Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $26,725
Woo hoo!! And the first 30% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: lott

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • FBI issues warrant on Scruggs' office

    11/27/2007 7:05:01 PM PST · by pollyg107 · 41 replies · 757+ views
    Biloxi Sun-Herald ^ | 11-27-2007 | Anita Lee
    The FBI in Jackson has been searching the Scruggs Law Firm on The Square since 10:30 this morning for a specific document that is "ancillary" to Hurricane Katrina insurance litigation, attorney Joey Langston said this afternoon. The FBI confirmed this morning that a search warrant had been executed at the law firm headed by high-profile attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, who successfully sued Big Tobacco and has represented hundreds of policyholders suing insurance companies over Katrina damage.
  • Senate stunned by Lott retiring --Scramble under way to fill GOP whip's five years

    11/27/2007 7:47:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 980+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/27/7 | Michael Kunzelman
    Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced Monday he will leave a 35-year career in Congress in which he epitomized the Republicans' political takeover of the South after the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Another Mid-South legislator, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said later Monday he would not seek Lott's position as minority whip after a spokesman had said earlier that Alexander was considering it.In stepping down, Lott said he wanted to leave on a "positive note" after winning re-election last year to a leadership post and fostering legislation for rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The announcement caught many by...
  • Statement of U.S. Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi Announcing his Retirement from the Senate

    11/26/2007 11:15:32 AM PST · by WileyPink · 102 replies · 783+ views
    Trent Lott Press Office ^ | 11-26-2007 | Trent Lott
    LOTT: Tricia and I have had wonderful experiences. It's been such a pleasure to serve the good people in this state and to work on things that are important to our country and even issues that involve the world. And for a boy from Pascagoula, Mississippi, it's been quite a wild ride, but a very enjoyable one, and one that I'm proud of. I want to also say to my colleagues in the House and the Senate that I thank them, too, for allowing me to serve in leadership positions in the House and the Senate and being able to...
  • Alexander mulling minority whip post in Senate, replacing Lott

    11/26/2007 1:11:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 403+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/26/7 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Trent Lott’s decision to resign from office may open the doors for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to win an influential leadership position in the Senate. Aides to Alexander said today that the Maryville Republican is considering running for the minority whip position currently held by Lott. The minority whip is the Senate’s No. 2 Republican. “Sen. Alexander is looking at all options and will be having conversations throughout the day,” said his spokesman, Lee Pitts. “We’ll be making a decision soon about what, if anything, that he plans to do.” Alexander ran for whip last year...
  • Fox News Alert: Trent Lott Resigning By End Of This Year

    11/26/2007 4:48:16 AM PST · by pookie18 · 251 replies · 1,288+ views
    11/26/07 | FNC
    More details at FoxNews Channel as they come in...
  • John Lott: More Guns, Not Less, Would Prevent Shooting Massacres

    08/29/2007 9:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 870+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 29, 2007 | John Lott and Maxim Lott
    Few tragedies make their victims feel more helpless than multiple-victim shootings. Imagine the terror: Unable to escape, simply waiting for the killer. Virginia Tech’s just released report on how to stop future tragedies was pretty disappointing, and this coming week’s Virginia Governor’s task force report isn’t likely to be any better. The university proposes more counseling ... But one glaring omission remains: The report failed to ask whether there were any common features or similarities among the different multiple-victim public shooting tragedies. And what happens if these policies fail? Should there be some ultimate protection upon which the university can...
  • Trent Lott on Rick and Bubba: Discussion of the Amnesty Bill (Audio Link)

    06/28/2007 6:24:33 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 6 replies · 627+ views
  • Dems Eager to Regulate Talk Radio, Pence Plans to Defeat Fairness Doctrine

    06/27/2007 9:32:27 AM PDT · by DCJeanGrey · 45 replies · 1,832+ views ^ | June 27, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    Prominent Democrats want to revive a policy to require broadcasters to present multiple viewpoints on controversial issues, spurred by complaints that talk radio has unfairly impacted the national immigration debate. An article published Wednesday by The Hill quoted Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.),stating: “It's time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they're in a better position to make a decision.” The Fairness Doctrine was a Federal Communication Commission regulation that dates back to 1947. Under the regulation, station licensees were considered “public trustees” that had an...
  • GOP Preps for Talk Radio Confrontation: The Limbaugh Doctrine

