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  • Where was the Reverend Al when police killed Hispanic Iraq war vet Jose Guerena?

    03/24/2012 1:20:13 AM PDT · by jay0718 · 9 replies
    Generation Snooki ^ | March 24, 2012 | Jay Stephenson
    Where was the Reverend Al when police killed Hispanic Iraq war vet Jose Guerena? Jay Stephenson GenerationSnooki.com March 24 2012 On May 5 last year, former Marine and Iraq war veteran Jose Guerena was just minding his business before police raided his Arizona home and opened fire, releasing more than 70 rounds in 7 seconds while his wife Vanessa and 4-year old son listened from a nearby closet. Armed with SWAT gear and an armored carrier, police no knock raided the Guerena home searching for illegal drugs that were never found. He was suspected of taking part in a marijuana...
  • UPDATE: PepsiCo Prez Behind Gabrielle Giffords’ Civilian Disarmament Lovefest

    02/17/2014 9:18:46 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 2/15/2014 | Robert Farago
    The TTAG tipster who alerted us to PepsiCo’s financial support of Gabrielle Giffords’ 2013 civilian disarmament gabfest entered “pepsico” into the search bar at aspenideas.org. (Fiendishly clever, eh?) Up popped Brad Jakeman, President, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo, Inc., right below none other than Gabrielle Giffords, the doyenne of disarmament. Being the seasoned journalist I am I Googled Mr. Jakeman’s name and the festival and found the YouTubery above. According to Mr. Jakeman’s full official bio the Aussie was the marketing maven behind Activision’s gun-intensive Call of Duty video game (“There’s a soldier in all of us”). Here he is below...
  • NPR's Liberal Attacks: Hour on Guns Includes Attack on NRA's Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent as Draft Dod

    01/12/2014 6:27:18 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    Newsbusters.com ^ | 1/11/2014 | Tim Graham
    One reason commercial liberal talk radio’s never quite succeeded is that NPR is a network with liberal hosts, liberal guests, and liberal callers. This perfect storm of unanimity displayed itself on Thursday’s Diane Rehm Show, when they discussed the push for more gun control. There were no guests from the NRA, just moderate Richard Feldman, who wrote a book about his “confessions of a gun lobbyist.” On the other hand, Rehm brought on Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of disabled ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to talk up his new gun-control group, as well as an anti-gun New York Times reporter and...
  • Gabby Giffords & Husband Mark Kelly's Daughter's Dog Kills Baby Seal (Killed More Than My AR-15)

    03/26/2013 7:18:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 25, 2013 | CBS Los Angeles
    Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Pulls Daughter’s Dog Off Sea Lion In Laguna Beach LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Gabrielle Giffords’ husband pulled his daughter’s dog off of a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend. The incident, which was captured on video, happened around 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Goff Cove Beach by the Montage Laguna Beach. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s 18-year-old daughter, who was on vacation with her father and Giffords, was walking the American bulldog on a leash when the 65-pound dog saw the sea lion, ran off and attacked. Nathan, who declined to give his last name, happened to...
  • Gabrielle Giffords and husband launch anti-gun violence site

    01/08/2013 3:09:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Tina Burnside
    Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched a website aimed at curbing gun violence Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that left her critically wounded. "Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot me in the head, killed six of my constituents, and wounded 12 others," Giffords wrote on the website. "Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings -- but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence." The website, titled "Americans for Responsible Solutions", also features an opinion article that the couple penned, which was published by...
  • Our Dishonorable President

    08/12/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    After the massacre in Tucson that saw six murdered and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 12 others wounded, President Obama gave a speech at the memorial where he called for raising the tone in politics. To honor the memory of those killed and wounded the president said: The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives -- to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let's remember...
  • Democrats hold on to Arizona congressional seat

    06/12/2012 9:52:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2012 | KEVIN FREKING and WALTER BERRY
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center. Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who narrowly lost a House race to Giffords in 2010.
  • Arizona: Ron Barber wins special election, Gabrielle Giffords' former seat

    06/13/2012 4:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    KPHO (CBS Affiliate) ^ | 06/13/2012 | By Lindsey Reiser
    TUCSON, AZ (CBS5/AP) - It's a race for Congress that the entire nation has been watching, and we now know who will fill Gabrielle Gifford's House seat. Ron Barber, who worked as Giffords' aid and was injured in the Tucson shooting, is the winner of the District 8 race. He has about 52 percent of the votes; 86 percent of precincts have turned in their results. This race determines who will be representing Tucson for the next six months in Washington, DC. Right now, Barber has more than a 7 percent lead over Jesse Kelly, who ran against Giffords in...
  • Giffords’s potential successor runs from Obama

