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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...