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  • Nearly Every Texas Legislator Should Be Audited (Short Title)

    12/29/2014 11:07:10 AM PST · by ziravan · 7 replies
    Hardhatters.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Hardhatters
    After noticing some irregularities in certain legislators’ campaign loans, we took it upon ourselves to examine every sitting State Representative’s and Senator’s campaign and PAC finance reports from their first report until now (prior to January 2015 reports) and audit their loans (more to come from contributions and expenditures at a later date). Very quickly, we noticed that, at the very least, the numbers weren’t reconciling. In some cases, the figures were off by hundreds of thousands of dollars, some by millions.
  • Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands

    10/29/2014 4:00:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | october 29, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain. The Republican landslide in 2010 and the subsequent redistricting process in 2012 gave the GOP control of a nearly unprecedented number of legislative chambers. Today, the party controls 59 of the 98 partisan chambers in 49 states, while Democrats control only 39 chambers (One legislature, Nebraska’s is officially nonpartisan). Once election results are tabulated in the 6,049 legislative races on the ballot in 46 states this year, Republicans could find themselves running even...
  • Pa. legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber near Capitol

    10/15/2014 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded their wallets just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Flynn is a former Lackawanna County prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his pistol and fired during the attempted holdup. At least one of the two would-be robbers was armed, police said, but neither Flynn nor the...
  • Student pushes lawmakers to fix DWI loophole

    04/06/2014 9:24:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-14 | Rubén Rosario
    Hope Baker is one determined young lady. She won't take no for an answer, even though it looks like her Don Quixote-type quest has run smack into a legislative windmill up at the state Capitol. Along with Jayne Jones, her Concordia University political science professor, and six like-minded classmates, the 22-year-old Alexandria native and law school aspirant wants to add impaired driving as a specified exclusion to a state law that grants lawmakers immunity from arrest in certain cases while the session is underway. But the push to clarify a centuries-old state Constitution provision has not gone over well with...
  • Florida legislators vote down special 'stand your ground' session

    08/15/2013 5:06:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    WKMG/AP ^ | 8-14-2013 | WKMG/AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground law." The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state's 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea. The vote was triggered earlier after 33 legislators asked for a special session in writing. They were urged to do so by protesters upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.
  • US supporters of late abortion shout ‘Hail Satan’ as Texas legislators consider a 20 week limit

    07/03/2013 3:00:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 7/2/2013 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Young women and men supporting late-term abortions shouted ‘Hail Satan’ throughout the day as the Texas House and Senate convened a special session to discuss timekeeping measures following Democrat Wendy Davis’ filibuster de-railing the vote to limit abortions to 20 weeks and establishing stricter safety standards for abortion clinics. On one occasion some young women shouted ‘Hail Satan’ as Christians gave personal testimony about  abortion and sang ‘Amazing Grace’.Breibart reports:‘It would be difficult to argue that the pro-abortion crowd wasn’t an “unruly mob” — last week protesters shut down proceedings by screaming from the gallery and used social media to debate...
  • "Training for Colorado Cops to be less Trigger happy when it comes to your family pet".

    04/10/2013 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Steamburg · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/09/2013 | Greg Campbell
    Responding to a recent spate of trigger-happy cops blowing away the family pet under questionable circumstances, the Colorado Senate passed a bill on Tuesday requiring law enforcement officers be trained to recognize when they’re truly being threatened by an aggressive dog and not simply one that’s frightened or playful. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/09/colorado-cops-to-be-trained-to-be-less-trigger-happy-around-dogs/#ixzz2Q4ahJ3is
  • "Threats" Related To Gun Law Lead Legislators To Contact Capitol Police

    04/05/2013 4:51:08 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    http://www.ctmirror.org/ ^ | April 5,2013 | Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
    With tighter and more restrictive gun laws going into effect, as many as a dozen legislators contacted the State Capitol Police because they were concerned for their safety.
  • Mississippi politician and grandmother, 53, 'kills herself' at home of former lawmaker

