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  • From senators to animals: Lawmaker who fell from grace now working as a vet

    02/20/2012 6:26:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-20-12 | Dana Bash
    Las Vegas (CNN) -- One minute, he's checking a cat's mouth for gingivitis. The next, he's carefully bandaging a dog's bloody, broken nail. This could be any hard-working veterinarian tending to ailing animals. But the embroidered name on his crisp white medical coat bears a familiar name: Dr. John Ensign. He's better known as former Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who abruptly announced his resignation 10 months ago amid a high-profile sex scandal. "I built this," Ensign told CNN in an exclusive interview inside West Flamingo Animal Hospital, where he now works. "It was the first 24-hour animal hospital in Las...
  • John Ensign disgraced himself and the Senate

    05/17/2011 8:04:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/17/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Before John Ensign resigned as Nevada's junior senator on May 3, the Republican faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into a possibly illegal cover-up that followed an affair between Ensign and Cindy Hampton, a campaign aide who was married to the senator's administrative assistant. Last week, the committee released a report on the probe - and it is ugly. The committee wasn't particularly interested in the nine-month affair. Its focus was on - you guessed it - the cover-up. Ensign's parents made a $96,000 "gift" to the Hamptons after the couple stopped working for Ensign. Ensign steered husband Doug Hampton...
  • Sandoval Names Heller to US Senate

    04/27/2011 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    AP via WNCT ^ | 4/27/2011 | SANDRA CHEREB, AP
    CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Republican Rep. Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the U.S. Senate. The appointment announced Wednesday sets in motion a political scramble on how Heller's seat in the House will be filled. State law says a special election must be held within 180 days of a vacancy.
  • Aides: John Ensign to resign Friday

    04/21/2011 3:59:24 PM PDT · by Danae · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-21-2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) plans to announce Friday he will resign his Senate seat, aides said Thursday. Ensign has been under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee over whether he violated Senate rules during his affair with Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide. Hampton’s husband, Doug Hampton, was Ensign’s deputy chief of staff during most of the extramarital relationship. Read more:
  • Republicans Threaten Senate Blockade if Reid Doesn't Deal With Debt, Spending

    03/10/2011 7:09:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2011 | Carl Cameron
    Ten Republican senators are warning Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that they will block any bills that do not address fiscal issues until the current impasse on spending is resolved. "While there are many issues that warrant the Senate's consideration, we feel that the Senate must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending," reads a letter signed by the group of 10. "We, therefore, are notifying you of our intention to object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to directly address this crisis in a meaningful way." The letter was...
  • Nevada GOP Sen. Ensign won't seek re-election

    03/07/2011 1:35:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2011 | KEVIN FREKING and CRISTINA SILVA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, damaged politically and facing a Senate ethics investigation over an extramarital affair, said Monday he won't seek re-election next year. Ensign, who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, said he decided last week against seeking a third term because he was worried about the effect of a campaign on his family.
  • Sen. John Ensign discovers his family

    03/07/2011 1:18:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/7/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Kudos to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, for finally figuring out that he should not run for re-election. I don't care if he is not facing criminal charges. Ensign's woes began with an affair with staffer Cindy Hampton. Hampton's husband worked for Ensign and was a close friend. After Mr. H. found out about the affair, Ensign's parents paid the Hamptons $96,000 and helped the husband find work. The whole story stank . . .
  • Heads up NV (Reno) Freepers, TEA Party & 9-12'ers! Sen. Ensign Townhall Today

    02/24/2011 7:18:28 AM PST · by sjneuf
    Channel 2 News | February 24, 2011 | sjneuf
    Townhall mtg. today, 1:30-2:30 pm @ Joe Crowley Student Union Bldg., UNR, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno. I'm on his email list and this is the first I've heard of it.
  • Navy ensign given discharge; cited Quaker beliefs

