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  • GOP senators: We could work with Hillary Clinton

    10/04/2016 10:09:37 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 132 replies
    the Hill ^ | October 03, 2016, 06:31 pm | By Jordain Carney
    Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is predicting that congressional Republicans will be more willing to work with Hillary Clinton than they have been with President Obama, should she be elected president. "She is a known commodity, and I think there’ll be more camaraderie in terms of working together, than there might have been in the early days of Obama," Isakson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Isakson, who is running for reelection and has endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump, added, "I don’t think it will be like the post-Obama election at all." Isakson's comments come as Clinton has narrowly trailed Trump in...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Send the Message That Defiance of Our Laws Will No Longer Be Tolerated (Video&T)

    10/20/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 57 replies ^ | October 20, 2015
    Demands accountability of the Obama Administration through legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities, criminal illegal aliens Watch the video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor citing the Obama Administration’s persistent negligence of immigration law enforcement and bolstering the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146), of which he is a lead cosponsor, as a small step in the right direction. In addition to stripping certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, the legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing...
  • Johnny Isakson: I regret Eric Holder vote

    06/04/2013 7:28:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2013 | by Tal Kopan
    Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is calling his vote to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder “the worst vote I ever took in the United States Senate,” saying Holder should resign in light of recent scandals. “I did my due diligence, turned out I was wrong. And everything that’s happened since that has proven I was wrong. … It’s ruined his credibility in terms of being attorney general,” Isakson said. “Something’s going to come to a head, because this is very serious business.” Isakson was one of 19 Republicans in the Senate who voted with Democrats to confirm Holder.
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Johnny Isakson organizing GOP dinner with Obama

    03/27/2013 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Dacula · 8 replies
    AJC - Atlanta Urinal Constipation ^ | 5:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | Daniel Malloy
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making another date with Senate Republicans, and Johnny Isakson is playing party planner.
  • Republican Proposes New Corporation to Replace Fannie, Freddie

    12/07/2011 10:47:23 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-12-08 | Nick Timiraos
    A Georgia Republican is set to introduce on Thursday a bill that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a government-owned corporation that could one day be sold off to the private sector. The proposal from Sen. Johnny Isakson, a former Realtor, is the latest in a series of competing measures to address the fate of the mortgage-finance giants whose government takeover has cost taxpayers $151 billion. (snip) To take the place of Fannie and Freddie, the bill would create a new government agency that would provide guarantees on securities comprised of mortgages that meet designated standards. Unlike Fannie...
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views ^ |
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • New START treaty passes key Senate vote (Cloture passes 67-28, 11 R support)

    12/21/2010 1:25:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
    The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a cloture motion, seemingly enough to assure final ratification. Eleven Republicans joined with 56 Democrats to pass the cloture motion. It will take 67 votes to ratify the New Start pact, which would give the Obama administration its top foreign policy goal in the lame-duck session. Among Republicans announcing their support were Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, George V. Voinovich of Ohio, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and...
  • Georgia can survive 23 days without federal checks

    12/15/2010 5:29:44 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies ^ | December 15, 2010 | Michael A. DeVine
    There is absolutely no reason to capitulate to the illegitimate Democrat majority and their golden parachute continuing resolution The first few days would be tough as the networks show pictures of "suffering" national park workers that may not be paid for 23 more days. But notice that number, 23. Only 23 days. Many Americans who work get paid once per month. Twenty-three days is only nine days more than 14 and only 16 days more than seven. Nearly 18% of Americans are underemployed and over 9% haven't been paid in over 6 months. But is it really 23 days that...
  • Georgia Senate: Isakson 51%, Thurmond 35%

    04/24/2010 7:41:35 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 494+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 23, 2010
    Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson finally has a major Democratic opponent in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, but the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds the incumbent holding on to more than 50% support. Fifty-one percent (51%) of likely voters in the state favor Isakson in a match-up with State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond who earns 35% support. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.
  • Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson hospitalized

