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  • MILFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 57 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING AMMUNITION

    09/24/2012 9:37:38 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    atf (For Immediate Release) ^ | September 21, 2012 | David B. Fein, United States Attorney
    http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2011/20110621.html June 21, 2011 STAMFORD MAN INDICTED FOR EXTORTION AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION NICOLA MELIA, 78, five counts of collecting extensions of credit by extortionate means and one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon. Allegations set forth: MELIA made “loan shark” at high interest rates. MELIA illegally possessed approximately 40 bullets, that had moved in interstate or foreign commerce. MELIA has been detained since his arrest on March of 2011. Extortion: imprisonment of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000, (each). Ammunition: imprisonment of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. //Snipp// U.S....
  • Reid Announces Nearly $15 Million For RTC Of Southern Nevada

    07/26/2012 6:08:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | July 26, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Funds Will Allow RTC To Purchase 24 New Compressed Natural Gas Buses July 26, 2012 Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced $14,750,000 in grants for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada. The first two grants are for $8,000,000 dollars and $5,000,000 respectively, and they will go to purchase 24 new CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses which demonstrate a positive environmental impact on air quality, and will replace vehicles that significantly exceeded their useful life. The second grant for $1,750,000 will help fund critical maintenance projects at the RTC's 36-acre Integrated Bus Maintenance Facility (IBMF), one of two...
  • A Right to Bear Glocks? (Gail Collins Anti-Gun Rant Alert)

    01/10/2011 2:13:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/09/2011 | Gail Collins
    In soft-pedaling that 2009 encounter, Giffords was doing a balancing act that she’d perfected during her political career as a rather progressive Democrat in a increasingly conservative state. She was the spunky Western girl with a populist agenda mixed with down-home values, one of which was opposition to gun control. But those protesters had been following her around for a while. Her staff members were clearly scared for her, and they put me in touch with Ruiz, who told me the story. Back then, the amazing thing about the incident in the supermarket parking lot was that the guy with...
  • Questions about mental illness, access to guns follow Arizona shooting(Washing Post Editorial)

    01/10/2011 1:59:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/09/2011 | Washington Post Masthead Editorial
    <p>Saturday's rampage does illustrate the need for tighter control of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition. The gunman arrived at the supermarket with a Glock semiautomatic equipped with an extended magazine of about 30 bullets and additional ammunition. The long-lapsed federal ban on assault weapons, which prohibited such high-capacity magazines, should be reinstated: There is no justification, outside of law enforcement or military use, for such ammunition. A magazine with a smaller capacity might not have stopped the gunman, but it might have at least reduced the carnage. President Obama once promised to push to reinstate the assault weapons ban but has backed down in the face of political opposition, and it is, sadly, hard to imagine that the shooting will usher in a new era of political openness to even reasonable gun control measures. It is a sad irony that last year Arizona joined Alaska and Vermont in permitting anyone over 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a background check.</p>
  • Gun used in Tucson was purchased legally.... (WashCompost Anti-RTC Screed Alert)

    01/10/2011 1:42:00 AM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/09/2011 | James V. Grimaldi and Fredrick Kunkle
    Arizona gun laws were relaxed further in 2010 when Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a National Rifle Association-backed bill repealing a state law requiring gun owners to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. State law now permits anyone 21 or older and legally qualified to own a firearm to carry the weapon without a concealed-to-carry permit. Brewer's predecessor, Janet Napolitano, now secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, had previously vetoed attempts to toss out the concealed-carry permit law. The new law won praise from gun groups. "This is a major victory for gun owners in Arizona,"...
  • Focus Turns To Arizona's Gun Laws (LAT Features Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik's Anti RTC Rant Alert)

    01/10/2011 1:15:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/10/2010 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Arizona has some of the weakest gun control laws in the nation. To gun owners, those laws — which allow them to carry guns in their cars, in restaurants and other public places — are their last defense against unexpected evil. Gun control activists say the state's laws put weapons into the hands of the mentally unstable, and demand that federal officials impose tougher background checks and reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said the state's gun laws contributed to the shooting. He singled out the law passed last year that allows those 21...
  • Obama's Rush to Save America's Banks

