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  • Poll: Who should run against Dianne Feinstein in 2012? {FReep for McClintock!}

    09/21/2011 6:46:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/21/11 | Dan Smith
    Michael Reagan has ruled out a candidacy, and Republicans are still looking for a challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year. . . . Could the GOP have a chance, even in this bluest of blue states?
  • Michael Reagan: I'm 'not crazy enough' to run for U.S. Senate

    09/21/2011 12:56:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/21/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Republican Michael Reagan has shot down speculation that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012, saying he has no plans to jump in the race. "I am not crazy enough to run..No I am not considering a run for senate," Reagan wrote in an email to The Bee.
  • Michael Reagan a No-Go to Challenge Feinstein in California

    09/21/2011 12:35:21 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 21 September 2011
    Contrary to news report, Michael Reagan, the son of the former president, told Fox News on Wednesday that he is not running for the Senate seat in California currently held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein and hasn't considered the idea. Reagan added that he doesn't know how that news got reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, which is in Feinstein's hometown. "I never even spoke to anyone at the Chronicle and I am not running for Senate in California," he said.
  • Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet

    09/19/2011 12:11:12 PM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    SF Gate ^ | September 16, 2011 | Joe Garofoli
    Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings. This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year - and no major candidates have stepped up. But the landscape may change soon, analysts said, given Feinstein's recent campaign money problems...
  • Feinstein Swindled

    09/19/2011 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 19, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Some 200 California Democrat clients have fallen victim to a Madoff in their midst. Could it turn the state light blue? It's said that word-of-mouth advertising is the best kind. It certainly worked for Ms. Kinde Durkee for more than 12 years. It would still be working if she hadn't helped herself to some of her clients' bank accounts once too often. Durkee's nearly 200 clients weren't stores and small factories. They were California Democratic office holders, candidates, and committees. For all those years she was the go-to person to be treasurer for any Democrat's campaign accounts. Campaign treasurers serve...
  • California 'birther' leader Orly Taitz considering U.S. Senate bid

    09/19/2011 7:11:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 17, 2011 | Torey Van Oot
    A leading figure in the "birther" movement is mulling returning to the California ballot in another bid for statewide office. Republican Orly Taitz, who ran in the GOP primary for secretary of state last year, said today she is "absolutely" considering challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. "I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew," Taitz told The Bee after attending a town hall-style event on Latino issues at the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles.
  • Dianne Feinstein needn't worry about poll results

    09/18/2011 7:37:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Willie's World ^ | 9/18/11 | Willie Brown
    <p>Everyone is asking about President Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's approval ratings taking a dive in the latest Field Research Poll.</p> <p>Let's see: Obama has dropped to 44 percent and Feinstein is down to a 41 percent approval rating.</p> <p>Give me a break. I would have been happy to have those kinds of numbers when I was heading out of office.</p>
  • Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet (Michael Reagan May Challenge Her)

    09/16/2011 12:33:42 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 09/15/11 | Joe Garofoli
    Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings. This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year - and no major candidates have stepped up. But the landscape may change soon, analysts said, given Feinstein's recent campaign money problems...
  • What? California's Dianne Feinstein in poll trouble too?

    09/16/2011 6:36:24 AM PDT · by tje · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012. And from California already? A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein is -- how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? -- approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year. Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012. In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake. The same poll finds that only 41% approve of Feinstein's job in Washington, while...
  • In wake of quake, Californians would benefit most from ‘Affordability Act’

    09/15/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    With the East Coast earthquake still a fresh memory, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing a bill designed to cut rates so more homeowners can afford quake insurance coverage, but the scope of the plan remains a big question mark with critics arguing that California would be the big winner at the expense of the rest of the nation. The nonprofit California Earthquake Authority is pushing the “Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act” that it says would cut rates by as much as 20 percent for homeowners. It also could leave the federal government on the hook for up to $5 billion...
  • Feinstein, Sanchez caught in Solyndra for Dem donors

    09/13/2011 12:52:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 9/13/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Dianne Feinstein told Politico that her campaign was "wiped out" by Democratic political operative Kinde Durkee, whom the FBI arrested last week. DiFi explained that Durkee worked on her 1992, 1994 and 2006 campaign. And: "I trusted her implicitly." Worse: Feinstein said she and her campaign staff have been unable to access all their bank records at this point because Durkee alone controlled access to the account, which has made it difficult for them to assess how much money is gone. Two other similarly dissatisfied clients are California Democratic Reps. Susan Davis, who called Durkee "the Bernie Madoff of campaign...
  • Feinstein: 'Wiped out' by scandal

