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  • Party Of The Rich? Not The One Most Think It is

    12/27/2014 10:28:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/272014
    A look at political donations shows that the big-dollar contributors put their money on the Democrats. So which group is really the party of the rich? For decades, the Democrats have been getting away with portraying Republicans as hateful men who do the bidding of the wealthy at the expense of the country's poor and middle class. Yet as the Associated Press reported just before Christmas, "it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections." What's more, "the two biggest super PACs of 2014," the "Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC," were...
  • LATEST: Clinton/Obama cronies behind push to remove Bundy cattle

    04/17/2014 6:44:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 4/17/2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Note: a slightly altered version of this story appears at WND today as well. Following a weeklong confrontation between protestors and police from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), events at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada came to an abrupt end on Saturday, April 11, when the BLM suddenly threw in the towel and left. Speaking to a local TV news program Monday, Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “This isn’t over…” And he is certainly correct. The showdown between BLM and Cliven Bundy – the last rancher in Clark County, Nevada – was but the...
  • Former Goldman Trader Fabrice Tourre Found Liable

    08/01/2013 2:06:56 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2013 | Chad Bray
    A federal jury found former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. GS +2.11% trader Fabrice Tourre liable for misleading investors in a mortgage-linked deal that collapsed during the financial crisis, delivering a historic win for a U.S. regulator eager to prove its mettle inside the courtroom. The panel of nine jurors reached their verdict during the second day of deliberations, finding Mr. Tourre liable on six of seven claims that he violated federal securities law. "It was a long, slow process," said juror Beth Glover, a 47-year-old Episcopal priest, after the verdict. The victory is an important one for the Securities and...
  • How America's Top Tech Companies Created the Surveillance State

    07/26/2013 7:28:22 AM PDT · by Dysart · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7--25-13 | Michael Hirsh
    They’ve been helping the government spy on people for a very long time. The cozy relationships go back decades.BREAKIn an interview with National Journal, former NSA Director Michael Hayden indirectly confirmed Microsoft’s involvement. “This is a home game for us,” Hayden says. “Are we not going to take advantage that so much of it goes through Redmond, Washington? Why would we not turn the most powerful telecommunications and computing management structure on the planet to our use?” Most of this co-opting of the private sector has happened with the full-throated support of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, again behind...
  • BlacKKK Racists (Saturbray)

    06/29/2013 8:16:45 AM PDT · by bray · 21 replies ^ | 6/29/13 | bray
    And Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he had given us. Rom 5:5 Once again we see the hypocrisy of the religion of liberalism. Even though America is the least racist country in the world we see the race industry tying another Whitey to a tree and lashing her before her lynching. While Paula Deen is watching her life being destroyed for using the N word while White thirty years ago yet at the same time we witness the deification of a Black girl slamming Whitey....
  • Harry Reid, Jon Corzine and other cronies that got away in 2012

    12/15/2012 1:44:23 PM PST · by Libloather
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/12 | Peter Schweizer
    Harry Reid, Jon Corzine and other cronies that got away in 2012By Peter Schweizer Published December 12, 2012 **SNIP** 2. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) For Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), politics is a family business. And when it comes to doling out the federal goodies to favored friends, few can compete with the Nevada senator. Sen. Reid has sponsored at least $47 million in earmarks that directly benefitted organizations that one of his sons, Key Reid, [RW1] either lobbies for or is affiliated with. Recently, another of Sen. Reid’s sons, Rory Reid, helped Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group make...
  • Watch What Warren Buffett Does, Not What He Says

    11/27/2012 11:39:29 AM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam J. White
    Warren Buffett is by now no stranger to the national debate over federal tax policy. In 2009, he penned a New York Times op-ed calling for "truly major changes in both taxes and outlays." Two years later, he returned to the Times with a widely publicized call for large tax increases on the "super-rich," noting that his own effective federal tax rate (17 percent) was far less than his employees' rates (ranging from 33 to 41 percent). President Obama liked the idea so much, he called for Congress to pass "the Buffett Rule" in his 2012 state of the union...
  • GOP must woo working people chasing American dream

