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  • Teenager and Legislators Establish March 26, 2006 as First National Support The Troops Day

    03/26/2006 4:55:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 470+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/24/06
    Soldiers’ Angels Salutes Michigan Teenager and Legislators on Efforts To Establish March 26, 2006 as First National Support The Troops DayFri Mar 24, 7:00 AM ET In this hand out photo released by U.S. military, Iraqi Army Soldiers of 4th Iraqi Army Division exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of Operation Swarmer in Samarra, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2006. U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborn assault in nearly three years, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing 'a suspected insurgent operating area' northeast...
  • CA: Legislators say environmental act wraps levee repairs in red tape

    02/16/2006 9:44:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 328+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 2/16/06 | Hank Shaw
    SACRAMENTO - Three Central Valley lawmakers unveiled flood-control bills Wednesday as part of a larger rollout of public works legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans. Stockton's Greg Aghazarian, Fresno's Mike Villines and Richvale's Doug LaMalfa are carrying the legislation, all of which would suspend the California Environmental Quality Act for levee repairs. Assembly Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield said the proposals, along with others to streamline road-building projects and protect highway money, represent their stance in the larger debate over public works that is dominating discussion at the Capitol. Suspending CEQA, as the act is known, strips layers of bureaucratic...
  • Evolution Measure Splits State Legislators in Utah

    02/06/2006 8:44:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 336+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 05, 2006 | Kirk Johnson
    SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 3 — Faith's domain is evident everywhere at the Utah Legislature, where about 90 percent of the elected officials are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prayers are commonplace, and lawmakers speak of their relationship with God in ordinary conversation. So it might be tempting to assume that legislation relating to the divisive national debate about the teaching of evolution in public schools would have a predictable outcome here. Senate Bill 96 is proving that assumption wrong. The bill, which would require science teachers to offer a disclaimer when introducing lessons on...
  • CA: GOP base and Legislators should discuss and debate Guv's agenda

    01/30/2006 9:39:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 576+ views ^ | 1/30/06 | Stephen Frank
    Last week in my newsletter I noted and congratulated Senator Tom McClintock for always standing up for principled, regardless of the political costs. That is one reason why I support him in his run for Lt. Governor. Now that he is running for Lt. Governor, Tom is in a difficult position. He wants to help Governor Schwarzenegger and he wants his help. But Tom's principled stands make that difficult. Indeed, Tom has been all over radio telling folks why Arnold is wrong about creating a deficit budget, $68 billion in more debt and destroying jobs with an increase in minimum...
  • Fight in Taiwan's Parliament (lots of pictures)

    10/11/2005 7:37:06 AM PDT · by Stoat · 31 replies · 12,691+ views
    Sky News ^ | October 11, 2005
    Taiwan legislators from the DPP and Kuomintang fight in Parliament in Taipei. Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties failed to agree on how an independent National Communications Commission, set up to monitor the media, should be formed.Lawmakers from Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party try to occupy a parliament speaker's seat in a bid to prevent the proceedings of an opposition bill.Taiwan's parliament is notorious for fistfights, with many lawmakers enjoying the media attention when brawls erupt.The Legislature reconvened after a holiday to consider the proposal put forward by the opposition Nationalist Party to set up the new media watchdog.But...
  • Waltz suspect guilty (TN State Rep. Bowers & Sen. Dixon (D) gave orders)

    08/02/2005 4:14:19 AM PDT · by GailA · 9 replies · 417+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | August 2, 2005 | Chris Conley and Marc Perrusquia
    Barry Myers admitted Monday to carrying cash between two prominent Shelby County legislators and FBI agents posing as corrupt businessmen. Myers, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to extort bribes on behalf of state Sen. Roscoe Dixon and then-Rep. Kathryn Bowers for their support of legislation for the FBI front company E-Cycle Management. Bowers, now a state senator, declined comment. Dixon, no longer in the legislature, said he was too busy to field questions. Myers, a former county employee, is one of seven, including Dixon, Bowers and former state senator John Ford, charged in Operation Tennessee Waltz. He's...
  • CA: Ballot compromise uncertain as legislators leave for recess