    01/24/2009 4:34:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 246+ views
    Barron's ^ | January 24, 2009 | Jim McTague
    WITH THE BANKING CRISIS SHOWING NO SIGNS of abating, President Barack Obama's economic team is working furiously to craft in a matter of weeks a solution that President Bush's team couldn't arrive at in over a year. The leading plan right now is to create a huge "aggregator" bank to buy bad loans and money-losing securities from troubled lenders to keep them from failing, a gambit that likely would cost taxpayers at least another trillion dollars, and probably more. Approval of this could be the single most expensive decision the new president will make in his entire term. ... The...
  • Stockholm to get 4G mobile network in 2010

    01/16/2009 12:28:05 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 5 replies · 471+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 01/15/2009 | David Landes
    Mobile broadband users in Stockholm will soon be able to surf the internet on a new high speed 4G network, following the signing of a deal between Ericsson and TeliaSonera. The order from Finnish-Swedish telecom provider TeliaSonera marks the first commercial deployment of Ericsson’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology and will provide mobile internet users with data speeds up to ten times faster than those offered on current networks. "LTE brings the highest possible performance and network capacity, which is needed to meet the needs of the fast growing group of mobile broadband users around the world,” said Ericsson’s...
  • Free Plaxico Burress: New York City's gun law is unconstitutional.

    12/06/2008 10:33:58 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 23 replies · 1,229+ views
    New York Giants star receiver Plaxico Burress is facing a mandatory 3˝ years in prison and the end of his football career. His crime? Not having a license, which New York City never would have issued him, for the exercise of his constitutional right to bear arms. ...And then there is the issue of the permitting process for residents. In 40 states, including Connecticut, law-abiding adults are issued permits once they pass a fingerprint-based background check and a safety class. In New Jersey, carry permits are virtually never issued. In New York City, carry permits are issued, but to applicants...
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • The cost of the 1990s RTC Bailout

    09/20/2008 9:46:19 AM PDT · by koraz · 72 replies · 848+ views
    “The RTC’s cost for handling those failures was estimated at December 31, 1995, to be $87.5 billion, or about 22 percent of the assets at time of failure.” (page 25) “The $87.5 billion in costs was almost twice the initial $50.1 billion FIRREA appropriation, but it was substantially less than the high end of the range that the U.S. Treasury predicted at the peak of the cycle in June 1991 of close to $130 billion in 1989 present value costs or $160 billion in absolute dollars.” (page 25) “Another factor influencing the ultimate resolution costs for the RTC was inadequate...
  • The Mother of All Bailouts = The Death of Fiscal Conservatism

    09/19/2008 7:59:40 PM PDT · by hatfieldmccoy · 94 replies · 686+ views
    http://michellemalkin.com/ ^ | September 19, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson just wrapped up his press conference announcing the Mother of All Bailouts. He said a “bold” approach was needed to achieve “stability” in the market. Let me translate that. “Bold” = Massively massive, taxpayer-funded rescue. “Stability” = Privatizing profits and socializing losses on a scale we have never seen before in our lifetimes. I have had it with Pollyanna conservatives who continue to parrot the “fundamentals of the market are great!” line. The fundamentals of the market suck. The fundamentals of capitalism have been sabotaged.
  • Resurrect the Resolution Trust Corp.

    09/19/2008 1:06:29 AM PDT · by Freedom_Is_Not_Free · 22 replies · 282+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | * SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 | NICHOLAS F. BRADY, EUGENE A. LUDWIG and PAUL A. VOLCKER
    We are in the midst of the worst financial turmoil since the Great Depression. Absent bold action, matters could well get worse. Neither the markets nor the ordinary diet of regulatory orders, bank examinations, rating downgrades and investigations can do the job. Extraordinary emergency actions by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury to date, while necessary, are also insufficient to resolve the crisis. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giants in the mortgage market, are overextended and now under new government protection. They are not in sufficiently robust shape to meet all the market's needs. The fact is that the...
  • D.C. Is Sued Again Over Handgun Rules

    07/29/2008 2:00:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 110 replies · 310+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2008 | Del Quentin Wilber and Paul Duggan
    The man who successfully challenged the D.C. handgun ban before the U.S. Supreme Court filed a second federal lawsuit yesterday, alleging that the District's new gun-registration system is burdensome and continues to unlawfully outlaw most semiautomatic pistols. Dick A. Heller, a 66-year-old security guard who lives on Capitol Hill, and two other plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that the D.C. government violated the letter and the spirit of the landmark Supreme Court decision, issued June 26, that struck down the District's decades-old handgun ban. The 5 to 4 ruling concluded that the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to possess...
  • Trio Of Million Mom Marchers (Candidates for Missouri State Legislature)