    02/22/2011 8:04:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/11
    Hartford, Conn. (AP) -- Officials say a junior officer at a Connecticut submarine base has received an honorable discharge after suing the Navy, saying his Quaker beliefs prevent him from participating in war. . . . As part of his honorable discharge, he will reimburse the Navy for his education.
  • Lame Duck Sets Table For 2012 Senate Races

    12/30/2010 4:20:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 201+ views
    National Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Sean Sullivan
    As attention turns to the 112th Congress -- and the 2012 cycle -- the political ramifications of the sprint to close the 111th Congress are becoming clear. Several members of the 111th Congress may find themselves in competitive Senate races in 2012 and an analysis of their voting decisions during the lame duck session offers a few clues about what is in store for some of 2012's marquee contests. The debate over Pres. Obama's compromise on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, a central focus of the session, shed some light on the 2012 Nevada Senate race. Sen. John...
  • Burr, Ensign Back DADT Repeal

    12/18/2010 9:27:04 PM PST · by onyx · 91 replies · 1+ views
    NRO - The Corner ^ | December 18, 2010 5:22 P.M. | By Robert Costa & Andrew Stiles
    In a surprising move, after voting against cloture earlier in the day, Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) and Sen. John Ensign (R., Nev.) both voted to repeal the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuality. The measure passed by a 65–31 margin this afternoon. Other Republicans voting in favor of repeal: Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.), Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and the Maine ladies, Sen. Olympia Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins. Burr said it was not a difficult vote to cast, despite his state’s being home to Camp Lejeune, the largest...
  • Sen. John Ensign (Nevada) Demonstrates that the Bush Tax Cuts Raised US Revenue

    12/14/2010 5:04:31 PM PST · by dila813 · 3 replies
    CSPAN ^ | Today | Sen. John Ensign
    Sen. John Ensign Proves that Bush Tax Cuts Increased Federal Revenue and in fact the deficit is caused entirely due to the spending. I love his chart and it is indicative of what it takes to push back against Democratic Talking Points and I think represents the kind of communication that Conservatives have to emulate.
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009

    04/06/2010 3:08:00 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies · 1,055+ views
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 "Ten Most Corrupt" list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • John Ensign Poll (2012)

    01/15/2010 8:20:41 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 401+ views
    PPP ^ | January 14, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    John Ensign's not very popular, but if the current political climate persists in 2012 he might be able to get reelected anyway. Ensign's approval rating is just 38% with 44% of voters in the state disapproving of him. Yet at the same time he leads three potential Democratic opponents for reelection by margins of 2-11 points. It's 43-41 against Oscar Goodman, 49-40 against Shelley Berkley, and 47-36 against Ross Miller. Those numbers say a lot about the priorities of voters in Nevada right now- they might not like Ensign on a personal level but having soured on Barack Obama and...
  • Ensign Tells Fellow Republicans to Back Off Reid

    01/12/2010 11:12:11 AM PST · by Engineer_Soldier · 45 replies · 1,180+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2010 | AP
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign said Monday it is wrong for his fellow Republicans to call for the resignation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over racially insensitive comments he made about President Obama. Reid has apologized to Obama since a new book quoted him describing Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a light-skinned African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Ensign said Monday that Reid's apology was sincere and that the Nevada Democrat regretted how his comments were taken. "I think we need to get away from this politics of gotcha," Ensign told KKOH radio...
  • Article 1, Section 8 - Obamacare lacks ground for a mandate

    12/25/2009 11:10:27 AM PST · by free1977free · 22 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Senate’s passage of a massive health-care reform bill yesterday morning was greeted by partisan applause by Democrats, but President Obama noted that “we now have to take up the last and most important step and reach an agreement on a final reform bill that I can sign into law.” We don’t expect reconciling the House and Senate versions will prove all that difficult, but another aspect of Obamacare that deserves closer examination is whether it passes constitutional muster. Republican senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and John Ensign of Nevada this week offered an amendment stating Congress lacks power...