    11/08/2012 2:37:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    Republicans need a new coalition and a new message. The heart of that coalition should be the working class. The message should be populism. Populist movements in the past have often been ugly because they scapegoated vulnerable minorities. The new Republican populism shouldn't blame the "47 percent" of Mitt Romney's imagination, or immigrants seeking to make a better life. The new Republican populism should declare war on the cronies and special interests who use big government to rig the game in their favor and deny opportunity to those trying to climb the ladder and live the American dream. It's time...
  • Romney a potential running mate, says Gingrich

    12/07/2011 7:10:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-12-07
    Newt Gingrich has at least one name on his list of potential running mates: GOP rival Mitt Romney. "I think Mitt Romney is a very admirable person, and I'm not going to pick a fight with Mitt Romney," Gingrich said in an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. When asked if he would ever ask Romney to be his vice presidential nominee, Gingrich didn't mince words. "I think the consensus is that he'd certainly be on the list, whether he'd want to or not," Gingrich said. "He's a very competent person. This is a very serious man. I would certainly...
  • Did you miss the Thanksgiving White House visitor log document dump?

    11/28/2011 11:35:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/28/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Just like clockwork, the Obama administration never misses an opportunity to unload thousands of records it hopes no one will ever bother sifting through during the holidays. On Black Friday, the White House released more visitor log info — trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail. I’ve started looking through the data. And you can, too, right here:
  • Obama administration gives $433m no-bid contract to Democratic donor.

    11/14/2011 5:54:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/12/2011 | Moe Lane
    The last time I checked, didn’t the Left call this sort of thing ‘crony capitalism?’ Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work. Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor. As you probably know, smallpox was eradicated in the wild decades ago: mostly because it was a genuinely terrifying threat...
  • A Blue-State Bailout in Disguise (Analysis of Hussein's Porkulus II)

    09/15/2011 11:48:03 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/15/11 | P Peterson, D Nadler
    Our new study shows that under the Obama jobs bill, debt-ridden states will get another big handout.Last Thursday, the president urged Congress to pony up roughly $200 billion in taxpayer money to "provide more jobs for teachers [and] more jobs for construction workers" and more money to carry out other state and local activities. He urges Congress to spend this money even after handing out hundreds of billions of dollars for similar purposes as part of the 2009 stimulus package, as well as a score and more billion dollars again in 2010. These vast contributions to the coffers of state...
  • GE to Buy Back Shares From Buffett Next Month

    09/13/2011 5:20:04 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-13-11
    *snip* General Electric [GE 15.41 0.40 (+2.66%) ^ 0.40 (+2.66%) ] officially notified Berkshire Hathaway [BRK.A 103460.00 -340.00 (-0.33%) ] on Tuesday it intends next month to repurchase the $3 billion of preferred stock it sold him in October 2008.GE has flagged the move for a while. Under terms of the deal it struck with Buffett when all hell was breaking loose, the company led by Jeff Immelt was obliged to wait three years to call the bonds. It also needed to give at least 30 days notice—hence this week's letter from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Omaha. Buffett's money doesn't come...
  • 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.
  • The Wall Street Journal Survey of CEO Compensation ( Most CEOs give to democrats )

    05/10/2011 7:21:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 8th | Hay Group
    The Wall Street Journal CEO Compensation Study was conducted by Hay Group, a management-consulting firm. The study analyzes CEO pay from the biggest 350 U.S. public companies by revenue that filed their definitive proxy statements between May 1, 2010, and April 30, 2011. Survey Methodology & Terms Definitions Footnotes How to Use This Chart: Click on a column heading to sort by that category. For an individual executive's full compensation details, as well as a link to the proxy statement, click the relevant row. All figures in thousands
  • Breaking: Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins re-election to Senate as write-in candidate

    11/17/2010 12:15:12 PM PST · by TonyInOhio · 219 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/17/10 | Unattributed
    Breaking: Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins re-election to Senate as write-in candidate
  • Tidal Wave Set to Hit Shorebank and Its Cronies (Obama and cronies set to....)

