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  • UT:Second Amendment Supporter Finally Prevails in Legal Fight Over Protective Order

    02/04/2014 1:30:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Clark Aposhian stands with his arm on his truck Clark Aposhian, an outspoken second amendment supporter, was arrested  on domestic violence charges on May 27th, 2013.   At the time, I thought it was likely a false accusation.  As a prominent constitutional rights activist who ran a business teaching concealed carry courses, in the middle of a divorce, Aposhian was clearly at risk of being hit with a domestic violence restraining order.  Such an order would take away his second amendment rights for an indeterminate period, and divert enormous time, resources and energy away from his political battles, right when...
  • US Supreme Court reviews gun law for domestic violence offenders (Lautenberg Amendment)

    01/16/2014 3:55:19 PM PST · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan 16, 2014
    Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court heard arguments as it struggles to determine whether domestic violence offenders could be barred from possessing a firearm even if they have only committed minor offenses. The high court's nine justices took up the case of James Castleman, who argues that his domestic assault conviction in Tennessee for intentionally or knowingly causing "bodily injury" to the mother of his child did not prohibit him under federal law from owning a gun. Investigators later learned that he was illegally trafficking guns, and Castleman was charged with violating a ban on gun possession for people...
  • CT:Protective Orders and Firearms, the Salem Witch Trials of Today

    10/23/2013 5:51:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 21 October, 2013 | NA
    Between the years of 1692 and 1693 more than 25 people were accused of being witches and were either executed or died in prison in the area around Salem Massachusetts. Nearly all of the accused and condemned had little more evidence against them than some other person pointing at them and yelling “WITCH!!” One might think that some 300 plus years down the line we might have evolved over such knee jerk reactions and rushes to judgment but when it comes to gun owners that is often not the case. In particular, a person can request a protective order in...
  • Some Say Late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Widow Should Forgo ($175,000) Death Benefits (/gift)

    10/19/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/17/13
    **SNIP** Lautenberg died in June after nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. Many people would agree that he is owed a debt of gratitude but not everybody agrees that his widow Bonnie should receive $174,000, funded by taxpayers. Lautenberg was worth nearly $60-million. “I don’t think it’s right. I mean most us can’t afford death benefits like that. You know we would be happy to have a little bit saved just to bury ourselves,” Wayne resident Carol Dabaghian said. The payoff was buried in the government shutdown bill. It is a death benefit that is almost always approved and...
  • Lawmakers under fire for $174,000 TAX FREE gift to widow of millionaire senator

    10/16/2013 8:06:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies
    dailymail ^ | Oct 16, 2013 | N/A
    Lautenberg's net worth was estimated at $57 million in 2011 Lawmakers are under fire for awarding a $174,000 tax-free gift to the widow of late Senator Frank Lautenberg when the cash-strapped government can't even pay its own bills. The tax-free payment for the surviving relatives of members of Congress is a time-honored perk of public service in Washington. The gift is equal to the member's annual salary at their time of death, which in the New Jersey Democrat's case, was $174,000. The payment is written into the appropriations bill that has been approved by the House of Representatives. If the...
  • Budget deal includes $174K payout to widow of millionaire Senator

    10/16/2013 4:19:56 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 12 replies
    Buried inside the budget deal brokered by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid: a payout to the millionaire widow of the late Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg. There is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.” Agreed to by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. Lautenberg’s networth $56.8 million last year
  • Stopgap bill approves $3 billion of pork spending

    10/16/2013 4:47:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Buried inside the new stopgap spending bill are several pork project goodies, including nearly quadrupling the maximum price of a dam project on the Ohio River that is turning into a boondoggle — up to nearly $3 billion. The bill also includes $174,000 of taxpayer money being sent to the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The death gratuity, which has been paid to widows of other lawmakers in the past, raised hackles since Mr. Lautenberg was a multimillionaire, while the government is $16.7 trillion in debt. But lawmakers did nix one provision that was in an early draft...
  • Supreme Court to hear a Lautenberg Amendment Case

