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  • Lindsey Graham’s big scare: How an ex-con reality star could ruin his life

    05/14/2014 9:30:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 5/14/14 | Heather Digby Parton
    These are tough times for the Republican maverick.Where once this was a celebrated archetype among the conservative tribe (as long as it included a devotion to low taxes and global military dominance) today there is just no room for deviation from the party line in even the smallest of ways. Take, for example, the plight of Sen. Lindsey Graham — who just suffered an epic humiliation at the hands of his own party in Charleston County, South Carolina, for being a RINO turncoat: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was censured Monday night by Republicans in Charleston County who don’t believe he’s...
  • Whitman Softens on Immigration (Can't we get one Republican with integrity?)

    06/17/2010 11:50:59 AM PDT · by Signalman · 56 replies · 689+ views
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/17/2010 | unk.
    Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, is softening her stance on immigration. A month after she cut an ad during her primary promising “no drivers’ licenses, no sanctuary cities, and absolutely no amnesty, period,” she’s launched new ads to air during Mexico’s World Cup match calling herself a “different kind of candidate” who “understands our community” and “the Republican who opposes the Arizona law and was against Proposition 187.” Latinos who are interested in Whitman’s positions on immigration can learn more about them at the new section of her website not-at-all-subtly targeted at them
  • Illinois Senate: Giannoulias takes a hit (loses 16 pt advantage for Obama's seat)

    04/06/2010 2:42:39 PM PDT · by Liz · 94 replies · 1,426+ views ^ | 4/6/10 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Democrat Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias's polling numbers have taken a hard hit since he won his party's Senate nomination two months ago. Giannoulias now trails GOP Rep. Mark Kirk by 4 points, lagging 33% to 37% according to a survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. That's a 16-point reversal of fortune since the days before his state's February primary, when PPP showed Giannoulias leading Kirk, 42% to 34%. Excerpt.....more at site.
  • Chgo's Mayor Daley: Guns, Not Islam, Caused Fort Hood Massacre

    11/11/2009 10:49:15 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 21 replies · 890+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/11/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    On November 5 on CNN, Florida Governor Charlie Crist told Wolf Blitzer that he didn't back the $787 billion Obama stimulus bill. Crist has since said that it isn't a flip flop when he says he supported the stimulus "in concept" but didn't support the specific bill. In essence he's trying to have it both ways. Claiming he wasn't a supporter of the actual bill, but hedging by saying he felt something was necessary. It seems to be Crist's way of straddling the line. Unfortunately, the facts seem to belie Crist's delicately balanced tightrope act because in February of 2009...
  • Vanity: My response to call from the RNC

    06/09/2009 7:48:31 PM PDT · by John Galt's cousin · 62 replies · 1,777+ views
    Vanity (?) This evening my wife answered the phone and told me it was the Republican Committee - for me. When i picked up I stated that I was not given any money because I thougth McCain was a travesty and that the way the Committee has been treating [Governor] Palin was an abomination. The nice, polite fellow who called was obviously taken aback and responded with words to the effect of "OK, well thank you for your time". I was a bit surprised that he did not have a response to my disgust with the party. I only wish...
  • Remember John McCain? [Dick Morris w/free campaign advice for GOP]

    04/08/2008 11:49:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 37+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 7, 2008 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    He’s the guy who was running for president before all the national attention shifted to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now, Senator John McCain seems to be only an afterthought, at best, or an anachronism, at worst. He has got to get back into the game, otherwise he will never be in contention. Forget that he leads in the polls. That means nothing. His lead is only the consequence of the division among Democrats. Supporters of Hillary are quite incapable of uttering the “O” word to a pollster and Obama backers won’t admit that they’d ever back Hillary. But once...
  • These ‘GOP 12' must go.