    06/26/2007 6:40:32 PM PDT · by rface · 90 replies · 2,362+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2007 | Alexander Bolton
    “It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)......“I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit,” said Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). “But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired ........." House Republican lawmakers are preparing to fight anticipated Democratic efforts to regulate talk radio by reviving rules requiring stations to balance conservative hosts such as Rush Limbaugh with liberals such as Al Franken. Conservatives fear that forcing stations to...
  • Right's Reign on Talk Radio Called 'Structural Imbalance'-(Lib 40 Page Report)

    06/26/2007 8:26:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies · 2,776+ views
    CNS News Service ^ | 6-22-07 | Randy Hall
    ( - Charging that "right-wing talk reigns supreme on America's airwaves," two liberal groups on Thursday called for increased government regulation and greater diversity of commercial radio station owners to "close the gap" between the amount of conservative and "progressive" talk. An analyst with a conservative media watchdog group responded by calling the organizations' recommendations an example of "amazing liberal hypocrisy." "There's very little free speech and free choice in a market system that pushes one-sided information 90 percent of the time," said John Halpin, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress (CAP) and one of the authors...
  • Immigration Dispute Roils Conservative Radio

    06/26/2007 10:55:31 AM PDT · by hardback · 67 replies · 2,600+ views ^ | 6/26/07 | Matt Purple
    Immigration Dispute Roils Conservative Radio Matt Purple Correspondent- President Bush's immigration bill has created a rift between right-wing talk radio and Republican politicians that threatens to rupture the conservative coalition, according to a nationally syndicated radio host. "If [the bill] is jammed through before, ironically, Independence Day, I think we will have been witnesses ... to the end of the old conservative coalition," Laura Ingraham said on Monday. "I truly believe that it is over if this happens, and it's time to rebuild and restart." Conservative radio has been dominated by outrage over the immigration issue. The Project for Excellence...
  • Bipartisanship and the Lott/Feinstein Love-fest

    06/25/2007 5:30:43 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 9 replies · 413+ views ^ | 06/25/07 | david limbaugh
    In their joint appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Sens. Trent Lott and Dianne Feinstein unwittingly gave a seminar on the corrupting influence of governmental power, the "bipartisanship is a virtue" myth and the urgent need for term limits. During their interview, which was billed as a "rematch" but more closely resembled a love fest, the senators seemed to agree with each other way more than they disagreed -- and this from legislators reputed to be ideological opposites. The senators were busy congratulating themselves over their collegiality and how nice senators looked during Seersucker Suit Week in the Senate, and commenting...
  • A Lott of Baloney

    06/25/2007 2:45:26 PM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 657+ views
    Human Events ^ | 06/25/2007 | Jay D. Homnick
    I categorically reject this unseemly wave of vitriol being directed at Trent Lott for his recent caustic gripe that "talk radio is running the country." An elder statesman should not be castigated for one flip offhand throwaway line. Instead, we should focus on his august career punctuated by so many poignant and quotable insights. (NOTE TO RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Honey, please get me some of Lott’s gems from his Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations entry.) While we look into that, let us review the top ten reasons why Sen. Lott is wrong in his observation and unjustified in his grumble. 10. NOBODY IS...
  • Immigration legislation's No. 1 threat is possibly on AM dial

    06/24/2007 3:32:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 44 replies · 1,348+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2007 | Charles Babington
    WASHINGTON — Immigration has supplanted Iraq as the leading issue on television and radio talk shows, complicating the prospects of a Senate bill desperately wanted by President Bush. Conservative talk radio's impact on the immigration debate reached new heights last week, with one host effectively writing an amendment for when the Senate returns to the imperiled bill this week. National talk-show hosts have spent months denouncing the bill as providing amnesty for illegal immigrants. Some top Republicans who support the legislation have defied the broadcast pundits. Other GOP lawmakers have tried to placate them, even to the point of accepting...
  • Unfairness Doctrine