    12/22/2009 8:37:41 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 27 replies · 1,342+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | December 22, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    It's about time that someone has the backbone to address the eight hundred pound elephant in the room. ObamaCare is so clearly unconstitutional that it's disappointing it's taken so long for anyone in government to make a serious issue out of it. It's better late than never, but the argument would have carried more weight and credibility if they'd constantly been attacking ObamaCare on Constitutional grounds...
  • Department of Justice could take Sen. John Ensign case

    10/14/2009 11:15:23 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 14 replies · 862+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/14/09 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & MANU RAJU
    Sen. John Ensign has admitted to having an affair with a staffer, admitted that he helped find a job for the staffer’s husband and admitted that his parents paid the staffer’s family nearly $100,000. But the worst may still be to come. The Justice Department is expected to decide within weeks whether to pursue a criminal probe into the relationship between Ensign (R-Nev.) and the staffer’s husband, and two prominent Washington defense attorneys say prosecutors are likely to find Ensign’s case irresistible. “I don’t see how they cannot look at this case,” Stan Brand, a Washington attorney who specializes in...
  • Sen. John Ensign complicates Nevada campaigns

    10/11/2009 7:19:23 PM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies · 665+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/11/2009 | Ashley Powers
    Politically speaking, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada is about as battered as it gets. The Republican senator in June acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign aide, who was married to his best friend, who has castigated Ensign in television interviews as a shameless Lothario. In recent days, after the New York Times reported on Ensign's efforts to silence his mistress' husband, Doug Hampton, the Senate ethics committee launched an investigation and talk surfaced of a possible FBI inquiry. Ensign has said he won't resign, and Nevada's GOP is widely considered too emasculated to push him out. Regardless of what...
  • Senator’s Aid After Affair Raises Flags Over Ethics

    10/02/2009 9:05:47 PM PDT · by cc2k · 13 replies · 1,010+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | October 2, 2009 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU and ERIC LIPTON
    WASHINGTON — Early last year, Senator John Ensign contacted a small circle of political and corporate supporters back home in Nevada — a casino designer, an airline executive, the head of a utility and several political consultants — seeking work for a close friend and top Washington aide, Douglas Hampton. <snip>While the affair made national news in June, the role that Mr. Ensign played in assisting Mr. Hampton and helping his clients has not been previously disclosed. Several experts say those activities may have violated an ethics law that bars senior aides from lobbying the Senate for a year after...
  • Ensign's Senate Prospects Grow Cloudy

    10/02/2009 6:32:23 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies · 981+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-3-2009 | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Ensign's future grew more unsettled Friday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to offer his support or express confidence in the embattled Nevada Republican, following additional fallout from Mr. Ensign's affair with a staffer. Asked if Mr. Ensign could be an effective senator in light of ethical questions raised by the New York Times Friday, Mr. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said only: "Sen. Ensign continues to serve. He's a member of the Finance Committee, been active in the discussions there."
  • Senator’s Aid to Mistress’s Husband Raises Ethics Flags

    10/01/2009 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 1,200+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 01st 2009
    Senator’s Aid to Mistress’s Husband Raises Ethics Flags ERIC LICHTBLAU and ERIC LIPTON Published: October 1, 2009 WASHINGTON — Early last year, Senator John Ensign contacted a small circle of political and corporate supporters back home in Nevada — a casino designer, an airline executive, the head of a utility and several political consultants — seeking work for a close friend and top Washington aide, Douglas Hampton. Senator John Ensign was having an affair with Cynthia Hampton, and he sought work for her husband. Mr. Ensign on Capitol Hill in July. “He’s a competent guy, and he’s looking to come...
  • Under Obama’s Health Care: If you Don’t Sign up, You’ll be Taxed AND Go to Jail?

