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  • Nevada Assembly considers first ever expulsion of [Democratic] lawmaker after arrests

    03/26/2013 10:59:35 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 | AP
    A lawmaker who has been arrested twice in two months, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and accused of threatening to harm a Democratic Party leader could this week become the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature. A select committee plans to convene Tuesday evening to recommend whether Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-Las Vegas, should be allowed to return to his seat in the Legislature, be expelled, censured or otherwise reprimanded.
  • Democratic Losses Hit State Farm Teams Hard

    11/10/2010 9:42:23 AM PST · by randita · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/9/10 | Steve Peoples
    Back to Article Democratic Losses Hit State Farm Teams Hard By Steve Peoples Roll Call Staff Nov. 9, 2010, 11:30 p.m. While the GOP celebrates historic gains in the House, Republicans in state capitals across the country are cheering massive pickups that wiped out key Democratic bench players — a shift that they say may shape elections for years to come. From Minnesota to Montana, Democrats lost state Speakers, Senate Majority Leaders, lieutenant governors and other up-and-comers whose political futures are now uncertain at best. Nowhere is the shift more apparent than in New Hampshire, where the GOP won all...
  • North Carolina - GOP: Party Takes Control of Legislature

    11/03/2010 6:07:13 AM PDT · by rhoda_penmark · 4 replies
    WRAL ^ | 11/03/2010 | WRAL
    Raleigh, N.C. — Riding a nationwide wave of voter discontent, state Republican leaders said Tuesday that the party had seized control of the state General Assembly for the first time in more than a century.
  • Long Time Florida Freeper Takes on the RINOS

    03/27/2010 10:04:26 AM PDT · by mission9 · 7 replies · 256+ views
    Source ^ | 3-27-10 | Self
    Push has come to shove, and the RINO/Obama agenda must be openly challenged in the Florida legislature. If you never read another word about the legislation passed in special session last year to make possible the high speed rail Obama pork barrel boondoggle, you would be a better person for it. If you never had to get into a legislative education committee, to hear how my opponent is advancing “Race to the Top,” the Federal take over of State education, you would count yourself among the lucky. If you never had to squabble over the continual stretch in benefits for...
  • Minnesota soldier who lost his legs in Iraq now seeks public office (He's GOP!)

    02/10/2010 8:04:24 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 11 replies · 626+ views
    A war veteran who lost his legs in Iraq is now running for public office. Sgt. John Kriesel says he'll run as a Republican for the House of Representatives District 57 seat, representing Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and South St. Paul. It's the seat now held by (Democrat) Karla Bigham who announced she won't seek re-election this fall. Sgt. Kriesel lost both his legs in a blast near Fallujah, Iraq on December 2, 2006. The same blast that killed two of his best friends. His injuries resulted in 25 surgeries over the course of just two months.
  • Log Cabin Republicans say they have GOP sponsors for anti-discrimination bills

    11/16/2009 7:21:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies · 836+ views ^ | Nov. 16, 2009
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A gay rights group says it is securing Republican support in the Utah state Legislature for anti-discrimination laws. The Deseret News reports members of the Utah Log Cabin Republicans, a gay and lesbian political group, say two bills granting gays extra rights in Utah will have GOP sponsors when they go before the Legislature in the 2010 session. The group is not saying who those sponsors are. One of the measures is similar to an ordinance approved in Salt Lake City that states gay workers can't be fired because of their sexuality. The Deseret News reports...
  • LIVE THREAD -- Tennessee and Oklahoma State House Special Elections

    10/13/2009 6:08:47 PM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 46 replies · 2,480+ views
    State Election Results sites ^ | 10/13/09 | David Wissing
    TN/OK: Polls Close In Special Elections The polls have closed in Tennessee. The first results are in for early voting and absentee and can be found here. The polls have also closed in Oklahoma. The first results are also in for early voting and absentee and can be found here.
  • California Set to Adopt Sweeping Global Warming Plan

    12/11/2008 7:42:36 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 1,670+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/11/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's utilities, refineries and large factories must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators. On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board was expected to adopt what would be the nation's most sweeping global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change. It would hold California's worst polluters accountable for the heat-trapping emissions they produce _ transforming how people travel, utilities generate power and businesses use electricity. At...
  • Run a $1,000,000 Campaign on a $1,000 budget

    09/12/2008 2:17:26 PM PDT · by mosesdapoet · 1 replies · 132+ views
    The US Mat.Com/ ^ | 9/11/08 | Lee J Keslin
    Created for conservative candidates operating a campaign on a limited budget in those blue areas. Conservative message suggestions and designs for campaign materials using the computer and printer to get your message out to the voter.
  • Silly Bills Part II (California Dems' Booster Seat Snafu Alert)

