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  • Men's Rights Activists Call For Boycott Of 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Citing Feminist Agenda

    05/16/2015 11:18:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    CNN/The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 16, 2015 AST
    A well-known "men's rights activist" blog is calling for a boycott of the postapocalyptic film "Mad Max: Fury Road" for being a "feminist piece of propaganda posing as a guy flick." Author Aaron Clarey admits he has not seen the film yet, but his self-proclaimed "spidey sense" noticed that Charlize Theron "talked a lot during the trailers" for the film, and he said Tom Hardy only seemed to have cameo appearances. "Charlize Theron's character barked orders to Mad Max," writes Clarey on Return of Kings. "Nobody barks orders to Mad Max." Clarey did not like reading reviews commending Theron for...
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers’ foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start:
  • UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    04/21/2014 6:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee. In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to put the “tainted election in the rearview mirror” because the challenge could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion. …
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • What now for Pelosi?

    01/31/2014 6:35:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    The retirement of two of Nancy Pelosi's closest confidants is raising questions about whether the House Democratic leader's reign could be nearing an end. The pending departures of Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman mean Pelosi will have to do without her most trusted lieutenants if she decides to run again as Democratic leader. The two fellow California Democrats helped engineer the major achievements of her speakership on healthcare and climate change, and could be counted on during good times and bad. One former Democratic leadership aide described the loss as “a substantial changing of the guard” – a transition...
  • Coburn's Principles

    01/21/2014 9:05:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-20-14 | Editorial Board
    Congress is more unpopular than ever, but some Members are better than its reputation. One of them is Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who announced on Friday that he'll leave the Senate at the end of this year. Mr. Coburn's second term doesn't officially end until 2016, but he is battling a recurrence of prostate cancer and said he felt he could "best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere" than Congress. Mr. Coburn's tenure on Capitol Hill has been notable for his convictions on behalf of limited government combined with a determination to do more...
  • Dropping Like Flies: Third House Dem in Three Days Calls it Quits

    01/16/2014 9:44:26 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    TRNN ^ | 1/16/14 | Matthew Burke
    what is viewed as a rush to the exits in the face of the Obamacare disaster and the Obama scandal machine bleeding into the 2014 mid-term elections, three prominent democrats in the U.S. Congress have announced their retirement this week. On Monday, 40-year Capitol Hill veteran and Pelosi Democrat, George Miller (D-CA) called it quits. Miller, 68, has been in the House since 1974, the year of Watergate. Miller stated that he looked “forward to one last year in Congress, fighting the good fight and then working in new venues on the issues that have inspired me.” Miller also indicated...
  • Jim Moran to announce retirement

    01/15/2014 5:37:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/2014 | JAKE SHERMAN
    Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran will retire after 23 years in the House, according to multiple Democratic sources. The retirement is the third for Democrats this week: on Monday, Rep. George Miller (Calif.) said he would leave Congress after 40 years and Rep. Bill Owens (N.Y.) announced Tuesday he would forgo re-election in 2014. Moran’s northern Virginia seat is heavily Democratic, and is unlikely to be competitive in November: President Barack Obama won 68 percent of the vote in both 2012 and 2008, and Moran coasted with 65 percent of the vote in 2012. The Democratic primary is expected to...
  • Congressman George Miller Announces Retirement After 40 Years

    01/13/2014 3:22:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/13/2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    U.S. Congressman George Miller, a senior Democrat from California who has long championed education system, labor, health and the protection of natural resources, announced on Monday that he will not seek a 21st term in the House this fall. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and privilege of representing my district in Congress these past 40 years,” the 68-year-old Miller said on his website. ““I will leave Congress with a full heart and a crowded plate, because the challenges of our times demand our constant...
  • With George, Miller's retirement, Pelosi will lose her consigliere

    01/13/2014 1:48:36 PM PST · by KingofZion · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 13, 2013 | Emma Dumain
    Senior House Democrat George Miller announced on Monday that he would retire at the end of this Congress, unearthing a flurry of questions over what it might mean for the party ahead of the November elections. Are more retirements imminent? Is Congress’ liberal presence in peril? Sources close to the nerve center of the House Democratic Caucus caution against rampant speculation, but they do acknowledge there’s one person who stands to lose the most from the 20-term lawmaker’s departure: his fellow Californian, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Over their years serving together in the House, Miller has been one of Pelosi’s...
  • Raise minimum wage? One answer to income disparity, advocates say. (Advocates know nothing!)