    06/04/2012 10:05:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2012 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    When it comes to President Barack Obama and the special House election to succeed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there’s the personal and then there’s the political. The personal: Days after bullets pierced his thigh and cheek in the shooting rampage last year that nearly took Giffords’s life, Ron Barber was paid a special bedside visit by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. But as Barber seeks the seat of his onetime boss in a June 12 special election, the Democrat is loath to mention Obama’s name let alone tout any bond they formed in the dark days after the shooting...
  • Jesse Kelly picked as GOP candidate in Ariz.'s CD8

    04/18/2012 3:58:06 AM PDT · by CanadianYankee · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 18 April 2012 | WALTER BERRY
    Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.........
  • Martha McSally Wants to Kick Rick Santorum

    02/17/2012 8:42:54 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 87 replies · 1+ views
    politico.com ^ | 2/17/12 | MJ LEE
    Martha McSally, the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat who is seeking ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s seat in Arizona’s special election, blurted out in a TV interview Friday that she wanted to “go and kick him in the jimmy.” “You know, I agree with many of the things that Rick Santorum says, but when I heard this, I really just wanted to go and kick him in the jimmy,” McSally, a Republican, said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to Santorum’s recent controversial comments about women in the military.
  • Former military brass ‘shocked,’ ‘angered’ over USS Gabrielle Giffords

    02/15/2012 8:47:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/14/2012 | Caroline May
    Retired Rear Admiral George Worthington, former commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, told The Daily Caller that there are many people more worthy of a ship bearing their name. “Here is the issue. There are a lot of dead Marines out there whose names could go on anything that appears to be an amphibious ship,” he said, explaining that a past recipient of the Medal of Honor, Dakota Meyer, might be a good candidate. Worthington added his email “inbox” has been filled with messages from military friends who are “shocked and angered” by the decision. “We think fallen Marines...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama hijacks the Navy

    02/13/2012 7:59:00 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 53 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | unsigned editorial
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is back again using a U.S. Navy warship as a vessel of political pandering. At a hurriedly convened Pentagon ceremony Friday, Mr. Mabus announced that the next littoral combat ship, LCS-11, would be named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. Mrs. Giffords recently resigned her congressional seat to focus on recovering from wounds she received in a tragic January 2011 shooting. There are many appropriate ways to honor Mrs. Giffords, but this is not one of them.
  • Navy names ship for former congresswoman Giffords

    02/10/2012 2:29:31 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 55 replies
    AP ^ | February 10, 2012
    ..WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011. In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist's rendering of the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The littoral combat ship is among the Navy's most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships. Mabus said: "God bless the USS Gabrielle Giffords and all who sail in her." Mabus also announced that the ship's "sponsor" is Roxanna Green. She's the mother of Christina-Taylor...
  • Navy names littoralcombat ship for former congresswoman Giffords

    02/10/2012 3:20:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Littoral ship named for Gabby ---
  • Navy names USS Gabrielle Giffords

    02/10/2012 12:18:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 255 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/10/12 | Daniel Strauss and Jeremy Herb
    The Secretary of the Navy announced on Friday that a new littoral combat ship will be named after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The announcement comes the same day that President Obama signed the last piece of legislation sponsored by Giffords, a bill aimed at reducing drug trafficking along the American borders with Canada and Mexico. Giffords, who recently stepped down from office, was the target of a shooting rampage in early January 2011. “The name this ship bears and the story represented by that name will inspire all those who come in contact with her,” said Navy Secretary Ray...
  • DNC Chair Says Giffords Shooting Tea Party’s Fault

    01/12/2012 5:12:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | January 12, 2012 | IBD staff
    Politics: The DNC's chairwoman, a champion of Occupy Wall Street, once again associates the tragedy in Tucson with an end to civil discourse caused by the grass-roots Tea Party movement. Has she no shame? There she goes again. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla, head of the Democratic National Committee and the "Debbie Downer" of American politics, has repeated the canard that somehow the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., a year ago at a Tucson event is somehow linked to hatred spawned by the Tea Party. "We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of...
  • Tea Partiers owed an apology for political Tucson narrative

    01/12/2012 11:57:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The National Post ^ | January 12, 2012 | Chris Selley
    On the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage at a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket, nothing was more appropriate than to grieve the six people Jared Loughner is charged with murdering and marvel at the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In just 12 months she went from death’s door to belting out the Pledge of Allegiance at a vigil held on Sunday at the University of Arizona. Reports suggest the tone there was suitably inclusive and sombre. That having been done, it is also appropriate to recall the astonishing finger-pointing ritual many commentators performed in the wake of the shooting. Some accused...
  • Hey Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Who Engaged In &/Or Stood By Uncivil Rhetoric Since Tucson Tragedy?