    07/20/2008 3:49:48 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies · 92+ views
    Webster Kirkwood Times ^ | July 18 | Don Corrigan
    Three area women who took part in Million Mom Marches (MMM) against gun violence are putting their convictions to the test in this year's races for the state legislature. All of them have a respect for the Second Amendment, although they put the emphasis on "well-regulated" in the Constitutional wording. All are unhappy with the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in June, which they contend promotes the availability of weapons over the safety of people.These state candidates said they're confident voters also are unhappy — even angry – that the pendulum has swung too far in a direction of unregulated...
  • Gun Laws in Ohio Changing

    07/11/2008 9:28:28 PM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 12 replies · 179+ views
    whiznews.com ^ | Jun 12, 2008 | Nichole Medaugh
    A new Ohio law signed into effect this week, not only gives property owners the right to shoot intruders, but it's also changing Ohio's concealed carry law.
  • Voters Split on Need for Stricter Gun Control Laws, but Oppose City Handgun Ban

    06/25/2008 6:22:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 120+ views
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | Jun 23, 2008 | NA
    American voters are evenly divided on the need for stricter gun control laws but don't think city government should have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns in their city. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% say stricter gun control laws while another 44% disagree and 12% are not sure. Most African-American and Hispanic voters believe stricter gun control laws are needed while a plurality (47%) of White voters disagree. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats say stricter gun control laws are needed and 63% of Republicans hold the opposite view. Among unaffiliated voters, 37% want...
  • John R. Lott, Jr.: Handgun bans don't cut crime

    06/25/2008 3:02:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 311+ views
    National Post ^ | June 25, 2008 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Banning handguns is all the rage. Mayor David Miller's push for a national ban has been joined by other Canadian big-city mayors. Yet, dissatisfied with progress at the national level, Miller successfully asked city council this week to approve measures to further discourage gun ownership in Toronto, such as shutting down city-owned gun ranges. While it may seem obvious to many people that banning handguns will save lives and cut crime, the experience in the United States suggests differently. Two major U. S. cities -- Washington, D.C., and Chicago --have tried banning handguns. (The U. S. Supreme Court is soon...
  • Armed And Dangerous (Debbie Schlussel Tries Out A Glock 19! Whooah!)

    06/25/2008 3:42:57 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 82 replies · 279+ views
    Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | 6/25/2006 | Debbie Schlussel
    I was away for an afternoon of lunch and shooting at a gun range with a friend. It was fun, and I hit the target exactly where I was supposed to. The only thing I didn't like: they make you wait a second or two between shots. In case you were wondering, I used a 9mm Glock 19 model. Read analysis of the Glock 19. Glock 19
  • GA: Gun bill critics urge gubernatorial veto

    04/25/2008 1:36:14 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 18 replies · 193+ views
    Atlanta Business Chronicle (GA) ^ | 4/24/08 | Dave Williams
    Flanked by Atlanta business, law enforcement and transportation leaders, Mayor Shirley Franklin Thursday urged Gov. Sonny Perdue to veto legislation that would allow Georgians to carry concealed weapons into state parks, restaurants and onto trains and buses. "This is not about the right to bear arms," Franklin said during a news conference at City Hall. "This is about public safety ... of people who live in Atlanta, live around Atlanta, visit Atlanta or invest in Atlanta." The bill, passed by the General Assembly on the final day of this year's session, would let about 300,000 holders of concealed weapons permits...
  • Governor Perry sticks to privatization for toll roads

    04/24/2008 11:20:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 223+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry promised to keep fighting for private toll roads and his other transportation priorities Tuesday during his first major speech on the subject since the death in December of transportation commission chairman Ric Williamson. "This is a place for big challenges, not big excuses," he told state Transportation Department employees and highway experts from around the country at the annual Transportation Forum. Next year's legislative session, he said, can't be anything like last year's. "The Legislature must understand that 'no' is not a solution," Mr. Perry said. "It is an abdication of responsibility." Before last year's...
  • Shift may loom in toll road debate

