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  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term. There’s just one little catch — the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Can we stop pretending that Rick Santorum is a fiscal conservative?

    02/15/2012 12:10:39 PM PST · by NoPinkos · 225 replies
    United Liberty ^ | 2-15-12 | Jason Pye
    ...Jonah Goldberg explained that Mike Huckabee's brand of conservatism was inconsistent with traditional conservatism, in that the former Arkansas Governor believes that government exists, not to protect individual liberty, but to make people live moral lives in accordance with his personal beliefs.... While Rick Santorum doesn't have the record of supporting tax hikes that Tax Hike Mike had or some of the other points listed above--though some of the do apply, he certainly has a record of backing certain social policies based upon the notion that government exists to ensure a certain behavior from its citizens.... On the fiscal and...
  • Santorum moves ahead in Michigan (Santorum 39, Romney 24, Paul 12, Gingrich 11)

    02/13/2012 8:12:57 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 246 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 2/13/12 | staff
    Rick Santorum's taken a large lead in Michigan's upcoming Republican primary. He's at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich. Santorum's rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity (a stellar 67/23 favorability) and GOP voters increasingly souring on Gingrich. Santorum's becoming something closer and closer to a consensus conservative candidate as Gingrich bleeds support. Santorum's winning an outright majority of the Tea Party vote with 53% to 22% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich. He comes close to one with Evangelicals as well at 48% to 20% for...
  • Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation

    01/09/2012 12:13:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2012 | Tina Korbe
    At a campaign stop this weekend, in-the-spotlight GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he supports increased Internet regulation. According to Santorum, our rights aren’t “absolute” and stop at whatever point their exercise begins to infringe on the rights of others. Piracy represents an abuse of intellectual property rights — and that abuse should have consequences, Santorum says.So far, so good. Everybody agrees that piracy is a problem.But Santorum seems too ready to look to regulation for the solution to the piracy problem, suggesting that government interference might be an effective way to thwart piraters. That, to me, seems short-sighted, given...
  • Final PPP NH poll: Romney 35, Paul 18, Huntsman 16, Gingrich 12, Santorum 11

    01/08/2012 8:31:13 PM PST · by lilyfreeper · 111 replies
    PPP polling firm ^ | Jan 8th | ppp
    Santorum's so-called surge is all but gone. Huntsman is catching up.
  • ... Nancy Pelosi Slips Quietly into Big Island Resort ($10,000 a night: where are the Occupy punks?)

    12/27/2011 3:25:55 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies
    Hawaiireporter.com ^ | 12.24.11 | M Zimmerman
    Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who served as Speaker of the House and is now head of the House minority, is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii. Pelosi reportedly plans to spend her Christmas Eve at midnight mass in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona. Pelosi spent the last two Christmas holidays in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that rents for $10,000 a night.
  • Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee

    11/08/2010 9:12:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 8, 2010 | Matt Cover
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) seeks the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton's voting record.Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in  2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the...
  • Michelle Obama casts her ballot early in Chicago during campaign swing (The boob belt is back!)

    10/14/2010 1:29:33 PM PDT · by maggief · 129 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune via LATimes ^ | October 14, 2010 | Oscar Avila
    Reporting from Chicago — First Lady Michelle Obama promoted early voting this morning – in words and example – at a time when both political parties are encouraging their supporters not to wait until election day. Obama, who is making a Midwestern campaign swing, cast her ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center, not far from the Kenwood home that she and President Obama rarely get to visit. Clutching a blue folder, Obama presented her credentials to election officials before being led to the polling station. Asked if she was familiar with touch-screen voting, Obama nodded and then spent...
  • Huckabee 'Misleading and Incorrect' on Tax Record

    11/25/2007 4:13:31 PM PST · by advance_copy · 35 replies · 62+ views
    MC LEAN, VA, Nov. 25 -- "Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been hit with criticism over his record on taxes as governor of Arkansas. The faultfinders have been members of his own party, who take issue with tax increases he enacted. In recent interviews on Fox News, Huckabee responded to some of these questions, but we found him to be misleading and incorrect on several points:" (www.FactCheck.org, 11/21/07) - Huckabee frequently says he cut taxes "almost 94 times" but leaves out the 21 taxes raised during his tenure. In the end, he presided over a net tax increase. -...
  • Governor's boosting his big-spender credentials

    06/03/2007 9:08:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 403+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/3/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – State spending under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been growing faster than it did under former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted in a historic recall election driven mainly by a huge budget gap. The new state budget proposed by Schwarzenegger would spend $103.8 billion in the general fund, which pays for most programs – an increase of more than 30 percent since he took office, about the same as the boost under Davis. But it took Davis five years to raise spending by about one-third. Schwarzenegger, who was elected in the fall 2003 recall, has done the same...
  • Duncan Hunter: On the Road to the Oval Office

