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  • Cutting off water to Detroit's poor 'an affront to human rights,' says UN

    06/29/2014 1:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    RT ^ | June 27, 2014
    Residents of Detroit, Michigan who are $150 or two months past-due on their water bills are having their water shut off by the bankrupt city. Now, even the United Nations has stepped in, saying Detroit is in violation of the human right to water. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is facing $5 billion in bad debt, and is scrambling to recoup its losses. The city, which filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history last year, argues that the financial burden of paying water bills has been put on the back burner by many families who didn’t believe services...
  • Detroit Federal Judge OKs Rep. John Conyers For Primary

    05/23/2014 2:05:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 112 replies
    NPR ^ | May 23, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, will appear on the August primary ballot, overturning a decision by Michigan's secretary of state who said the candidacy was invalid.
  • Long-time Dem Rep. Conyers loses appeal to get on ballot

    05/23/2014 11:03:29 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/14 | Mike Emanuel
    Michigan Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving Democrats in Congress, lost his appeal Friday to get on the August primary ballot after state officials found problems with his nominating petitions. The decision is a blow for Conyers and fellow Democrats, who are scrambling to find a way to keep the long-time incumbent in the House. One possibility is for Conyers to mount a write-in campaign, which can be an uphill climb. The decision came down Friday from the Secretary of State's office. The office determined that Detroit-area officials were correct in keeping Conyers off the ballot, since he "failed...
  • US Rep. Conyers joins suit to get back on ballot

    05/16/2014 12:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2014 1:24 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers joined a federal lawsuit Thursday taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors be registered voters, as part of a larger challenge to an order removing his name from the primary ballot in August. Conyers, who was first elected to the House in 1964 and represents a district including Detroit and several suburbs, joined the suit two days after Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined he didn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot. She found Conyers was more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed. The suit was filed...
  • MI:John Conyers Does Not Qualify for Primary Ballot

    05/15/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 13 May, 2014 | Abby Livingston
    Conyers will not appear on the primary ballot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Updated 6:14 p.m. | Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. failed to qualify for the Michigan 13th District primary ballot, a local county clerk ruled Tuesday.“Seeing that I do not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of laws and statutes, that the County Clerks are bound by, it is my determination that in accordance with the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan, the nominating petitions filed by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. are insufficient to allow his name to appear on the August 5,...
  • John Conyers ruled ineligible for the ballot

    05/13/2014 9:21:31 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 39 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 05-13-2014
    In a final judgement issued Tuesday, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett ruled that Conyers did not collect enough petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot, a major setback for the man who stands to be the longest serving member of Congress if reelected this year.
  • Rep. John Conyers doesn’t have enough signatures to be on the August primary ballot

    05/09/2014 6:34:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    twitchy ^ | May 9, 2014
    Maybe. A second review of petitions shows long-time Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) falling far short of the 1,000 signatures needed for his name to appear on the August ballot.
  • John Conyers a write-in candidate? How is it possible? (Oops, may not be on the Ballot)

    04/30/2014 5:47:42 AM PDT · by taildragger · 40 replies
    ClickOnDetroit ^ | Apr 29 2014 07:20:32 PM EDT Updated On: Apr 29 2014 07:55:59 PM EDT | Ron Meloni
    Petition gatherers' registration may put Conyers' ballot status at risk U.S. Congressman John Conyers has probably forgotten more politics than any of us know. He’s coming up on 50 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. That is 25 campaigns, 25 successful campaigns that start out with collecting nominating petitions with 1,000 valid voter signatures that have to be vetted by election authorities.
  • Rep. John Conyers honors Farrakhan after denouncing his anti-Semitism

    02/26/2014 5:47:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 25, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Rep. John Conyers, one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus and widely considered the dean of the African-Americans in Congress, bestowed a great honor on Louis Farrakhan over the weekend, by attending a three hour sermon before a crowd of 18,000 people in Detroit, sitting behind him and thereby implicitly endorsing his hateful message. Conyers was already well-acquainted with Farrakhan's hateful messages, having last year publicly condemned him. Caroline May writes in the Daily Caller: Last May, Conyers attended another Farrakhan speech at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit where the black nationalist leader said President Obama "surrounded himself...
  • INTERVIEW: Life after prison for Monica Conyers