    10/02/2013 2:19:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear U.S. v. Castleman, a Tennessee case involving the Lautenberg amendment that deprives individuals of second amendment rights if convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. James Alvin Castleman plead guilty to a crime of domestic assault in 2001, then in 2008 he was found in possession of firearms and convicted of illegal possession of firearms under the Lautenberg amendment. A federal judge said that the Tennessee law did not meet the requirements of the federal law for domestic violence, and dismissed the charges.  The Sixth Circuit, on appeal, upheld the findings...
  • 4 NJ Democrats in first debate for US Senate race

    08/05/2013 8:11:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2013 10:04 PM EDT | Geoff Mulvihill
    Three New Jersey Democrats running in a special U.S. Senate election got their first crack Monday night at the front runner, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, in the first debate among all four candidates in the abbreviated campaign. At times, they tried to gang up on Booker to show he’s less liberal than them on issues such as using public money to send children to private schools or revising health insurance laws even further. But largely, the four candidates found themselves in agreement and their differences were relatively nuanced. The four are running in a hastily scheduled Aug. 13 primary to...
  • The Battle of Midway And The Passing of The Torch

    06/10/2013 3:28:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | June 10, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The final World War II veteran to serve in the United States Senate died on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway. Frank Lautenberg’s passing is significant, and every American should understand why. Fifty-two years ago, fellow World War II vet John F. Kennedy told America that “the torch has been passed to a new generation.” That torch is now burning out; an era has ended, and many wonder if America will ever see another like it. To try and understand, go back seven decades to the empty sea west of Hawaii in June 1942. Only...
  • Cory Booker to enter Senate Race

    06/07/2013 12:03:04 PM PDT · by Gefn · 7 replies ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jonathan tamari
    Newark (NJ) Mayor Cory Booker will enter the race for US Senate, a campaign aide confirmed Friday.
  • Chris Christie appoints NJ Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as interim senator

    06/06/2013 12:02:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/06/2013 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Chris Christie has appointed New Jersey’s Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, a former federal prosecutor who worked for him as governor and as U.S. Attorney, as the interim senator replacing the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. “I said on Monday I was going to select the person I thought was going to be the best person to represent New Jersey between now and Oct. 13,” Christie told reporters. “During the last few days as I’ve gotten to deliberate on this decision, it became clear to me that Attorney General Chiesa would be the best person to represent the people of New Jersey...
  • Chris Christie Senate Appt. Announcement Live (Atty Gen Jeff Chiesa; will not run in election)

    06/06/2013 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies
    Chris Christie just announced that the NJ State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa will be appointed to the Senate pending the Special Election in October. Chiesa will not run
  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg Remembered For Tenacious Rise (Biden Cracking Jokes)

    06/05/2013 12:32:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | June 5th | Writer
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Friends, family and hundreds of dignitaries gathered for a funeral service Wednesday to remember U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
  • Lautenberg's Death Muddles N.J. Picture for 2014

    06/04/2013 2:09:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 3, 2013 | Sean Trende
    Five-term Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey passed away Monday from viral pneumonia. Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran in the Senate, had retired from the upper chamber in 2000, only to be drafted at the last minute in 2002 to replace... --snip-- So he has a bit of a dilemma here. Legislative leaders have to stand for re-election this year, so appointing one of them could create a vacancy in a pair of bodies where Republicans are already outnumbered. There is also an ideological dilemma. He could appoint a conservative, but having to run with him or...
  • Christie: Oct. election to fill Lautenberg seat

    06/04/2013 12:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2013 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday set an October special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death, a decision that gets voters the quickest possible say on who will represents them but also preserves Christie as the top attraction on November's ballot. The move means the state will have two statewide elections less than three weeks apart, a rare occurrence that's already drawing criticism. At a news conference, Christie didn't answer the big question of whom he'll appoint to the seat in the meantime, but he said he has a list of possibilities....
  • Hillary Clinton Will Eulogize Lautenberg at Funeral On Wednesday (& VP Biden)

    06/04/2013 11:13:48 AM PDT · by drewh · 33 replies
    New ^ | June 04, 2013 at 1:03 PM
    <p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will eulogize New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg at his funeral Wednesday, according to Lautenberg’s office.</p> <p>The office released details today of the final send off for Lautenberg, who died early Monday morning from viral pneumonia at the age of 89. The events will take place over three days.</p>
  • Chris Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement

    06/04/2013 11:34:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/04/2013
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Tuesday for a special election later this year to decide who will fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, though he did not say whom he might appoint in the interim. The Republican governor, during a press conference in Trenton, said he wants to make sure New Jersey voters have a "voice and a choice" He set the primary for Aug. 13 and the general election for Oct. 16. The announcement ended some -- but not all -- of the speculation about Christie's handling of the open seat. Lautenberg, a Democrat and...
  • Chris Christie calls for Special Election in October to fill Lautenberg seat(Christie votes Present)

    06/04/2013 11:17:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies ^ | 6-4-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    He just held a news conference. He could have appointed someone to serve until 2014. Instead, the election will be October 16, 2014. The primaries will be August 13. He would not comment on who he would appoint to serve until then. Video when available. I don’t understand all the nuances of NJ politics, so hopefully readers can add local color in the comments. Christie splits baby: D's get speedy special elex (could have waited 18 mo),GOP likely gets placeholder Sen & no Booker on ballot in Nov — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 4, 2013 Christie's decision is all about...
  • Chris Christie’s First Test: Whom he picks to replace Lautenberg will speak volumes.

    06/04/2013 7:10:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/03/2013 | Daniel Foster
    The death, at age 89, of Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg has put a wrinkle in the reelection plans of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The cantankerous Republican enjoys high approval ratings and a chasmic lead over Barbara Buono, a Democratic rival so weak that former governor Brendan Byrne, now the Garden State’s Democratic elder statesman, has hinted she should think about dropping out. But the need to appoint an interim replacement for Lautenberg, and to schedule a special election to fill out his term through 2014, has created a pair of new challenges. First, does Christie hold the special election...
  • How Frank Lautenberg Made a Fortune by Doing Work the Government Made Necessary

    06/04/2013 6:19:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    New York Sun ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ira Stoll
    Frank Lautenberg, the Democratic senator from New Jersey who died today at age 89, will be remembered by others for his career in government. To me the more fascinating story is his career in business. Because the company where Lautenberg spent the 30 years between 1952 and 1982 — longer than the time he spent in the Senate — is a classic example that manages to encapsulate both the genius and the risks of a certain kind of American business. It was the success of that company — now Automatic Data Processing, Inc., or ADP — that made Lautenberg the...
  • Now we know why Obama cozied up to NJ Governor Chris Christie...

    06/03/2013 2:33:35 PM PDT · by BobNative · 48 replies
    Self Vanity | June 3, 2013 | Self
    Obama knew that Senator Lautenberg was dying and needs to trick Christie into naming a Democratic replacement to the Senate.
  • Chris Christie's Lautenberg Dilemma Is 2013-as-2016 All Over Again

    06/03/2013 12:50:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 72 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 3, 2013 | ELSPETH REEVE
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can name a successor for Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89 on Monday, becoming the 299th Senator to pass away in office. But it's yet another moment when what's good for Christie in 2013 might not be good for him in 2016. Christie, after all, is a Republican running a state that voted for President Obama by almost 18 points. "Replacing a Democrat with a Democrat and then saying the voters should decide what happens next in November would no doubt be very well-received by Democrats and moderates," The Washington Post's Sean...
  • Farewell to Frank Lautenberg -- the greatest public servant I know

    06/03/2013 12:11:53 PM PDT · by workerbee · 73 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/3/13 | Julie Roginsky
    Goodbye to my friend, my role model and the greatest public servant I know, New Jersey Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at age 89. Goodbye to the last member of the Greatest Generation in the United States Senate and the last of the liberal lions. Goodbye to the man who is likely responsible for saving more lives than any other politician of his generation. In 2000, Lautenberg retired from the senate seat he loved so dearly and instantly regretted it. After all, this was the man who had authored laws that prevented tens of thousands of deaths from...
  • Lautenberg’s Death Adds to Democrats’ Legislative Difficulties