    11/09/2013 5:41:21 PM PST · by RWB Patriot · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/9/2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Washington is girding for another debate over raising the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Many Democrats in Congress – led by Rep. George Miller of California in the House and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa in the Senate – want to raise that $7.25 amount (actually, $4.87 in 1996 dollars) to $10.10 an hour. They also want to raise the minimum wage for those paid in tips as well as wages – frozen at $2.13 an hour since 1991 – to 70 percent of the standard minimum wage. Meanwhile, those states which have...
  • Rep. George Miller says GOP on ‘jihad’ against Americans over Obamacare

    10/02/2013 8:32:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies ^ | October 02, 2013 | Chris Deaton
    Enough with the terrorism references already. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) excoriated House Republicans Wednesday evening, including fellow Californian Rep. Tom McClintock, for waging a ‘jihad’ against American citizens for voting to defund Obamacare in the opening rounds of the fight to extend government spending. The outrageous remark was in the context of a House debate over a Republican-backed ‘piecemeal’ measure to fund the National Park Service, among other programs — McClintock had expressed concerns about the effects of a government shutdown on addressing an ongoing wildfire in Yosemite National Park. “The gentleman from California came and said the towns around...
  • Economists Say Minimum Wage Boost Would Help 20 Million Workers (AFL-CIO)

    07/24/2012 6:25:17 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 07/23/2012 | Mike Hall
    A group of prominent economists today urged President Obama and congressional leaders to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for three years. In a letter to the president and lawmakers they wrote: A higher minimum wage at this juncture will not only provide raises for low-wage workers but would provide some help on the jobs front as well. The group, including Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University; former Labor Secretary Robert Reich; and Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), advocate a three-step raise of 85 cents a...
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think they’ve found a winning issue in an election cycle that’s featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romney’s path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • House Democrat Goes Berserk, Keeps Yelling After Time Has Expired

    03/29/2012 12:54:18 PM PDT · by DFG · 50 replies
    Youtube ^ | 03/29/12 | Youtube
    George Miller (D-Ca) goes crazy on the House floor today.
  • They dream of ending Miller's 38 years in Congress

    02/27/2012 9:12:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/27/12 | Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times columnist
    John Fitzgerald and Virginia Fuller would seem to have little in common. He's a Democrat, she's a Republican. He's from Concord, she's from Pinole. He's a painting contractor, she's a registered nurse. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you will find two dreamers with the same ambition. They both are running for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing California's 11th District. That means ousting George Miller, who's held office for 38 years. Remember, we told you they were dreamers. Challenging Miller's stranglehold on a congressional seat is like trying to pry a ham shank from a German shepherd....
  • Judicial Watch, Human Events Sue Obama Administration for Records Detailing Bailout Loan...

    02/06/2012 1:53:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch, Human Events Sue Obama Administration for Records Detailing Bailout Loan to California Solar Manufacturer Heavily in Debt$1.2 Billion in Loan Guarantees to SunPower from Department of Energy Followed Successful Lobbying Campaign by Firm Connected to California Congressman’s Son (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 1, 2012, against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for records regarding a controversial $1.2 billion government loan guarantee from the Obama Department of...
  • SunPower: Twice As Bad As Solyndra, Twice As Bad For Obama

    10/11/2011 7:48:59 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10-11-11 | Niel McCabe
    How did a failing California solar company, buffeted by short sellers and shareholder lawsuits, receive a $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee for a photovoltaic electricity ranch project—three weeks after it announced it was building new manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to build the panels for the project. The company, SunPower (SPWR-NASDAQ), now carries $820 million in debt, an amount $20 million greater than its market capitalization. If SunPower was a bank, the feds would shut it down. Instead, it received a lifeline twice the size of the money sent down the Solyndra drain. Two men with insight into the process...
  • "Son-Power" Helps SunPower Get $1.2 billion loan from Feds

