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  • Party of the rich: In Congress, it's the Democrats [6 richest Congressional districts all voted Dem]

    03/31/2014 3:49:45 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It's a label that has stuck for decades, and you're hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. Of the 10 richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, sprinkled along the East and West coasts. Most are in overwhelmingly Democratic states like New York and California.
  • Four words in the ACA could spell its doom

    01/30/2014 5:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1-29-14 | George F. Will
    Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA). Scott Pruitt and some kindred spirits might accelerate the ACA’s collapse by blocking another of the Obama administration’s lawless uses of the Internal Revenue Service. Pruitt was elected Oklahoma’s attorney general by promising to defend states’ prerogatives against federal encroachment, and today he and some properly litigious people elsewhere are defending a...
  • We Must Finish The Job

    12/28/2013 1:27:11 PM PST · by elteemike · 36 replies
    28 Dec 2013 | elteemike
    Time to REPEAL the 2013 Colorado Anti-Gun Laws... The Republicans will present bills to repeal HB 1224 Magazine Ban, HB 1228 Gun Tax, and HB 1229 Criminalizing Private Transfer of A Firearm the first week of the 2014 session, opening Jan 8, 2014... We worked hard to recall Sen. Morse and Sen. Giron, and Sen. Hudak left office to avoid being recalled...Now we must get these laws repealed... Show up at the Colorado State Capitol Jan 6, 7, and 8 (opening 2014 session, Wed.) and the rest of the week and coming weeks if necessary for The Freedom Rally outside...
  • Syria: Call Your Representatives - Phones are being answered on 2nd ring - Vanity

    09/06/2013 7:17:14 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 34 replies
    Self - Vanity | September 6, 2013 | Self
    Just called my two senators (Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker) and Representative (Steve Cohen). All phones were answered on the second ring. Please call your representatives voicing your concerns over Syrian conflict. Make sure you let them know that you know about the gas pipeline that Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to run through Syria and Assad won't let them. They want Obama to pimp our troops to do their fighting against Assad for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. All three who answered said the senators and representative were concerned about the use of chemical weapons and conflict spreading...
  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/15/2013 6:11:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 234 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2013 | Duane Patterson
    That’s the revelation made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee on Hugh Hewitt’s Show Wednesday night. Here’s the key part of that transcript: HH: The idea that this might be a Geithner-Axelrod plan, and by that, the sort of intimation, Henry II style, will no one rid me of this turbulent priest, will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Parties, that might have just been a hint, a shift of an eyebrow, a change in the tone of voice. That’s going to take a long time to get to. I...
  • One click: Send a letter supporting 2nd Amendment rights to ALL your elected reps

    02/24/2013 5:28:42 PM PST · by forty_years · 11 replies
    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. ^ | February 24, 2013 | Ruger
    Ruger has a site where you press a button and they will send a letter supporting 2nd Amendment rights to the President, Vice-President, your Senators, Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State-Level Elected Officials and State Attorney General. Please do it now. It's easy. ACT NOW!
  • Personal Contact

    02/29/2012 5:52:09 PM PST · by TexasSecede79366 · 17 replies
    In these days of facebook and twitter the one thing that drives a politician absolutely nuts is to actually talk to a human. Try it. You'll get hammered from hell by retarded interns but stand your ground. After all,that's what unlimited long distance is for.
  • Texas House of Representatives Seeking to Ban Current TSA Pat-Down (Big SIS POed)

    05/15/2011 11:18:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    TSA Blog ^ | 5-14-2011 | none stated
    What's our take on the Texas House of Representatives voting to ban the current TSA pat-down? Well, the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2) prevents states from regulating the federal government. We wish we lived in a world where you could just walk on a plane with no security screening, but that just isn't the case unfortunately. Aviation security agencies worldwide have been using pat-downs long before TSA was created to prevent dangerous items from getting onto airplanes. The pat-down is a highly effective tool to resolve certain alarms and keep these dangerous items off of...
  • Obama may have to produce birth certificate if he wants to run for President in 2012

