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  • Ethnic Cleansing At Air America Radio

    04/15/2005 10:09:05 AM PDT · by natelivingston · 111 replies · 3,514+ views
    The Cincinnati Black Blog ^ | April 13, 2005 | Nate Livingston
    I guess this should be filed in the "Washington Politics" thread ... I'm an African American registered Democrat. I don't mind giving conservative Republicans hell when they deserve it. But unlike many conservative, I don't mind speaking out against my Party when I think they are wrong and encouraging them to do the right thing. Anyway, white liberals are having fits about the article posted below, which was written by me and published on my blog, in Black newspapers across the country, and at the liberal Daily Kos blog. I'm posting the article here because I'd like to have some...
  • U.S., Canada, Mexico making progress on trade problems

    10/20/2009 4:40:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 426+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Oct. 19, 2009 | BARRY SHLACHTER
    DALLAS — Canada’s trade minister said Monday that some progress is being made on a nagging trade issue with the United States, while U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said a tangled dispute with Mexico over cross-border trucking and California Christmas trees might resolve itself next year. Welcoming Cabinet-level Mexican and Canadian trade officials to the city where he served as mayor, Kirk said language that removed funding for the Mexican truck program has been restored in next year’s budget bill. "We won’t be handcuffed by prohibitory language," he said. When the border was closed to 500 U.S.-certified trucks in a...
  • Senator Pryor Helps Shape Rules for Chinese Poultry Imports

    09/25/2009 3:06:23 PM PDT · by Dysart · 17 replies · 893+ views
    Continued concerns about Chinese products being sold in the U.S. now include poultry. Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was recognized in Washington today for his work on an agriculture appropriations bill that focuses on the use of appropriated funds from the Department of Agriculture for potential imports of poultry products from China. "Food safety and trade are not mutually exclusive, and are in fact very important to the economy of Arkansas. We can have both as long as the USDA can do its job of policing imports to make sure they meet our food safety standards. Our agreement enables the government...
  • Ambassador ‘Embarrassed’ to Be From Texas After Learning of Obama Speech Controversy

    09/08/2009 9:00:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies · 2,267+ views
    NBC Dallas ^ | Sept. 8, 2009
    "I'm befuddled. There are few moments in my life where I'm embarrassed to say I'm from Texas, this was one of them," U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said. "I think that some of those that have been the most ungracious and discourteous five years from now will be embarrassed by their behavior. But right now, I guess the best we can do is be embarrassed for them."
  • Ron Kirk returns to Booker T. Washington High for Obama speech

    09/08/2009 6:07:04 PM PDT · by mylife · 17 replies · 525+ views
    WFAA ^ | 9/8/09 | Brad Watson
    Ron Kirk returns to Booker T. Washington High for Obama speech 01:27 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 By BRAD WATSON / WFAA-TV KIRK IN DALLAS FOR SPEECH September 8th, 2009 Brad Watson reports. >More WFAA Latest News video * View larger * E-mail clip * More video Related links: * Obama offers advice to America's youth * Obama's address to America's youth * More politics * More by Brad Watson Search Video: DALLAS - Barack Obama's cabinet members traveled to their hometowns to view the president's speech to students. That brought former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk back to...
  • Ron Kirk, Nominee For Trade Representative, Owes $10K In Back Taxes

    08/22/2009 9:52:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies · 665+ views
    All Headline News ^ | August 22, 2009 | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The Senate Finance Committee on Monday revealed that President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, had failed to pay $10,000 in taxes over the span of three years beginning in 2005. The panel report comes after several other nominees faced controversy over tax issues. Kirk, a former Dallas mayor, failed to report as income $37,750 in honoraria collected for 16 speaking engagements at Austin College, his alma mater, for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also deducted NBA Mavericks tickets worth $17,382 as entertainment expenses in 2006, 2006 and 2007, but has substantiated...
  • On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

    06/30/2009 5:51:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 277+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2009
    Trade: President Obama's encouraging words to Colombia's president Monday signaled an improving outlook for the two nations' long-delayed free trade treaty. It's good news, but he must take that message to Congress.Contrary to what you might think from the administration's responses to Iran and Honduras, not all of our friends are being snubbed or our enemies embraced. Obama showed considerable respect for our friend and ally Colombia at a working meeting with President Alvaro Uribe at the White House Monday, declaring at a joint press conference that "we are grateful for his friendship." It was a commendable show of leadership,...
  • A Real Jobs Solution

