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  • Lawmakers: Afghan leader (Karzai) threatens to join Taliban

    04/05/2010 9:44:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 741+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/10 | Amir Shah and Christopher Bodeen - ap
    KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday. Karzai made the unusual statement at a closed-door meeting Saturday with selected lawmakers — just days after kicking up a diplomatic controversy with remarks alleging foreigners were behind fraud in last year's disputed elections. Lawmakers dismissed the latest comment as hyperbole, but it will add to the impression the president — who relies on tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO forces to fight the...
  • Pro-Life Lawmakers Shot At, Threatened For Opposing Pro-Abortion Health Bill

    03/25/2010 11:08:09 AM PDT · by julieee · 17 replies · 695+ views ^ | March 25, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Lawmakers Shot At, Threatened For Opposing Pro-Abortion Health Bill Washington, DC -- Two pro-life Republican lawmakers announced today that they were the victims of harassment and violence from people upset that they voted against the pro-abortion health care bill. Rep. Eric Cantor's Richmond campaign office was shot at while Rep. Jean Schmidt received a harassing phone call.
  • Lawmakers warn Navy, Marines face large fighter jet shortfall

    03/22/2010 8:56:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 552+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/10 | Roxana Tiron
    The Navy and Marine Corps face a much larger shortfall of fighter jets than expected, four senior members of the House Armed Services Committee warned Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In a letter to Gates, the lawmakers said Pentagon assumptions of a shortfall of 100 fighter jets are “too optimistic.” Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) signed the letter along with ranking Republican Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.). Two other panel members with jurisdiction over Navy programs, Reps. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Todd Akin (R-Mo.), also signed the letter to Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  • Lawmaker Who Called Bart Stupak Baby Killer Still Unknown

    03/22/2010 9:07:44 AM PDT · by julieee · 53 replies · 1,471+ views ^ | March 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Lawmaker Who Called Bart Stupak Baby Killer Still Unknown Washington, DC -- The pro-life Republican lawmaker who called Rep. Bart Stupak during his comments against a pro-life procedural motion Sunday night is still unknown. The comment came as Stupak opposed a motion to send the pro-abortion health care bill back to committee to add an abortion funding ban.
  • CIA briefed 68 lawmakers on interrogation program

    02/24/2010 2:17:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 799+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/23/10 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, .. The once-secret CIA papers, obtained in a lawsuit by the conservative legal foundation Judicial Watch, shed new light on which lawmakers knew the details of the controversial interrogation program and when. ... The declassified memos show the program began after the capture of al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian .. In a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence dated April 12, 2007,...
  • CA: Whitman would 'reorient' lawmakers as governor, she says (won't bring "girlie men" flowers)

    02/03/2010 4:29:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 214+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/3/10 | Michael Rothfeld
    Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has had his share of problems dealing with state lawmakers, referring to them as "girlie men" early in his tenure. One of his would-be successors, GOP candidate Meg Whitman, indicated this week that she wouldn't come bearing flowers should she be elected. In an interview Tuesday with Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, Whitman said she wants to "reorient" legislators to focus on more important issues, threatening to use her veto pen, much as Schwarzenegger has, to get them in line. She added that none of the legislation approved last year was "on point." "The governor...
  • California lawmakers fail to report gifts ('Culture of Corruption')

    01/15/2010 2:11:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 1/15/10 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker and his wife were treated by the insurance industry to a two-night stay, with spa treatments, at an exclusive Pebble Beach resort. Another received free passes to Sea World San Diego, along with Disneyland tickets. Yet another got a coveted ticket to the 2008 Holiday Bowl college football game. In each case, the lawmaker not only accepted the perks and freebies but also apparently failed to report them as required by state law, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act. In all, 38 current members of California's Assembly...
  • Obama tells lawmakers (in speech to meeting of House Democrats) US economy is on the mend