    01/01/2008 6:08:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 225+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 1, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    Push for higher gas tax could follow chief's death The death of Ric Williamson, the fiery, whip-smart chairman of the state transportation commission, could upend the still-roiling debate over toll roads in Texas in the new year. Mr. Williamson died Saturday of a heart attack at age 55, sending shock waves through the nearly 15,000-employee department he led as well as the political and policy circles where his combative style and pro-toll-road agenda had engendered enormous change – and criticism. Always careful to credit Gov. Rick Perry, a close friend and former roommate, Mr. Williamson emerged as a lightning rod...
  • What Will You Do If They Shot Up Your Church? (Pray And Pack A Gun Alert)

    12/10/2007 10:10:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 61 replies · 165+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 12/11/2007 | Joseph Farah
    As American Christians find themselves threatened by such attacks today and in the future, it's time for them to begin thinking and praying about how they should prepare. Should the defense of the innocent be left to others? Is the defense of the faithful the sole responsibility of government? What does the Bible say about the right and duty of armed self-defense? Thank God for that young heroine in Colorado Springs. Thank God Charl Van Wyk was armed that day in South Africa. Thank God there are responsible Christians in the world who won't permit the slaughter of believers at...
  • Orlando victims scare off armed robbers with own guns

    11/07/2007 8:20:29 AM PST · by subterfuge · 60 replies · 103+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 7, 2007 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    Two holders of concealed-weapons permits surprised armed thugs in west Orlando this week. Both men opened fire rather than surrender... Amezaga said Tuesday. "If more people stood up for themselves, a lot of crime could be prevented. And the concealed-weapons permit, that's great." The men say they exercised their constitutional right to own guns, carried them legally and defended themselves within the state's deadly force law. Amezaga, 25, and Stephen Soto, 23, were...outside Soto's apartment when two strangers walked by them two or three times...when both strangers walked up to Amezaga's parked car, where the men were standing. "What time...
  • Allowing concealed guns a bad idea

    11/23/2005 1:30:56 PM PST · by jdege · 217 replies · 3,808+ views
    Coulee News ^ | November 23, 2005 | ADAM A. MEYERS
    Allowing concealed guns a bad idea By ADAM A. MEYERS Racine, Wis. I am a police officer with the Racine Police Department and a part-time police officer for another community in Racine County. This is strictly my opinion and I am not speaking on behalf of the communities or law enforcement agencies that employ me. The Wisconsin law against carrying a concealed firearm has worked effectively for over 130 years. Deciding to pass a concealed carry law in Wisconsin that will allow almost every adult to carry a concealed firearm is a potentially dangerous decision. Carrying a concealed firearm and...
  • John Lott: More Guns, Not Less, Would Prevent Shooting Massacres

    08/29/2007 9:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 870+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 29, 2007 | John Lott and Maxim Lott
    Few tragedies make their victims feel more helpless than multiple-victim shootings. Imagine the terror: Unable to escape, simply waiting for the killer. Virginia Tech’s just released report on how to stop future tragedies was pretty disappointing, and this coming week’s Virginia Governor’s task force report isn’t likely to be any better. The university proposes more counseling ... But one glaring omission remains: The report failed to ask whether there were any common features or similarities among the different multiple-victim public shooting tragedies. And what happens if these policies fail? Should there be some ultimate protection upon which the university can...
  • Zogby International / Associated Television News Poll finds 66% of Voters Say 'No' to New Gun Laws

    08/22/2007 11:01:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 808+ views
    earthtimes.org ^ | 2007-08-21 | Zogby International
    Earthtimes.org (Press Release) Zogby International / Associated Television News Poll finds 66% of Voters Say 'No' to New Gun Laws Posted on : 2007-08-21 | Author : Zogby International News Category : PressRelease LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent Zogby International poll question conducted for Associated Television News found that 66% of the American voting public in a recent poll of 1,020 Americans from August 8-11, 2007 (margin of error of +/- 3.1%) found that the American public rejects the notion that new gun control laws are needed.(LOGO: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030425/ATNLOGO)The poll asked: "Which of the following two statements...
  • Gun Control Goes To Court? (Los Angeles Times Anti-Gun Jeremiad) MEGA-BARF ALERT

    07/30/2007 1:30:58 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 182 replies · 2,405+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/30/2007 | Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
    The danger -- and one that extends beyond the sometimes mean streets of the nation's capital -- is that the high court will endorse not only the appeals court's decision but also its radical reinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment. That would threaten even reasonable gun-control laws. The 2nd Amendment reads in full: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The dominant -- though not unanimous -- interpretation is that the first clause limits the second, making the right to bear...
  • Nebraskans Sign Up To Carry Concealed Weapons (16,000 CCW Permits Issued In Six Months Alert)