    09/12/2011 4:18:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 127 replies
    Politico ^ | September 12, 2011 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a well-connected California Democratic political operative who served as treasurer for hundreds of state, local and federal campaign committees.Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 2 on allegations of fraud surrounding the diversion of more than $670,000 from the reelection committee for a California state assemblyman, and a growing list of California Democrats, including Feinstein and Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez, now appear to victims as well.“I was wiped out too, we don’t know how much,” said Feinstein, indicating the losses in campaign funds could run...
  • Guess How Much of Dianne Feinstein Campaign Cash ($5 million total) was Embezzled

    09/10/2011 6:52:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies
    Self | September 8, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, here is a weekend fun challenge: Guess how much of Dianne Feinstein's campaign cash was stolen via embezzlement by her treasurer Kinde Durkee. We already know that Durkee WIPED OUT the campaign cash of Loretta Sanchez so it is hard to believe that she wouldn't have touched at least some of the $5 million of Di-Fi cash. This little BLURB from the L.A. Weekly doesn't make it look too good for Di-Fi: Feinstein's re-election campaign had about $5 million in the bank as of June 30, according to the disclosure forms Durkee submitted. Durkee has been accused of filing...
  • Diane Feinstein Applauds Energy Department’s $535 Million Solyndra Loan

    09/08/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 11 replies
    Senator Diane Feinstein Press Release ^ | September 4, 2009 | Senator Diane Feinstein
    - Solar manufacturing facility is expected to generate up to 3,000 clean energy jobs in Fremont, CA --- San Francisco, CA – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s decision to finalize a $535 million loan guarantee to a California-based solar company, Solyndra. The Department of Energy announced the initial selection of Solyndra as a conditional loan guarantee recipient in March and formalized the decision today at a ground-breaking ceremony in Fremont, California. “This is a major milestone for California’s solar industry,” Senator Feinstein said. “This federal loan guarantee of $535 million will enable Solyndra...
  • FBI arrests campaign treasurer for Democratic politicians (suspicion of mail fraud)

    09/04/2011 8:38:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/3/11 | LAT
    The Orange County Register is reporting that federal authorities have arrested a Burbank-based campaign treasurer for a number of Democratic politicians, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove.
  • FBI arrests prominent Democratic campaign treasurer

    09/04/2011 4:57:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    A prominent Democratic campaign treasurer who works for federal, state and O.C. lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Assemblymen Lou Correa and Jose Solorio has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of mail fraud, The Orange County Register has learned. U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek confirmed Saturday afternoon that Kinde Durkee of Burbank-based Durkee and Associates, was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. Special Agent Steve Dupre of the bureau’s Sacramento office said she was arrested in connection with her position as a...
  • Not Safe - Inside A California Independent Handgun Test Laboratory

    09/01/2011 1:53:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Handgunner ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Scott “Mac” MacGregor
    A decade ago the State of California enacted a law mandating virtually any handgun model sold in the state must undergo testing by an Independent Handgun Test Laboratory before it would be allowed on the market. This is the story of one of those laboratories. The Justification The 1990s saw a rise of gun-related legislation at the municipal and county level throughout California. “Enlightened” politicians passed ordinances banning the sale of “Saturday Night Specials” within their jurisdictions. While varied and confusing to the extreme, these laws all had something in common: they tried banning something that couldn’t be adequately described....
  • Feinstein sees a Senate debt solution (Let's see this "Senate plan" in Legislative writing)

    07/24/2011 8:37:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 7/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein said a deal to raise the debt ceiling is being held hostage by Republican politics, but that she can envision an agreement in the Senate to prevent default. The California Democrat said on Sunday there are currently 39 senators who support the so-called “Gang of Six proposal” put forward by three Democrats and three Republicans that would include a combination of spending cuts and revenues to reduce mounting budget deficits and bring Republican support to raise the limit on how much money the government can borrow. “It’s a big step forward for the Senate,” Feinstein said on...
  • Obama to Back Repeal of Law Restricting Marriage