    01/26/2011 1:00:14 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 82 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6:26 PM on 26th January 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama may have to produce his birth certificate if he wants to run for the White House in 2012, it emerged today. Arizona Republican Judy Burges has introduced a bill which requires candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office. The proposal needs only 16 votes in the Senate to pass into law and just 31 votes to clear the House of Representatives.
  • Sessions never sworn-in; could affect health repeal bill timing

    01/06/2011 3:49:28 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 6, 2011 | Shawna Thomas and Domenico Montanaro
    Three would-be members of Congress were never sworn in yesterday, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, which could have an impact on when the health care repeal bill is brought to the floor. The Texas Republican is a member of the Rules Committee, which has been engrossed all day in debating how to bring the health-care repeal bill to the floor. Debate on the bill is supposed to begin tomorrow, and it is supposed to be voted on Wednesday. But the news that Sessions -- who participated in debate and votes today in committee -- wasn't sworn in...
  • Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them

    11/17/2010 1:11:27 PM PST · by kingattax · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/10 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Migration from high-tax states to states with lower taxes and less government spending will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses, according to a study by Americans for Tax Reform Eight states are projected to gain at least one congressional seat under reapportionment following the 2010 Census: Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat each). Their average top state personal income tax rate: 2.8 percent. By contrast, New York and Ohio are likely to lose two seats each, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be...
  • Entering Final Week, The GOP Has A Death Grip On The House (90% Probability)

    10/24/2010 4:55:30 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 10-24-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Entering Final Week, The GOP Has A Death Grip On The House Joe Weisenthal Oct. 24, 2010, 6:52 PM According to InTrade, odds of the GOP taking over the house are now a staggering 90%. However, it's not all roses for the Republicans: The Democrats are still over 50% to hold the Senate. Christine O'Donnell's odds are down to 6%. In California, Barbara Boxer is at 75% to hold off Carly Fiorina. One huge scalp though: Harry Reid is just over 40% to hold his Senate seat[snip]
  • Hollywood Fundraiser For Rahm Emanuel

    10/22/2010 3:04:46 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Deadline.com ^ | October 22, 2010 | Nikki Finke
    ...five well-known Hollywood Democrats -- David Geffen, Bob Iger, Peter Chernin, Haim Saban, and Ari Emanuel -- are hosting a November 4 fundraiser for Ari's brother Rahm Emanuel in his bid to become Chicago's next mayor. Rahm, a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Illinois' 5th Congressional District (2003-2009), resigned as President Obama's White House Chief Of Staff on October 1 to throw his hat into the mayoral race following the retirement of Richard M. Daley whose last name more or less owned that political office the way most families would takeover the dining table. The Hollywood fundraiser will be held...
  • Who are the 81 Socialists in Congress?

    07/31/2010 12:30:44 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 17 replies · 3+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | July 31, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    ***Chilling summary and history of Socialists aka 'Progressives.' This is a good one to save on your computer for future reference. The facts are irrefutable, and so this is a valuable resource. (Hat tip - Charlotte) http://www.c4strategies.com/whoarethesocialists.pdf
  • FBI investigating "final call to Islam" emails sent to Kansas legislators by Dallas-area Muslim

    03/26/2010 3:50:37 AM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 926+ views
    The Jawa Report - blog ^ | March 26, 2010 12:24 AM | Posted By Barbarossa
    SNIPPET: "Kamal explicitly states that this was his "final call": This is perhaps my last email to Senators, House of Representatives/Delegates/Assembly and Staff Members of United States of America unless compelled by any people. A former FBI counter-terrorism agent who was asked to analyze Kamal's emails stated: This is a significant danger because of the requirement in Islam to invite ("Dawah" in Islam) non-Muslims to Islam prior to an attack ("Jihad" in Islam). It is my professional opinion that this direct Dawah to the entire Kansas legislature and the emphasis that Monday's email is Javid Kamal's "final" email inviting them...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMPUTABILITY, 01-18-10