    10/19/2013 4:21:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 9/30/13 | Ronnie Dahl
    (WXYZ) - She's been keeping quiet since being released from prison, but now, Monica Conyers is breaking her silence. Monica Conyers showed support for her husband John during a tribute for the longtime congressman. **SNIP** The former Detroit City Council president is still on probation after serving 27 months for bribery. She is still limited in what she can say to the media, but says, she's happy to be home and is spending time focusing on her family, herself and cooking.
  • Democratic aide brings gun into courthouse, receives ticket

    07/10/2013 5:40:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    daily caller ^ | 7-10-13 | robby soave
    An aide to Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers got off with a warning after illegally bringing a gun into a public building. Security officers at a federal building in downtown Detroit found a gun in the purse of Betty Petrenz, Conyers’ office manager. Bringing weapons into government buildings is strictly forbidden, but Petrenz received no sentence or formal punishment. Just a ticket, which will be stricken from her record if she demonstrates good behavior. Conyers is a strong advocate of stronger gun control laws who has received an “F” grade from the National Rifle Association. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/10/democratic-aide-brings-gun-into-courthouse-receives-ticket/#ixzz2Ye6Jj47k
  • House Judiciary panel launches official probe into whether Holder lied

    05/29/2013 10:00:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    House Judiciary panel launches official probe into whether Holder lied By Jonathan Easley - 05/29/13 11:02 AM ET The top two Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have initiated an investigation into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on the Justice Department’s (DOJ) surveillance of reporters. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), the chairman of the subcommittee on investigations, sent a letter to Holder on Wednesday detailing specific aspects of his testimony that they say conflicts with subsequent media reports about Holder’s involvement in the surveillance of James Rosen,...
  • Conyers: Many Imprisoned Illegals Let Go by ICE 'Had One or Two Misdemeanors Only'

    03/19/2013 2:37:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/19/13 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) defended the recent release by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of 2, 228 incarcerated illegal aliens by saying that only 467 of those had been convicted of a misdemeanor “or two.” “We learned at a recent hearing before the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that 72 percent of the people released had no criminal record at all,” Conyers said Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, where ICE Director John Morton testified that the releases were done because of federal budget cuts (sequestration) required by the Budget Control Act of...
  • Top Democrat Warns Others Not to Use Term “Illegal Immigrants”, Calls Them “Citizens” (Conyers)

    02/05/2013 2:25:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 31 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaPerhaps the most visible argument in favor of term limits in Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) - who has served in Congress since 1965 - and known for uttering bizarre and offensive statements, has done it yet again. The Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee, Conyers before today's hearing on potential "reform" legislation scolded other members in advance for calling illegal aliens "illegal immigrants" - calling them "out of  status". Perhaps even more bizarrely, Conyers - twice - refers to illegals as "citizens": “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today”,...
  • Conyers Reintroduces Reparations Effort

    01/04/2013 11:56:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/4/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced two reparations resolutions on the first day of the 113th Congress. The first, H.R. 40, is “to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.” The second, H.R. 98, is “to provide a remedy for...
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Dem. Rep Conyers Responds To Proposed English Only Bill, ... By Ranting In Spanish ...

    08/03/2012 10:14:10 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 12 replies
    WeaselZippers ^ | August 3, 2012 | Mediaite
    Video at link of Dem. Rep Conyers stumbling through a prepared dissent in Spanish, and the Committee's almost Saturday Nite Live request that he repeat his screed in Yiddish and a few other languages.
  • In the House, Is 80 Over the Hill?

    05/24/2012 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the tea party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle. I think Lugar, 80, lost because he is out of touch with Indiana. He started the primary registered to vote at an Indiana home he had sold in 1977. The Lugars have resided in Virginia ever since. Lugar had been working in Washington for so long that he didn't realize he needed to keep up at least the...
  • Obama endorses Conyers

    02/10/2012 9:36:59 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 10 Feb 2012 | Alex Isenstadt
    President Barack Obama has endorsed Michigan Rep. John Conyers in his bid for a twenty-fifth term. "Congressman John Conyers, Jr. is a tireless champion for all of South Eastern Michigan's working families, especially the many struggling to get by," Obama said in a statement. "That is why we need his dedicated efforts back in Congress to continue the fight with me to bring real jobs to the greater Metro Detroit area and our nation. I need you to cast your vote for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. in the August Democratic Congressional Primary." Conyers, the longest-serving black House member, has drawn...
  • House Democrats push legislation to overturn Citizens United ruling

