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  • Dems land few punches on Gorsuch

    03/21/2017 6:25:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2017 | Alexander Bolton, Lydia Wheeler
    © Greg Nash Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch maintained a polite demeanor during Tuesday’s marathon questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sprinkling his responses with “golly” and “goodness” but refusing to answer questions on how he might rule from the bench. Democrats repeatedly sought to get under Gorsuch’s skin, but President Trump’s nominee rarely appeared ruffled during his first day of questioning, and even seemed to charm senior Democrats at times. He told ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that he wished he could answer her questions more fully, and marveled at Sen. Patrick Leahy ’s (D-Vt.) creativity in framing...
  • TX: Popular Knife Rights bills Bottled up by Democrat

    05/21/2015 7:28:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two popular bills that would reform antiquated knife laws in Texas are being bottled up by a Democrat legislator.   Both bills have bipartisan support, and passed the House unanimously.  One bill adds knives to the preemption law for the state, so that localities cannot pass insane knife laws that turn a person carrying a pocket knife into a criminal by walking from one side of a street to another, without any notice.  These bills are enforced very selectively to "get" people that the police cannot arrest for other crimes. One correspondent from Texas, reported a conversation with a San...
  • Video: Harry Reid Says There Will Be No Senate Committee to Investigate Benghazi (2 VIDEO's)

    05/08/2014 7:10:06 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | May 8 2012 | The Minority Report
    The complete lack of curiosity by Democrats and the main stream media regarding the Benghazi attack is extremely suspicious. If there was no negligence, Democrats would have no problem going forward with outside investigations. When Senator Reid references an investigation by the State Department investigating itself and finding no wrong doing it is laughable. We are talking about a department that lost $6 BILLION dollars recently investigating itself. There must be an investigation from OUTSIDE the Obama Executive Branch into this scandal. As with Watergate, it is not just the negligence that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, it...
  • Senate committee to hold hearing on oil spill

    05/04/2010 3:51:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 215+ views
    AP on ^ | 5/4/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller says he will hold a hearing on the Gulf oil spill in the coming weeks. ... He calls the spill "an unmitigated disaster." Earlier Tuesday, he said he would have a hard time voting for offshore drilling again.
  • Chris Dodd & The Last Check

    09/25/2008 9:28:55 AM PDT · by The_Tick_01 · 3 replies · 532+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | Tony Rubolotta | Tony Rubolotta
    I’m sure most of us have to been to one or more of those impromptu after work parties usually sparked by some significant event that affects our business. The event may be getting a new client, reaching a production milestone, a significant promotion of a co-worker or something catastrophic that no one will escape. During the course of the evening, a number of people will leave after dipping into their wallets and throwing a few bucks on the table proclaiming “I think that covers me.” Those who remain to the end of the evening usually find that the amount of...
  • CA: Assisted suicide bill headed toward defeat in Senate committee

    06/27/2006 7:11:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 208+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/27/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    A long-dormant bill that would allow the terminally ill to obtain life-ending drugs from their physicians appeared to be headed for defeat Tuesday in a Senate committee after a wavering Democrat turned against it. Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Garden Grove, said he struggled with how to vote on the bill and ultimately decided it could lead to a broader use of assisted suicide than contemplated by the measure's authors because of future pressures to cut medical costs. "In this society, more often than not, public policy decisions are driven unfortunately by money concerns, not by policy concerns," said Dunn, the chairman...
  • CA: Senate committee agrees to add sexual orientation to curriculum (goes on to the full Senate)

    05/03/2006 8:49:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 586+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/3/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require California's textbooks to include the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people to the state and nation's history. The bill outraged some religious and conservative family groups, which said it would indoctrinate students in what they view as an unacceptable lifestyle. The Senate Education Committee passed the bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, 8-3, along party lines. It now goes to the full Senate. "Our community is invisible in all of the teaching material, so that our students are never, ever given any information about the fact...
  • Deadly force bills now in line to pass Alabama House and Senate

    03/15/2006 8:53:41 PM PST · by charrisGOP · 3 replies · 251+ views ^ | 3/15/2006, 6:06 p.m. CT | The Associated Press
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House and Senate are now in position to approve legislation that would expand the instances where a person can kill someone to protect a home, business or vehicle. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to approve a deadly force bill that passed the House last month. The bill now goes to the Senate. A nearly identical bill passed the Senate earlier in the session and has cleared a House committee. Rep. Albert Hall, D-Gurley, tried to pass that bill in the House on Wednesday, but he had to delay action on it...
  • CA: Migden quits chair of key Senate committee

