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  • Wisconsin pro-life groups set goals for legislative session

    12/15/2014 8:08:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    THonline.com ^ | Dec 14, 2014. | Associated Press |
    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin pro-life groups are gearing up for another legislative session, with plans to push for a new ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to revive a host of initiatives that went nowhere last time around. The pro-life lobby scored a huge victory last session when the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Republicans retained their majorities in the Assembly and Senate in November’s elections, setting the stage for more wins for anti-abortion groups. Republican leaders aren’t publicly committing to anything, but Democrats are already fuming....
  • The Constitution: Dead or Alive?

    12/02/2014 11:38:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 1, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s interesting that some of those who would make the “living Constitution” argument seem most anxious to put the old parchment to rest. “What’s coming will be painful, frustrating, and dangerous—and it will illustrate a constitutional malfunction unforeseen in 1787,” Garrett Epps writes in The Atlantic. “The country will survive, and it’s possible it can even make progress—but at tremendous cost in polarization and missed opportunity.” “The country is like a car driving with the handbrake on: Any movement forward will be accompanied by smoke and internal damage.”Epps is a professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Baltimore. “So...
  • Did you know the GOP now controls 66 of 99 state legislative houses?

    11/06/2014 8:18:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/6/2014 | Rick Moran
    Another underreported fact from Tuesday's election is the extraordinary night Republicans had in winning state legislative seats. The GOP now controls two thirds of state legislative houses – 66 of 99 (Nebraska's legislature is unicameral).  They upped the number of states where they control both house and senate to 24 – one more than they had before the election.  And according to this article in Vox, they cut the number of Democratic-held legislatures from 14 to 7. Republicans made historic gains in state legislatures in 2010. They held on in many states in 2012, or made up for losses...
  • An Open Letter to the Legislative Tyrants of Connecticut.

    02/27/2014 11:53:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 2/27/14 | Dutchman 6
    Open Letter to the Legislative Tyrants of Connecticut. An Open Letter to the Legislative Tyrants of Connecticut.Sent via email. To the CT State Senators And Representatives who voted Yes on "An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160," 3 April 2013.And, yes, I said tyrants. You bought it, in the form of the woefully misnamed "Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety," you own it, you are certainly -- if you get your way -- going to pay for it like it or not, so...
  • Obama to Republicans: 'I will not negotiate'

    09/28/2013 3:10:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 28, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    The president used his weekly address to the American people to demand that Congress meet its two responsibilities: “pass a budget on time and pay our bills on time.” Despite Republican attempts to defund his signature healthcare reform law, the president promised that the next phase of the law will kick in on October 1 “no matter what.” “I will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future,” Obama said. “But I will not negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I don’t know how to be more...
  • Washington Loses Power -- And not just from a storm

    07/07/2012 2:10:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine, Vol 17 No. 41 ^ | July 16, 2012 | Fred Barnes
    For Washington, this is definitely not the best of times. The town is suffering from a power outage. The evidence is hard to miss, from Washington’s weeklong struggle to cope with storm damage that knocked out electricity across the region to President Obama’s inability to awaken the economy, as reflected once again in June’s pathetic jobs report. To make matters worse, Washington is out of sync with the country, at least with the noncoastal parts. The usual response is to unleash the president so he can rally America to Washington’s purposes. But the bully pulpit hasn’t been effective since Ronald...
  • Utah's Liljenquist Pledges to Work to Repeal NDAA and 17th Amendment

    04/25/2012 4:09:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | April 25, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Candidate for Senate Dan Liljenquist (left) pledged to The New American that should he be elected to the U.S. Senate he will offer legislation explicitly repealing the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a press conference held on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (MDT), the former Utah State Senator and current GOP challenger to six-term Senator Orrin Hatch described the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA as “an overreach and a violation of the Bill of Rights.” He said that had he been in office when Congress voted to pass the NDAA he would have...
  • Iowa Firearms Coalition Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda & 2012 Caucus Package