    03/11/2007 11:01:50 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 175 replies · 2,054+ views
    National Ledger ^ | 3/11/07 | Jim Kouri
    The legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager once wrote of Rep. Duncan Hunter: "Congressman [Hunter] is the best candidate for President of the United States of America that I know -- he has integrity, tenacity, courage, and diplomacy. He is intelligent and thoughtful, does his research, and acts on it. I have known Congressman Duncan Hunter for over 35 years. Duncan served his country in the Army and is a Vietnam vet. In Vietnam, he served in one of the most dangerous outfits -- the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 75th Army Rangers." Yeager doesn't hold back on his enthusiasm for...
  • Bush announces Latin America aid (Hang onto your wallets)

    03/11/2007 7:38:16 PM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 120 replies · 1,411+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 5 March 2007, | staff
    Mr Bush said "terrible want" still exists in Latin America US President George W Bush has unveiled a social aid programme to alleviate the plight of the region's poor, two days before a tour of Latin America. Millions of dollars will be spent on education, housing and health care. In a speech, Mr Bush described poverty in the region as "a scandal" that had caused some people to question the value of democracy. The Bush administration has been criticised by opposition Democrats for neglecting Latin America. Correspondents say Washington is adjusting to the election of increasing numbers of left-wing...
  • Gov. Wants 11% Budget Increase (NM-Richardson)

    01/12/2007 1:35:34 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 305+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 11, 2007 | Barry Massey
    SANTA FE— Gov. Bill Richardson is proposing a nearly $5.7 billion state budget that provides for an 11 percent increase in spending next year and leaves room for about $125 million in tax cuts. In releasing its budget recommendations to the Legislature on Wednesday, the Richardson administration proposed a more than doubling of state money for pre-kindergarten programs serving 4-year-olds and phasing in over two years an expansion of Medicaid to provide health care to more uninsured low-income adults.~~ snip ~~ Public schools and higher education accounted for much of the governor's proposed budget increase. The governor recommended ... a...
  • Reid to Reimburse Campaign for Donations

    10/16/2006 1:45:35 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 268 replies · 6,980+ views
    Reid to Reimburse Campaign for Donations Oct 16 4:37 PM US/Eastern By JOHN SOLOMON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium. Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use. Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid's office said Monday he was personally reimbursing his campaign for $3,300 in donations he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence. Reid also announced...
  • Bush's Grand Strategy (Michael Barone)

    02/25/2006 8:08:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 102 replies · 2,972+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 3-6-06 | Michael Barone
    Nation & WorldBush's Grand Strategy By Michael Barone 3/6/06 Three and a half years ago, in September 2002, the Bush administration issued its National Security Strategy. It was, as Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis has written, "the most fundamental reassessment of American grand strategy in over half a century," since Harry Truman set America on its course in the Cold War. Today a consensus seems to be rising that the Bush administration is veering off the course it set then. Gerard Baker in the Times of London writes that the days of American military intervention are over. Reporters write that...
  • Bush acknowledges problems in drug plan's rollout

    02/11/2006 5:05:11 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 48 replies · 594+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-11-06 | Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Saturday acknowledged problems in the start of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit for the elderly but said the government was working to fix them. In his weekly radio address, he also insisted the program was a "good deal" for seniors and encouraged more to sign up. Hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled Americans have run into difficulties getting their prescription drugs since the Medicare drug program began on January 1, and many were turned away empty-handed. Several states stepped in to pay for the medications after people were not properly...
  • Hey Big Spender - The party of small government?

    01/30/2006 8:44:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 348+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/30/06 | Ray Haynes
    I joined the Republican Party a little bit later than most, as a direct result of the messages I heard from Ronald Reagan. When I began my own business, I discovered that most of the things I had been taught in college about government were wrong. As Ronald Reagan said and I quickly learned, government was a lot like a baby; a large appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. I could find precious few government agencies that accomplished their actual mission, and none that did so efficiently. I came to the conclusion that the...
  • A SAD DAY IN AMERICA

    11/15/2005 6:44:01 AM PST · by rattrap · 23 replies · 913+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | Nov. 15th 2005 | Neal Boortz
    A SAD DAY IN AMERICAToday is the first day that Medicare recipients can enroll in the latest wealth transfer from the young to the old: Medicare prescription drug coverage. This is the largest expansion of government in decades...and it was all at the behest of a Republican president. Over the coming decades, the Medicare prescription drug benefit will cost trillions of dollars...the Gimme Generation will clean up and our children will be paying for it the rest of their lives. And what was the point? George W. Bush, the biggest spender in the history of the republic, pushed the prescription...
  • DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat

    09/14/2005 10:31:09 AM PDT · by zek157 · 28 replies · 938+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | September 14, 2005 | Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan
    DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat By Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan THE WASHINGTON TIMES September 14, 2005 House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible. "My...
  • I am so darned ticked off!

