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  • Tom Rice | International Drive another badly needed project delayed [by environMENTALists]

    07/21/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Rice
    I was interested to read the article from The Sun News on Thursday about the last-minute delay of the permit to pave International Drive. This project will take thousands of cars off of the gridlock of Highway 501, and relieve congestion in Carolina Forest. On the day before we were to receive the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Conservation League filed an appeal. It seems they want the road to be redesigned to include multiple bear crossings, at a cost of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Horry County. That’s millions of scarce taxpayer dollars...
  • G.O.P.’s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming

    10/13/2013 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Kenny · 91 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — Next year was supposed to be a prime opportunity for Republicans to retake the Senate. And for a while, everything seemed to be breaking their way: a wave of Democratic retirements, a fluke in the electoral map that put a large number of races in states that President Obama lost, a strong farm team of conservative Senate hopefuls from the House. Then the government shut down. Now, instead of sharpening their attacks on Democrats, Republicans on Capitol Hill are being forced to explain why they are not to blame and why Americans should trust them to govern both...
  • McCain rips Toomey on Senate floor (McCain attacks Tea Party vision as "flawed" and "terrible")

    07/31/2011 5:31:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 153 replies
    The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. ^ | 2011-07-31 | Colby Itkowitz
    Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, who this week referred to Tea Party lawmakers as "hobbits," publicly criticized Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey Sunday during an unusual unscripted debate on the Senate floor. McCain, who appeared to be having a great 'ol time during a back and forth with Democrat Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, referred to Toomey and those who share his views as "terrible." (snip) "...the terrible obstructionists on this side of the aisle, the terrible people, their flawed philosophical views about the future of America..."
  • Obstruction over spending cuts a critical issue for White House in 2012

    03/25/2011 3:58:50 PM PDT · by Crush · 1 replies
    The US Report ^ | 25 March 2011 | Kay Day
    How many times did you hear socialist-progressives (so-progs) call Republicans ‘obstructionists’ when Democrats held absolute power over all three branches of the US government? Correct answer: too many times to count. Voters wised up and restored some balance to Washington during the November midterm elections. Republicans gained control of the US House after including a major commitment in speeches across the land—to cut federal spending. There have been some small gains. But furor has arisen among the so-progs who react to talk of spending cuts in decibels a Highlands banshee would be proud of. That furor can take an ugly...
  • Wisconsin Republicans Step Up Pressure on Dems Who Fled State

    02/21/2011 4:38:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 20, 2011 | Staff
    Wisconsin Republicans on Sunday upped the pressure on Democrats who fled to Illinois to return home and vote on an anti-union bill, with the governor calling them obstructionists and a GOP lawmaker threatening to convene without them. Gov. Scott Walker said the 14 minority Democrats who left Madison on Thursday were failing to do their jobs by "hiding out" in another state. And Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said his chamber would meet Tuesday to act on non-spending bills and confirm some of the governor's appointees even if the Democrats don't show up -- a scenario that should outrage their...
  • Obama: GOP Is Killing Reform

    09/13/2009 7:35:11 PM PDT · by LUV W · 81 replies · 2,696+ views ^ | 09-13-2009 | Fox News
    In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama says Republican who are opposing the overhaul of the nation's heath care system are doing it for political gain.WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health care system seemed to be easing Sunday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option. At the same time, Obama was critical of Republican opponents who he said were trying to block an overhaul of the nation's heath care system for political...
  • DC Flouts Supreme Court on Guns, as Washington Post Advised

    07/19/2008 6:27:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies · 245+ views ^ | July 18, 2008 | Kristen Fyfe
    The Washington D.C. City Council has created so many hoops for handgun owners to jump through before they can exercise their Second Amendment rights, they may require legal counsel just to identify what the hoops are.  This sorry state of affairs is much to the satisfaction of The Washington Post, which called for just such an obstructionist policy in an editorial.  At least one of those hoops is illegal, according to the Supreme Court, but a Post news story spun that fact as the opinion of “opponents of the handgun ban.”  Is editorial policy coloring the news?The Washington Post is...
  • Bush: Democrats 'cut-and-run' obstructionists