    12/26/2011 9:38:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Jeff Burkett
    Clive, IA --(Ammoland.com)- Caucus season is upon us and while Second Amendment issues are being discussed by presidential candidates, it’s extremely important for us to be active in the local party caucuses on Tuesday, January 3. IFC and NRA do a tremendous amount of heavy lifting to advance your rights at the Capitol, but ultimately it’s the grassroots efforts of our members that really make the biggest difference. For example, IFC members utilizing our Action Center: * Accounted for the bulk of e-mails received by legislators when we achieved victory with Shall Issue in 2010. * Helped us get behind...
  • Hoyer Slams Perry’s Proposal for Part-Time Congress

    11/15/2011 10:31:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 15, 2011 | Naftali Bendavid
    Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), the second-ranking Democrat in the House, reacted angrily Tuesday to the suggestion by Texas Gov. Rick Perry that Congress become a part-time institution. “Is this a serious proposal he’s making for a country that has very high unemployment, who’s budget deficit is larger than it’s ever been in history, which has two wars that we’re confronting and trying to bring to a conclusion?” Mr. Hoyer said of the Republican presidential hopeful. “If this is what he thinks is pandering to the Tea Party, it is not in my opinion speaking to the issues that the...
  • Perry pledges to remake federal government (Detailed Proposal)

    11/15/2011 8:04:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Kaplan
    BETTENDORF, Iowa - An early copy of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's government reform speech shared with the Des Moines Register shows the Texas governor is planning to propose widespread changes for the federal government, including term limits on federal judges and Supreme Court justices, a part-time Congress, and laws criminalizing insider trading. The governor first previewed the reforms in a speech Monday evening at an event by the Scott County Republican Party, where he said, "Washington doesn't need a new coat of paint, it needs a complete overhaul." Today, he will deliver the details of his plan in a...
  • The Right's Left

    03/28/2011 4:05:28 AM PDT · by jenk · 16 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 03/28/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    A discussion has brewed on the right concerning the War Powers of the Executive Branch. I have read both Woods' "smack down" (his words) and listened to Levin's reasoned debate on his radio show, as well as the relevant Federalist Papers, checking back to see who wrote them, and the constitution itself. I have also read Yoo's discussion and the argument for Bush's war powers in the area of the War on Terror. That said, I have no tolerance for the Ron Paul view, nor many of his followers, not because I'm a huge fan (student) of Mark Levin, but...
  • Fail Safe (Checks and Balances, Federalism, 10th Amendment)

    05/22/2010 4:03:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 516+ views
    The Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center ^ | May 22, 2010 | Steve Palmer
    Many of today’s debates between statists and libertarians are argued on the grounds of efficiency. The libertarians say that when you let the government do something, you invariably get the DMV or the post office. Statists argue that a centralized public service provides better results because it can gain efficiencies of scale and because the lack of a profit incentive eliminates greed. They cite examples like NASA and the Internet to claim that government can do things that would be impossible in the private sector. I am sympathetic to the libertarian argument on this topic, but in this essay I...
  • Obama's Short Coattails

    11/07/2008 8:09:44 PM PST · by curling · 2 replies · 739+ views
    National Journal ^ | 11/07/08 | Curling
    It's fascinating that an election as historic and momentous as Tuesday's, one that resulted in the election of the first African-American, indeed the first minority, president in history, is also one of the most complicated and nuanced in memory. Although Sen. Barack Obama won an enormously impressive, 349-plus-electoral-vote victory, Democrats on the other end of the ballot picked up five state legislative chambers (the New York Senate, the Delaware House, the Ohio House, the Wisconsin Assembly, and the Nevada Senate), but lost four others (the Tennessee House and Senate, and the Montana and Oklahoma Senates), with the Alaska Senate going...
  • BailOut the other BO. Asking the unasked?

    09/26/2008 8:53:59 AM PDT · by Geezergeek · 11 replies · 472+ views
    September 25, 2008 | Geezergeek
    All mortgages are defined by a document specifing the exact nature of the property and signed by the buyer and lender. We have been told that these mortgages have been packaged in bundles and sold over and over again. How do we know that the funds for this “BailOut” are backed by any real mortgage documents at all? In other words, “Show me the PAPER!!!” If you feel this bailout is wrong, please contact your Congressman immediately. I have put together a statement that I am going to send out to as many Congressman as I can in the next...
  • New "Bundled" Iraq Laws Show Legislative Maturity, Officials Say

