with a lien, charge you penalties and interest, or send you to jail? Not much, eh? Then ponder the rules forcing individuals to buy “minimum essential coverage” under Obamacare. The forced purchase of...
  • Census Bureau Will Count Self-Identified Same-Sex Couples as ‘Married’

    03/14/2010 8:08:58 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 28 replies · 936+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/12/10 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Census Bureau has changed its interpretation of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to allow it to tabulate same-sex couples who self-identify their union as a marriage, even though DOMA prohibits any federal agency from recognizing same-sex unions as marriages. Prior to the Obama administration, the Census Bureau said that DOMA prohibited the Bureau from tallying homosexual couples as being married. The Bureau plans to issue a report on its same-sex married data that is separate from its nationwide census report. “What we agreed to do in 2010 is that since some people are answering that they...
  • American middle class dream is slipping away

    01/27/2010 10:59:50 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 35 replies · 1,085+ views
    Yahoo India News (IANS) ^ | January 27, 2010
    New York, Jan 27 (IANS) The American middle class dream is fast getting out of reach for more and more people as tough economic times take toll on their incomes and quality of life, says a study by the US Commerce Department. More than 90 percent Americans consider themselves to be middle/working class, with only one percent calling themselves 'upper class' and seven percent 'lower class', according to a 2005 survey by the New York Times. But according to the new report titled Middle Class in America, the Americans' dream to reach the middle class is becoming increasingly difficult. The...
  • US Census Survey

    01/24/2010 2:36:37 PM PST · by Hulka · 125 replies · 4,633+ views
    Self | 01-24-2010 | Hulka
    Recently completed the census "long form" that includes demographic information. Sent it in. Received this evening a call from someone saying they are from the Census and they are calling to verify information on the form. I told the heavily accented mexican woman calling that I will not discuss personal information over the phone, that if they want to verify information they can do so by coming by my address and speaking to me directly. She insisted I speak with her. I declined. She then said she can provide me a telephone number to call to verify she is with...
  • Census Question Has Designation As NEGRO.

    01/15/2010 8:34:21 AM PST · by Marty62 · 8 replies · 364+ views
    6. IJWhat is this person’s race? Mark K one or more boxes. White Black,African Am., or Negro American Indian or Alaska Native — Print name of enrolled or principal tribe. C Asian Indian Chinese Filipino Other Asian — Print race, for example, Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian, and so on. C Japanese Korean Vietnamese Native Hawaiian Guamanian or Chamorro Samoan Other Pacific Islander — Print race, for example, Fijian, Tongan, and so on. C Some other race —
  • 2010 census lacks citizenship question

    01/11/2010 10:17:34 AM PST · by paltz · 24 replies · 1,358+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 1/11/10 | Kerry Picket
    This year, the United States Census Bureau is taking heat for question 9 on the new census form which reads: "What is Person 1's race?" -- the second option reads: "Black, African-Am., or Negro." Census officials defend their decision for the category, saying that a number of individuals wrote in "Negro" in the 2000 census. Actually, the 2000 Census included the same race options as the 2010 census form. However, what is striking in the 2010 census form is the lack of citizenship or birthplace question.
  • 'Negro' on Census Form Causes Stir

    It's a new decade, which means that the U.S. Census Bureau is hard at work getting the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out a 10-question form that determines how the federal government doles out its money. But one question is causing some controversy. Specifically question No. 9 asks "What is Person 1's race?" The answer choices are "White; Black, African-American, or Negro; American Indian or Alaska Native." The Grio reports that many older blacks preferred to be called "Negro." "Some prefer it because of their complexion, whether they're light-skinned or dark," said Jeanne R. Stanley, a retiree...
  • "They are all Democrats", a census insider told me.

    01/10/2010 4:42:12 AM PST · by brucek43 · 25 replies · 2,354+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 12/10/2010 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    "They're all Democrats," a census insider told me. I was asking the official speaker at the morning census information workshop some rather pointed questions about how they plan to count illegal immigrants and what they plan to do with that data. The insider was the supervisor of the four county census supervisor giving us the hygienic explanation about what we have to do on April 1. clearing house out from under the Department of Commerce and to relocate it within the confines of the White House. The pat answer the spokeswoman told us is: "both documented and undocumented workers will...
  • OBAMA’S SHEMALE CABINET SURPRISE