    01/18/2010 9:59:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 222+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-18-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IMPUTABILITY The moral responsibility for one's human actions. A person is accountable to God only for his or her deliberate actions. They are acts performed with knowledge of what one is doing and with the consent of the will. In order to gauge the accountability of a particular action, one must consider the degree of deliberateness involved. If a person's knowledge of the nature of the act or his or her consent is diminished, the imputability will be lessened. Catholic moral theology recognizes six chief hindrances to full imputability: ignorance, fear, passion, habits, violence, and mental...
  • The Constitutional Structure of a Limited Government

    11/27/2009 1:57:59 PM PST · by loveliberty2 · 132 replies · 2,028+ views
    "Our Ageless Constitution" ^ | 1987 & 2008 | Stedman/Lewis
    The Constitutional Structure For Limited And Balanced Government The Constitution was devised with an ingenious and intricate built-in system of checks and balances to guard the people's liberty against combinations of government power. It structured the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary separate and wholly independent as to function, but coor­dinated for proper operation, with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power. Only by balancing each against the other two could freedom be preserved, said John Adams. Another writer of the day summarized clearly the reasons for such checks and balances: "If the LEGISLATIVE and JUDICIAL powers are united, the MAKER of the...
  • Health Care Bill Includes Monthly Abortion Premium: House Minority Leader Boehner

    11/06/2009 8:04:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 483+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | November 6, 2009 | James Tillman
      Health Care Bill Includes Monthly Abortion Premium: House Minority Leader Boehner   By James TillmanNovember 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to House Republican Leader John Boehner, the government-run health care bill being considered in Congress would include "a monthly abortion premium ... [to] be charged of all enrollees in the government-run plan."On his blog Boehner states that this premium "will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account - and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services."He continues: "Section 213 [of the bill] describes the process in which the Health Benefits Commissioner is to assess...
  • We Need a Bigger House

    10/07/2009 3:21:55 PM PDT · by bsaunders · 19 replies · 679+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Oct. 7, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    Watching the House of Representatives on late-night C-SPAN, you might have any number of reactions, including seppuku-inducing boredom. Depending on who's talking, you might also feel disgust, rage, contempt or, in rare cases, inspiration. But one reaction you probably won't have is: "Gosh, if only there were more of these jokers." That's too bad. Because what our political system may be lacking more than anything else is enough members of Congress. No, really. Seriously, stop laughing. Except for a brief effort to accommodate Alaska and Hawaii, the size of the House has been frozen at 435 members since 1911.
  • Our reps hear and understand us but they know best (response letter from US Representative)

    10/04/2009 12:38:14 PM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 15 replies · 1,113+ views
    Personal Letter by mail ^ | September 30 2009 | Alan B Mollohan
    "Thank you for letting me know of your concerns about health care legislation moving through Congress. I understand - and share - your support for our existing employer based system for workers and Medicare for retirees. Unfortunately, (I AGREE WITH YOU BUT I KNOW BEST FOR YOU) that system is coming under such large and growing strains that its long standing success at giving Americans access to the best health care in the world will be seriously threatened in the coming years. Already, far too many of us fall through the cracks. In my Congressional district alone, 117,000 West Virginians...
  • Rep. Bobby Bright(AL) says you are an extremist that doesn't matter!