    07/19/2011 10:53:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 July 2011 | Helene Cooper
    President Obama will endorse a bill to repeal the law that limits the legal definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, the White House said Tuesday, taking another step in support of gay rights. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Obama was taking the additional step away from the Defense of Marriage Act — which the administration said earlier this year it would no longer defend in court — in order to “uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections...
  • Feinstein Pushes Bill to Repeal DOMA, Ensure Federal Benefits to ‘Married’ Gays

    07/19/2011 8:19:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 19, 2011 | Penny Starr
    ( – Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [2] (DOMA) and replace it with the Respect for Marriage Act [3], which would recognize “married” same-sex couples in the same way as married men and women and ensure those gay couples are eligible to receive federal benefits. Feinstein’s bill would not, however, require states without homosexual marriage laws to recognize those legally sanctioned in other states. “The bill [4]is simple,” Feinstein said at the National Press Club on Tuesday. “It would strike the Defense of Marriage Act from federal law and it...
  • President Obama Supports Legislation to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

    07/19/2011 1:08:18 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 123 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/19/2011 | Jake Tapper
    Tomorrow the Senate will hold the first hearing on The Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, thus granting to all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples—to receive federal marriage benefits and protections if they are joined by a valid marriage in a state where such marriages are legal. “The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people --our families, friends and neighbors,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said at today’s press briefing. “He is proud...
  • Obama backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act

    07/19/2011 12:50:59 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 37 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/19/11 | David Nakamura
    The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman. White House spokesman Jay Carney denounced the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the administration will back a bill introduced this year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove the law from the books. Feinstein’s bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, would “uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples” the same rights as others, according to Carney. The Senate is scheduled to...
  • SF To Shutter Courtrooms; Lay Off 200 Workers

    07/18/2011 2:04:07 PM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    KTVU ^ | 07/18/11 | Staff
    The San Francisco Superior Court is laying off more than 40 percent of its staff and shuttering 25 courtrooms because of budget cuts. Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein said Monday that the cuts mean it will take many more hours to pay a traffic ticket in person, up to 18 months to finalize a divorce and five years for a lawsuit to go to trial. The cuts go into effect on Sept. 30 and are needed to close a $13.75 million deficit. Some 200 of the court's 480 workers will be let go, including 11 of 12 commissioners who preside over...
  • 1 dead, 8 missing after fishing boat capsizes off Mexico

    07/05/2011 1:43:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Robert J. Lopez and David Zahniser, Los Angeles
    One person was reported dead and eight others were missing Monday after a fishing boat carrying 27 U.S. tourists and 17 Mexican crew members capsized in rough seas in the Gulf of California, officials said. The tourists, most of them from California, were aboard the charter vessel Erik when a storm suddenly struck about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, hurling people into the water off San Luis Island, about 60 miles south of the Baja California port of San Felipe, the Mexican navy said. "The weather was calm, and then a strong wind came," said Dora Winkler, a spokeswoman with the Port...
  • Poll: Majority of Jewish Americans still solidly support President Obama

    07/05/2011 2:53:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/05/2011 | Tina Korbe
    After President Barack Obama revealed the suspect status of his support for Israel — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wowed crowds with a sternly-worded address to a special joint session of Congress — some speculated Jewish American support for Obama would wane. But a new Gallup poll out yesterday shows a large majority still approve of the president. Jewish Americans gave President Barack Obama a 60% job approval rating in June, down from 68% in May, but statistically unchanged from 64% in April. Thirty-two percent of U.S. Jews now disapprove of the job Obama is doing, similar to their...
  • The Insidious Semantics of ‘Gun Control’

    07/03/2011 11:43:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 1 July, 2011 | Kirby Ferris
    Washington, DC --( “Gun Control” advocates fall into only two categories: the Liars and the Ignorant. There is no third category. The Liars invent the lies. The Ignorant believe the lies and repeat them. Truly fervent “gun control” advocates are quite often mentally ill. Their most common clinical symptoms, projection and denial, are barely below the surface. Because they often entertain a warped contempt of other human beings, they don’t trust themselves with guns, so they would prohibit firearms to all. They also entertain a primitive superstition about an inanimate object: “Guns are bad! Guns kill people!” Read what a...
  • Obama’s ineligibility: It is time to create a genuine opposition (Dim bulb Dick Durbin video)

