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  • Senate Dems (without a budget) pass middle-class tax-rate extension in close vote

    07/25/2012 3:30:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/25/12 | Bernie Becker, Ramsey Cox
    Senate Dems pass middle-class tax-rate extension in close voteBy Bernie Becker and Ramsey Cox - 07/25/12 05:06 PM ET Senate Democrats narrowly pushed through a measure to extend tax rates for family income up to $250,000 for a year, as both parties continued their election-year messaging war on taxes. By a 51-48 tally, Democrats overcame two defections to win passage of a measure that would also raise the top rate on capital gains and dividends, as well as continue several targeted tax provisions that Democrats say help the middle class. Vice President Biden presided over the tally. He was in...
  • John Kerry’s secretary of state dry run

    07/16/2012 4:11:37 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 5 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Jessica Meyers
    Sen. John Kerry has the perfect audition piece for the secretary of state job he appears to covet — the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty. He’s come armed with a throng of industry backers and pleas from the country’s top officials. But a cadre of conservatives remains determined to sink it.
  • MN Reacts: State's Democrats praise Supreme Court ruling; Republicans call for law repeal

    06/28/2012 3:36:05 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-12 | Bill Salisbury
    After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health-care reform law on Wednesday, June 28, Minnesota Republicans renewed their pledge to try to repeal the legislation while Democrats vowed to defend it. Here's a sampling of their reactions.
  • Patrick Kennedy warns of Tea Party “rampage” if SCOTUS upholds Obamacare

    06/27/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 103 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Philip Klein
    Patrick Kennedy, a former representative from Rhode Island and son of the late Ted Kennedy, warned in a fundraising email for Congressional Democrats that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care law, then “dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage.” The fundraising email was sent out Wednesday afternoon, to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Health Care Rapid Response Fund” ahead of Thursday morning’s expected ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the health care law. “My father, Ted Kennedy, spent his entire political career fighting tooth and nail for universal...
  • Obama Asks People Getting Married To Forgo Gifts, Ask Their Guests To Donate To His Campaign Instead

    06/22/2012 11:16:20 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 230 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 22 Jun 12 | Unknown
    You can even register your wedding on his campaign website. Could he be any more pompous?
  • [Gay] Activists Take Out Frustration on ... Ronald Reagan

    06/22/2012 10:23:36 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard [via Drudge] ^ | 22 Jun 12 | Daniel Halper
    Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.
  • White House Forgets to Pay Father’s Day Lunch Tab

    06/14/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | 14 Jun 2012 | Mary Bruce
    Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill. Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
  • Holder: Everyone knows ‘in-person voting fraud is uncommon’

    06/12/2012 5:57:26 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-12-12 | michelle fields
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder defended his department’s challenges to state’s voter ID laws on Monday, alleging that “those on all sides of this debate have acknowledged that in-person voting fraud is uncommon.” Holder spoke at the League of Women Voters conference where he challenged those who believe that “easing registration hurdles will only lead to voter fraud.”
  • California budget process has reverted to secrecy

    06/11/2012 9:44:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/11/12 | Dan Walters
    As the Capitol churns toward Friday's deadline for a new state budget, the macro-issues are well known, such as whether health, welfare and child care services should be slashed by billions of dollars to close the deficit. There are, however, other aspects of the annual budget wrangle that go largely unnoticed, such as the march into secrecy – or, more accurately, sneakiness. For decades, a few key legislators drafted the entire budget in secrecy with virtually no public exposure or input, but about 40 years ago, there was an internal revolt because one powerful senator had loaded up the budget...
  • State results dim Dems' hopes for House takeover

    06/11/2012 9:32:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/11/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    California voters threw a wrench Tuesday into fellow Californian Nancy Pelosi's plans. The former House speaker from San Francisco, once third in line for the presidency and architect of the key legislation of President Obama's first term, is making a longshot bid to regain House control this year.The minority leader was counting on California, home to an increasing number of Democratic Party voters and where new legislative district maps forced four veteran GOP lawmakers into retirement, to deliver half a dozen of the net gain of 25 seats she needs. After the results of last week's primary election in the...
  • California House races present dilemma for Dems