    03/23/2010 9:19:34 AM PDT · by UAConservative · 39 replies · 3,218+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 23, 2010
    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has been hospitalized with what doctors believe is a bacterial infection, according to the Georgia lawmaker's office. Isakson, 65, began feeling ill and dehydrated Monday and was admited to a Georgia hospital for treatment. "Senator Isakson is responding very well to the treatment and is feeling much better," said spokeswoman Joan Kirchner. "He met this morning with his Senate chief of staff at the hospital and hopes to be back at work soon."
  • Isakson delievers Republican Weekly Address about Health Care Reform

    09/26/2009 7:42:23 AM PDT · by cc2k · 6 replies · 834+ views
    YouTube video of the addressI haven’t found a complete transcript, yet. Here are a few highlights: ”The message has been loud and it has been clear, they (the American People) don’t like the direction this health care debate is headed in.”About the Finance Committee bill, “If you have insurance, you get taxed. If you don’t have insurance, you get taxed. If you’re an employer who can not afford to provide health insurance to your employees, you get taxed. ....”Democrat plan only includes non-binding “Sense of the Senate” about medical liability.Democrats have demonized regular citizens for asking questions about their plans,...
  • Isakson Federal Funding Requests 2010

    09/14/2009 6:49:56 AM PDT · by leftyontheright · 5 replies · 261+ views
    Office of Johnny Isakson ^ | April 29, 2009 | Office of Johnny Isakson
    Isakson's Federal Funding Request for 2010.
  • Sen. Isakson: Health care bill's end-of-life provision not my idea (Who dreamed up the Poison Pill?)

    08/13/2009 2:30:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,437+ views
    Ledger Enquirer ^ | 8/13/09 | Halimah Abdullah
    Sen. Isakson: Health care bill's end-of-life provision not my ideaGeorgia senator says Obama wrongly credited him with being part of controversial legislation By Halimah Abdullah Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 WASHINGTON — When Sen. Johnny Isakson takes the floor at a meeting at Macon’s Vineville Methodist Church today, he’ll no doubt face tough questions about why President Barack Obama credits the Georgia Republican as the inspiration behind the Democratic health care bills’ end-of-life counseling efforts that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and some fellow conservatives call “death panels.” Both the president and Palin have it all wrong, Isakson said, seeking to...
  • Here's Johnny!: Isakson Pushes Back on "Death Panels"

    08/12/2009 6:43:58 AM PDT · by leftyontheright · 25 replies · 1,210+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/11/09 | Byron Wolf
    ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire Tuesday, President Obama made sure to point out one Republican proponent of end of life counseling to argue there are no "death panels" in health care reform bills in the House and the Senate. "The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican -- then House member, now senator, named Johnny Isakson from Georgia -- who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people's options," said the president in Portsmouth, N.H. Tuesday
  • Analysis: Isakson Senate seat secure from Demo challenge

    08/12/2009 3:55:56 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies · 650+ views
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | August 10, 2009 | Larry Petersen
    In March, I asked Democratic political consultant Beth Schapiro how her party might unseat U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson next year. "It's hard to conceive of that happening," Schapiro said. "I really don't see a scenario under which he can be beaten." Five months later, Schapiro, whose Atlanta-based firm also does campaign polling, hasn't changed her mind. "I still don't see how he gets knocked off," she said last week. Her assessment of the freshman Republican's prospects is widespread in Georgia political circles. And apparently with good reason. A recent Strategic Vision poll suggests Isakson likely is the most popular statewide...
  • Chambliss, Isakson show their priorities

    08/12/2009 3:48:16 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Columbia County News-Times ^ | August 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford
    If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote. A good example of that involves Georgia's two senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and their approach to spending about $2 billion of your money. The two senators, especially Chambliss, have worked hard this summer to take nearly $2 billion out of the defense budget and earmark it for the building of more F-22 fighter jets at Marietta's Lockheed Martin plant. ... Here are some criticisms of the...
  • Isakson: Palin's 'death panel' charge is 'nuts'