    06/30/2011 6:37:54 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 30, 2011 | Lawrence Sellin
    The 2012 election is underway and it will be a street fight, whose outcome will determine if the United States survives as a republic. It is futile writing to Congress for the redress of grievances. They are only interested in getting elected, not in representing their constituents. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the Senate Majority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate. To me Dangerous Dick is indicative of how far the Congress has degenerated. (snip) Durbin thinks that it is acceptable for an illegal immigrant to become President. If you recall, it was...
  • Dianne Feinstein's support dives in Field Poll

    06/21/2011 8:09:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/21/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Washington -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's popularity has plunged by double digits from her previous re-election ratings, according to a new Field Poll survey, demonstrating the toll that the anemic economy is taking on incumbent Democrats, including President Obama, heading into next year's elections. Campaigning for a fourth full term, Feinstein enjoys a four-point edge, 43 to 39 percent, among registered California voters asked if they would vote for her - even as a strong majority, 46 to 31 percent, approves of the job she is doing. Eighteen percent of voters have no opinion on whether they'd vote for her,...
  • Feinstein vs. Coburn-Feinstein on ethanol subsidy

    06/16/2011 8:11:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/16/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Tuesday, the Senate voted 40-59 against an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to end the annual $6 billion (45 cents-per-gallon) tax subsidy for ethanol, as well as the 54 cents-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was a co-author of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit Repeal Act. As she explained, the subsidy bestows $15 million a day "on large oil companies with no good reason" and drives up food prices. Yet Tuesday Feinstein voted against her own amendment. Feinstein explained to reporters that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised her a vote on a similar...
  • Rebellion among Senate Dems over Reid’s no-budget agenda?

    06/07/2011 2:11:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 7, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have taken great pains to continually refer to the number of days since Senate Democrats have produced a budget, now at Day 769 and counting. Democrats have begun to chafe at Harry Reid’s strategy of attempting to grab a world record for punting, especially since Democrats have to argue in next year’s elections for voters to trust them with leadership for the next two years. Politico reports on building dissatisfaction with leadership among the majority caucus: A growing number of Senate Democrats are anxious about the lack of a Democratic budget and the unusually slow legislative agenda, creating another...
  • Sen. Feinstein Dodges Question on Controversial Obama Nominee Goodwin Liu

    05/18/2011 3:02:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 18, 2011 | Matt Cover
    ( – Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dodged a question about the controversial writings of Goodwin Liu, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last year. Feinstein instead said that Liu indicated that he understands the difference between being an advocate and a judge. To serve on the court, Liu must be confirmed by the Senate. At the Capitol on Wednesday, asked Sen. Feinstein, “In a 2008 law review article Professor Liu argued that there was a constitutional right to welfare – what he...
  • Dianne Feinstein sees Osama bin Laden kill photos (But you shouldn't)

    05/15/2011 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 19 replies
    SanFrancisco Chronicle ^ | May 15, 2011 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    "I don't need to see those pictures, and no one needs to see them," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said after viewing the kill photos of Osama bin Laden on Friday. The morning trip to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., capped a five-month nail-biter that began in December when Feinstein, as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was briefed by the CIA that bin Laden had been tracked to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. On April 30, a day before the Navy SEALs raid on the compound, the California Democrat got a classified call from CIA headquarters alerting her that the...
  • Feinstein uses private bills to block deportations

    05/09/2011 8:03:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/9/11 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – Nayely Arreola was a high school junior when a U.S. senator first protected her from deportation. The year: 2003. Nayely is now 25, newly married and a graduate of Fresno Pacific University. She and her family still remain protected, thanks to special bills that need not pass to exert influence. "Perhaps the greatest hardship to this family, if forced to return to Mexico, will be (Nayely's) lost opportunity to realize her dreams and further contribute to her community and this country," Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein declared. As she has regularly since 2003, Feinstein in March re-introduced a so-called...
  • Feinstein rails against GOP, Tea Party at Democratic convention

    05/01/2011 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Selene · 29 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/30/2011 | Capitol Alert
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein took the stage at the at the state Democratic Party convention today to rally the base with a stinging rebuke of Republicans in the U.S. House. "In the five months since Republicans have taken control of the House they have tried to systematically disassemble the American dream," she said. Feinstein praised fellow Democrats and President Barack Obama for standing up to GOP demands to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, but called the budget proposal for next year introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the "next act in the assault on women, seniors and working people" She...
  • Longtime Democratic Strategist Kam Kuwata Found Dead