    02/15/2008 4:12:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 185+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2008 – The passage of a “bundle” of three important laws in Iraq shows a new legislative maturity for the Iraqi parliament, Pentagon officials said here today during a news conference in which they also discussed the redeployment of troops. The three laws – an amnesty law, a provincial powers law and the Iraqi calendar year 2008 budget – passed the Council of Representatives yesterday, said Marine Lt. Gen. John Sattler, the Joint Staff director of strategic plans and operations. Sattler and Army Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, the Joint Staff director of operations, spoke during the news...
  • Iraqi Judges Receive Laptops, Training on Legislative Software

    11/19/2007 4:38:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 115+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA — Thirty-six judges received laptops equipped with an Iraqi law database and a training program containing Iraqi police procedural information, Nov. 14 and 15 at Forward Operating Base Delta. The database gives the judges access to all Iraqi laws and precedence, according to Capt. Philip Maxwell, the 214th Fires Brigade command judge advocate. “We are trying to make sure they have all the resources they need to prosecute and put away any terrorist or other criminals,” Maxwell said. “The judges are able to follow the laws and do their jobs.” Prior to the distribution of the...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger to call special legislative session on health care (That's Our GUBBY!!!)

    09/10/2007 3:19:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 449+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 9/10/07 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday he will call a special session of the state Legislature to deal with health care, as lawmakers debated a Democratic plan he has pledged to veto. The state Senate passed that plan on a 22-17 vote and sent it to the Assembly shortly after the governor announced his intention. Health care is the governor's top priority this year, and the special session would buy time for him to strike a deal with Democrats on how to cover millions of uninsured Californians. The regular legislative session is scheduled to end this week, and...
  • Team Increases Economic, Political, Legislative Progress

    08/30/2007 5:29:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 133+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2007 – The provincial reconstruction team in Iraq’s Salah ad Din province is hard at work with local leaders to promote organization in governance, economic development, and rule of law, the team’s leader said yesterday. Steven Buckler, speaking with Internet journalists and “bloggers” in a conference call, said the Salah ad Din PRT has about 50 members. “A third of them are our security personnel, who escort us in the Humvees when we go into town,” he explained. The other two thirds, 35 or so, are a mix of civilian and military members. “We're in town five,...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 01-06-07

    01/06/2007 10:27:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 429+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 01-06-07 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 6, 2007 President's Radio Address       Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Earlier this week, the newly elected members of the House and the Senate took their oaths of office and became part of the 110th Congress. I congratulate them all, and I look forward to working with them over the next two years. Since the November elections, I've had a number of productive meetings with the new leaders in Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I was encouraged...
  • Film documents a lifetime of activism [from the bench]

    09/25/2006 7:43:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/25/6 | Andy Furillo
    Over the past decade and a half, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson has become the one of the most important figures in the state in setting prison policy, or at least trying to change it. Henderson's rulings have placed the judge firmly in control over issues ranging from use of force at Pelican Bay State Prison to internal discipline to improving medical care. They've also put him in position to direct billions in state spending into the correctional system -- with no legislative oversight. The 72-year-old judge's career has just been chronicled in Abby Ginzberg's documentary, "Soul of Justice:...
  • CA: Legislative leaders agree on $131 billion state spending plan

    06/26/2006 2:20:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 269+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/26/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    Legislative leaders on Monday said they had reached a tentative agreement on a roughly $131 billion state budget and hope to bring the spending plan to a vote before Saturday, the start of the new fiscal year. The announcement indicated Republicans and Democrats have broken a logjam over health care funding for children of illegal immigrants and competing plans for using a tax windfall to pay down state debt. Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia of La Jolla and Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman of Fullerton released a joint...
  • CA: Governor tours border in copter - Criticizes GOP's legislative inaction

    06/22/2006 9:27:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 378+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/22/06 | Phillip J. Lavelle
    After a helicopter tour of the U.S.-Mexico border here, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched a broadside yesterday against House Republican leaders for threatening to scuttle a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws. “It would be totally inexcusable for them to say, 'This year we couldn't do it,'” Schwarzenegger said at a news conference minutes after landing near the border fence, yards away from Tijuana, on a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. The Republican governor had just completed a 23-minute aerial tour that took him from Brown Field east nearly to Otay Mountain and then west to seaside Border Field State Park. After landing...
  • Did TUSD, Huerta break law? Special legislative panel will call for inquiry to find out