    08/05/2010 8:28:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    Word Press ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | By Bridgette
    Big Government publicized the investigative work of Chicago’s 9-12 Project regarding Shorebank Corporation beginning in April, 2010 and again on May 20th. To further expose the corruption surrounding this bank, Glenn Beck has done further investigation and is tying the bank to radicals in government, government officials, specific groups, individuals, and major companies and banks in what he has dubbed “Crime Inc. “ Recent news organizations have reported that Shorebank needed a bailout, but they weren’t available for TARP funds because they didn’t meet the criteria. They have called on their “friends” for additional cash so they might be eligible...
  • ShoreBank probe killed (cronyism wins)

    06/27/2010 7:54:16 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 6-26-10 | Sun Times Staff
    A congressman's proposal to appoint an inspector general to examine bank-bailout deals for political pressure -- a measure aimed at the politically connected ShoreBank Corp. on Chicago' South Side -- was killed in negotiations on Friday. ShoreBank has received commitments totaling $165 million from major banks such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, and is awaiting approval of another $75 million in federal bailout money. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) introduced the amendment earlier this week amid reports that the White House had asked other financial institutions to help ShoreBank. The White House denied any interference. In a...
  • Soros’s Oil Spill Payoff

    06/22/2010 8:42:35 AM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 22, 2010 | Tait Trussell
    Within 48 hours after President Obama issued the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling, the George Soros-backed Brazilian oil company, Petrobras, contacted a large New Orleans company, Laborde Marine, which services the deep-water drilling market. The company was seeking to lease all its vessels. “If the moratorium on deep-water drilling is not lifted, 33 semi-submersible rigs and/or drill ships affected will simply go to other countries where they will be well received, such as Brazil,” Cliffe F. Laborde and J. Peter Laborde, Jr. wrote in a June 4 letter to their Louisiana Senators. Could this be merely a happy coincidence for...
  • SEIU chief Andy Stern named to debt panel

    02/28/2010 3:32:03 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 368+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2010 | Rick Moran
    If the president is going to pack the panel with cronies, how "independent" is it going to be? Chris Good of the Atlantic: "Oddly enough, SEIU actually lobbied against the creation of a bipartisan deficit commission when it was being considered in the Senate, concerned with the quasi-binding nature of the suggestions that would have been offered under that commission--the Senate bill required congressional leaders to introduce the commission's proposals, which would be produced as a bill, for up-or-down votes in their respective chambers. Under Obama's commission, Congress isn't bound to vote on its proposals: lawmakers can tweak them, allow...
  • The Fix Was In’: Obama Donor Gets Sweetheart Real Estate Deal in Chicago

    01/26/2010 5:27:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 716+ views
    Big Government ^ | January 26,2010 | Bob Gough
    With much-publicized ties between President Barack Obama, the SEIU labor union and the ACORN volunteer organization, it would be a safe assumption that someone with a business relationship with not just one, but both of those groups would have an inside track on doing business with an Obama associate. But in the world of big money Democratic Chicago politics, there is a difference between white-collar clout and blue-collar clout. Chicago real estate developer Thomas Bennett thought he had a deal in hand to purchase the old Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) building at 626 West Jackson, just blocks from Union Station....
  • Caption Obama and Biden

    01/22/2010 8:27:04 AM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 28 replies · 1,511+ views
  • Hillary Clinton's PR Guy Getting 6 MILLION DOLLARS from Stimulus 1!

    Here is one of the MANY commercials we all had to see on switching from ANALOG to DIGITAL TV. Greta's show last night was asking why the government was paying for this. Does anyone know why? Why was a political flunkie given 6 million dollars in the stimulus 1 package to produce these commercials? I have found no answers but one and that is the online youtube video that claims that the new digital boxes are big brother watching equipped with mini-cameras and a microphone. Cameras in Digital Convert Boxes! BEWARE!!!! As nuts as the above sounds. As...
  • Does Government R&D Policy Mainly Benefit Scientists and Engineers? ( corruption alert )