    09/20/2011 2:37:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    A pair of House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United ruling that freed corporations to spend unlimited money on elections. Sponsored by Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the proposal would amend the Constitution to empower Congress and the states to limit corporate spending on political activities. "Last year, the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and declared open season on our democracy," Conyers said in a statement. "It is individual voters who should determine the future of this nation, not corporate money." In the...
  • Conyers wants Obama’s backing (criminal so-called wife still behind bars)

    09/12/2011 8:10:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/08/11 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Conyers wants Obama’s backingBy Debbie Siegelbaum - 09/08/11 05:15 AM ET Rep. John Conyers Jr. wants President Obama to back his reelection bid as the Michigan Democrat faces what could be his most competitive race in decades. Conyers, the second-longest-serving current House member behind fellow Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, was the first Congressional Black Caucus member to endorse Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. “I strongly support the president’s reelection efforts and would hope he supports mine as well,” Conyers wrote in an email to The Hill when asked if he was seeking Obama’s endorsement in 2012. Backing from...
  • EDITORIAL: Unplug the Internet tax

    08/03/2011 9:19:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Editorial
    Congressional Democrats scheme to prop up state spending with online leviesThe class warriors in Congress won’t rest until everything is taxed multiple times. The idea that online retailers aren’t collecting tribute for states in which they have no physical presence galls Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat. So they dreamed up the Main Street Fairness Act to force Internet shoppers to prop up the big spenders in state government. Crony capitalists are lining up in support. Big players in the online space such as Amazon and others with nationwide physical footprints such as Sears...
  • Congress jumps into 'Amazon sales tax' issue

    08/01/2011 10:20:54 AM PDT · by So Cal Rocket · 68 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 8/1/2011 | Jan Norman
    Three Democrats have introduced a federal bill that would require online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect states' sales taxes. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) call their proposal that was introduced July 29 the Main Street Fairness Act. Amazon.com, which has been fighting individual states – including California – over efforts to require online retailers to collect state and local sales tax, is supporting the bill, according to a letter to Durbin from Amazon.com Vice President for Global Public Policy Paul Misener.
  • Congress takes up Amazon sales tax issue

    07/30/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | Marc Lifsher
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduces legislation that would require online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) plans a similar measure in the House.
  • Detroit Neighborhood: John Conyers House is an Eyesore

    06/22/2011 11:47:19 AM PDT · by bigbob · 22 replies
    WJBK ^ | 6-16-11 | myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    If Detroit has an image of a crumbling city, it doesn't help to have one of its representatives in the U.S. Congress let his home look unkempt. Charlie LeDuff pays a visit to John Conyers house. Play the video (at the link) to see for yourself
  • Conyers says Democrats should tout ‘ObamaCare’ with pride

    06/08/2011 10:19:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2011 | Julian Pecquet
    A prominent Democrat is trying to change the public’s perception of “ObamaCare,” a term many in the party view as derogatory shorthand for the new healthcare reform law. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) says he’s had enough of Republicans using “ObamaCare” to disparage the healthcare overhaul. The second most senior lawmaker in the House has gone so far as to hand out buttons with the words “I [heart symbol] ObamaCare” as part of his campaign to rehabilitate a moniker he thinks Democrats should be proud of. “The fact that a healthcare bill is named after a first-term president who does...
  • House Dems protest GOP's plans for permanent war against terror

    05/11/2011 7:24:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/11 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Nearly three dozen House Democrats are calling on Republicans to withdraw a section of the 2012 defense authorization bill that they say would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed Taliban and al Qaeda operatives. A Tuesday letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and 32 other Democrats argues that affirming continued war against terrorist forces goes too far, giving too much authority to the president without debate in Congress. Their letter cites language in the authorization bill that incorporates the Detainee Security Act, which affirms continued armed conflict against terrorists overseas. "By declaring a...
  • Monica Conyers Loses Bid to Leave Federal Prison (says she won't commit another crime) CAPTION?