    05/06/2006 8:16:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 450+ views
    PHOENIX — A special legislative panel is preparing to seek an Attorney General's Office investigation into whether the Tucson Unified School District and a guest speaker broke state laws against using school resources to influence elections. A draft report obtained Friday also concludes that TUSD should remove the audio of what the panel called a "hate speech" by Dolores Huerta from its Web site immediately. It also says the district should apologize to students who were at the April 3 assembly where Huerta spoke — and their parents. The preliminary findings by the House Select Committee on Government Operations, Performance...
  • The Imperial Presidency and the War on Terror

    04/24/2006 5:25:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 934+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | April 1, 2006 | Gene Healy
    "Trust the president." That was the Bush administration's main defense of the president's bizarre choice of corporate lawyer Harriet Miers for a seat on the Supreme Court. But the administration also had a backup rationale: as D.C.'s Hill newspaper reported, in an October 3, 2005, conference call with conservative leaders, Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman stressed "the need to confirm a justice who will not interfere with the administration's management of the war on terrorism." It was a bit unsettling to hear that proposition stated so baldly, but no one who has followed the administration's drive to expand executive...
  • CA: Chickens Roosting At Home - Legislative slaves of public employee unions

    02/27/2006 8:35:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 602+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 2/27/06 | Ray Haynes
    From 1999 through 2002, I was the Vice Chair of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee. During that time, a number of bills presented to the committee increased pension and retirement benefits for state and local government employees. Every single one of these bills were passed and signed by Governor Davis. At the hearing on each of these bills, the lobbyists for the government employee unions showed up and begged the committee members to vote for the bill. In addition, the representative for the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) told the committee that the retirement system could afford...
  • CA: Higher taxes, fees urged - Legislative analyst: Cut education funds, hike gas cost

    02/24/2006 8:50:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 383+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/24/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers should scale back a planned increase in education funding, raise the gas tax and let college fees rise, state Legislative Analyst Liz Hill said Thursday in her annual critique of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget. The nonpartisan analyst recommended cutting $2.3 billion from Schwarzenegger's proposed $125 billion spending plan for fiscal 2006-07, including slashing $1 billion from education. Her recommendations, she said, would help reduce the state's long-term structural budget deficit and eliminate some of the "autopilot" spending measures that tie state officials' hands in designing budgets. "If you think of California as a patient fighting...
  • CA: Legislative staff salaries average more than $56,000 (2,234 employees)

    10/06/2005 3:38:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 10/6/05 | Capitol Weekly Staff
    The 2,234 employees of the California Legislature earn an average of $56,675 annually, up slightly from the year before, in jobs that range from maintaining order in the houses to running the bosses' errands to crafting complex and politically charged legislation. The per-capita average is about $12,000 a year higher than workers in Marin County, which has the highest per-capita income average of California's counties, and nearly triple the level of workers in surrounding Sacramento County. Nearly 200 employees earn $100,000 annually, or more. The figures were compiled by the Legislature at Capitol Weekly's request. A complete listing of the...
  • Polls Close for Landmark Legislative Elections in Afghanistan, Amid Scattered Taliban Attacks

    09/18/2005 8:16:28 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 385+ views
    COX.Net AP Story ^ | Sep 18, 2005 | AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans chose a legislature for the first time in decades Sunday, embracing their newly recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques. --- snip ---- With nearly three-quarters of the populace illiterate, voting was slow as people spent as much as 10 minutes wading through ballots up to seven pages long to find pictures of candidates or symbols that represent them. Each voter dipped a finger in indelible purple ink to prevent repeat voting.
  • CA: Governor, legislative leaders reach budget agreement

    07/05/2005 6:16:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 471+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/5/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders reached agreement Tuesday on a state budget that adds money for schools and road projects without resorting to the deficit spending that has plagued California in recent years. "This is a terrific budget," the governor said in a late-afternoon news conference. "It's a budget that moves California forward." The accord on the roughly $116 billion spending plan comes five days after the start of the new fiscal year and after a weekend of negotiations between the governor and leaders of both major parties. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said Schwarzenegger...
  • Does the Executive Have Any Power? - (extreme importance; confirm Bush nominees!)