    08/31/2007 11:46:14 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 8 replies · 335+ views
    The ^ | August 31, 2007 | The
    Updated on August 31, 2007 thanks to retirement of Sen. John Warner of VA who was one of our 'GOP 13', now 12.Sen. Larry Craig’s indiscretion is just the latest in a series of poor judgments – both of a political and/or personal nature that has inflicted the Republican Party in recent years, thereby hurting the Republican ‘brand’. Now, thanks to actions such as these, we find the GOP in the minority in both houses in Congress, with a Democratic White House coming in 2009 looking increasingly likely. Unless the Republican Party – and its leaders – realize that the...
  • Perspectives : The way to electoral suicide — vote Giuliani

    02/21/2007 12:06:36 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 113 replies · 1,396+ views
    One News Now ^ | Feb 20, 2007 | Matt Friedeman
    The Republicans, and even some socially conservative and evangelical leaders, are beginning to adjust to the possibility of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the GOP nominee for president. But not all. The Southern Baptist’s Richard Land, for instance, predicts massive defections from Rudy in the event of a Rudy Giuliani vs. Hillary Clinton race. Hugh Hewitt, evangelical talk-meister in the syndicated stream of radio shows doubts this ; "... If Rudy is persuasive on the judges he will nominate, he wouldn’t have a problem with the social conservatives in the general election." So tell us you’ll nominate...
  • Angry Conservatives Coming Home (FReeper Classic)

    10/25/2006 11:56:04 AM PDT · by freespirited · 88 replies · 2,761+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | 10/25/06 | Anonymous FReeper
    From a reader: Jonah, Over on Freerepublic, I've been one of the people who consistently has been chanting for abandoning the Republicans. The fact of the matter is a republican in congress has a lot more in common with a democrat in congress than either of them has with me and the other folks who only get to spend their own money. The contempt they hold for your average American slips out from time to time and it's always disheartening. So come election time, it seems the only tool I have to get them to listen to me is to...
  • When an AK47 Is Not an AK47

    10/17/2006 10:20:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 73 replies · 2,894+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 17 Oct 06 | John Tabin
    The self-righteous ignorance that drives so much gun control advocacy never ceases to amuse. Josh Feit's latest column for the Seattle alternative weekly the Stranger is a classic of the genre. It seems that as he stumps for fellow Republicans and paves the way for a potential presidential run, Rudy Giuliani is prudently backing off from his history of anti-gun demagoguery. Feit is hopping mad:
  • Agents raid homes of Rep. Curt Weldon’s daughter, close friend

    10/16/2006 10:17:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 145 replies · 6,376+ views
    Agents raid homes of Rep. Curt Weldon’s daughter, close friend By John Shiffman, Mitch Lipka and Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Federal agents raided the home of the daughter of U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) and his longtime friend Charlie Sexton this morning. The agents departed Karen Weldon's three-story brick home on Queen Street in Philadelphia with arms loaded with boxes. A government car pulled into the alley to the back door of the house and loaded boxes into it. Three agents standing in an alley declined to identify themselves. "I can confirm that we conducted a number of...
  • Page Disputes Warning About Rep. Foley (HMMMMM! Verrry Interesting!)

    10/02/2006 1:27:37 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 130 replies · 4,895+ views
    WASHINGTON - At least one former congressional page is disputing another former page's claims that pages were warned five years ago to beware of U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fort Pierce. Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office. Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff." But another page, who asked not to be named told The Palm...
  • Foley e-mail sex scandal hits the GOP hard

    10/02/2006 9:19:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 98 replies · 2,260+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/3/6 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Questions remain about who knew what, when -- and the case turns off the conservative base. Five weeks before a midterm election, when Republicans are already on the ropes, the last thing the GOP needed was a homosexual pedophilia scandal. Former Rep. Mark Foley's salacious correspondence with teenage boys working as congressional pages is the kind of story that not only obliterates interest in whatever bills Congress passed before leaving town but promises to hit a much rawer public nerve than the corruption scandals that have already removed three Republicans from office this year. It strikes especially hard at "values...
  • Blog: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley's Resignation

    Maf54: You in your boxers, too? Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late. Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed. Another message: Maf54: What ya wearing? Teen: tshirt and shorts Maf54: Love to slip them off of you. And this one: Maf54: Do I make you a little horny? Teen: A little. Maf54: Cool. The language gets much more graphic, too graphic to be broadcast, and at one point the congressman appears to be describing Internet sex. Federal authorities say such messages could result in Foley's prosecution, under some of the same laws he...
  • FCC Checks Off Kid Vid, Security, Public Input and Obesity