    09/28/2006 2:04:51 PM PDT · by jdm · 10 replies · 536+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | Sept 28, 2006
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - President Bush counterpunched at Democrats on Thursday, saying their criticism of the war in Iraq has turned their party into one of "cut-and-run" obstructionists. At a GOP fundraiser, Bush accused Democrats of using a new intelligence estimate that ties the war in Iraq to rising extremism to win votes in November. The National Intelligence Estimate - compiled by leading analysts across 16 U.S. spy agencies - concluded that Iraq has become a "cause celebre" for jihadists, who are growing in number and geographic reach. If the trend continues, the analysts found, risks to U.S. interests at home...
  • Feinstein vows filibuster on 9th circuit nominee

    09/21/2006 4:46:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1,790+ views
    AP ^ | 9/21/6
    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved an Idaho judge Thursday for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., vowed to block full Senate action. The 10-8 party line vote came after Feinstein stormed out of the committee room to try to deny a quorum to approve the nomination of 6th District Judge Randy Smith. Feinstein wants the judgeship to go to a California judge. "This is the only way ... to give me leverage with the White House. We cannot lose another judge for California. Holding this judge in committee would...
  • Democrats Seek Edge With Interior Nominee [Kempthorne]

    05/03/2006 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 552+ views
    AP ^ | 5/3/6 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON -- Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's nomination for interior secretary could run into trouble from Senate Democrats who want to use it as a bargaining chip to stop more oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or at least assure their states get a cut. Ahead of Thursday's hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he would try to block Kempthorne unless Republicans back off their plan to open 3.6 million acres of the central Gulf to oil and gas drilling. Nelson, citing the potential for environmental damage, said Wednesday he...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-20-06 ("We are past the point of partisan solutions to our nation's problems!")

    02/20/2006 7:12:03 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 120 replies · 1,802+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 20, 2006 | DUmmie IndianaGreen, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    The BEST thing about the defeatism now prevalent among the Left, is the HILARIOUS material such an attitude provides as you can see in this DUmmie THREAD titled, "We are past the point of partisan solutions to our nation's problems!" DUmmie IndianaGreen (recently Tombstoned from DUmmieland for daring to disagree with Pied Piper Pitt but now allowed back in) wrings his hands over the fact that the Left will NEVER get back in power via the ballot box. His solution? Either non-violent mass marches against the EVIL Bush regime ala Gandhi's Salt March in 1930 or exile. Of course,...
  • Frist: Dems blocking TVA nominees

    02/17/2006 7:19:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/17/6 | Washington bureau
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced today that Senate Democrats are blocking final approval of six nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors who were nominated by President Bush. Frist, R-Tenn., did not name any Democrat holding up a final floor vote or suggest how long the delay may last. The nominees were approved without objection in a Senate committee Wednesday. "These highly qualified nominees were unanimously approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee and deserve confirmation by the full Senate," Frist said in a written statement. "Their business skills and management expertise provide...
  • Dems Clap On Account Of Not Acting On Bush’s Social Security Proposal (VIDEO)

    02/01/2006 1:04:37 PM PST · by Mo1 · 6 replies · 327+ views
    Dems Clap On Account Of Not Acting On Bush’s Social Security Proposal (VIDEO) PRESIDENT BUSH: We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements. This year, the first of about 78 million baby boomers turn 60, including two of my Dad’s favorite people — me and President Clinton. (Laughter.) This milestone is more than a personal crisis — (laughter) — it is a national challenge. The retirement of the baby boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the federal government. By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the...
  • Alito Gives Senate Committee More Answers

    01/20/2006 3:41:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 588+ views
    AP ^ | 1/20/6 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito told senators Friday that he sees protection in the Constitution for privacy, but he refused anew to divulge his thoughts on the Supreme Court's landmark abortion rights decisions. Just as he did during his five-day confirmation hearing last week, Alito in written responses to questions submitted by six Senate Democrats refused to delve into several abortion-related issues, including the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing abortion rights. "Because Roe concerns issues that may well come before the Supreme Court, it would be inappropriate for me to comment directly on it," he wrote. The...
  • Dems may stall on Alito, but OK likely - Hearings end with praise and warnings about nominee

    01/14/2006 10:17:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 723+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14/6 | Bob Egelko
    Washington -- The Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its weeklong confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Friday with civil rights advocates warning that he would turn the clock back, while a diverse group of former aides and colleagues praised his fairness. The committee's top Democrat indicated that the panel's vote on Alito, scheduled next Tuesday, would likely be delayed for a week. In another development, committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a moderate who supports abortion rights, announced his backing for the conservative nominee, saying he was satisfied with Alito's answers on abortion and presidential power, the dominant...
  • Alito leaves Democrats grasping