    08/11/2009 4:23:48 PM PDT · by leftyontheright · 36 replies · 1,317+ views
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 8/11/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    Sarah Palin's charge healthcare reform would lead to government run "death panels" is simply "nuts," Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said today
  • (R-GA) Isakson: Palin's 'death panel' charge is 'nuts'

    08/11/2009 10:13:55 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 54 replies · 1,589+ views ^ | August 11, 2009 | by Eric Zimmermann
    Sarah Palin's charge healthcare reform would lead to government run "death panels" is simply "nuts," Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said today. In an interview with Ezra Klein, Isakson said that aspects of the legislation that deal with end-of-life planning have nothing to do with euthanasia. Here's the relevant section: Q: How did this become a question of euthanasia? ISAKSON: I have no idea. I understand — and you have to check this out — I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin's web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people...
  • Is the Government Going to Euthanize your Grandmother? An Interview With Sen. Johnny Isakson

    08/11/2009 4:06:36 AM PDT · by steve-b · 55 replies · 2,436+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/10/09 | Ezra Klein
    Sarah Palin's belief that the House health-care reform bill would create "death panels" might be particularly extreme, but she's hardly the only person to wildly misunderstand the section of the bill ordering Medicare to cover voluntary end-of-life counseling sessions between doctors and their patients. One of the foremost advocates of expanding Medicare end-of-life planning coverage is Johnny Isakson, a Republican Senator from Georgia. He co-sponsored 2007's Medicare End-of-Life Planning Act and proposed an amendment similar to the House bill's Section 1233 during the Senate HELP Committee's mark-up of its health care bill. I reached Sen. Isakson at his office this...
  • GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss Responds to Cap-and-Tax

    07/08/2009 10:02:20 AM PDT · by Publius772000 · 11 replies · 725+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 07/07/09 | Michael Naragon
    Saxby Chambliss returned to the Senate after winning a hotly contested election in which many Georgia conservatives, disgusted with his votes for the bailouts and stimulus and his stance against domestic drilling, voted for the Libertarian candidate, Allen Buckley. The number of votes acquired by Buckley did not allow Chambliss to gain a majority and forced a runoff with his Democrat challenger. Chambliss eventually won the runoff, helped a great deal by support from talk radio and national Republican leaders who were all apparently willing to sacrifice their conservative principles to save the Senate from a filibuster-proof Democratic majority. And...
  • GOP Senators Back Move to Center with Crist

    05/13/2009 11:25:56 AM PDT · by leftyontheright · 56 replies · 1,308+ views ^ | 5/13/09 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Senate Republicans, from the rank and file to the leadership, are supporting the inevitable move to the center that comes with backing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for the state’s open Senate seat. GOP senators accept that Tuesday's endorsements of Crist by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is more about pragmatism than principle. The popular centrist governor faces a GOP primary from former state House Speaker Marco Rubio of West Miami, a protégé of former Gov. Jeb Bush and a more conservative candidate.
  • In Georgia, Isakson Leads But Others Within Range

    05/10/2009 8:52:26 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies · 793+ views
    Sen. Johnny Isakson is looking a mite vulnerable as the 2010 election season begins, according a Research 2000 poll for the Daily Kos that shows possible challengers close on his heels. The Georgia Republican was paired against several possible Senate contenders, including former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall. According to the poll of registered voters conducted April 27-29, Isakson would pull 47 percent of the vote against Barnes' 43 percent if the election were held this week, while doing better against Marshall, 48 percent to 40 percent. The poll also found Isakson's "favorable" ratings to be...
  • Senators not adverse to gay court nominee

    Key Republican senators say they wouldn't be opposed to a homosexual taking Justice David Souter's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Hill Wednesday he wouldn't consider homosexuality to be "an automatic disqualification."
  • Chambliss, Isakson Share Insights