    03/25/2013 8:35:39 AM PDT · by w4women · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter and AP
    State Rep Jessica Upshaw, 53, is found dead in home of former Rep Clint Rotenberry of a single gunshot wound to the head She is believed to have killed herself Upshaw is the fifth Mississippi lawmaker to die in the last few months Authorities in Mississippi are investigating after a state lawmaker was found dead in a suspected suicide at the home of a former colleague, according to local officials. Republican Rep. Jessica Upshaw, 53, of the 95th District in Diamondhead, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head in the home of former Rep. Clinton Rotenberry....
  • Concealed weapon permits higher among legislators(NC)

    02/13/2012 11:10:03 AM PST · by marktwain
    news-record.com ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Mark Binker
    RALEIGH — When Rep. Dale Folwell worked on controversial topics such as workers’ compensation reform and immigration policy last year, he aggravated more than a few constituents. “It was a very volatile year for me as an elected official,” Folwell said. “My family and myself were threatened by name.” That prompted him to obtain a concealed weapon permit, which allows him to carry a handgun in most places throughout the state under a sport coat or in a pocket. And the Winston-Salem Republican is far from alone among state lawmakers, who are much more likely than the average person to...
  • Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day”

    01/19/2012 6:51:47 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 21 replies
    Greeley Gazette ^ | January 13, 2012 | Matt Lacy
    Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day” by Matt Lacy – Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo testified on Tuesday in support of a New Hampshire bill proclaiming March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo. Schiavo, who spent 15 years on a feeding tube, became a focal point over the right to die issue and highlighted the need for individuals to have a living will specifying their wishes.. On February 25, 1990 Schiavo collapsed while at home. After being admitted to the hospital, doctors were unable to determine an exact cause of...
  • Newt’s Friend Freddie

    11/22/2011 3:28:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 22, 2011 | RICH LOWRY
    Newt Gingrich racked up between $1.6 and $1.8 million in payments from Freddie Mac through the years for, the former speaker maintains, essentially doing nothing. It’s not inconceivable that he’s right. Such was the incredible largesse available to the government-sponsored mortgage giant that one or two million dollars over the course of a decade was practically chump change. Gingrich says he didn’t lobby for Freddie, and, in response to a question about his payments at one of the Republican debates, said he only offered advice to Freddie “as a historian” that its lending practices were insane. Surely, though, there must...
  • Surprise! Legislators vote NOT to ban gifts to legislators

    05/27/2011 10:12:46 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 1 replies
    Stop the presses! (Yeah, no one’s said that in any newsroom I’ve worked in four decades in the business.) A major surprise. (Yeah, more sarcasm.) The Los Angeles Times reports that “California lawmakers kill measure banning gifts to themselves” And the sun rose in the east . . .
  • Homeschooled Legislators—Know Any?

    04/13/2011 6:23:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 12 replies
    HSLDA is conducting a survey on the impact of homeschooling on politics at the state level. We are seeking information regarding the number of state legislators who are homeschooled. Ultimately we’d like to send them a short survey. First we have to find them. If you know a state legislator, please take 10 seconds to click the link below and provide just four pieces of information to help us take the next step. Thank you for your help! Fill out the survey >>
  • Salaries for Florida's child care officials are out of control, lawmakers say

    04/03/2011 3:14:41 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 10 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2011 | Sally Kestin
    Florida's privatization of child welfare services was supposed to be good for kids and taxpayers. But in the decade since the state began making private agencies responsible for the care of abused and neglected children, one cost has soared — the salaries of top employees. Child welfare executives throughout Florida are now making six-figure salaries, with some topping $200,000 — double what state employees used to be paid to do the same work. "They should not under any circumstances be paid these sorts of outrageous salaries,'' said state Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico and chairwoman of the Committee on Children, Families...
  • French Senate OKs Retirement Reform in Tense Vote

    10/22/2010 12:28:55 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/10 Filed at 2:55 p.m. ET
    PARIS (AP) — The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests. In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week. President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government, keen to get the measure passed and quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting...
  • 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...
  • Officials Defend the Indefensible

