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  • Need Input - Draft of Eligibility Bill

    11/30/2010 10:33:49 AM PST · by butterdezillion · 33 replies · 1+ views
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    With SCOTUS AWOL, we need to find our own way to mitigate the vulnerabilities in our system. This isn't my forte so bear with me. I offer it as a starting point for discussion: A PROPOSAL FOR A STATE BILL REGARDING PRESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION Whereas the US Constitution states the requirements for Presidential eligibility and gives the federal judiciary the responsibility of interpreting and applying the Constitution but gives the individual states the responsibility of choosing Presidential electors resulting in a Constitutionally eligible President; Whereas the President is the Commander-in-Chief of US military personnel, some of which swear to obey...
  • Call your Senator re. 'Paycheck Fairness Act'

    11/16/2010 3:32:42 PM PST · by Ron C. · 14 replies
    Eagle Forum (email) ^ | 11/16/10 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Keep the Calls Coming! Tell your Senators to vote NO on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act! Take Action!   November 16, 2010Vote is expected tomorrow, please call your Senators today and tomorrow!On Election Day, Americans spoke out against the radical liberal agenda in Washington, D.C. Voters demanded a Congress that will strengthen the economy and create more jobs. But, the liberal left is still pandering to feminists and trial attorneys at the expense of American jobs by bringing the so-called “Paycheck Fairness Act” to a vote during the Lame Duck Session that begins Monday, November 15th.The “Paycheck Fairness Act” would stifle...
  • Sides line up in renewed battle over health care legislation (friend-of-the-court briefs gone wild)

    11/15/2010 6:08:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    AJC ^ | 11/15/10 | Bob Keefe
    Sides line up in renewed battle over health care legislationThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Bob Keefe 6:13 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2010 WASHINGTON -- If you thought the fight over federal health care legislation was even close to being over, think again. In Washington, nearly 100 newly elected and emboldened lawmakers -- most of them Republicans -- converged on Capitol Hill for orientation on Monday, many of them reiterating campaign pledges to take up the fight to overturn the legislation championed by President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders. Separately Monday, more than 50 members of the conservative Republican Study Committee,...
  • DeMint: Over 90% of Bills Passed Secretly With No Debate, No Vote

    11/08/2010 10:45:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 26 May 2010 | Sen Jim DeMint
    video 10:38
  • Murkowski on cusp of win; how will she legislate?

    11/08/2010 5:14:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 8, 2010 | Becky Bohrer (Associated Press)
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the cusp of vindication after waging a high stakes - and long shot - write-in campaign to keep her job. Initial returns show write-in ballots holding a 13,439-vote edge over GOP nominee Joe Miller, and though it's not clear how many of those are for her or will be counted as valid, she's confident enough in her winning to tell supporters that they'd "made history." The write-in count starts Wednesday in Juneau.
  • 'I have ‘100% voting record’ on legislation backed by AIP' (anti-Israel)

    11/01/2010 8:23:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/1/10 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak defends signing letter pushed by J Street calling for easing Gaza blockade. LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP – One day, months before the race to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate entered the homestretch, Democratic candidate Joe Sestak arrived at his campaign office to find it practically empty. “Where is everybody?” Sestak told The Jerusalem Post he had asked at the time, only to be told it was Pessah. That’s how he found out that nearly half his staff was Jewish. But on Monday, the day before Americans finally head to the polls, Sestak’s headquarters in...
  • McConnell: 'GOP Leadership United to Repeal Obamacare'

    10/21/2010 7:35:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Much back and forth has gone on this week over whether Republicans are committed to the repeal of the government takeover of health care known as Obamacare. The so-called mainstream media has gotten into the act in an effort to suppress Republican voter turnout. Having a great deal invested in the Obama façade they created, the media is once again in full protect mode trying to help Democrats avoid an out-and-out slaughter on Nov. 2. The only way to suppress GOP turnout is if disheartened voters believe their efforts to expel Democrats won’t make a difference in policy. And the...
  • State lawmakers preparing citizenship legislation (no citizenship to children of illegals)