    06/25/2007 8:05:29 AM PDT · by flixxx · 43 replies · 1,291+ views
    national review online ^ | 6 25 07 | editors
    Unfairness Doctrine By The Editors Remember Jim Hightower? We didn’t think so. He was the former Texas state official who was, for a few minutes, the Left’s great hope for a liberal talk-radio host to challenge the domination of Rush Limbaugh. It didn’t work out. Neither did former New York governor Mario Cuomo, another failed radio talker. And neither did, most recently, Air America, the attempt to build an entire network of liberal talk. Nothing has worked too successfully for liberal political talkers. Rush, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, among others, are as dominant as ever. The only thing that...
  • Transcript: Sens. Lott, Feinstein on 'FOX News Sunday' (Fairness Doctrine)

    06/24/2007 5:20:53 PM PDT · by Roberts · 124 replies · 3,396+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/07 | Fox News
    WALLACE: Let me bring in Senator Feinstein . . . Do you have a problem with talk radio, and would you consider reviving the fairness doctrine, which would require broadcasters to put on opposing points of view? FEINSTEIN: Well, in my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It's explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information. This is a very complicated bill. It's seven titles. Most people don't know what's in this bill. Therefore, to just have one or two things dramatized and taken out...
  • Sen. Lott's foot-in-the-mouth problem

    06/24/2007 11:48:37 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 83 replies · 2,353+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/25/07 | House Editorial
    With his buffoonish complaints about talk radio and its role in educating the American public about the flaws in the Senate immigration bill, Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott has done much to energize the conservative Republican base and jeopardize the chances of its passage. Earlier this month, open-borders advocates came up 15 votes short when they attempted to shut off debate on the immigration bill, and nothing that has taken place since that time leads us to believe that the Bipartisan Alien Amnesty Caucus will fare much better on tomorrow's cloture vote — the most critical one on illegal immigration...
  • Bloggers, radio reshaping bill on [illegal] immigration

    06/23/2007 7:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 2,120+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 23, 2007 | Stephen Dinan
    The top Senate Republican negotiator on immigration said he has heard the complaints of conservative talk-radio show hosts and bloggers, and will try to change the immigration bill to accommodate them. Sen. Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican who wrote the bill with Democrats and the Bush administration, said he is making moves to stiffen immigration law enforcement when the Senate bill returns to the floor next week. "All of the concerns from our constituents and some in the media have been listened to, and incorporated," said Mr. Kyl, who is drafting new provisions in an amendment he hopes to offer....
  • Talk radio decidedly right of center

    06/23/2007 7:40:13 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 124 replies · 1,995+ views ^ | 06/23/07 | Rick Bird
    Conservative voices continue to have a stranglehold on talk radio - at least on those stations owned by the biggest media corporations, according to a study released this week from a liberal think tank. The report, from the Center for American Progress, in collaboration with the group Free Press, found 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative-oriented on 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five group owners: Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel Broadcasting, Cumulus Media and Salem Communications. "Group owners, those with stations in multiple markets or more than three stations in a single market,...
  • Thought on Lott, Goats, and Fences

    06/22/2007 4:39:12 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 260+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 22, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    SOMETHING LIGHTER A Thought on Lott, Goats, and Fences To Head Into the Weekend On Few e-mails from readers have made me laugh like this one from Joe: Trent Lott: "If the answer is 'build a fence' I've got two goats on my place in Mississippi. There ain't no fence big enough, high enough, strong enough, that you can keep those goats in that fence." Right, senator. Fences don't work. That's why no ranches use barbed wire, why no prisons are surrounded by high walls, why pricey residential communities never have security gates, and why there aren't traffic barricades to...
  • Lott: 'I've already offended everybody'

    06/21/2007 9:14:46 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 170 replies · 4,042+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | Thu, Jun. 21, 2007 | MARIA RECIO
    What does a fence on the United State-Mexico border have to do with goats? Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., was talking to reporters Wednesday about the immigration bill, when he said, "If the answer is 'build a fence' I've got two goats on my place in Mississippi. There ain't no fence big enough, high enough, strong enough, that you can keep those goats in that fence." "Now people are at least as smart as goats," Lott continued. "Maybe not as agile. Build a fence. We should have a virtual fence. Now one of the ways I keep those goats...
  • Livestock, not talk radio, gets Lott’s goat