    06/06/2012 12:25:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/6/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Some of the most competitive House races in California in November could pit Democrats against Democrats, analysts said.But while state Democrats are likely to pick up a couple of seats in Congress in the general election, Tuesday's primary results will also force left-leaning organizations to think hard about where - and where not - to focus their resources this fall. The "top two" primary created several Democrat-versus-Democrat races in November that would have been impossible under the previous system. Nationally, that could help Democrats in their efforts to win back 25 congressional seats and regain control of the House. Nonpartisan...
  • EYEWITNESS ALLEGES DEMOCRAT UNION VOTE FRAUD IN WISCONSIN

    06/05/2012 12:49:05 PM PDT · by bigbob · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 6/5/12 | Chris Plante show
    On WMAL’s The Chris Plante Show today a Michigan resident by the name of "Mike" called in to discuss how he had infiltrated a Michigan Union's organized bus convoy, en-route to vote in the Wisconsin recall election for Democrats. The caller claimed that Michigan’s “Democrat Unions” had organized a convoy of 4 buses, filled with Michigan Democrats, with the intention of voting for Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin recall election. Caller “Mike” describes “Greyhound size buses, filled to capacity” with a good amount of “freebies” available, “They treated me to lunch!” The caller also points out that the organizers did...
  • California Democrats bid for two-thirds control of state Senate

    05/28/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/28/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Bill Berryhill's pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County's 5th Senate District. It was about the balance of power in the Capitol."Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you're taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that's to tax and spend, tax and spend," the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy's Kimball High. Berryhill is running in one of a handful of newly drawn swing seats...
  • Wisconsin recall's a 'test run,' DNC chair says

    05/27/2012 10:32:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/27/12 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race. “It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools

    05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12
    A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys. My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total...
  • Obama Campaign Auctions Off Bill Clinton

    05/24/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 24 May 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Bill Clinton just sent Obama supporters and email saying that he has joined President Obama as first prize in the latest campaign fundraising raffle.
  • Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

    05/22/2012 7:33:21 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, when he called Mr. Obama “a transformational figure.” ... Mr. Powell called presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a viable candidate and said he’s “still listening” to Republican proposals. Mr. Powell, who served under President George W. Bush, also said, “I don’t want to throw my weight behind someone” at this point in the campaign.
  • To Gov. Jerry Brown's dismay, pension board phases in state hike

    05/16/2012 4:09:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Against Gov. Jerry Brown's wishes, the California Public Employees' Retirement System board voted today to phase in a higher cost to the state over two years rather than bill the state immediately in full. In a letter to the board, Brown called that "not a prudent decision." The disagreement was over the pace at which PERS is lowering its assumptions about future investment returns from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent, called the discount rate. Such changes are intended to compensate for lower market returns. When the rate of return assumption goes down, governments must contribute more. The PERS board agreed...
  • Steinberg: Democrats seeking alternatives to some budget cuts {in the Golden State}

    05/16/2012 4:05:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today repeated a pledge to look for budget solutions that would allow lawmakers to preserve some services targeted with steep cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan. "I said on Monday, I'm not looking for a public fight here," the Sacramento Democrat said this morning. "We're looking to work collaboratively and yet not be afraid to have our differences or air our differences with the other stakeholders, the other parties, but come to a resolution where we can in fact buy out some of the worst cuts." The revised budget proposal released by...
  • Dem: House will ride on healthcare (RATS shouldn't run away from Commiecare™)

    05/16/2012 3:03:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/12 | Mike Lillis, Bob Cusack
    Dem: House will ride on healthcareBy Mike Lillis and Bob Cusack - 05/16/12 05:00 AM ET A senior Democrat said Tuesday that the key to winning back the House in 2012 is selling the party’s signature healthcare reform law. In an interview with The Hill, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Democrats have “a fighting chance” of grabbing control of the lower chamber. He added, however, that Democrats “can’t run from [healthcare reform]. You have to go out and say, ‘This is what we did and this is why we did it.’ And I think that you win like that.” Democrats...
  • Shortfall in California’s Budget Swells to $16 Billion

