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  • McMahon Wins GOP Senate Race: AP

    08/14/2012 6:01:34 PM PDT · by matt04 · 69 replies
    Polls closed in Connecticut at 8 p.m. as voters cast ballots in the state's primary elections Tuesday. The Associated Press delcared Linda McMahon the winner of the GOP Senate race over Chris Shays about 40 minutes after the polls closed. Elections officials said turnout appears to be on track to hit 25 percent to 30 percent as Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates for the November general election. Hotly contested races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives dominate Tuesday's ballots. Many polling places saw a slow stream of voters. Secretary of the State's office spokesman Av Harris said...
  • NY Times: Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew in Time

    05/19/2010 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 836+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: May 18, 2010 | By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    Christopher Shays of Connecticut found it puzzling: over time, his friend Attorney General Richard Blumenthal kept revising how he talked about his military service during the Vietnam War. Mr. Shays, a conscientious objector who avoided the Vietnam War, has his own theory about Mr. Blumenthal’s evolving descriptions of his service: “I think that it was a way that he quickly bonded with people I am sure he admired and respected.” When Paul Kingman, a Navy veteran who lost feeling in his feet after chemotherapy, called Mr. Blumenthal’s office in 2007, he was trying to get a hearing for disability payments...
  • Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew Gradually

    05/18/2010 8:25:55 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 33 replies · 991+ views
    May 18, 2010 Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew Gradually By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID M. HALBFINGER Former Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut found it puzzling: over time, his friend Attorney General Richard Blumenthal kept revising how he talked about his military service during the Vietnam War. At first, in the 1980s, he was humble. He played it down, Mr. Shays recalled, characterizing it as humdrum desk work. Over the last few years, however, more sweeping claims crept into Mr. Blumenthal’s descriptions, he said: that Mr. Blumenthal had served in Vietnam and had felt the sting of an ungrateful nation as...
  • Assault Weapons Ban Introduced...by Five R.I.N.O.s

    11/17/2008 10:42:29 PM PST · by huac · 97 replies · 4,178+ views
    Define R.I.N.O.: A Republican In Name Only. Examples of the type of Republican covered under this definition are: Rep. Mark Kirk [R-IL] Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL] Rep. Michael Ferguson [R-NJ] Rep. Christopher Shays [R-CT] Rep. Michael Castle [R-DE] These five supposed Republican are nothing more than jackasses in elephant's clothing. Rep. Mark Kirk has introduced a bill, H.R. 6257: Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008, which would "reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act."
  • Shays (CT) upset with McCain effort (Last GOP Rep in New England)

    10/30/2008 3:55:10 AM PDT · by raybbr · 30 replies · 779+ views
    The Day ^ | 10/30/2008 | Dave Collins
    Hartford - Locked in a tough re-election campaign in a district that overwhelmingly supports Barack Obama, Connecticut Rep. Christopher Shays has joined some fellow Republicans in publicly voicing frustration with John McCain's presidential campaign. Shays told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Republican nominee's campaign has gone too negative against Obama, and has muted his message of being an independent thinker with the best ideas and experience needed to solve the nation's problems. Several other notable Republicans, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, have made statements similar to Shays' comments in recent weeks. Some prominent Republicans, including former...
  • Shays among Republicans upset with McCain campaign

    10/29/2008 12:42:54 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 63 replies · 1,600+ views
    NY Newsday(Long Island) ^ | 10/29/08 | Dave Collins
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Locked in a tough re-election campaign in a district that overwhelmingly supports Barack Obama, Connecticut Rep. Christopher Shays has joined some fellow Republicans in publicly voicing frustration with John McCain's presidential campaign. Shays told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Republican nominee's campaign has gone too negative against Obama, and has muted his message of being an independent thinker with the best ideas and experience needed to solve the nation's problems. With the tone of the campaign and Obama's lead in the polls, McCain will have a difficult time winning the presidency, Shays said, although he...
  • Shays: Fannie and Freddie are the Toxic Twins - can't wait until Halloween to unmask failed monsters