    10/19/2010 12:30:31 PM PDT · by Justaham · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-20-10 | PAUL DAVENPORT and AMANDA LEE MYERS
    Lawmakers in at least 14 states are collaborating on proposed legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, according to lawmakers, including the sponsor of Arizona's 2010 law targeting illegal immigration. "We're taking a leadership role on things that need to be fixed in America. We can't get Congress to do it," Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, of Mesa, said Tuesday. "It's a national work group so that we have model legislation that we know will be successful, that meets the constitutional criteria." The efforts by the state legislators come amid calls to change the U.S. Constitution's 14th...
  • United Healthcare Drops Medicare Drug Coverage with AARP

    09/30/2010 5:10:24 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 71 replies · 1+ views
    AARP Notification | 9/30/2010 | EagleUSA
    Well, folks, here it comes. AARP's huge Medicare Part D insurance provider, and provider to others, has sent notice to policy holders that they are dropping their policies as of year end. The horrific atrocity that is dubbed Obamacare, is now taking its toll and this is just the start. We knew that the elderly would be hit hard in this egregious debacle to pay for the redistribution of healthcare to worthy people such as illegal aliens. Could not find any news on this yet but just received notice from AARP and United Healthcare about it. All you good folks...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • Democrats to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame-duck session

    09/28/2010 6:27:39 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/10 | Alexander Bolton
    <p>Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election.</p> <p>The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers to act before the start of the 112th Congress, when Republicans are expected to control more seats in the Senate and House.</p>
  • Senate passes bill to make school lunches healthy

    08/05/2010 5:59:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    google ^ | 8/5/10 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON — Pizzas and hamburgers in the school lunch line would be healthier under child nutrition legislation passed by the Senate Thursday, a key part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity. The $4.5 billion legislation passed by voice vote would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options. It would also expand the number of low-income children eligible for free or reduced cost meals. The legislation had stalled since Senate committee passage in March, but it gained new attention as the White House became involved this...
  • Sen. Pat Leahy: I didn’t bother reading bill that I demanded pass into law

    08/02/2010 1:15:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 9+ views
    Hotair ^ | 08/02/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Greta van Susteren publishes Senator Pat Leahy’s admission that he had no clue what was in the financial regulation bill before pushing it into law with an appropriate headline, so be sure to check it out. Leahy pledges to fix the law that he supported in order to fix what he never bothered to read: Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On FOIA Exemptions For The Securities And Exchange Commission August 2, 2010“The Freedom of Information Act is our nation’s premier open government law, and a powerful guardian of the public’s right to know. The Wall...
  • Could a pick-up artist be charged with 'rape by deception'?

    07/27/2010 6:17:50 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 52 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/27/2010 | Ryan McCartney
    In wake of Jerusalem conviction, U.S. legal experts weigh-in NEW YORK — If you get a girl to sleep with you by claiming you run a billion dollar hedge fund and drive a Maserati, when you're really more of a used Ford Escort kind of guy, can you be prosecuted for rape? Last week, an Arab Israeli man was sentenced to prison for telling a woman in Jerusalem he was a Jewish bachelor in order to get her to sleep with him. He was convicted on a charge of “rape by deception.” Could a similar prosecution take place here in...
  • Illinois Republican Party: 13 Bills GOP Candidates Should Promise To Pass

    07/18/2010 5:39:30 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies
    RFFM.org ^ | July 18, 2010 | Phil Collins
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Phil Collins has a B.A. in political science. Collins was a full-time employee for the U.S. Senate campaigns of John Cox and John Borling. Collins is the executive director of the Illinois Center Right Coalition, and he founded the Republican Assembly of Northern Cook County. In 2008, Collins ran for delegate to the Republican National Convention, for Mike Huckabee, and he received almost 4,000 votes. That was more votes than a State Rep. (Suzie Bassi) and Lake County Clerk (Willard Helander), combined. Collins volunteered at Republican National Conventions in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2008. Collins was in the...
  • DOCTORS ORDERS - 8 more in Congress sign on for Obamacare repeal

    07/17/2010 8:33:46 PM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 9 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 17, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    They are U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Frank Wolf of Virginia, George Radanovich of California, Steve Austria of Ohio, Greg Walden of Oregon, Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma, Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, and they are the latest members of Congress to sign on to a plan to repeal Obamacare. Its goal is to "pull out by the roots" the legislation that, among other things, will require citizens to provide their "Body Mass Index" rating to the government and purchase "government-approved" health insurance whether they want it or not. Summer sizzle: Obamacare could be...
  • After November