    06/22/2009 5:57:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 361+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 22, 2009
    Free Trade: With unemployment at 9.4% and worse on the way, there's no doubt the economy's hurting. If the White House and Congress are serious about ending job destruction, they must open up new markets.It's not easy to flip-flop on a campaign promise, but it's urgent for President Obama to push for free trade as a way to create new jobs — one of the few really effective ways of doing it. Obama's appointment of Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative shows he's coming around. Kirk, a free-trader, has reached out to Korea, Colombia and Panama, allies who've been waiting...
  • Obama gets in a round of golf on a sunny morning

    04/26/2009 9:57:09 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 53 replies · 1,710+ views
    Google News ^ | April 26, 2009 | CHRISTINE SIMMONS
    <p>ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama took advantage of the summer conditions in Washington on Sunday to play a round of golf for the first time since taking office.</p> <p>His motorcade left the White House at midmorning Sunday for the course at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.</p>
  • Another Obama Nominee Has Tax Troubles

    03/03/2009 12:11:39 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 702+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 2, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    The list gets longer. Ron Kirk, Obama’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, owes some $10,000 in back taxes. According to the Dallas/Fort Worth Fox News channel: Ron Kirk, nominated as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to make his payments, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday. Despite the error, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a statement calling Kirk "the right person for this job," and said he would attempt to have the nomination moved through the panel quickly....
  • Trade nominee is 4th Obama pick to owe back taxes

    03/02/2009 6:17:04 PM PST · by curth · 17 replies · 494+ views
    ASSociated Press ^ | 3/2/2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and DAVE ESPO
    WASHINGTON – Another Obama administration nominee has tax troubles. This time, it's Ron Kirk, the president's choice to be U.S. trade representative. Kirk owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to pay them, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday. The committee said the taxes arise from Kirk's handling of speaking fees he donated to a scholarship fund that he set up at his alma mater, and for his deduction of the full cost of season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. Kirk also agreed to make changes in his accounting...
  • Ron Kirk is latest Cabinet pick hit by tax woes; he owes $9.975

    03/02/2009 2:29:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 815+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years. Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade -- has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full. The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College. The full political...
  • President's Nominee for Trade Rep, a Lobbyist in 2008...

    02/21/2009 3:34:47 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 4 replies · 376+ views
    abcnews ^ | 02/21/09 | Jake Tapper
    President's Nominee for Trade Rep, a Lobbyist in 2008, to Take Advantage of Loophole in Anti-Lobbyist Regs On first blush, Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas and President Obama's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, could seem as though he has an enormous impediment standing in his way to the Cabinet: President Obama's high standards against lobbyists in his Cabinet. As recently as last year, Kirk was a lobbyist for investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., and President Obama has said no one can work in his administration on issues they lobbied on in the previous two years.
  • Donna Brazile: Candidates to Lead DNC 'Not Up To The Task"

    11/24/2004 10:14:11 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 799+ views
    HUMAN EVENTSONLINE.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2004 | ROBERT B. BLUEY
    Democrat consultant Donna Brazile told HUMAN EVENTS she wouldn't seek her party's leadership post at the Democratic National Committee, and declined to offer an endorsement, calling the current slate of candidates inadequate. "The current list of candidates, in my judgment, are not up to the task, but we'll see what emerges in the next couple weeks," said Brazile, who was a panelist Tuesday at a liberal strategy session organized by the Center for American Progress. As for herself, Brazile said the rumors that she might seek the position are false. Brazile was former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager in...
  • Texas Democrats Rail Against GOP's Map: Congressmen Testify of Redistricting Flaws

    12/13/2003 7:19:56 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 210+ views
    Democrats rail against GOP's map Congressmen testify of redistricting flaws Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — A proposed plan to put more Texas Republicans in Congress would be detrimental to the seniority of the state's congressional delegation, veteran Democratic incumbents testified in federal court Friday. In the second day of testimony in a redistricting trial, Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco and Rep. Max Sandlin of Marshall each described to a three-judge panel the influence wielded by senior members of Congress from either party. "Seniority is everything in the U.S. Congress," said Sandlin, chief deputy whip for the Democratic Caucus. Edwards,...
  • Kirk: Remap violates voter rights