    01/14/2010 5:15:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 546+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/14/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the U.S. economy is on the mend and that his administration's focus over the coming months will be on creating more jobs. In a campaign-style speech to a meeting of House Democrats, Obama said Thursday that lawmakers made tough choices in enacting economic measures over the past year, including some that were unpopular.
  • Arizona GOP lawmakers propose sweeping tax cuts

    01/05/2010 2:21:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 443+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/5/10 | Paul Davenport - ap
    MESA, Ariz. – Arizona House Republicans on Tuesday proposed a sweeping package of tax cuts aimed at helping businesses, with Speaker Kirk Adams saying the incentives are needed to spur economic development and add high-paying jobs in the state. The package proposed for consideration in the legislative session that starts next Monday includes both corporate and individual income tax cuts and decreases in property taxes paid by businesses. "Arizona is not as competitive as it needs to be with job retention and job growth," Adams said. The Mesa Republican was flanked by a half-dozen fellow GOP representatives during a news...
  • Black Lawmakers under Ethics Spotlight (Are seven investigations too many in Pelosi's House?)

    11/09/2009 3:36:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 572+ views
    New America Media ^ | 11/09/09 | Zenitha Prince
    Black Lawmakers under Ethics SpotlightWashington AFRO Zenitha Prince Posted: Nov 09, 2009 November 8, 2009) - Are seven investigations too many to be a coincidence? All seven of the full-scale ethics investigations currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives are focused on African-American lawmakers—and it would be eight if the committee conducting the investigations hadn’t deferred to the Justice Department’s investigation involving Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The disparity is beginning to raise some eyebrows. “I don’t think they (Black lawmakers) are scared—they’re upset. They think [Congressional Black Caucus] members are being singled out,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, former chairman of...
  • Lawmakers targeted in ethics probe

    10/30/2009 11:36:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 525+ views ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    A leaked document shows that House ethics investigators are probing the activities of nearly three dozen lawmakers — an ethical dust storm that will empower the Republicans and could imperil efforts to get health care reform through the House next week. The House ethics committee said Thursday that it was opening two new investigations — one into the foreclosure scandal of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) and one involving financial questions about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and her husband. But shortly after the committee met, chairs Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) interrupted proceedings on the House floor to say...
  • Conyers blasts GOP lawmakers' accusations of Muslim 'spies'

    10/15/2009 7:16:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 588+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Muslim-American interns who have served in Congress should be respected, and not subject to questions about their patriotism, House Judciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Thursday. Responding to allegations from Republican lawmakers that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sought to plant Muslim "spies" in the Capitol, Conyers issued a scathing statement on his colleagues' accusations. "It shouldn't need to be said in 2009, and after the historic election of our first African-American president, but let me remind all my colleagues that patriotic Americans of all races, religions, and beliefs have the right - and the responsibility - to...
  • Lawmakers to 'make public a national security threat on Capitol Hill'

    10/14/2009 11:20:07 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 18 replies · 1,832+ views ^ | October 14, 2009 | Bob Cusack and Jordy Yager
    Three House Republicans are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday morning to "make public a national security threat on Capitol Hill." Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) will hold a 10 a.m. press conference in the Capitol on the homeland security issue. The congressional daybook schedule does not provide further details. According to a source familiar with the issue, the press conference will focus on a non-profit group that has "known terrorist ties."
  • Taking count of Obama's 'czars,' lawmakers rise up - Grumbling grows over proliferation of 'czars'

    09/17/2009 8:55:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 780+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/17/09 | Joe Markman
    Reporting from Washington - President Obama's appointment of "czars," or policy coordinators, is drawing new fire from lawmakers in both parties. The most prominent complaint is that Obama, by using his own authority to name people to these policy jobs, is circumventing the role of the Senate in considering and confirming important nominations to the president's administration. In a letter to the president this week, Sen. Susan Collins (R- Maine) and five other Republican lawmakers criticized the administration for encroaching on Congress' authority in establishing what it said were too many far-reaching czars. Collins identified 18 positions created by Obama...
  • Michigan lawmakers want Gitmo detainees (could boost state's finances)