    04/27/2011 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Monica Conyers Loses Bid to Leave Federal PrisonUpdated: Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011, 10:05 PM EDT Posted By: myFOXDetroit.com Staff DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers isn't leaving prison early. Federal Judge Avern Cohn says he won't change Conyers' 37-month sentence and bring her home from a prison in West Virginia. In a one-page order Wednesday, he says he has no authority to reconsider the punishment. Conyers reported to prison last September after pleading guilty to taking bribes to support a city contractor. The wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers wants to come home, saying she won't commit another...
  • Incarcerated felon Monica Conyers totally misses you, Detroit

    04/07/2011 8:11:43 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    MLive.com ^ | 11 Mar 2011 | Jeff T. Wattrick
    This was somehow missed in all the uproar about the Japan tsunami that also happened on 11 March. It seems that Monica Conyers, the very classy wife of Congressman John Conyers, has unburdened herself of some thoughts concerning her ongoing experiences in federal custody. Among the heartwrenching trevails she must endure at Alderson Federal Prison (apparantly also known as "Camp Cupcake") are these: small portions in the mess hall, you can't get seconds of the things you like, and she has to keep company with a lot of female drug dealers. Recall that Ms. Conyers was convicted for taking bribes...
  • Conyers calls for inquiry of treatment of Muslim Americans

    03/26/2011 11:52:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has called for an investigation into claims by American Muslims that they are being harassed by U.S. customs and border officials while trying to cross back into the country from Canada. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) asked the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate allegations made by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that American-Muslims are being handcuffed, interrogated and sexually harassed for hours by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents along the northern border. “With federal hearings on radicalization and intense scrutiny by law enforcement...
  • Conyers: Obamacare Is ‘Platform’ for Creating Single-Payer System

    03/15/2011 7:50:08 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 14, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNSNews.com today that the health-care law that President Barack Obama signed last March is a “platform” for building a single-payer health care system in the United States. During a newsmakers program at the National Press Club on Monday, Conyers said that after discussing the issue with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D.-Ohio) he voted for the health-care law because he saw it as a necessary "platform" for building toward a single-payer health-care system in the United States. Speaking with CNSNews.com after the event at the National Press Club, Conyers...
  • Lawmaker to target NFL's TV antitrust exemption { Conyers }

    03/14/2011 12:46:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/14/11
    A senior House Democrat said Monday he will seek to eliminate the NFL's antitrust exemption for broadcasting contracts, the opening salvo from Congress in response to owners' lockout of players in America's most popular sport. "At a time when the economy is struggling and the NFL has chosen to lock out its players, it is particularly inappropriate to allow the league to benefit from a special antitrust exemption," said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. His bill will be dubbed the "Prevent Lockout of Athletes This Year Act," or PLAY Act. But the...
  • Conyers wants to make Obama 'a better president'

    03/14/2011 10:09:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2011 | Shira Toeplitz
    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) didn’t hold back Monday in rattling off a list of go-to liberal complaints about President Barack Obama, explaining that he just “wants to make him a better president.” “I’m sure he realized what he was getting into,” said Conyers in a Monday morning speech to the National Press Club. “He tried to close Guantanamo; he was against tax cuts to the wealthy; we keep getting a longer and longer list of things that he wanted to do, wished he could do, and of course is having a big problem. The only thing that saves him, of...
  • Latino Tea Party Leader Rips Conyers for Racial Politics

    03/02/2011 11:20:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 2, 2011 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At a House hearing on immigration on Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the debate about the estimated 14 million illegal aliens in the United States is dividing the black and Latino communities. But one witness at the hearing said Mexican-Americans have nothing in common with people who have broken the law by being in the country illegally. “The notion that is underneath the surface of pitting African-American workers against Hispanic workers against immigrants is so abhorrent and repulsive to me that I want to get it on the table right now,” said Conyers, ranking member on the...
  • Conyers: Individual Mandate Has Nothing to Do With Individual Liberty

    02/16/2011 12:54:29 PM PST · by Sopater · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 16, 2011 | Matt Cover
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the individual insurance mandate in the Democrats’ health care law has nothing to do with individual liberty. “[W]e have been hearing that this is all about individual liberty, the right to be let alone. But is it really?” Conyers asked in his opening statement. “The liberty interests at stake do not change simply because it is the federal, rather than the state government that is imposing the requirement. “While we can debate whether Congress has the power to impose this requirement –...
  • Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012 (wife behind bars, $27K worth of tickets go unexplained)