    12/13/2003 5:44:37 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 19 replies · 119+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 12, 2003 | By PETE SLOVER / The Dallas Morning News
    Kirk: Remap violates voter rights 10:16 PM CST on Friday, December 12, 2003By PETE SLOVER / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN – Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk told a federal court Friday that if the proposed GOP-backed congressional remap doesn't violate the federal Voting Rights Act, the minority protection law is meaningless. "If the Voting Rights Act means anything, it means this map cannot stand," said Mr. Kirk, arguing that the right to vote is an empty illusion if blacks and Hispanics can't affect election outcomes. Mr. Kirk appeared as a witness for Democratic and minority groups seeking to overturn...
  • YCT Demands Ron Kirk donate terrorist-linked contribution to charity for victims of terror

    11/02/2002 10:08:11 PM PST · by GOPcapitalist · 23 replies · 785+ views
    Young Conservatives of Texas press release | 11/2/02
    YOUNGCONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS NEWS ADVISORYNovember 2, 2002 For Immediate Release Contact:  Chris Allen, Chairman (940) 328-4175 YCT Demands Ron Kirk Donate Contribution from Convicted Felon & Terrorist Bagman to Charity for Victims of TerrorismAustin, TX - Ihsan Elashyi, who donated $500 to Ron Kirk's campaign, was sentenced to prison on October 22 on charges stemming from an anti-terrorism investigation over sensitive illegal computer equipment exports to Libya and Syria. The Houston Review reported that Elashyi's firm Infocom received a $250,000 investment from the wife of Mousa Abu Marzook, a Hamas leader based in Syria.  Infocom is closely linked to the...
  • Still in Doubt, Fight for Senate Grows Feverish

    11/02/2002 11:33:30 AM PST · by GeneD · 2 replies · 510+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/2/2002 (for editions of 11/3/2002) | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 — State polls showing that more than half a dozen Senate seats were still within either party's grasp prompted Republicans and Democrats today to intensify their feverish campaigns for control of the chamber. Seeking to influence the truly undecided voters — and to make sure those who have made up their minds go to the polls — both parties marshaled volunteers to ring doorbells and hand out leaflets. They also paraded big-name politicians and star-quality supporters before the cameras and drowned out commercials for consumer goods with advertisements extolling their candidates and assailing their opponents. Politicians and...
  • Freep the media - demand coverage of Ron Kirk's ties to the anti-Israel, pro-terror crowd

    10/31/2002 7:05:36 PM PST · by GOPcapitalist · 4 replies · 299+ views
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    The Nature of the Coverup:Though few voters in Texas likely know the details, many members of the "mainstream" media are engaging in blatant lies to benefit a Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, Ron Kirk. The coverup extends not only to Kirk's  liberal politics, but also to his extensive affiliations with anti-Israel activists and causes, radical islamic organizations, political associates of John Walker Lindh, and even a high profile felon who was sentenced last week in a post 9/11 anti-terrorism investigation. These dubious affiliations extend throughout Kirk's operation, including his supporters, contributors, and even his campaign staff. To date the Texas...
  • Ron Kirk (D) donor sentenced on charges related to anti-terror probe (SEE DOCUMENTS HERE!)

    10/29/2002 11:44:17 AM PST · by GOPcapitalist · 24 replies · 454+ views
    The Houston Review ^ | 10/29 | STAFF
    DALLAS - A former Ron Kirk campaign donor was sentenced on October 22, 2002 on charges stemming from an anti-terrorism investigation over illegal computer equipment exports to the Middle East. The United States Attorney's office for North Texas announced Ihsan Elashyi's sentencing to four years in prison plus over $280,000 in restitution for his four-count guilty plea from a 39-count federal indictment (See USDOJ website). The Associated Press reports that Elashyi's conviction was the first criminal action to come from a 2 year investigation by the government's North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force. As was first reported by the Austin...
  • Senate: N.J. And Texas Get Tossed Out Of Toss-ups (Texas goes GOP, NJ goes RAT, sez CBS News)