    09/02/2009 4:11:45 PM PDT · by EmilyGeiger · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Birmingham Community Examiner ^ | 09/02/2009 | Luann Dawkins
    Representative Bobby Bright says you are an extremist that doesn't matter.
  • The town hall revolts won't work

    08/08/2009 7:28:36 AM PDT · by nitzy · 97 replies · 2,500+ views
    me | 08/08/09 | me
    Something occurred to me after watching all of the footage of the various town hall meetings and the citizen's vocal reaction to what their elected representatives are doing. These 50 or 100 people are really an insignificant percentage of the congress person's constituents. Unions members, television advertising, slick marketing, ACORN and Obama-bots will more than make up for even a relatively large group of pissed off citizens. Today, each representative has 700,000 constituents. That is not the way it has always been. The framers of the constitution intended that number to be between 50,000 and 60,000. The number of congressional...
  • GOP Choice: Expediency or Principle

    07/08/2009 4:56:47 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Politico ^ | 1.29.09 | Rep. Jason Chaffetz
    Republicans have a choice. Are we going to be the party of political expediency or are we going to be the party driven by principle? Many have argued that if Republicans pacify the Democrats and their liberal ways, Independents will naturally flow to the Republican side of the aisle. This was in part the John McCain strategy. It failed because it demonstrated that the party was rudderless on principle and had nothing unique to offer voters. Sen. McCain’s effort to join Barack Obama in supporting the $700 billion bailout further demonstrated to America and the Republican base that there was...
  • Politicians Vs Representatives

    06/22/2009 8:05:18 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 338+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 06/22/2009 | John Hanson
    Politicians vis-a-vis Representatives Politicians only ask two questions when asked to take action. Politicians ask how will this action help me get elected or stay in office? or How will this hurt my getting elected or staying in office?
  • A Magic Bullet Will Be Needed to Kill the 17th Amendment.

    05/01/2009 9:16:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1,090+ views
    Paul MySpace Blog ^ | October 14, 2007 | Paul Hanson
    The U.S Constitution "originally" laid out the separation of powers between the federal government and the State governments in the first paragraph of article 1 section 3. How this paragraph accomplished that goal will become clear later in this article. This paragraph states: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the LEGISLATURE thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote." Then in Article I, section 4 we also find this: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each...
  • Vanity: The next step after the Tea Parties

    04/16/2009 7:56:52 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 26 replies · 972+ views
    myself/national conference of state legislatures | April 16, 2009 | myself/
    Dear FRiends, I have been thinking of a way to keep momentum up, right away (and get some real political hay behind the movement): I do not live in any of these 19 or so states, but some of you do (and it could be worthwhile and channel the tea party energy into them): ESPECIALLY IN STATES LIKE California or New Jersey, which some of you live in.. Here goes: WHY NOT "recall" some of your more problem legislators, creation of petition drives to recally your villiage idiots would go a long way toward remedying our problems as a nation:...
  • House passes healthcare bill that includes illegal aliens. Ask the Senate to amend the bill.

    01/19/2009 2:07:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 22 replies · 1,735+ views
    The House of Representatives has passed an expanded version of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and made it easier for illegal aliens to access the program's benefits. HR 2, the new version of SCHIP, weakens verification requirements. Those who enroll will be required to show only an easily forged Social Security card -- not secure documents proving U.S. citizenship. The legislation also extends benefits to non-citizen children of legal immigrants. The SCHIP bill is designed to provide health coverage to low-income children, a laudable
  • Freshman Congressman Sleeps on Cot ( Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz)

    01/13/2009 1:47:14 PM PST · by FRGOPPER · 18 replies · 1,437+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 6, 2008 | Jonathan Karl
    It's a recession version of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Rep. Jason Chaffetz, representing Utah's 3rd congressional district, promises to vote like a fiscal conservative and to live like one. Freshman Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is living more like a college freshman than a member of Congress. He plans to sleep in his Capitol Hill office on this small cot to save money on rent. (ABC News)Instead of renting a Washington, D.C., apartment, the Utah Republican plans to live in his Capitol Hill office to save money, while his family stays in their home in Alpine, Utah. "You work hard...
  • GOP Senator Warns of 'Riots' if Automakers Are Bailed Out