    09/29/2006 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 8 replies · 433+ views
    At the close of September, the FCC approved kid video rules for digital TV, created a homeland security bureau, established a task force on childhood obesity, and set forth the ground rules of its first official public hearing on media ownership. The kid vid rules require broadcasters to run three hours of children's programming on all of their multichannels, including 24/7 weather and news feeds. The original rules established by the FCC in November 2004 had the same requirement, eliciting objections from broadcasters, some of whom run weather radar maps on their second or third digital multicast. The 2004 rules...
  • Foley submits resignation to Congress (scandal with 16 year old boy)

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former male page, according to a congressional official. Foley, 52, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days. Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence. Foley's election opponent, Democrat Tim Mahoney, has called for an investigation.
  • Republican Disease (Republicans betray their base to be loved by the beautiful people.)

    09/28/2006 12:38:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies · 1,601+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 9/28/2006 | Philip Klein
    If a successful steakhouse stopped selling beef and substituted stale vegan sandwiches as part of a strategy to increase its customer base, the restaurant wouldn't remain in business very long. Yet for some reason, the Republican Party has adopted precisely this strategy for governing. Instead of rewarding its loyal voters with the limited government they were promised, the Republican Party has decided to increase its voter base by offering the stale ideas of big government liberalism. This tactic is difficult to understand given that in modern midterm elections, voter turnout has hovered around 40 percent, meaning that winning is about...
  • Dick Armey Slams Dr. James Dobson

    09/27/2006 11:30:48 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 280 replies · 6,542+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/29/06 | Newsmax Staff
    Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has launched an attack on Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, saying Dobson and his "band of thugs” are "nasty bullies” and accusing the Republicans of pandering to the Christian right. In an interview with Ryan Sager, author of the book "The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party,” Armey said the GOP was "adrift and rudderless” in its commitment to small government. When pressed by Sager about what he feels is wrong with today’s Republican Congress, Armey – who became majority leader when the GOP...
  • Charlie Crist Winner of Florida Governor Primary

    09/05/2006 7:23:00 PM PDT · by ShaunMcDonnell · 1,543 replies · 19,695+ views
    According to Fox 35, Charlie Crist is the winner of the Republican Primary for Governor. Time for us to get behind him. SM
  • GOP Tries Blocking Libertarian Candidates

    09/02/2006 9:01:49 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 219 replies · 2,071+ views
    LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW YORK (516) 767-4688 Contact: Richard Cooper, State Chair John Clifton; Michael Sylvia; Eric Sundwall www.; Steve Finger 917-623-0652, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GOP Tries Blocking Libertarian Candidates Albany, NY 8/31/06 Libertarian Party of New York State Chair Richard Cooper reports that general objections have been filed against both the statewide Libertarian petition and that for Eric Sundwall in the 20th Congressional District. Cooper asks “Are the Republicans and lobbyist John Faso desperate to keep the Libertarians out of the race? They know we won’t hesitate to expose Republicans...
  • Lawmaker helped brother's lobby clients (Chris Cannon)

    08/22/2006 7:16:36 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 170 replies · 1,886+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2006 | Ted Bridis
    WASHINGTON - Three times this year, a lobbyist sought help from Rep. Christopher Cannon for his clients and got it. The lobbyist was the congressman's brother, Joseph Cannon. The Utah lawmaker acknowledges helping his brother's clients, including pressing Congress last month to intervene in a business dispute over an Internet contract estimated to be worth as much as $1.3 billion. "If my wife decided to lobby, then we would probably say, 'No talking to my office.' I just don't see my brother in the same category," Cannon, R-Utah, told The Associated Press. Cannon has a financial interest in his brother's...
  • President Bush Approves Over the Counter Early Abortion Pill, Pro-Life Base Decries Move

    08/21/2006 1:50:58 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 324 replies · 4,734+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 8/21/2006 | John-Henry Westen
    President Bush Approves Over the Counter Early Abortion Pill, Pro-Life Base Decries MoveBy John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, August 21, 2006 ( - For his pro-life supporter base, President George W. Bush stepped into one of the biggest political landmines of his Presidential career today with his approval of over the counter status for the abortion-causing morning after pill Plan B. A press release by Human Life International underscored the seriousness of the move as it was titled, "President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base." Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International commented, "President Bush's implied support for the...
  • Bush pledges $230m in Lebanon aid