    01/09/2010 4:00:58 PM PST · by Tamar Rush · 97 replies · 2,811+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Jan. 09, 2010 | The Last Crusade
    Don't pack a sweater-girl THE ROAD TO HELL - - PART 9,762 thelastcrusade.org No man like her has ever occupied a prominent cabinet post. But President Obama, in an effort to display his solidarity with gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders has appointed Amanda Simpson to serve as a Senior Technical Advisor at the Department of Commerce. “I’m truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be...
  • White House silent on Obama transgender 'appointee'

    01/06/2010 6:49:10 AM PST · by bogusname · 18 replies · 1,139+ views
    WND ^ | January 05, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling and Kathleen Farah
    According to various media reports, President Obama has hired a transgender woman as a senior adviser at the Commerce Department – but the White House is refusing to confirm the appointment. Mitchell Simpson, now known as "Amanda" following a sex change, is said to have been appointed senior technical adviser at the Commerce Department. He purportedly began work today. The Commerce website now lists an "Amanda Simpson" in its directory along with a Bureau of Industry and Security e-mail address. The directory does not list a phone number for "Amanda." The Obama administration has not officially announced the appointment, and...
  • President Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department

    01/04/2010 10:12:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,572+ views
    ABCNews ^ | January 04, 2010
    Political Punch Jake Tapper President Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department. President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson [Pic in URL] to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. In a statement, Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality's board of directors, said that "as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others." While Simpson is clearly one of the first transgender presidential appointees, Democratic officials say they're unsure if she is...
  • Obama Hires Trans Woman Amanda Simpson (Orbamogasm)

    01/01/2010 3:33:00 PM PST · by pabianice · 84 replies · 3,889+ views
    Amanda Simpson, who has served on NCTE’s Board of Directors for the past 3 years, has been appointed by the Obama Administration as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. She’ll be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security. “I’m truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.” Simpson...
  • US Relinquishes Control of the Internet

    11/26/2009 4:00:18 PM PST · by jonatron · 17 replies · 1,744+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | 30 September 2009 | Bobbie Johnson
    Icann – the official body that ultimately controls the development of the internet thanks to its oversight of web addresses such as .com, .net and .org – said today that it was ending its agreement with the US government. The deal, part of a contract negotiated with the US department of commerce, effectively pushes California-based Icann towards a new status as an international body with greater representation from companies and governments around the globe. Icann had previously been operating under the auspices of the American government, which had control of the net thanks to its initial role in developing the...
  • The US lets go of the internet – will anyone notice?

    10/15/2009 12:04:24 AM PDT · by bogusname · 18 replies · 1,230+ views
    NewScientist ^ | October 13, 2009 | Gareth Morgan
    POLITICAL power is rarely ceded without good reason. So eyebrows were raised last week when the US Department of Commerce decided to relax its grip on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body responsible for the naming system that ensures that when you type a web address, your browser knows where to go. In future, governments and other international organisations will be able to nominate staff to sit on one of ICANN's three newly created steering committees, something the DoC had resisted for years. "What it really means," says ICANN's chief executive Rod Beckstrom, "is that...
  • U.S. Commerce Department: U.S. economy worst in 50 years

    04/29/2009 3:11:22 PM PDT · by Flavius · 25 replies · 1,010+ views
    .bizjournals ^ | April 29, 2009, | Triangle Business Journal
    It's official. The United States is mired in its worst economic downturn in half a century, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Data released by the department show that the U.S. economy shrank by 6.1 percent during the first three months of the year – a full percentage point worse than what analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had been predicting.
  • Team Obama Announces It Will Use Community Organizations Like ACORN For Census Count

    04/03/2009 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 1,285+ views
    FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2009 Team Obama Announces It Will Use Community Organizations Like ACORN For Census Count Change! Team Obama confirmed today that they will use community organizations like ACORN for the census count. ACORN will help count the illegal immigrants, or as Speaker Pelosi calls them, the "American patriots." CNS News reported, via Mere Rhetoric: The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census. The Census is used to apportion the...
  • Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010

    04/02/2009 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 2,311+ views
    Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010 Thursday, April 02, 2009 By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter (CNSNews.com) - The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census. The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representative. There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census. States...
  • Source: Obama taps Groves for census director

    04/02/2009 12:12:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 955+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2009 | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has chosen Robert M. Groves to be the next census director, turning to a professor who has clashed with Republicans over the use of statistical sampling to lead the high-stakes head count. The White House will announce the selection of Groves on Thursday, a Commerce Department official told The Associated Press. The official demanded anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak before the announcement.
  • [Commerce Secretary] Locke Pushing Census Into Democrat-Rich Areas