    12/11/2008 10:54:13 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,424+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | 12/11/08 | Jeff Poor
    Time and again we’ve heard about the lost jobs and economic impact of failing to bail out the beleaguered American auto manufacturers. But little mention has been made of the consequences of going through with the bailout, and how such an action would be viewed by other Americans. In an interview following a Dec. 10 press conference where he and four other senators aired their opposition to the proposed bailout deal struck by congressional leaders and the White House (and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives 237-170 that evening), Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., warned that the perception that some...
  • Senator Warns of 'Riots' if Automakers Are Bailed Out

    12/11/2008 1:15:10 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 41 replies · 2,001+ views
    Business&Media ^ | 12/11/08 | Jeff Poor
    Sen. Jim DeMint says unfair union influence and the bailout culture will anger many Americans. By Jeff Poor Business & Media Institute 12/11/2008 1:28:37 PM Time and again we’ve heard about the lost jobs and economic impact of failing to bail out the beleaguered American auto manufacturers. But little mention has been made of the consequences of going through with the bailout, and how such an action would be viewed by other Americans. In an interview following a Dec. 10 press conference where he and four other senators aired their opposition to the proposed bailout deal struck by congressional leaders...
  • Walter Williams’ article: "Political Monopoly Power"

    10/14/2008 8:00:25 PM PDT · by J. E. Quidam · 6 replies · 572+ views
    Capitalism Magazine | Walter Williams
    Conservative commentator Walter Williams has written about the need for more representatives in the U.S. House. He observes that "restricting the number of representatives confers significant monopoly power that goes a long way toward explaining the stranglehold the two parties have and the high incumbent success rates. It might also explain the power of vested interest groups to influence congressional decisions."
  • Mayor Lou Barletta joins Freepers HonestConservative and eeevil conservative LIVE on Freedom Radio

    05/24/2008 10:23:07 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 18 replies · 124+ views
    Blog Talk Radio ^ | May 25, 2008 | HonestConservative
    Join Honest and eeevil as we speak tonight at 8 pm est, with the Honorable Lou Barletta of Hazelton, Pa., now running for U.S. House of Representatives. See http://loubarletta.com . Listen as Mayor Barletta fills us in on his perspective on the latest attempts to shove Amnesty on the unwilling citizens of the U.S. Hear the Mayor's live response to the incredible admissions his opponent made relative to Demrat plans and the War. Go to http://honestconservative-cookiedough.blogspot.com and you will see a list of links related to tonights show. Our borders are still open folks! WE will also be talking to...
  • A "People's House" or an oligarchy?

    05/09/2008 10:45:22 AM PDT · by J. E. Quidam · 20 replies · 249+ views
    Many people do not realize that our total number of Representatives in the U.S. House has been limited to 435 ever since 1913...
  • What Would You Drive, if the Taxpayers Paid?

    04/30/2008 11:06:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies · 268+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2008 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    Representative Anthony D. Weiner, Democrat of Brooklyn and Queens, drives a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, leased for $219 a month. Representative Michael R. McNulty, a Democrat from the Albany area, gets around in a 2007 Mercury Mariner hybrid, a sport utility vehicle, for $816 a month. “It gets a little better than 25 miles a gallon,” Mr. McNulty said. Charles B. Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is not so caught up in the question of gas mileage. He leases a 2004 Cadillac DeVille for $777.54 a month. The car is 17 feet long with a 300-horsepower...
  • House Roll Call: Global AIDS Bill

    04/02/2008 2:16:24 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 99+ views
    ap.google.com ^ | 04/02/08 | AP
    The 308-116 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a global AIDS bill authorizing $50 billion in spending over five years. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill. Voting yes were 230 Democrats and 78 Republicans. Voting no were 0 Democrats and 116 Republicans. X denotes those not voting. There are 4 vacancies in the 435-member House. ALABAMA Democrats — Cramer, Y; Davis, Y. Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Bachus, Y; Bonner, Y; Everett, N; Rogers, Y. ALASKA Republicans — Young, Y. ARIZONA Democrats — Giffords, Y; Grijalva, Y; Mitchell, Y; Pastor, Y. Republicans — Flake, N;...
  • Facts Please, Just the Facts