    07/10/2007 7:51:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 824+ views
    Nebraska NBC KTIV ^ | 07/09/2007 | N/A
    For six months now, Nebraskans have been able to legally carry concealed weapons. It's a lengthy process to get a permit. But now that it's an option, how many people actually want a gun at their side? Gene Tyson of Norfolk not only fought to get the Concealed-Carry law passed during his eight years in the Nebraska Legislature, he's now one of the many with a permit to carry a concealed gun. Gene Tyson, Norfolk, NE says, "It's my belief that people are going to have to be ultimately responsible for their own safety." Although Tyson says the odds you'll...
  • Armed And Licensed: Concealed Carry Hitting The Mark (Oklahoma Celebrates Decade As RTC State Alert)

    07/03/2007 3:20:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 679+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 07/02/2007 | Clifton Adcock
    If the number of concealed-handgun license holders is any indication, robbers may have to worry about getting more than stolen goods during a heist. With an increasing number of state residents legally packing heat, more robbers may be taking away some hot lead. More than 54,000 Oklahomans are licensed to carry concealed handguns under the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, said Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. That number is up from around 31,000 in 2000 and 15,081 in 1996, after the first year of licensing. Once approved, applicants are licensed to carry concealed weapons for five years....
  • Buying Into The Gun Culture (Kansas Journalist Goes RTC Alert)

    07/03/2007 3:11:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 120 replies · 2,285+ views
    LJ World.com ^ | 07/01/2007 | Chad Lawhorn
    t is just a simple click, but it gets my mind racing. That’s the sound that a Colt .380 pocket pistol makes when it is being cocked. I know that’s the sound it makes, but it is still an attention-getter when you hear it in person. It isn’t the only thing that gets my attention this late June morning. More so is the guy behind the pawn shop counter explaining to me how I could feel comfortable sticking this cocked pistol down the front of my pants. Welcome to the world of concealed carry. Yes, I’m in the gun-buying market....
  • Aide: Growth demands Trans-Texas Corridor

    06/30/2007 2:19:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 665+ views
    Cleburne Times-Review ^ | June 29, 2007 | Misty Shultz
    Texas needs the Trans-Texas Corridor because of its surging population, a representative for Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday while speaking in Cleburne. Plans are to build the multi-lane highway and rail system parallel to Interstate 35, north-south through the center of the state. Kris Heckmann, deputy director of Perry’s Legislative Division spoke at the Cleburne Civic Center at the invitation of the Johnson County Republican Women for their monthly meeting. Every decade since World War II, Texas’ population has increased by at least 20 percent, Heckmann said. In 1990, the state’s population was 16.5 million, and today the population is...
  • Retired Marine Is Top Gun At Sub Shop (Subway Owner Hails Best Customer's Actions Alert)

    06/30/2007 3:34:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 97 replies · 3,511+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 06/29/2007 | Erika Beras And Jennifer Lebovich
    The night started like many for John Lovell, a 71-year-old ex-Marine and helicopter pilot who served two presidents. Late dinner alone at a Plantation Subway shop -- veggie sub, soda, oatmeal cookie. Wednesday night, though, Lovell's meal was interrupted by an armed robbery. Two gunmen stormed into the sandwich shop at about 11 p.m., robbed the cashier and tried to shove Lovell -- the lone customer -- into the bathroom. Two bullets later, one gunman was dead, another was wounded and Lovell was being hailed as a hero. ''There's no such thing as an ex-Marine, and he typifies this,'' said...
  • The choice is easy, actually

    06/24/2007 3:01:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 622+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 24, 2007 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    It's not the least bit hard to describe the choice that Texas Transportation Commission members will face Thursday at their meeting in Austin: (1) Agree with the overwhelming preference of this region's elected officials and allow the North Texas Tollway Authority to build the Texas 121 toll road in Denton and Collin counties, or (2) award the lucrative project to the apparent favorite among state toll road devotees, the Spanish company Cintra.From here, it's an easy decision: Pick NTTA.But there is reason to worry that in the boiling pot of Austin politics, the commission may see things differently. Because of...
  • Cleveland's Lawsuit Draws NRA Fire (NRA Intervenes To Protect Ohio's Preemption Law Alert)