    07/26/2009 5:40:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 486+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/24/09
    Michigan lawmakers want Gitmo detainees Published: July 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Some Democratic lawmakers from Michigan are viewing the Guantanamo detainees as a possible means of boosting their state's finances, legislators say. Several Democrat members in the U.S. House and Senate are floating the idea of housing detainees from the U.S. detention facility in Cuba in Michigan prisons set to close because of the state's budget crunch, The Hill reported Friday. The move would save or create jobs in a state with the nation's highest unemployment rate of 15.4 percent. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin...
  • Calif. lawmakers pass plan to balance state budget

    07/24/2009 6:54:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 683+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/09 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lawmakers on Friday approved a complex package of spending cuts, accounting maneuvers and raids on local government coffers to fill California's gigantic budget deficit, providing hope that the state might begin a slow climb out of a deep financial hole. ... The cuts imposed by the Legislature are extraordinary. The deal will mean teachers are laid off, college students will pay more, parks will be closed, and office buildings will be sold off. Lawmakers agreed the scope of the cuts was distasteful, but most said they had little choice. "The only way to do it is to...
  • Obama's Fiats Anger Lawmakers

    07/14/2009 9:12:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 603+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/14/09 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON -- With $108 billion in International Monetary Fund loan guarantees in jeopardy last month, White House economic officials begged, cajoled and cut deals with Democrats to secure passage of legislation boosting the fund's power. Days later, President Barack Obama announced he wasn't bound by any of the agreements. The ensuing flap over the president's June 24 signing statement is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and Congress over an issue Mr. Obama once fought against himself: presidential fiat.
  • CA: Commission slashes lawmakers' cars, per diem, health insurance (18%)

    06/30/2009 1:08:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 750+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/30/09 | Susan Ferriss
    The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to cut state legislators' monthly car allowances, fringe benefits and their per diem allowance by 18 percent. ... The 18 percent cuts in benefits, per diem and cars also apply to constitutional officers of the state. The action follows and earlier vote to cut lawmakers' and state elected officials pay by 18 percent effective Dec. 1, 2010.
  • US lawmakers said exploring F-22 version for Japan

    06/01/2009 4:51:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 795+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/09 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee is considering requiring the U.S. Air Force to study the viability of creating an export version of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 fighter jet, a source closely following the issue told Reuters on Monday. "There may be language inserted into the fiscal 2010 appropriations bill that would at least look at the possibility," said the source, who asked not to be identified since the legislative language is still being finalized. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in April said the Pentagon would halt production of the radar-evading F-22 fighter at...
  • Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day' (22-3 Senate vote)

    05/06/2009 6:46:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 2,961+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/09 | Mark Niesse - ap
    HONOLULU – Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day" — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate's two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks. ... The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
  • California lawmakers look past the fiscal crisis

    04/03/2009 11:00:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 403+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/3/09 | Michael Rothfeld
    In a Capitol where groundbreaking achievements have been trumped by money woes in recent years, state officials are now hoping to broaden their ambitions to more than paying the state's bills, without breaking the bank. At their disposal is an unusual new resource: time. That may be the only upside of the fiscal crisis. After lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came together on a spending plan in February -- instead of at the end of a hot Sacramento summer -- they now see in the eight months ahead the potential to solidify the state's fragile water supply, to improve foster...
  • California lawmakers weigh options for a potential fiscal 'doomsday'

    04/01/2009 8:35:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 965+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/09 | Eric Bailey
    Legislative leaders are weighing contingency plans for a potential fiscal "doomsday" if a slate of ballot measures designed to balance the state budget fails in the May 19 special election. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the bipartisan team of lawmakers pushing the half-dozen propositions continue to insist that the campaign has just begun and can still be won despite a recent public opinion poll showing all but one measure trailing badly. California’s “Big Five” on fixing the...But, behind the scenes, elected leaders and staffers have begun brainstorming additional budget cuts that might be necessary. That effort comes little more than a...
  • US lawmakers tell Obama Iran engagement 'cannot be open-ended'