    05/26/2009 2:50:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 1,989+ views
    NBER ^ | August 14, 2000 | Austan Goolsbee
    Conventional wisdom holds that the social rate of return to R&D significantly exceeds the private rate of return and, therefore, R&D should be subsidized. In the U.S., the government has directly funded a large fraction of total R&D spending. This paper shows that there is a serious problem with such government efforts to increase inventive activity. The majority of R&D spending is actually just salary payments for R&D workers. Their labor supply, however, is quite inelastic so when the government funds R&D, a significant fraction of the increased spending goes directly into higher wages. Using CPS data on wages of...
  • Obama: The Charming Menace to Peace and Prosperity

    04/09/2009 4:51:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 673+ views ^ | April 9, 2009 | Larry Elder
    Numb. At some point, that's about how one feels, isn't it? Didn't rogue nuclear power North Korea, in violation of yet another United Nations resolution, test-fire a long-range missile? Didn't this occur while President Barack Obama delivered a speech on nuclear disarmament? Isn't North Korea the same country that helped Syria build a nuclear reactor, showing North Korea's clear intention to sell and export its nuclear technology? And in response, didn't the President call for the United Nations Security Council -- the one that provides Russia and China with a veto -- to … take action?! Did the traditional media,...
  • Is Obama stealing the Clinto political machine?

    11/18/2008 6:02:57 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 40 replies · 981+ views
    Doesn't it look like Obama is trying to steal all of Clinton's "soldiers"? It looks like he is going far beyond just reusing the old Cinton people for their experience. He is relying so much on the Clinton administration people that it really looks like he is doing it for political reasons. It looks like he is trying to eviscerate the Clinton machine. This way their loyalty will be to Obamana, not Hilary. This will also make it much more difficult for her to run against him in four years since most of the Clinton's old loyalists will be on...
  • Wolfowitz to Resign -- Effective June 30..

    05/17/2007 3:14:10 PM PDT · by yoely · 137 replies · 5,490+ views
    Just Breaking
  • The Mess At DHS (Michelle Malkin)

    04/07/2006 6:27:44 AM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 34 replies · 1,740+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | April 7, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    THE MESS AT DHS By Michelle Malkin   ·   April 07, 2006 08:45 AM Brian J. Doyle: Just one of many creeps and losers at DHS The arrest of Department of Homeland Security spokesman Brian J. Doyle on felony charges of sexually preying on a undercover cop posing as a 14-year-old girl this week is just the latest debacle for the bureaucratic behemoth. I dealt with Doyle a few times while reporting on the incompetence of leaders at the Federal Air Marshals Service over the past couple of years. He was a standard-issue, CYA mouthpiece. And as disgusted rank-and-file employees of...
  • Brown says Bush "Hung Him Out to Dry"

    02/27/2006 3:58:09 PM PST · by meandog · 99 replies · 3,114+ views
    Former FEMA head Michael Brown complained to NBC's Brian Williams on his "Nightly News" show that he was "hung out to dry" by President Bush. "As one of the president's appointee," Brown said, "I realized that I would have to fall on my sword for the president...and I did, but I didn't realize that he would leave me on the battlefield." Brown said also that "he had wished he had told Americans that Katrina "was the worst disaster the country had ever faced" instead of relying on the "talking points" supplied.
  • Ohio Issues Promoting Campaign Corruption Overwhelm Voters with Hundreds of Words of Legalese

    11/08/2005 6:27:00 AM PST · by xzins · 25 replies · 742+ views
    THE TRUTH, folks, is that these are all extremely detailed issues written in bizarre LEGALESE. There are hundreds of words on these things, and most people can't even begin to explain what they'll do....or what POLITICIANS and LAWYERS will do WITH THEM in the years to come. Vote NO on all issues JUST TO SEND THE MESSAGE that politicians should not clutter up ballots with hundreds of words of legalistic junk that no one can understand in the few minutes they get to stand inside a voting booth! Issues: 1. The Pro “Crony Finance” Amendment. This supposed “pro job” amendment...
  • Bush names Greenspan successor

    10/25/2005 2:48:42 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 234+ views
    Cafe Hayek ^ | 10/24/05 | Russell Roberts
    In a surprise announcement that shocked the economics community, President Bush named Robert McCleskey, his personal tax accountant, to succeed Alan Greenspan. McCleskey, who has little or no track record in the area of monetary policy, will now face the rigors of a grueling confirmation process. Given the defining nature of the appointment and the challenges of filling Greenspan's legendary shoes, some observers were surprised the President chose McCleskey, a man who has never written on anything vaguely related to the Federal Reserve or monetary issues. When asked about why he chose McCleskey the President responded aggressively. "He's a heckuva...
  • Cronies Here and There