    07/01/2010 3:02:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 01, 2010 | Jed Skillman
    Why kid ourselves? There is something seriously wrong with our government. Some of us may choose to ignore it, others may wish it would go away, but we all, at least on some subconscious level, see it in dozens of ways: persistent high unemployment, government spending through the roof, a health care system made worse by "reform", two thousand miles of southern border left wide open, taxes set to explode next January 1, vote buying at the highest levels of the Administration, terrorist states building nuclear weapons, and an oil leak that has been a Charley-Foxtrot of mismanagement from Day...
  • Obama, activists to push on immigration reform

    06/29/2010 9:25:15 PM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 28, 2010 | Erica Werner
    President Barack Obama is enlisting activists and labor leaders in a push for comprehensive immigration legislation that will showcase Republican opposition and include a speech by the president. The strategy was discussed during a meeting Monday by a range of prominent labor leaders and activist groups. Participants said Obama reiterated his support for immigration legislation but noted the political realities that have stalled it in Congress.
  • Top Down Failure from Right to Left

    06/11/2010 8:12:16 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 145+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 11, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Top Down Failure from Right to Left Malcolm A. Kline, June 11, 2010 Whether attempted by nominally conservative Republicans or genuinely liberal Democrats, efforts to reform public schools from the top down seem to have a higher failure rate than most inner city public schools. We’ve catalogued the rise and fall of No Child Left Behind in scores of stories on this website. Now the pet projects of the Bush Administration’s successors seem to be heading down the same path, although the dollar amounts spent on them are considerably greater than the scale on which NCLB was funded. “The stimulus...
  • Wine Notes: House legislation may affect industry

    06/04/2010 3:17:44 PM PDT · by Eepsy · 41 replies · 617+ views
    The Tribune ^ | Friday, Jun. 04, 2010 | By Janis Switzer
    Living with perils such as invasive moths, extreme temperatures and fluctuating grape prices, winemakers always have plenty to worry about. But this year they’re concerned about something that could be far more destructive to their business: HR 5034. House Resolution 5034 is a bill working its way through the House Judiciary Committee. Written and promoted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), with support from the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers Associations (WSWA), the bill was introduced in April by four congressmen from states with few wine growers or wineries. Disingenuously named the CARE Act, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act...
  • Tougher laws keep sex offenders behind bars

    05/19/2010 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 191+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Paul Koepp
    SALT LAKE CITY — In 1983, when Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, then a state representative, pushed through a bill imposing tougher sex-offender laws, it was a different era. "I was convinced at the time that society had not really looked at sexual abuse," Hillyard said. "There were things going on, even within families, that nobody dared talk about." And while 1996 legislation, also proposed by Hillyard, eliminated mandatory minimum sentences and widened options for prosecutors and judges, Utah still has one of the country's toughest stances on sex crime — with the prison population to show for it. That's why...
  • Hillsdale Event: "Is Congress Broken? Constitutional Deliberation and the Administrative State"

    05/06/2010 9:33:16 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 2 replies · 273+ views
    Hillsdale College ^ | 5/6/10 | Hillsdale College
    Great lecture tomorrow at Hillsdale College's First Principles on First Fridays event in Washington, D.C. with University of Nevada-Reno's Prof. John Marini. With public approval ratings of Congress at an all-time low, many people wonder if the institution is broken. Focus on the Senate filibuster or other procedural matters, however, obscures the legislative branch's systemic problems, which are tied less to procedure or party than to profligate disregard for constitutional restraint that is the heart of the administrative state. With attention to the real reasons why Congress is broken, then, this lecture will also outline what first steps can be...
  • LAPD lobbying to end gun rights

    05/06/2010 5:45:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 708+ views
    LA History Examiner ^ | 5 May, 2010 | Charles Nichols
    Two years ago this June the United States Supreme Court said the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights was an individual right to own guns unconnected with service in a militia. Today, in Washington D.C., Los Angeles Policed Department spokeswoman Sandy Jo MacArthur testified before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in support of legislation that would take away an individual's right to buy a firearm and allow the Attorney General to deny anyone the right to buy a gun by merely claiming that he or she might be a potential terrorist or appears on some watch...
  • Sheriff, Lawmaker Urge Ohio To Pass Law Like Arizona's