    09/03/2006 11:13:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 690+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 09/03/06 | Jill Stewart
    One of the most mindless laws approved was Assembly Bill 2108, by Sonoma County Democrat Noreen Evans. It requires parents to stick kids in automobile backseat booster seats until they turn age 8, or the kids grow to a specified height. This onerous law will cost parents millions of dollars, and save between zero and seven lives annually in California. Is that a typo? Is it possible that our full-time, "professional" Legislature approved a law forcing parents to spend millions of dollars, and preventing their small children from riding with their bigger kids in the front seat, all to save...
  • CA: Fox vows to address Mexicans' migration - State Legislature hears president's ideas

    05/26/2006 9:48:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 410+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/26/06 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Mexican President Vicente Fox said yesterday that the U.S. Senate vote for sweeping changes in immigration policy is a “monumental step forward” and vowed that his country will continue to improve its economy so Mexicans will have less incentive to cross the border. His remarks to a joint session of the California Legislature drew applause from Democrats, while Republicans largely remained silent as they wore yellow no más lapel buttons – a protest for “no more” illegal immigration. “It is a moment that millions of families have been hoping for,” Fox said of the Senate action. “This is...

    04/13/2006 10:27:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 325+ views ^ | 4/13/06 | Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field
    California voters remain unhappy with their elected officials in Sacramento. Both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislature continue to receive poor job ratings, with just 39% of voters currently approving of the performance of the Governor and 28% saying this with regard to the state legislature. In addition, a 56% majority of Californians feels the direction of the state is seriously off on the wrong track, twice the proportion (28%) who see the state moving in the right direction. Voter still favor by a 57% to 30% margin the Governor’s proposal to spend $200 billion over ten years on...
  • The (CA) 35th Senate District Special Election Keeps Heating Up (conservative vs. RINO)

    03/12/2006 12:44:48 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies · 2,002+ views
    The Flash Report ^ | February 27, 2006 | Matthew J. Cunningham
    The 35th SD special election is only six weeks away (April 11). Dana Point Councilwoman Diane Harkey has been campaigning hard -- at least eight campaign mailers to date, including an absentee ballot program. Two of the mailers hit Assemblyman Tom Harman hard on his votes for tuition for illegal immigrants and sponsorship of the diaper tax [by the way, OC Blog has been posting the mail as it goes out -- click here for an overview]. Harkey has the endorsements of just about every major OC GOP political leader, as well as Lincoln Club and the HJTA. The New...
  • $135 million: Hidden surplus discovered in the General Assembly

    08/11/2005 6:48:03 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 13 replies · 472+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 11, 2005 | Brad Bumsted and Debra Erdley
    Top Pennsylvania lawmakers have a special account stuffed with $135 million only they can use -- and they're using it to pay themselves more money. While other needs went begging this summer during discussions on the $24 billion state budget, the little known account controlled solely by legislative leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties remained flush. It is being used to fund the back-door pay increase -- called "unvouchered expenses" -- accepted by more than half of the state's 253 lawmakers. "They're sitting on that and people have to go in and beg for $15 or $20 million for...
  • Assembly race slugfest

    11/01/2004 3:13:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/1/4 | Jim Sanders
    Mud flies as 15th District turns into political donnybrook Assemblyman Guy Houston dubs his challenger the "Queen of Smear." Elaine Shaw counters that he cheats seniors out of their retirement funds. He says she wants to make it easy to raise taxes. She blasts him as a right-wing extremist kowtowing to special interests. Welcome to the 15th Assembly District campaign, where so much mud has been slung that one of Houston's fliers shows a clod striking the lawmaker's chin. Mailboxes from Livermore to Elk Grove have been flooded with advertisements by the two candidates or by independent groups supporting them....
  • Some CA Legislative Races Heat Up

    10/10/2004 6:03:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 691+ views
    Republicans have shot at making gains.
  • Republican challenger accuses Democratic senator of misusing funds

    09/28/2004 4:17:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 589+ views
    Express-News Austin Bureau ^ | 09/28/2004 | W. Gardner Selby
    AUSTIN — The Republican opponent of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has accused the San Antonio Democrat of misusing around $100,000 in state postage and printing funds by sending two office newsletters to voters this year. Jim Valdez complained today to the Travis County district attorney's office, saying one newsletter was sent less than 60 days before the March Democratic primary in violation of Senate procedures. The other, he said, includes illegal electioneering by listing a "town hall" meeting for District 26 residents after early voting begins next month. Van de Putte said she was "just a senator doing...
  • Less Is More (California's Reformator Wants Citizen State Legislature)

    04/18/2004 9:11:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 33 replies · 186+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 04/18/04 | John Fund
    <p>Less Is More Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks making laws should be a part-time job. He's right.</p> <p>Arnold Schwarzenegger ended his campaign for governor last year with an exuberant rally on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento in which he raised a broom over his head to symbolize his pledge to clean up the state's problems and then told the crowd of 10,000 that "we're going to kick some serious butt."</p>
  • Story Behind The Democrats' Losing Streak (CA's No Rock-Solid Democratic Bastion)