    03/27/2008 9:17:13 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 3 replies · 230+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | March 27, 2008 | Clint Bolick
    Facts Please, Just the Facts : Politicians should use taxpayer funds to inform, not self-promote by Clint Bolick, In a state with subsidized elections and draconian limits on campaign contributions, every advantage counts. One in particular is a whopper: self-promotion by elected officials at taxpayer expense. The abuse is ubiquitous and transcends party lines. Publications and public-service announcements that happen to prominently bear the name and likeness of an elected official are all too frequent. The officials defend the need for the publications, which misses the point. However legitimate a particular publication, the photo and name are wholly gratuitous, providing...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 12-08-07

    12/08/2007 8:57:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 138+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 12-08-07 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseDecember 7, 2007 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio  En Español       Fact Sheet: Helping American Families Keep Their Homes      In Focus: Homeownership THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today I want to talk to you about some important policies affecting taxpayers and homeowners this holiday season. On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a bill to fix the alternative minimum tax, or AMT. The AMT was designed to ensure that the wealthy paid their fair share of taxes. But when Congress passed the AMT decades ago, it was not indexed for inflation. As a result, the AMT's higher tax...
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/18/2007 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 241+ views
    National Humanities Institute ^ | April 8, 2000 | C. H. Hoebeke
    From The Center for Constitutional Studies Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth AmendmentC. H. Hoebeke*[From HUMANITAS, Volume IX, No. 2, 1996 © National Humanities Institute, Washington, DC USA] It was with no small sense of vindication that Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation of 31 May 1913, declaring the Seventeenth Amendment duly ratified and incorporated into the fundamental laws of the United States. More than twenty years earlier as a Nebraska congressman, "The Great Commoner" had joined the struggle to free the Senate from the control of corrupt state legislatures, and despite three failed campaigns for...
  • New Non-Partisan Political Party: Liberty Hill (TX) man wants to shake up politics

    10/18/2007 10:32:33 AM PDT · by Zechariah_8_13 · 31 replies · 490+ views
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | October 18, 2007 | JJ Wells
    A Liberty Hill man wants to evict all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and revolutionize the way elections are held. To accomplish this improbable goal, Tim Cox has devised the Get Out of Our House party, which is built around using the Internet. He said he developed the party because he's sick of corrupt politicians that perpetuate a broken system. Mr.Cox has created a political party, Get Out of Our House, in an effort to revolutionize how people are elected to the U.S. House. He says sales of his new book will help fund the party. In...
  • Over 100 US House Members Co-Sponsor Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

    08/11/2007 7:56:50 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 9 replies · 576+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 7, 2007
    Over 100 US House Members Co-Sponsor Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act WASHINGTON, August 7, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Friday, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)- Co-Chairman of the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus - introduced legislation to expand and strengthen informed consent requirements abortion providers must follow by requiring information on pain and the unborn child be made available to women seeking abortions. "Expert testimony and scientific studies have shown that unborn children have the ability to feel pain from 20 weeks of gestation. You can be assured that abortion providers are aware of this information which, I might add, is well documented and...
  • House to Vote on Bill Revoking Prenatal Care for Unborn, Backing Abortion

    08/01/2007 4:23:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/1/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill today that would significantly impact the abortion debate in the nation. The measure would undermine a current policy allowing states to provide medical coverage for pregnant women and their unborn children and could open the door for tax-funded abortions. In 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation to allow states to cover mothers and their unborn babies under the SCHIP program for poor residents. Pro-life groups applauded the decision by the Bush administration because it recognized both mother and unborn child...
  • TIME TO JAM THE PHONES

    05/18/2007 8:10:29 AM PDT · by 7thson · 83 replies · 2,183+ views
    Below is an email I just sent out to friends and family. I believe it will not do any good but I think we have to try. If you don't agree with me, please - no comments. Just ignore.
  • Presidential Beauty Contest is NOT Where It's At