    11/08/2005 9:57:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 483+ views ^ | 11/08/05 | Lynda Gledhill
    Sacramento -- State Sen. Carole Migden, who came under criticism earlier this year for pushing the voting button of a fellow lawmaker to help passage of one of her bills, abruptly relinquished her position as chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday. The San Francisco Democrat said she wanted to devote more of her time to help Controller Steve Westly in his bid for governor. But sources in the Senate who insisted on anonymity said Migden, who is known for having an abrasive style, angered many of her colleagues in the past year and that the final straw...
  • CA: Senate committee rejects Schwarzenegger's air board nominee

    08/31/2005 7:03:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 262+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/31/05 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Senate committee on Wednesday recommended removing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointee to head the state Air Resources Board, an agency that has led the nation in cutting air pollution and reducing automobile emissions. A vote by the full Senate was scheduled for Thursday. The committee, on a party-line vote, cited the polarizing influence of Cindy Tuck as chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. She has held the job for just six weeks after two decades representing the oil and energy industries. The air board has enacted numerous regulations that have been mimicked by other states and...
  • Europeans deny oil-for-food payoffs

    05/13/2005 4:52:51 PM PDT · by SallyM · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-13-05 | John Leicester
    Europeans deny oil-for-food payoffs Senate panel alleges two gave support to Hussein for vouchers By John Leicester Associated Press May 13, 2005 PARIS -- Two European politicians on Thursday adamantly denied accusations from a U.S. Senate committee that Saddam Hussein's regime allocated them millions of barrels of Iraqi oil in exchange for their support. The denials came a day after the committee investigating corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program released new evidence purporting to show that the two politicians, British lawmaker George Galloway and former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, received vouchers for Iraqi oil in exchange for supporting...
  • CA: Senate committee approves Schwarzenegger's workers' comp director

    04/27/2005 8:01:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/27/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rebuffing pleas from groups representing injured workers, a Senate committee Wednesday approved Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice to head the Division of Workers' Compensation. The Rules Committee voted 3-2 to confirm the Republican governor's nomination of Andrea Hoch as the division's director despite testimony that regulations she drafted had hurt injured workers and didn't follow sweeping changes lawmakers made in workers' comp law last year. "Every single regulation that comes out is ... interpreted in the worst possible way for injured workers and the best way for employers," said David Schwartz, president of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association,...
  • CA: Senate committee approves governor's ambitious solar roof plan

    04/26/2005 4:49:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 396+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/26/05 | Jennifer Coleman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to power a million homes and businesses with the sun moved forward Tuesday, despite concerns that ratepayers would be stuck subsidizing the ambitious expansion of solar energy. The legislation would invest $2 billion in rooftop photovoltaic systems - panels that turn sunshine into electricity. Customers with solar panels would save money by producing their own energy and could sell excess power back to the electric grid. Homeowners and businesses would get a rebate for installing the panels, with 10 percent of the subsidies set aside for low-income homes. Currently, a solar panel system...
  • Goss Fears WMD attack in U.S. "a matter of time"

    02/17/2005 6:16:17 AM PST · by television is just wrong · 123 replies · 1,878+ views
    The Washington Times. ^ | 2/16/2005 | Bill Gertz
    Goss fears WMD attack in U.S. 'a matter of time' By Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES Senior U.S. intelligence leaders told Congress yesterday that "it may only be a matter of time" before terrorists try to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States. In his first public appearance since becoming CIA director in September, Porter J. Goss used the annual worldwide threat hearing to issue the prediction, while another federal official said the FBI knows little about al Qaeda sleeper cells such as the September 11 terrorists. "It may be only a matter of time before al Qaeda...
  • Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq

    07/18/2004 11:38:50 AM PDT · by adam_az · 9 replies · 683+ views
    US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence website ^ | July 7, 2004 | Select Committee on Intelligence, US Senate
    The report is a heavily redacted PDF file. Click on the link to download it. If anyone has a way to convert it to text format so it would be searchable, please do so!!! Some interesting excerpts: For example 'direct meetings between senior Iraqi representatives and top al Qaeda operatives took place from the early 1990s to the present,' meaning Jan, 2003 Multiple, credible sources are cited that Iraq provided al-Qaeda with various kinds of training, combat, bomb-making, along with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training. It confirms this statement by George Tenet: "Iraq has in the past provided training...
  • CA: Senate committee considers taxes on business services

    04/09/2003 7:48:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 190+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 4/9/03 | AP - Sacramento
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to raise billions of dollars by imposing sales taxes on a myriad of services drew mixed reviews Wednesday during a hearing before a state Senate committee.</p> <p>The idea, being pushed by Sen. Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, the chairman of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, would be to extend the sales tax to thousands of services provided by businesses, ranging from gardeners and dry cleaners to attorneys and accountants.</p>