    07/16/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 243+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/16/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- State legislators wrapped up work Friday for a monthlong summer recess with focus already sharply shifted to the looming battle over the November special-election agenda and an August deadline for compromise on ballot measures. With a state budget approved and out of the way, the legislators will spend the next 30 days at home in their districts while legislative leaders ostensibly work with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to craft a compromise on his special-election agenda that both sides can live with. Yet with discussions currently occurring only at the staff level and Democrats having little motivation -- politically or...
  • OP TN WALTZ: Agents Didn't Search Capitol Offices In Corruption Case (john ford)

    07/12/2005 2:42:26 PM PDT · by GailA · 7 replies · 501+ views
    News Channel 5 Nashville ^ | 7/11/05 | Phil Williams
    Federal agents could have missed important clues in the investigation of Capitol Hill Corruption. But our NewsChannel 5 investigation uncovered some of those clues inside former chairman John Ford's desk on the Senate floor. And it's raising even more questions about what else agents might have missed. Our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams went looking where investigators did not go. It was a dramatic day back in May. Five current or former lawmakers were rounded up in a public corruption sting -- all part of the FBI's Operation Tennessee Waltz. Yet, despite images of agents roaming the halls of the...
  • Paul Weyrich, Term-limits Hero, Goes AWOL for Bob McEwen (Admin Mod-This is NEWS)

    06/01/2005 10:12:48 AM PDT · by bizzyblog · 16 replies · 559+ views
    BizzyBlog ^ | June 1, 2005 | Tom Blumer
    Conservative pioneer Paul Weyrich has endorsed Bob McEwen for Congress in Ohio’s 2nd District. One of Weyrich’s key points is that McEwen, because of his twelve previous years in Congress, “can hit the ground running due to his previous service (i.e., he will have 12 years of seniority starting on Day 1 of his new term). Everyone else will be number 435.” That’s a legitimate argument one can bring to the table. McEwen will leapfrog 200-plus Members (just a wild guess; the number could be much higher) with less than 12 years in the House. Even the Congressman who defeated...

    05/26/2005 8:44:26 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 6 replies · 1,182+ views
    Capitol Hill Corruption: Federal Agents Arrest Four Legislators Posted: 5/26/2005 9:28:00 AM Updated: 5/26/2005 10:23:07 AM Thursday morning, federal officials arrested four Tennessee legislators in Nashville. Agents arrested Sen. Ward Crutchfield, (D) Chattanooga; Sen. John Ford, (D) Memphis; Sen. Kathryn Bowers, (D) Memphis; Rep. Chris Newton, (R) Cleveland. Agents also arrested former Memphis senator Roscoe Dixon, who now works for the Shelby County mayor’s office. There may be additional arrests. Federal agents on Capitol Hill said they were waiting for someone else. The legislators were arrested on sealed indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Memphis. Sources said...
  • The Idle Hands and Wandering Minds of Texas Legislators

    05/09/2005 11:15:08 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 745+ views ^ | 5 8 05 | Shane Cory
    Politicians of the Texas State House took the time this week to pass HB 1476 which will put an end to "sexually suggestive" performances by middle and high school students. The bill, all 219 words of it, didn't bother to define what a sexually suggestive performance may be. Here are the main portions of the bill: Sec. 33.088. SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE PERFORMANCES PROHIBITED. (a) A school dance team, drill team, cheerleading team, or similar performance group may not perform in a sexually suggestive manner at an athletic or other extracurricular event or competition sponsored or approved by a school district or...
  • Criminal Conspiracy by Congress - (social security "trust fund")

    04/24/2005 1:57:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 531+ views
    Inherent in our political system is the glaring flaw that 535 people can pull the wool over the eyes of 300 million. People don't vote on bills before Congress, they rely on those 535 people.. When those elected minions do the wrong thing, seldom do the people even know about it. That failure is compounded by a MSM dedicated to keeping the truth from the people if it would hurt the Democrat party. So we come to Social Security and the single greatest criminal fraud in the history of man. Try a $1.7 Trillion collateral theft on for size. Then...
  • Mexican legislators propose stopping migrants on way to U.S.

    04/23/2005 10:36:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 1,727+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/23/05 | Mark Stevenson - AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican lawmakers have proposed a bill to stop Mexicans from traveling to dangerous border areas, a measure some say is needed to save lives but others say violates the right of free movement and bows to U.S. interests. For decades, Mexico has said its constitution prevents it from stopping its own citizens from migrating illegally to the United States. But the proposal challenges that tradition in a country that both relies on and regrets migration, that mourns migrant deaths but does little to prevent them. Promoted as a humanitarian measure rather than a move to restrict...
  • CA: Cost of retreats by legislators is questioned (mini-BarF Alert!)