    05/03/2009 5:51:30 PM PDT · by leftyontheright · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2009 | Greg Gelip
    Georgia’s two U.S. senators spoke with The Augusta Chronicle today, giving their insight into national hot button issues and stating where they stand on them. ***snip** Everyone knew what Mr. Obama wanted to do when he ran for president, Mr. Isakson said. “I don’t think anybody in Washington expected him to put all of it on the table in the first 90 days,” he said, adding concerns about some of the actions the president has taken. “Government does a lot of things well. Running a business isn’t one of them.”
  • Arlen Specter's Money Back Guarantee

    05/03/2009 6:32:56 AM PDT · by leftyontheright · 23 replies · 1,022+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 3, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
    When he announced the other day that he was switching to the Democratic Party, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter offered to return campaign donations from any contributors who might take offense. Turns out that includes a lot of his Senate Republican colleagues who lent money to the cause. Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson was first in line -- asking Specter to return his $5,000 leadership political action committee contribution. Other Republicans requesting refunds on behalf of their PACs: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($10,000), Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander ($5,000), Texas Sen. John Cornyn ($5,000) and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker ($5,000)....
  • Donors demand refund from Specter: Political switch gets expensive as lawmaker's support shrinks

    04/30/2009 3:23:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1,211+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2009 | S.A. Miller
    Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party is prompting his campaign donors large and small to demand their money back, including several Republican senators whose political action committees gave tens of thousands of dollars to the Pennsylvania lawmaker. Sen. Johnny Isakson didn't waste any time putting himself at the front of the refund line. The Georgia Republican asked Mr. Specter for a return of his leadership political action committee's $5,000 contribution Tuesday on the Senate floor - just hours after Mr. Specter announced he was changing his political stripes. "Senator Specter readily agreed to return the contribution," said Isakson...
  • Banking crisis needs 9/11-style investigation, Isakson says

    01/22/2009 3:35:29 PM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 594+ views
    Atlanta Journal constitution ^ | 5:21 p.m. January 22, 2009 | Bob Keeke
    * E-mail * Print * Reprints * o Yahoo Buzz o Facebook o Digg o DEL.ICIO.US o Newsvine o Reddit > Business Updated: 5:21 p.m. January 22, 2009 Banking crisis needs 9/11-style investigation, Isakson says Georgia senator wants to create commission to find out why banks have lost trillions By BOB KEEFE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday, January 22, 2009 WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia wants to launch a full-scale congressional investigation into the near-collapse of the banking system that has roiled financial markets worldwide. Isakson, a Republican, and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) introduced legislation Thursday that...
  • Bipartisan Senate group pushes energy plan

    08/02/2008 8:26:36 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies · 753+ views ^ | Friday, August 01, 2008 | By Mike Hasten
    Other senators touted the plan's affordability to U.S. taxpayers and its efforts to provide energy in environmentally friendly ways. The plan is estimated to cost $85 billion, but would be offset with "loophole closers and other revenues," including money from the new leases and from closing a oil industry manufacturing tax credit. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said the oil drilling portion of the plan would open up areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico as well as areas off the eastern United States. He said the plan calls for a 50-mile buffer zone. Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia...
  • Senate 'gang's' new energy plan

    08/02/2008 1:13:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 363+ views ^ | August 1, 2008 | Frank James
    In the Senate, it nowadays apparently takes a self-appointed, biparitsan "gang" of senators to get past the partisan gridlock. For instance, there was the Gang of 14 group of senators who helped the Senate get beyond an impasse on judicial appointments a few years ago. Today, a new group of senators calling itself the Gang of Ten, announced that it had arrived at a compromise energy proposal meant to break the partisan logjam that exists on the issue. The group's members are: Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu...
  • Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss [Georgia] set to endorse McCain ahead of Super Tuesday vote

    01/30/2008 8:18:03 PM PST · by GraniteStateConservative · 43 replies · 141+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 1-30-08 | John King
    McCain is also set to receive the endorsements of Georgia's two Republican senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, in the next two days, according to two GOP sources involved in the planning. California and Georgia are two of the 22 states holding nominating contests on Super Tuesday next week.
  • Georgia companies plead with Isakson and Chambliss: ‘Stay the course’