    10/11/2011 7:32:33 AM PDT · by LewPuller · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/11/11 | Neil McCabe
    How did a failing California solar company, buffeted by short sellers and shareholder lawsuits, receive a $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee for a photovoltaic electricity ranch project—three weeks after it announced it was building new manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to build the panels for the project. The company, SunPower (SPWR-NASDAQ), now carries $820 million in debt, an amount $20 million greater than its market capitalization. If SunPower was a bank, the feds would shut it down. Instead, it received a lifeline twice the size of the money sent down the Solyndra drain. Two men with insight into the process...
  • Rangel in a sleaze squeeze

    07/28/2010 2:45:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants demanded yesterday that Rep. Charles Rangel quickly settle the swirling ethics charges against him rather than face a trial tomorrow that could embarrass Democratic candidates across the country -- but the disgraced pol isn't going without a fight. "I think it's best that he settle," Rep. George Miller, an influential California Democrat who helped engineer Pelosi's rise to power, told The Post. "Because I just said so, that's why. That's my feeling," he added. Amid mounting pressure on Rangel, Miller's blunt statement is the most direct message from any member...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)

    02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies · 668+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. -snip- Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.
  • A. Citizen: Spratt’s “San Francisco” Connection

    02/08/2010 3:03:40 PM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 217+ views
    FITS News ^ | 1/8/2010 | A. Citizen
    George Miller is a liberal. He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the most liberal group in Congress. Besides Miller, its members include Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, Charlie Rangel, Bernie Sanders, Maxine Waters, Corinne Brown, Alan Grayson, and Dennis Kucinich. Miller enjoys the enthusiastic support of voters in California’s 7th District. Since 1976, he as never received less than 60% of the vote, and usually racks up more than 70%. CA-7 is a very liberal district, and voters there think that George Miller’s liberal ideology is right for them. In a recent poll of John Spratt’s district, 47%...
  • A Conservative Alternative to George Miller!

    11/05/2009 5:28:59 PM PST · by Califreak · 9 replies · 587+ views
    Fuller For Congress ^ | 11/5/09 | Virginia Fuller
    I decided to run for this seat in CD-7, because the incumbent, George Miller has demonstrated over 38 long years that he is out of touch with the needs of a significant portion of his constituency and many of his neglectful policies are disastrous to traditional families and our communities. As your Congresswoman, I have great plans for rebuilding the inner cities of the 7th Congressional District that have deteriorated under very high crime rates and unsafe conditions due to decades of neglect by the incumbent. I’m a proud, Reagan style conservative with common sense and I am running for...
  • Single Payer for Kids (What happens when private companies compete with Uncle Sam)

    08/19/2009 8:41:36 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 4 replies · 737+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 20, 2009 | Editorial
    Democrats are planning to use the autumn budget reconciliation to bring America further down the road to a single-payer system—and not just in health care. Responding to a White House request, pending House legislation would make the federal government the dominant lender in the $100 billion market for student loans. Not that Congress has traditionally kept its hands off this business. As in health care, intervention in the education market has gone hand-in-hand with rising costs. While government accounts for 41% of health-care spending, the feds guarantee or issue roughly 80% of student loans, subsidizing the rates and also offering...
  • CA Central Valley Farmers Protest Congressman George Miller's Radical Environmentalism

    08/13/2009 7:39:46 PM PDT · by all the best · 18 replies · 1,338+ views
    youtube ^ | August 13, 2009 | mayerwilliam
    Faced with the prospect of an economic disaster caused by a man-made drought, hundreds of concerned citizens from California's Central Valley today engaged in a massive protest at the Concord, California district office of Democrat George Miller. Miller and Congressional Democrats had an opportunity just a few weeks ago to turn on valley water pumps again, in time to avert a disaster via HR 3105, but Miller voted instead to protect a non-threatened species of fish [the Delta smelt] and his extremist supporters rather than California farms, farm workers and the millions of people who depend on them for food.
  • HR 1388, GIVE ACT, Only ONE Hour Debate and 11 Amendments to discuss and ONLY Billions to waste