    05/12/2012 5:06:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    The state budget shortfall in California has increased dramatically in the last six months, forcing state officials to assemble a series of new spending cuts that are likely to mean further reductions to schools, health care and other social programs already battered by nearly five years of budget retrenchment, state officials announced on Saturday. Gov. Jerry Brown, disclosing the development in a video posted on YouTube, said that California’s shortfall was now projected to be $16 billion, up from $9.2 billion in January. Mr. Brown said that he would propose a revised budget on Monday to deal with it. “We...
  • Nadia Lockyer obtains restraining order against her ex-lover

    05/12/2012 7:12:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/12/12 | Josh Richman
    Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer obtained a restraining order against her former lover this week, even as he sat in a café 30 miles away claiming she tried to frame him for battery and broke his heart. Lockyer, 41, has claimed Stephen Chikhani attacked her Feb. 3 in a Newark hotel room. But the state Justice Department investigated and declined to charge him with any crime. Still, Lockyer, who resigned her seat on the board last month, claimed in court papers filed this week that she, her 8-year-old son and her husband -- state Treasurer Bill Lockyer -- continue...
  • California political miscreants inhabit East Bay

    05/11/2012 9:33:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/11/12 | Dan Walters
    The East Bay Municipal Water District captures water from the Sierra snowpack in reservoirs on the Mokelumne River and sends it via sealed pipeline 90 miles to customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, saying it "assures that all customers get high-quality drinking water ..." One wonders, however, whether the East Bay's water is contaminated by a germ that compels its politicians to misbehave. While there's a long history of aberrant behavior in the region, it's been particularly evident recently. Within a few months, East Bay politicians were arrested on a shoplifting charge (Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi), resigned after becoming involved...
  • CALIFORNIA: Boy Scouts policy barring gay members sparks Assembly fire

    05/08/2012 3:14:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/8/12 | Jim Sanders
    A proposed resolution to commend the Boy Scouts of America on its 102nd anniversary died today in an Assembly committee because the measure did not urge the group to accept gays and lesbians. Instead, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a separate resolution that applauded the Boy Scouts but said its policy against accepting homosexuals is harmful and discriminatory -- and should be reconsidered. The measure that passed, crafted by committee Chairman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, encouraged the group to "accept for membership and leadership positions all qualified boys and men, without discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or religious...
  • Hillary Clinton on make-up, hair: Who cares?

    05/08/2012 12:02:00 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 67 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 8 May 12 | CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    Hillary Clinton can’t be bothered by chatter about her physical appearance, the secretary of state told CNN’s Jill Dougherty in an interview on Tuesday. Asked about a photo of her wearing very little make-up that was tauntingly posted on yesterday’s Drudge Report, Clinton replied, “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I'm wearing my glasses.”
  • Ann Arbor man wants to prevent John Dingell from seeing a 30th term in Congress

    05/07/2012 11:17:58 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 14 replies
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 5-7-2012 | Ryan Stanton
    25-year-old Ann Arbor man is challenging U.S. Rep. John Dingell for his seat, claiming the long-time congressman isn't progressive enough.Daniel Marcin, who is pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of Michigan, filed nearly 1,800 petition signatures with the state on Monday to appear on the ballot.Running as a Democrat, he'll face Dingell, D-Dearborn, in the Aug. 7 primary, competing in Southeast Michigan's newly drawn 12th District."I'm definitely to that guy's left," Marcin said of Dingell, attacking the 85-year-old congressman's record on environmental issues, same-sex marriage and tax policy."John Dingell acts like he's Mr. Senior Congressman," Marcin said. "If...
  • Hillary Clinton wants female US president, but insists it will not be her

    05/07/2012 10:16:24 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7 May 12 | Newscore
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she wanted to see a female US president during her lifetime -- but insisted she was ready to "get off the high wire" of top-level politics. "I hope so. I really want to see that in my lifetime," Clinton said during a town hall meeting at a girls school in India's Kolkata, when asked about the prospects of a woman taking America's top job for the first time. Clinton praised India's "great display of women empowerment" due to the prominent role played by female politicians over the years but said that in the...
  • Group submits signatures for California business tax change on November ballot