    04/09/2005 10:53:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 240+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 4/9/05 | Michael Gardner - CNS
    SACRAMENTO – Sequestered in private policy retreats at posh resorts in San Diego and Newport Beach, Assembly lawmakers billed taxpayers $2,000 for a Mexican buffet, $1,900 for shuttle van service, $26 for a pound of deluxe mixed nuts and $22 for valet parking. And $42 for a dozen cookies. The separate getaways for Democrats and Republicans cost at least $40,000, plus about $200 each in round-trip airfare for dozens of legislators and staff, according to receipts released yesterday by the Assembly Rules Committee. Among those slips of paper, the top aide to Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield asked...
  • Bill to limit ex-legislators' health benfit advances

    04/07/2005 1:32:31 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 275+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 4-7-05 | Conrad deFiebre
    A move to prevent former legislators from using a special state health insurance provision "like a stop at McDonald's," in the words of the bill sponsor, advanced to the House floor Wednesday after debate over whether the remedy goes far enough. "This is much too weak," said freshman Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, before the State Government Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote. "I don't think there should be any special benefits for former legislators. It completely smacks of arrogance and should be repealed." ****unbelievable related comment*** "What's the next benefit that you take away?" asked Rep....
  • Even Some Judges Oppose Judicial Activism - (interview w. N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby)

    04/05/2005 9:05:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 1,257+ views
    "The great object of my fear is the Federal Judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them." – Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1821. Interview with North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby NCC: Justice Newby, thank you for taking the time to acquaint our readers with your judicial philosophy. I just have a few questions for you this evening. You ran on a platform emphasizing judicial restraint, could you elaborate...

    03/22/2005 6:31:40 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5,130 replies · 92,850+ views
    Various | 3-23-05
    <p>Tonight it is, March 23, 2005, over five days since Theresa Marie Schiavo commenced her ordeal of purposeful and legally sanctioned dehydration and starvation. We await a decision from the three judge panel from Eleventh Judicial Circuit as to her fate, as her family struggles with seeing Terri's physical health deteriorate.</p>
  • EDITORIAL: Getting their attention

    03/07/2005 4:32:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 519+ views
    For a few hours on Friday, Cochise County residents knew they had the attention of state lawmakers - and not just lawmakers who represent the county. The state House Judiciary Committee came to Sierra Vista to discuss and hear comments about illegal immigration. The effort was spearheaded by the Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Jonathan Paton, whose district includes Sierra Vista. The few hours the legislators spent in the Sierra Vista area were an opportunity for them to see more than the illegal immigration issue. They also were taken on a tour of Fort Huachuca in...
  • CA: Governor willing to change term limits - Legislators' tenure too short, he says

    01/12/2005 8:51:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 351+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 1/12/05 | John Marelius
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday he was open to loosening the voter-approved term limits on state lawmakers, saying the mandatory short tenure is depriving the Legislature of experience and knowledge. "We never really create someone that is an expert in anything in Sacramento," he said, "because before you become an expert you are out." Some political analysts have suggested that lawmakers might look more favorably on Schwarzenegger's proposal to strip the Legislature's authority to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries if he would seek a change in the 1990 initiative that limits lawmakers to six years in the Assembly and...
  • CA: State deficit haunts lawmakers - Many legislators say state can't recover without major reform

    01/09/2005 8:31:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/9/05 | Vic Pollard
    SACRAMENTO -- California's state budget has nearly doubled in the last decade, far outstripping the growth of population or the personal income of its citizens, a Californian analysis shows. Skyrocketing spending has also outpaced tax revenues, resulting in massive debt. It is certain to increase even further when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils his budget proposal Monday, despite his efforts to cut expenditures. Driven by automatic spending increases and the failure to save boom-time revenue windfalls for a rainy day, the state's spending has climbed from $55.1 billion in the 1994-95 fiscal year to $105.4 billion this year. That is an...
  • Minnesota legislators take 'group therapy' - Bipartisan Workshop Aims to End Gridlock