    10/07/2008 6:55:26 PM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 2 replies · 338+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 10/7/08 | C-SPAN
    During the, "Turmoil in the Financial Markets, Panel 1, hearings on AIG," Rep Chris Shays followed up his comments yesterday about Democrats refusal to investigate Fannie and Freddie, calling them the, "Toxic Twins," which should be the center of the investigation, not an afterthought. "We can't wait until Halloween to investigate these two failed monsters," he said. He also goes into detail on the accounting fraud and money Raines made while CEO. Link is C-SPAN video of Shays' remarks.
  • Video: Chris Shays Exposes Congress role in Financial Meltdown

    10/07/2008 6:26:35 AM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 18 replies · 951+ views
    CSPAN ^ | 10/06/08 | CSPAN
    Yesterday during a meeting of the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform, Review of Lehman Brothers Finances, Panel 1, Congressman Christopher Shays blasted Congress for their role in the Financial meltdown and blasted Waxman and the Democrats for not investigating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the role they played in starting the Crisis. He then lists all the Republican attempts to reform FM/FM that were blocked by Democrats. Skip ahead to 2:09 (near the end) to hear his remarks
  • Shays Joins GOP's Odd Protest On Dimly Lit House Floor

    08/07/2008 7:37:38 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 27 replies · 209+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 8/7/08 | JESSE A. HAMILTON
    WASHINGTON — - A Connecticut congressman took his turn Wednesday in an unusual piece of political guerrilla theater taking place on one of the most prominent stages in the country: the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Chris Shays, the lone New England Republican in the House, stood in the chamber of the recessed Congress — where the lights are low and microphones are off until the session resumes in September — and demanded that the Democratic majority come back to the Capitol and allow a debate on energy policy. More specifically, Shays and several other Republicans who...
  • Why Bush really demoted Richard Clarke

    01/20/2008 3:37:10 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 36 replies · 338+ views
    Why Bush really demoted Richard Clarke by Jack Cashill This is the fourth in a six-part series detailing the risks to American national security if Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) should ever choose to let Richard Clarke back into government. Clarke is currently one of Obama’s top national security advisors. “When George Bush came into office, though he kept Clarke on at the White House, he stripped him of his cabinet level rank.” So lamented Leslie Stahl during the March 2004 60 Minutes profile that would make Richard Clarke ace crowd surfer in the intellectual mosh pit of the anti-war...
  • Shays wants assurance of senior House post or it's time 'to move on'

    09/15/2007 5:33:36 AM PDT · by Stingray51 · 16 replies · 898+ views
    Greenwich Time (Greenwich, CT) ^ | September 15, 2007 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is in line to be chairman of a big House committee. But, he said yesterday, if his turn comes and he's denied that chance -- he's leaving Congress. "I'm 61 years old; I've been in Congress 20 years," he said, talking quickly and emotionally during a brief interview. "If I have to fight to become chairman of a committee, given the job I've done, I need to move on." ..... Shays said if it is clear that he won't get one of these top posts, he either won't run for Congress in 2008 or,...
  • Shays screams at Capitol Police officer, later apologies

    07/20/2007 2:26:11 PM PDT · by james500 · 60 replies · 1,528+ views
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2007
    On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) got into a loud, angry dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at the security checkpoint inside the entrance of the West Side of the Capitol. On Friday, Shays, a veteran lawmaker, offered a public apology for the incident, and said that he wants to meet with the officer personally to reiterate how sorry he is. Shays reportedly grabbed the officer during the dispute over whether the officer should allow a group of tourists to enter the building, said several sources. Tourists are not allowed to use the West Front entrance, but Shays...
  • Run Joe Run!

