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  • Taxpayers pay high salaries and more money to teach on state time ( Colorado double dipping )

    04/08/2015 7:02:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Watchdog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Taxpayers paid state Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice nearly $148,000 plus generous government benefits last year. But, since 2007, she collected more than $100,000 in public money teaching University of Colorado law school classes that began during normal judicial business hours, Watchdog.org has found. Public Defender Douglas Wilson and one of his employees, Ann Roan, also were paid for teaching at the CU law school during normal work hours, despite taxpayers paying Wilson more than $138,000 and Roan more than $132,000 a year to do their public defender jobs, documents obtained under state open records laws show. Steve Curtis,...
  • A Halloween Sack Full of Subsidized Sugar

    10/31/2014 9:49:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jim Martin
    If you really want to put a spook into people this Halloween, maybe dress up like the Free Market. That's a vision that scares a lot of folks these days – especially those who grow the sugar in our favorite holiday candies. Here in America, where the free-enterprise system should be celebrated, the government artificially props up prices by mandating how much sugar farmers can produce, restricting competition with high tariffs and buying up sugar with taxpayer money when there’s a surplus. That means in the U.S. we’re paying more for sugar and the many products that use sugar than...
  • Big Green groups have self-serving bargain with government [cashing in and there is no record]

    10/16/2014 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2014 | Randy T. Simmons, contributor, and Jordan Lofthouse
    The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency. Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital. More alarmingly, the diagnosis was made just hours after the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on a commercial airliner, despite reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a...
  • Stage Production for 18-Minute Obama Speech Cost $94,360

    09/29/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-29-14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    War speech at Air Force base produced by private, Dem-friendly company The stage, drapes, and sound system for an 18-minute speech by President Barack Obama cost taxpayers nearly $100,000. “Elite Productions,” the go-to company for prominent Democratic politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, put on the set for Obama’s speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 17. The company provided “stage, drapery, and audio/visual equipment,” according to a contract document made public by the Air Force last week. The government paid the company $94,360 for a speech that lasted from...
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers—without notice—a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Lee’s story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonald’s or Apple. There...
  • Malian Obama Spent Her Weekend at Lollapalooza with Secret Service!

    08/05/2014 5:15:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    We're gonna go out on a limb here and say this is DEFINITELY one of the strangest assignments the Secret Service has ever gotten! While President Barack Obama was busy hanging out with Katy Perry at the White House this weekend, his oldest daughter Malia was seeing musicians like OutKast, Skrillex, Lorde, and SO many more! That's because the 16-year-old was in Chicago with thousands of other youths at this year's installment...
  • Bill Clinton Pocketed Nearly $16 Million in Taxpayer Money Since 2001

    06/25/2014 5:00:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 6/25/14 | Fred Dardick
    Bill Clinton must think it’s still the 1990s when a complacent press could cover up each and every mistake he made (sexual impropriety, lies, theft, etc…). Unfortunately for Clinton and his out of touch wife and daughter, who apparently just can’t get herself to care about money from her $10 million condo in New York City, the internet age can take stupidity viral in about 10 minutes.
  • Farm Bill Bottom Feeder Program Must Be Stopped

    11/24/2013 3:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | David Williams
    Throughout the history of the country, Congress has done some pretty dumb things and their recent abysmal approval ratings shows that the American public is losing faith. Not to say it’s an institution built on imprudent thoughts and actions. No. In reality it’s a venerable institution responsible for some of the most important legal, social and political advancements in modern history. But it’s hasn’t always been smooth sailing. For example, Congress once earmarked $50,000 in taxpayer money to support a museum honoring mules? Congress also spent $1.9 million on a Center for Public Service that would eventually honor a member...
  • Baltimore Ravens receive $130,000 in taxpayer cash to promote Obamacare

    10/22/2013 3:00:35 PM PDT · by onyx · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are receiving $130,000 in public funds to promote Obamacare for a year, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. In September, officials with Maryland Health Connection — Maryland’s Obamacare exchange — announced that the team had signed on to be a partner in the promotion efforts for President Obama’s signature health-care law. “Research shows that 71 percent of the uninsured population in Maryland have watched, attended or listened to a Ravens game in the past 12 months,” the Connection’s press announcement explained. “The partnership will provide Maryland Health Connection with the opportunity to...
  • ONU's Cultural Conversation hour to focus on 'Self-Defense, Stand Your Ground & Trayvon Tragedy'

    09/30/2013 9:01:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Ada Herald ^ | September 30, 2013
    ADA - "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self-Defense, Stand Your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy," will be the title of the discussion during the Ohio Northern University Cultural Conversation hour in the Celebrezze Court Room on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Black Law Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Development. Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, ONU professor of law, will discuss the law of self-defense and the changes to settled doctrine that "Stand Your Ground" laws represent, and she will examine both...
  • Obama's United States of Pick Pocketing

