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  • [Illinois] Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot

    01/27/2011 3:19:12 PM PST · by Chicago Lampoon · 227 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/27/11 | Liam Ford
    Did anyone really doubt that the Chicago fix was in all along? The Illinois Supreme Court just announced a 5-2 decision to allow Rahm Emanuel on the ballot for the February 22 Chicago mayoral election. Earlier today, former IL Republican Gov. Jim Thompson and other members of the state GOP establishment came out in favor of giving the former Obama ballot access.
  • BREAKING: Řbama got all C’s and D’s in college and law school

    12/02/2010 3:44:07 PM PST · by curth · 94 replies · 1+ views
    Hillbuzz ^ | 12/2 | Hillbuzz
    Here’s a piece from Jennifer Rubin calling Obama out on the ignoramus that he is. Rubin hits hard with: He displays contempt for Americans who don’t agree with his flawed policies, in effect instructing them to shut up. But his arrogance is both unwise (these people vote!) and undeserved. Had he not spent trillions on a flawed Keynesian economics, had he not botched the Middle East peace talks, had he not misread the mullahs, had he not mistaken appeasement for “reset” with Russia, and had he not hired ill-prepared senior advisers (who now must be cast off), his self-satisfaction might...
  • Judge rejects Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' argument

    10/20/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | October 20, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — A district court judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration's claims that allowing gays and lesbians to begin openly
  • Sneak Preview: The Hijacking of the 2010 Election

    09/27/2010 9:17:01 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 65 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Through a combination of massive, Somali-driven voter fraud, stunning Election Board incompetence, and the willful blindness of the Kansas City Star, machine Democrat J.J. Rizzo managed to beat conservative Democrat Will Royster by one vote in a Missouri State House primary on August 3. There is no Republican running in this heavily Democratic, multi-ethnic Kansas City district. The Democratic nominee will face only a seriously outgunned Libertarian in the November election, and truth be told, Royster may be to the right of the Libertarian. What the Democratic machine and the Star, which endorsed Rizzo, did not count on was for...
  • Franken apologizes to McConnell for rudeness

    08/06/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 5, 2010 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday for being rude to Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate's top Republican was winding up a solemn debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Franken, a liberal Democrat from Minnesota, was presiding over the Senate as McConnell explained his opposition to President Barack Obama's high-court nominee. A Senate GOP aide said Franken made theatrical gestures and whispered under his breath as the Kentucky senator spoke. It was distracting enough that McConnell went up to the former comedian afterward and said, "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al."
  • Officials: Ex-Manchin aide tapped for (Robert) Byrd (WV Sentate) seat

    07/16/2010 8:07:30 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | July 16, 2010 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    Gov. Joe Manchin is tapping his former chief counsel and a member of a prominent West Virginia family, Carte Goodwin, to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Democratic officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Three officials familiar with the governor's pick spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment ahead of an official announcement. ...The 36-year-old Goodwin, a Charleston lawyer, would hold the seat until November. That's when the governor wants general election voters to decide who will serve the final two years of Byrd's term. The Legislature has...
  • W.Va. AG: Special election OK for Byrd's seat

    07/08/2010 12:41:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    MSNBC/AP ^ | July 8, 2010 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's attorney general says Gov. Joe Manchin can put the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat on the ballot this November. Manchin requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Darrell McGraw, who issued it Thursday.
  • Byrd's death triggers special election...but when?