    07/28/2010 5:58:39 AM PDT · by gartrell bibberts · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | July 28, 2010 | John Hood
    RALEIGH – Those who seek election to political office deserve our thanks for their willingness to serve. Those who win election to political office deserve a chance to demonstrate their work ethic and wisdom. But no one who wins election and then makes demonstrably foolish decisions deserves our respect. I’m rapidly losing whatever respect I had for politicians who continue to vote to fund low-priority projects in the midst of a fiscal crisis. The problem exists at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Consider two recent decisions that involve senseless decisions at every level: • Out of $10...
  • Many legislators aim to copy Ariz. immigration law (18 states legislators chompin' at the bit)

    06/25/2010 2:58:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/10 | John Miller - ap
    BOISE, Idaho – Arizona's sweeping new immigration law doesn't even take effect until next month, but lawmakers in nearly 20 other states are already clamoring to follow in its footsteps. Gubernatorial candidates in Florida and Minnesota are singing the law's praises, as are some lawmakers in other states far from the Mexico border such as Idaho and Nebraska. But states also are watching legal challenges to the new law, and whether boycotts over it will harm Arizona's economy. The law, set to take effect July 29, requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they think is in the...
  • Are the State Legislators More Corrupt than the Federal?

    06/09/2010 6:15:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 52+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | June 9, 2010 | Brian
    One of the arguments I often read opposing the repeal of the 17th Amendment, strangely enough comes by a variety of people from different ideologies, is that our state legislators are more corrupt than our elected federal legislators. To me this sounds completely absurd. Yet time and time again I read in almost every comment portion of an article discussing the repeal of the 17th Amendment this very statement. I have done a search through a couple of different scholarly search engines and I have not found any research to support this opinion. So where does this idea or opinion...
  • Lawmaker believes Legislature should select U.S. senators

    02/10/2010 12:10:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 1,434+ views
    The Verde Independent ^ | February 9, 2010 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX -- A freshman Southern Arizona lawmaker is leading the effort to strip Arizona voters of the right to nominate U.S. senators. The proposal by Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, would give that right to the elected legislators from each party. Only after that process is complete would voters get a say, in the general election, who they actually want to send to Washington. Stevens said his measure, if approved by Arizona voters in November, would be a partial return to the way things were before the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Until then, each state legislature...
  • Legislators Will File Brief In McDonald v. Chicago Case (2nd Amendment Case)

    10/10/2009 6:05:36 PM PDT · by epow · 11 replies · 1,023+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 10/09/09 | Staff writer
    As we reported in last week's Grassroots Alert, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear the landmark Second Amendment case of McDonald v. Chicago. The case will address the application of the Second Amendment to the states through either the Due Process clause or the Privileges or Immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case has major implications for the legality of restrictive gun laws not only in Chicago, but also in other cities and the states across the nation. The decision to hear the case gives hope to Second Amendment advocates across America, that this fundamental freedom will be...
  • State Legislators In Now-Infamous Solitaire Photo Identified (your legislators hard at work)

    09/02/2009 12:50:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 1,688+ views
    CAPITOL WATCH ^ | 9/2/2009 | Hartfoed Courant
    A photo of two Democratic legislators playing solitaire has ignited controversy at the state Capitol and in the blogosphere. The Associated Press picture has appeared in any number of venues, and it shows two lawmakers sitting in the back row of the historic Hall of the House in Hartford during the lengthy debate over the two-year, $37 billion state budget. On the left is Rep. Barbara Lambert, a freshman Democrat from Milford who won her first legislative election in November 2008. She replaced longtime Milford Democrat James Amann, who ended his legislative career as the House Speaker and is now...
  • Geezer Drivers Beat Gutless Legislators (Dangerous elderly drivers)

    07/16/2009 4:27:58 AM PDT · by suspects · 22 replies · 1,074+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 16, 2009 | Michael Graham
    It’s not funny anymore. Another confused 84-year-old behind the wheel. Another child - a 23-month-old in a stroller - sent to the hospital. And that pathetic bunch on Beacon Hill we jokingly call “leaders” are still sitting on their aspirations. I’m sick of it. For awhile, I was yukkin’ it up over our elderly driver problem and Massachusetts’ refusal to regulate them in any way. I had fun mocking them with sound bites from Grandpa Simpson on my radio show (“The metric system is a tool of the devil!”) and writing song parodies like “Wal-Mart Got Run Over By My...
  • State Legislators Join Lawsuit: Show Us Your Birth Certificate, President Obama!

