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  • LA County Assessor Criminal Probe; Prop Taxes Reduced for Campaign Contributor

    02/13/2012 9:46:55 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 7 replies · 1+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 2-11-12 | Gwilym McGrew
    Reporter Randy Economy reveals the existence of criminal allegations against LA County Assessor John Noguez to reduce the commercial property taxes of clients of longtime campaign contributor Encino businessman Ramin Salari. Assessor Noguez, who lacks a college degree, was elected in 2010 to manage the $1 Trillion LA Assessors office with strong political backing and support of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Assembly member Gil Cedillo. Villaraigosa and Cedillo supported Noguez even when confronted with facts about Noguez connections to one of the City of Bell’s indicted officials, ex Bell Councilman George Cole and other felons Noguez associates...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives' Employers

    02/13/2012 6:48:12 AM PST · by redstateone · 8 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | February 13, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    In his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives...
  • Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)

    01/20/2012 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow
    .S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.
  • Billionaire Buffett's Bakken Boom (Obama's crony benifits richly the nixing of Keystone pipeline)

    01/18/2012 2:20:00 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Wednesday January 17, 2012
    Energy Policy: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world's richest men get richer. North Dakota's booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president's economic guru just bought. [....] Interestingly, another billionaire, Obama economic inspiration Warren Buffett, stands to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline delay. As oil production ramps up in the Bakken fields of North Dakota, plans to use the pipeline to transport it have been dashed. As a result, North Dakota's booming oil producers will have to rely even more on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, which...
  • Vermont's Three Members of Congress Give Staffers $236,830 in Taxpayer-Funded Bonuses

    01/16/2012 2:55:29 PM PST · by redstateone · 4 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | January 16, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    With only one congressman and two senators, Vermont’s congressional delegation may be small. But that isn’t stopping Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) from doling out big dollars–$236,830, to be exact–to members of their staffs...
  • Wall Street's Washington Infiltration Continues with New Chief of Staff Jacob Lew

    01/11/2012 6:28:22 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    moneymorning.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | By Kerri Shanno
    U.S. President Barack Obama is keeping a trend alive with new White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew. You see, Lew has something in common with his predecessors: He spent years raking in millions on Wall Street. Like William M. Daley, who on Monday resigned from his post as chief of staff, and Rahm Emanuel, who vacated the position in 2009 to successfully run for mayor of Chicago, Lew has strong ties to the financial sector. Until 2009 he was the chief operating officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, which made money betting against the housing market with controversial credit default...
  • Perry trying to make a comeback in Iowa

    12/31/2011 1:55:13 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 31, 2011 | James Oliphant
    ........There remains no one in the GOP field quite like Perry, a plain-speaking governor from a sprawling, Southwestern state who, when he says he's never been a creature of Washington, is telling it straight. With the debates behind him, he's been able to play to his strengths, his record as an 11-year governor, his anti-government attitude, and his capacity to bond with voters through allusions to faith, farm work and military service. But there's no doubt he has altered his approach. Gone are the days when he tried to stand toe-to-toe with front-runner Mitt Romney and boast about his job-creation...
  • TRENDING: Perry bets Iowa fortunes on robust ground game

    12/31/2011 1:31:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-31-2011 | Peter Hamby
    December 31, 2011TRENDING: Perry bets Iowa fortunes on robust ground game CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby Boone, Iowa (CNN)...with public and internal polling from various campaigns showing the fight for third place to be a fluid one between Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Perry, a robust organization can mean the difference between a ticket home and a ticket to New Hampshire. There are 1,774 Republican caucus precincts around the state, 900 of which are combined and held at the same location. As of Friday, the Texas governor had signed up 1,500 precinct leaders in Iowa, a source inside the Perry...
  • New Rick Perry Ad: A Fiscal Conservative

    12/30/2011 8:04:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12-30-2011 | The Right Scoop
    New Rick Perry Ad: A Fiscal Conservative The Right Scoop December 30, 2011 Rick Perry is just pumping out the ads and this one is excellent. In fact, I’d love to know what the music reminds you of, if anything, around the point where they focus on the handshake:
  • Can Perry's recent crowds translate into votes?

    12/30/2011 2:10:24 PM PST · by Quicksilver · 41 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | December 30, 2011 | Rebecca Kaplan
    WATERLOO, Iowa -- Rick Perry's events have taken a turn for the crowded. He'll arrive, typically, to find that a coffee shop built to accommodate 75 people is crammed with up to twice that many, spilling out the door and jammed into every available corner. The crowds are excited, too. They'll murmur "mmm-hmms" and exclaim "yeahs!" as he winds through his stump speech, breaking into loud applause when he calls for a balanced budget amendment, a part-time Congress and the end of Obamacare. Despite the excitement and enthusiasm, though, the Texas governor remains very firmly stuck in the middle of...
  • Gov. Perry Encourages Home School Families [Address to Texas Home School Association]