    10/12/2005 2:42:06 PM PDT · by indcons · 26 replies · 624+ views ^ | October 12, 2005 | Jonah Goldberg
    Washington is suddenly hung up on cronyism. According to a quick Lexis-Nexis search, roughly 1,000 stories have mentioned "cronyism" and "Bush" in the last two months alone. It was Michael Brown's putatively dismal performance at FEMA that got the anti-crony buzz going and Bush's selection of Harriet Miers that sent it into the stratosphere. But President Bush has been setting the tinder for quite some time by so successfully keeping a tight inner circle of loyalists in the White House. When he was reelected, Bush made the strategically wise decision of dispatching these loyalists to run important Cabinet agencies, in...
  • Colin Powell enlists with prominent venture capital firm

    07/14/2005 8:40:10 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 287+ views
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | Wed, Jul. 13, 2005 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE -- Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Powell's next tour of duty will be in venture capital. The old soldier, who was formerly Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has enlisted with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley's best-known venture capital firms. As a strategic limited partner, Powell will have an undisclosed stake in some of the investments made by a Menlo Park-based Kleiner Perkins, which has previously struck it rich with a list of renowned startups that include online search engine leader Google Inc. and Web browser...
  • 'Not as if I spend time' with childhood pal, Blago says

    04/28/2005 8:11:48 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4/28/2005 | Robert C. Herguth and Lynn Sweet
    Gov. Blagojevich distanced himself Wednesday from a boyhood pal accused of invoking his own position in state government and friendship with the governor to try to get out of a drunken-driving arrest earlier this month in McHenry County. "I haven't seen him -- maybe once -- since I've been governor," Blagojevich said about Daniel E. Stefanski, whom the governor hired for a six-figure job with the Illinois Department of Transportation a few months after taking office. It's "not as if I spend time with him." In Washington on other business, Blagojevich also said he's instructed his transportation secretary, Tim Martin,...
  • Mixed signals on land intervention by Venezuela's Governors

    01/02/2005 5:20:25 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 148+ views ^ | Jan. 2, 2004 | Miguel Octavio
    Sometimes it is truly hard to know what is going on. On the same day that the Governor of Yaracuy, not exactly Daniel’s favorite person, issues his own decree “rescuing” lands in his state, the Land Institute issues a communiqué saying that the intervention of lands requires a presidential decree. (El Nacional, page A-14, by subscription). Thus, three decrees intervening land and now a step back? Well, as usual, it is unclear. All the Land Institute is saying is that it will have a meeting tomorrow about these issues. The Land Institute did say that Governors and Mayors have the...
  • [NRO Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.] Don’t Get LOST: The White House Toys with Signing a Very Kerry Treaty

    03/26/2004 11:09:55 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 4 replies · 257+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 27 March 2004 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    In the wake of international terrorism's most-successful strategic attack since September 11, 2001, the differences between Sen. John Kerry and President Bush about how the war on terror should be waged have become as clear as, well, the differences between the outgoing Spanish premier and his successor. To be sure, even before last Thursday's murderous explosions in Madrid, Senator Kerry and his surrogates were denouncing the war in Iraq on the grounds that President Bush failed to get the U.N.'s permission for it — and then was unable to turn the governance of the country post-Saddam over to the so-called...
  • CA: Prison system called bumbling, wasteful (Suhprize!! Suhprize!!)