    03/30/2009 3:38:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 599+ views
    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is urging census volunteers to reach out to hard-to-count communities, where Hispanic and Asian immigrants often mistake the workers as law enforcement officials or tax collectors. In his first public appearance as secretary, Locke spoke at a training conference Monday held by the Census Bureau for partnership groups ranging from AFL-CIO to the NAACP and Vote Latino. He stressed that personal information submitted on the census form will be kept absolutely confidential.
  • Foxes guarding the chicken coop - or having ACORN help with the census

    03/21/2009 6:12:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 499+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 21, 2009 | Stephanie Gutmann
    It was good in the seventies and if anything the "certified angry militant" gig has only gotten sweeter over the years. Just look at the growing budget of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, otherwise known as ACORN. In one city alone -- Baltimore -- ACORN gets $50,000 a year to provide "housing counseling [to] low and moderate income people" -- and it has 1,200 local chapters in 110 American cities. ACORN has had a busy year. Last year it threw itself into the task of getting new voters registered in time for the presidential election. But the...
  • HOLY COW!!!! AGAIN!!!!! ACORN Hired by Department of Commerce

    03/21/2009 6:18:33 AM PDT · by AJMCQ · 17 replies · 962+ views
    The Commentary ^ | March 18th 2009 | Uncredited
    When we last discussed ACORN they were engaging in criminal breaking and entering of foreclosed homes. Before that, ACORN ran the largest voter fraud in American History, they were convicted of, or being investigated for voter fraud in 14 states (marked in red above-Map from Rottenacorn). Now the Democrat’s favorite voter fraud group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has a new opportunity to destroy the constitutional right of “one man-one vote.” They have been contracted by the Census department to hire local census workers. That’s right, the same group that registered Mickey Mouse to vote in...
  • ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census

    03/17/2009 3:25:01 PM PDT · by sarah p · 35 replies · 1,780+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year's count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States -- currently believed to be more than 306 million people. A U.S. Census "sell sheet," an advertisement used to recruit...
  • White House Softens Language on 2010 Census Plan

    03/11/2009 5:16:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies · 1,034+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/11/09 | staff
    Republicans had been opposing President Obama's plan to have the next Census Bureau director report to both the commerce secretary and White House senior officials. The White House this week suggested a subtle shift in its plans for overseeing the next year's national head count following Republican criticisms over past administration comments. "The president
  • Major Victory Over Attempted Obama Power Grab ( Census Bureau to stay in Commerce Dept )

    03/05/2009 10:07:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 1,198+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Mar 05 2009 | AJStrata
    This is excellent news, and proof Americans can pull together to stop even the liberal democrats in DC from going overboard: The Obama administration has scrapped plans to have the Census Bureau director report directly to the White House, assuaging the concerns of lawmakers.Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke met with key senators Wednesday to reassure them that the 2010 census would be managed by the Commerce Department, and not the White House.  Fearless Leader just showed some fear. Someone send a dead fish to poor Rahm - he just lost his plan for world domination (so what are you going...
  • Michelle Malkin: Obama's New Commerce Secretary Nominee: Not So "Squeaky Clean"

    02/28/2009 2:31:54 PM PST · by kellynla · 6 replies · 881+ views
    townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Liberal media outlets are doing their best to boost former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, President Obama's third pick for the beleaguered Commerce Secretary job. "Obama's New Commerce Pick Has Clean Reputation," declared National Public Radio's Tom Banse. The Democrat possesses "a largely scandal-free resume" reported The New York Times. He is a "safe choice," the Washington Post asserted, because of his "strait-laced reputation." But repeating the Mr. Clean claim doesn't make it so. Those in his home state who know Locke best paint a far grimier picture of a crony politician with a serial habit of skirting campaign finance laws...
  • Another "Screwed Up" Obama Nominee

    02/28/2009 7:00:49 AM PST · by FromLori · 2 replies · 737+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2/27/09 | Tom Fitton
    This is all starting to get a little ridiculous. Obama's first pick for Commerce Secretary, Bill Richardson, had to withdraw his name when it was discovered that he was the subject of a federal grand jury investigation concerning influence peddling. Obama's second choice, New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, first accepted and then rejected the nomination, citing irreconcilable policy differences (which included Gregg's objecting to the politicization of the Census by the Obama White House). Next up: Former Washington Democratic Governor Gary Locke. So is the third time the charm for the president? Or, as columnist Michelle Malkin put it, "Is...
  • Obama's New Commerce Secretary Nominee: Not So "Squeaky Clean"