    06/03/2013 11:18:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    The death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey poses new complications for the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill as they try to push their agenda through a Senate where even a single vote can derail legislation. So crucial was Mr. Lautenberg’s reliably liberal vote in a Senate where his party held a 55-45 majoritythat Democratic leaders twice asked him in recent weeks to return to Washington to vote despite his failing health. He died Monday morning of complications from viral pneumonia. Just last month, Mr. Lautenberg, 89, made a special trip to the Capitol to supply...
  • Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

    06/03/2013 7:11:34 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 2 replies
    various outlets | June 3, 2013 | various
    The wires say Frank lautenberg is dead. The New Jersey Democrat Senator was 89.
  • US Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

    06/03/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 300 replies
    North NJ com ^ | BY HERB JACKSON
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg died this morning of viral pneumonia at age 89, his office said
  • Reid bill would require background checks to purchase explosive powders

    04/25/2013 5:45:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 199 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder, a reaction to last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Reid introduced the bill, S. 792, for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who has been out sick for much of the year. But in a press statement, Lautenberg said the Boston bombing shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials. "It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked,"...
  • Press release just emailed by Sen. Lindsey Graham

    04/19/2013 9:15:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Dear Friends, President Obama wanted three things on gun control -- to ban assault weapons, limit magazine sizes, and expand background checks. Fortunately, he lost on all three. I’ve always been confident if the Senate debated the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment would win. Yesterday, the Senate took up, debated, and voted on gun violence legislation. I am very pleased we had this debate, and was always ready and willing to vote in support of what I believe. Here’s how I voted yesterday: Voted Against the Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment (Failed 54-46, required 60 votes) No matter how well-intentioned, the...
  • Sen. Lautenberg Wants Background Checks To Buy Gunpowder

    04/17/2013 7:42:45 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 72 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 | J.D. Tuccile
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the wake of the deadly bombing attacks in Boston, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that he will reintroduce legislation he has proposed in a prior Congress to require that sales of explosive powder be subject to a background check. He will also file the legislation as an amendment to the gun violence prevention bill currently on the Senate floor. Current law allows an individual to purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive “black powder” without a background check, and also permits an individual to purchase unlimited amounts of dangerous “smokeless powder” and “black powder...
  • A Senator’s Absence Concerns Democrats as Gun Votes Near (Lautenberg)

    04/15/2013 12:41:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2013 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    WASHINGTON — As a crucial series of gun-control votes approaches in the Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are suddenly preoccupied with one question in particular: when is Frank Lautenberg coming back? Mr. Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat and the oldest member of the Senate at 89, has been out for weeks dealing with health complications from cancer treatment. But with Democrats scrambling to come up with enough votes to overcome resistance to the most sweeping gun-control legislation in a generation, Mr. Lautenberg’s presence (or absence) is shaping up to be critically important. Aides insist that Mr. Lautenberg, who has been...
  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg Says He Won’t Seek Re-election In 2014

    02/14/2013 12:47:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg Says He Won’t Seek Re-election In 2014 February 14, 2013 3:32 PM WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) – Senator Frank Lautenberg announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2014. “I will be traveling to my hometown of Paterson tomorrow to announce that I will not seek re-election in 2014,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “This is not the end of anything, but rather the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals, and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey.
  • Geraldo contemplating run for Senate

    01/31/2013 12:17:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Geraldo contemplating run for Senate By Jonathan Easley - 01/31/13 02:02 PM ET Television personality and radio host Geraldo Rivera announced Thursday he’s “truly contemplating” a run for Senate in New Jersey. “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show. “I mentioned this only briefly to my wife ... but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker.” 
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), 89, is up for reelection in 2014 but...
  • Lautenberg says Cory Booker needs a spanking

    01/22/2013 2:57:27 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 42 replies
    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg told a reporter that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has announced that he plans to run for Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat in 2014, needs a “spanking,” because he is “disrespectful.”
  • THE MISDEMEANOR GUN BAN (How did this happen????)