    03/17/2009 8:05:45 PM PDT · by joygrace · 60 replies · 3,678+ views
    The Whipping Post, Republican Whip Office ^ | March 17, 2009, 10:25pm | Rep. Eric Cantor
    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009. Anticipated Floor Schedule On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected: Afternoon..(snip) H.R. 1388 - GIVE, (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. McCarthy (NY) / Education and Labor Committee) The rule provides for ONE HOUR of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
  • What the heck is this???

    03/20/2009 2:44:05 PM PDT · by rang1995 · 54 replies · 3,452+ views
    Gov track us ^ | 3-18-09 | us govt
    what is this????????????? passed as an admenment on HR 1388 .
  • Targeting Your 401(k)

    11/14/2008 10:44:12 AM PST · by shortstop · 94 replies · 2,857+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/08 | editorial
    You may have heard about Argentina's plan to nationalize private retirement accounts. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are inspired, and with their big election victory they may get the chance to test Peronist ideas in America. Meet Congressmen George Miller and Jim McDermott, who are eager to change the way Americans save for their golden years. They'll also be powerbrokers in the next Congress. Mr. Miller, who came in with the Class of 1974 from California, chairs the House Education and Labor Committee. Mr. McDermott, who has represented Seattle the past two decades, runs a House Ways and Means subcommittee...
  • Dems Target Private Retirement Accounts

    11/13/2008 6:20:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 55 replies · 2,128+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | November 04, 2008 | Karen McMahan
    RALEIGH Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers' personal retirement accounts including 401(k)s and IRAs and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly. The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for the House Committee...
  • Dems Target Private Retirement Accounts

    11/05/2008 6:39:05 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 217 replies · 12,597+ views
    carolina Journal ^ | November 04, 2008 | Karen McMahan
    RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly. The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for...
  • Clutching Their Ideals Bitterly, Right-Wing Media Personalities Wage Partisan Warfare

    11/11/2008 10:42:09 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 52 replies · 373+ views
    Bulldog Reporter ^ | November 11, 2008 | Staff
    You have to give Rush Limbaugh a perverse kind of credit. At least when he is demonizing Barack Obama, fabricating Obama policies, blaming Obama for single-handedly causing the recession and the stock market crash, he doesn't pretend to be fair. Opening his first post-election rant against the president-elect, Limbaugh launched in with a certain relish. "The game," he told his radio listeners, "has begun," the LA Times reports. Sean Hannity, on the other hand, insisted on feigning a post-election detente, telling his Fox News television audience last week, "I want Barack Obama to succeed." Didn't he think anyone would notice...
  • Rep. George Miller delivers millions for campaign contributor (Critics point to Miller's earmarks)

    06/08/2008 11:44:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 154+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/8/08 | Lisa P. White
    MARTINEZ — Rep. George Miller, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, has secured $4.6 million in federal funding for a Martinez firm that has earned millions selling equipment to the U.S. Army for use in the war effort and whose executives have contributed to his campaign and political action committees. Miller, a Martinez Democrat, secured $3 million in the 2006 defense appropriations bill and $1.6 million in the 2008 bill for SecuriMetrics, Inc., manufacturer of biometric identification devices that use iris, fingerprint and facial recognition technology. Current and former executives of SecuriMetrics have donated $16,090 to Miller and his...
  • No Child Left Behind Act faces overhaul, political donnybrook

    09/09/2007 1:38:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 469+ views ^ | 9/9/07 | Zachary Coile
    In 2002, two of Congress' liberal Democratic lions - Rep. George Miller of Martinez and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy - stood behind President Bush as he signed the No Child Left Behind Act, a law they promised would shine a bright light on the failures in America's public schools and kick-start reforms. Five years later, Miller, now chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, is still a believer. But after traveling the country - listening to complaints from parents, teachers, school administrators and governors about the law's testing regime and stiff sanctions - he now admits it needs fixing....
  • Democrats rename 5 House committees