    06/28/2005 8:33:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 282+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | JUNE 28, 2005 | SCOTT GRAY
    President Bush came to Washington with the goal of serving as a domestic reformer. In 2000, he became one of the few Republican candidates to focus less on defense and more on reforms to domestic social programs and public education. That was before 9/11, and the ensuing wars in the Middle East. Then, it appeared that the audacious Bush doctrine would set the pace for the ultimate legacy that will be George W. Bush. However, early into his second term, President Bush has another opportunity to leave behind a sturdy legacy in the form of the court system. In the...
  • Maine: Budget spat costs $514,430 Most lawmakers acceptextra pay for '04 session

    06/02/2005 7:28:47 AM PDT · by SheLion · 2 replies · 374+ views
    AUGUSTA - Checks totaling $514,430 will go out this month to more than 70 percent of Maine lawmakers who participated in last year's emergency session precipitated by a partisan dispute over a supplemental budget. Nearly all the Republicans, more than half the Democrats, two of the three unenrolled members and the Legislature's lone Green Independent lawmaker accepted the checks, which averaged $3,775 each before taxes. The special, or emergency, session was necessitated by majority Democrats who accelerated the timetable for passing a supplemental budget in order to avoid compromises with minority Republicans. Ironically, many Democrats wound up taking the money...
  • Democratic Leadership: Proving it is Worthy of Minority Status - (take THIS, Reid and Dean!)

    05/26/2005 2:09:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 845+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | GEORGE C. LANDRITH
    With folks like Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaking for Democrats, it would appear Democrats prefer minority status and will remain on the periphery of political relevancy. Howard Dean has proven time and again that his screaming tirade in Iowa, which arguably ended his presidential candidacy, was not an out of character moment, but rather is the norm. Harry Reid is spewing misinformation and falsehood so rapidly, one is left to wonder if he is profoundly ignorant and uninformed or simply so mendacious that he has become comfortable with deception and falsehood. Let’s...
  • CA: Legislative analyst supports governor's plan to pay down debt

    05/16/2005 6:24:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 296+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/16/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to use some $4 billion in unanticipated tax money to pay off debt and reduce borrowing won approval Monday from the state's nonpartisan legislative analyst. Schwarzenegger released a $115.7 billion budget proposal last week that put more money into highways and some education programs but avoided spending increases on most other services. Educators criticized the governor's plan for not doing more for schools, but Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill warned lawmakers that any additional spending would add to a shortfall in the 2006-2007 budget. That shortfall is now expected to be at least $5...
  • Three Strikes yer Out: Time For Republicans to Step up to the Plate.

    05/01/2005 5:07:27 AM PDT · by N. Beaujon · 22 replies · 801+ views
    http://www.nbeaujon.com ^ | April 30. 2005 | N. Beaujon
    Three Strikes yer Out: Time For Republicans to Step up to the Plate. by N. BeaujonApril 30, 2005 George Bush, former part owner of the Texas Rangers should understand this baseball analogy: It’s the 8th inning in the second game of the World Series and you’re down 12 runs. You were last years World Series champions, so how did you go from hero to goat? Likely, by resting on your laurels and taking your fan base for granted. Republicans had better not count on the successes of last season to think they’re going to win in 2006 or 2008. In...
  • From the Back Porch - Term limits for legislators (the way to get things done in Washington)

    04/21/2005 6:35:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    LEESVILLE DAILY LEADER.COM ^ | APRIL 21, 2005 | GEORGE FRASHER
    A government of the people, by the people, for the people ... of power The judicial branch of our government has come in for increasing criticism in recent years and it seemed to peak in the Terri Schiavo incident. Unfortunately, the concern of the people over the actions of the judicial have somewhat masked the concern of the people over the actions of the legislative branch, the Congress. Abe Lincoln's famous saying that Americans like to quote does not totally stand up as to how Congress actually performs. When it comes to Congress, or even to state legislatures, you have...
  • When All Else Fails Read the Instructions - ("We The People" should IMPEACH judges)