    01/11/2012 4:33:27 PM PST · by stratman1969 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Marooned in Marin webblog ^ | January 11, 2012 | Marooned in Marin
    The one year anniversary of the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ last year in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others were wounded, and six (including a federal judge and nine-year old Christina-Taylor Green) were killed passed by on Sunday in a respectful manner. That ended today when DNC leader Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, aka "Thunderlips," did what I feared might happen...used the tragedy again to slander the Tea Party movement .... “We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who...
  • 'She makes me want to vomit': Former Marine( about) Gabbie Giffords

    01/10/2012 9:12:57 PM PST · by woofie · 43 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10th January 2012 | Staff
    An elderly, former Marine who lost his wife of 54 years in the Tucson mass shootings expressed his anger at fellow victim and Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords. George Morris, 77, was shot in the leg and back in the attack just over a year ago as he tried to protect his wife from the gunman. Dorothy Morris, 76, was killed after the couple had gone to the Safeway supermarket to quiz Ms Giffords' political opinions. Mr Morris, who describes himself as 'ultra-conservative', even refused a visit from President Obama while he recovered in hospital following the shootings in Arizona. The couple...
  • Ariz. senator weighs possible run against Giffords

    08/22/2011 10:12:41 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 8/23/2011 | AP
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Republican Arizona state senator says he has formed an exploratory committee to examine a possible run next year for the congressional seat held by Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sen. Frank Antenori, of Tucson, made extensive public comments last week about the committee but made his formal announcement Monday before a Republican women's group in Tucson.
  • Joe Biden on Shooting Victim Gabrielle Giffords: “She’s Now a Member of Cracked Head Club Like Me”

    08/01/2011 9:41:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/1/11 | Jim Hoft
    You just can’t make this up. Oaf Joe Biden told reporters he joked with shooting victim about “cracked heads.” Vice President Joe Biden, with a big smile on his face, walked to the House floor and said, “I came to see Gabby, that’s why I’m here.” …When Biden was asked about what he spoke with Giffords about, he joked, “She’s now a member of the cracked head club like me.”
  • House OKs debt bill, Giffords brings down House

    08/01/2011 8:40:14 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Yahoo!/AP ^ | 1 Aug 2011 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crisis legislation to yank the nation past the threat of a historic financial default sped through the House Monday night, breaking weeks of deadlock. The rare moment of cooperation turned celebratory when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords strode in for the first time since she was shot in the head nearly seven months ago. The vote was 269-161, a scant day ahead of the deadline for action. But all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber unannounced and cast her vote in favor of the bill. [...]
  • Giffords in House for first time since shooting

    08/01/2011 6:18:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2011 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since she was shot last January, making a dramatic entrance Monday night during a crucial debt vote and drawing loud applause and cheers from surprised colleagues. As lawmakers stood on the floor, staring up at the vote board, Giffords slowly made her way through an entrance on the Democratic side of the chamber. Applause built and rolled like a wave through the House as lawmakers realized that their colleague had returned.
  • Restaurant tycoon Fertitta goes extra mile for friends Gabrielle Giffords and Mike Kelly

    07/27/2011 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 27, 2011 | ZAIN SHAUK
    For six months, he has been a giant in the background for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, quietly leveraging his power to help the couple rebound from devastation. His private jets, his home in River Oaks, his ranch, his media connections and even his restaurant empire have played roles in simultaneously supporting Giffords and protecting her from public view as she has pushed through her recovery, sources close to Giffords said. ...Houston restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta, a close friend of Giffords' husband, League City astronaut Mark Kelly, doesn't think much of his role, even as it highlights a...
  • 'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town

    07/11/2011 7:17:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 10, 2011 | July 10, 2011
    The Arizona town that's become a YouTube sensation for its police department hauling away a woman speaking at a town-hall meeting declared a state of emergency this afternoon, leaving many local residents in fear of what officers dressed in full riot gear might do. Jennifer "Jade" Jones, 45, the woman forcibly removed by police from a recent public meeting in Quartzsite, Ariz., despite the vocal objections of the mayor, says an illegal secret meeting was held today with the public locked out of the building. "About noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an...
  • Can Prison Officials Forcibly Medicate Jared Lee Loughner?