    11/03/2006 2:07:37 AM PST · by AKSurprise · 25 replies · 1,008+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 11/03/06 | Andrew Surprise
    This article over at CNN is lamenting the imminent demise of Ned Lamont at the hands of Joe Lieberman. The Dems and media are afraid with all Joe’s GOP support in Connecticut that Republican House candidates will benefit. “Lieberman has the support of 73 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of independents, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday.”“Lieberman’s coattails could carry the GOP incumbents to re-election and undercut Democratic hopes of majority control of the House.”
  • Pol: Foley's lousy, but he's no Ted [Shays says Chappaquiddick worse than page scandal]

    10/12/2006 12:47:55 PM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 37 replies · 1,374+ views
    New Your Daily News ^ | 10/12/06 | KENNETH R. BAZINET
    WASHINGTON - The rancorous debate over disgraced ex-Rep. Mark Foley hit a new low yesterday when a GOP congressman said indiscretions with a male page were nothing compared to Sen. Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) was trying to defend GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert when he took aim at the Massachusetts Democrat. "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day," Shays told The Hartford Courant. "Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody," he added. Kennedy was driving on the exclusive island...
  • GOP Lawmaker Calls for Rumsfeld to Quit [ Shays ]

    10/04/2006 12:40:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 88 replies · 1,685+ views
    AP ^ | 10/4/6 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    Rep. Chris Shays, a Republican facing a tough challenge from an anti-war Democrat, on Wednesday called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign. The Connecticut lawmaker also accused officials at the Defense Department of withholding information about the Iraq war from Congress. "I am losing faith in how we are fighting this war," Shays, a longtime supporter of the conflict, said in an interview. "I believe we have to motivate the Iraqis to do more." Shays said defense officials stopped cooperating with his congressional subcommittee after he proposed setting a timeline for troop withdrawals. Shays, who had previously opposed...
  • 16% undecided in 4th District race, poll finds (Shays up 4 in CT-04)

    10/03/2006 9:56:41 AM PDT · by okstate · 27 replies · 563+ views
    Stamford Advocate ^ | 3 October 2006 | Mark Ginocchio
    An Advocate/Greenwich Time poll shows incumbent U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, has a 4 percent lead over Democratic challenger Diane Farrell among likely voters in the hotly contested 4th Congressional District race. The poll, conducted by the University of Connecticut's Center for Survey Research and Analysis, shows 44 percent of likely voters support Shays while 40 percent support Farrell. Sixteen percent of likely voters polled in the 17 municipalities that comprise lower Fairfield County's 4th district said they remain undecided.
  • Sumatran Rhinos Are Living Fossils

    09/13/2006 10:29:03 PM PDT · by restornu · 11 replies · 846+ views
    Cryptomundo ^ | Sept 12, 2006 | Darren Naish
    Zoologist Darren Naish has written a thoughtful essay on “Are Sumatran Rhinos Really Living Fossil?” His blog is in response to my comments on the “living fossil” issue, discussed here. I disagree with Naish’s restrictive parameters, of course, as I see this more an issue of educational semantics influenced by zoology, not ruled by it. Darren Naish’s approach is worthy of your attention and he has every right to his very informed point of view. Needless to say, in this case, I was employing the “living fossil” definition that this rhino species is “a living species/clade with many ‘primitive’ characteristics...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 3 September 2006

    09/03/2006 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 865 replies · 16,734+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 3 September 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and his Democratic challenger, state treasurer Robert Casey. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., and his primary challenger, Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey; actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Rep. Christopher Shays,...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/2 - 9/3/06 (not the live thread)

    09/01/2006 3:44:27 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 47 replies · 1,759+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/1/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and Analysis of the Weekend Talk Shows for 9/2 and 9/3/06It's Labor Day weekend!  The press can now concentrate (without feeling silly) on the Fall elections.  Who cares if there's actual news that might affect the future of human existence, let alone the fortunes of the United States and all Americans?  They get to report on the horse race!Meet The Press starts off the Sunday shows in my area, so I'll talk about them first.  Lil' Timmah is back and he's got a signature MTP event - live debates.  He'll get to sit upright to ask questions of Casey...
  • Shay's warns of bipartisanship if he loses [“Nancy Pelosi is going to need me”]

