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  • Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnover (RATS dropping like flies - Hussein coattails?)

    02/09/2012 4:33:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/09/12 | Jim Morrill
    Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnoverU.S. Rep. Watt said he's also considering whether to retire By Jim Morrill Modified: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 One governor. Three members of Congress. Thirty state lawmakers. And counting. That's how many North Carolina elected officials have announced they're not running for re-election. Before candidate filing ends Feb. 29, there are certain to be more in what's shaping up to be a year of historic change. Democratic Rep. Mel Watt said Wednesday that he's considering retiring after 20 years in the 12th District - a day after Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick said she won't...
  • Women in California Legislature not ready to reconnect with Komen

    02/08/2012 8:16:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 2/8/12 | Torey Van Oot
    The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's efforts to defuse the controversy over its funding dispute with Planned Parenthood hasn't done much to improve its standing with the California Legislative Women's Caucus.Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, said this week that the caucus has no plans to restore its partnership with the breast cancer charity. The Komen incident left lingering questions about "whether their highest priority is women's health care," Evans said in an interview. "Basically, the fundamental problem is this incident politicized women's health care. And I don't believe that should be a political football," she said.Evans had announced...
  • Perdue is disingenuous to the end (Completely corrupt Democratic still hosts RAT convention)

    02/04/2012 12:10:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yes Weekly ^ | 2/01/12 | Jim Longworth
    Perdue is disingenuous to the endBy Jim Longworth Wednesday, February 1, 2012 **SNIP** It’s so like Bev to blame others for her failures and divert our attention away from her mistakes. Throughout her career in politics, Perdue has been the schoolyard bully used to getting her own way. As a state senator she wielded power over many agencies including the highway patrol. That power came in handy in July 1995 when she was involved in an alleged drunk-driving car crash. Instead of calling 911, she called a “friend” in the HP (believed to be trooper Randy Glover who, afterward received...
  • California Democrats distort their majority-vote budget power

    02/03/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/3/12 | Dan Walters
    Many years of partisan wrangling over the state budget reached a climax in 2010 when public employee unions and Democratic politicians persuaded voters to pass Proposition 25, eliminating the two-thirds vote for budgets. It gave the Legislature's majority Democrats the power to pass budgets without having to garner Republican votes. But that's not all it did. Worried that voters might see it as a political power play, the measure's sponsors added a political sugarplum, one declaring that if legislators didn't pass a budget by June 15, the constitutional deadline, their salaries would be cut off. ...The Legislature is now suing...
  • Challenge campaign of insults, slurs vs. Obama (JESSE JAGMO IS NOT HAPPY)

    01/31/2012 7:03:32 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/31/12 | Jesse Jackson
    Republican Gov. Jan Brewer insults the president with a finger-wagging tarmac rant in Arizona. As a result, sales of her book soar. American presidents have always been fair game for public criticism. But isn’t it past time that we challenge the campaign of insult, racial slur and utter disrespect that has been unleashed on Barack Obama? Consider just the Republican presidential contenders. The campaign started with Donald Trump’s ugly nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate, suggesting that he was un-American. Newt Gingrich devoted a book, To Save America, to denouncing Obama’s “secular socialist machine that represents as great a threat to...
  • Court upholds conviction of student in Palin e-mail hack

    01/31/2012 12:16:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    A federal appeals court has rejected a former University of Tennessee college student's appeal against being convicted for hacking former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 campaign. Lawyers for the ex-student, David Kernell, said the felony obstruction of justice statute he was convicted under was so vague as to be unconstitutional. In particular, they argued, Kernell had no obvious notice that a federal investigation was underway before he deleted files from his computer and defragmented his hard disk. However, according to Politico, in an opinion Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of...
  • California politicans use power to fix the ballot game

    01/30/2012 3:08:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/30/12 | Dan Walters
    When a political party achieves dominance of any government, one expects that it would use its hegemony to enact its public policy agenda. That's the way democracy is supposed to work. Using dominance to change the political system with the aim of perpetuating control is another matter. It fixes the game and undermines democracy. The most obvious example is redrawing legislative and congressional districts to ensure that particular parties or politicians will win subsequent elections, a practice called gerry- mandering that was common in California until voters created an independent redistricting commission. Gerrymandering, however, is not the only way dominant...
  • California Legislature once again earns scorn

    01/27/2012 12:00:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/27/12 | Dan Walters
    Last Tuesday, the Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll that found, among other things, just 17 percent of the state's voters like the Legislature's performance. Simultaneously, the Legislature's top leaders provided another reason for Californians to harbor such scorn. Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced that they would spend untold amounts of taxpayers' money on high-priced lawyers to sue state Controller John Chiang over his decision to withhold legislators' paychecks last year after they failed to enact a balanced budget. Chiang was merely enforcing a new provision of the state constitution...
  • California Supreme Court denies challenge of Senate maps