    01/12/2006 3:14:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 66 replies · 2,180+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/6 | Bob Egelko
    High court nominee ends his testimony with some positions not clear. Washington -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, finishing his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, frustrated Democrats' efforts today to stake out positions on a wide range of legal issues, including presidential war powers, congressional power over the courts and citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. The veteran jurist's answers during 18 hours of questioning over 2˝ days "don't illuminate how you really think,'' said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. He said Alito's reticence compelled the conclusion that the nominee still held views he first expressed as a government lawyer...
  • Senate Blocks Defense Spending Bill Over ANWR Provisions

    12/21/2005 10:00:17 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 28 replies · 1,136+ views
    Fox news via AP ^ | 12/21/05 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, rejecting a measure that had been put into a must-pass defense spending bill in an attempt to garner wider support. Drilling supporters fell four votes short of getting the required 60 votes to avoid a threatened filibuster of the defense measure over the oil drilling issue. Senate leaders were expected to withraw the legislation so it could be reworked without the refuge language. The vote was 56-44.
  • Bush Raps Senators on Blocking Patriot Act

    12/17/2005 8:09:19 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 137 replies · 2,075+ views
    AP - The Sentinel ^ | Dec 17, 2005 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    Bush Raps Senators on Blocking Patriot Act By JENNIFER LOVEN WASHINGTON - President Bush said Saturday that senators who are blocking renewal of the terrorism-fighting Patriot Act are acting irresponsibly and standing in the way of protecting the country from attack. President Bush said Saturday that senators who are blocking renewal of the terrorism-fighting Patriot Act are acting irresponsibly and standing in the way of protecting the country from attack. "In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment," the president said in a live broadcast from the White House of his...
  • The Senate's pre-9/11 mindset

    12/17/2005 6:39:05 AM PST · by KCRW · 23 replies · 717+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/17/2005 | ?
    "God forbid that there be a terrorist attack that could have been prevented by the Patriot Act after it has expired," Sen. Jon Kyl said yesterday after the Senate failed to overcome a filibuster of legislation that would have reauthorized the Patriot Act. "If that happens, those who have supported the filibuster will have to answer for it, and the American people will have a very hard time understanding what their objections were." Got that, Sens. Larry Craig, Chuck Hagel, Lisa Murkowski and John Sununu? As the four Republicans who voted to continue the filibuster, they now bear the unenviable...
  • The Senate's pre-9/11 mindset

    12/16/2005 10:35:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 45 replies · 1,066+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-17-05 | Editorial
    The Senate's pre-9/11 mindset Published December 17, 2005 "God forbid that there be a terrorist attack that could have been prevented by the Patriot Act after it has expired," Sen. Jon Kyl said yesterday after the Senate failed to overcome a filibuster of legislation that would have reauthorized the Patriot Act. "If that happens, those who have supported the filibuster will have to answer for it, and the American people will have a very hard time understanding what their objections were."     Got that, Sens. Larry Craig, Chuck Hagel, Lisa Murkowski and John Sununu? As the four Republicans who voted to...
  • Patriot Act Blocked in Senate

    12/16/2005 5:58:05 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 33 replies · 1,294+ views
    San Jose Socialist (Mercury) News ^ | 12/16/05 | JAMES KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON - In a strong rebuke of President Bush, Senate Democrats and a small band of renegade Republicans blocked a vote Friday to extend the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law that broadened law enforcement powers after the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Senate Democrats Slow Republicans' Push

    12/15/2005 10:09:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 481+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- The GOP-controlled Congress hit several speed bumps in its rush to wrap up the legislative year, with increasing Democratic-led opposition in the Senate threatening GOP priorities on anti-terrorism, deficit reduction and oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife preserve. The House easily passed the USA Patriot Act reauthorization on Wednesday, but a bipartisan group of senators was building support for blocking final passage of the House-Senate compromise, saying the measure would give the FBI a dangerous amount of power. "We don't have to accept bad provisions in order to make sure good provisions become law," said Sen. Russ Feingold,...
  • Snowe blocks tax cuts