    08/31/2006 3:27:48 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 28 replies · 788+ views
    The Stamford Times ^ | August 31, 2006 | By PATRICK R. LINSEY
    NORWALK — U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays says he has built a 19-year career in Congress finding bipartisan solutions. But with conservatives at the helm of the Republican majority and Democrats closing ranks in their bid to wrest control of the House of Representatives, what is a moderate Republican to do?Earlier this summer, Shays, R-4, said he resorted to threatening his party's leadership as he sought to bring expanded federal funding for stem cell research to a vote. "Basically, we said that if they didn't provide a vote, then they were going to have trouble getting other legislation passed," said Shays,...
  • Republicans in Blue States Rethink Iraq

    08/26/2006 8:16:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 26, 2006 | Johanna Neuman
    WASHINGTON — Since U.S. forces attacked in 2003, Rep. Christopher Shays, a moderate Republican from Connecticut's liberal 4th District, has been a stalwart defender of the Iraq war. "I've been carrying the bucket when it comes to the war," Shays said in September. But facing an antiwar Democratic opponent in a tough midterm election race, Shays is starting to express reservations. In a telephone interview Friday after he returned from his 14th trip to Iraq, Shays said that he believed the U.S. should consider setting a timetable for the withdrawal of its troops, and that he planned to hold congressional...
  • Rep. Shays Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Time Frame [Shays also had sharp words for Rumsfeld....]

    08/24/2006 4:45:21 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies · 742+ views
    Rep. Shays Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Time Frame WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Christopher Shays, who is locked in a tough re-election fight against an anti-war challenger, says the U.S. should consider setting a timeline for troop withdrawals from Iraq. ``Our troops cannot be there indefinitely,'' Shays, R-Conn., said Thursday from London during a telephone conference call with reporters after visiting Iraq for the 14th time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. ``We need to have a sense of when our troops can withdraw.'' Shays, who has previously opposed timetables for drawing down troops, said he hopes to offer a specific time...
  • Rep. Shays Seeks to Duck GOP Storm Cloud

    05/26/2006 8:52:51 AM PDT · by workerbee · 16 replies · 563+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 5/21/06 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — He's a congressional Republican who wants to increase protections on whistleblowers at the National Security Agency, has pushed for stronger lobbying reform legislation and called for the resignation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. But Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays may find it won't be easy to escape his party label in what many say is a pretty dark period for the House GOP. "He's very vulnerable, that's the short answer," said Nathan Gonzales, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, which has the race between Shays and Democratic opponent Diane Farrell — who lost to Shays by four...
  • Shays Endorsing Lieberman

    03/01/2006 8:21:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 10 replies · 522+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | February 28, 2006 | MARK PAZNIOKAS
    It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month. Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall. In an interview today with the editorial board of The Advocate of Stamford, Shays said he intends to vote for Lieberman and is encouraging a Republican endorsement of the three-term senator. The remark was not immediately reported by The Advocate, but it set off a flurry of calls among Republicans who have been gauging support for the idea among GOP candidates,...
  • Top Ten Most Endangered House Incumbents

    02/18/2006 4:34:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 220 replies · 4,407+ views
    Teagan Goddard's Political Wire ^ | February 16, 2006 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Writing in Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg gives us his top ten list of most endangered House incumbents. All but one are Republicans. Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN) Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL) Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) He says it was a tough list to compile. "Many of the incumbents on this list have proven their political mettle before, and in normal circumstances, they wouldn’t be in all that much trouble. Others find themselves in...
  • Early Line On Fall Vote: Unpredictable [Chris Shays: “Republicans will pay a penalty."]