    01/27/2012 11:55:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/27/12 | Jim Sanders
    The California Supreme Court ruled today that state Senate maps drawn by a citizens commission will be used in this year's elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them. The issue came before the High Court after a Republican-backed group, Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, filed more than 711,000 signatures with county elections offices in a referendum to overturn Senate maps drawn by a 14-member citizens commission. Californians will decide the fate of the newly drawn Senate districts in November if 504,760 of the signatures are from valid voters. Legislative candidates must file and run their campaigns before then, however,...
  • Helen Thomas: "Changing the State of Our Union" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/26/2012 3:28:17 PM PST · by seanmerc · 22 replies ^ | 26 Jan 2012 | Helen "More Responsive" Thomas
    President Barack Obama painted the state of the union as strong and safe in his third address to the nation, but glossed over solutions to some of the nation's biggest problems. The President, running for reelection, touched base on all major issues including the economy, energy, regulation, immigration and education. He exuded confidence and laid out many points he is expected to hit on the campaign trail. Although Obama has failed in the past at every attempt to work with the Republicans in the Congress, he still attempted to reach out to the opposition. Most Republicans and Democrats could agree...
  • Rats and Occupy Protesters - What do these Things Have in Common

    01/23/2012 3:13:15 PM PST · by Dogrobber · 5 replies
    vanity | 1-23-12 | Self
    Has anyone noticed that rats and Occupy Protestors have some sort of linkage? I mean a spiritual bridge or karmic connection. Really. I didn't see it until I was exposed to some of the news stories; you know the ones I mean. “Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. Camps” Washington Post 1-9-12. This link seems to have influenced DC so much that rats must now be relocated rather than killed; almost as if they were actual Occupy Protesters. Anyway that caused me to muse to my self – what are the similarities and differences between Rats and Occupy Protesters...
  • In the same boat, paddling all ways (STEINBERG ALERT)

    01/23/2012 10:42:42 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 23, 2012 2:10AM | NEIL STEINBERG
    ‘The Western world no longer aspires, as did the Western Europe of Dante’s day, to be a place of a single faith,” A.N. Wilson writes confidently in his recent book, Dante in Love. Really? It doesn’t? Has Western society given up that dream? Because many in the United States’ particular corner of civilization seem not to have gotten the memo. Maybe it’s the scientist in me, but I’m always looking for what Einstein called the “Theory of Everything” — one formula that explains the world, and clinging to the hope that society will someday be populated entirely by your co-religionists...
  • Maryland delegate moves to ban rat trafficking, 'protect our borders'

    01/20/2012 11:21:38 PM PST · by Huntress · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/20/2012 | Alan Binder
    A Republican delegate in Maryland plans to introduce legislation to protect Maryland's borders not from undocumented workers, but from rodents. Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore, will at an afternoon news conference roll out his Rat Trafficking Act, which would bar the D.C. government “and any other entity from trafficking rats and other vermin into Maryland.” McDonough’s move will come after a flurry of attacks against the District's Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, which mandates that animal control companies use humane methods when handling animals. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli set off the firestorm when he publicly worried that the law would...
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rat 'Families' to Virginia

    01/17/2012 9:07:13 PM PST · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | By Christopher Goins
    ( -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 -- is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these...
  • In Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin Dems tout 1 million recall signatures

    01/17/2012 12:39:03 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    In Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin Dems tout 1 million recall signatures By: MJ Lee January 17, 2012 02:38 PM EST Organizers behind the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collected 1 million signatures to be submitted to the state’s Government Accountability Board on Tuesday, dwarfing the required number of names and virtually ensuring that a recall election will take place later this year. A total of 540,208 valid signatures, or 25 percent of all of the votes cast in the election that put Walker in office last January, were needed to force a recall election, but organizers had aimed for...
  • Elections officials to ask judge to schedule all recalls on the same day

    01/17/2012 10:42:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-16-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - As Democrats plan to submit more than a million signatures Tuesday to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans, state election officials are preparing to go to court this week to try to ensure any elections are scheduled on the same day. Keeping recall elections for Walker and the others on the same day would save money and lessen logistical problems for local clerks. But Democrats behind the efforts argue that if one recall election is delayed it should not hold up others. State law gives the Government Accountability Board 31 days after receiving petitions to determine...
  • DC Law Forces Exterminators to Relocate Rats

    01/16/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies · 1+ views
    <p>Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel.</p>
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rehabilitated Rat Families To Virginia

    01/13/2012 7:23:11 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1-13-12 | Christopher Goins -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) --is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably...
  • City: Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps

    01/09/2012 2:25:31 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies ^ | Jan. 9, 2012 | Annie Gowen
    The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has “exploded”since protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the District’s Department of Health. Akhter said in an interview Monday that city health inspectors have seen rats running openly through both camps and spotted numerous new burrows and nests underneath hay-stuffed pallets occupiers are using for beds. Both campsites had working kitchens for weeks until last week, but protesters at McPherson Square voluntarily closed down theirs after health inspectors pointed out unsanitary conditions during an informal monitoring visit....
  • Fines pending for Indiana House Dems in labor battle (RATS bracing for major financial pain)

    01/06/2012 9:04:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/06/12 | TOM LoBIANCO
    Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battleBy TOM LoBIANCO | AP – 13 hrs ago INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House Democrats are bracing for major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation. Fines of $1,000 daily for each Democrat could hit Friday, depending on what Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma decides to do with lawmakers who deny him the numbers needed to push through the Republican priority. But Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, said that if she can stand...