    04/10/2005 3:25:05 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 532+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | APRIL 10, 2005 | BRUCE HANSON
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands... We have all said the pledge more times then we can remember; but what does it mean to pledge your allegiance to a republic, our republic? By definition you pledge your loyalty, commitment, adherence, faithfulness and duty to the republic. When we pledge our allegiance we are duty bound to faithfully adhere to which our republic stands. Our commitment is proclaimed and defined in our founding documents, The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and the Amendments (Bill of...
  • THE CITIZEN'S MANIFESTO

    04/03/2005 4:43:55 PM PDT · by Reinhard · 2 replies · 2,061+ views
    http://www.spyman.ca ^ | Jan. 19, 2005 | George French
    The Citizen's Manifesto Posted on January 19, 2005 at 11:11:09 AM by George Some of the most eloquent words ever written in jurisprudence were penned recently by one of the most august courts in the world. Unfortunately these words were not written to heap praise on a government, they were written to chastise it for breaking a sacred oath to defend freedom and democracy. It is generally understood that there are three levels of government commonly referred to as the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary. Their purpose is to serve the less commonly understood fourth level of government -...
  • Judge Greer: Harbinger of America’s Future

    03/31/2005 9:04:20 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 25 replies · 1,161+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | APRIL 1, 2005 | CHRISTOPHER ADAMO
    When Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore refused a federal court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from that state’s Supreme Court building, he became the central figure in a firestorm of criticism from the left. But his liberal critics weren’t alone. Conservatives also chided Moore, contending that his defiance of the order undermined the “rule of law” in America. Throughout history, the law has served several functions. In a free and morally upright society, it provides a framework within which the people can safely live their lives and pursue their dreams. In a dictatorship, however, it devolves...
  • The Court of Last Resort - (Marxist designs behind lib Dem blocks to Bush court nominees)

    02/25/2005 3:39:11 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 498+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | FEBRUARY 25, 2005 | GREG LEWIS
    Since 1994, the Democrat Party has managed to lose control of the House, the Senate, and the White House. In the face of their obviously diminishing power and influence, Democrats have become a party whose activities and pronouncements betray a growing desperation. As they founder, casting about broadly, seeking remedies to reverse their diminishing influence, it is no surprise that their attention has come to rest on the courts. It can be argued that Democrats see their only remaining hope for holding onto political power in mounting a strenuous resistance to President Bush's federal judicial nominees. The court system, overpopulated...
  • CA: Legislative analyst suggests halting governor's after-school program (Prop 49)

    02/24/2005 6:27:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 350+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/24/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill suggested new ways Thursday to solve the state's budget problems, including suspending the after-school initiative championed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before the actor turned politician. Though the program hasn't begun, Hill said it could soon add $424 million to the state's bills while California remains in a budget crisis. Schwarzenegger, who headed the Inner-City Foundation to provide after-school programs for children, successfully qualified and passed Proposition 49 on the 2002 ballot. Days after Hill suggested revenues are up $2.2 billion due to an improving economy, she labeled the governor's measure - which gives...
  • CA: Shelley a no-show at legislative audit committee hearing on federal funds (ShmelleyGate)

    02/22/2005 8:27:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 208+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Auditor Elaine Howle said Tuesday that the secretary of state's office is "headed in the right direction" to better manage millions of dollars in federal election funds, but she acknowledged it's still too early to tell if a lasting turnaround is in place. Howle, testifying one week before Secretary of State Kevin Shelley was scheduled to step down from the state's top elections post, said Shelley's office has showed progress toward removing a "cloud" over its operations. A consulting firm hired by the office also detailed its work toward tightening the scandal-tinged operation within the next...
  • CA: Shelley won't attend legislative hearing-Key legislator gives ground over Shelley (ShmelleyGate)

    02/19/2005 8:16:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 399+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/19/05 | Jim Sanders
    Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who has resigned effective March 1, will not appear Tuesday before a legislative committee investigating his handling of millions in federal voting funds. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee opted not to seek Shelley's testimony, but retains the right to request his presence at a future hearing, said Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, a Hanford Democrat who chairs the committee. "We want to build a foundation before we even discuss calling Shelley forward," Parra said. Tuesday's hearing will focus largely on what Shelley's office is doing to correct problems cited in a state audit, which portrayed his agency...
  • Legal Industry?