    06/21/2007 7:08:41 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 38 replies · 967+ views
    Just got off a conference call with the Georgia Employers for Immigration Reform, the only big group in the state to come down on the side of the bill now being torn apart in Washington. These are the people that put up the 60-second radio spot on WSB this week. With the immigration bill coming up for a second round of debate, the ad’s intended to offer some encouragement to U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, who had been deeply involved in negotiations — though they’ve begun to pull away after harsh reaction at home. “These two senators have...
  • Two Georgia Republican Senators Say They Will Oppose Cloture on Immigration Bill

    06/20/2007 5:01:59 PM PDT · by Yankee · 29 replies · 1,016+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 6-20-07 | yankee15
    Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss will vote against moving the Senate’s immigration overhaul measure forward, the senators said today. “I think everybody did a noble effort to try to deal with the problem in a comprehensive way,” Isakson said. “But it became apparent that the confidence level was not there.” Isakson said he and Chambliss had heard from voters back home that they didn’t have faith in another measure that promises border action because past promises have yet to be fulfilled. Neither senator was viewed as a must-have vote by bill supporters, but losing them makes the task...
  • Two Georgia Republican Senators Say They Will Oppose Cloture on Immigration Bill

    06/20/2007 2:10:12 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 121 replies · 3,359+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | Jun. 20, 2007 | By Michael Sandler
    Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss will vote against moving the Senate’s immigration overhaul measure forward, the senators said Wednesday. “I think everybody did a noble effort to try to deal with the problem in a comprehensive way,” Isakson said. “But it became apparent that the confidence level was not there.” Isakson said Wednesday that he and Chambliss had heard from voters back home that they didn’t have faith in another measure that promises border action because past promises have yet to be fulfilled.
  • Chambliss and Isakson have a chat about the immigration bill at the White House today

    06/13/2007 1:44:34 PM PDT · by Baladas · 35 replies · 937+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 13, 2007 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was on WGAU (1340 AM) in Athens this morning, talking about the immigration reform bill and his non-relationship with Ted Kennedy. Chambliss may have actually made some news. Talk host Tim Bryant sent us a sound clip. The senator begins by distancing himself from Ted Kennedy, the lead Democratic negotiator on the issue. “Ted Kennedy and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum, philosophically. We share nothing in common when it comes to politics. I don’t hang around with the guy,” Chambliss said. “But there are times when you can’t pick and choose your partner...
  • GA Senators got the message; THEY SENT THE (IMMIGRATION) MESSAGE TO BUSH!

    06/13/2007 1:39:27 PM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 33 replies · 1,363+ views
    Senator Chambliss Email Response ^ | This week | S. Chambliss & J. Isakson
    This is the letter GA Senators sent to POTUS this week.. We were "pretty loud" down here... I think they at least heard some faint noise emanating outside the beltway. DISCLAIMER: I still don't trust 'em... a'Tall ************* Dear Mr. President: Although the Senate's effort to reform our nation's immigration laws through the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 is stalled, illegal immigration remains our nation's number one domestic issue. We therefore believe it is incumbent upon us and our colleagues to tackle this issue and not leave this problem for future generations to solve. As...
  • Advice to Bush from Georgia senators: Show critics the border money

    06/12/2007 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Baladas · 29 replies · 852+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | June 12, 2007 | AJC staff
    Johnny Isakson’s chief contribution to the immigration reform package now stalled in the Senate is the concept of border security as a trigger for other measures, including the granting of legal status to illegal immigrants through “Z” visas. But opponents of the measure have told us that they view Isakson’s trigger mechanism as so much whitewash. Given the federal government’s past record of border enforcement, they don’t trust it. Apparently, they’ve told Isakson the same thing. On Tuesday, Isakson and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (an earlier post about his situation is below) sent a letter to the White House, offering...
  • The Chambliss/Isakson Turn-About