    06/21/2007 9:24:16 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 35 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | June 21, 2007 | Daphne Retter
    Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) gets that talk radio hosts are angry with him, but he wants to set a couple of things straight: He’s not hiding, and he still doesn’t like that fence. Lott told a scrum of reporters on June 14 that “talk radio is running America — we have to deal with that problem,” adding that the troublemakers who are overwhelmingly opposed to the immigration legislation “don’t even know what’s in the bill.” Now they’re really mad. “The people that he’s actually complaining and whining about now are the ones that tried to defend him when everybody else...
  • Audio: Mark Levin thrashes Trent Lott’s long and undistinguished record

    06/21/2007 3:43:08 PM PDT · by freemike · 28 replies · 1,114+ views
    HotAir ^ | June 21, 2007 | by Bryan
    This is from last night’s show, and it’s a gem. Levin begins by noting that he defended Lott during the Strom Thrumond brouhaha, but moves quickly into Lott’s record supporting the Fairness Doctrine all the way back to 1987.
  • Conservative talk radio turns on Trent Lott

    06/19/2007 6:19:09 PM PDT · by rface · 83 replies · 2,736+ views
    The News Sentinal (IN) - McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Tue, Jun. 19, 2007 | Maria Recio
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., has managed to rile up some of his core supporters - conservative talk radio shows nationwide from Rush Limbaugh to Neil Boortz as well as local Mississippi stations - with remarks last Thursday blaming talk radio for the collapse of the immigration bill. "Talk radio is running America," Lott said last week. "We have to deal with that problem." Although the bill has since been revived, it faces stiff opposition during this week's Senate debate and talk radio is in high gear over Lott, his support for the bill and his seeming...
  • Lott to talk radio: Shut Up

    06/16/2007 4:09:46 PM PDT · by alienken · 65 replies · 2,764+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | 06/15/2007 | RickG
    Trent Lott, nominal Republican and former Senate Majority Leader - who showed himself a faux conservative during the Clinton Administration - is starting to lash out at we troublemakers who oppose this amnesty bill and (egad!) listen to talk radio. He told the New York Times: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.” Lott showed himself a true elitist with this quote in the Washington Post: “I’m sure senators on both sides of the aisle are being pounded by these talk-radio people who don’t even know what’s in the bill,” Lott said. He added that...
  • What Do We Do About Trent Lott? (Mind-Numbed Talk Radio Rushbot Followers Alert)

    06/15/2007 6:22:37 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 94 replies · 3,846+ views
    Rush ^ | 06/15/2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What are we going to do about Mississippi Senator Trent Lott? What are we going to do about Senator Lott? You remember when he got into trouble with the Strom Thurmond comment? We're out there defending the guy. The White House threw him overboard. All kinds of Republicans were throwing him overboard. Talk radio came to his defense. Trent Lott is now one of the engineers of the Senate immigration bill, the amnesty bill, and they're trying to bring this thing back. The amendments are being kept under wraps. By the way, I understand Lindsey Grahamnesty, senator from South...
  • Trent Lott sent me a letter today for the National Republican Senatorial Committee

    06/15/2007 1:58:41 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 86 replies · 1,794+ views
    NRSC ^ | 06/15/07 | Recovering _Democrat
    Majority Whip (or should I say 'whipped') Trent Lott sent me a letter today on behalf of the NRSC, asking me to send in MONEY! bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha haha. HE EVEN USED TED KENNEDY'S NAME THREE TIMES IN THE LETTER, trying to convince me to support the NRSC. Hey look, I'll support CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS...but I'm not giving to an organization supporting Chuck "Bash the War" Hagel, Arlen "Let Santorum Sink" Sphincter, or the rest of the linguini-spined Republicans.
  • -- Michelle Malkin

    06/15/2007 12:29:11 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 90 replies · 4,171+ views
    Michelle Malkin .com ^ | June 15, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    ***update: Rush on Lott--"You've got Republicans talking about talk radio like liberals talk about talk radio. That tells you something." Yes, it does. It tells you that the Republican Party is in deep, deep doo-doo. Speaking of doo-doo, the literal kind apparently turned up in the Capitol today. How fitting.*** Reader Jerry e-mailed me this morning after seeing Trent Lott's bashing of conservative talk radio: I was going to write Trent Lott and let him know how I felt, so I typed in and it took me to, are you ready for this, Moveon.Org. No joke. Indeed, it looks...
  • Trent Lott: 'Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem'

    06/15/2007 10:53:28 AM PDT · by Hazwaste · 310 replies · 14,689+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | ROBERT PEAR and JEFF ZELENY
    Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”
  • Lott Lashes Out!