    Let's see Obama spin this one!By now readers may be aware that the health care bill proposed by Democrats creates an individual mandate which requires all Americans to buy health insurance (illegal aliens will still be able to get their care free). Even though then Sen. Obama campaigned for office against a mandate, he's on record supporting one now and claiming that it does not constitute a tax even though just about everyone else concedes it is a tax. Republicans in the U.S. Senate tried to get the individual mandate removed from the bill Democrats are pushing rapidly through the...
  • Reid On The Rocks

    09/11/2009 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 3,563+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 11, 2009
    Politics: The senator who called the president a liar and never apologized may have worn out his welcome in his home state. Harry Reid may be riding the liberal agenda into political oblivion.In 2004, Republicans defeated Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle largely on the theme that he neglected his home state in favor of national party interests. The GOP is hoping that in 2010 lightning will strike a second time, and Nevada polls indicate it may be more than wishful thinking. In 1998, Reid beat John Ensign by a hair-thin 428 votes. Ensign would go on to win Nevada's other...
  • Rating Your Nevada Congressional Delegation On Pork Spending

    08/14/2009 1:55:12 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 219+ views
    It seems every election we are promised by both parties to get earmarks (pork) under control. They always promise to be better than previous legislatures were, but they always seem to increase their wasteful spending. So how does your Nevada congressional members rank for fiscal year 2009, and how much pork barrel spending were they responsible for? From best to worst as far as pork is concerned:
  • Ensign Says He'll Seek Re-Election

    07/14/2009 11:02:26 AM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 1,167+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 7/14/09 | Rachel Slajda
    Despite admitting to having an affair and having his parents pay off his mistress, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) yesterday said he plans to stay in office -- and run for re-election in 2012. Ensign told the Las Vegas Sun he's been getting emails and phone calls from supporters urging him to stay put. Those supporters, he said, include senators on both sides of Senate leadership. "I fully plan on running for reelection," Ensign said. "I'm going to work to earn their respect back." He quoted his supporters as saying, "Keep your head up. This thing will pass."
  • Silence, not calls for Ensign to quit

    07/12/2009 8:49:37 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies · 887+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 12, 2009 | Lisa Mascaro
    Washington — Perhaps the political future of Republican Sen. John Ensign will become clearer Monday evening at the Chianti Cafe in Las Vegas. There, the state’s Republican Party leaders will gather to discuss other matters, but amid the mozzarella fritta and calamari appetizers, Ensign’s affair is certain to come up. These are the loyalists, the volunteers and officials who are trying to keep a crumbling state party together in the face of the Democratic machine engineered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
  • Ensign's parents gave mistress's family $96,000

    07/09/2009 2:00:51 PM PDT · by freespirited · 31 replies · 1,604+ views
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/09 | Reid Wilson
    Sen. John Ensign's (R-Nev.) parents gave the family of the woman with whom he had an affair gifts totaling $96,000 after they learned of their son's affair, an attorney for the Nevada senator said Thursday. Ensign's parents gave the gifts to Doug and Cindy Hampton and two of their children, in the form of a single check. The gifts were limited to $12,000 per person at most, in order to avoid taxes on gifts, given by each of Ensign's parents. After the senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for...
  • Corrupt conservatives; Sanctimonious hypocrites on the right dishonor faith, family and freedom

    06/28/2009 12:41:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,765+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-06-27 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Is the conservative movement rotten to its core? South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's bizarre revelation that he had an extramarital affair with a longtime female friend in Argentina has dealt another blow to an already decrepit Republican Party. After losing control of Congress in 2006 and the White House in last year's election, the Republicans are not only in the minority; they also are adrift and leaderless. Mr. Sanford was highly touted as one who could advance new ideas, as a fresh face for Republican conservatives. He carved out a distinct political identity by fusing a command of policy with...
  • It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid

    06/24/2009 1:41:04 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 14 replies · 697+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 24 | Melissa Clouthier
    Should Senator Ensign resign in the wake of an affair with a staffer? No. Is Ensign’s career harmed? Yes. What should be done? Let the voters decide, next election. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, on to the more interesting question: Why does the left take such delight in a Republican senator’s personal stumbles? (A more dramatic version is now playing out in South Carolina with Gov. Mark Sanford.) Part of it is just base, crass human nature. People like the mighty to fall — especially if the stricken is an enemy. If it was only that...
  • Ensign Returns, Quietly Senator Addresses GOP Colleagues

    06/23/2009 6:06:36 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies · 388+ views
    Roll Call ^ | June 24, 2009 | Emily Pierce and Jessica Brady
    Beleaguered Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) appears to be following a path into the shadows traveled by many scandal-plagued lawmakers before him — by hiding from the press, refusing to talk, and hoping that time will push the whole episode into the background.
  • Megan Kelly Approached for "help" on Ensign Affair

    06/19/2009 8:54:41 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 37 replies · 4,042+ views
    Doug Hampton, the supposed blackmailer of John Ensign, went to Megan Kelly of Fox News for help, the week before the story broke. "I love this country and considered it a great privilege to work in the US (sic) Senate. I am bringing this to you and Fox News to address this professionally and correctly. I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people’s lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome. Senator Ensign has no business serving in the US (sic) Senate anymore! I will...
  • Lindsey Graham: "I’ve Got Plenty Of Sins That I’m Not Going To Share"

    06/18/2009 11:24:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 1,914+ views
    WhoRunsGov / The Washington Post ^ | 2009-06-18 | Greg Sargent
    A rather intriguing reaction from one of John Ensign’s Senate GOP colleagues to the news of Ensign’s extramarital affair: . . . . . Graham let out a laugh and said: “I’ve got plenty of sins that I’m not going to share with anyone else.”
  • Ensign may find it tough to move on

    06/18/2009 7:34:15 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 11 replies · 1,335+ views ^ | June 18, 2009 | Assoc Press
    Sen. John Ensign has been quick to describe his dalliance with an aide in brief and simple terms. The affair is over. The apologies made and accepted. No questions will be answered, the married Nevada Republican said in his brief admission of infidelity. But the first public statement from the woman once involved with the 51-year-old rising political star suggests more is brewing behind Ensign's neat account. Cindy Hampton and her husband, a couple Ensign has described as "close friends," issued sharp remarks Wednesday through an attorney. "It is unfortunate the senator chose to air this very personal matter, especially...
  • Couple in Ensign scandal questions his motives

    06/18/2009 7:39:51 AM PDT · by pissant · 14 replies · 1,194+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 6/18/09 | Kathy Hennessey
    LAS VEGAS – Sen. John Ensign has been quick to describe his dalliance with an aide in brief and simple terms. The affair is over. The apologies made and accepted. No questions will be answered, the married Nevada Republican said in his brief admission of infidelity. But the first public statement from the woman once involved with the 51-year-old rising political star suggests more is brewing behind Ensign's neat account. Cindy Hampton and her husband, a couple Ensign has described as "close friends," issued sharp remarks Wednesday through an attorney. "It is unfortunate the senator chose to air this very...
  • NRSC paid son of woman in Ensign affair

    06/17/2009 4:25:15 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 751+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/17/09 | John Breshnahan
    The son of the couple at the center of the sex scandal that has engulfed Sen. John Ensign was being paid by National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008 at the same time his mother was having an affair with the Nevada Republican. Both Doug and Cynthia Hampton were already working in senior positions for Ensign when their son Brandon Hampton was hired to do “research policy consulting” for the NRSC in March 2008. The younger Hampton, 19, was paid $5,400 before he left the Ensign office in August last year, Federal Election Commission records show. That means during March and...
  • GOP committee paid son of Ensign's mistress during affair