    02/16/2009 3:11:06 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 68 replies · 3,453+ views
    The Andrea Shea King Show ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Andrea Shea King
    We might have just arrived at the tipping point -- the critical mass to get Obama to release his birth certificate. Four Tennessee legislators have signed on as plaintiffs in a lawsuit forcing Obama to prove his US citizenship. Two more legislators have publicly announced they will also join the suit, one from Arizona, the other from New Hampshire. Tonight, we talk to two of the Tennessee legislators, and the attorney bringing the suit forward. Don't miss it -- we hit the ground running at 9 p.m. ET. Link to here to hear. Obama - natural born citizen?
  • New Legislators Embarrass the Veterans

    02/11/2009 9:24:47 PM PST · by Westlander · 9 replies · 660+ views
    Mackinac Center For Public Policy ^ | Feb. 11, 2009 | Kenneth M. Braun
    During the first week of February, the official homepages of Michigan State Reps. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester, and Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, acquired a prominently displayed "Government Transparency" hyperlink that allowed everyone with a Web browser to learn the names and salaries of these legislators' staff. In office for just over a month, this simple decision likely meant that the new lawmakers had become the only state officials to be so open with Michigan taxpayers regarding who is working for them and how much they are paid.
  • Ammo Ban And Registration Proposal Getting Fresh Look

    12/15/2008 7:29:33 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 59 replies · 4,181+ views
    Happy Holidays: Now dispose of all of your ammunition! Every last round! From now on, you will be able to buy only overpriced ammunition that will be registered to you in a government database. Not yet--at least for now. A small company, Ammunition Accountability--which wants to help anti-gunners price and regulate the Second Amendment out of existence, profit at the expense of our rights, or both--has found radical anti-gun legislators in 18 states willing to introduce bills pushing such nonsense. But few anti-gun proposals are so overtly aimed at destroying the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. As we began...
  • CA: $42 billion down, legislators get expenses

    12/13/2008 8:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 562+ views
    ap on SFGate.com ^ | 12/13/08 | AP
    California is facing a $42 billion budget hole that is likely to mean severe cuts to state programs and possibly layoffs, but legislators still are collecting $173 a day for expenses when they're in Sacramento. The Assembly and Senate haven't met since Monday, when they held a joint session to hear testimony from the state treasurer, controller, legislative analyst and state finance director about the state's budget woes.
  • Schwarzenegger, top legislators reach a budget deal

    09/18/2008 7:26:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 203+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Evan Halper and Nancy Vogel,
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have reached a deal that would avert the governor's planned Friday veto of the state budget and allow California to begin paying its bills again.
  • California Proposes Sales Tax Hike To Fund Transport, Government Services (Rob The Taxpayers)

    07/18/2008 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Syncro · 28 replies · 136+ views
    AllHeadlineNews.com ^ | July 18, 2008 11:32 a.m. EST | Vittorio Hernandez
    California Proposes Sales Tax Hike To Fund Transport, Government Services July 18, 2008 11:32 a.m. ESTVittorio Hernandez - AHN News WriterSacramento, CA (AHN) - To close California's $17.2 billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger considered on Thursday hiking the state sales tax and using funds intended for transportation and government services.State legislators proposed the two measures, which the governor initially described as bad ideas, but he did not rule out adopting the measures to avoid a cash crisis in California.The lawmakers plan to close the budget gap by collecting $5.6 billion income tax increase on the rich and borrowing $1.1...
  • Poll: Congress’s Opinion of Constituents at All-Time Low