    06/15/2007 9:31:11 AM PDT · by oblomov · 171 replies · 4,824+ views
    Slate/Kausfiles ^ | 6/15/2007 | Mickey Kaus
    Lott Lashes Out! GOP Senate whip Trent Lott attacks "these talk-radio people who don't even know what's in the bill." The New York Times reports: Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: "Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem."At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in "younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill." [E.A.] a)...
  • Lott sticks his foot in it again, talk radio, immigration

    06/15/2007 7:00:19 AM PDT · by taildragger · 88 replies · 2,543+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | 6/15/07 | From Hugh Hewitt's site
    a quote from Senator Lott: "I'm sure senators on both sides of the aisle are being pounded by these talk-radio people who don't even know what's in the bill," Lott said. He added that the "leadership will have to be prepared to do what needs to be done."
  • Bush lobbies Senate on immigration (Lott's Outrageous Comment)

    06/13/2007 6:38:06 AM PDT · by justanotherfreeper · 73 replies · 3,744+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2007 | Stephen Dinan
    President Bush visited with Senate Republicans behind closed doors yesterday, promising that he will follow through on border security, pleading with them to give his immigration plans a second look and trying to overcome hard feelings that arose from his recent charge that opponents are guilty of trying to "frighten people.". . . One key question is how to go forward even though several amendments have already cut at the grand bargain -- including limiting the guest-worker program and making it easier to deport those who don't qualify for legalization -- and several other difficult amendments could pass before the...
  • Trent Lott, Unplugged: "Are We Men Or Mice?

    06/07/2007 5:39:08 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 51 replies · 1,482+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | June 7, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    Trent Lott, Unplugged: "Are We Men Or Mice?" Thursday, June 07, 2007From Hugh Hewitt's website (click on top link for the actual audio) Trent Lott's floor remarks in the Senate this morning were not certainly designed to asssure Republicans that their concerns on border security and illegal immigrants from countries with jihadist networks were being addressed in a serious fashion. There is also an unfortunate, and probably unintentional tone of condescension which just doesn't play with the voters that GOP senators seeking re-election need to help them in that effort. The backdrop to the current debate is not only the...
  • Trent Lott pushes for immigration bill!

    06/07/2007 5:19:11 PM PDT · by herzo · 107 replies · 2,237+ views
    Washington Post
    Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said he has told the most virulent Republican opponents that he will not tolerate a raft of amendment votes designed simply to filibuster the measure, and he castigated his own party's senators for their vote switches. "We're going to do this damned thing, and if we don't, I think we should dissolve the Congress and just go home," Lott fumed.
  • The GOP Plays Fredo (Lott Throws in with Kennedy)

    06/07/2007 2:30:01 PM PDT · by The Blitherer · 73 replies · 1,811+ views ^ | 6/7/07 | Dean Barnett
    What an odd day. Trent Lott, our very own Senatorial Republican Whip, has essentially declared war against the Republican base. Meanwhile, Harry Reid is pleading with George W. Bush to twist enough Republican arms so McCain-Kennedy can live through the night. To offer a cinematic metaphor, McCain-Kennedy is currently Vito Corleone lying helpless in a hospital bed. Reid is begging W. to play Michael Corleone and rush to the hospital to hide the Godfather before Solazzo’s goons can finish him off. Bush would probably comply, too, but as we’ve long known, this bill’s champions are all a bunch of Fredos,...
  • Lott: Talk Radio Misinformed You

    05/29/2007 4:18:22 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 95 replies · 3,481+ views
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We'll go to Bloomington, Illinois, and start. This is Jack. Nice to have you, sir. Welcome. CALLER: Hey, Rush. J. B. Three here from Wilmington. I need to talk to you about something. I believe with this bought-and-paid-for Congress, whether they're Republican or Democrat, doesn't make any difference, they're all in the same pocket on this illegal immigration business, and if the American people don't stand up and be counted, and they can't do it by calling into talk shows. We need -- and talk shows are great -- but we need something more important. We need...
  • My Trent Lott Amnesty Protest Flyer