    01/02/2006 5:28:38 AM PST · by johnny7 · 30 replies · 953+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | January 2, 2006 | By DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Volatile Issues - Iraq, Bush's Standing, Economy - Could Steer ElectionWASHINGTON -- Keep an eye on gasoline prices, President Bush's popularity and progress in Iraq. Each could jolt this fall's congressional contests in what looks like one of the most unpredictable nonpresidential elections in a long time.In recent mid-terms, incumbents usually coasted - 98 percent of House members were re-elected in 1998, and 96 percent won in 2002. This year, though, Democrats see the rare chance to make the election a nationwide referendum on Bush, the Republican-led Congress and the war, and they have been relentless in pushing that agenda....
  • Sen. McCain & Rep. Shays Offer Lobbyist and Ethics Reforms Bills

    12/29/2005 10:08:07 PM PST · by flattorney · 20 replies · 659+ views
    Political Money Line ^ | 12/19/2005 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain and Rep. Christopher Shays introduced legislation (S. 2128 and HR 4575) on 12/16 to reform lobbying and ethics laws. Major provisions require electronic filing and quarterly instead of semi-annual lobbying reports to be filed by lobbyists and lobbying organizations. The bills would require each hired lobbyist, lobbying firm, organizations that employ lobbyists and the lobbyists employed by those organizations to disclose the following: -Each fundraising event they host, co-host or otherwise sponsor for a federal candidate, a Leadership PAC and a political party, and the total amount raised by each such event; -Contributions made for events to...
  • Loophole Slipped Into Measure (pro-Boy Scout amendment)(Chris Shays bafr alert)

    12/29/2005 10:43:23 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 27 replies · 1,170+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | Dec 22 05
    WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders quietly included in a sweeping defense spending bill a paragraph designed to pre-empt state and local anti-discrimination laws - a change that could make it easier for youth groups, notably the Boy Scouts, to bar gays and others from their functions. The provision says that any state or town government that receives federal housing and community development funds cannot deny the scouts or other youth groups equal access to public meeting places. ...The entire Connecticut delegation supported the defense measure, and when some members learned Tuesday what they had endorsed, they were not pleased. ...Rep. Christopher...
  • Top 10 RINOs (Republicans In Name Only)

    12/27/2005 4:43:40 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 125 replies · 3,718+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 12-27-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Ranked by the editors of Human Events1. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.)Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties, Chafee has long supported liberal polices. He backs legal abortion, gay rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections and a higher minimum wage. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only Republican in Congress not to endorse the President's reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bush's tax cuts.
  • Setting an example: Which New England RINO can we take out?

    11/25/2005 8:46:05 AM PST · by ModernDayCato · 50 replies · 1,100+ views
    My addled brain | November 23, 2005 | ModernDayCato
    I'm getting a little sick and tired about reading about the RINOs here on the east coast who keep scuttling things and throwing monkey wrenches into the progress toward holding Republican feet to the fire. Isn't there some way we New Englanders can send a message to our RINOs in Congress that we are gunning for them? Isn't there a somewhat vulnerable RINO that we can target and get rid of? Don't any of my fellow FReepers know of a good candidate out there that could be run against one of these idiots? Can't we form RINO-PAC and scare some...
  • Chris Shays Lauds Iraqi Constitution's 25% Quota for Women Legislators [If It's So Great, Resign!]