    04/28/2010 10:04:41 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 21 replies · 394+ views
    WLWt ^ | April 27, 2010 | Staff
    HAMILTON, Ohio --An area lawmaker and law enforcement official known for their tough stances on illegal immigration have asked Ohio officials for legislation similar to a controversial Arizona law. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and state Rep. Courtney Combs sent letters Tuesday to Gov. Ted Strickland, Senate President Bill Harris and Speaker of the House Armond Budish urging them to develop and pass a law that mirrors Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.
  • Hawaii Legislature OKs measure re: Obama's birth certificate

    04/28/2010 9:07:34 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 39 replies · 1,220+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 28, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    A brand-new chapter dawns in the birther controversy over President Obama's hidden birth certificate. The Hawaii legislature has now officially passed a measure that would allow state officials to legally ignore each month's dozens of repeated requests by persons or organizations seeking to see the infant Obama's actual birth certificate.
  • U.S. signs on for global bank regulation

    04/27/2010 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 11 replies · 662+ views
    ObamaWatchNews ^ | 4-26-2010 | The One in Economy
    Apparently not satisfied with Congress’ attempts at financial reform, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is pressing for more international law — and fast. The US is preparing to pivot from domestic regulatory reform to a push for a tough new international capital regime after the weekend’s G20 and International Monetary Fund meetings glossed over differences between leading economies. Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, met Mario Draghi, chairman of the Financial Stability Board, on Sunday to discuss the contours of a system that would decide the safety and profitability of banks for decades to come and could eclipse the arguments over bank...
  • Hillsdale College Prof. Kevin Portteus @ Big Gov't: "Our Dysfunctional Congress"

    04/19/2010 9:48:10 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 324+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 4/17/10 | Prof. Kevin Portteus
    When Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) announced that he would not seek re-election this fall, he contended that “Congress is not operating as it should.” He lamented that partisanship and ideology have so pervaded Congress that “the people’s business is not being done.” Bayh cited the recent scuttling of a proposal to create a commission on federal spending, and the handling of a jobs bill. In short, Congress is no longer a properly functioning legislative institution. Woodrow Wilson’s 1885 book Congressional Government is cited by virtually every scholar as seminal study of that institution. In it Wilson contends that the problem...
  • 5288 bill(s) matched your search for National Civilian Security Force. Showing bills 1 through 30.

    04/15/2010 12:14:07 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies · 1,179+ views
    http://www.govtrack.us/ ^ | 4-15-2010 | Congress
    Of the 8970 bills from the 111th Congress, 5288 of them relate in some way to the "National Civilian Security Force" H.R. 1437: Southern Border Security Task Force Act of 2009 Introduced Mar 11, 2009 S. 915: Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Port Security Task Force Implementation Act of 2009 Introduced Apr 28, 2009 H.R. 1800: National Security Letters Reform Act of 2009 Introduced Mar 30, 2009 H.R. 340: Camp Security National Historic Site Study Act Introduced Jan 8, 2009 H.R. 3008: National Strategic Gasoline Reserve for Purposes of National Security Act of 2009 Introduced Jun 23, 2009 H.R....
  • EPA may try to use Clean Water Act to regulate carbon dioxide

    04/04/2010 4:17:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies · 769+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | April 4, 2010 | Les Blumenthal
    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is exploring whether to use the Clean Water Act to control greenhouse gas emissions, which are turning the oceans acidic at a rate that's alarmed some scientists. With climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the Clean Water Act would serve as a second front, as the Obama administration has sought to use the Clean Air Act to rein in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases administratively. Since the dawn of the industrial age, acid levels in the oceans have increased 30 percent. Currently, the oceans are absorbing 22 million tons of carbon...
  • Eisner Legislative Alert (Summary of Healthcare Legislation)