    06/28/2010 12:29:30 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/28/2010 | Chris Cillizza
    The death of West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will trigger a fierce battle to replace him, although the timing of that race remains an open question. West Virginia law states that if there is a Senate vacancy more than 2 1/2 years before the incumbent's term ends, a special election would be called for this November. That 2 1/2-year mark is July 3 -- four days from now. But, as the Post's Paul Kane notes, the language of the law is unclear as it sets up a schedule that would begin the special election process after the "primary next."...
  • Obama 2005: Recess appointees are “damaged goods;” Obama 2010: Recess appointments are “critical”

    03/29/2010 8:41:02 AM PDT · by ocr1 · 8 replies · 405+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | March 29, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Ah, the Obama water-carriers at the NYTimes never fail to disappoint. They describe the Obama White House decision to bypass the Senate and make 15 recess appointments while the Senate is on spring break — including radical SEIU labor lawyer Craig Becker’s appointment to the NLRB, which was rejected by the Senate last month on a 52-33 cloture vote — as a “muscular show of his executive authority.” When that authority was exercised by GOP President George W. Bush, of course, the NYTimes editorial board called it a “constitutional gimmick.”And when Bush used it in particular to appoint John Bolton...
  • U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg taken to area hospital after fall

    02/15/2010 6:57:23 PM PST · by jessduntno · 140 replies · 4,762+ views
    nj.con ^ | February 15, 2010 | James Queally
    U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg taken to area hospital after fall By James Queally/The Star-Ledger February 15, 2010, 9:51PM U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg was taken by ambulance tonight from his Cliffside Park home after suffering a fall, his spokesman said. The 86-year-old Democrat was conscious when he was taken to the hospital "as a precautionary measure," said the spokesman, Caley Grey. Grey said he did not know if Lautenberg had fallen inside the Bergen County condominium or whether he had suffered any injuries. Lautenberg was elected to his fifth term in the Senate in 2008, defeating U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews with...
  • Meaner than a Junkyard Dog? (State Controlled Media Reuters Livid At Brown Ascension Alert)

    02/05/2010 8:26:26 AM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,036+ views
    National Review ^ | 2/05/2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Reuters makes it sounds like Sen. Scott Brown is guilty of robbery: Republican Scott Brown's formal arrival in the U.S. Senate on Thursday robbed Democrats of their crucial 60-vote supermajority and set the stage for a bitter November election fight for control of the 100-member chamber.
  • Reid Schedules Vote on Controversial Labor Nominee Before Brown Arrives

    02/01/2010 12:10:23 PM PST · by Harley · 19 replies · 808+ views
    Fox New.com ^ | 02.01.2010 | Fox.com
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a key vote Monday afternoon on a controversial Labor Department nominee, even though Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown has not yet been sworn in yet. The vote has riled at least one watchdog group, saying Reid is just trying to ram through the nomination of Patricia Smith for Labor Department solicitor before Republicans have enough votes to block her. And a spokesman for Sen. Mike Enzi, the Republican senator who had put a "hold" on Smith's nomination last year, said Enzi would prefer "all controversial nominations" be put off until Brown is seated. Enzi,...
  • Rep. Frank lashes out over accusations that Mass. Dems would stall a Brown certification

    01/12/2010 8:04:26 PM PST · by paltz · 41 replies · 2,159+ views
    washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 1/12/10 | Kerry Picket
    House members returned from their recess over the holidays today, and health care legislation was the number issue on the agenda. The Senate race in Massachusetts, though, could change the dynamics of the debate, should GOP State Senator Scott Brown prevail next week. The Democrats risk losing their 60-seat filibuster proof majority with a Brown win. However, while the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy has yet to be decided, the Brown campaign has already charged that Massachusetts Democrats will find a way to keep Mr. Brown from being certified, should he win, before...
  • Confidant: Kennedys want ex-DNC chairman in Senate

    09/23/2009 7:27:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 20 replies · 1,352+ views
    Google News -- AP ^ | September 23, 2009
    BOSTON — A family confidant says the sons of Edward Kennedy want the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee to replace their father in the U.S. Senate. A confidant, who demanded anonymity...says both Edward Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick Kennedy have urged Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to pick Paul Kirk. Massachusetts lawmakers are expected Wednesday to give final approval to a change in the Senate succession law so the governor can temporarily fill Senate vacancies. The interim senator would serve until the seat is filled through a special election in January. The 71-year-old Kirk is a Boston attorney and...
  • The audacity of one final act of political corruption