    03/27/2009 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Top US lawmakers urged President Barack Obama in a letter Friday to open talks with Iran "as soon as possible," but warned they must yield quick results on the West's nuclear dispute with Tehran. "Engagement must be serious and credible, but it cannot be open-ended," the group, which included chairman of key House committees, wrote in the letter amid growing signs of Washington outreach to the Islamic republic.
  • Rep. lawmakers criticize civil rights probe of Arpaio

    03/18/2009 5:10:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 826+ views
    Link only as it is an AP story. FR Rules
  • Border lawmakers fear narco-nuke terrorism link

    03/08/2009 9:49:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,711+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/8/09 | Jordy Yager
    Members of Congress are raising the alarm that war-like conditions on the Mexican border could lead to Mexican drug cartels helping terrorists attack the U.S. “When you have…gangs and they have loose ties with al Qaeda and then you have Iran not too far away from building a nuclear capability, nuclear terrorism may not be far off,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R- Ariz.), a member of the House Armed Services committee. The Mexican drug cartels’ violence accounted for more than 6,000 deaths last year, and in recent months it has begun spilling over into the districts of lawmakers from the...
  • 19 Georgia lawmakers behind on taxes, state report says (Protesters hold anti-stimulus "tea party")

    02/27/2009 6:12:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1,071+ views
    AJC ^ | 2/26/09 | JIM THARPE
    19 Georgia lawmakers behind on taxes, state report saysBy JIM THARPE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday, February 26, 2009 Nineteen members of the state Legislature have failed to pay state and federal income taxes, some of them dating back to 2002, according to a Georgia Department of Revenue report given recently to legislative leaders. The report on the alleged tax dodgers, with names and Social Security numbers redacted, has been forwarded to Republican and Democratic leaders of the state House of Representatives and Senate. “Leaders of both parties have made it clear this will not be tolerated,” state Rep. Joe Wilkinson...
  • California's GOP lawmakers should do the budget math

    02/16/2009 9:30:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,229+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/16/09 | George Skelton
    From Sacramento -- The math seems pretty simple. But apparently it's too rigorous for many Republican politicians. To avoid raising taxes and still balance the books in Sacramento, you'd have to virtually shut down state government.
  • US lawmakers seek Friday action on stimulus

    02/12/2009 12:56:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 224+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/09 | Olivier Knox
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers pushing an unprecedented 789-billion-dollar plan to arrest an economic tailspin prepared Thursday for final votes Friday in time to hand President Barack Obama his biggest win yet. Facing Obama's self-imposed February 16 deadline, the Senate and House of Representatives worked to schedule decisive votes on Friday, as some aides warned of a slim chance that passage could slip to Saturday or Sunday. "We're at the doorstep of getting this plan through the Congress, but the work is not over. When we do, the challenge will shift to administering successfully this endeavor of enormous scope and...
  • Napolitano still a punching bag for GOP lawmakers (Click in BOPO BoZo)

    02/08/2009 1:43:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 597+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Paul Davenport
  • SKorean lawmakers brawl over US free trade pact

    12/18/2008 8:58:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 633+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/08 | Jae-Soon Chang - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea – Brawling South Korean lawmakers tried to sledgehammer their way into a parliamentary meeting room barricaded by the ruling party as the National Assembly descended into chaos Thursday over a free trade agreement with the United States. Opposition parties were incensed by the ruling Grand National Party's move to submit the agreement to a committee on trade, setting in motion the process for the accord to win approval in the legislature.
  • CA: Voters show little faith in governor, lawmakers