    10/15/2005 4:39:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 636+ views
    Fox & Friends Weekend | governsleast governsbest
    RINO Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays just completed an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend focusing on today's election in Iraq on approval of its proposed constitution. In singing the constitution's praises, Shays gushed that it was "huge" that it requires that 25% of Iraqi's congressional seats be reserved for women. Shays decried that in comparison, "only 16%" of US congressmen are women. Really, Chris? Hard quotas are "huge"? So you would favor that here? Then why stop with sex-based quotas? Why not seats reserved on the basis of race, religion and who knows what else? Don't Tampa Bay Devil Ray...
  • Blanco blocked firefighters, boats, doctors, salvation army help (Vanity)

    09/28/2005 4:39:54 AM PDT · by johnmecainrino · 40 replies · 1,780+ views
    The real red tape was at the state level. Louisiana has a law that doesn't allow out of state doctors from helping in the state without a Louisiana license. The state blocked those doctors from coming in. It took Blanco until all of New Orleans was empty to allow the doctors to come in. But that doesn't stop Chris Shay's from blaming Fema. Blanco blocked rapid response firefighting teams that are positioned around the nation. Blanco waited till the day after the storm to activate national guard and didn't ask for outside help. Blanco blocked Red Cross from handing out...
  • Able Danger: Pentagon Spikes Witnesses While Shaffer Reveals New Source

    09/20/2005 9:08:30 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 628 replies · 17,891+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | September 20, 2005 | Captain Ed
    Able Danger: Pentagon Spikes Witnesses While Shaffer Reveals New Source The New York Times reports this evening that the Pentagon has blocked its military witnesses from testifying on Able Danger at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings tomorrow. Senator Arlen Specter registered his surprise but plans on holding the hearings anyway (h/t: AJ Strata): The Pentagon said today that it had blocked a group of military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified military intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist...
  • RINO Christopher Shays Faces Rematch With 2004 Opponent

    07/15/2005 8:04:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 1,285+ views
    WestportNow.com ^ | July 13, 2005
    Westport Mayor Diane Farrell (D), who won 48% against Shays last year, has filed papers to run again.
  • Lawmakers seek protection for homosexual employees

    07/12/2005 4:32:51 PM PDT · by scripter · 34 replies · 690+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 12, 2005
    A group of 11 representatives in the House want Congress to add "sexual orientation" to the list of protected characteristics used in regulating workplace discrimination in federal employment. Government employment discrimination and whistleblower-protection issues are handed by the Office of Special Counsel, which is empowered to prosecute managers believed to have violated the law. During the Clinton administration, Special Counsel Elaine Kaplan – an avowed lesbian, according to Concerned Women for America – incorporated "sexual orientation" under the "conduct unrelated to the job" portion of the regulation, thus elevating homosexuality to a protected status. Last year, Scott Bloch, who now...
  • Internet Utopia - (Sens. McCain, Feingold; Reps. Shays, Meehan propose regulating Internet)

    06/09/2005 2:59:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 44 replies · 1,040+ views
    TECH CENTRAL STATION.COM ^ | JUNE 8, 2005 | RYAN SAGER
    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse -- sorry, that's Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold and Reps. Chris Shays and Marty Meehan, Congress' Dark Knights of Campaign-Finance Reform -- have a message for bloggers: They're not "out to get them." The scare quotes are theirs. In comments submitted to the Federal Election Commission last week, as the regulatory body seeks advice on how to apply the McCain-Feingold law to the Internet, the enemies of the First Amendment had to walk a fine line. On one side, the politicians in them wanted to genuflect to democracy, open debate and all the...
  • Transgenders Included in New Hate Crimes Bill

    05/25/2005 7:28:09 AM PDT · by missyme · 73 replies · 962+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | May 24, 2005 | Susan Jones
    A "hate crimes" bill that specifically covers crimes based on "gender identity" and sexual orientation will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, a homosexual advocacy group said. "Transgender and gay Americans deserve the same clear protections against hate crimes as other Americans," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "We're proud that for the first time legislation will be introduced that explicitly covers the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and the community will have an unambiguous shot at equal protection under hate crimes law." The Human Rights Campaign says it has worked "side-by-side" with...
  • Shays would rather fight than switch