    10/28/2002 3:31:08 PM PST · by Timesink · 70 replies · 409+ views
    CBSNews.com Political Unit - Washington Wrap ^ | October 28, 2002 | Dotty Lynch, Elizabeth Fulk, Douglas Kiker, Steve Chaggaris and Susan Semeleer
    N.J. And Texas Get Tossed Out Of Toss-ups: The CBS News Election and Survey Unit has decided to change the status of the Senate races in New Jersey and Texas. We now believe that the New Jersey Senate contest between Democrat Frank Lautenberg and Republican Doug Forrester is leaning Democratic. Meanwhile, the Texas Senate race, between Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Ron Kirk, is leaning Republican. That will leave six Senate races - Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Minnesota - in the toss-up column. A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted last week showed Lautenberg leading Forrester,...
  • Dallas Morning News Endorses John Cornyn while liberal Houston Chronoicle endorses Ron Kirk

    10/25/2002 4:22:58 PM PDT · by bradactor · 24 replies · 269+ views
    10/25/02 | Brad Derouen
    I didn't read the endorsement in the newspaper but I heard on the local conservative radio station here that the Dallas Morning News has endorsed John Cornyn, the republican candidate for senate, while the Houston Comical(Chronicle) endorsed Ron Kirk, the democrat candidate for senate. This should be a political mouthful considering Ron Kirk was mayor in Dallas. I guess they know better like the Arkansas Democrat did not endorse Clinton for president the first time and has endorsed Tim Hutchinson this time for senate. Interesting. Not sure if someone had posted this about Ron Kirk and John Cornyn yet; therefore,...
  • Dallas man sentenced in TX Joint Terrorism Task Force probe (donor to DEM Ron Kirk's campaigns!)

    10/23/2002 12:13:34 PM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 21 replies · 387+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/23/02 | AP Wire Story
    Businessman sentenced for violating order to stop exporting to Saudi Arabia Wed Oct 23, 3:34 AM ET DALLAS - The owner of a computer company has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay US$281,892.52 restitution for shipping computer hardware, software and telecommunications equipment to Saudi Arabia after the U.S. Commerce Department (news - web sites) ordered him to stop. Ihsan "Sammy" Elashyi, 42, of Richardson, Texas, faced a maximum sentence of up to 50 years in prison and a fine of US$1.25 million after pleading guilty in June to four counts of a 39-count indictment, including...
  • Kirk, Cornyn run on out-of-state cash - Liberal Media Bias Alert !

    10/23/2002 7:41:17 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 17 replies · 294+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 23, 2002 | By WAYNE SLATER and PETE SLOVER / The Dallas Morning News
    Kirk, Cornyn run on out-of-state cash Cornyn criticizes Kirk's sources but also gets money from outside Texas 10/23/2002 By WAYNE SLATER and PETE SLOVER / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN - While Republican Senate candidate John Cornyn has chided Democratic challenger Ron Kirk for seeking contributions far from Texas, he's been fairly bullish himself about mining for money outside the Lone Star State. Campaign reports indicate that Mr. Kirk has raised more money from outside Texas, but both candidates have attracted big names and big bucks from the glass canyons of New York to the bright lights of Hollywood....
  • Kirk Lies about Radical Anti-Israel Activist's Role in Campaign

    10/22/2002 6:14:25 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 29 replies · 434+ views
    The Houston Review ^ | September, 2002 | By Phil Magness
    SEPTEMBER 2002 Kirk Lies about Radical Anti-Israel Activist's Role in Campaign By Phil Magness Campaign ethics reports show that U.S. Senate candidate Ron Kirk employed a controversial anti-Israel activist named Steven L. Hyland on his campaign through mid-June. But Kirk, who avoided the question until a late September meeting in Houston, now suggests that Hyland, a friend of John Walker Lindh, was merely a 19 or 21 year-old campaign volunteer who put together a few yard signs. In fact, Hyland was a paid campaign aide who received nearly $7,000 in salary over a three month period from the Kirk...
  • Sanchez, Kirk head to the Valley for support - Kirk touts 'RAT "dream team", brings up race again

    10/22/2002 1:57:42 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 206+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 22, 2002 | By BRENDA RODRIGUEZ / The Dallas Morning News
    Sanchez, Kirk head to the Valley for support Candidates use joint appearance to push 'getting the vote out' 10/22/2002 By BRENDA RODRIGUEZ / The Dallas Morning News MERCEDES, Texas - Democrats Tony Sanchez and Ron Kirk teamed up Monday in a campaign sweep along the border, urging supporters to ignore the polls and embrace their ideas for helping Texans. "We need your help," Mr. Sanchez told a packed room of civil leaders and business officials. "The party's over. We can't talk about all our big policy issues. ... What we need to talk about is getting the vote out."...
  • Parties stump in Plano, Houston - GOP rallies the faithful locally; Kirk touts Chronicle's backing