    12/04/2008 9:29:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 472+ views ^ | 12/4/08 | John Wildermuth
    California voters are worried sick about the state's economy, but they don't believe Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature can work together to solve California's fiscal problems, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. More than 70 percent of those surveyed listed the economy and the state budget as the top problems facing California, but two-thirds were unhappy with the way the state's leaders have faced the state's policy woes, including an $11.2 billion budget deficit for the current year. "With 3 out of 4 voters putting the economy and the budget on top of...
  • CA: Lawmakers deadlocked over car tax, budget cuts

    11/22/2008 11:39:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 549+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/22/08 | Jim Sanders
    Not even fiscal crisis trumps partisan politics in California, where lawmakers remained sharply divided on a budget rescue plan Friday with time running out in this year's session. With California facing a projected two-year, $27.8 billion budget shortfall, Democrats and Republicans continued to fight over whether tax increases would make things better or worse. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders met Friday and were expected to discuss a tripling of the state's vehicle license tax in return for about $4 billion in cuts this budget year and placement of a rigid spending cap on a future ballot. When the session...
  • CA: State lawmakers overseas during budget crisis (India, China and Hawaii 'researching' stuff)

    11/19/2008 11:19:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 284+ views ^ | 11/19/08 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento - -- More than a dozen state lawmakers have missed much of the special legislative session called to tackle the state's fiscal mess, instead traveling to India, China and Hawaii to learn about education, high-speed rail and dams. The legislators include Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and several Assembly Budget Committee members who missed a hearing on the crisis on Friday. At least two of the lawmakers are not expected to return by Sunday's planned floor sessions of the Senate and the Assembly, their staff members said. "Obviously, they're not taking the...
  • Schwarzenegger: Lawmakers must address budget woes (calls for a special session, no date set)

    10/21/2008 5:24:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 271+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/21/08 | Judy Lin
    SACRAMENTO – Barely a month after lawmakers passed an overdue state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will call them back to Sacramento to tackle California's worsening economy and revenues that already are $3 billion lower than expected. The administration said the special legislative session will work on two levels, addressing the shortfall in this year's budget and debating how to stimulate California's economy. During a news conference Tuesday in Southern California, Schwarzenegger said state government should try to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure and put billions of dollars in voter-approved infrastructure bonds to use. “I think it is the best thing...
  • Governor [Schwarzenegger] wants lawmakers to lose pay

    10/06/2008 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 12 replies · 482+ views
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | Unknown | Amy Taxin
    Governor wants lawmakers to lose pay By Amy Taxin LONG BEACH — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday demanded that lawmakers face consequences when they fail to pass a state budget on time, including a loss of pay and the inability to work on other bills until a spending plan is passed. Schwarzenegger’s comments came after an 85-day standoff between lawmakers over how to close a $15.2 billion deficit. The impasse was the longest in state history and put the squeeze on medical clinics, nursing homes, daycare centers and other community programs that receive state aid. The governor signed the state’s...
  • Dow sinks 777 points after US lawmakers reject bailout

    09/29/2008 2:35:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,247+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/29/08 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) - Wall Street blue-chip stocks suffered their worst single-day point decline Monday as markets went into convulsions after US lawmakers rejected a massive rescue of the financial system. The plunge came with investors already fretting over a deepening of banking sector problems in Europe and the United States, with at least three banks saved with government aid. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 777.68 points (6.98) percent to close at 10,365.45 in its biggest single-day point decline ever. The slide eclipsed a 684-point drop on September 17, 2001, when the markets reopened following the September 11 terror...
  • Calif. lawmakers get free gasoline (no mileage-expense report filing required)

    09/26/2008 9:40:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 343+ views
    AP on ^ | 9/26/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California lawmakers enjoy a perk not available to their colleagues in any other state: unchecked use of gasoline charge cards that stick taxpayers with the bill. Through the first seven months of the year, California taxpayers have spent $220,000 to pay for lawmakers' gasoline, according to a review of records requested by The Associated Press. That includes July, when lawmakers already were past their deadline to approve a budget and the state faced a $15.2 billion deficit.
  • CA: Lawmakers approve budget -- finally