    01/07/2005 11:38:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 277+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/7/05 | Patrick Condon - AP
    MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota legislators, plagued by enough drama and disagreement for a season's worth of plot lines on a reality TV series, decided they needed group therapy. About 75 senators and representatives voluntarily attended a workshop, "Beyond Bickering and Gridlock," that hoped to answer a question that plagues state lawmakers across the country and members of Congress alike: "Can't we all just get along?" It's an important question as the 2005 session gets under way. Last year's session, which crashed and burned after a partisan stalemate, produced few accomplishments but plenty of raw feelings and grudges. That lack of results...
  • California -- The Backwater State

    11/17/2004 5:30:18 PM PST · by 45Auto · 13 replies · 473+ views
    Human Events ^ | 17 November 2004 | Ray Haynes
    I know a lot of people who are stuck in the 1960’s. They look back at that time of free love, Jimi Hendrix, and the socialist utopia. They long for the socialist utopia they thought was possible then, not thinking that their view of this socialist utopia was somewhat colored by the chemicals that altered their thought patterns in those days. The only problem with these people, who see the long-haired, peacenik of 1968 as the ideal citizen, is that they are now the Democrat majority in the state legislature. Most people don’t know this, but I actually used to...
  • CA: Partisan battle may lie on the horizon between governor and legislators

    11/04/2004 8:43:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 229+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/4/04 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO -- Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted victory Wednesday on 11 of 16 spirited state proposition battles while majority Democratic legislators -- and especially Bay Area liberals -- bragged they flatly blocked even heavily monied GOP attacks on them. Political analysts, though generally giving the rookie governor high marks, said danger signals loom for both him and Democrats in the wake of an election where a record number of Californians cast ballots. Schwarzenegger announced he will essentially seek revenge against the dominant legislative Democrats, who mapped safe districts for incumbents of both parties. The governor said he plans to go...
  • California Focus - They want gas to cost more? (AB 1468)

    08/24/2004 8:19:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 449+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/24/04 | Jon Coupal
    If you think the price of gas is just too low - then you've got a friend in Sacramento. Several of them, in fact. Your "friends," in this case, are the state legislators behind AB 1468, a bill that would require a 15 percent cut in gasoline use throughout California. And what does that have to do with the price of gas, you ask? Take a look at some of the proposals in the state capital to help you use that 15 percent less gas: A new 50 cent-a-gallon gas tax - which adds up to $7 billion a year...

    02/19/2004 11:53:29 PM PST · by Ms12Gauge · 1 replies · 171+ views
    Vanity | 2-19-04 | Linda Sanders
    JUDGES ARE STEALING THE LAW Sponsored by: Coalition for the Best Interest of the Child Equal Justice Foundation People for Equal Protection Citizens Judicial Review Committee Please attend a meeting on Sunday afternoon, February 22, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at The Columbine Library 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton 80123 The location is two lights east (on Bowles) of the intersection of Bowles Ave. & Wadsworth Blvd. This is our best chance in 10 years for getting the legislative branch to put a “Check” on Colorado’s runaway judiciary. Whether you have been abused in family law, criminal law...
  • CA: No action by legislators on spending proposals (Dems delay taking any action)

    01/27/2004 11:38:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 208+ views ^ | 1/27/04 | Lynda Gledhill - SFChronicle
    <p>State lawmakers have yet to take action on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's spending plans more than two weeks after the governor proposed his budget for next year and more than two months after he asked for $2 billion in immediate spending cuts.</p>
  • CA: Legislators sit on their hands while jobs leave the state

    01/14/2004 10:12:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 416+ views
    OC Register ^ | 1/14/04 | Steven Greenhut
    <p>Having spent a little time in Sacramento last year watching the circus known as the California Legislature, I am well aware of the infantile Marxism that passes for deep political thought among the Democratic legislators who dominate that august body.</p>
  • CA: New year brings new leaders, but legislators' old budget woes remain

    01/06/2004 10:01:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 121+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/6/6 | Jim Sanders
    <p>It's a new year, with a new governor and a statewide election looming, but the California Legislature reconvened at the Capitol on Monday with the same gigantic headache: massive debt.</p> <p>Many of the same money woes remain on the table, largely unresolved by last year's marathon of political infighting, accusations, finger-pointing and the first gubernatorial recall in state history.</p>
  • CA: Many legislators keep other jobs; critics see risks