    07/18/2008 10:19:15 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 15 replies · 212+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 7-18-2008 | Sven Waring
    Poll: Congress got mad hate for ya votahs.Americans have one more thing to whine about. According to a recent Zigby poll, members of Congress have never had a lower opinion of the American people. The poll indicates that for the first time congressional opinion on the people they serve has fallen to single digits. A total of eight percent of Congress members say they have a "good opinion" of the American people. Only six percent of the members surveyed said they had a "great opinion" of their constituents. "This is historic," said Raymond Zigby, who runs Zigby polls and still...
  • Elected State Transportion Commissioner Proposed (TxDOT sunset review)

    07/16/2008 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 913+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Member of the Texas Sunset Commission today recommended 'radical' changes in the administration of the Texas Department of Transportation, including placing the troubled and controversial agency into a four year legislative 'receivership' and abolishing the Texas Transportation Commission, which runs TexDOT, and appointment of a Transportation Commissioner who would be answerable to the Legislature, 1200 WOAI news reports. But Sunset Commission member Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) suggested going one step further. "What I am hearing form the public is that they are wanting to see an elected commissioner," she said to loud applause from the TexDOT opponents who...
  • Lawmakers get free use of Toll Road; most refuse

    06/07/2008 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 221+ views
    The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ^ | June 7, 2008 | Mike Smith (Associated Press)
    INDIANAPOLIS – The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has sent devices to numerous lawmakers in Indiana giving them a free ride on the highway, and all legislators can get the same deal if they choose. But several lawmakers who have received the “non-revenue” I-Zoom transponders are not using them, saying it is only fair that they pay the same amount as other motorists. “When I got it, I was in a state of disbelief,” said Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City. “I can’t describe it as anything other than a perk. Mine is in the possession of solid-waste authorities.”...
  • Private tollway?

    04/08/2008 10:07:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 252+ views
    The Midwest City Sun ^ | April 7, 2008 | Eric Bradshaw
    Several Oklahoma legislators are concerned that individuals and organizations are quietly working on plans to create a privately-operated tollway in Oklahoma. Many referred to Spain-based Cintra, which has been involved in the development of a proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. Cintra also took over the operation of the Indiana East-West Toll Road from the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2006. Oklahoma State Sen. Randy Brogdon and state representatives Eric Proctor, Richard Morrisette, Scott Inman and Charles Key all expressed concern that efforts to open up Oklahoma to a privately operated tollway system were being kept out of the view of the general...
  • Gorden named to I-69/TTC advisory committee

    04/01/2008 5:50:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 1, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has been selected by the Texas Transportation Committee to serve on a citizens' advisory committee for putting together information regarding the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. According to Texas Department of Transportation officials, advisory committee members represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, landowners, local transportation experts and others. "Our goal is to enhance the public dialogue and meaningfully involve more Texans in transportation decisions," said Texas Transportation Commission Chair Hope Andrade. "These committees will have an important seat at the table as we work together to shape the future of transportation for our state." Gorden...
  • McReynolds talks TxDOT at First Friday luncheon

    03/11/2008 1:24:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Diboll Free Press ^ | March 12, 2008 | Jerry Gaulding
    Senior executives of the Texas Department of Transportation can expect some heavy grilling from state legislators when the state Legislature convenes next January, state Rep. Jim McReynolds said Friday. Speaking to the monthly First Friday luncheon of The Chamber, Lufkin-Angelina County, McReynolds said many legislators, especially those from rural East Texas, are unhappy with TxDOT leaders over the Trans- Texas Corridor project and how it has incorporated plans for an Interstate 69 through the region. McReynolds said he attended all four of the TxDOT hearings on the TTC held in his district, which included one in Diboll, and "never heard...
  • McReynolds: Expect legislative fireworks over I-69/TTC

    03/08/2008 8:50:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 397+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Nick Wade
    State Representative Jim McReynolds previewed the 2009 legislative session at Friday's First Friday Chamber luncheon, with the hot topics going into the biennial madhouse listed as the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the growing issue of water supply, and the battle over the top 10 percent rule that allows Texas high school students to be admitted to any state college if they graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. According to McReynolds, the legislators are "not too happy" with the Texas Department of Transportation, which has been under fire for its proposed I-69/TTC plans. "This (the I-69/TTC) is something we never...
  • A parting shot at the people