    03/31/2010 8:46:19 AM PDT · by bigbob · 7 replies · 571+ views
    Eisner Accountants and Advisors ^ | 3/30/2010 | Eisner LLP
    President Obama has signed into law additional historic health care reform legislation, H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act; this legislation was passed by the Senate and House on March 25, 2010. Previously the President signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which incorporated H.R. 3590 passed by the Senate on December 24, 2009 and by the House on March 21, 2010 (see Eisner Legislative Alert dated March 25, 2010). The new legislation reconciles the earlier legislation with most of the health care changes desired by the House and also ends governmental subsidies to banks in connection...
  • Do we have choices? (Vanity)

    03/27/2010 12:41:15 AM PDT · by TCH · 6 replies · 381+ views
    TCH | March 27, 2010 | TCH
    I am confounded over the wisdom to make any statement at all. However some things must be stated in plain English. Do we have choices? Let us examine some recent history: ‘We the people’ play by the rules of the system, a representative republic (NOT a democracy) that any casual disinterested observer, using informed reason, will note is not functioning as originally intended by those who designed it, and left us not only the official blueprint, but also more than sufficient precursory writings to discover and understand exactly what their intentions were and were not. The letters, faxes, e-mails, and...
  • Pelosi: Health Reform "Model" For Future Reform Efforts (Video)

    03/24/2010 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 8 replies · 305+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3/24/2010 | PBS
    Here we go again (video) ...
  • Will the Real Robert Byrd Please Stand Up?

    03/18/2010 5:52:12 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 10 replies · 329+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/18/10 | Kevin Price
    Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) is the Liberal Lion of the US Senate. The longest serving member of that institution, he has been a champion of big government and spending programs for years. He is also a philosophical ally of President Obama, an ally who has been at odds with that President.
  • Gun Bills On The Move In Springfield Illinois

    03/17/2010 6:42:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 243+ views
    ammoland.com ^ | 16 March, 2010 | ISRA
    Springfield, Illinois --(AmmoLand.com)- Even with thousands of supporters of firearm rights expressing their opinion at IGOLD last Wednesday, anti-gun legislators continue to push for laws that would have little to no effect on actual criminals and only restrict the law-abiding gun owners of Illinois. Thankfully, not all of the legislators have fallen for the myths of the gun control lobby. Many of them support the Second Amendment rights and have filed bills in support of your rights. Please contact your state representative this week regarding the bills below. You can find contact info for your representative here. If you’re not...
  • New McCain Bill: American Citizens May Be Held Without Charge During Hostilities

    03/10/2010 8:49:16 AM PST · by AuntB · 43 replies · 1,387+ views
    PoliGazette ^ | Mar. 10, 2010 | Michael Merritt
    So, I thought for sure that this had to be misinterpretation by liberals at best, or a downright lie at worst. They lied about the removal of the writ of habeus corpus for detainees, after all, claiming that it applied to all Americans. So, before even reading the bill, I knew that the reports of McCain writing a bill that would call for the indefinite detention of American citizens who are labeled unlawful enemy combatants were incorrect. It was just the liberals hyperventilating yet again. Right? Well, now I’m not sure. While it still may be nothing to blink at...
  • Tax Extenders Act, Keeping All Students Safe Act, Jobs for Main Street Act

    03/07/2010 9:40:12 AM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 1 replies · 97+ views
    Conservative Hideout ^ | 3-7-10 | Jackie Durkee
    There are 3 bills coming up for a vote in the near future. In the Senate: The Tax Extenders Act of 2009 (h.r.4213) The Ways and Means Committee says “this bill would provide individuals and businesses with approximately $31 billion in tax relief in 2009 by extending for one year (through 2010) more than forty provisions that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009. This $31 billion in tax relief includes more than $5 billion in individual tax relief and more than $17 billion in business tax relief. The Tax Extenders Act of 2009 also extends more than...
  • GOP Strategy: Bleed Reconciliation Fix To Death With Byrd Rule

    03/06/2010 7:48:42 AM PST · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 1,489+ views
    Who Runs Gov ^ | March 5, 2010 | Greg Sargent
    Senate GOP leadership aides have settled on a new strategy that, they hope, will stall or kill the Dem health reform push: They are going to use the arcane “Byrd rule” to try to bleed the reconciliation fix to death and ensure that it never passes. Senior GOP aides have been studying the rule book in recent days, and they think they have a game plan. Here’s how they hope it will work. At risk of oversimplification, the Byrd rule is designed to ensure that reconciliation is used to only make budgetary fixes, not policy ones, to existing legislation. Presuming...
  • Pop Quiz: Which D.C. Politician Wants to Takeover Your Vitamins?