    01/31/2011 7:53:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 1/31/11
    Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012Published: Jan. 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM DETROIT, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Saying he's not ready to retire, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., who has been in Congress since 1965, announced plans to run for re-election in 2012. The 81-year-old Michigan Democrat has had an easy time retaining his seat, but political analysts say the 2012 contest could be challenging because of his age and a redistricting exercise that could expand his district, The Detroit News reported Monday. "It's understood that I'm going to be running again," Conyers told the News. "I mean,...
  • Former Judiciary Chair Conyers Says He's ‘Found a Very Good Set of Arguments’ for...

    01/19/2011 7:12:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 19, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete title: Former Judiciary Chair Conyers Says He's ‘Found a Very Good Set of Arguments’ for Constitutionality of Obamacare—Doesn’t Say Exactly What They Are House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) When Obamacare was being debated in the House of Representatives last year, then-House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D.-Mich.) said that the provision in the bill forcing individuals to buy health care was justified by what he called the “good and welfare clause” of the Constitution.The problem with that argument was there is no “good and welfare clause” in the Constitution.On Wednesday, debating the repeal of Obamacare on the House...
  • US Rep. Conyers reimburses for son's vehicle use ($5,682 for government-leased Cadillac Escalade)

    12/24/2010 4:16:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies · 14+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/23/10
    US Rep. Conyers reimburses for son's vehicle useUS Rep. Conyers reimburses $5,682 for son's unofficial use of government Escalade in Detroit On Thursday December 23, 2010, 12:54 pm EST DETROIT (AP) -- Taxpayers have been repaid for the time Detroit Congressman John Conyers' son spent using a government vehicle. The U.S. Treasury Department was reimbursed $5,682, the House Judiciary chair said in a statement Wednesday. Conyers said the amount was based on the daily use of the Cadillac Escalade by his 20-year-old son, John Conyers III, over the Thanksgiving holiday. He announced that his son used the sport utility vehicle...
  • Bradley Manning's Life Behind Bars [Sniff, sniff]

    12/19/2010 8:25:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 17, 2010 | Denver Nicks
    Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, turns 23 in jail Friday. The Daily Beast’s Denver Nicks, in an exclusive interview with Manning’s attorney, reports on his solitary confinement, what he’s reading (from George W. Bush to Howard Zinn), and his legal strategy. The last time Bradley Manning saw the world outside of a jail, most Americans had never heard of WikiLeaks. On Friday, Manning, the man whose alleged unauthorized release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents put the website and its controversial leader, Julian Assange, on the map, turns...
  • Rep. Conyers (Dolt-Mich): Calls for criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder 'extreme'

    12/17/2010 9:07:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 16, 2010 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Obama and Bush administrations have classified too much information unnecessarily and contributed to an overly secretive atmosphere surrounding U.S. policy, lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing said Thursday. At a hearing on the legal implications of potentially prosecuting WikiLeaks, panel Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the group’s recent dissemination of classified diplomatic cables might have been embarrassing for the government but that the real-world consequences have been fairly modest. He labeled calls for criminal charges against site founder Julian Assange "extreme measures" and said the widespread outrage in Washington is a sign that caution is needed before proceeding....
  • John Conyers's Sons Photos

    11/30/2010 2:51:12 PM PST · by WaterBoard · 44 replies · 1+ views
    plixi.com ^ | John Conyers, III
    Some very interesting photos posted by Detroit Congressman John Conyer's twenty year old son on his plixi photo upload site. I wonder how the minor son of Rep Conyers photographed himself with a bottle of Moet in a tax payer funded 2010 Cadillac Escalade while in the drivers seat with vehicle turned on? Hmmm... How did he get the key? Conyers states he was unaware that his son was using the vehicle when it was robbed this week, but what about this past June as well when the photo below was uploaded? U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, said he didn't...
  • John Conyers' son says items stolen from SUV, but why was he driving government vehicle?