    08/21/2009 12:18:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 1,565+ views
    Philadelphia Examiner ^ | 8-21-09 | Leo Shishmanian
    The audacity of one final act of political corruption August 21, 9:04 AM · Leo Shishmanian - Ada County Conservative Examiner My heart goes out to Massachusetts senior Senator Ted Kennedy as he battles fatal brain cancer.  No one should have to suffer slowly toward their demise.  That said, Kennedy's latest--and perhaps his last--major act as a senator constitutes nothing short of blatant political corruption. Usually, politicians try to keep their wrongdoings shrouded from view in darkened rooms.  It's easier to get away with what you want when the lights are off.  For example: South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford...
  • Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress

    08/20/2009 2:24:37 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 310 replies · 11,212+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08/20/2009 | GLEN JOHNSON
    Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress BOSTON (AP) — A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress. The note to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's Senate president and House speaker acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats were concerned Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created as Sen. John...
  • Franken Declared Winner

    07/01/2009 7:07:41 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 68 replies · 2,587+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 7/1/2009 | Connie Hair
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get more farcical in our nation’s capitol, the Al Franken Circus heads to town. Franken was declared the winner yesterday of the long-contested Senate race by the Minnesota Supreme Court with a razor-thin margin of 312 votes out of over 2.9 million votes cast. Norm Coleman chose to bow out of the race rather than continue the contest taking the fight to the federal courts. It is estimated the two camps have spent more than $1.7 million in legal fees through March, the end of the last FEC reporting period. Rumors abound that Coleman...
  • Pelosi to delegates: Stop wallowing over primary results (It's just time to move on, huh?)

    08/25/2008 12:10:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 143+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/25/08 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    DENVER -- Stop wallowing, the primary election is over. That was the message House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered this morning even as she acknowledged that reconciliation between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton camps was not yet complete. She told reporters before addressing the California delegation that women will be the key to beating John McCain, and she considered it a personal mission to get more women behind Obama. A majority of women support Obama, according to recent polls, but recent polls also suggest as many as one in four Clinton supporters would vote for Republican presumptive nominee John McCain. "There's...
  • Ohio Gov. Bashes Press for pro-Obama Bias (Ted Strickland-D)

    08/25/2008 12:33:24 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 46 replies · 260+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/25/08 | Dan Balz
    Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is the latest supporter of Hillary Clinton to accuse the media of bias in its coverage of the Democratic nomination battle. At a dinner with Washington Post reporters and editors, Strickland called the coverage "almost shocking at times" and unfair it the treatment of both candidate Clinton and her husband, the former president. "Quite frankly, some of the people that I had most previously admired as commentators I have a remarkably different opinion toward right now," Strickland said. Strickland was the second big-state governor and Clinton supporter to sound off about the press at the convention....
  • Deal: Clinton's Name Will Be Placed in Nomination at Dems Convention

    08/14/2008 8:32:45 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 176 replies · 380+ views
    Deal: Clinton's Name Will Be Placed in Nomination at Dems Convention August 14, 2008 11:09 AM ABC News' Kate Snow reports: A deal has been brokered between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that will allow Clinton's name to be placed in nomination at next week's Democratic nominating convention, sources close to the Clinton camp told ABC News. "Both sides agree that it is in the best interest of party unity and making sure that everyone's voice and vote is honored to make sure her name is put into nomination," a person close the negotiations said. "It's to honor everyone...
  • Colorado Democrats Threaten Delegate's Status (Support Obama or Suffer)