    06/12/2007 9:07:11 AM PDT · by Republican Red · 84 replies · 1,781+ views
    A sign that democracy works: Chambliss and Isakson were at the press conference announcing the Senate Grand Compromise, but now they are singing a different tune. Here's the entire release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today sent a letter to President Bush urging him to send an emergency supplemental spending bill to Congress to fund border security. Chambliss and Isakson believe emergency supplemental funds to secure the border will go a long way towards restoring the confidence of the American people in the federal government’s commitment to border security. The text of the letter...
  • Angry calls flood senators (Isakson(RINO-GA) and Chambliss(RINO-GA)

    05/22/2007 3:55:29 AM PDT · by Baladas · 55 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 22, 2007 | Bob Kemper
    Washington — Angry Georgians on Monday continued to inundate the state's U.S. senators with phone calls and e-mails opposing the immigration compromise bill the two Republicans helped craft. "The phones are still ringing," said Lindsay Mabry, a spokesman for Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss, ranking member of the Senate agriculture committee, was primarily involved in negotiating provisions of the bill dealing with migrant farm workers. But the provision that has riled most callers is one that would allow existing illegal immigrants to gain citizenship relatively quickly and without being required to return to their home countries first. Conservatives have tagged the...
  • Boos, hisses greet defense of immigration reform bill (Saxby Chambliss booed)

    05/19/2007 11:40:04 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 114 replies · 3,639+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Delegates to the state Republican convention unleashed a rare chorus of boos and hisses at U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss on Saturday, as he spoke up for a bipartisan immigration reform package unveiled in Washington this week. Hear it for yourself by clicking here. Chambliss had just finished emphasizing his devotion to border security provisions contained in the measure, and brought up agriculture’s need for temporary, foreign workers. “We’ve got to face the fact that we’ve got to create a new, truly temporary worker program” — the boos started here, but Chambliss plowed on — “for that segment...
  • Isakson Intoduces Legislation to Repeal Tax Code by 2008

    01/30/2006 2:31:32 PM PST · by groanup · 101 replies · 1,009+ views
    Senator Johnny Isakson ^ | 1/30/2006 | Press Release
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 30, 2006 Isakson Introduces Legislation to Repeal Tax Code by 2008 Requires Congress to Reauthorize Current Tax Code or Replace It with New System Flat Tax and National Sales Tax Must Be Considered Among Options WASHINGTON – Declaring that it's time to give relief to American taxpayers, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has introduced legislation to repeal the U.S. tax code by 2008 and to force Congress to vote to reauthorize it or replace it with a new system. Isakson's bill also creates a commission that would be required to examine and to recommend to...
  • Kristol: Pathetic (The me-too Republicans wimp out on Iraq)

    11/15/2005 5:30:28 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 196 replies · 3,707+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 15, 2005 | William Kristol
    Pathetic.One expected no better of the Senate Democrats, who want to get out of Iraq as soon as possible, or sooner than possible--most of them don't really care--and who want to embarrass president Bush. But couldn't the Senate Republicans have stood and fought against passing an irresponsible resolution suggesting that Americans want to get out of Iraq more than we want to win?The Republican leadership may have figured they didn't have the votes to defeat the Democratic proposal without giving their members a weaker alternative to vote for. But better to lose such a vote by a small margin than...
  • Cold Cases Get $700,000 Boost

    09/04/2005 1:49:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 215+ views
    11Alive ^ | Kevin Rowson
    The U.S. Justice Department offered up $700,000 to help ease a backlog of so-called "cold cases" in Fulton County. The grant money will be used to hire two lab technicians at the GBI crime lab to work on more than 1,200 cold cases. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) presented the grant money to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Thursday morning. At the same time, Howard announced major developments in six unsolved homicides that date back to 1988. An example of what the easing of the DNA backlog could do involves the death of Priscilla Culberson, whose raped, beaten, and...
  • The Betrayal of Susette Kelo

    08/03/2005 6:21:17 PM PDT · by WJHII · 8 replies · 843+ views
    Houston Home Journal (Warner Robins, GA) ^ | 08/03/2005 | William John Hagan
    The Betrayal of Susette Kelo By William John Hagan The Houston Home Journal, Perry, GA 08/03/2005 The Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” This means that the government cannot take your property without due process and can only do so in exchange for a payment of “a fair and reasonable amount” for such things such as a public works project. This protects citizens from the forced confiscation of their land. This concept of natural property rights...
  • Lockheed's Hercules may get reprieve, Isakson says