    06/01/2007 9:52:52 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 798+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 05/31/2007 | Cleveland Plain Dealer Staff
    Cleveland's challenge of a state law that prevents Ohio cities from making their own gun laws faces a new opponent -- The National Rifle Association. The NRA reported Wednesday that it intervened in a lawsuit that Cleveland filed against the state in March in an attempt to overturn the law. "We have joined in this lawsuit as a defendant-intervenor to protect law-abiding gun owners in Ohio from harassment by an unreasonable and confusing patchwork of municipal gun laws," NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said in a statement. A new provision of the state's concealed-carry gun law voided local firearms...
  • Massacre propels bill to OK guns in parks [TN]

    05/08/2007 1:49:21 PM PDT · by OrangeDaisy · 4 replies · 599+ views
    The Tennessean | 05/08/2007 | SHEILA WISSNER
    Gannett newspapers do not allow posting articles or excerpts. View the article here: Massacre propels bill to OK guns in parks A bill was introduced before the VT massacre to allow people with handgun permits to carry guns in state parks. Lawmakers feel there will be a more favorable atmosphere for the bill's passage given the recent events.
  • Strayhorn hopes toll road leads to victory

    07/13/2006 3:43:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 625+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | July 13, 2006 | Bud Kennedy
    DENTON - "Grandma" lost her argument for a contrived ballot nickname. But Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn of Austin might have found a plank on which to build a campaign against Gov. Rick Perry. It's a plank 600 miles long and a quarter-mile wide. It's a giant, privately owned, multilane tollway that would part the Texas countryside the way the governor parts his ample hair. Strayhorn, a Republican running as an independent candidate, has criticized the Trans-Texas Corridor tollway plan loudly for months. So have the other principal challengers in this traffic jam of a race, novelist Kinky Friedman of Medina...
  • Let North Texans decide (Trans-Texas Corridor)

    06/04/2006 12:10:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies · 819+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 4, 2006 | Editorial
    Who's calling the shots? Who will have final say on where and how the Trans-Texas Corridor system is developed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Will it be the Texas Transportation Commission, working with North Central Texas elected officials and transportation planners who know the region and its long-term mobility needs better than anyone? Or will it be a Madrid-based company, Cintra, whose primary interest is making bucks by extracting tolls? The Star-Telegram Editorial Board strongly believes that state and regional officials and transportation planners should decide. The primary determinant should be what best meets the current and future transportation and...
  • Plans, trains and automobiles

    03/13/2006 7:51:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 5,276+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 12, 2006 | Jack Z. Smith
    In the next few decades, the ever-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area could experience striking changes in the way that people and goods move. North Central Texas' population has been ballooning faster than the transportation infrastructure -- a situation akin to that of a growing middle-schooler whose old jeans don't quite fit anymore. With the Metroplex expected to add about 4 million people by 2030, it's hard to imagine the hellish traffic jams that we'll face in the future unless we take giant steps to reverse course. New transportation projects and strategies are being hashed out now that might someday save us...
  • Holy Hillary: I Always Prayed

    01/21/2005 11:36:39 AM PST · by kattracks · 113 replies · 5,120+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 1/21/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Borrowing a page from President Bush, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton told a Boston audience this week that prayer has always played a meaningful role in her life - though accounts from her days as a student radical suggest that's probably not true. "I've always been a praying person," Clinton told a crowd of more than 500, including many religious leaders, at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza. According to the Boston Globe, the newly religious former first lady "invoked God more than half a dozen times" as she urged society to accommodate religious people who "live out their faith in the...
  • Hillary's in

    01/16/2005 3:10:20 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies · 3,068+ views
    You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends tell us that the two are cheering Sis on and say she's making all the moves to get ready for the race--presuming she is re-elected by New Yorkers in 2006.
  • Hillary Blasts Bush 'Fear Factor'

    01/19/2005 4:19:49 AM PST · by kattracks · 41 replies · 2,574+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 1/19/05 | Carl Limbacher
    On the eve of President Bush's second inauguration, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is blasting him as the "fear factor" president who tries to sell his irresponsible agenda by scaring the voters. "The fear factor has become the overriding strategic approach that this administration uses," Clinton complained to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The likely 2008 presidential candidate told the paper that Bush has used scare tactics to rally public support on issues ranging from U.S. policy in Iraq to privatization of Social Security. On Iraq Clinton griped that Bush had even botched the election process, saying that regional balloting...
  • Hillary Clinton on Environment