    05/19/2005 4:02:04 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies · 646+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/19/05 | Alexander Bolton
    Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), who has been booed by his Republican colleagues behind closed doors and who acknowledges tension with the rest of the House GOP, says that Democrats often hint he should switch parties but that he would never consider doing so. There are a lot of people who hint at it, but I've never had a serious discussion, Shays said in an interview with Th Hill. I believe in the market, he said. I can't vote labor right or wrong. Shays added that you can't be in that party and vote against organized labor. Shays, in his 10th...
  • GOP supporters denounce call for DeLay's resignation (question Shay's motives)

    04/12/2005 12:50:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 997+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2005 | GEBE MARTINEZ and SAMANTHA LEVINE
    WASHINGTON - Republicans loyal to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay strongly denounced on Monday a GOP moderate's call for DeLay to step down from his leadership post. But House Republicans were closely watching whether the lack of confidence expressed by Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., is shared by a significant segment of the party or represented merely the disgruntlement of a member worried about Democratic opposition back home. Shays complained during the weekend that DeLay's ethical conduct "is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election." 'Difficult district' Some...
  • Rush Fed Up with All the Phonies

    04/13/2005 6:47:52 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 348 replies · 6,331+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | April 12, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    Click here to read complete transcript: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_041205/content/rush_on_a_roll.member.html Begin Transcript [excerpted]: RUSH: ".... and I'm just about ready to chuck all this and head to some island, get everybody's hands out of my back pocket as soon as I frigging can because I have had it. I've had it with the state of New York. I've had it with the federal government. I've had it with everybody with their hands in my back pocket wanting this and wanting that. Nothing is ever enough for anybody and it's not worth it. At some point you just decide it isn't worth it and...
  • RUSH on a RAMPAGE (Linguini-Spined Republicans Beware)

    04/12/2005 3:59:28 PM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 15 replies · 894+ views
    Rush Limbaugh dot Com ^ | 5-12-05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'm getting fed up with so many people like Rick Santorum who is a conservative one day, decides he wants to be president and then starts moving to the center. I'm fed up with people like Christopher Shays. I'm fed up with this attack on Tom DeLay. He's not done one damn thing. There's no charge. He's not guilty of anything! I'm fed up with phony baloney, plastic-banana, good-time rock and roller so-called moderate wimps like Chris Shays and all these other clowns that are going after Tom DeLay simply because he's effective. I'm fed up with our side...
  • Republican (Chris Shays) calls for DeLay to step down

    04/10/2005 11:45:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies · 3,684+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2005 | GEBE MARTINEZ
    WASHINGTON - Signaling that persistent ethics questions about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may be starting to weigh down Republicans, a GOP moderate on Sunday called for DeLay to resign his leadership post, and a top GOP senator urged DeLay to answer questions about his ethics. "Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election," Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., told the Associated Press after making similar comments at community meetings in his home district this weekend. He said DeLay should step down. Shays has had a...
  • Shays: DeLay Should Quit As House Leader

    04/10/2005 2:50:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 159 replies · 2,593+ views
    SFC ^ | April 10, 2005 | LOU KESTEN
    "Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election," Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., told The Associated Press in an interview, calling for DeLay to step down as majority leader. DeLay "becomes the poster child for a lot of the things the Democrats think are wrong about Republican leadership. As long as he's there, he's going to become a pretty good target," Dodd said on ABC.
  • Republican lawmaker urging end to `don't ask, don't tell' policy

    04/10/2005 1:21:43 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 45 replies · 837+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 04/10/05 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    Republican lawmaker urging end to `don't ask, don't tell' policy BY STEVE ROTHAUS Knight Ridder Newspapers MIAMI - (KRT) - At odds with her party's leadership, Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is urging the Pentagon to end ``don't ask, don't tell'' and allow gay men and lesbians to join and remain in the military. ``We've tried the policy. I don't think it works. And we've spent a lot of money enforcing it,'' said Ros-Lehtinen, a member of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, who became a co-sponsor of the bill on Tuesday. ``We investigate people....
  • Shays: DeLay on 'thinnest ice'