    09/19/2008 6:12:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 157+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/19/08 | Amy Chance
    Lawmakers closed a budget deal tonight that all had reason to dislike. With Republicans still opposed, the Senate voted 22-14 and the Assembly 41-30 to approve the final fix of the long overdue package. Republican leaders supported the budget deal reached Thursday, but no GOP members voted for the bill. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is expected to sign the budget next week, said the spending plan is "an improvement" over earlier versions, but still fails to solve California's structural financial problems. "Unfortunately the Legislature was unable to make the hard decisions to end our structural deficit, but this budget is...
  • Lawmakers frustrated, sobered by AIG bailout

    09/17/2008 3:45:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 109+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/17/08 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve's bailout of insurance giant American International Group reminded some of the most powerful members of Congress how little power they sometimes have. The lawmakers didn't like the decision being sprung on them with no notice, but they're also happy not having the responsibility for it. “Republicans in the Congress feel like we could have had and should have had more information sooner,” Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the party's second in command in the House, said Wednesday.
  • California lawmakers pass several bills (Budgets while you wait .. Take a number)

    09/01/2008 11:49:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 388+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/1/08 | Nancy Vogel
    SACRAMENTO -- -- Insurance companies could no longer cancel with impunity the health coverage of sick people under a measure passed Sunday in the last hour of the Legislature's session. Lawmakers also moved to require that chain restaurants tell patrons the calorie content of their food; restrict unscrupulous practices by mortgage lenders; launch state review of chemicals; ban the sale of recalled products; and give college financial assistance to illegal immigrants. The Legislature finished its work on bills Sunday, but because lawmakers have yet to agree to a budget -- it is 63 days overdue -- they will return next...
  • Dalai Lama says Tibet crackdown goes on despite Olympics: (French) lawmakers

    08/13/2008 10:05:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 219+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/08 | Samir Tounsi
    PARIS (AFP) – The Dalai Lama accused China on Wednesday of pursuing a crackdown in Tibet in spite of the Olympic Games, French lawmakers said following talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. Asked during a private meeting at the Paris Senate whether China was respecting the "Olympic truce", the Dalai Lama's "answer was very clear: no," said former French justice minister Robert Badinter. "While the Games are taking place, the oppression of the Tibetan people and repression continue," said the opposition lawmaker, who oversaw the abolition of the death penalty in France. The 73-year-old Buddhist leader, who arrived on...
  • CA: State lawmakers target First 5 program, its reserves; Riverside County supervisors object

    07/29/2008 9:13:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/29/08 | Julia Glick and Jim Miller
    The state's looming budget cuts have some legislators eyeing a multibillion-dollar pot of money that for years has built playgrounds, fixed tiny teeth, provided preschool for poor kids, funded craft workshops and doled out books and other freebies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Supporters of the state's First 5 program say it provides essential health care, education and child care services for infants, toddlers and their parents. But some legislators question the program's spending decisions and oversight. They say First 5 money -- estimated at $580 million a year and $2.4 billion in reserve accounts -- would be better...
  • CA: Lawmakers remain skeptical as governor links drought, water bonds ($9.3 billion worth)

    07/24/2008 8:57:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 183+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 7/24/08 | Melani Sutedja
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought in June and then urged passage of a $9.3 billion water bond, Democrats and environmental critics became suspicious. They still are. “Last year we did have record low rainfall, but whether or not there is a drought is somewhat debatable,” said the Sierra Club’s Jim Metropulos. “The governor calling it a drought--that carries no legal significance. It’s interesting he calls for a drought, and couple of weeks later, he calls for a water bond.” The Republican governor proposes a $9.3 billion dollar water bond for the November ballot, arguing that passage of...
  • US lawmakers accuse China of reneging on Olympic promises