    10/21/2002 3:13:16 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 1 replies · 255+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Parties stump in Plano, Houston GOP rallies the faithful locally; Kirk touts Chronicle's backing 10/21/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News PLANO - Buoyed by new polls showing wide leads in the races for governor and U.S. Senate, the GOP ticket rallied the faithful Sunday and poked fun at the Democratic "dream team." With early voting set to open Monday statewide, the Democrats, led by former Dallas mayor and U.S. Senate hopeful Ron Kirk, returned the jabs during an appearance in Houston."The genius of the dream team has nothing to do with complexion," Mr. Kirk said...
  • GOP leading in top two races - Texas Senate and Governor Races

    10/19/2002 10:51:53 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 52 replies · 381+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 20, 2002 | By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
    GOP leading in top two races 10/20/2002 By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN - Republicans seeking the state's top offices hold a double-digit lead over their Democratic opponents, but undecided voters still could narrow the gap with less than three weeks until Election Day. Gov. Rick Perry is favored by 50 percent of likely voters over Laredo businessman Tony Sanchez, backed by 35 percent in the latest poll by The Dallas Morning News. In the Senate race, Republican John Cornyn leads former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk by 10 points. The Democrats' best chance in the Nov....
  • Kirk, Cornyn turn up the heat - Texas Senate debate #1 of 3

    10/19/2002 2:17:56 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 19 replies · 285+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 19, 2002 | http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/101902dntexdebate.6bb7a.html
    Kirk, Cornyn turn up the heat 10/19/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN and GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News HOUSTON - After simmering in a slow-cooker for the first 20 minutes, Friday's first televised meeting between Democrat Senate nominee Ron Kirk and GOP rival John Cornyn warmed up into a tepid spat between the two button-down candidates. Democratic nominee Ron Kirk took frequent swipes at Mr. Cornyn over his contributions from the failed Enron Corp., and Mr. Cornyn peppered Mr. Kirk with criticisms of his opposition to President Bush's plan to alter Social Security, his acceptance of an...
  • Kirk, Cornyn to use debate for wide appeal - First Texas Senate debate TONIGHT 10-18-2002

    10/18/2002 4:04:59 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 17 replies · 259+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 18, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN and GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News
    Kirk, Cornyn to use debate for wide appeal 10/18/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN and GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News Heading into their first debate Friday night, Senate contenders John Cornyn and Ron Kirk face the same delicate balancing act. The Republican wants to wrap himself in the president's glow without coming off as a White House dupe. The Democrat needs to attract Texans who idolize the president, so he needs to avoid getting painted into the Hillary Clinton-Ted Kennedy-Tom Daschle corner. Yet each candidate has hewn close to his party's agenda, from Social Security and taxes...
  • Kirk accuses rival Cornyn of 'racial politics' - Cornyn denies, says foe embraces violent RAP music

    10/18/2002 3:05:46 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 21 replies · 404+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 18, 2002 | By GROMER JEFFERS JR. and TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Kirk accuses rival Cornyn of 'racial politics' As contest heats up, AG denies charge, says foe embraces violent music 10/18/2002 By GROMER JEFFERS JR. and TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News FORT WORTH - Democratic Senate candidate Ron Kirk on Thursday accused GOP rival John Cornyn of trying to frighten voters with "racial politics" by criticizing his appearance at a rap music summit. Mr. Cornyn denied the charge and countered that his opponent had embraced music that glorifies cop-killing. The exchange, the campaign's most contentious yet, came on the eve of their first debate. They also argued...
  • Goofus and Gallant (my title - One Texas voter's experience with Ron Kirk and John Cornyn)