    06/17/2009 3:31:22 PM PDT · by americanophile · 31 replies · 2,023+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 17, 2009 | Ashley Powers and Richard Simon
    Reporting from Washington and Las Vegas -- The 19-year-old son of a woman who reportedly had an affair with Nevada Sen. John Ensign was being paid by the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the relationship, federal election records show. Brandon Hampton, who shares an address with former Ensign staffers Doug and Cynthia Hampton, was paid $5,400 between March 2008 and August 2008. The payments, for "research policy consulting," ended the same month as the affair, which was said to begin in December 2007. Ensign staffers and committee officials did not return calls seeking comment.
  • EDITORIAL: An extramarital affair

    06/17/2009 11:05:46 AM PDT · by steve-b · 32 replies · 1,261+ views
    Nevada's junior U.S. senator, Republican John Ensign, recently let it be known he might consider a presidential run in 2012. It must be presumed that lit a fire under the "opposition research" bloodhounds on the other side of the aisle. We'll likely discover the senator's public acknowledgement Tuesday, that he has had an extramarital affair with a member of his campaign staff, came in answer to a threat by other parties to go public with that information. Unless, of course, political forces not friendly to Sen. Ensign's limited-government agenda got hold of the information, and offered to not make it...
  • Sen. Ensign Resigns GOP Leadership Post After Admitting Affair

    06/17/2009 10:47:42 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 163 replies · 8,378+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 17, 2009 | Trish Turner and Carl Cameron
    The Republican senator who went public a day earlier about an extramarital affair has resigned his GOP leadership post on Wednesday. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., stepped down as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate, after holding a brief news conference Tuesday to come clean about his affair with a former aide. He is not expected to resign from the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., confirmed the move Wednesday afternoon. "He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents. He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman...
  • 2 Faced 2 Timin' Ensign Screws His Wife,Constituents, Friends & Lover all at the same time..

    06/17/2009 4:32:03 AM PDT · by Chicago Satirist · 27 replies · 1,229+ views
    Chicago Ray Report, Fox News ^ | 6-17-09 | Chicago Satirist
    These politicians more and more prove the theory that the conservative and liberal movements needs to remove nearly every incumbent politicians holding office in 2010 including the Messiah, as every time we turn around either they don't uphold their own personal lives they way they claim, lying and cheating their own families as Ensign admits to doing here, which means they wouldn't think twice about screwing you and I, as it usually turns out they are. As does every single Liberal democrat out there, we know that as a fact. They wear infidelity and deviance proud and loud as a...
  • Ensign admits affair; sources say blackmail involved

    06/16/2009 7:46:53 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 72 replies · 2,246+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/16/09 | news conference at the Lloyd D. George Federal building, Tuesday, … * Sen. John Ensign Slidesho
    Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) acknowledged Tuesday that he had “violated the vows” of marriage by having an affair with a campaign staffer. The admission — made in a televised appearance in Las Vegas — shocked Ensign’s Senate colleagues and delivered a serious blow to any hopes he might have had of seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began the affair with the staffer several months after he separated from his wife, Darlene. When Ensign reconciled with his wife, the sources said, he gave the aide a severance...
  • Nevada Sen. John Ensign to admit affair; sources say blackmail involved

    06/16/2009 3:30:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 77 replies · 3,571+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/16/09 | Manu Raju
    Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign has told colleagues that he plans to admit an extramarital affair, a senior Republican official tells POLITICO. Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began an affair with a staffer several months after he separated from his wife. When Ensign reconciled with his wife, the sources said, he gave the aide a severance package and parted ways. Sometime later, a Nevada source said, Ensign met with the husband of the woman involved and had what this source described as a positive encounter. Sources said that the man subsequently asked Ensign...
  • Ensign to Acknowledge Extramarital Affair

    06/16/2009 2:59:31 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 124 replies · 6,593+ views
    Wash Post ^ | June 16, 2009 | Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane
    <p>Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office. "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions," said Ensign. He is expected to announce the affair at a press conference at 6:30 pm tonight. The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his Battle Born leadership political action committee, began in December 2007 and ended in August 2008. Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."</p>
  • Ensign to Acknowledge Extramarital Affair