    06/29/2011 4:05:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1+ views
    WallStreetJournalLawBlog ^ | June 29, 2011 | Nathan Koppel
    Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was declared unfit to stand trial last month, a ruling that put government prosecutors in a position of having to try to restore Loughner to a mental state that would allow him to defend himself in court. Prison officials is Missouri, where Loughner currently is undergoing a mental evaluation, decided earlier this month to try to medicate Loughner against his will with anti-psychotic drugs. But lawyers representing Loughner have asked a federal judge to block prison officials from forcibly medicating Loughner, WSJ reports. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns is considering the issue at a hearing...
  • Giffords Shooting Suspect Ruled Incompetent for Trial

    05/25/2011 7:05:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | Staff
    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial on charges of opening fire Jan. 8 at a constituent event for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, killing six and injuring 13, including Giffords. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means Loughner, 22, will be sent back to the federal medical center for prisoners in Springfield, Mo., until Sept. 21, when a hearing will be held to determine whether he understands the 49 federal charges against him and can help in his defense. Doctors will try to medicate Loughner to see...
  • Jared Loughner found mentally unfit for trial

    05/25/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 101 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/25/11 | Staff
  • Obama calls for agreement on gun control after Giffords shooting

    03/13/2011 1:22:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 110 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama on Sunday called for gun-rights advocates and proponents of gun control to find common ground two months after the shooting which killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The Arizona Daily Star published an op-ed by Obama on Sunday calling for stronger restrictions on gun sales to buyers suspected of mental instability. “A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun,” Obama wrote of Jared...
  • Giffords reelected in narrow race

    11/05/2010 8:38:31 PM PDT · by Bevo · 18 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | November 5, 2010 | Dylan Smith
    Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been reelected by a narrow margin, new election returns show. Giffords has a near 4,000-vote lead over challenger Jesse Kelly, according to numbers released late Friday by the Pima County Elections Division and the Arizona Secretary of State. "The people of the 8th Congressional District have decided to send me back to Congress," Giffords told about 50 cheering supporters at her midtown campaign office Friday evening. Her campaign "focused on real solutions to the real problems facing the people of Southern Arizona," Giffords said, speaking about 90 minutes after the latest tally was released. "I...
  • Will Gabrielle Giffords run for Kyl senate seat?

    02/13/2011 3:31:44 AM PST · by Scanian · 43 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 12, 2011 | Rick Moran
    It depends on her health, of course, but Tucson shooting victim Rep. Giffords, who expressed an interest in running for the senate prior to the tragedy, may represent the Democrat's best chance to pick up a senate seat in 2012. Politico: "The race for Arizona's open Senate seat has quickly focused in on one question: What will Gabrielle Giffords do? "The Democratic congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson last month, is still undergoing rehabilitation in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head. Physicians have warned that her recovery will proceed at its own pace. [...] "Giffords was...
  • Giffords slams boycotts over immigration law [must be running for re-election]

    06/24/2010 10:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is criticizing two federal agencies for canceling conventions that had been scheduled for Arizona. The agencies apparently took this action to protest the state’s new immigration law. The U.S. Department of Education recently canceled an October convention set for a Tucson resort. The U.S. Border Patrol also canceled plans for a conference last month at a Prescott resort. In other boycott developments: • A group of California lawmakers is urging the state to boycott Arizona over its controversial immigration law. Sen. Gil Cedillo’s resolution calls on the state to issue a travel advisory, cease...
  • Recall petition filed against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)

    09/24/2009 1:24:07 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 38 replies · 1,876+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 09.23.2009 | Howard Fischer
    A recall petition filed Tuesday against a member of Congress could end up being a test case for whether Arizonans have the power to dump federal lawmakers. Tucsonan Thomas D. Young is seeking the ouster of two-term Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, citing her support of federal legislation requiring increased use of electricity generated from renewable sources and new carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants. Young complained those standards will raise the cost of materials by more than 30 percent.
  • Grijalva: 'Distinct possibility' Rep. Giffords runs for Senate

    02/15/2011 3:08:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 15, 2011 | Sean J. Miller
    Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) said he has no plans to run for Senate but there's the "distinct possibility" that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will mount a bid. Giffords has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head since she was attacked on Jan. 8 at an event in Tucson. The third-term congresswoman told staff before the shooting that she planned to run for Senate if Sen. Jon Kyl retired. The Republican announced last week he wouldn't seek reelection and Grijalva admitted that many Arizona Democrats pinned their hopes to Giffords winning the seat. "That was a lot of...
  • Is Daily Kos involved in Arizona Murders?