    06/06/2003 11:09:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 271+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/6/03 | Mercury News wire services
    <p>A pair of state Senate committees portrayed California's Department of Corrections on Thursday as a bumbling, wasteful giant that relies heavily on hundreds of temporary workers even as it pays full salary and benefits to dozens of employees who never come to work.</p>
  • US In Secret Surrender Talks With Saddam's Cronies [Dictating Terms]

    03/26/2003 5:17:15 AM PST · by ewing · 18 replies · 191+ views
    Geostrategy ^ | Week of April 1, 2003 | Bill Gertz
    United States in Secret Surrender Talks With Saddam's CroniesThe most serious dialogue yet has been established between Iraq and the United States.United States officials said that a channel has been opened during the past four days and for the first time Washington is relaying messages on its terms for an Iraqi surrender. _Full Text, Subscribers
  • TENN LEGISLATURE: Perks of Power Lawmakers enjoy wining, dining and more

    02/11/2003 5:25:39 AM PST · by GailA · 6 replies · 246+ views
    News Ch 5 Nashville ^ | 2/11/03 | Phil Williams
    FIRST of 3 partsNewsChannel 5 Investigates: Perks of Power Lawmakers enjoy wining, dining and more (Original Date: Feb. 10, 2003) View video of this story Eight years ago, Tennessee lawmakers passed a compromise... and called it ethics reform. Talk radio's Steve Gill remembers the debate -- and the promise made. "That would make them so pristine, so pure that not even a cup of coffee could put them at risk of being purchased by a lobbyist," Gill recalls. Yet, despite taxpayers' demand for change -- which ushered in a new governor and 27 new legislators -- a lot remains the...
  • TENN: (former gov)Sundquist (RINO) gives self free golf for life

    01/30/2003 5:40:47 PM PST · by GailA · 10 replies · 238+ views
    WSMV TV Nashville ^ | 1/30/03 | Dennis Ferrier
    Sundquist gives self free golf for life Dennis Ferrier January 30, 2003 There is a controversial parting gift involving former governor Don Sundquist. Usually, such a "going away gift" would come from somebody else, but in this case, the former governor apparently arranged one for himself just before leaving office. It was a gift from the taxpayers of Tennessee. I bet you have never heard of a piece of paper called a special arrangement request. It is the state's version of legal gift-giving -- and this is a big one. It gives former Governor Don Sundquist and his wife Martha...
  • Ex-Governor Engler of Michigan Is Hired by EDS

    01/20/2003 3:24:25 PM PST · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 189+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | JANUARY 20, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. John Engler said Monday he has accepted an executive position with computer services giant Electronic Data Services Corp. Engler, 54, will serve as a vice president in the government-services division of Plano, Texas-based EDS. The Republican left office this month after 12 years as governor because of term limits. During his tenure, Engler promoted statewide high-speed Internet access, put money into developing a high-tech life sciences corridor and recently broke ground on a new center for fuel cell development in Detroit. ``I have been greatly...
  • TENN GOV: Friends in High Places Documents altered on $750,000 ECD grant (10 part corruption series)

    01/17/2003 10:09:14 PM PST · by GailA · 1 replies · 153+ views (Nashville) ^ | 1/17/03 | Phil Williams
    NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Friends in High Places Documents altered on $750,000 ECD grant (Published for, Jan. 17, 2003.) As Gov. Don Sundquist prepares to leave office, there are new questions about how his administration spent your tax money. Among the questions: did state officials create phony documents to cover up a questionable expenditure? Now, state auditors have seized some files from the state Department of Economic and Community Development while they try to answer that question. NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Phil Williams discovered the documents that raise questions about a possible cover-up. The suggestion came from a mid-level ECD...
  • TENN: Agents Raid Education Networks Of America (INSIDER CONTRACT governor taxquist)

    12/22/2002 5:03:56 AM PST · by GailA · 224+ views
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 12/22/02 | staff
    Agents Raid Education Networks Of America There’s been another dramatic development in the investigation of alleged insider contracts handed out by the Sundquist administration. Friday, federal and state agents raided a Nashville company with close ties to the governor. Agents backed a van inside the offices of Education Networks of America, trying to keep a lid what might be the most dramatic moment yet in the federal and state criminal investigation of alleged insider contracts. Through the window, investigators were seen hauling away boxes of evidence. Two longtime friends of the governor, John Stamps and Al Ganier, formed ENA, an...
  • DNC LATEST SPIN:President Bush Awards Bonuses to Political Cronies While Abandoning Working Families