    11/16/2005 1:22:53 PM PST · by Jean S · 21 replies · 977+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/05 | Jonathan Allen
    Finance Committee conservatives capitulated to the will of centrist Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) yesterday by supporting a package of tax cuts that does not include an extension of the 15 percent rate on income from dividends and capital gains. But proponents vowed to fight to ensure those tax cuts will be restored to the package either on the floor of the Senate or in conference negotiations with the House, which was expected to mark up its version of the tax reconciliation legislation last night.“This is just the first step in the process,” Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said at yesterday’s mark-up.Sen...
  • Rejected air board boss gets new post

    09/29/2005 3:15:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 221+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/29/5 | Gary Delsohn
    Democrats in the state Senate rejected his choice to head the California Air Resources Board, so Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found a new job Wednesday for controversial appointee Cindy Tuck that doesn't require Senate confirmation. Tuck, rejected on a party-line vote earlier this month by Senate Democrats who said she was more concerned with protecting business interests than the environment, was appointed assistant secretary for policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. The agency, where Tuck will advise the secretary on a variety of policy issues, can influence the air board and the position denied to her by Senate Democrats. "She...
  • Enviro-fascist effect upon NO levee failure

    09/04/2005 6:48:35 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies · 255+ views
    vanity | 9/3/05
    It's my recollection that the enviro-fascists have spent the past 40 years blocking the US Army Corps of Engineers from reinforcing the levees in New Orleans. I do not have access to the documentation but clearly remember the more militant tree-huggers trying to defund the Corps of Engineers year after year in order to "save the environment for the lesser tree fart frog" and other such species. Well, we've seen the result of their efforts. Anyone have references to such documentation?
  • U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80 (Kennedy demands that Roberts hearing being postponed)

    09/04/2005 3:04:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 127 replies · 4,230+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/4
    -snip- HIGH COURT SUCCESSOR Rehnquist's death raised the possibility the hearings on Roberts' nomination could be postponed and gave Bush the opportunity of nominating Roberts as chief justice, a possibility administration officials have talked about in the event Rehnquist died. Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), a Massachusetts Democrat, said the consideration of successors to Rehnquist and O'Connor should be held off to allow the Bush administration and Congress to focus on the Katrina disaster. "We should proceed carefully and appropriately in filling these important vacancies. With Justice O'Connor committing to stay until her replacement is named, we can...
  • Dems to Question Roberts on Torture Memo

    08/29/2005 3:11:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 427+ views
    AP ^ | 8/29/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats plan to question Supreme Court nominee John Roberts about a disavowed Justice Department memo that critics say led to torture in foreign prisons, top Senate Judiciary Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Monday. Leahy said he gave Roberts a copy of the so-called "Bybee memo" during a meeting Monday in the Senate's Russell office building. It was the second meeting between the two men since July, when President Bush nominated Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Then-Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee argued in a Jan. 22, 2002, memo that the president has the power to...
  • Chuck Plays a Kingmaker (Big Wet, Sloppy, Pro-Obstructionist Kiss to Chuck Schumer -- BARF!)

    07/03/2005 1:41:03 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 10 replies · 514+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/03/2005 | Michael McAuliff
    WASHINGTON - Whether or not President Bush talks to Democrats about picking a new Supreme Court justice, New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to have a lot to say about who ends up on the bench. Schumer, even though he is one of the more junior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has made himself a pointman for the Democrats on judges, becoming the ranking member of the subcommittee on courts, which gets first crack at the President's judge picks. The Brooklyn-based senator's judicial maneuvering has gotten the attention of friends and foes alike - even more than his...
  • "Bolton Won't Be Weakened By Recess Appointment": Former UN Envoy [Danforth]

    06/23/2005 4:46:30 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 18 replies · 860+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 6/23/2005 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The controversy over John Bolton would not affect his performance as the new US ambassador to the United Nations, even if President George W. Bush is forced to sidestep Congress and appoint him directly, the last person to hold the job said. "I don't think anybody at the United Nations cares whether Bolton is supported by 60 senators or 50 senators," John Danforth said. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri who stepped down as Washington's UN ambassador in January after seven months on the job, said UN diplomats only want to know if Bolton has the...
  • Biden Says Bolton Deal Now - or Never (Who Does This Preening Non-Entity Think He *Is*...?)