    01/21/2003 11:07:50 AM PST · by SunStar · 36 replies · 705+ views ^ | Alan Korwin
    THE MISDEMEANOR GUN BAN: Congress slides dangerously far from the Constitution by Alan Korwin The new federal Gun Ban For Individuals Convicted Of A Misdemeanor Crime Of Domestic Violence removes civil rights for anyone who violates it, or anyone who violated its requirements before it was passed. Congress has exceeded its delegated authority here, even though the intention is a noble one. The new law increases the list of prohibited possessors people who may not have, ship, transport, or get firearms or ammunition under federal law. Anyone ever convicted of a minor violation involving use or attempted use of physical...
  • Lautenberg aides deny report that senator has decided to step down

    01/11/2013 6:03:18 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Aides to five-term U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg are rejecting a report by NBC tonight that the 88-year-old senator will not seek re-election in 2014. "NBC 4's report that Senator Lautenberg has decided to retire has not been confirmed by our office or anyone in our organization. The Senator has not made a decision on his re-election." said Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray, adding the report "is simply not true." The report came from veteran local NBC reporter Brian Thompson who cited un-named sources.
  • Shame on Senator Frank R. Lautenberg!

    08/19/2012 6:59:18 AM PDT · by tselatysr · 12 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-08-19 06:14:32 | Rabbi Dr.Zucker
    By Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. ZuckerNew Jersey's senior U.S. Senator, Frank R. Lautenberg, published an article[1] ("Romney must stop playing politics with Israel") in the August 15, 2012 edition of The Jerusalem Post for which he should be thoroughly ashamed; it is a political smear and loaded with distortions and outright lies. It is a desperate attempt to stop the erosion[2] of Jewish votes from supporting the re-election of President Barack H. Obama that several polls[3] over the past few weeks have indicated is occurring.  Lautenberg's article is truly an ugly case of the kettle calling the pot black, and...
  • Lautenberg’s ammo ban bill would strip away long-standing privacy protections

    08/07/2012 6:20:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 6 August, 2012 | John Pierce
    Over the course of my last several articles, I have written about the rush by Democratic senators to use the Aurora tragedy as a means of advancing their gun-control agenda. The first bill to emerge was an amendment to the Cybersecurity bill drafted by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Bob Menendez, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Dianne Feinstein, which would have banned the sale, transfer or possession of normal capacity magazines. Thankfully, the Cybersecurity bill failed to pass the Senate. Following close on the heels of the Cybersecurity amendment, Democratic Senators Frank Lautenberg and Dianne Feinstein announced...
  • Lautenberg’s ammo ban bill would strip away long-standing privacy protections

    08/06/2012 1:30:16 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 6 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 6, 2012 | John Pierce
    ‘‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.’’ - Rahm Emanuel --IMAGE HERE-- Over the course of my last several articles, I have written about the rush by Democratic senators to use the Aurora tragedy as a means of advancing their gun-control agenda. The first bill to emerge was an amendment to the Cybersecurity bill drafted by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Bob Menendez, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Dianne Feinstein, which would have banned the sale,...
  • Obama ‘evaluates’ multiple gun control bills advanced by Senate Democrats

    07/31/2012 7:20:59 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 18 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | July 31, 2012 | John Pierce
    In the wake of the tragic ‘Dark Knight’ attack in Aurora Colorado, the media and gun control advocates (but I repeat myself) seem determined to push the Democratic Party into renewing its push for more gun control. And there is no shortage of Democratic candidates willing to oblige regardless of the damage it might do to their party this fall. While President Obama and his advisors see the political dangers of such legislation in a tough election cycle, the Democratic leadership in the Senate seems unable to contain themselves. Following on the heels of an amendment to the Cybersecurity bill...
  • Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill

    07/27/2012 7:12:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    the Hill ^ | 07/26/12 | Ramsey Cox -
    Democratic senators have offered an amendment to the cybersecurity bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity gun magazines for some consumers. Shortly after the Cybersecurity Act gained Senate approval to proceed to filing proposed amendments and a vote next week, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a sponsor of the gun control amendment, came to the floor to defend the idea of implementing some “reasonable” gun control measures. ... The amendment is identical to a separate bill sponsored by Lautenberg. Feinstein was the sponsor of the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
  • NJ Sen. Lautenberg Planning to Reintroduce Gun Control Legislation In Wake Of Colorado Shooting