    01/05/2004 4:59:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 145+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/5/04 | Jim Sanders
    <p>California taxpayers pay their legislators about $125,000 per year in salary and living expenses, yet more than 30 lawmakers own businesses or hold part-time jobs on the side, state financial disclosure records show.</p> <p>Roughly one of every four legislators earns outside income -- and nine members make as much or more money outside the Capitol as in it.</p>
  • CA: Legislators vow cooperation

    12/30/2003 9:34:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 122+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/30/03 | Harrison Sheppard
    Incoming Assembly leaders on Monday pledged bipartisan cooperation in the new year, saying they wanted to put the rancor of the past behind them as they tackle the state's budget problems. Assembly Speaker-elect Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and Republican Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who take their new leadership posts in January, met briefly Monday and said they are working on procedural changes that could foster better relations between members of the two parties. "I think that you will see a new decorum, not just in terms of how the Assembly is run on the floor, but also as it relates...
  • Governors and Generals Rule

    12/13/2003 6:19:37 PM PST · by bdeaner · 4 replies · 205+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | 12/13/03 | Christopher DeMuth
    Governors and Generals Rule By Christopher DeMuth With early and sustained leads in the polls, in contributions, in the enthusiasm of crowds, and in the proficiency of his media appearances and campaign organization, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is the man to beat in the 2004 race for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination. This has surprised political analysts in Washington and the national media. An expanded and updated version of this article is available in Microsoft Word format by downloading the following file: .   A chronological list of the candidates, showing their background classifications and Electoral College votes and percentages,...
  • Federalist No. 78 [Hamilton's Reflections in Light of Today's Supreme Court]

    12/10/2003 10:49:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 959+ views
    FEDERALIST PAPERS Federalist No. 78 The Judiciary Department From McLEAN'S Edition, New York. Author: Alexander Hamilton To the People of the State of New York: WE PROCEED now to an examination of the judiciary department of the proposed government. In unfolding the defects of the existing Confederation, the utility and necessity of a federal judicature have been clearly pointed out. It is the less necessary to recapitulate the considerations there urged, as the propriety of the institution in the abstract is not disputed; the only questions which have been raised being relative to the manner of constituting it, and to...
  • State lawmakers skip out on vote to attend Marlins game

    10/28/2003 6:52:04 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 124+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/28/02 | Marc Caputo
    TALLAHASSEE -- A handful of South Florida legislators missed what was hyped as one of the most important votes in state history last week as they watched the World Series live Thursday from the comfort of the Florida Marlins invitation-only owners' box. The absence of the lawmakers went largely unnoticed until late Thursday night, when votes became critical as political trouble bedeviled one of the bills to create a South Florida branch of the Scripps Research Institute with $310 million from taxpayers. Most prominent among those missing: Rep. Marco Rubio, the Coral Gables leader of the House Republicans, whose absence...
  • TERRI SCHINDLER SCHIAVO CALLING ALL FREEPERS Pt2 Disabled FL woman given Death Sentence by FL Courts

    09/21/2003 12:13:53 PM PDT · by pc93 · 2,556 replies · 7,000+ views
    09-21-03 | pc93
    Terri's Call to Action Part 1 is over 5000 posts. If you don't want to get caught up to speed at Part 1: Simply visit Terri's official web site at: There are contact numbers at her web site for her core media team, legislators, media and for press updates. See flash movies of Terri interacting with her mother, responding to a physician and see for yourself that she's not in PVS "persistant vegetative state"). In addition to access a text file with a lot of information see: If you want to join Terri's fight, it's important for...
  • Legislators to return to trenches - third special session opens at noon today (Chicken Run)

    09/15/2003 5:45:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 208+ views
    San Antonio Express ^ | 9/15/03 | W. Gardner Selby
    Legislators to return to trenches By W. Gardner Selby Express-News Austin Bureau Web Posted : 09/15/2003 12:00 AM AUSTIN — Legislators convene again at noon today amid a host of unknowns, including where to park, why a renegade Democrat bought drinks for a chief Republican leader and whether — after fighting to a draw three times this year — members will pass a bill designed to solidify GOP control of Congress. The Republican leadership expects enough members in attendance to redraw U.S. House districts so the Democrats' 17-15 edge in the delegation yields to a GOP advantage of 20-12 or...
  • Cuban-American legislators threaten to withdraw support for President Bush