    03/04/2010 2:04:51 PM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 43 replies · 767+ views
    J. D. Hayworth for Senate E-mail ^ | March 4, 2010 | Campaign E-mail
    Pop Quiz: Which D.C. Politician Wants to Takeover Your Vitamins? A. Barack Obama (D) B. Nancy Pelosi (D) C. John McCain (R?) If you answered C. John McCain, you are sadly correct. Dear Fellow Conservative, Unfortunately, thanks to John McCain, we have to fight the battle to keep the Governments Hands Off Our Healthcare on two fronts. Tell John McCain Hands Off Our Vitamins Click Here to Send $5, $10, $25, $100, or the Max Gift to JD For Senate jdforsenate.com/ctt?cttid=11&redirect=contribute John McCain, my opponent in the Republican Primary this year, has introduced legislation that would allow the FDA to...
  • Victory Looms In Arizona For Gun-rights Advocates

    02/15/2010 9:06:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Personal Liberty News Desk ^ | 15 January, 2010 | Personal Liberty News Desk
    Arizona lawmakers are preparing to consider a new bill that would allow school faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus, media reports suggest. Currently, only certified police officers are permitted to carry a weapon on school grounds in Arizona, but the bill introduced by State Senator Jack Harper of Phoenix would extend that right to select groups of ordinary citizens, according to ABC News. "Any step toward allowing the people the right to self defense is a good thing," said Daniel Crocker, Southwest Regional Director for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, quoted by the news provider. He added, however,...
  • The Small Bill

    02/13/2010 5:13:29 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 4 replies · 395+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 8, 2010 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Washington (The Weekly Standard) Vol. 015, Issue 20 - 02/08/2010 – In the week between Scott Brown's seismic win and the State of the Union address, the Obama administration tried mightily to explain away the verdict of the Bay State voters. Despite the fact that Brown had plainly made the election a referendum on Obamacare, the voters, according to the administration's narrative, had not rejected it. Rather, they had rejected Martha Coakley. They had been voting on other issues. They hadn't understood the bills in question. They were frustrated that change wasn't coming quickly enough. Indeed, they were simply expressing...
  • Jobs bill gets snowed under

    02/08/2010 2:23:41 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Politico ^ | February 8, 2010 | Lisa Lerer
    Senate Democrats will miss their self-imposed deadline for bringing a jobs bill to the floor Monday, and they’re hoping that the weekend’s epic snowstorm will give them some cover. Senate votes scheduled for Monday evening have been pushed back to Tuesday on account of the storm, but it seems unlikely that Democrats would have been ready to proceed Monday, anyway. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said last week that he believed “very emphatically” that the Senate would hold a vote on the first of a series of jobs bills Monday. But there was no agreement on a bill late...
  • Senate passes animal cruelty bill

    02/05/2010 6:14:25 AM PST · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 422+ views
    WLBT ^ | February 4, 2010 | Ashley Conroy
    JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In a near unanimous vote on Thursday, the Mississippi State Senate passed a bill that would make animal cruelty in the state go from a misdemeanor to a felony. A Rankin County family visited the senate chambers today to attend the hearing on animal cruelty. Their 14-month-old Labrador Retriever was deliberately shot by a hunter four days after Christmas. They're hoping to share their story, so others will understand the importance of tougher animal cruelty laws in Mississippi. "I can't even begin to fathom why somebody would do that. I mean it's not like he didn't...
  • VA proposed legislation for banks to take over credit unions (my title)

    01/26/2010 1:06:49 AM PST · by CitizenM · 4 replies · 580+ views
    email message received
    This is an email I received from my local Credit Union. The Virginia Credit Union sent it to all members. I felt many Virginians would want to know. But also all citizens in states where the same thing might happen. Dear Member, Legislation is advancing in the Virginia General Assembly that would make it easier for banks to acquire credit unions. Your credit union management strongly opposes this legislation because it does not adequately protect the rights of credit union members. It does not address such basic issues as voting procedures for credit union members in these cases. It fails...
  • Virginia considers repealing last radar detector ban in America