    01/05/2007 7:59:53 PM PST · by mdittmar · 47 replies · 1,380+ views
    ap ^ | 1/5/07 | KASIE HUNT
    In taking back control of the House, Democrats also are restoring the old names used for committees when they last headed them in 1994.Republicans swept into power in that year's midterm elections had created their own monikers for several committees. As part of the rules changes adopted this week, Democrats reclaimed the old names for several committee and created a new name for one other panel: • The Committee on Education and the Workforce was changed back to its pre-1995 name, Education and Labor. Tom Kiley, a spokesman for incoming chairman George Miller, D-Calif., said Miller "believed that the name...
  • Dems set to take on pension, health industries

    12/01/2006 12:59:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 51 replies · 1,115+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/1/6 | Edward Epstein
    Miller, Stark focus on 401(k) providers, Medicare Advantage -- Washington -- Two senior Bay Area congressmen sent warning shots Thursday to two giant industries -- 401(k) providers and private health insurance companies -- that they will be overseeing starting in January. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, said the 401(k) industry, which manages about $2.4 trillion in retirement funds for 47 million participants, isn't doing enough to disclose fees that are eating up people's savings without them even knowing it. Miller, who will chair the House's Education and Workforce Committee when Democrats take over the House in January, said he plans hearings...
  • [Congresscritter CA(D) George] Miller describes a bleak U.S.

    08/01/2006 12:55:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/1/6 | Tom Lochner
    PINOLE: Congressman appears as part of roadshow to promote the Democrats' six main points - Rep. George Miller described a wobbly American democracy, an Army close to the breaking point, an exploding Middle East and a world in the grip of global warming during a town hall meeting in Pinole on Monday night. The Martinez Democrat blamed the bleak state of affairs largely on President Bush as a capacity audience in the Pinole council chamber frequently voiced agreement.Appearing as part of a nationwide roadshow by Democrats to promote their "New Direction for America," Miller ran through the program's main points...
  • Cash $trapped Colleges?

    04/28/2006 12:39:33 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 8 replies · 439+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 28, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At both the state and national level, Republican and Democratic elected officials are trying to figure out ways of increasing government spending on higher education without asking themselves whether or not the transfer payments are worth the expense. “Our commitment to education does not stop upon a student’s graduation from high school,” according to an e-mail message from one of Virginia’s most conservative Republican state representatives. “We are increasing funding for higher education, including a new initiative—promoted by Senator Allen and former Governor Warner—to expand research funding at our colleges and universities.” “State spending on our colleges and universities will...
  • Urban casinos: Too little regulation, too many loopholes, too much money

    02/16/2006 5:48:58 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | Dean Marshall and Andres Soto
    Last year, California Indian gaming stole the gambling crown, generating more profits than Nevada's iconic casinos. Unfortunately, this barely-regulated new economy has holes big enough and pockets deep enough to swallow entire communities like San Pablo, California and the entire East Bay. In 2000, Congressman George Miller of Contra Costa infamously slipped into a House budget omnibus bill an amendment to the 1988 Indian Gaming Affairs Regulatory Act, retroactively giving the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians a nine-acre reservation smack in the center of San Pablo. They have since installed almost 1,000 slot machines at Casino San Pablo. This is...
  • Democrats: Science, Tech Innovation Is Key

    12/03/2005 9:16:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1,048+ views
    WASHINGTON - The federal government must make innovation in science and technology its top priority for economic growth, Rep. George Miller of California said Saturday in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address. Drawing on President Kennedy's leadership in the race to send men to the moon, Miller said demonstrated leadership is vital to promote innovation that advances health care, education and technology breakthroughs, as well as maintaining the country's competitive advantage. "America's leadership is being challenged today like never before," said Miller, senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. "China, India, Korea and others are rapidly investing in...
  • WSJ: The Connecticut Stakes - Why it opposes a law called No Child Left Behind.