    02/26/2009 11:00:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 1,343+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 2-27-09 | Michelle Malkin
    Obama's New Commerce Secretary Nominee: Not So "Squeaky Clean" Michelle Malkin Friday, February 27, 2009 Liberal media outlets are doing their best to boost former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, President Obama's third pick for the beleaguered Commerce Secretary job. "Obama's New Commerce Pick Has Clean Reputation," declared National Public Radio's Tom Banse. The Democrat possesses "a largely scandal-free resume" reported The New York Times. He is a "safe choice," the Washington Post asserted, because of his "strait-laced reputation." But repeating the Mr. Clean claim doesn't make it so. Those in his home state who know Locke best paint a far...
  • Obama chooses Gary Locke for commerce secretary

    02/25/2009 8:36:43 AM PST · by maggief · 45 replies · 1,105+ views
    AP ^ | 2/25/09
    WASHINGTON – Hoping the third time will be the charm, President Barack Obama named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary Wednesday. "I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times. But I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right," Obama said, standing with the fellow Democrat in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House.
  • Obama offers 3rd pick, Gary Locke, for Commerce

    02/25/2009 1:14:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies · 1,458+ views
    PhillyBurbs ^ | February 25, 2009 | LIZ SIDOTI
    (AP)President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession. "I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times. But I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right. And Gary is the right man for this job," Obama said, standing with the fellow Democrat in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House. The president's two top earlier choices for the post...
  • The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet

    02/25/2009 8:53:21 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 9 replies · 634+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 24, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Is it possible for Barack Obama to pick a Commerce Secretary nominee who’ll actually make it past first base? Bill Richardson withdrew in the midst of a pay-for-play scandal. Judd Gregg withdrew in the midst of a humiliating power play over the Census and porkulus bill. Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke — a lawyer for international firm Davis, Wright, and Tremaine who specializes in China — is rumored to be the next nominee for the post. The MSM is pulling for him. WaPo writes: “Locke is regarded as a safe choice by senior officials in the Obama administration given...
  • The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet (Next Commerce Secretary?)

    02/24/2009 9:20:26 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 8 replies · 609+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 2-24-09 | Michelle Malkin
    The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet By Michelle Malkin  •  February 24, 2009 09:53 AM Is it possible for Barack Obama to pick a Commerce Secretary nominee who’ll actually make it past first base? Bill Richardson withdrew in the midst of a pay-for-play scandal. Judd Gregg withdrew in the midst of a humiliating power play over the Census and porkulus bill.Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke — a lawyer for international firm Davis, Wright, and Tremaine who specializes in China — is rumored to be the next nominee for the post. The MSM is pulling for him. WaPo...
  • The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet

    02/24/2009 3:59:00 PM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 572+ views
    Is it possible for Barack Obama to pick a Commerce Secretary nominee who’ll actually make it past first base? Bill Richardson withdrew in the midst of a pay-for-play scandal. Judd Gregg withdrew in the midst of a humiliating power play over the Census and porkulus bill. Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke — a lawyer for international firm Davis, Wright, and Tremaine who specializes in China — is rumored to be the next nominee for the post. The MSM is pulling for him. WaPo writes: “Locke is regarded as a safe choice by senior officials in the Obama administration given...
  • The Coming Battle of Reapportionment and Redistricting

    02/24/2009 8:44:21 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 9 replies · 747+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    Republicans should begin to inform voters in swing states like New Hampshire, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa just how much political clout and federal money a crassly partisan Obama census process would cost the people and politicians of those states. Republicans should encourage bipartisan state resolutions to demand a census free of theoretical projections and guessing. Reapportionment produces as many losers as winners. It is for just this reason that it must be fair. The losers are never happy. Republicans must, as soon as practicable, let voters in states which would be cheated with a partisan census count know...
  • More personnel trouble for Obama?

    02/24/2009 12:47:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2,341+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 2/24/09 | Rick Moran
    It looks like 3 times will not be a charm when it comes to getting someone - anyone - honest enough and subservient enough to run the Department of Commerce for President Obama. First, it was Bill Richardson who somehow slipped under the radar of Obama's super sharp vetters, having problems with cronies back in New Mexico. Then it was Judd Gregg who withdrew his name after Obama blindsided him by politicizing the census. Now it's Gary Locke - former Governor of Washington and now lobbyist for a firm that does a lot of business in China - who may...
  • Locke Called Commerce Pick (let the fun begin)

    02/24/2009 3:22:27 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 952+ views
    washington post ^ | 2/24/2009 | Chris Cillizza
    Former Washington governor Gary Locke is likely to be President Obama's choice to head the Commerce Department, according to several administration officials briefed on the decision. Locke would be the third person put forward by Obama for the job, after withdrawals by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), because of an ongoing pay-to-play investigation of his administration, and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who backed out after concluding that his ideological differences with the administration could not be resolved. Locke did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment, and the White House said no announcement would be made about the post...
  • First Chinese-American governor likely Obama commerce pick