    01/12/2005 7:53:34 AM PST · by hdrabon · 11 replies · 593+ views
    Personal | 1/12/05 | Hubert Rabon
    Why do we not use the term, Legal Industry? Instead, we euphemistically use the term, legal community, as if the members of the legal industry are in actuality a class that is separate from the rest of society. Have many of us considered how the legal industry OWNS the legislative AND judicial branches of government? Think about it -- America has one single INDUSTRY with the power to legislate, adjudicate, interpret, and execute our nation's laws. The legal industry is a special interest that is built-into Congress and the State Legislatures and comprises the largest "professional" membership of those bodies....
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • CA: Governor takes aim at legislative Democrats

    09/06/2004 9:10:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 327+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/6/04 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO -- While pundits are all but calling the presidential and U.S. Senate races in California, the potentially far-reach- ing effects of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity -- spurred by the GOP convention -- are fueling fierce election battles. Schwarzenegger may score weighty victories in the Nov. 2 general election on propositions he backs or opposes, analysts say, but probably even more importantly, additional Republicans could ride his political coattails into a Legislature he says has far too many "girlie-men" Democrats. Pollsters say the governor's popularity has soared while the Legislature's has sunk. "Schwarzenegger is a unique phenomenon in a...
  • CA: Legislative action at a glance - August 27, 2004

    08/27/2004 8:00:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/27/04 | AP - Sacramento
    Some of the legislation voted on Friday by the California Legislature: COMPUTER CONTRACTS: - State agencies would be encouraged to use performance-based procurement practices when entering information technology contracts. The Assembly approved Senate amendments on AB2120, by the Assembly Budget Committee, on a 70-0 vote. It goes to the governor. AUTISM SERVICES: - The Department of Social Services would create a clearinghouse of information for autism services available through various government agencies. AB857, by Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles, was approved by the Assembly on a 55-10 vote. It goes to the governor. FIRE EQUIPMENT: - The state Office of...
  • CA: Legislative action at a glance - August 24, 2004

    08/24/2004 7:02:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 209+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/24/04 | AP - Sacramento
    Some of the legislation voted on Tuesday by the California Legislature, and bills signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: CAMPAIGN MONEY: - Political parties that donate to candidates in the last 16 days before an election would have to disclose the contribution within 24 hours. AB890, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Sherman Oaks, was approved by the Senate 30-1 and returned to the Assembly for concurrence in amendments. TIME SHARES: - Consumer protections would be strengthened for the sale and marketing of vacation time-shares. AB2252, by Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando, was approved by the Senate 30-1, sending it to the Assembly...
  • CA: A look at legislative action on Monday... August 23, 2004

    08/23/2004 6:38:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 189+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/23/04 | AP - Sacramento
    Some of the bills voted on Monday by the California Legislature: EDUCATION: - The state Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to license home-study traffic violator schools under a bill approved by the Senate, 23-13. The measure, AB2377, by Assemblyman John Longville, D-Rialto, returns to the Assembly for a vote on Senate amendments. - Random testing of students for drug or alcohol use would be restricted under a bill by Sen. John Vasconcellos. The Senate voted 26-6 to approve Assembly amendments to the measure, SB1886, and send it to the governor. ENVIRONMENT: - The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would be...
  • Guns Lobby Racks Up Legislative Gains Across U.S.

    07/20/2004 10:51:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,287+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/04 | Alan Elsner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The powerful U.S. gun lobby seems poised for victory in a high profile battle to end a ban on some assault weapons and experts say it has also been piling up numerous quiet victories at the state level. A federal ban on certain military-style semi-automatic weapons enacted in 1994 is due to expire on Sept. 13. The Republican congressional leadership, backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, seems determined to allow the law to lapse. Gun control groups say only vigorous intervention by President Bush (news - web sites) could change congressional minds. They...
  • CA: Cutting legislative bloat - Get rid of silly bills, do-nothing panels

    03/29/2004 7:34:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 240+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/29/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>California's Legislature has a problem. Its members are preparing to gut vital programs in other parts of government. At the same time, the cost of its own operations continues to rise, modestly but steadily.</p> <p>The Senate and Assembly combined budgets of $205 million this year increased by $7.5 million over last year, about 4 percent. Lawmakers propose to increase legislative allocations by another $10 million next year.</p>