    01/08/2011 4:17:24 PM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 33 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 1/8/11 | Kevin DuJuan
    UPDATE: From the moment this story broke, the Left attempted desperately to claim the would-be assassin of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a Tea Party member. As the mounting evidence in this case proves, Jared Lee Loughner is a Leftist Democrat, not a conservative, not a Tea Party member. This is an excellent case study in the Leftist media doing everything it can to malign the Tea Party because it serves the Obama Administration and the goal of the media is to destroy the Tea Party to help Democrats. The same thing happened when Muslims bombed Times Square last year…and Mayor...
  • Arizona statute could endanger Gabrielle Giffords's hold on seat

    01/17/2011 11:28:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 104 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/17/11 | Philip Rucker
    Even as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shows signs of a near miraculous recovery, with doctors upgrading her condition from critical to serious Sunday, a little-known statutory provision in Arizona state law could endanger the Democratic congresswoman's hold on her seat through what doctors say will be a protracted medical struggle. A statute buried in Arizona law states that if a public officeholder ceases to "discharge the duties of office for the period of three consecutive months," the office shall be deemed vacant - at such time a special election could be called to fill the vacancy. The law does not specify...
  • Open Season on Democrats: Immigration

    06/21/2010 4:47:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2010 | Jillian Bandes
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is an outspoken opponent of SB1070, the Arizona immigration law. That’s an inconvenient thing to have on the books in a district where 70% of residents support the measure, especially when she’s up for re-election this cycle. Giffords is rounding out her second term in office, and was re-elected in 2008 mostly by convincing the very centrist voters in Arizona’s eighth district that she was in line with their moderate political views. But her opposition to SB1070, combined with her “aye” votes on cap-and-trade and health care, blew her “moderate” label out of the water. Perhaps...
  • Giffords, colleague demand answers on positioning of Border Patrol agents

    09/16/2010 9:02:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Are U.S. Border Patrol agents being properly deployed in Arizona? That’s a question Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wants a nonpartisan federal agency to answer. She and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, signed a letter on Aug. 26 asking the Government Accountability Office to study “the approach used by the Office of Border Patrol … to deploy and manage Border Patrol personnel and resources to secure the U.S.-Mexico border in the state of Arizona.” Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the action was the aftermath of a July...
  • Doctors: Giffords (AZ Rep.) Doesn't Remember Shooting, But Is 'Responding Beautifully'

    03/11/2011 12:26:02 PM PST · by Suz in AZ · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 11, 2011 | Lindsey Boerma
    Two months after suffering a bullet to the brain in an assassination attempt, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, R-Ariz., is “responding beautifully… already speaking in full sentences,” her doctors said in a press conference Friday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where Giffords is undergoing rehabilitation. Still, they said, the congresswoman has no memory of the event in Tucson that almost took her life. Her “memories of childhood and past years… are all normal,” the medical team said. But “she does not have memories of the event, which is normal.” Doctors said her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, told her about the shooting....
  • Jared Loughner is indicted on 46 new charges in Tucson shooting - and could face death penalty

    03/05/2011 9:46:17 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:06 AM on 5th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been indicted on 46 new charges, including the murders of a federal judge and an aide to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The new indictment, by a federal grand jury in Arizona, is the first step in a formal Department of Justice process to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old.
  • Giffords is seen as shoo-in for Kyl’s seat

    02/11/2011 10:51:11 AM PST · by speciallybland · 72 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/11/2011 | Valerie Richardson
    Any discussion of who’s likely to succeed outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona needs to factor in the following: If Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wants the seat, it’s hers. The three-term Democratic congresswoman explored the idea of running for the Senate seat in the event of Mr. Kyl‘s retirement before she was shot Jan. 8 at a constituent meet-and-greet in Tucson. Her rehabilitation from a gunshot wound to the head reportedly is proceeding faster than expected. Mr. Kyl announced Thursday that he would not seek a fourth term in 2012. If Ms. Giffords decides she’s game for a Senate run and...
  • Palin retreats, won't reload