    11/30/2010 7:17:48 AM PST · by Kieri · 55 replies · 2+ views
    MLive ^ | 11/30/10 | Johnathan Oosting
    John Conyers III, the son of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, says laptop computers and concert tickets were stolen from a government-registered vehicle last Wednesday in downtown Detroit, according to a police report obtained by Fox 2. The Congressman's son told police he parked the 2010 Cadillac Escalade at Brush Street and Congress around 11:30 p.m. When he returned an hour later, he noticed scratches on the side door and said two Apple MacBooks and $27,000 in Fillmore concert tickets had been swiped. The police report raises a number of questions. None more concerning than this: Why was the son of...
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., caught reading porn in public

    11/24/2010 12:43:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/2010 | Mark Hemingway
    You're an 81-year-old congressman. Your wife's headed to jail. At this point, you probably just don't care what the world thinks of you, so why not kick back on your flight on the way home and read a pronographic magazine in full view of all the other passengers? Welcome to the life of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. If he wants those kind of thrills, he should just forego his congressional privileges and get screened by the TSA. </rimshot>You can see the (censored) pics of Conyers reading Playboy on his flight here.
  • John Conyers reading Playboy?

    11/24/2010 10:01:53 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 10 replies
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 11-24-10 | James
    Rep. John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, reads what looks to be a Playboy magazine on a plane to DC. Well, at least the man has 'discriminating' taste! Here is the YouTube video.
  • BUSTED: Congressman Caught On Video Reading Playboy On An Airplane (Conyers)

    11/24/2010 9:49:31 AM PST · by FromLori · 107 replies · 1+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 11/24/10 | Joe Weisenthal |
    Not that there's anything wrong with it, but some mild embarrassment for Michigan Rep. John Conyers, who was secretly caught reading Playboy on a plane. (Video via Detroit News and Sal Armuk) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ09sKVFI7k&feature=player_embedded
  • Soros Group Wants Obama to Rule by Executive Order

    11/09/2010 3:03:52 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 205 replies · 2+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 8, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    snip The article recommends that President Obama govern from executive order to push through a progressive agenda. snip Demonstrating the close relationship between the DSA and the Progressive Caucus, two weeks ago WND reported the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee was caught on tape meeting with DSA leaders to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their "one-world" plans.
  • Shock video: Top Dem, socialists plot '1-world' scheme

    10/17/2010 11:18:43 PM PDT · by FromLori · 34 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | 10/17/10 | Aaron Klein
    The Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee has been caught on tape meeting with a U.S.-based, Marxist-oriented socialist organization to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their "one-world" plans. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, was recorded promoting a "one-world" government, while asking the socialist group to organize against the war in Afghanistan and in support of Obama's policies. "I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans is going to strengthen him and not weaken him," Conyers says...
  • BUSTED! Conyers Meets With Marxists - How Democrat Politics REALLY Works

    10/14/2010 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    new zeal ^ | 10/14/10 | trevor loudon
    This may be one of the most important articles New Zeal has ever posted. Please read it. Digest it. Act on it. This post proves a point I have long made: that Democratic Congressmen are willing to collude with marxists in order to promote socialist legislation and to influence the political direction of the United States. This is how the modern Democratic Party actually works - in partnership (often junior partnership, at that) with hard core marxists. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D MI), chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee has been caught on tape, meeting with members of the...
  • Political Aide Gets 37 Months For Bribery (Sam Riddle more than 'bag man' for felon Monica Conyers)

    10/12/2010 7:32:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Officialwire ^ | 10/08/10
    Political Aide Gets 37 Months For BriberyPublished on October 08, 2010 by NewsDesk - iWireNews ™ (iWireNews ™ and OfficialWire) DETROIT, MI Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery and extortion, vowed to return to politics when he is released. "You can shackle my arms, you can shackle my feet, but you can't shackle my soul," Riddle, 64, said in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He vowed to teach the next generation of politicians and aides to avoid his mistakes. "I learned this the hard way: If you sniff it...
  • Conyers: Lame duck session will investigate Karl Rove

    10/05/2010 9:33:00 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 5, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    John Conyers addressed a progressive activist group this past weekend and tried to find some way to energize the base. The 111th Congress has done little for anyone to cheer, of course, with the progressives unhappy that ObamaCare didn’t contain a public-option Trojan horse for an eventual single-payer plan, and everyone else unhappy about ObamaCare in general. What better way to get some love from the audience than to promise an investigation into the single biggest menace facing America? Would that be joblessness, capital flight, national security, or the federal deficit? No, it’s something much, much more malevolent: (Video at...