    10/17/2002 3:06:04 PM PDT · by motexva · 19 replies · 274+ views
    Restless Toad blog ^ | 10/17/02 | Reed Stossel
    A friend asked me to share my experiences meeting the two men running for US Senate from Texas this year, Mayor Ron Kirk of Dallas and Attorney General John Cornyn. I met John Cornyn in the summer of 1999 at Red’s Gun Shop and Rifle Range in Austin, Texas, where a lawyer friend and I had gone to rent and shoot some guns we were thinking about buying. We had finished up on the range and were in the retail section of Reds looking at some gun cases and the like when my lawyer friend pointed out a white haired...
  • Another Bush (Barbara) lends support to Cornyn - Law enforcement group back Cornyn, disses Ron Kirk

    10/16/2002 6:28:06 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 18 replies · 287+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 16, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN and GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News
    Another Bush lends support to Cornyn Reports: Republican raised more funds than Kirk in third quarter 10/16/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN and GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News FORT WORTH - The president's mother on Tuesday became the latest Bush family member to stump for John Cornyn, telling donors that her son needs his help to face down Senate Democrats. "We need a senator who's close to the president, who can work with the president. ... No matter how fine the opponent, or even how bad the opponent, or how good a man he is, it's his...
  • At Hip-Hop Summit, Kirk pleads for generation to vote - John Wiley Price attends Kirk campaign event

    10/13/2002 6:48:39 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 30 replies · 522+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 13, 2002 | By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    At Hip-Hop Summit, Kirk pleads for generation to vote In audience, Green Party hopeful criticizes Democrat's record 10/13/2002 By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News Senate candidate Ron Kirk, in a tight race with rival John Cornyn, turned to the hip-hop generation for help Saturday, calling the thousands of youngsters and musicians who attended a Dallas summit an untapped political resource. "Your vote is powerful and will make a difference in the election," Mr. Kirk said at the Dallas/Fort Worth Hip-Hop Summit. "Obviously, I want you to vote for me, but please just vote." Mr. Kirk was...
  • Staubach throws support to Cornyn - Don Nickles and Kay Bailey Hutchison attend fundraiser

    10/12/2002 8:09:46 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 17 replies · 329+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 12, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Staubach throws support to Cornyn Democrats question GOP hopeful's role in pushing fund for AGs 10/12/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News After standing at Ron Kirk's side for two mayoral contests, Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach threw a fund-raising dinner Friday for fellow Republican John Cornyn. And earlier in the day, Democrats attacked the GOP nominee for promoting a fund that solicited campaign money for state attorneys general from businesses they might sue. Mr. Staubach, the quarterback turned real estate investor, said he still considers Mr. Kirk a friend and agrees with some of his...
  • Cornyn: Kirk has 2 takes on taxes - Cornyn assails ads on Bush cuts; Kirk won't pull commercials

    10/10/2002 2:17:21 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 3 replies · 233+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 10, 2002 | By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    Cornyn: Kirk has 2 takes on taxes GOP hopeful assails ads on Bush cuts; rival won't pull commercials 10/10/2002 By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News GOP Senate candidate John Cornyn on Wednesday called on opponent Ron Kirk to pull the plug on a TV ad, saying the Democrat is trying to dupe voters into believing he supports President Bush's tax cuts. Mr. Kirk has said in recent days that tax cuts should be delayed until the economy improves. "We've gone from a $5.5 trillion surplus to now a $300 million deficit," Mr. Kirk said Wednesday in...
  • Candidates differ on Social Security - Cornyn for Bush plan; Kirk cites risks to scare Seniors

    10/09/2002 3:32:28 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 7 replies · 252+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 9, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Candidates differ on Social Security Cornyn favors partial privatization; Kirk cites risks to benefits 10/09/2002 Associated Press AUSTIN - Senate candidates Ron Kirk and John Cornyn clashed from afar Tuesday over Social Security. Mr. Kirk, a Democrat, appeared in Austin with two elderly residents and a young woman who said she's already worried about her retirement. Mr. Kirk said Congress needs to end "partisan bickering" and work on health care and prescription drug benefits, education and pension reform. A bipartisan coalition, such as the one President Bush is working toward with regard to Iraq, needs to come together on...
  • Volunteers needed at John Cornyn for Senat