    08/11/2008 9:12:19 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 108+ views
    Denver Channel ^ | 8/11/08 | Tom Burke and John Ferrugia
    DENVER, Colo. -- An e-mail sent from the Political Director of the Colorado Democratic Party threatened the status of a national delegate, alleging she made "disparaging public remarks" about Sen. Barack Obama. Sacha Millstone of Boulder told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia that her comments were critical, but they were not public. Millstone acknowledged she was frustrated over how the Obama campaign was treating delegates who supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and told a fellow delegate, in what she believed was a private e-mail exchange, that she was not sure she could vote for Obama at the Democratic National Convention later...
  • 'Saturday Night Live' makes CNN rethink(Clinton asked unfair questions, Obama was tossed softballs)

    08/06/2008 6:30:34 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 17 replies · 269+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 | Scott D. Pierce
    There was something sort of fun about watching the folks at CNN squirm when they were asked a slightly tough question. "Why did it take a skit on 'Saturday Night Live' to change the tone of the Democratic primary coverage?" asked a member of the Television Critics Association. "Did it take a skit to change the coverage?" replied David Bohrman, the head of CNN's Washington bureau who heads up the network's political coverage. Well, after an "SNL" sketch depicted a debate in which Hillary Clinton was asked tough, unfair questions while Barack Obama was tossed softballs, things did seem to...
  • Hillary's PUMA supporters dissed by DNC

    Not much love between the Obamites and the Hillary PUMAs..to say the least! See thread content below: (7-28-08) Negative Super Responses to PumaPac (PumaPac) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PumaPAC is collecting all responses from Supers and the DNC that are ..hum...less then respectful to the voter expressing their opinion and/or asking that they continue to, or switch, support to HRC, as well as work to allow her name to be placed in nomination. Plans are being made to use them as the GE draws closer. If you are a PumaPAC member you have the addy they asked these types of responses be mailed...
  • Staunch Hillary Clinton delegate axed by Wisconsin party

    07/28/2008 1:08:50 PM PDT · by redstates4ever · 39 replies · 84+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/28/08 | (not provided)
    Well, they got her.Debra Bartoshevich, the duly elected Democratic Party delegate for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin who vowed undying loyalty to the former first lady, has been dumped by the state party and barred from attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month.According to the Associated Press, the state party's administrative committee has officially whacked Bartoshevich from the 92-member delegation.(snip)"No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her," Bartoshevich told a local journalist. "That's by Susan B. Anthony."
  • Nelson bill would abolish Electoral College

    06/06/2008 8:35:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 185 replies · 194+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/6/08 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday, less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention. “It’s time for Congress to really give Americans the power of one-person, one-vote, instead of the political machinery selecting candidates and electing our president,” Nelson said in a release announcing the amendment. Nelson had announced he would offer the legislation in an address to his state’s senate in March. Nelson said his principal argument for making the change is that the Electoral College permits a candidate...
  • Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices... force end to Clinton bid

    06/04/2008 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Old Phone Man · 29 replies · 104+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday -- and thus end the now hopeless, onetime front-running campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination victory to Barack Obama, who's gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party's nomination. Howard Dean, right, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader...
  • OBAMA WAS SELECTED, NOT ELECTED ... Ann Coulter

    06/04/2008 3:09:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 52 replies · 103+ views
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 4 June 2008 | Ann Coulter
    Words mean nothing to liberals. They say whatever will help advance their cause at the moment, switch talking points in a heartbeat, and then act indignant if anyone uses the exact same argument they were using five minutes ago. When Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 election by half a percentage point, but lost the Electoral College -- or, for short, "the constitutionally prescribed method for choosing presidents" -- anyone who denied the sacred importance of the popular vote was either an idiot or a dangerous partisan. But now Hillary has won the popular vote in a Democratic...
  • ANN COULTER: OBAMA WAS SELECTED, NOT ELECTED (2000 Redoux? Gore won!)