    06/23/2005 3:59:43 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 21 replies · 1,005+ views
    MetroNews ^ | 6/23/3005 | Reuters/Joanne Kenen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph Biden, said on Thursday the White House had to provide information Democrats seek on U.N. nominee John Bolton by the end of the day or the nomination would be dead. "If they don't have (the documents) by the end of the day, it's finished," the Delaware Democrat said of the bitter dispute over President Bush's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The White House accused Biden and other Democrats of not negotiating in good faith. "There have been many compromises offered, all of them...
  • Howard Dean: Osama bin Laden Had Nothing to do with 9/11

    05/22/2005 10:58:07 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 201 replies · 5,281+ views
    Meet the Press ^ | May 22, 2005 | Howard Dean
    DR. DEAN: I said I wasn't sure, but I said I thought there probably were. But the thing that really bothered me the most, which the 9-11 Commission said also wasn't true, is the insinuation that the president continues to make to this day that Osama bin Laden had something to do with supporting terrorists that attacked the United States. That is false. The 9-11 Commission, chaired by a Republican, said it was false.
  • Harry Reid: The Goblet Of Dire and Return of the Myth - (way over the top and beyond the pale!)

    05/21/2005 2:22:53 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 39 replies · 1,177+ views
    Instead of a magic wand, Harry Reid uses his mouth. And in place of fighting on the side of good, Harry readily and passionately embraces the dark forces. As Senate Minority leader, Reid has already taken the Democrat art of obstructionism far beyond that of his predecessor Tom Daschle. And in a manner similar to the infamous and ongoing Howie Dean screams, no Republican is safe from his rantings and invented falsehoods. Harry’s once quick smile has turned into a leer and his demeanor has degraded to that of a permanently enraged and deranged man. Yikes! His apprentice training is...
  • Senators Working on Filibuster Compromise

    05/20/2005 1:19:26 AM PDT · by kingattax · 75 replies · 1,622+ views
    Yahoo - Associated Press ^ | 5-20-2005 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - Two of the Senate's senior statesmen, Republican John Warner and Democrat Robert Byrd, are stepping to the forefront of efforts to avert a showdown over whether an out-of-power party can use Senate filibusters to effectively thwart a president from reshaping the nation's courts to his liking. But time was running out on Byrd and Warner's attempt to bridge warring senatorial factions, with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., starting a countdown Friday on how long senators would debate Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen's nomination to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If senators are forced to...
  • (V) Killing Senate Obstructionism Without The 'Nuclear Option'

    05/13/2005 4:25:55 PM PDT · by Tall_Texan · 53 replies · 1,044+ views
    na | 05-13-05 | Tall_Texan
    Everyone except liberal Democrats are sick of the obstructionism practiced by Senate leftists on everything from the U.N. Ambassador to judgeships to other presidential appointees. They seem to be taking the startegy that the longer they stall, the closer they come to 2009 when there will be a new President (hopefully, in their minds, a Democrat president). Nobody envisioned the filibuster would turn into a de facto supermajority needed to confirm practically everybody the president sends up. The Republicans have talked about (as did Democrats back when they were the party in power) a "nuclear option" that would either scale...
  • Senate Panel Probing Bolton Down to Wire - (is John Bolton almost "home free?")

    05/11/2005 7:32:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 536+ views
    SF GATE.COM ^ | MAY 11, 2005 | ANNE GEARAN
    The Senate on Wednesday kept up an investigation of John R. Bolton on the eve of a showdown vote on the troubled nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats who claim he is too hotheaded or unbending say they could try to hold up a final vote in the full Senate. A Senate committee held private interviews with two State Department officials who worked with Bolton in his current job as the department's arms control chief. The Democrat who is leading the opposition to Bolton said he is asking the nominee directly for additional information. Republicans claimed...
  • Sen. Pryor Says He Will Join Sen. Harry Reid In Shutting Down The Senate

    04/26/2005 11:47:17 AM PDT · by kcvl · 90 replies · 2,813+ views
    Sen. Pryor Says He Will Join Sen. Harry Reid In Shutting Down The Senate If Liberals Lose Filibuster Vote Sen. Mark Pryor says he will join Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid in shutting down the Senate should liberals lose the vote to shut off their filibuster of judicial nominees. Pryor told the Associated Press, when asked if he would support Sen. Reid's retaliation: "I would only want to see us do that as a last resort. If that's what it comes to, that's what it comes to." Sen. Pryor's Washington office number is 202-224-2353. His District office in Little Rock...
  • Liberal Group Trots Out 'Lumbering Elephants' and Al Gore