    10/08/2002 12:17:43 PM PDT · by BJClinton · 16 replies · 221+ views
    Cornyn for Senate ^ | 10/08/2002 | Cornyn for Senate
    John Cornyn for Senate is in need of volunteers at the campaign hq in downtown Austin. We need volunteers everyday of the week. Please let me know if you are interested to join us in these final 28 days for stuffing envelopes, making calls, putting up signs, stamping post cards, or entering data. Thanks for your continued efforts on behalf of Cornyn for Senate! Beth Nikiel Cubriel Organization DirectorJohn Cornyn for Senate 512-494-8535 office 512-626-8584 cell 512-494-8161 fax
  • Kirk's new ad supportive of Bush - Cornyn says rival's policy proposals are 'all over the map'

    10/08/2002 5:48:53 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 23 replies · 251+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 8, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Kirk's new ad supportive of Bush Cornyn says rival's policy proposals are 'all over the map' 10/08/2002 Associated Press AUSTIN - In a new TV ad, Democratic Senate candidate Ron Kirk disputes Republican John Cornyn's criticisms of him and says he supports President Bush's efforts to lower taxes and improve education. "If a quarter of what John Cornyn says about me were true, my mama would disown me," Mr. Kirk says in the commercial that began airing Monday. On hand to unveil the ad was Willie Mae Kirk, Mr. Kirk's 80-year-old mother, a retired teacher. "I will still support...
  • Cornyn Social Security plan 'goofy,' Kirk tells E. Texans

    10/06/2002 4:06:40 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 30 replies · 335+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 6, 2002 | By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    Cornyn Social Security plan 'goofy,' Kirk tells E. Texans AG says stock market idea would give younger people a chance 10/06/2002 By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News TYLER - Mining for votes in the Democratic strongholds of East Texas, Senate candidate Ron Kirk said Saturday that rival Republican John Cornyn's "goofy" plan to reform social security would put the retirement savings of the nation's seniors at risk. "I've lost a whole lot of money in the stock market during this downturn," Mr. Kirk told a group of seniors in Tyler. "It makes no sense to say...
  • Cornyn sees Texas jobs in Alaska refuge - Oil plan also improves security; Kirk favors alternatives

    10/05/2002 3:42:18 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 11 replies · 514+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Cornyn sees Texas jobs in Alaska refuge Oil plan also improves security, he says; Kirk camp favors alternatives 10/05/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News WICHITA FALLS - Drilling for oil in the Alaskan wilderness would boost national security and create Texas jobs, GOP Senate nominee John Cornyn said on Friday, and he accused his rival of siding with "environmental extremists" and against President Bush on the issue. "There's one way that we can hopefully improve our national security, and that is by relying less and less on imported energy from troubled regions of the world...
  • Ron Kirk, Texas Race-Baiter

    10/04/2002 9:50:55 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 53 replies · 1,215+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | September 26, 2002 | By Philip Magness
    Ron Kirk, Texas Race-BaiterBy Philip MagnessFrontPageMagazine.com | September 26, 2002 When U.S. Senate candidate from Texas Ron Kirk came under fire last week for a multitude of wavering positions on national defense and policy toward Iraq, the ex-mayor of Dallas lambasted his critics. "[Q]uestioning my patriotism, I'm insulted by that," exclaimed the Democrat as he carefully claimed support for a regime change in Iraq, albeit in the most general of terms. Then again, with over two thirds of the public supporting such a move Kirk has little choice but to go along. One has cause to wonder about Kirk's irritation...
  • Cornyn takes on East Texas - says Ron Kirk is a big-city liberal "who just doesn't get it"

    10/04/2002 1:58:57 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 19 replies · 193+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 4, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Cornyn takes on East Texas 10/04/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News TEXARKANA, Texas - Governing is a team effort, John Cornyn tells voters, and he's not the guy who called President Bush's tax cuts "devastating" and "irresponsible." That would be his Senate rival, Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas who Mr. Cornyn says is a big-city liberal "who just doesn't get it." "We're not running for mayor of Texas. ... Politics is a team sport, and I'm proud to be on the team that's led by our great president, George W. Bush," Mr. Cornyn...
  • Senate race charged with security issues - Cornyn, Kirk portray themselves as strong on defense

    10/02/2002 2:26:51 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 2, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Senate race charged with security issues Cornyn, Kirk seek to portray themselves as strong on defense 10/02/2002 Associated Press As debate rages between Congress and the Bush administration over a possible war with Iraq, the Senate candidates are trying to separate themselves over who would better guard national security interests. Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Ron Kirk have bickered for weeks over the possibility of attacking Iraq and who most supports President Bush's preference for launching a pre-emptive strike, acting unilaterally if needed. Both candidates say they back Mr. Bush's plans for disarming Iraq and that military action requires...
  • GOP Hopes Brighten in Fierce Fight For Senate: Democrats Face Battle To Recapture House