    08/10/2005 10:25:47 PM PDT · by foobeca · 207 replies · 3,870+ views
    I don't know about anyone else, but I am so ticked off. Bush Pork: Farm bill Ted Kennedy no child's behind left alone bill Grandpa's viagra bill Transportation bill Oil industry welfare bill Bush is making slick willy look spendthrift. I almost wish I had derslickmeister as president again. Bush refuses to enforce immigration laws. Why have a fricken "war on terror" if you aren't going to enforce your border? Why go looking for terrorists around the world when they are free to walk over the southern border with nukes, bio weapons, chem weapons, bombs, etc? Hell, pretty soon we're...
  • Bush plans to double African aid

    06/30/2005 5:56:00 PM PDT · by traumer · 39 replies · 563+ views
    President George W Bush has proposed doubling US aid to Africa over the next five years. He said this would happen if African leaders made a commitment to honest government and the rule of law. Outlining his priorities for the G8 summit next week, Mr Bush said the West now had an extraordinary opportunity to help end extreme poverty in Africa. But on the other main issue facing the summit - climate change - he gave no indication of a compromise. The president criticised those who opposed energy development and wanted to place restrictions upon it. "About two billion people...
  • Perry proposes pay raises for judges (TEXAS)

    02/16/2005 6:03:00 PM PST · by Dubya · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Star-Telegram Staff Writer ^ | Feb. 16, 2005 | Max B. Baker
    Fort Worth Appeals Court Judge Bob McCoy's promotion about a year ago came with a more prestigious title, a law clerk -- and a pay cut. The former state district judge's salary dropped from $114,000 to $112,000 when he was appointed to the 2nd Court of Appeals by Gov. Rick Perry. "While I was honored and I'm still honored that I was appointed to the court of appeals, after I thought about it, I wasn't sure how many more of these honors I could afford," McCoy said. In an effort to boost salaries for McCoy and other judges on the...
  • Bush Budget To Predict FY '04 Deficit Over $500B (Is Big Spender Bush trying to lose the election?)

    01/30/2004 8:17:30 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 100 replies · 210+ views
    Quicken.com ^ | January 30, 2004 | Unknown
    Bush Budget To Predict FY '04 Deficit Over $500B Thursday, January 29, 2004 04:01 PM ET Printer-friendly version WASHINGTON [AP]--U.S. President George W. Bush's new budget will project that the just-enacted prescription drug program and Medicare overhaul will cost one- third more than previously estimated and will predict a deficit exceeding $500 billion for this year, congressional aides said Thursday. Bush's new budget will estimate this year's budget deficit at about $520 billion, the congressional sources said. That would easily surpass the $375 billion shortfall of last year, the highest deficit ever in dollar terms. Just Monday, the Congressional Budget...
  • California: Governor might win, but what does he really want?

    12/09/2003 6:54:12 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 3 replies · 81+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 8, 2003 | Daniel Weintraub
    <p>In his first press conference as a candidate for governor, standing on the lawn outside Jay Leno's Burbank studios, Arnold Schwarzenegger explained why he thought it was so important to bring job-creating businesses back to California. "When business comes back, revenues come back," Schwarzenegger told a throng of reporters and an international audience, displaying glimpses of the cross-party appeal that would elect him to the state's highest office. "When revenues come back, we can afford all kinds of programs that are very important."</p>
  • The Invigorator

    08/21/2003 10:46:49 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies · 166+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 8/21/2003 | George Neumayr
    A distracted celebrity who parachutes into an emergency election on a late-night whim with a political philosophy still under construction resembles a vain elitist more than a populist. "Mobilizing the Machine: Schwarzenegger is harnessing his talent agents and Hollywood contacts to raise funds and rally the electorate," reads a headline in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times. This is populism? Rob Lowe, whose previous grass-roots experience includes appearing on NBC's West Wing, will lend a hand. So will the Creative Artists Agency. "Candidate Schwarzenegger wants to cast his agents against type as aides in his run for the California governor's seat," says...
  • Simon Bashes Ah-nold in New Ads

    08/17/2003 9:24:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 68 replies · 320+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2003 | Major Garrett
    LOS ANGELES — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon will run the first radio ads directly attacking GOP front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger by focusing on the issue his economic advisor raised by suggesting Californians might need to pay higher property taxes. The radio spots have been cut and may begin airing on California talk radio stations as early as Sunday night, Simon spokesman K.B. Forbes told Fox News early Sunday. Forbes would not say how much the campaign spent on the radio adds or which stations would carry them, but did say the anti-Schwarzenegger spots would run "on major talk radio stations...