    06/16/2009 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 4 replies · 1,028+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2009 | Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane
    UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office. "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions," said Ensign....
  • Senator's (John Ensign) visit fuels White House speculation

    06/03/2009 9:49:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies · 480+ views
    Daily Times Herald (Carroll, Iowa) ^ | 6/02/2009 | Douglas Burns
    SIOUX CITY - U.S. Sen. John Ensign, a conservative Republican from Nevada, said Monday in Sioux City his party can appeal to women and minorities on educational choice. "This is an issue we can actually take back," Ensign said. Stirring speculation about a potential presidential run in 2012 the telegenic, silver-haired veterinarian spoke to more than 100 people in attendance for an American Future Fund lecture at the main library in downtown Sioux City. Earlier in the day Ensign toured the Blue Bunny ice cream plant in Le Mars and Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center. Before he entered politics,...
  • Nevada Senator Optimistic About GOP in Iowa Visit (Ensign Says Obama Will Be Vulnerable)

    06/01/2009 4:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 868+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 1, 2009 | MIKE GLOVER
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign predicted Monday that President Barack Obama will be vulnerable in the next election, but only if "fresh voices and fresh faces" emerge to make the case for core Republican values. In a one-day visit to Iowa, where precinct caucuses launch the presidential nominating process, Ensign made the case that Republicans have gone astray and that's led to two consecutive electoral disasters. "Our party got away from its basic principles," Ensign said in an interview with The Associated Press. The trip marked his first visit to Iowa, and at times it looked like the presidential campaign swings...
  • Video: Straight talk on Nevada's budget situation

    05/20/2009 1:53:01 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 2 replies · 451+ views
    Write on Nevada ^ | May 20, 2009 | Victor Joecks
    Click here to watch the videoTalk on Nevada host Andy Matthews interviews Geoffrey Lawrence, NPRI's fiscal policy analyst, on Nevada's budget situation. Geoffrey is the author of Nevada's Freedom Budget: 2009-2011, which would fund priorities, eliminate waste and save Nevada over $1.7 billion compared to the legislature's budget. Andy and Geoffrey also talk about legislature's proposed job-killing, record-setting, billion dollar tax increase,
  • Ensign Adds To Iowa Itinerary

    05/14/2009 8:51:43 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies · 535+ views
    National Journal ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Erin McPike and James A. Barnes
    Nevada Senator's June Trip Is Raising Talk Of 2012 Sen. John Ensign's June 1 trip to Iowa is looking more and more like a day straight out of a White House hopeful's itinerary, a sign that the 2012 campaign is already under way in the Hawkeye State, which hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. The Nevada Republican is flying into Sioux Falls on the last day of the Memorial Day recess before a four-week work period in Congress. He has three stops scheduled before he heads back to the nation's capital: an address on behalf of the American Future Fund's conservative...
  • EDITORIAL: Impeach Bybee? What a joke - Obama loathes torture opinion that saved American lives

    04/26/2009 7:29:01 AM PDT · by Nevadan · 16 replies · 975+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Apr. 26, 2009 | Editor
    The laws of war, as subscribed to by most civilized nations -- even if adherence can be spotty -- draw an important distinction between uniformed prisoners of war and irregulars who wear no recognizable uniform, the better to meld into the general populace of non-combatants in order to act as spies or saboteurs, blowing up military installations behind the lines. Once uniformed prisoners are taken, the rules call for them to be treated in a humane manner. Not so plainclothes spies, partisans and irregulars. In part because their activities blur the line between the military and the civilian populace, leading...
  • Video: Sen. Ensign Calls Obama "Irresponsible"

    04/20/2009 7:08:41 AM PDT · by careyb · 7 replies · 577+ views
    SOTU ^ | 4/19/09 | John Ensign
    Referring to the Chavez handshake.