    01/20/2005 10:38:38 AM PST · by Brilliant · 6 replies · 2,016+ views
    www.issues2000.org ^ | 2000 | Issues2000
    Hillary Clinton on Environment Supports oil reserve release & fund conservation Q: Do you support conserving energy?A: I’ve spoken about an energy policy that would include conservation tax credits that the Republicans have blocked. The administration has put forth an energy policy that we couldn’t get through that Republican leadership that my opponent is part of. We need a new Congress. I was pleased when the president did release some oil from the reserve. So we have work to do and it needs to be led by Democrats who understand that we shouldn’t be beholden to big oil. Source:...
  • HILL MARCHING TO OWN TUNE

    01/18/2005 12:55:37 AM PST · by kattracks · 32 replies · 1,932+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/18/05 | VINCENT MORRIS
    WASHINGTON - Tomorrow night, with the nation's capital awash in inaugural events, Sen. Hillary Clinton will be delivering a high-profile speech in Boston about politics and youth. She is the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a group headed by outspoken Boston minister, Rev. Eugene Rivers. Aides to Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential contender in 2008, said she agreed to give the speech a long time ago and said nothing should be read into the timing.
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • Senator Hillary Clinton Blasts Bush Administration over Abortion [Abstinance won't stop AIDS]

    01/12/2005 7:02:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 65 replies · 2,750+ views
    Lifesite ^ | 1-11-05
    NEW YORK, January 12, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortion crusader and New York Senator Hillary Clinton condemned US President George W. Bush Tuesday, claiming his withdrawal of funding from organizations that commit or promote abortions is harming women. Speaking at an International Women's Health Coalition-sponsored dinner, Clinton claimed that "reproductive health care and family planning service is a basic right," and said this was based on decisions reached at the 1994 U.N. Population Conference in Cairo, as well as the 1995 U.N. women's conference in Beijing, where Clinton gave a keynote address. She argued that the Bush administration has failed to...
  • Jesse Jackson Praises 'Sister Hillary' Despite Slurs

    01/13/2005 8:32:34 AM PST · by sr4402 · 37 replies · 2,230+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 11:08 a.m. EST | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised New York Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday as "Sister Hillary," after Clinton cited his efforts to overturn the presidential election by challenging the Electoral College vote in Ohio. Speaking at his annual Wall Street Project fundraiser, Jackson said "Sister Hillary" had been an important ally in his fight for those "traumatized by what happened to us as a people and a nation in Ohio." He called Clinton "a light in dark places," who has "stood on the right side of history," according to quotes picked up by the New York Sun. The praise for Clinton came...
  • Hillary: Please Send Money

    01/12/2005 9:25:52 AM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 1,998+ views
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2005 | Byron York
    Amid speculation that she might forgo a run for re-election to the Senate in 2006 in favor of a presidential run in 2008, New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has sent an early fundraising appeal that, while directed toward reelection, reads like a trial run for a White House bid. "As the Republicans' number one target in 2006, I have to begin now building resources for the tough fight I face in my re-election campaign," Clinton writes in a letter to supporters. She says her task is made more difficult by "the Republican attack machine out to distract me...
  • Gallup: Bush is the most admired man in the world; Hillary most admired woman

    12/29/2004 6:39:12 PM PST · by Nascardude · 44 replies · 2,091+ views
    George W. Bush Is Most Admired Man in 2004 Hillary Clinton tops list of most admired women; Oprah Winfrey a close second by Joseph Carroll GALLUP NEWS SERVICE PRINCETON, NJ -- President George W. Bush tops Gallup's annual survey of the "most admired man" for the fourth year in a row. Hillary Clinton leads the most admired woman list, with Oprah Winfrey close behind. Republicans and Democrats differ significantly in their views of this year's most admirable men and women. Republicans overwhelmingly say the president is the most admired man, and also name first lady Laura Bush and national security...
  • Hillary's Former Campaign Funderaiser Man: INDICTED

    01/07/2005 11:44:08 PM PST · by postitnews.com · 2 replies · 1,269+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray announced today the unsealing of a four-count indictment charging David Rosen, the former National Finance Director for a candidate for United States Senate in the 2000 campaign, with causing false campaign finance reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001 and 2. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California and unsealed today. The indictment alleges that Rosen, an experienced professional political fundraiser, was responsible for all fundrasing, planning and costs for an...