    03/13/2004 2:22:27 AM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 220+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/11/04 | Daniel Weintraub
    <p>For as long as Gray Davis was governor, his top political adviser, Garry South, preached to fellow Democrats not to take the state's electorate for granted. While the voters year after year gave Democrats big majorities in the Legislature, South warned that Californians were not nearly as leftist as those results might lead some to believe.</p>
  • Recall Backers Target Districts (Arnold's Recall Army Marches On)

    10/31/2003 3:33:59 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 204+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/31/03 | Nancy Vogel
    The same grass-roots group that launched the successful recall of Gov. Gray Davis turned its attention to the Legislature on Thursday and kicked off an initiative drive to reconfigure legislative districts so that politicians face tougher competition on election day. Ted Costa, chief executive officer of the conservative antitax group, People's Advocate, has taken the first step toward putting an initiative before voters next November that would take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature and give it to a panel of retired judges. Costa does not want to wait eight years to get rid of the district boundaries...
  • CA GOP Gets Renewed Clout (My Title)

    10/26/2003 1:49:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 150+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/26/03 | Nancy Vogel And Gregg Jones
    Hundreds of times in the five-year reign of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, Ray Haynes has stood on the Assembly floor and spoken like the true conservative he is. Assemblyman Haynes has beseeched Democrats who dominate the Legislature to cut spending and free business from government's tentacles. More than 95% of the time, Haynes says, Democrats did the opposite. But as Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to be sworn in next month as California's governor, Haynes (R-Murietta) is practically giddy, predicting the dynamics of the Legislature are about to change. At last, he and others say, the Legislature will be forced to...
  • Petitioners Now Target License Law (Save Our Drivers License Alert!)

    10/18/2003 1:21:53 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 1,393+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/18/03 | Geoffrey Mohan And Allison Hoffman
    A little more than a week after angry Californians tossed out their sitting governor, a grass-roots campaign is gaining ground in a push to reverse a new law granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. A group of Republicans who were active in the recall effort said they had collected nearly 40,000 signatures in the two weeks since they began circulating petitions for the proposed ballot initiative. If volunteers can gather 375,000 signatures of registered voters by Dec. 7, the law will be suspended and voters will decide its fate in the March election. The battle over driver's licenses began with...
  • Voter wrath now veering toward state Legislature (CA)

    09/07/2003 7:37:12 AM PDT · by engrpat · 51 replies · 422+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9-7-03 | Daniel Weintraub
    <p>The recall election freight train chugging down the tracks toward Gov. Gray Davis might not stop with him. If it succeeds, the state Legislature, which is just as responsible for California's woes as Davis, could be the next target.</p> <p>A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that the people's assessment of the Legislature was even lower than their regard for the governor. While 25 percent said they approved of the job Davis is doing, just 22 percent gave high marks to the Legislature. And while 20 percent approved of the way Davis was handling the budget, an even more minuscule 15 percent could say the same for the Legislature.</p>
  • Time To Bring Back Part-Time California Legislature (Liberal George "Slumberin'" Skelton Gets It)

    08/04/2003 1:09:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 195+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/04/03 | George Skelton
    Sacramento--The lawmakers have left town and gone home. And that's where they should stay until January. They won't. They'll be back on Aug. 18 to plow through the final four weeks of this year's legislative session — which is the first half of a two-year session. This is considered a "full-time" legislature, one of only 10 in the country. All in big states. The biggest state, I've now concluded, should downgrade its Legislature to part time.
  • [TN House Speaker] Naifeh wants end to specialty plates [after approval of pro-life plates]

    06/19/2003 6:23:20 AM PDT · by tdadams · 34 replies · 278+ views
    The Nashville City Paper ^ | June 19, 2003 | Skip Cauthorn
    House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh wants to abolish all vanity license plates, following Gov. Phil Bredesen’s move to allow a license plate promoting a pro-life abortion stance to be issued by the state. Bredesen Tuesday let legislation allowing the state Department of Safety to issue a “Choose Life” specialty plate go unsigned through the constitutional deadline, which without a veto makes the bill law. Naifeh says Rep. Mark Maddox (D-Dresden) is drafting legislation which would ban all specialty plates. State specialty plates, of which more than 100 exist, promote everything from the Great Smoky Mountains to the University of Tennessee football...
  • State Sen. Burton Switches To Mississippi GOP

    12/30/2002 2:29:44 PM PST · by JohnnyZ · 66 replies · 297+ views
    The Jackson ^ | Dec. 30, 2002 | The Associated Press
    Former Newton Mayor First Elected To Senate In 1991 NEWTON, Miss. -- Veteran state Sen. Terry Burton, of Newton, is now a Republican. Burton said Monday that he reached his decision independent of Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck's much publicized switch. Burton was elected to the Senate three times as a Democrat.
  • Only Fed-Up Voters Can Fix State's Damaged System for Picking Legislators

    11/25/2002 2:25:17 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/02 | George Skelton
    All this -- the closed primary, protectionist redistricting, term limits -- "is a dastardly combination," South continues. "I'm utterly disgusted with the whole thing."