    02/17/2008 6:04:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 223+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2008 | Paul Jacob
    >Nebraska State Senator DiAnna Schimek's 20-year legislative career is nearly over. She feels victimized, no doubt, by the voter-enacted term limits that make this her final year in power. Still, Senator Schimek hopes to go out with her boots on, firing one final shotgun blast to maim or kill the initiative process she has long abhorred. You see, it was only through the voter initiative that Nebraskans passed term limits . . . three times. Yup. It took three petition drives and three votes of the people. Of course, term limits passed overwhelmingly each time. But a charmed third initiative...
  • Moderate voice needed to steer highway system

    01/03/2008 5:10:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 181+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 3, 2008 | Editorial Board
    2007 ended on a sad note for the family and friends of Ric Williamson, the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission who died Sunday after a heart attack. Given his aggressive and often controversial role in reshaping Texas highway construction, his death leaves the state and Gov. Rick Perry with an important question about how to move forward after Williamson’s memorial service today. Williamson, 55, a successful business owner and former state representative from Weatherford, was appointed to the transportation commission in 2001 by his good friend Perry and was named chairman in 2004. He became a passionate advocate of...
  • Lawmakers to study transportation department's advertising

    12/03/2007 4:15:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 164+ views
    KRISTV.com ^ | December 3, 2007 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN -- House Speaker Tom Craddick has asked lawmakers to review the Texas Department of Transportation's multimillion-dollar ad campaign promoting toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor. Craddick, R-Midland, included a review of the Keep Texas Moving campaign on a list of topics that the House State Affairs Committee will study leading up to the 2009 legislative session. Craddick also asked the Appropriations Committee to review transportation spending over the past five years and study alternatives for funding future transportation needs. The transportation matters were among the "interim charges" that Craddick assigned last week. Other matters to be reviewed in advance...
  • TxDOT aims to tighten purse strings

    11/17/2007 1:56:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 349+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 17, 2007 | Peggy Fikac
    Deficit may top $1.8 billion by fiscal 2012 with current slate of road projects AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation, working to fend off a funding shortfall, intends to cut hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted for everything from consulting engineers to right-of-way purchases. The plan wouldn't affect existing road projects, and it's "difficult to say" what future projects would be delayed as a result, agency spokesman Randall Dillard said Friday. Projections show that if existing plans on awarding contracts and expenditures were to go forward, the department would have at least a $1.8 billion deficit by fiscal year...
  • Thompson Announces Tennessee Leadership Team

    11/07/2007 8:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Earned Media ^ | November 7, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Fred Thompson announced his extensive Tennessee political leadership team today. Senator Howard Baker will serve as the honorary chairman of the Tennessee delegation, joined by 13 honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs, reflecting the depth of support for Senator Thompson in Tennessee. This leadership team includes two former United States Senate majority leaders, current and former members of Congress, former governors, and every Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature. "I am grateful for the wide support I'm receiving from my home state of Tennessee," said Senator Fred Thompson. "This group...
  • WaPo: Presidential Endorsements (Romney and Clinton Lead in Endorsements)

    10/31/2007 5:44:17 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 35 replies · 51+ views
    MyManMitt/Washington Post ^ | 10/31/07 | Justin Hart/Chris Cillizza
    Endorsements Update posted by Justin Hart | 1:57 PM | permalink In previous months we used to spend hours at MyManMitt calculating all of the endorsements that a candidate picks up. Thank goodness we can give this job up to someone else now! Chris Cillizza reports on the new feature at WashingtonPost.com logging the endorsements of State Legislators. Here are the grunt numbers for the GOP side of things in the early primaries (they gave us the numbers - we built the chart) Here are the numbers: Endorsements are local events and as we get closer to the election...
  • (West Virginia)Republicans Endorse Thompson for President