    01/23/2010 4:04:47 PM PST · by majstoll · 16 replies · 941+ views
    The Examiner.com ^ | January 23, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    If one veteran Virginia legislature gets his way, the last state to ban use of radar detectors will repeal its ban too. Radar detector proponents contend that radar detectors often reduce travel speeds, aid enforcement, and promote safer driving. In fact the 1987 "Yankelovich Clancy Shulman Study" appears to support these claims when it found that the accident rate for radar detector owners was actually 23 percent lower than it was for other motorists. . . . And why might gun owners be interested in May's bid to repeal Virginia radar detector ban? Just peruse news reports and pro-gun web...
  • Live chat with Rep. Herseth Sandlin

    01/19/2010 2:17:08 PM PST · by patlin · 244+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 1/19/2010 | Rapid City Journal Staff
    LIVE NOW: chat with Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
  • Health Care: The next Leap of Faith in American Politics

    01/19/2010 1:16:36 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Main Street Radical ^ | 1/19/10 | James Devere
    Two of the pillars that Barack Obama has staked his presidency on are starting to crumble, and the cause is a damn the facts, full speed ahead approach to politics. Both the energy policy and healthcare policy of this Administration have an end goal that is admirable: energy independence and increased healthcare coverage; few would argue that either is a bad thing. But along the way, common sense and practicality are ignored and a punitive attitude is more pervasive than a utilitarian one. In regard to energy policy, we are staking future on green jobs that do not exist while...
  • Time For Rahm Emanuel To Move On?

    01/06/2010 9:01:58 PM PST · by CaroleL · 4 replies · 410+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 01/07/10 | CaroleL
    In Sally Quinn's Washington Post column this week is a line about President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: "Emanuel is said to have told people that the chief-of-staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago." (source) Since Mr. Emanuel is the man the New York Times called "the principal author of Mr. Obama's do-everything-at-once strategy," he might be on his way to the windy city even soon as the do-everything-at-once-strategy has become the do-everything-wrong strategy, specifically: continued
  • Iowa Flirting With No Permit Needed Concealed Carry

    01/06/2010 7:15:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies · 1,002+ views
    ammoland.com ^ | 5 January, 2009 | Dudley Brown
    Iowa --(AmmoLand.com)- In the middle of America, you wouldn’t expect it to be so difficult to get a concealed carry permit. But in Iowa, it is — especially if the local sheriff doesn’t like you. That’s why I’m glad to introduce you to a great new organization fighting on this issue. Iowa Gun Owners has been pushing for a major reform of Iowa’s “Might Issue” concealed carry laws. Not since Alaska (in 2003) has a state passed a no-permit-needed concealed carry law, enacting real carry freedom for law-abiding gun owners. Iowa Gun Owners burst on to the scene in their...
  • What is ‘common-sense’ firearm legislation?

    12/30/2009 4:15:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies · 642+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 December, 2009 | Dave Workman
    Seattle Weekly writer/editor Nina Shapiro is at it again in her “Daily Weekly” blog, demanding that the Legislature do something in the wake of a sixth law enforcement death since Oct. 31. Five of those officers, including the only female police officer killed in the line of duty anywhere in the country during 2009, were murdered with handguns. The sixth, Seattle officer Timothy Brenton, was killed with a Kel Tec sport-utility rifle, fitted with an after-market magazine. That particular firearm does not fit any known description of an "assault rifle" except that somebody in the Seattle Police Department called it...
  • Ky. again ranked last in animal abuse laws

    12/20/2009 1:42:09 AM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 871+ views
    Bowling Green Daily News ^ | December 19, 2009 | Justin Story
    For the third consecutive year, Kentucky has the weakest animal protection laws and ranks last in punishing animal abusers. The findings come in an annual report released last week by the Animal Legal Defense Fund comparing laws in each state protecting animals from abuse for their strength and comprehensiveness. This is the fourth year that the ALDF has issued the report. Kentucky finished second-to-last the first year and has ranked last in each subsequent year. “The state is just really devoid of any meaningful laws in almost every category,” said Stephan Otto, author of the report and the ALDF’s director...