    04/19/2007 10:03:41 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 18 replies · 509+ views
    Vanity ^ | 4-20-07 | Dick Bachert
    We ALL need to rid ourselves of this fixation on the quadrenniel beauty contest for president and pay more attention to the caliber of folks we send to the House. We SEEM to be lusting for some kind of modern monarchy or a knight on a white horse to “save” us from the boogie-man du-jour. AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN, FOLKS! Here’s a TRUE story to illustrate the point. Years ago, Congressman and medical doctor Larry McDonald was working late in his Capitol Hill office when an old friend from medical school knocked on his door. Larry rose and greeted his guest...
  • Find Your Representative

    02/12/2007 7:43:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 558+ views
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | 2/12/07 | U.S. House of Representatives
    United States House of Representatives, 110th Congress, 1st SessionFind Your Representative by ZIP;Write Your Representative;Representatives by Name;.Representatives by State
  • A Message from Overseas (VANITY)

    11/08/2006 3:23:13 AM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 311+ views
    Myself | November 8, 2006 | Mad Ivan
    Let's be brutally honest, today's results are absolutely dreadful. A lot of the worst people in American politics have just been granted power: Nancy Pelosi and her ilk, Harry Reid and of course, Hillary Clinton. It is difficult to see how any progress can be made in the next 2 years. The race for 2008 begins today; Hillary, Obama et al will all be jockeying for position. It is likely they will do so by defining themselves in contra to President Bush. The President himself is probably feeling quite lonely this morning; I can picture him sitting in the Oval...
  • Oregon Results: Kulongoski/Saxton, House Candidates, Parent Notification/Abortion {LIVE THREAD]

    11/07/2006 4:16:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 78 replies · 1,810+ views
    Oregon Secretary of State-Elections ^ | 11-07-06 | Elections-Oregon voters
      Unofficial election results for the 2006 General Election will be available beginning at approximately 8:05 pm (PST) on November 7, 2006. Results will updated on this site approximately every five minutes. Unofficial Election Results -- State of Oregon pdf Voters' Guide and list of measures and candidates
  • Stanford says doctors can't receive drug firm gifts

    09/13/2006 5:13:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 695+ views
    Contra Costa Times | AP ^ | 9/13/06 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO - Stanford University will bar physicians working at its two hospitals from accepting even the tiniest gifts from drug industry sales representatives to try to eliminate corporate influence from medical decisions, the school announced Tuesday. The policy takes effect Oct. 1 and also bans accepting gifts from other companies such as medical device makers that do business with the hospitals. The policy also prohibits the doctors from accepting free drug samples and publishing articles in science journals that were ghost written by corporate authors. The industry's sales force also would be prohibited from areas where patients are seen...
  • Israel becomes fodder in US congressional war

    08/16/2006 5:29:25 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 454+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 17AUG06 | DAVID J. SILVERMAN/JTA
    When is asking "is it good for Israel" not so good for Israel? Democrats and Republicans, politicking hard ahead of midterm elections that could end Republican control of the US Congress, are battling over which party was more supportive of Israel in its war with Hizbullah in Lebanon. "Republicans only offer support to Israel when they think that they'll get something for it," Democrats howled after the Republican-led Congress feted Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister who stood with Hizbullah in the recent conflict. A ranking Democrat "is publicly supporting a terrorist organization," Republicans barked back after Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)...
  • Murtha will run for House leadership if Dems win this fall

    06/09/2006 2:02:37 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies · 1,448+ views
    Murtha will run for House leadership if Dems win this fall WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, announced Friday that he would run for majority leader if the Democrats take over the House in the fall elections. "If we prevail as I hope and know we will, and return to the majority this next Congress, I have decided to run for the open seat of the majority leader," Murtha said in a letter to his Democratic colleagues. "I would appreciate your consideration and vote and look forward to speaking to you personally...