    05/05/2012 9:20:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/12 | Jim Sanders
    The stage was set Friday for three revenue-raising measures to qualify for the November ballot after a group led by hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer submitted more than 900,000 signatures for a tax increase on out-of-state businesses. Proponents of two other tax initiatives, driven separately by Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger, said they have collected more than enough signatures to place their proposals before voters. The measures would generate billions in revenue for a state rocked by recession and cuts to education and public services in recent years. But Mitch Zak, spokesman for a coalition opposing Steyer's...
  • Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cuts

    05/04/2012 2:52:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Russell Berman
    Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cutsBy Russell Berman - 05/03/12 04:24 PM ET A liberal stalwart is making a surprise attack on Nancy Pelosi, accusing the House minority leader of signaling “a disturbing potential willingness” to slash entitlement programs that Democrats consider sacred. Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on Thursday sent out an email through his Progressives United advocacy group criticizing Pelosi for saying she would support the Simpson-Bowles deficit plan, which called for using cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to close the nation’s budget gap. “Recently, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has signaled a...
  • CALIFORNIA: State Justice Department won't charge Nadia Lockyer's ex-lover

    04/27/2012 6:31:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/27/12 | Josh Richman
    The ex-lover whom former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer had accused of attacking her Feb. 3 in a Newark hotel room won't face criminal charges, the state Justice Department announced Friday. Communications director Shum Preston said the department "has thoroughly reviewed the matter referred to us by the Alameda County District Attorney's office regarding the Feb. 3 incident at a Newark hotel involving Nadia Lockyer. After reviewing the evidence, the department has determined that it will not file charges." No further details were available, Preston said. Nadia Lockyer resigned her supervisorial seat last week, months after the Feb. 3 brought...
  • California's fiscal mess put in focus by recent events {Rats lied to protect their pay}

    04/27/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/27/12 | Dan Walters
    California's fiscal mess – which is more political than financial – was brought into razor-sharp focus Wednesday by three events. First was Sacramento Superior Court Judge David I. Brown's ruling that Controller John Chiang violated the state constitution last year when he cut off legislators' salaries by invoking a newly passed constitutional dictum that they would lose pay if they failed to pass a budget by June 15. Democratic lawmakers had passed a 2011-12 budget before then, but Gov. Jerry Brown immediately vetoed it as being hopelessly unbalanced. Chiang then cut off their paychecks. Brown quickly tossed legislators a lifeline...
  • Michelle Obama: "Fantasy" Is To Walk Out WH "And Just Keep Walking" [Video]

    04/26/2012 2:08:57 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 89 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 26 Apr 2012 | Real Clear Politics
    Check out the video...
  • Mary Hayashi inquired about Nadia Lockyer's seat

    04/25/2012 5:22:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/25/12 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    Maybe there's something about one of the Alameda County Board of Supervisor's five seats that attracts troubled Bay Area politicians. Less than a week after Nadia Lockyer resigned her seat on the board following weeks of scandalous revelations of drug abuse and a sexual affair with a meth adddict, disgraced Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, reportedly inquired about the post. Hayashi, who is termed out of the Legislature after this year, contacted three of the four remaining members of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to gauge their interest in appointing her to fill out Lockyer's term until 2014, the Bay...
  • CALIFORNIA: Judge says state controller has no power to block Legislature's pay

    04/24/2012 3:10:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/24/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    A Sacramento Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that the state controller has no authority to judge whether the state budget is balanced or block lawmakers' pay as he did last June. In a bitter feud during last year's budget battle, Controller John Chiang determined that the budget passed by legislative Democrats was not balanced. Using new powers he believed he had under voter-approved Proposition 25, Chiang then blocked lawmakers' pay and expense money for 12 days until they cut a budget deal with Gov. Jerry Brown. In a tentative ruling today, Judge David I. Brown said that the controller...
  • Don't trust Democrats to fix Nadia Lockyer mess

    04/24/2012 9:14:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/24/12 | Chip Johnson
    It's easy to dismiss the dramatic fall of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer as the failings of an addict. But it was much more than that. A system - our political system - created her. Our political system allows one person, like state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, to run for a statewide office, collect millions of dollars in donations and then bestow those funds like a kingmaker in lower-level races - like a county supervisor's race. Our system here in Alameda County allows one party - the Democratic Party - to declare for the rest of us who should be in...
  • Nadia Maria Davis-Lockyer Resigns as NorCal Supervisor--Then Opens Up About Scandal