    12/30/2011 1:14:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Office of the Governor of Texas ^ | April 7, 2009 | Rick Perry
    April 07, 2009 • Speech to Texas Home School Association Thank you, Tim [Lambert, President, Texas Home School Coalition], for those kind words, and thank you for all you do to equip, inform and defend home school families in our states. It is an honor to be here with some of our state’s most gifted students and most committed teachers: the members of the Texas Home School Coalition. My parents didn’t home school me, but the size of our rural community made it seem that they were practically in the classroom with me, given the way that news of my...
  • Perry's Latest Target: Santorum

    12/29/2011 12:36:29 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 22 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 12-29-2011 | Alex M. Parker
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking aim at Rick Santorum in a tongue-in-cheek new radio ad which blasts the former Pennsylvania senator for supporting earmarks during his years in Congress. The spot highlights how Santorum—a nonfactor in the race as recently as a few weeks ago—has become a fat target for fellow candidates. [See the latest political cartoons.] The ad accuses Santorum of trying to get more than $1 billion in earmarks over his years in Congress, and for voting for the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," the 2005 proposed bridge in Alaska which became a symbol of wasteful government projects....
  • Gov. Rick Perry on the Attack in Iowa

    12/29/2011 7:59:48 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    Fox News-On the Record ^ | 12-29-2011 | KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE
    ON THE RECORD-December 28, 2011Gov. Rick Perry on the Attack in Iowa Kimberly Guilfoyle This is a rush transcript. KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, HOST: What are your plans for Iowa, and how do you expect to do? GOV. RICK PERRY: Well, it's a sprint, that's for sure. We're moving across a lot of Iowa and hitting a lot of not just small towns but medium-sized towns... And the crowds have been fantastic. I mean, we've hit coffee shops that -- 200 to 300 people and flowing out into the streets and a lot of excitement..... So we're going to keep running and...
  • Why Perry May Exceed Expectations

    12/26/2011 2:53:21 PM PST · by CaroleL · 25 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 12/26/11 | CaroleL
    With one week left before the Iowa caucuses, Texas Governor Rick Perry is touting his outsider status in a new ad that highlights his opponents' combined 63 years of congressional experience. As the narrator says, "If Washington's the problem, why trust a congressman to fix it?" Prominently featuring fellow GOP contenders Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum; the ad reminds voters that federal legislators are responsible for the earmarks and deficit spending that have led to our unsustainable national debt and that the nation needs a leader who will provide real solutions.
  • Rick Perry's Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs Rise

    12/26/2011 3:12:53 PM PST · by trumandogz · 21 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 12.25.11 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry was near the height of his popularity when he barnstormed California in September to raise money for his presidential bid and to participate in his first nationally televised debate. His state-provided security guards were flying pretty high, too, spending more than $32,000 in taxpayer money for travel and lodging in San Francisco, $4,400 to dine near the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, and another $6,400 for plane tickets to San Diego, records show.
  • I Will Vote for Governor Rick Perry in SC.

    12/19/2011 6:26:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | December 15, 2011 | coachfess
    I have strolled down many roads this primary season. I have been intrigued by many of the candidates, some of who have had their rise and fall. They all have excellent attributes in one way or another that can attract a conservative voter. Even the former speaker who reminds me of the old “E.F. Hutton” commercials brought me on board for awhile despite his couching liaisons. However, the road I currently find myself on once again is the road with Governor Perry. I know that I am solidly on this road now. I know this because this is the first...
  • Obama's Cronyism Compromises National Security

    12/16/2011 4:00:41 AM PST · by ashukla · 6 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | December 14, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    <p>Now we find the Navy partnering with the Agriculture Department to purchase hundreds of thousands of gallons of alternative biofuel in place of standard JP-5 fuel for Navy aircraft — the biggest federal purchase of biofuel ever.</p> <p>A look at the lucky seller of this environmentalist version of the proverbial $600 Pentagon toilet seat indicates that the move is not just wasteful, but ethically suspect.</p>
  • Perry: ‘The Obama experiment failed’

    12/18/2011 2:16:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Globe-Gazette ^ | December 17, 2011 | John Skipper
    MASON CITY — Calling the Obama presidency “an experiment that failed,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry pledged Saturday night to bring government spending under control and reduce the role of the federal government in people’s lives. “Are you better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?” he asked a crowd of about 100 at a town hall meeting at The Music Man Square. He said most of the problems the country faces stem from out-of-control government spending, too many taxes and too much regulation of business. Perry said American jobs are not going overseas because of cheap labor abroad, as...
  • Perry drawing state retirement plus salary

    12/17/2011 3:42:46 PM PST · by JimWayne · 75 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Dec. 16, 2011 | Maria Recio
    Gov. Rick Perry is double-dipping, drawing retirement income from the state in addition to his salary as governor since late January, newly released records show. Perry's move to begin drawing from his pension early this year while remaining governor, which his staff says is legal and consistent with state retirement rules, was unknown to the public until federal financial disclosures were made public on Friday. ... Combined, his net pay from the state is now more than $225,000 annually.
  • Video: Gov. Palin's Dec. 7, 2011 Eric Bolling "Follow the Money" interview

    12/08/2011 12:54:50 PM PST · by onyx · 29 replies
    SarahNet: ^ | DECEMBER 7, 2011 | ERIC BOLLING/SARAH PALIN
    CLICK THE PICTURE Sarah Palin lets loose in this interview. Calls herself an Independent, too. :)