    07/23/2008 12:32:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 133+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/08 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US lawmakers Wednesday accused China of reneging on a commitment to improve human rights when it won the right to host the Olympics, saying it had instead intensified a crackdown on dissent. "There were early indications that China was prepared to improve its behavior as the games approached," said Howard Berman, the Democratic head of the House of Representatives foreign affairs panel. But "the hope was short-lived, as China failed to honor these commitments," he said, citing as examples Beijing's "failed" pledges to allow greater press freedoms and improve its general human rights situation. Reporters Without Borders...
  • Democrat urges Congress examine loans to lawmakers (Barney FRank and the Countrywide Six VIPs)

    06/19/2008 9:34:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/08 | John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Thursday said Congress should examine Countrywide Financial Corp's mortgage loans to Democratic Sens. Christopher Dodd and Kent Conrad. "My view is that these allegations should be considered by the appropriate bodies, and I understand that the Senate Ethics Committee has already begun to look into the matter," Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement.
  • Lawmakers flush during economic slump

    06/16/2008 12:55:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 200+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/16/08 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON – House leaders are doing well financially during this economic slump. Their lucrative investments and, in many cases, well-compensated spouses supplement their House salaries. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and her real estate-magnate husband Paul Pelosi spent between $1 million and $5 million to buy the home they'd been living in on San Francisco's Broadway. They also own a vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., worth between $5 million and $25 million and a town house in Norden, Calif., valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to annual financial disclosures released Monday. The...
  • Countrywide gave special treatment to US lawmakers: reports

    06/15/2008 5:54:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 154+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/08 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Countrywide Financial, the largest mortgage lender at the center of the US housing crisis, regularly gave loans on favorable terms to prominent lawmakers and former cabinet members, according to US media. The preferential treatment for senators including Democrat Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and a recent presidential candidate, was approved by Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of Countrywide Financial, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. CondeNast Portfolio magazine first broke the story on Wednesday, saying the recipients of the favorable terms were known as "Friends of Angelo" in internal company documents and e-mails. "Make an...
  • Challenge your federal lawmakers

    06/12/2008 11:59:38 AM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Local | June 12, 2008 | From The Deer Stand
    From an e-mail I received, a good time to put pressure on your elected representatives: Ask your senators and congressmen: 1. China is drilling for oil 60 miles off our coast, why aren't we? 2. Who do you trust more to drill 60 miles from our coast, China or a U.S. company? 3. If President Clinton hadn't vetoed drilling in a very small (.01%) are of the Alaska wildlife area (ANWR) we would be producing 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day. Why aren't we? 4. Why are you supporting a windfall profit tax on oil companies which would just be...
  • 2 lawmakers say computers hacked by Chinese

    06/11/2008 12:34:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 116+ views
    AP on ^ | 6/11/08 | Pete Yost and Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two House members said Wednesday their Capitol Hill computers, containing information about political dissidents from around the world, have been hacked by sources apparently working out of China. Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf says four of his computers were hacked. New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith says two of his computers were compromised in December 2006 and March 2007. The two lawmakers are longtime critics of China's record on human rights. In an interview Wednesday, Wolf said the hacking of computers in his Capitol Hill office began in August 2006. He says a computer at a House committee office...
  • Panel to debate pay cuts for California lawmakers, top officeholders (plans to propose 10% cut)

    06/07/2008 5:43:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 100+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/7/08 | Jim Sanders
    Salaries of California lawmakers and top elected officials should be cut to share the pain of a massive budget deficit, the head of the state's independent salary commission has concluded. Charles Murray said Friday that he plans to propose a cut of perhaps 10 percent when the California Citizens Compensation Commission meets Tuesday in Sacramento City Hall. "It's across-the-board for everybody under our power – from the governor on down," Murray said. If approved by the seven-member commission, a 10 percent cut would slice annual pay by amounts ranging from about $21,000 for the governor to $11,600 for legislators. Because...