    04/11/2011 6:06:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | April 11, 2011 5:51 PM
    Longtime Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata, a mainstay of the California political scene for decades, was found dead today in his Venice condominium. He was 57. “I am greatly saddened by the passing of Kam Kuwata,” said Eric Bauman, Los Angeles County Democratic Party chairman. “Today, we lost a dear friend and a top Democratic political mind whose influential behind-the-scenes work had touched California and American politics alike. Kuwata’s work extends nearly 30 years in campaign strategic planning, communications and messaging. He served in many key roles for major and local Democratic campaigns including: U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Akaka and...
  • Flashback: Presideo Partners (Eminent Domain Corruption between Pelosi, Gorbachev...)

    04/02/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 15, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    "Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep, into Pelosi's role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair - in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment called PRESIDIO PARTNERS. Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted - Hunter Point is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco. Roll Call stated that in early 2004, Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence...
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein: Missiles Won’t Do It So … It’s Time We Arrest Gaddafi

    04/01/2011 5:02:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jim Vicevich
    I wish I were kidding with this headline, but I am not. The Senator from California knows air raids won’t cut it. So far so good. So she believes it’s time we … arrest him? My guess is if we could we would. And to be fair she does offer two more options. But it is interesting this is the first option that comes to her mind. Lefties stil think war is a police action but you can’t bring down a tyrant like Gadaffi by wishing and hoping, or by arresting.
  • Dianne Feinstein in electoral trouble? So says the latest Harris Poll.

    03/24/2011 11:59:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A new poll from California shows Dianne Feinstein falling below 50% in re-elect support, a rating than in any other state might mean something. McClatchy sends up the red flag from the latest Harris Poll, which gives the four-term Senator only a +4 on support for a fifth term, hitting below 50%: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein remains more popular among California voters than her colleague Barbara Boxer, a new Field Poll shows.But Feinstein can’t rest easy as she prepares for another re-election bid next year. For the first time since her initial 1992 election, less than half of the Californians...
  • Inside the White House-Congress Meeting on Libya (Obama Spox: U.S. involvement "days not weeks")

    03/18/2011 6:46:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    The Cable, Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | Josh Rogin
    SNIP The other lawmakers in attendance (beside Sen. Richard Lugar R-IN) were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TX), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough held a conference call with...
  • Feinstein to introduce repeal bill [DOMA]

    02/23/2011 5:11:50 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 23, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
    Commentators and politicians from the left and the right say Congress could take the next move now that President Obama's Justice Department has announced it will no longer defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)-- and it looks like a member of Congress from the left side of the aisle is the first to act. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California released a statement today saying that she intends to introduce legislation to repeal DOMA, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. "My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of...
  • Feinstein: “We don’t understand this”crisis in Egypt

    02/09/2011 10:05:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/9/11 | Ed Morrissey
    The people who are cheerleading immediate democracy in Egypt don’t recall the lesson learned in Gaza, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) warned MSNBC this morning. Feinstein warned of “fundamentalist Islamic sects” taking control of Egypt in the present chaos and told Andrea Mitchell that “we don’t understand the ebb and flow” of politics in the Middle East, and that simply demanding elections in an environment as unstable as Egypt’s at the present could lead to some very undemocratic long-term outcomes (from The Blaze):
  • Feinstein: We got no warning

    02/08/2011 11:57:46 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 8, 2011 | M. Alex Johnson
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, says the intelligence community never warned Congress or President Barack Obama that a potential revolution was brewing in Egypt — partly because it wasn't reading Facebook and Twitter. The performance of the intelligence agencies has been debated since Thursday, when Stephanie O'Sullivan, the Obama administration's nominee for principal deputy director of national intelligence, told the committee that they warned the administration of instability in Egypt at the end of last year. Several senators on the committee challenged O'Sullivan at the hearing, and in an interview today on MSNBC TV, Feinstein indicated...
  • Feinstein Asks President To Tighten Import Restrictions On Semi-Automatic Rifles

    02/04/2011 10:44:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | February 04, 2011 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Feinstein Asks President To Tighten Import Restrictions On Semi-Automatic Rifles   Friday, February 04, 2011   On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives review its interpretation of the federal law that provides for the importation of firearms "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes."  Adopting a narrower interpretation of the law would, Feinstein claimed, help reduce violence in Mexico and the United States.As the Supreme Court said in...
  • Finger-pointing begins on Egypt (Dems blame CIA)