    08/11/2003 8:18:16 AM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 342+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/11/03 | Staff Writer
    MIAMI -- A group of Florida Republican state representatives is warning President Bush that he could lose their support for the 2004 election if he fails to adopt a tougher Cuba policy. The Cuban-American leaders drafted a letter to be mailed Monday asking the administration to revise its current migration policy, indict Fidel Castro for the 1996 shoot down of two planes by Cuban fighter jets, ensure that TV Marti is viewed by people in Cuba and increase aid to dissidents on the island. ``We feel it is our responsibility as Republican elected officials to inform you that unless substantial...
  • California Legislators overheard plotting extending fiscal crisis for political gain

    07/23/2003 6:51:04 AM PDT · by angry-marylander · 2 replies · 176+ views
    I heard a news story last night that came from an AP newswire report that several liberal California legislators were in a room plotting a strategy to prolong the current fiscal crisis is their state for political gain. The details were a little fuzzy, but somehow the conversation was broadcast over some kind of intercom system all over the state capitol complex. Has anyone else heard about this? Is it true? If so, it certainly confirms everything you ever thought about democrats....
  • Pennsylvania Legislators Conspire to Confiscate Your Handguns

    07/22/2003 12:36:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 21 replies · 316+ views ^ | 7.21.03 |
    On July 1, 2003, three days before Pennsylvanians were to begin celebrating our Independence from tyrannical British rule, 13 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a bill that would give law enforcement the authority to confiscate all handguns in private possession, unless they are approved by a newly created Handgun Standard Commission.  The catch 22 is that no handgun currently  manufactured today will be able to comply with the standards outlined in the legislation that this Commission must use to approve handgun sales.  These standard(s) will require that the only handguns that will be permitted to be owned...
  • CA: California the exception as legislators nationwide embrace new taxes

    07/22/2003 9:37:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/22/03 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) - Republican governors and legislators across the nation, facing big budget deficits and soft economic conditions, have reluctantly turned to tax hikes to solve their problems. But not in California.</p> <p>In the Golden State, where Democrats rule, a staunch minority of Republican lawmakers have held up adoption of the state budget for three weeks by refusing to accept any new taxes.</p>
  • Lost Legislators - Beyond the budget, they're AWOL on many major issues

    07/21/2003 5:38:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 138+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 7/21/03 | Op/Ed
    <p>It's not just the budget. Elected "representatives" in the Democrat- controlled Assembly, in particular, are almost making an art form out of avoiding tough issues.</p> <p>The "outbreak of spinelessness" we described in a June 25, 2002 editorial has grown into an epidemic. Absurdly large numbers of Assembly members are simply not voting on issues of significance to Californians -- a practice known in the Capitol as "taking a walk" or "staying off" a bill.</p>
  • CA: Legislators haven't learned about folly of ignorant decision

    06/06/2003 12:04:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 224+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/6/03 | Dan Walters
    <p>The California Legislature, as noted in this space before, has a penchant for making policy decisions that backfire with unintended, sometimes very damaging consequences -- largely because lawmakers don't take the time to fully explore the potential ramifications of what they decree.</p>
  • Legislators: July session to resurrect redistricting (Texas)

    06/04/2003 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Bayou City · 75 replies · 262+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 4, 2003, 9:16PM | By CLAY ROBISON and R.G. RATCLIFFE -- | Section: Local & State June 4, 2003, 9:16PM Legislators: July session to resurrect redistricting By CLAY ROBISON and R.G. RATCLIFFE Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry is preparing to call a special legislative session for July on congressional redistricting and government reorganization, two well-placed Republican legislators told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. One lawmaker said he was informed that a 30-day session could begin about June 30. He said he expected Perry to announce the special session next week and the House Redistricting Committee to hold public hearings throughout the state before lawmakers...
  • CA: Legislators urge CSU to halt project

    05/30/2003 2:56:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 89+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/30/03 | Lesli A. Maxwell
    <p>Democratic lawmakers Thursday called on California State University Chancellor Charles Reed to temporarily halt installation of a $662 million computer system and redirect millions of dollars to student services that have been slated for budget cuts.</p> <p>Sen. Richard Alarcón, D-Sun Valley, and Assemblyman Manny Diaz, D-San Jose, sent a letter to Reed, asking the head of the 23-campus CSU to "immediately execute a moratorium on the Common Management System in a feasible and responsible manner."</p>
  • Middle class is priced out of politics