    06/04/2008 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Syncro · 20 replies · 131+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | June 4, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    OBAMA WAS SELECTED, NOT ELECTEDJune 4, 2008 Words mean nothing to liberals. They say whatever will help advance their cause at the moment, switch talking points in a heartbeat, and then act indignant if anyone uses the exact same argument they were using five minutes ago. When Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 election by half a percentage point, but lost the Electoral College -- or, for short, "the constitutionally prescribed method for choosing presidents" -- anyone who denied the sacred importance of the popular vote was either an idiot or a dangerous partisan. But now Hillary has...
  • Clinton to Endorse Obama on Friday

    06/04/2008 5:23:05 PM PDT · by abb · 78 replies · 136+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL LUO
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Friday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her on Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton’s aides said she would “express her support for Senator Obama and party unity” at an event in Washington that day. One adviser said that Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the party’s nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory. Her decision came...
  • Obama makes history; Clinton refuses to concede Democratic nomination

    06/03/2008 10:02:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 51 replies · 131+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | June 3, 2008
    20 minutes ago WASHINGTON — Barack Obama became the first black presidential nominee in U.S. history on Tuesday, declaring victory over Hillary Clinton and lifting the curtain on an epic struggle for the White House against Republican John McCain. Clinton, credited by Obama as an inspiration to millions, refused to concede defeat and sparked a buzz early in the day about the possibility of a dream team by saying she's open to joining the ticket as his running mate. "Tonight, we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another," Obama told nearly 20,000 cheering supporters in...
  • Text: Democratic National Committee legal memo re: Michigan and Florida delegates

    05/28/2008 1:02:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 49+ views
    DNC legal memo ^ | May 28, 2008 | Democratic National Committee
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON--The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to wrestle with the disputed delegates from Michigan and Florida. The essential questions, according to documents prepared for the meeting by the DNC--and obtained by this blog--is whether the Florida and Michigan delegates are to be seated and how these delegates then should be allocated between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the likely Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama. The package of materials includes staff analysis of the various issues, arguments and potentials. solutions. Michigan and Florida were stripped of their delegates as punishment for holding January primaries,...
  • BARACK FELIX OBAMA

    12/03/2006 9:53:00 AM PST · by Checkers · 180 replies · 15,632+ views
    NRO's The Corner ^ | December 02, 2006 | Byron York
    Maureen Dowd is worried that the Republican smear machine is at it again, attacking Barack Obama by using…his middle name. It seems Ed Rogers referred to Obama by his full name on "Hardball" a while back, setting off indignation among some on the left. I don't know why it came to Rogers' mind, but it is true I included Obama's middle name in an NR story (not available on the web) in early November: "Obama has joked that he worried his political career was over after 9/11 because his name sounded too much like Osama. In fact, it's better than...
  • The Best President America Never Had

    07/29/2005 10:12:02 PM PDT · by mark_interrupted · 157 replies · 2,867+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | Jul 29, 2005 | Charles Cutter
    Americans have not yet begun to pay the price for the Bush presidency. The global ramifications of his foreign policy, the long-term impact of his budgetary excesses, our depleted military, the ongoing erosion of civil liberties and church/state separation, the unprecedented acquiescence to corporate power…all these factors, and more, will dictate the course of this nation for decades to come. Had Al Gore assumed the presidency in 2001, he would have confronted the same challenges - a nation, and world, simmering in a mix of cultural/religious extremism and declining resources. Realistically speaking, Mr. Gore could probably not have solved any...
  • Scores of felons voted illegally

    01/24/2005 7:52:24 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 16 replies · 913+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 23, 2005 | Seattle Times Staff
    Scores of convicted felons voted illegally in the state's 2004 general election, and officials never noticed because of serious flaws in the system for tracking them, The Seattle Times has found. The Times, reviewing felony convictions as far back as 1997, identified 129 felons in King and Pierce counties who were recorded as having voted in the Nov. 2 election. Another 23 likely voted. Several methods were used to confirm the findings. Either the counties failed to flag or purge felons on the voter rolls as required by state law, or they allowed them to register without checking their status....
  • ZOT!!!

    01/31/2003 1:11:54 PM PST · by Pammie · 68 replies · 600+ views
    John Robbins