    01/30/2011 8:45:32 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/11 | ANDY BARR
    Palin’s putting the safety catch on her references to weapons in the wake of Rep. Giffords's shooting. Continue Reading Her speech last night to the Safari Club in Reno was closed press, but thanks to the Reno Gazette-Journal's David Jacobs putting his ear to a closed door, we’re hearing the former Alaska governor’s new line. Palin dropped the "reload" phrase from her routine, telling the audience of hunters "don't retreat, stand tall" — a shift from her now infamous and well-known "don't retreat, reload" line that played on a loop on cable in the after the Tucson shooting.
  • Woman Who ID'd Arizona Shooter As Liberal Reflects On Experience (Media Not Happy With Description)

    01/28/2011 7:07:36 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 23 replies
    She calls the actions of CNN's Piers Morgan "scumbag" and thinks the media tried to put a "right spin" on the political leanings of the Arizona shooter. A key player in identifying the liberal background of the Arizona shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, has written about her experience. Caitie Parker, a former classmate, band-mate, and friend of Jared Lee Loughner, was one of the first to out Loughner's leftwing leanings. While the media was in full "blame Palin and the Tea Party" mode, Parker went to Twitter with her now famous "As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal."...
  • Columnist Defends Political Smear Story by Claiming It Wasn't Political

    01/20/2011 6:15:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick
    Palm Beach Post columnist Jose Lambiet (photo) is so desperate to defend the indefensible that he is now basically telling his readers that what they saw they didn't see. In this case, Lambiet is claiming that his column wasn't political even though that is exactly what it was from playing the class resentment card against the parents of  neurosurgeon Michael Lemole who treated Represenstative Gabrielle Giffords  by revealing the value of their homes to snarking about how they contributed to Tea Party candidates.
  • Palm Beach Post Columnist Slams Parents of Rep. Giffords Doctor for Supporting Tea Party Candidates

    01/20/2011 4:20:07 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick
    Michael Lemole is a neurosurgeon who has been treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. However, that noble work wasn't enough to keep Palm Beach Post Page 2 Live columnist Jose Lambiet (photo) from dragging his parents through the mud for the "high crime" of supporting Tea Party candidates. Somehow Lambiet thinks it ironic that while the son has worked to save the life of Giffords, his parents are associated with a group that Lambiet absurdly claims provided "fertile ground" for the likes of Jared Loughner. Lambiet kicks off his odious column by snarking about how wealthy Lemole's parents appear to be:
  • Parents of Giffords’ doc supported Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell with Palm Beach cash (BARF!!)

    01/19/2011 5:03:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 40 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | January 18, 2011 | Jose Lambiet
    The name of Michael Lemole, the University of Arizona neurosurgeon who’s been treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ brain injuries since the Jan. 8 shooting, may sound familiar to Palm Beachers. That’s because Lemole’s mom and pop, heart surgeon Gerald Lemole and his wife, Emily, live in a $7.1 million house on The Island. They also own a more modest $3.5 million house, also in Palm Beach. And while Michael is saving the life of the moderate Democratic congresswoman, Gerald and Emily are more into the far, far Right — including Tea Party goofball Christine O’Donnell! According to campaign filings, Lemole’s...
  • Shootings 'very clear' on tapes

    01/18/2011 7:52:44 AM PST · by petitfour · 72 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | January 18, 2011 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON - Federal law-enforcement officials have recovered "reams of videotape" from surveillance cameras at the Safeway shopping center where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, video that they said leaves no doubt about how the gunman methodically went about killing six people and wounding 13 others.
  • After Tucson, Blanket Accusations Leave Much to Interpretation (NYT getting defensive)

    01/17/2011 2:44:16 AM PST · by abb · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2011 | Brian Stelter and Jeremy W. Peters
    FOR every action in politics today, there’s an overwhelming and opposite reaction. Last week, the reaction came from conservative politicians who bridled at suggestions in the media that Jared L. Loughner may have been influenced by right-wing rhetoric and talk radio when he killed six people and gravely wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a rampage on Jan. 8 in Tucson. In her video address on Wednesday, Sarah Palin said that journalists and pundits should not manufacture “a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn.” The question left unanswered: which journalists...
  • Giffords' condition upgraded, 'continues to do well'

    01/16/2011 7:14:12 PM PST · by petitfour · 34 replies
    TucsonSentinel.com ^ | Jan 16, 2011 | Dylan Smith
    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is no longer in critical condition after being shot in the head last weekend, a hospital spokeswoman said. Giffords is now listed in serious condition, Ann Cisneros, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center said in a news release Sunday. "The congresswoman continues to do well. She is breathing on her own. Yesterday’s procedures were successful and uneventful," she said.