    04/23/2012 4:19:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | 4/23/12 | Matt Coker
    Last month, we told you about the sex/drugs/beating/cheating/porning scandal surrounding the daughter of Santa Ana community activism royalty and wife of California Democratic politics royalty. This weekend, it was not only reported that the scandal led to Nadia Maria Davis-Lockyer's resignation as an Alameda County supervisor but an eye-opening interview where the 41-year-old claimed state Treasurer Bill Lockyer angrily told her to "go ahead and commit suicide" and her rehab lover "bashed my head into the stone floor."The seventh child of the late Wallace R. Davis, one of Santa Ana's first Latino lawyers to stand up for immigrants, Nadia Maria...
  • Durbin: Election best hope for reviving government (DICK ALERT)

    04/23/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Apr 23, 2012 | Junior Marxist Neil Steinberg
    Andersonville is a hip, young part of town, supposedly. It’s hard to tell at 8 a.m. on a Friday, because nobody is on the street. Maybe they are all indoors, still waking up from being hip and young until the wee hours the night before. They aren’t missing much today. A gray, drizzly morning. Still, it feels good to settle at a table in the front window at m. henry, a hip, young, lower-case restaurant and bakery on Clark Street. I drink my coffee and look out at the gloom. Customers start filtering in. My pal Dick Durbin, the senior...
  • Dan Walters: California Democrats searching under every fiscal rock

    04/23/2012 8:43:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/23/12 | Dan Walters
    With the state budget mired in deficits, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators, especially his fellow Democrats, are searching under every fiscal rock for money to spend. That search has spawned an odd syndrome involving what could be three big pots of money – a competition among liberals over how they should be spent if, indeed, they materialize. The pots: • What could be several billion dollars a year in "cap-and-trade" fees that industries must pay as part of the state's anti-greenhouse gas crusade. • Another billion-plus bucks that it's believed would appear were the state to change taxation of multi-state...
  • Steinberg wants to put initiative process changes on 2014 ballot

    04/19/2012 7:14:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/19/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg pledged today to put forward for the 2014 election a package of major changes to California's initiative process, including a provision to make it easier for legislators to place tax measures on the ballot. The Sacramento Democrat, speaking at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon, outlined a trio of initiative reforms he said "will both strengthen California's tradition of direct democracy and empower the people elected by their communities...to make clear choices." He said he plans to put the proposals on the 2014 ballot either through a vote of the Legislature, a task he said...
  • Dem leader Pelosi 'stunned and disgusted' by Secret Service scandal

    04/19/2012 4:09:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/19/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dem leader Pelosi 'stunned and disgusted' by Secret Service scandalBy Mike Lillis - 04/19/12 04:13 PM ET House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she's "stunned and disgusted" by the prostitution scandal dogging the Secret Service this month. The California Democrat said she has not been briefed on the incident — in which almost a dozen Secret Service agents caroused with prostitutes ahead of President Obama's recent trip to Colombia — but she urged a quick investigation into the culture of the agency and suggested those involved should be fired. "It's a stunning thing. It's actually disgusting," Pelosi said Thursday at...
  • Email from wife's account shadows Calif. treasurer { Nadia & Bill Lockyer }

    04/18/2012 4:47:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/18/12 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state treasurer Bill Lockyer is used to the public spotlight. Just not like this. After a political career spanning four decades, Lockyer is drawing attention not for his job but for his marital troubles, his wife's substance abuse and her claim that she was roughed up by an ex-boyfriend at a motel room. And with each new development, the story has taken ever stranger turns. An email last week that appeared to be sent from Nadia Lockyer, herself a promising San Francisco Bay area politician, went to a newspaper, accusing her husband, a former state...
  • Stockton not only California government in financial distress