    02/04/2011 12:04:52 PM PST · by Qbert · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/2011 | Glenn Thrush and Josh Gerstein
    The debate over who “lost” Egypt seems to have begun. Critics are openly questioning the quality of information and analysis given to President Barack Obama by U.S. intelligence agencies in the days leading to the dramatic uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. And they are raising questions about the effectiveness of his efforts to force the 82-year-old strongman to step down. Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, admit that some mistakes were made and some signals were missed. And, even as they frantically try to negotiate Mubarak’s departure and avert more violence, they argue that their options and leverage...
  • Ten Most Corrupt Politicians of 2010 (feel free to add to the list)

    12/27/2010 9:31:24 AM PST · by khnyny · 48 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 17, 2010 | Jim Kouri
    It's that time of the year when numerous organizations and news outlets publish or announce their "Best of..." or "Worst of..." or "Most important of..." or "Most popular of..." lists. Not to be outdone by the so-called elite media, below is a list from an industrious public-interest group whose sole mission is to investigate and prosecute government corruption wherever it is discovered. On Thursday, Judicial Watch released its 2010 list of Washington's “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” While there may be some surprises, readers will note that neither political party has a monopoly on political corruption. Special thanks to Judicial...
  • (CA) Poised to Sell Trophy Buildings to Unidentified Investors (and pay rent)

    12/25/2010 11:31:21 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 3+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 25, 2010 | Elizabeth Lesly Stevens
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to decamp from Sacramento on Jan. 3, he has displayed zealous determination to complete what critics say will be among the worst deals the state has ever made: the sale of 11 premier state office complexes to a group of politically connected private investors. ...California would pocket about $1.3 billion after debt is paid off, but would then be a tenant in the same buildings. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, the deal would cost taxpayers $6 billion over 35 years. ....Two prominent Bay Area lawyers sued to halt the sale, and the state...
  • Congress Approves Private Bill To Help Illegal Immigrant

    12/20/2010 12:14:46 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 3+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 20, 2010
    A rare private bill recently approved by the United States Congress will allow an illegal immigrant living in southern California to remain in the country and become a permanent resident. The secret law on behalf of one individual appears to be a growing trend among some pro-amnesty Democrats who are quietly blocking the deportations of illegal aliens and sponsoring clandestine legislation to keep the violators in the country indefinitely. Just a few weeks ago three federal lawmakers from California and Ohio blocked the removal of a Guatemalan arrested for driving without a license and a Peruvian who benefits from taxpayer-financed...
  • Dianne Feinstein warns of debt as Senate votes on tax cuts

    12/15/2010 12:56:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 12/15/10 | Carolyn Lochhead - Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The Senate is voting now to pass, overwhelmingly, the $858 billion compromise between President Obama and congressional Republicans on taxes and unemployment insurance. California's Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer support the bill, but Feinstein warned of deep cuts ahead in an impassioned, extemporaneous speech on the eve of the vote. She said the Senate needs to immediately "pivot" to debt reduction, citing her experience as mayor of San Francisco in proposing cost-cutting to wake up the public about the threat. Feinstein said she worried about the vote over last weekend, and didn't like the reduction in the estate...
  • Feinstein calls for spy charges against WikiLeaks founder

    12/02/2010 9:50:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/2/10 | Foon Rhee
    Count Sen. Dianne Feinstein among those who believe that the leak of tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables is not only embarrassing and damaging to foreign policy, but illegal.  Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today urged Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for espionage, along with "any and all of his possible accomplices."  "The unauthorized release of this information, including the recent release of approximately 250,000 State Department documents, is a serious breach of national security and could be used to severely harm the United States and its worldwide interests," the California Democrat...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former Defense IG Raises Concerns About Military Chaplain Vetting

    12/01/2010 2:03:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 1+ views
    FOX ^ | Dec. 1, 2010
    A former inspector general for the Defense Department is calling on Congress to investigate and oversee the vetting process for Muslim clerics who are nominated to serve as U.S. military chaplains. In a letter sent earlier this month to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, former Inspector General Joseph Schmitz outlined what he believes is the potential risk to national security posed by the military’s current chaplain vetting system.