    05/27/2007 10:39:49 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 42 replies · 1,502+ views
    5/27/2007 | self
    This is a flyer I have come up with due to Trent Lott's stance on Amnesty. I am planning on distributing it here in Desoto County Mississippi, which is probably the most Republican county in Mississippi IMO. Any thoughts?
  • Lott pushes for immigration bill

    05/24/2007 10:23:39 AM PDT · by ER_in_OC,CA · 56 replies · 1,462+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 05/23/2007 | The New York Times
    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the Senate made an all-out pitch for support of a comprehensive immigration bill Wednesday as the Senate voted to reduce the size of a proposed guest-worker program, infuriating employers. The Republican, Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, was not part of the bipartisan group of 12 senators who negotiated the "grand bargain" on immigration with the White House. But on Wednesday, Lott defended the deal, which has come under heavy fire from the right and the left. "Is the current situation in America with legal and illegal immigration intolerable and unacceptable?" Lott asked. "Yes....
  • Gun-Policy Advocates On Both Sides of Issue Push Dubious Figures

    04/19/2007 10:36:04 PM PDT · by ForegoneAlternative · 23 replies · 1,732+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/20/07 | Carl Bialik
    The Wall Street Journal THE NUMBERS GUY By CARL BIALIK Gun-Policy Advocates On Both Sides of Issue Push Dubious Figures April 20, 2007 [Various liberals, and Kleck, too, taken to task, then this…] Another number that has emerged from the antigun-control camp ties multiple-victim public shootings to restrictions on carrying concealed weapons. John Lott Jr., visiting professor at SUNY, Binghamton, and University of Chicago economist William Landes counted references to multiple public shootings -- more than one killed or wounded at one time -- in the Lexis/Nexis news database for a 2000 book. They matched trends from 1977 to 1999...
  • McCain's New Backer (Trent Lott?)

    12/10/2006 10:18:20 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 65 replies · 883+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec. 9, 2006 | Robert Novak
    Newly elected Senate Republican Whip Trent Lott will host a 10 a.m. coffee session for invited Republican guests Tuesday at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss Sen. John McCain's impending campaign for president with him and McCain. Lott, a supply-sider and social conservative, had not been allied with McCain previously. However, in his e-mailed invitation, Lott asserted, "John and I have been friends for many years, and my respect for him is unparalleled." Tuesday's meeting with McCain, Lott said, will "begin to build an organization that focuses not on our differences, but on our shared...
  • (Trent) Lott Comes Back... is it good?

    11/20/2006 7:32:10 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 23 replies · 518+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 11/20/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    Will Trent Lott be as much a disaster for the GOP in the role of Minority Leader as he was the LAST time when he was in a position of power?(as Majority Leader in 2002) It remains to be seen, but a bad sign is all the praise from "colleagues" Lott has gotten with his phoenix like rise back to a position of importance in the Senate. Both sides of the aisle have been clapping him on the back for his resurgence. On the surface of it, I'd say it is all a bad sign. If the Democrats think this...
  • Fresh Faces All Around (Quote of the day alert]

    11/16/2006 9:58:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 3 replies · 401+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16, 2006 | James Taranto
    When the Senate reconvenes next year, the No. 2 Republican will be a former No. 1 Republican, Trent Lott. "Lott returned to the center of power by getting the position of vote-counting GOP whip, nosing out Sen. Lamar Alexander," reports the Associated Press. [Snip] Lest anyone think the Democrats are any better, though, consider who their three top leaders are: * Majority Leader Harry Reid, best known for gratuitously insulting the intellect of the U.S. Supreme Court's only black justice. * Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who has likened U.S. military servicemen to Nazis. * Party Conference Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer,...
  • Trent Lott Wins Back Leadership Slot Nov 15 10:59 AM US/Eastern By LAURIE KELLMAN

    11/15/2006 9:14:13 AM PST · by Al Gator · 94 replies · 2,009+ views ^ | Nov 15 10:59 AM US/Eastern | By LAURIE KELLMAN
    Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job four years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the No. 2 post Wednesday for the minority GOP in the next Congress. Lott returned to the center of power by getting the position of vote- counting GOP whip, nosing out Sen. Lamar Alexander. Sen. Rick Santorum told reporters that Lott beat Alexander by a 25-24 vote. After an intense evening in which both men lobbied colleagues during floor votes, the Republican caucus elected Lott, a one-time whip and majority leader, by secret ballot. Lott will be...
  • Lott Will Make Leadership Bid (Seeks Minority Whip Position vs Lamar Alexander)