    04/26/2005 7:21:58 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies · 613+ views
    gopusa / ^ | April 26, 2005 | Susan Jones
    ( -- A liberal advocacy group is planning a week of rallies and protests - and a speech by former Vice President Al Gore - all blasting Republicans who want to eliminate Democrat filibusters of judicial nominees. As part of the effort to stop "radical Republicans" from taking "absolute control of the entire government,"'s political action committee has unveiled a new TV ad featuring "lumbering" elephants eating federal court buildings. The ad says those "radical Republicans" are "planning to break the rules, eliminating checks and balances, to get more extremist judges approved." The Senate is expected to vote this...
  • Frist, Reid work on judge-approval deal

    04/25/2005 4:05:32 PM PDT · by GB · 187 replies · 4,393+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 04/25/2005 | David Espo and Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON - In private talks with Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Senate's top Democrat has indicated a willingness to allow confirmation of at least two of President Bush's seven controversial appeals court nominees, but only as part of a broader compromise requiring Republicans to abandon threats to ban judicial filibusters, officials said Monday.At the same time he offers to clear two nominees to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for approval, officials said Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., wants a third appointee to be replaced by an alternative who is preferred by Michigan's two Democratic senators.The officials...
  • Train Wreck - (Oliver North on Bush's stalled agenda; faint-hearted Republican leaders)

    04/21/2005 9:23:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 27 replies · 1,085+ views
    "I just hope these people of Washington, D.C. are prepared to handle this. It's going to be a train wreck." WASHINGTON, D.C.: Those words, by that renowned political sage, Mike Tyson, are an apt description of what's been happening to Bush administration appointees in the U.S. Senate. Though the former heavyweight champion's comment is actually a forecast of his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride on June 11th at the MCI Center in Washington, it also applies to the current state of affairs between the White House and Capitol Hill. As a result, the very ambitious agenda President Bush has set...
  • "Exit Strategy" for Liberals - (Colonel Robert L. Pappas' newest release)

    04/18/2005 9:03:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 648+ views
    The other day I entered a business establishment and overheard the following comments contained in a vitriolic, rabidly anti-American discussion. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought I was somewhere in “old Europe.” “They only did it for the oil...they don’t have an exit strategy...I have kids who are Draft age... this is really a mess.” If one hadn’t heard the same from Kerry (who was the other guy?) during the recent Democrat election debacle, the discussion might have come as a shock, but it didn’t. Still, it is incomprehensible that adult Americans, apart from blind stupidity or...
  • A Letter From Sen. Mitch McConnell To Sen. Harry Reid - (about breaking filibuster of nominees)

    04/18/2005 4:33:58 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 649+ views
    April 18, 2005 The Honorable Harry Reid S-221, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Harry: I have reviewed your March 15, 2005 letter to Majority Leader Frist. While I certainly agree with your call to work together on the judicial nominations process, I am greatly concerned about your statement regarding shutting down Senate business and, by extension, the federal government. A government shut down would be rash and unwise, and the American people deserve better from us than such an act, which is surely inconsistent with "working together." I urge you to reconsider taking this action. We can all agree...
  • U.S. Senate doesn't need to go nuclear

    04/16/2005 10:36:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1,009+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/17/5 | Editor
    Some Senate Republicans are wisely beginning to cool on the "nuclear option" to end the Democrats' filibuster of a handful of President Bush's judicial nominees. The option is, by a simple-majority procedural vote, to ban judicial filibusters. It's called "nuclear" because it would vaporize a longstanding Senate prerogative - unlimited debate - and the fallout could be horrendous. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada has threatened to thoroughly gum up the workings of the Senate, which he can easily do, if the Republicans go ahead with the change. It takes a supermajority of 60 votes to end a filibuster,...
  • Lead The Way - Senate Republicans not understanding true stakes in coming judicial showdown.

    04/14/2005 10:56:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 566+ views
    IN RECENT DAYS I interviewed Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, and Ralph Neas, executive director of People for the American Way. Together these two are the architects of the policy of unyielding obstruction by Democrats of George Bush's judicial nominees. It is difficult to overstate their influence on the Democratic caucus: They are widely considered to be the hands steering Democratic policy on judges. Both blew the usual rhetorical smoke about how well President Bush is doing with his judicial nominations--Bush has by far the lowest approval rate to the appeals court for modern times for a...
  • Democrats Are Lost In The Shuffle While GOP Holds All The Cards (They're On The Run Alert)