    12/10/2002 5:53:59 AM PST · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 27 replies · 440+ views
    THE LATEST SPIN AND PRESIDENT BUSH BASHING... FROM THE DNC In a shocking reversal of sensible priorities, President Bush is using federal funds to pay bonuses to his political appointees while forcing career federal employees -- those on the front lines in the war on terrorism -- to pay for that very war. The New York Times revealed that back in March, the White House quietly restarted a program to award cash bonuses to political appointees throughout the federal government. This practice was discontinued during the Clinton Administration because of the obvious potential for a conflict of interest. Such bonuses...
  • Precious drops

    08/19/2002 10:11:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 445+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/19/02 | Stuart Leavenworth and Dale Kasler
    <p>Rancher Rob Blair, whose family has grazed cattle in the Mojave Desert for more than a century, fears the Cadiz Inc. plan will deplete the water supply.</p> <p>MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE -- In the poker game of private water marketing, Keith Brackpool seems to hold all the aces.</p>
  • TN TAX BATTLE: Governor's (spendquist) Office Retaliates ( News 5 for exposing his corruption)

    08/14/2002 2:00:47 PM PDT · by GailA · 9 replies · 274+ views
    The Nashville Scene ^ | 8/14/02 | Matt Pulle
    Governor's Office Retaliates In the wake of a Channel 5 exposé, Sundquist's administration pulls PSAs By Matt Pulle It's hardly the way to discredit a damning story. In the wake of a recent WTVF-Channel 5 investigation that claimed Gov. Don Sundquist's administration doles out lucrative contracts to his buddies, the governor's office has pulled $160,000 in public service announcements from the station. "They were trying to portray the governor as a buffoon, and I was personally insulted by that," says Art Victorine, the director of the governor's highway safety office who made the decision to pull the administration's ads. Channel...

    08/08/2002 5:39:00 PM PDT · by GailA · 1 replies · 208+ views
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 8/8/02 | Phil Williams NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Friends in High Places Officials join in unauthorized fund drive (Original Date: August 2002.) View video of this story Would you give to a charity that wasn't legally allowed to solicit money? If you're a Tennessee taxpayer, you already have. In fact, you've given hundreds of thousands of dollars. State officials say it was all for a good cause. But investigative reporter Phil Williams says they can't tell you how every penny was spent. In 1997, the Sundquist administration invited ad agencies to compete for the state's business. That contract was awarded to Akins and Tombras,...

    07/24/2002 8:55:05 PM PDT · by GailA · 4 replies · 259+ views
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 7/24/02 | Phil Williams
    NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Friends in High Places Was parking lot built for governor's friend? (Original Date: July 2002.) Townsend, Tennessee calls itself "the peaceful side of the Smokies." It's so peaceful that Governor Don Sundquist decided to build his retirement home in an exclusive golf community in the mountains. But these days that tranquility has been shattered by a controversy over a parking lot. "Everybody in the community knows why this parking lot was gone in," says one resident. "It's politics all the way," adds another. "They can't fool the people of Townsend," says a third. At the center of...
  • TN TAX BATTLE: Friends in High Places Governor's friends land big contracts (PART 2)

    07/24/2002 6:50:35 AM PDT · by GailA · 3 replies · 405+ views
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 7/24/02 | Phil Williams
    NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Friends in High Places Governor's friends land big contracts (Original Date: July 2002.) There are serious questions about how the Sundquist administration has handled millions of dollars in state contracts. Our exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation has put the spotlight on the value of friends in high places. For some of Don Sundquist's supporters, having their man in the governor's office has been as good as having your money in the bank. Investigative reporter Phil Williams says the question is: were the governor's friends the best for the job? As Don Sundquist took the helm of state government,...
  • One finger salute

    06/10/2002 10:33:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 185+ views
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Monday, June 10, 2002 | editorial
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. A curious thing happened at last Wednesday's City Council meeting. The seven council members unanimously agreed to appoint George Assad to fill a vacant Municipal Court seat. There was no discussion -- nor did Mayor Oscar Goodman offer any explanation as to why he nominated Mr. Assad, a former county deputy district attorney, for the post over almost a dozen other candidates. Not a word. Now, Mr. Assad -- who lost an election for a judgeship last year -- may indeed eventually distinguish himself on the bench and prove a grand...