    02/10/2005 7:13:45 AM PST · by Jackknife · 22 replies · 602+ views ^ | 02/10/05 | BOB KEMPER, DAVE HIRSCHMAN
    The Pentagon may not halt production of the Marietta-built C-130J Hercules after all, Sen. Johnny Isakson said Wednesday. President Bush released a budget proposal Monday that called for eliminating the plane after next year. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has told Georgia lawmakers that the Pentagon is already re-evaluating that decision. Rumsfeld did not pledge to spare the plane during a meeting with senators Tuesday, Isakson said. But as soon as Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Isakson asked why the Pentagon was recommending that the plane be scrapped, Rumsfeld was quick to offer assurance that a review of that recommendation was...
  • 25 Congress Members Flouted Law by Taking Taxpayer-Funded Salary for Unexcused Absences

    01/28/2005 7:18:36 AM PST · by yoe · 7 replies · 1,003+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | Jan 26, 2005 | Peter J. Sepp - Annie Patnaude,
    This may be a repost but an important one.Alexandria, VA) – Even though President Bush took the oath of office last week, taxpayers still have one piece of unfinished business from the election: some federal lawmakers – including many seeking higher office – received thousands of dollars in salary overpayments for being away from their jobs during 2003 and 2004. According to a study released today by the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), an obscure federal statute still on the books requires Congressional absentees to forfeit their pay unless they or a family member are ill; but leaders have failed...
  • How five newcomers could change Senate

    12/30/2004 6:05:16 AM PST · by cfhBAMA · 14 replies · 778+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 30, 2004 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    WASHINGTON Call them the five horsemen of the Republican Revolution: incoming US Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Thune of South Dakota, and David Vitter of Louisiana. Their arrival in the US Senate next week gives a powerful boost to both fiscal and social conservatives on issues ranging from judicial nominations and abortion rights to tax reform. It also tips the number of former House members in the Senate to 52 percent - the first time it has passed a majority. More than just an additional five GOP votes, they...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 December 2004

    12/26/2004 5:36:39 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 167 replies · 6,181+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 26 December 2004 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, December 26th, 2004 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Lynne Cheney; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Washington archbishop.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Dr. Phil McGraw, Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Don Nickles, R-Okla. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens.-elect John Thune, R-S.D., John Isakson, R-Ga., and Ken Salazar, D-Colo. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; and Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor, The New Yorker.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; Revs. Jesse Jackson and Jerry Falwell; Reps. David...
  • Life After Daschle

    11/05/2004 6:13:29 AM PST · by OESY · 19 replies · 2,211+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2004 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    ...President Bush has won a clear mandate for his big second-term agenda, including the giants of Social Security reform and tax overhaul. Yet his ability to do anything still rests with the Senate.... Republicans [picked] up Democratic seats in both Carolinas and Georgia, as well as Louisiana and Florida. They weathered storms in Kentucky and Oklahoma, and even held Alaska. But the big daddy came with the overthrow of Mr. Daschle. That ouster... was as much a repudiation of obstructionism as it was Mr. Daschle's own record. [C]onsider not just the Republicans' numerical gains, but their ideological ones. With the...
  • Profile Of New US Senators. WOW.

    11/04/2004 4:35:54 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 83 replies · 3,569+ views
    New U.S. Senators: Obama, Isakson, Coburn Tue Nov 2,11:58 PM ET By The Associated Press Profiles of new U.S. senators elected Tuesday: ___ Tom Coburn OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — To say conservative Republican Tom Coburn has rarely been shy with his opinions is a a serious understatement. Asked about his opposition to the death penalty, the former three-term congressman said he favored executions for "abortionists" and anyone who takes life. At one town hall meeting, he said he had heard lesbianism was so rampant in area schools that girls could only go to the bathroom one at a time. He...