    08/21/2006 9:04:06 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 49 replies · 1,122+ views
    BBC News ^ | 21 Aug 2006 | BBC
    President George W Bush has announced that the US is to boost its aid package to Lebanon to $230m. The money would be used to help rebuild Lebanese homes and infrastructure, he told reporters at the White House. He also called for the quick deployment of a peacekeeping force for Lebanon. "The need is urgent," he said. The international community must designate the leadership of the force and give it a "robust mandate" as soon as possible, he said. A UN resolution calls for 15,000 troops to uphold the week-old ceasefire. Mr Bush said he hoped France would send more...
  • NYC's Republican Mayor Endorses Blagojevich

    08/18/2006 5:54:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 38 replies · 769+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 18 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    Topinka Spokesman Dismisses Endorsement (CBS) CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has won a surprising endorsement from the Republican mayor of New York City. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Chicago on Thursday to promote New York as a host of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Bloomberg called Blagojevich a fighter for the people of Illinois, especially in health care issues. “If I lived here, I would vote for him,” Bloomberg said of the Democratic governor. In response, a spokesman for GOP rival Judy Baar Topinka dismissed Bloomberg’s endorsement as from an “out of towner.”
  • Chafee Watch [switch to Independent next week?]

    06/22/2006 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Gothmog · 44 replies · 1,254+ views
    National Review's the Corner ^ | 6/22/06 | John J. Miller
    Next week is a big one for Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island: He must decide whether he's going to run for re-election as a Republican or as an independent. The deadline is 4 pm on Wednesday — almost exactly a week from right now. If Chafee doesn't believe he can win the GOP primary against challenger Steven Laffey, he may decide to forgo the whole thing and create a three-way race between himself, Laffey, and presumptive Democratic nominee Sheldon Whitehouse. This would create an interesting dilemma for Elizabeth Dole and the NRSC, which has already pumped a lot of...
  • Drug Warriors Push Eye-Eating Fungus

    06/07/2006 4:58:25 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 47 replies · 1,294+ views
    In These Times ^ | June 6, 2006
    Drug Warriors Push Eye-Eating Fungus USA -- Why are members of Congress advocating the use of a dangerous crop-killer in Columbia? On April 16, the New York Times ran a full-page ad from contact lens producer Bausch and Lomb, announcing the recall of its “ReNu with MoistureLoc” rewetting solution, and warning the 30 million American wearers of soft contact lenses about Fusarium keratitis. This infection, first detected in Asia, has rapidly spread across the United States. It is caused by a mold-like fungus that can penetrate the cornea of soft contact lens wearers, causing redness and pain that can lead...
  • The Empty Threats of Evangelicals

    05/17/2006 12:15:13 AM PDT · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 37 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | May 17, 2006 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    President Bush is an easy target these days. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing and even Bush’s loyal supporters are taking the opportunity to pile-on. Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and other evangelical leaders are criticizing the president for inaction on social issues dear to their hearts and threatening to withhold their support in the November elections. While the threat seems intimidating at first glance, the concept of staying home in November carries little long-term consequences for President Bush and Republicans but virtually certain consequences for the very issues social conservatives wish to...
  • White House threatens Buy American veto

    05/14/2006 10:15:51 AM PDT · by fallujah-nuker · 151 replies · 2,881+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/11/2006
    White House threatens Buy American veto WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- The White House Thursday threatened to veto the House versions of the 2007 defense authorization bill. The White House took the action because of a series of "buy American" provisions. The White House contends that the prohibition on purchasing foreign goods for the U.S. military will cause "irreparable damage" to U.S. efforts to build alliances and coalitions. One of the prohibitions bars procurement from any entity that has exported or transferred certain items linked to the U.S. Munitions List to the People's Republic of China. The White House argues...
  • The GOP is Now the Party of LBJ . . .and McGovern, Waxman, and Gore