    09/29/2002 8:20:14 PM PDT · by GeneD · 20 replies · 369+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/02 (for editions of 9/30/02) | Helen Dewar and Juliet Eilperin
    Democrats face an uphill battle to recapture control of the House in November's midterm elections, while Republicans have marginally improved their position in what remains a tense and wide-open fight for control of the Senate, according to party strategists, independent analysts and current polls. September has seen Republican prospects brighten, particularly in New Jersey, where ethics problems have called into question what once seemed solid reelection prospects for Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, the most vulnerable Democrat in the nation. Republicans also have increased their chances of retaining the Senate seat in New Hampshire. And because of a controversy over a...
  • Kirk stumps in [Rio Grande] Valley - voters have chance to send "sympathetic Democrat to the Senate"

    09/28/2002 4:48:08 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 16 replies · 276+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Kirk stumps in Valley Democrat outlines platform on trip criticized by Cornyn 09/28/2002 Associated Press HARLINGEN, Texas - Ron Kirk rolled his campaign Friday through the Rio Grande Valley, saying it may be a long time before voters get another chance to send a sympathetic Democrat to the Senate. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many of us to vote on a senator who's going to make a difference in whether your mayor and these congressmen have a friend," he told workers at a truss and doorway plant, adding, "As the Valley votes, Texas is going to go." Mr....
  • Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races - Candidates have difficulty gauging Iraq affect on election

    09/28/2002 4:20:28 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 28, 2002 | By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News
    Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races Candidates have difficulty gauging how Iraq will affect election 09/28/2002 By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News INDIANOLA, Iowa As 2,000 of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's best Democratic friends swayed to the beat of a country band and munched on Iowa beef, the prospect of war with Saddam Hussein seemed as far away as Iraq itself. Certainly Mr. Harkin hopes so. Hosting his annual steak fry at a farm country fairground, the Democrat seeking his fourth Senate term said voters know that both parties will do whatever they can to protect...
  • President drums up support for Cornyn - Kirk says he's not worried about Bush's push for rival

    09/27/2002 1:29:18 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 14 replies · 268+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 27, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    President drums up support for Cornyn Kirk says he's not worried about Bush's push for rival 09/27/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News HOUSTON - Basking in the glow of a popular wartime president, Republican John Cornyn left the talking to George W. Bush, who gave him a resounding endorsement Thursday night - again. "I am here because there's no doubt in my mind that John needs to be the next United States senator from Texas," Mr. Bush told about 500 donors in his parents' hometown. "He's the best man with whom I can work." Over...
  • Kirk blasts criticism of out-of-state trips - President Bush in Houston to support Cornyn for Senate

    09/26/2002 3:12:09 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 21 replies · 202+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 26, 2002 | By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Kirk blasts criticism of out-of-state trips Democrat accuses rival of hypocrisy; Cornyn calls move desperate 09/26/2002 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News Fresh from a Hollywood fund-raiser, Democrat Ron Kirk blasted rival Senate candidate John Cornyn on Wednesday for taking potshots at his out-of-state campaigning even as he embarked on his own cash-collecting jaunt to Washington. "Hy-poc-ri-sy," blared the Kirk campaign news release, which offered a Webster's definition embellished with the phrase "... See also John Cornyn." The Cornyn camp called the attack a sign of desperation and a weak effort to deflect criticism that Mr....
  • Cornyn supports more checks at gun shows - Charlton Heston campaigns for John Cornyn

    09/22/2002 6:44:39 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 122 replies · 534+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 22, 2002 | By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    Cornyn supports more checks at gun shows Kirk favors enforcing existing laws rather than making new ones 09/22/2002 By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News In the race to elect Texas' next senator, it's the moderate Democrat who says unlicensed sellers at gun shows don't need to run background checks on buyers, and the conservative Republican who says a law should be passed to give them more scrutiny. Republican John Cornyn supports more precautions for dealers at shows, and Democrat Ron Kirk opposes them. "I believe we need to enforce our current gun laws rather than create...