    08/30/2005 5:55:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 757+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | Editorial
    When Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a liberal Democrat, decided to sue the federal government over testing provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act, he probably wasn't expecting flak from his political left. But that's exactly what he's received since filing the lawsuit last week. As first reported in the Hartford Courant, two national civil rights leaders, William Taylor and John Brittain, fired a letter to Mr. Blumenthal calling the lawsuit "ill-advised" and disputing his claim that the federal law is "an unfunded mandate." Messrs. Taylor and Brittain run civil rights organizations based in Washington but are veterans of...
  • America's Choice: The prsident must now use his political capital shrewdly, by Michael Barone

    11/04/2004 5:39:01 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 822+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2004 | MICHAEL BARONE
    ...Mr. Bush... has called... for personal retirement accounts in Social Security. His opponent John Kerry, the darling of the self-regarding intelligentsia, called for the brain-dead policy of no change in a Social Security regime that any sensible person understands is in the long run unsustainable. Mr. Bush wants something better. Mr. Bush has also called for an expansion of market-based health-care reforms like health savings accounts. And he has called, in exceedingly vague terms, for broad-based tax reforms, freeing up savings from taxes to encourage investment and wealth accumulation. ...Mr. Bush... has risked giving his policy proposals too little political...
  • INDIAN GAMING Congressman, governor bicker over casino

    10/24/2004 1:35:44 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 311+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 24, 2004 | Erin Hallissy
    Few pieces of land in California have generated as much controversy lately as 9 acres in San Pablo near Interstate 80. The land beneath Casino San Pablo, a cardroom voters approved in 1994, was placed in trust for the landless Lytton Band of Pomo Indians under a little-noticed amendment that Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, added to a 2000 omnibus Indian bill. But nobody could miss the furor when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a compact in August allowing the Lyttons to build a 5,000-slot casino at Casino San Pablo -- much larger than any Nevada casino and the third-largest in the...
  • Miller report hits Wal-Mart 'costs'

    02/18/2004 11:27:00 AM PST · by Modernman · 179 replies · 370+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/17/04 | Thomas Peele
    CONCORD - Colossus retailer Wal-Mart drains government resources because its low-paid, under-insured or non-insured workers have to rely on public subsidies, such as school lunch programs and Section 8 housing, according to a congressional report Rep. George Miller released here Monday. With supporters of a March ballot measure to ban Wal-Mart superstores and other "big-box" businesses in unincorporated Contra Costa County flanking him, Miller, D-Martinez, ripped the Arkansas-based corporation for creating "downward spirals in communities," violating child labor and workplace safety laws and "paying wages below industry averages." The report, which the Democratic staff of the House Education and Workforce...
  • Democrats defend Bush school reform

    09/22/2003 10:52:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | By George Archibald
    <p>The top Democrat on the House education panel has condemned the continuing efforts of many of his fellow party members and the National Education Association to water down school reform provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.</p> <p>In a letter to fellow House members last week, California Rep. George Miller said critics have spread "misleading or outright inaccurate information" about federal requirements to improve student achievement.</p>
  • Chocolate Mountain.. The DiFi - Davi$ & more connection - The Great Gold Heist

    07/30/2003 7:06:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4,722+ views
    Yahoo! Search ^ | 7/30/03 | Karen Lee Bixman
    Originally published June 15,2001 THE GREAT GOLD HEISTThe Desert Wilderness Protection Act by Karen Lee Bixman Published in: Media ByPass Magazine (1-800-4-bypass) Senator Diane Feinstein: "The Modern Jesse James" Congress should be convening a criminal investigation. On October 8, 1994, the biggest gold heist in history occurred, but this theft lacked the melodrama of a Jesse James' holdup or the excitement of a Brink's truck robbery. Nary a word was reported by the media even though this thievery was committed in the light of day. The citizens that were being robbed tried to cry out for help but the lawmen...