    02/23/2009 2:35:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 622+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb. 23, 2009
    President Barack Obama will "likely" name Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American governor in US history as his pick for Commerce Secretary, a senior administration official said Monday.
  • Official: Obama likely to name Locke to Commerce

    02/23/2009 3:15:35 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 28 replies · 707+ views
    AP ^ | 2/23/09 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, a senior administration official said Monday. Locke, a Democrat, was the nation's first Chinese-American governor when he served two terms in the Washington statehouse from 1997 to 2005.
  • Where is his Commerce Secretary?

    02/23/2009 10:12:59 AM PST · by 51773photo · 4 replies · 376+ views
    Barrys Obamanation ^ | 2-23-09 | Jesse
    Does that mean, when Obama finally finds someone who has no integrity, has paid their taxes, and isn’t involved with phony contracts, that we will end up with a third rate Commerce Secretary? (or will third rate, be over qualified for Obama's team?)
  • Democrats sneak Net neutrality rules into 'stimulus' bill (anti-1st Amendment)

    02/18/2009 11:07:17 AM PST · by ebiskit · 93 replies · 6,917+ views
    http://news.cnet.com ^ | January 15, 2009 4:46 PM PST | by Declan McCullagh
    The House Democrats' $825 billion legislation released on Thursday was supposedly intended to "stimulate" the economy. Backers claimed that speedy approval was vital because the nation is in "a crisis not seen since the Great Depression" and "the economy is shutting down." That's the rhetoric. But in reality, Democrats are using the 258-page legislation to sneak Net neutrality rules in through the back door. The so-called stimulus package hands out billions of dollars in grants for broadband and wireless development, primarily in what are called "unserved" and "underserved" areas. The U.S. Department of Commerce is charged with writing checks-with-many-zeros-on-them to...
  • Judd Gregg: Devious Manipulator, Moral Statesman, or Dumba**?

    02/18/2009 10:29:53 AM PST · by APStyle7 · 23 replies · 1,699+ views
    HopieChangie.com ^ | 2/18/2009 | HC
    New Hampshire Senator (again) Judd Gregg has been called many things in the past few weeks. With Obama's courting, like a quarterback trying to get his hands in a cheerleader's blouse before never talking to her again, Gregg was placed in a national spotlight he would never attained by being mere Senator of one of our 57 States. But now that he slapped away the quarterback's hand and fled the backseat, what now for poor Judd? It seems there are only three ways to view him: Devious Manipulator, Moral Statesman, or complete Dumbass. Larry Kudlow, in National Review, takes the...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Census Power Grab Could Favor Dems In 2010

    02/17/2009 7:35:12 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 30 replies · 1,858+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 2/17/2009 | Connie Hair
    When the Obama administration moved oversight and accountability for the 2010 Census from the Department of Commerce directly to the White House, few noticed until Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) took his name out of consideration for the post of Commerce Secretary. Gregg cited this obvious politicization of a Constitutional function as one of the reasons he withdrew. So what’s the big deal? The data compiled from the Decennial Census -- one of the few governmental functions specificed in the Constitution -- affects directly how our representative government works, from the Electoral College allocation and the allotment of seats in the...
  • Axelrod Insists White House Controls Census

    02/16/2009 6:35:52 PM PST · by melt · 58 replies · 1,613+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 2/16/09 | Rick Pedraza
    White House political advisor David Axelrod says the Obama administration’s plan to take over the U.S. Census Bureau by placing it directly under the control of top White House officials will, nonetheless, remain in the hands of experts to run the program Axelrod, appearing on "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace," said despite the move by the West Wing to manage the bureau, the census would continue to “be in the charge of the professionals who conduct it." Republicans, who oppose the move on the grounds that it will politicize the upcoming 2010 census, say supervision of it by the...
  • A crash-and-burn course on the census (SF Chronicle mildly disagrees with President Obama)

    02/15/2009 12:12:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1,162+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2009 | The Editors
    The once-a-decade census is more than a national nose count. It's used to divvy tax dollars for roads and hospitals, spot population trends for schools, business and social programs, and - did we forget? - play high-stakes politics. The task comes loaded with importance, and that's why the Obama team is making a mistake by requiring that the next census director report to the White House instead of the Commerce Department bureaucracy. The decennial count is about information gathering, not partisan score settling. The political gamesmanship has just produced its first casualty or trophy kill, depending on your vantage point....