    05/13/2006 12:38:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,983+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 12, 2006 | Deroy Murdock
    The party of Ronald Reagan has devolved into the party of Lyndon Johnson, George McGovern, Henry Waxman, and Al Gore.  On spending, LBJ’s Great Society seems greater than ever. Washington Republicans’ Spend-O-Rama famously included 13,997 pork-barrel projects that lodged like baby-back ribs in last year’s appropriations bills. President Bush’s $92.2 billion request for Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina funding has expanded to $109 billion after Senate manhandling. It now features such germane adornments as $6 million for Hawaiian sugar growers and $1.1 billion for private fisheries. Another $700 million would redirect train tracks that CSX Corp. invested $250 million to...
  • Former pro wrestler Nikolai Volkoff runs for office as a Republican in Baltimore County

    05/05/2006 3:13:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 72 replies · 3,790+ views
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  • Giuliani Gets A Big Boost From Bush

    05/05/2006 6:23:42 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 250 replies · 2,663+ views
    President Bush is lending Rudolph Giuliani some big-money muscle for his potential presidential bid. When Mr. Giuliani traveled through Iowa on a scouting trip Monday, reporters didn't recognize the woman at his side, Anne Dickerson, who was on her first road trip since discreetly becoming Mr. Giuliani's lead fund-raiser a few weeks ago. (The hiring of Ms. Dickerson was first reported on The New York Sun Web site yesterday.) Ms. Dickerson rose to prominence during the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, when she wrangled Texas-size cash from donors. Sources said the White House signed off on her role as Mr. Giuliani's presidential...
  • John Mccain "I'd rather have clean government than the 1st amendment"

    04/29/2006 8:04:53 PM PDT · by SDGOP · 421 replies · 7,702+ views
    "He [Michael Graham] also mentioned my abridgement of First Amendment rights, i.e. talking about campaign finance reform....I know that money corrupts....I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."
  • Senator John McCain--I made him mad at last night's Town Hall!

    04/20/2006 3:01:32 PM PDT · by Spiff · 188 replies · 4,801+ views
    EMail | 20 April 2005 | Sandy Miller - Phoenix
    I MAY HAVE ENGRAVED ON MY TOMBSTONE:"SHE MADE JOHN McCAIN MAD!" After attending Senator McCain's morning Town Hall yesterday, I was so disgusted at the way the local politicians censored citizen questions that I abandoned the idea of attending the evening session. The Tempe mayor laid down the ground rules: only questions and no "speeches" (which obviously included statements that disputed McCain's claims). It was a royal sham from the word go, just like Bush press conferences. I'm sure it was packed with McCain toadies, because they started a standing ovation when he walked in and of course most people...
  • Does Feminism Control The Bush Administration?

    04/18/2006 10:50:33 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | Apr. 19, 2006 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe has announced that the Bush Administration is investigating universities that have fewer women in science and math programs than feminists would like. We are more than five years into the Bush presidency, but it appears that Bill Clinton's feminist policies are still in force. Is President George W. Bush a feminist, or is he just a typical gentleman who is intimidated by feminists and unable to cope with their unreasonable demands, tantrums and rudeness? When it comes to public policy and personnel appointments, the result is the same. The gender police have...
  • Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty

    04/17/2006 12:14:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 104 replies · 5,255+ views ^ | 4 17 06 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO - Former Gov. George Ryan, who drew international praise when he commuted the sentences of everyone on Illinois' death row, was convicted of racketeering and fraud Monday in a corruption scandal that ended his political career in 2003. Ryan, 72, sat stone-faced as the verdict was read and afterward vowed to appeal. "I believe this decision today is not in accordance with the kind of public service that I provided to the people of Illinois over 40 years, and needless to say I am disappointed in the outcome," the former governor said. Ryan faces up to 20 years in...
  • Pataki to veto tax rebates

    ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York Gov. George Pataki has vowed to veto about $2 billion from the legislature's budget, including property tax rebates, saying lawmakers violated the constitution by modifying his programs. (Snip)
  • Dumbed Down Cops (Bush Justice Department's Political Correctness Insanity Alert)

    04/09/2006 11:48:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 38 replies · 1,741+ views ^ | 04/10/06 | Joseph Farah
    If you don't believe your federal government is actively working to destroy your way of life, to subvert common-sense standards, to further racial injustice and double-standards, to deny individual rights in favor of group rights, just read on and see what is happening right now in Virginia. The city of Virginia Beach this week reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department – that's the federal agency headed by President Bush's pick of Alberto Gonzales – to lower the standards of math exams for local police recruits. Why, you ask, would Washington be interfering in the setting of standards for...
  • Mandatory health care worries some