    04/04/2005 12:21:45 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies · 1,412+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/04/05 | Ronald Brownstein
    From Social Security, to intervention in the sad case of Terri Schiavo, to the appointment of conservative federal judges, every major debate positions the parties in the same way: Republicans are on offense, Democrats on defense. The debate on the federal budget isn't about whether to raise taxes to reduce the deficit, it's over how much more to cut taxes. Washington isn't examining how to expand coverage for those without health insurance, but whether to cut the Medicaid program that provides the central strand in our society's safety net. Democrats are furiously laboring to prevent Bush from carving out private...
  • Why Liberals Abhor Social Security Reform

    03/10/2005 9:06:20 PM PST · by freeholland · 20 replies · 639+ views
    If Americans of all ages ever recognize the degree to which they’ve been conned by the proponents of failed government programs such as Social Security, they will likely respond in a manner reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party. And it is not hard to imagine a few career politicians floating in the harbor alongside of King George’s cargo.,br> Consider the caterwauling from Democrats in response to President Bush’s efforts to reform Social Security. Originally promoted as merely a retirement supplement, Franklin Roosevelt’s scheme initially involved a minuscule payroll tax. Once implemented however, the road was clear to incrementally grow the...
  • The real reason the Democrats don’t want to end the filibuster

    03/07/2005 8:36:27 AM PST · by Princip. Conservative · 13 replies · 722+ views
    Princip. Conservative
    In an impassioned plea to preserve the Senate filibuster, a recent New York Times editorial suggested that, because ‘majorities are temporary’, the Republicans should really reconsider using the so-called nuclear option of ending a filibuster. Superficially, this is true but this is actually the absolute opposite reason as to why the Democrats are really so desperate to retain the power to filibuster judicial nominees. Democrats, in fact, are supporting the filibuster precisely because they have every reason to believe that they will stay the minority party in the Senate for quite some time to come. Why? Because the GOP is...
  • Lead, Follow or Become a Democrat!

    02/15/2005 9:10:56 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 9 replies · 417+ views
    CFP ^ | February 15, 2005 | JB Williams
    In this world, those who can lead generally do, by default. Those who can’t lead usually follow, also by default. Those incapable of either become Democrats today… The operative words for all modern DNC initiatives are "dissent", "disorder" and "obstruct". That’s why their new party leader is the king of dissent Howard Dean. The more outrageous and obnoxious ones screams of dissent, the better their chances for a leadership roll in today’s DNC. The party has chosen to define itself by the 10 percent in America who don’t like anything about America, those who see America as the evil empire,...
  • Democrats Delay Final Approval of Rice for State Dept.

    01/20/2005 6:34:26 AM PST · by Brilliant · 53 replies · 1,270+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2005 | STEVEN R. WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 - Senate Democrats on Wednesday delayed until next week the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, a pointed but symbolic gesture of their skepticism about the administration's plans for Iraq. Their refusal to hold a quick vote on the floor immediately after President Bush is inaugurated on Thursday followed the approval of Ms. Rice's nomination by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 16 to 2. Advertisement The committee voted after two days of often contentious hearings in which some Republicans as well as Democrats voiced concern over Iraq. On the second day...
  • Mark Steyn: Election protest shows why Dems don't count

    01/09/2005 4:56:36 PM PST · by 1_Thess_4_17 · 1 replies · 1,431+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 9, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    Thought for the day, from a gloomy party member on the Democratic Underground Web site: ''Reality sucks. That's the problem. We want another reality.'' Well, they're doing a grand job of creating their alternative universe. At midday Thursday, as George W. Bush was about to be confirmed formally as the winner of the presidential election, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, described by Agence France-Presse as the ''Democratic former presidential hopeful,'' led 400 other Democrats in a protest outside Congress. Presidential-wise, they may be former but they're still hopeful. So they were wearing orange, the color of the election protesters in Ukraine,...
  • Dems As Baby Killers!

    01/04/2005 5:41:31 PM PST · by Tacis · 9 replies · 218+ views
    1/4/5 | Tacis
    With the dems promising to oppose all Bush's judicial nominees for frivolous reasons and suggesting the any nominee not willing to promise that he/she would never vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, why aren't we and all other normal Americans describing the dems as baby killers at every turn?We know the dem members of the Judiciary Committee who are up for election in 2006. Some must be especially vulnerable. Why don't we have campaigns in place to remind then that their abortion-at-any-cost position on nominees carries risks? Why aren't all vulnerable dems being reminded of the risks that obstructionist tactics...