    04/16/2012 9:48:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/16/12 | Dan Walters
    It's easy – justifiably so – to beat up on Stockton for spending itself into a fiscal hole so deep that bankruptcy may be its only course. City officials borrowed and spent heavily on a baseball park, a sports arena, a marina and other facilities in hopes of resurrecting a woebegone downtown, and simultaneously boosted their employees' salaries and fringe benefits. At the time, Stockton was seeing a surge of sales and property taxes from a housing boom and the city's politicians and administrators wagered, in effect, that it would go on forever. When the bubble burst, it was left...
  • Bribe claim rocks Stark race

    04/15/2012 7:53:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/15/12 | Josh Richman
    An East Bay congressional candidate is on the warpath after the longtime incumbent he's challenging him publicly accused him of accepting bribes, yet hasn't produced evidence. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, leveled the accusation against fellow Democrat, Dublin councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell during a candidates' forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area on Tuesday night at Hayward City Hall. Stark, 80, said Swalwell, who was elected to the Dublin council in 2010, has taken "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes" from the Lin family -- among the city's most prominent real estate...
  • The Lockyer family desperately needs help

    04/15/2012 7:46:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/15/12 | Daniel Borenstein - Staff columnist
    It's painful watching the Lockyer family drama spin out of control. The alcoholic 40-year-old Alameda County supervisor, who is also battling drug addiction, checks in and out of rehab, then continues to behave erratically like a typical substance abuser. The codependent 70-year-old elected treasurer of the nation's largest state risks his four-decade political legacy trying to preserve a marriage to a woman who cheated on him with a methamphetamine addict. Then there's their young son, who was dragged along with his mother to the Newark motel where she says her lover beat her up. These folks need help. None of...
  • Advice from politicians who know: Nadia Lockyer's future is up to her

    04/13/2012 9:20:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/13/12 | Josh Richman
    John Burton was well on his way to becoming a political icon when he resigned from Congress in 1982 to battle an alcohol and cocaine addiction, but he won't deign to say Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer should follow his example and step down. As a politician who famously climbed back into the public arena, Burton said Friday that whether an addict is a street-sweeper, a county supervisor or the president of the United States, you don't get well until you commit to getting well. Whatever comes next is "her decision," Burton said of Lockyer. "The only person who can...
  • Bizarre twist in Nadia Lockyer saga

    04/13/2012 7:43:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/13/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    More drama involving Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer - this time concerning an e-mail from her Web address that was sent to the San Jose Mercury News suggesting she was in serious distress and blaming her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, for hooking her on drugs. After receiving the e-mail Wednesday, the Mercury News called police in Hayward, where officers and paramedics were promptly dispatched to the Lockyers' home to check on her. According to law enforcement and other sources, Nadia Lockyer insisted she was fine and denied sending the e-mail. However, she did tell a Mercury News reporter who...
  • Email from Nadia Lockyer account claims Treasurer Bill Lockyer supplied her with drugs

    04/12/2012 3:09:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/12/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek and Josh Richman
    The tragic unraveling of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer took a disturbing turn this week when a message from her personal email account landed in a reporter's in-box: Her husband, California's Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the message claimed, bought and gave her drugs years before she met her drug-addicted former lover. . In an apparent call for help, the message also said she could no longer stand the torture and harassment of the ex-lover who she says beat her in a motel room two months ago. "I simply can't bear this any longer,'' the email said. "Goodbye to everyone.'' Fearing for...
  • Free Bumper Sticker from d'Rats

    04/06/2012 4:56:12 PM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 11 replies
    DNC ^ | 4/6/2102 | Brad Woodhouse
    Free bumper sticker from the d'Rats.You can cut off the front third, and it says "Republican". You can cover part of the remaining URL, and it says "rats.org"
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight

    04/05/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/4/12 | SHEILA BURKE - Associated Press
    KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders. Many people didn't realize Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner had a problem until he stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct. It would be another eight months before...
  • James Carville: Rick Santorum is headless chicken

    04/04/2012 11:19:49 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 4 Apr 2012 | MJ Lee
    James Carville chose these colorful words to describe Rick Santorum after Mitt Romney swept three Republican primaries Tuesday: “He was like a chicken with his head chopped off. The chicken is dead. The only person that don’t know it is the chicken.” The Democratic strategist, not known to mince his words, said in a late-night interview with CNN that Santorum “can flop around all he wants to [but] they’re not going to nominate him.”