    04/09/2006 5:44:45 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies · 821+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 9, 2006 | Adam Gorlick (A.P.)
    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Linda Thompson barely gets by on her $200-a-week job. The 47-year-old elder care worker is able to cover the rent and fuel costs for her Pelham apartment, gas up the van that gets her to clients in Boston and buy some groceries. By the end of the month, there's nothing left for nice things like new clothes or dinner with friends. Or health insurance. So with the prospect of being forced to pay for a policy under the state's sweeping health care reform bill or face a fine, Thompson is worried that her tightly stretched budget is...
  • Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush

    04/09/2006 2:34:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 502+ views ^ | 4 7 06 | Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush -By Bruce Bartlett
    On Feb. 21, Doubleday will publish the book that cost me my job: "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy." The germination began when I heard about the extraordinary efforts made by the White House to ram the Medicare drug benefit through the House of Representatives during the night. Until that point, I had given President Bush the benefit of the doubt—even on things with which I was uncomfortable. For example, I had reluctantly concluded the Iraq War was justified on the basis of what I knew at the time it began. I don't normally...
  • Romney to Sign Mandatory Health Bill

    04/05/2006 7:05:04 AM PDT · by CSM · 411 replies · 5,722+ views ^ | April 4, 2006 | NewsMax Staff
    Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:54 p.m. EDT Romney to Sign Mandatory Health Bill BOSTON -- Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first state to require that all its citizens have some form of health insurance. The plan — approved just 24 hours after the final details were released — would use a combination of financial incentives and penalties to dramatically expand access to health care over the next three years and extend coverage to the state's estimated 500,000 uninsured. If all goes as planned, poor people will be offered free or heavily subsidized coverage; those...
  • Immigrant Issues Are Personal for Bush

    04/02/2006 7:55:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 143 replies · 2,556+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 2, 2006 | Peter Wallsten
    MIDLAND, Texas — Cecilia Ochoa Levine was a Mexican trying to make it in America. But when she hit upon a promising business opportunity, to make knapsacks south of the border to sell in the United States, she could not get the trade permits she needed. And so Levine asked for help from a longtime friend in Texas, where she had been a legal resident for many years. The friend was George W. Bush. Within a week, Levine was on a plane to Washington for a meeting with trade officials. And soon after, she had the papers to expand her...
  • Bloomberg Has Nothing but Harsh Words for a Gun Bill Before Congress

    03/29/2006 7:35:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 3,122+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN
    WASHINGTON, March 28 —Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg bluntly told a Congressional panel on Tuesday that a "god-awful piece of legislation" before the House of Representatives would cripple the city's ability to combat gun trafficking and "result in the shooting deaths of innocent people." The mayor's testimony, before members of the House Judiciary Committee, was unusual not only for its vivid language, but also because Mr. Bloomberg, a Republican, was testifying at the request of the Democratic minority on the panel. The mayor has made taking on the gun industry a central theme of his second term, and has repeatedly used...
  • GOP Irritation At Bush Was Long Brewing

    03/16/2006 11:56:08 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 600 replies · 5,481+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 17, 2006 | Jim VandeHei
    President Bush's troubles with congressional Republicans, which erupted during the backlash to the Dubai seaport deal, are rooted in policy frustrations and personal resentments that GOP lawmakers say stretch back to the opening days of the administration. For years, the Bush White House and its allies on Capitol Hill seemed like one of the most unified teams Washington had ever seen, passing most of Bush's agenda with little dissent. Privately, however, many lawmakers felt underappreciated, ignored and sometimes bullied by what they regarded as a White House intent on running government with little input from them. Often it was to...
  • Congress Could Vote Tomorrow On Internet Exemption

    03/16/2006 8:32:01 PM PST · by gnarledmaw · 96 replies · 1,614+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Wed, 15 Mar 2006 15:35:31 | GOA
    U.S. House Will Vote Soon on Whether to Ditch John McCain's Internet Regulations Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 Wednesday, March 15, 2006 The U.S. House of Representatives will vote, as early as Thursday, on legislation introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. This bill (H.R. 1606) will exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws. Unless the Hensarling-Paul bill is successful, many major blogs and web sites could be shut down for 60 days before any general election -- and for 30...
  • FEC Delays Ruling on 'PoliBlog' Speech (CFR alert)