    10/09/2007 1:06:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 414+ views
    WSAZ-TV ^ | October 8, 2007 | Anna Baxter
    Another presidential candidate is making headlines in West Virginia. The Republican leaders of the West Virginia State Legislature are endorsing Fred Thompson for President. The group made the announcement Monday afternoon at the State Capitol. Thompson is both an actor and politician. Members say Thompson is the most consistent and conservative and has a clear voting record on issues concerning pro-life and traditional marriage.
  • Sen. Fred Thompson, others, to Speak in Philadelphia at ALEC's Annual Meeting

    07/17/2007 3:45:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 624+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | July 16, 2007 | Jorge Amselle
    PHILADELPHIA, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senator, and possible presidential candidate, Fred Thompson and Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak before an audience of nearly 2,000 state legislators and business leaders at the American Legislative Exchange Council's National Forum luncheon at ALEC's 34th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Friday, July 27. This event is just part of ALEC's annual meeting held July 24 to 29 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1201 Market Street. Other speakers will include Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, The Honorable Dick Armey, The Honorable Billy Tauzin, Neil Cavuto of FOX...
  • Smash-mouth politics

    06/11/2007 4:17:19 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 198+ views
    Bible Byte ^ | Ellen Brewster
    A lawmaker got punched upside the head the other day. Lest we assume it was just one more męlée in the parliament of South Korea or Japan, where fist-fights are routine, think again. The Alabama Senate witnessed this blow. Republican Senator Charles Bishop and Democratic Senator Lowell Barron were on opposite sides of a reform bill so a frustrated Bishop registered his opinion with a fist. Is that anyway to run a state? Suit and tied Legislators are supposedly cerebral and dignified, with the intellect and cunning as weapons of choice. Legislatures are hallowed assemblies where Robert’s Rules of Order...
  • Don't Raise Gas Tax Without Reforms

    03/14/2007 1:46:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 423+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | March 14, 2007 | Thomas A. Firey
    Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has become the highest-ranking state official to call for an increase in the state's gas tax. This month, Mr. Miller placed in the Annapolis hopper a bill to raise the gas tax by just over 50 percent, to 35.5 cents a gallon - which would make it the fourth-highest in the nation - with the new revenue going to transportation projects. Mr. Miller's bill joins similar legislation by Montgomery County Del. Sheila E. Hixson, who wants a slightly smaller increase, to 33.5 cents a gallon. "It's going to be tough for some people,"...
  • Trip gives fort new promise of help (Ft Huachuca)

    03/10/2007 11:41:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 288+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Friday was an eye-opener for some Arizona legislators. Nearly two dozen of them, primarily members of the Arizona House of Representatives, were given a snapshot of the fort’s missions and economic impact, as well as an explanation of the need for the Legislature to provide water protection tools to the local civilian communities to protect the post. While local legislators know the fort’s importance — three of the four representatives made the trip, Republicans Jennifer Burns and Jonathan Paton and Democrat Manny Alvarez — it was the first time many of the others from mainly metropolitan Maricopa...
  • If the Cap Fits

    01/26/2007 1:55:41 PM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies · 705+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 26 Jan 07 | Kimiberly A. Strassel
    Why our CEOs are warming to Kyoto. (Editor's note: We reintroduce today the Potomac Watch column from Washington. It will appear on Fridays and be written by Kimberley Strassel, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board. She joined the Journal in 1994 and has worked as a reporter in Europe and as an editor and editorial writer in New York.) Washington this week officially welcomed the newest industry on the hunt for financial and regulatory favors. Big CarbonCap may have the same dollar-sign agenda as Big Oil or Big Pharma, but don't expect Nancy Pelosi to admit to...
  • CA: Consumer group likens South America trip to Abramoff junkets

    12/21/2006 5:40:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 322+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 12/21/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    A consumer group on Thursday likened a two-week South American trip taken by legislators, state regulators and the governor's chief of staff to luxurious congressional junkets arranged by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But the head of the nonprofit group that paid most of the costs said the visit to Brazil, Argentina and Chile in November was a vigorous study tour that focused mainly on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and was not a vacation. "It was very ambitious," said Patrick Mason, president of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy. "We had to get up at 6...