    04/10/2005 1:05:36 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 20 replies · 761+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | 4/10/05 | Peter Urban
    In an effort to parry likely Democratic attacks, U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, has started to distance himself from embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Shays, who narrowly won re-election last November, bluntly criticized DeLay as pushing ethics and campaign finance laws "to the very edge" and antagonizing Democrats with his partisan rhetoric. "He is on the thinnest of ice as far as I'm concerned," said Shays, who noted that the conservative Texan has been reprimanded three times by the House ethics committee. "That is disquieting. It raises huge questions that Democrats have a right to raise." And raise they...
  • Shays bucks DeLay

    04/10/2005 1:05:45 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 29 replies · 862+ views
    Greenwichtime ^ | 04/10/05 | Michael Dinan
    By Michael Dinan Staff Writer April 10, 2005 Though Republicans in some circles are rallying around beleaguered House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, one prominent Republican yesterday dissociated himself from the powerful and controversial lawmaker. "He is an absolute embarrassment to me and to the Republican Party," U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, told more than 50 Greenwich residents yesterday morning at Town Hall. He was in Greenwich to host a public forum, open to all political parties, on whatever pressing issues attendees were interested in discussing.
  • Some in GOP Fear Effort May Alienate Voters

    03/22/2005 3:19:56 PM PST · by Crackingham · 65 replies · 1,349+ views
    LA Times ^ | Mar. 22, 2005 | Janet Hook
    The extraordinary steps taken by congressional Republicans to save the life of Terri Schiavo have won plaudits from evangelical Christians and other conservative activists, but some Republicans worry about a potential backlash among others who view the intervention as an overbearing use of government power. Just as Congress passed and President Bush signed legislation allowing federal courts to review whether Schiavo's feeding tube should be withdrawn, a poll by ABC News found that 70% of those surveyed believed congressional intervention was inappropriate. Though some GOP strategists have argued that the issue is a political winner for the party because it...
  • RINO Chris Shays (Voted NO on Terri) "Concerned about Many Lives Around World We Don't Care About"

    03/21/2005 9:27:22 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 572+ views
    Fox News | governsleast governsbest
    Ultimate wimpy RINO Chris Shays (RINO-CT) was just interviewed on Fox News. He is one of five GOP congressmen to vote against bill giving Terry Schiavo a right to federal judicial review. In explaining his 'no' vote, Shays first expressed concern that people all around the country could petition Congress in similar cases, then added "I'm also concerned about all the people around the world whose lives we don't seem to be concerned about." JUST WHAT THE HECK WAS SHAYS IMPLYING? Was this a slap at the war in Iraq? Just yesterday I read that Shays, who represents wealthy Connecticut...
  • Congress pushes to close loophole

    02/03/2005 11:24:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 378+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | February 3, 2005 | Stephen Dinan
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Congress pushes to close loopholeBy Stephen DinanTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished February 3, 2005 The chief architects of the 2002 campaign finance overhaul introduced a bill yesterday to clamp down on so-called "527 organizations" such as MoveOn.org and the Swift Boat Veterans, which flooded the broadcast airwaves with political commercials last year.     Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and the group of lawmakers with whom he teamed to pass the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, said the bill would close the 527 organization loophole, which they had not intended to allow.     The measure has attracted support both from...
  • NYT Editorial: Real-World New Year's Resolutions (The Times tries to take off its Unreal-World Hat)

    12/31/2004 8:53:28 AM PST · by OESY · 9 replies · 610+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2004 | Editorial
    This is the moment when we list our priorities for the new year, counting off the most important social challenges the country faces and the remedies we'd like to see our elected officials adopt. Normally, we urge that all this be accomplished in a spirit of bipartisanship. All that requires a leap of faith that's beyond us this season. Instead, we'd like to pick out a few areas that may be a little lower on the agenda, but where the need is aching and the potential bridges between the parties are already clear and sturdy. All it takes is a...