    03/16/2006 9:47:39 AM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 32 replies · 685+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 16, 2006 | Newsmax
    The Federal Election Commission has postponed a long-anticipated decision on whether to apply the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law to political speech on the Internet. It appeared that FEC Commissioner Michael Toner wanted to give Congress a chance to pass the Online Freedom of Speech Act proposed by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling. But late Wednesday afternoon, the House Rules Committee passed on the opportunity by failing to report Hensarling’s bill out of committee for debate on the House floor. Key House aides told NewsMax that the House would likely resume discussion after March 27. If so, legislators might have to...
  • Schwarzenegger to parole killer who became priest in prison

    03/10/2006 12:32:08 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 49 replies · 723+ views
    AP - San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 10, 2006 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to parole a convicted murderer who became an Episcopal priest while behind bars, according to a spokeswoman. The state parole board voted last October to release James Tramel, 38, who was convicted in 1986 of killing a homeless man in Santa Barbara. Schwarzenegger, who rejected parole for Tramel a year ago, declined this time around to review his case, said Julie Soderlund, an aide to the governor. If the case is not reviewed by the governor, the parole board's decision stands. Tramel is scheduled to be released Sunday, said the Rev. Richard Helmer,...
  • GOP corks convention infighting - Delegates reject written rebuke of governor's costly proposals

    02/27/2006 8:22:27 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 400+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/27/6 | John Wildermuth
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's supporters on Sunday beat back an attempt at the state Republican Party convention to torpedo the governor's policy agenda. Delegates in San Jose rejected a move to put California Republicans on record as being against Schwarzenegger's plans to increase the minimum wage, manage the state budget and sell $68 billion in bonds to upgrade the state's roads, reservoirs, levees and schools. The complaints make for bad government and even worse politics, the governor's backers warned. "If we're divided, the opposition wins,'' said Michael McSweeney, a delegate from San Diego, who opposed the anti-Schwarzenegger effort. "This isn't about...
  • Bush hopes for 'moderate' Hamas [Sinners In Hell Hoping For Ice Shipment Alert]

    02/24/2006 9:14:38 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 80 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Australian ^ | Feb. 25, 2006 | Not Cited
    US President George W. Bush suggested overnight that being in government might have "a moderating influence" on the radical group Hamas in the wake of its victory in Palestinian legislative elections. "As democracy takes root, the responsibilities of governing will have a moderating influence on those who assume power in free elections. It's easier to be a martyr than a mayor or a cabinet minister," he said. President Bush's remarks came in a wide-ranging speech in which he defended his push for spreading democracy in the Middle East from critics who say the victory by Hamas harms US national security...
  • Fla. Bill Would Give Dogs a Place at Table

    02/24/2006 2:12:05 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 76 replies · 1,118+ views ^ | 2 24 06 | DAVID ROYSE
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Some Florida cities would like to throw a dog a bone _ or maybe a burger and some fries. Dogs would be able to sit with humans at outdoor restaurant tables in some communities under a measure advancing in the Florida Legislature. The bill, approved by a House committee Wednesday, would create a three-year test program to allow cities to grant restaurants that want to host dogs special permission to do so under certain conditions. Rep. Sheri McInvale, an Orlando Republican, filed the bill after some restaurant owners complained because they were threatened with fines for allowing...
  • On March 6th, American males must submit US Gov paperwork to be introduced to foreign women

    02/14/2006 6:12:25 AM PST · by GermanBusiness · 406 replies · 4,482+ views
    The Violence Against Women Act signed by President Bush on Jan. 5 contains an almost unnoticed attachment. Subtitle D, also known as the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBA), will become law when VAWA is enacted. The IMBA is an ostensibly noble measure with a surprising and ominous twist. The scant attention directed toward the IMBA has been positive. A headline in Washington State's The Daily Herald announced, "Mail-order brides gain protection" with the subtitle "The mother of a murdered immigrant hopes that pending federal legislation will keep foreign brides from abuse, neglect and slavery." The "murdered immigrant"...