    11/13/2006 7:48:27 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 63 replies · 1,364+ views
    Political Wire ^ | November 13, 2006
    As rumored since last year, Political Wire has learned that Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) will run for Senate Minority Whip. He launched a "quiet campaign" just before the midterm elections in anticipation that the previous holder of the position, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), would lose his re-election race. However, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) declared last week he has lined up the votes for the leadership post.
  • Alexander says he'll be whip

    11/11/2006 3:48:40 PM PST · by tennmountainman · 146 replies · 2,040+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | 11/11/06 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Trent Lott is being coy about whether he'll run for minority whip in the GOP leadership elections slated for Wednesday. But while Lott plays his cards close to his vest, his presumptive rival, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has already declared himself the winner.
  • Kerry Should Resign

    11/02/2006 10:11:23 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | November 1, 2006 | Lew Waters
    The recent gaff by John ‘F’in Kerry (who some think may have served in Viet Nam) is but the latest in series of outrageous comments made by him and directed towards our Military. I don’t believe he set out intentionally to denigrate our Military, but in his elitist style and manner of speaking, committed a slip of the tongue, revealing what he feels innermost, disdain for our Military Services. Many, including yours truly, have written about his comments over the past 35 years, dating back to his ‘perjured’ testimony before the Fulbright Commission. Kerry constantly speaks of how he leads...
  • A Fair Shot - New legislation aims to ease the unfair burden on gun-store operators.

    07/28/2006 9:00:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 714+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 26, 2006 | John R. Lott Jr.
    July 26, 2006, 1:52 a.m. A Fair ShotNew legislation aims to ease the unfair burden on gun-store operators. By John R. Lott Jr. It is tough operating a gun shop under harassment from the federal government and unjustified media attacks. But the harassment might soon get a little better, as today the House Judiciary Committee starts marking up a bill by Representatives Howard Coble and Bobby Scott to ease the burden on gun merchants. According to Justice Department numbers, since Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, the number of federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States has...
  • No Safety Lock

    06/26/2006 12:37:59 PM PDT · by 45Auto · 58 replies · 1,404+ views
    NRO ^ | 26 June 2006 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    The United Nations’ conference on small arms, which starts today, has an admirable enough goal: to save lives. Some conference attendees claim that guns used in armed conflicts cause 300,000 deaths world-wide every year. The “international community’s” solution? Prevent rebels from getting guns with rules that include a registry of all small arms to enable tracing them and to ensure that weapons sales can be limited to governments. That is an understandable “solution” for governments that don’t trust their citizens. But it also represents a dangerous disregard for their citizens’ safety and freedom. Why? First, and most obviously, because not...
  • Accusations on gun law research are unfounded

    06/12/2006 12:03:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,143+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2006 | JOHN R. LOTT JR.
    Re "Shooting holes in a lawsuit," Opinion, May 31 Jon Wiener claims that "nobody" tried to replicate my research, which demonstrated that right-to-carry laws reduce crime rates. This is false. Not only has everyone who tried managed to replicate my findings, but many academics have gone beyond that and shown that right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime under a variety of approaches (see Wiener fails to note that since my research was published, not a single peer-reviewed publication has found that right-to-carry laws increase crime, and there is research that finds even larger drops than I found. Wiener's Google search...
  • A false safety (Laws that require handguns sold in the United States have gun locks.)

    07/06/2006 3:27:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 814+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2006 | John R. Lott, Jr.
        It seems simple enough to require that handguns sold in the United States have gun locks. Yet, last week the House of Representatives voted 230-191 to bar using federal funds to enforce the law that was passed only last year as part of a law to shield gun makers from reckless lawsuits. It is now up to the Senate.     Touting locks as a way to reduce accidental gun deaths among children, Sarah Brady of the Brady Campaign, a gun-control organization, immediately responded to the House vote by saying, "as a mother, this makes me ill." But despite the obvious feel-good...