    05/27/2003 8:08:25 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 4 replies · 117+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 27, 2003 | Cynthia Tucker
    The homeowners should have won this one, or at least been in the ballgame. They were educated, affluent and well-organized, the sort of voters who used to hold sway over their elected representatives. But the homeowners' group -- Homeowners Opposed to Powerline Encroachment (HOPE), who wanted the state to exert control over construction of high-voltage transmission lines -- lost. After power company lobbyists spent nearly $50,000 during the General Assembly wining and dining state legislators, the utilities won the preservation of an antiquated system that allows them to build power lines wherever they please. It has long been a truism...
  • Laredo Democrats Salute "Ardmore" Peers at Webb County Courthouse

    05/17/2003 7:53:32 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 430+ views
    The Laredo (TX) Morning Times ^ | 05-17-03 | City Editor Robert Garcia
    Webb Demos salute peers at courthouse ROBERT GARCIA Times city editor Members of the Webb County Democratic Party, led by party chair Robert Balli Friday, honored state Rep. Richard Raymond and the 54 state Democrats who fought the Republicans "who were trying to pull the wool over on citizens." A brief gathering took place at the Webb County Courthouse. By setting up camp in Ardmore, Okla., the Democrats did not allow for the House of Representatives to have a quorum, fighting off a redistricting proposal that would have split Webb County. Splitting the county would have hurt the local process,...
  • CA: Legislators give aides fat raises amid lean times

    04/19/2003 10:13:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 158+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/19/03 | Dion Nissenbaum
    <p>SACRAMENTO -Despite a budget crisis that pushed state legislators to cut aid to the poor and suspend tax breaks for teachers, lawmakers last year rewarded loyal aides with generous raises and six-figure salaries that have driven legislative spending to record levels.</p>
  • Survey polls legislators on Louisiana gubernatorial race; Ieyoub and Leach viewed the strongest

    04/05/2003 7:20:27 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Shreveport, LA, Times ^ | 04-05-03 | Hill, John
    <p>BATON ROUGE - A direct-mail survey of Louisiana legislators by a major lobbying firm indicates they believe state Attorney General Richard Ieyoub and former state Rep. Claude "Buddy" Leach are most likely to make the gubernatorial runoff this fall.</p> <p>Ieyoub and Leach, both Lake Charles Democrats, each was named by one-third of about 100 legislators who responded when Harris-Deville and Associates Inc., lobbyists for the Louisiana Chemical Association and other clients, asked who they thought would make the runoff. The election will be held Oct. 4 with the runoff Nov. 15.</p>
  • CA: Legislators live high in land of the freebie

    03/06/2003 8:41:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/6/03 | Gary Delsohn
    <p>In his 1981 movie, playing Louis XIV and mugging for the camera while enjoying his vast array of royal privileges, the erstwhile French monarch cracked, "It's good to be king."</p> <p>It's good to be a member of the California Legislature, too.</p>
  • TENN LEGISLATURE: Perks of Power Lobbying spending cloaked in secrecy (part 3)

    02/14/2003 6:19:26 AM PST · by GailA · 184+ views
    Nashville News 5 ^ | 2/14/03 | Phil Williams
    NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Perks of Power Lobbying spending cloaked in secrecy (Original Date: Feb. 12, 2003) View video of this story Mention Golden Rule Insurance Company, and some Capitol Hill veterans will recall a legislative battle of a decade ago. It was a battle in which the health insurer convinced lawmakers to let it raise rates without first getting state approval. On one side: the state's insurance commissioner. On the other: veteran lobbyist Betty Anderson, who was hired by Golden Rule and later married House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. These days, Golden Rule pays to maintain a strong lobbying effort on...
  • The Washington State Legislators' Hall of Shame (website)

    02/05/2003 8:19:50 AM PST · by Monk Dimittis · 13 replies · 399+ views
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    Whereas there is little to no oversight over Washington state's legislators, there is no accountability nor penalty for filing bills that benefit special interests at the expense of others, that punish taxpayers further, that wastes the taxpayers' hard-earned money, and that far too often are simply ill-considered and even counter-productive to the ends for which they are filed, Be it resolved that The Washington State Legislators' Hall of Shame is hereby established.