    07/21/2012 6:24:11 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    NJ Sen. Lautenberg Planning to Reintroduce Gun Control Legislation In Wake Of Colorado Shooting by Josh Feldman | 10:21 pm, July 20th, 2012 » 169 comments Despite all of the calls not to politicize the Colorado shootings last night, gun control advocates have been demanding that politicians use it as an opportunity to take action on national gun laws. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said earlier that they “don’t want sympathy” from President Obama and Mitt Romney, they “want action.” It is with all of this in mind that New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg is planning on reintroducing...
  • Live Thread: South Carolina GOP Presidential Debate on CNN 8 P.M. EST

    01/19/2012 4:09:17 PM PST · by kristinn · 1,470 replies · 3+ views
    Thursday, January 19, 2011 | Kristinn
    And then there were three and a half minds left campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.Link to CNN livestream page.Hosted by CNN's John King at the North Charleston Coliseum.
  • Iowa-Bashing Snobs and Sore Losers

    01/04/2012 3:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 4, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The Iowa caucuses may not have much predictive value, but they did a wonderful job of unmasking both elitist whingers on the left and incompetent whiners on the right. As they do every presidential election cycle, progressives of pallor wore their indelible disdain for Middle America on their sleeves. Pale-faced University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom launched a 6,000-word jeremiad, littered with factual errors, against his home state's residents. The abridged version: Raaaaaaaacists! Hicks! Christians! Argggh! In the safe harbors of The Atlantic just a few weeks before Tuesday's electoral event, Bloom sneered: "Those who stay in rural Iowa...
  • Opinion: Newt's 'historic' campaigns

    01/03/2012 4:02:42 PM PST · by VinL · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-3-2012 | Melber
    When Gingrich’s senior advisers resigned en masse last spring, Gingrich cast the ensuing negative coverage as a misreading of his historic bid for the presidency. “It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century,” the former speaker said, “a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas. I expect it to take a while for it to sink in.” .... Each Gingrich setback, it seems, has been a historic event. Remember when his campaign compared its failure to qualify for the Virginia ballot to the Pearl...
  • RNC: Fla primary will remain winner-take-all for delegates

    01/03/2012 1:43:15 PM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 26 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 1/3/2012 | Adam C. Smith
    There's been a fair amount of chatter/concern that the importance of Florida's Republican primary could be dramatically diluted if the RNC further penalizes the state for its early primary by allocating its delegates proportionally, rather than winner-take-all. After all, divvying up 50 delegates four or five ways would make the state a lot smaller prize for the winner. On a conference call with reporters today, however, RNC officials all but dismissed the prospects for Florida losing its winner-take-all status. As it is the state's number of delegates will be slashed from 99 to 50, and there is no mechanism to...
  • Gallup Daily: Romney 24%, Gingrich 23%, Paul 13%, All Others in Single Digits

    01/03/2012 11:58:07 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 58 replies
    Gallup ^ | 1-3-2012 | Gallup
    Romney 24% Gingrich 23% Paul 13% Perry 7% Santorum 6% Bachmann 5% Huntsman 2%
  • Newt Gingrich on Guns: A Mixed Record

    12/05/2011 3:04:42 PM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 109 replies · 1+ views
    GOA: Gun Owners of America ^ | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:18 | Staff
    Prior to the “Republican Revolution” of 1994, Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia had earned an A rating with Gun Owners of America. But that all changed in 1995, after Republicans were swept to power and Gingrich became Speaker of the House. The Republicans gained the majority, thanks in large part to gun owners outraged by the Clinton gun ban. And upon taking the reins of the House, Speaker Gingrich said famously that, “As long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there...
  • Campaigns of Sen. Lautenberg, Rep. Holt paid $40K to workers allegedly fired for hiring minorities

    11/01/2011 4:58:50 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ted Sherman
    The campaigns of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt paid out nearly $40,000 to settle charges by a former election worker who said he lost his job for hiring minorities to get out the vote in predominately white areas.
  • Democrat Senator Lautenberg: We've got to eliminate the rich." More class warfare....

    08/18/2011 12:37:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 45 replies ^ | 8/18/2011
    Senior moment, or Freudian slip? Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) lets his class warfare rhetoric get the best of him at a press conference in Belmar, NJ. Sen. Lautenberg's net worth is over $50 million... by the way.