    08/02/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Charlotte Hays
    When the G8 summit met in Belfast earlier in the summer, one overriding ambition drove the grand panjandrums of international order: the imperative of squeezing more money out of people and corporations. Sure, these international Fagins—that’s the famed “receiver of stolen goods” in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist—didn't quite frame the issue that way. Instead, these officials, high-living if not entirely high-minded, spoke in more mundane terms of going after “tax havens” or the need to target “aggressive tax planning.” But the real theme of the meeting was best summed up by the lyrics of Joel Gray’s famous song in Cabaret:...
  • OPM Is the Problem, Not the IRS

    06/07/2013 7:24:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    Suddenly, Democrats are in a tizzy about wasteful government spending. At hearings this week into the IRS's misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund staff junkets, Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, bemoaned, "The money that was spent on that -- that's my money! That's the lady who got the early bus this morning. That's her money. The one who makes $35,000. Hers. The gentleman up the street from me who makes 45 (thousand dollars) hauling trash. That's their money! So, it was wasted." But he shouldn't be surprised. What went on at the...
  • Is This Any Way to Help the Poor?

    06/03/2013 5:17:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Is welfare corrupt? Of course it is, and in a damning report last week, the Massachusetts state auditor, Suzanne Bump, rounded up some of the scams: Welfare payments issued to recipients long after they were listed as dead. Multiple recipients using one Social Security number – and multiple Social Security numbers being used by one person. Electronic benefit cards from Massachusetts being used in places like Hawaii, Las Vegas, and the Virgin Islands. Tens of thousands of blank EBT cards missing from state welfare offices. Repeated requests for "lost" benefit cards to be replaced. In a report that covered only...
  • Subsidizing the Slaughter of Innocents

    01/16/2013 3:42:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Ken Connor
    During the 2012 election season the American people were subjected to hundreds of campaign ads. Among these were several geared towards women, and many of these were paid for by Planned Parenthood. According to Planned Parenthood, Mitt Romney was bad for women because he wanted to cut federal funding for the organization, thereby depriving millions of women of "vital services." We heard a lot about cancer screenings in these ads, but very little about abortions. The reality is that abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood, and Uncle Sam continues to be a complicit financier of the organization's ghoulish practices....
  • Banking On The Path To Fiscal Ruin

    01/09/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    A trend has taken shape in Washington, and it has put our country on a devastating path towards potential fiscal ruin. The trend is characterized by an unsustainable penchant for spending money we don’t have. It became crystal clear in last year’s debt ceiling negotiations and was further highlighted by the recent debate surrounding the fiscal cliff; our country is broke, yet our government continues to spend more, risk more and accumulate more debt. Entitlements are often blamed for the vast majority of our spending issues, but our tendency to overspend is not restricted to just these. Parallels exist...
  • Your Money at Work: Welfare Cash Spent on Strippers, Booze and Porn Shops

    01/07/2013 6:26:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    If you earn a middle class paycheck like a lot of Americans do, you saw your Social Security taxes increase last week thanks to the so called fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Considering the system is totally broke, losing that extra cash to the government "lock box" makes you think about where that money, and the rest of your tax dollars are actually going. The New York Post has discovered through an investigation that welfare recipients using EBT cards (which work like debit cards filled with taxpayer money, just swipe and buy)...
  • The Auto Bailout Failure Is Now Complete

    12/20/2012 7:36:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | David Harsanyi
    You may recall that during the presidential election, the Treasury Department refused requests by General Motors to unload the government's stake in the giant automaker. Taxpayers had sunk $50 billion into a union bailout in 2009 and were now proud owners of 26.5 percent of the struggling company. Reportedly, GM had growing concerns that the stigma of "Government Motors" was hurting sales in the United States. At the time, any transaction would have come at a steep loss to taxpayers and undermined the president's questionable campaign assertions that the auto union rescue had been a huge success. Well, now...
  • Professor Blames Mass Shootings on ‘White Male Privilege’

    12/19/2012 4:43:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    <p>Some opinions only get attention because they come from people with advanced degrees who make their living on the taxpayer dime. That’s certainly the case for Hugo Schwyzer, a history and gender studies professor at Pasadena City College.</p> <p>He has a history of blaming white men for most of the mass killings that take place in the United States. Friday’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut gave him a great opportunity to spout his nonsense once again.</p>
  • Taxpayers, Revolt!

    11/29/2012 6:33:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience. Their task is to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a geological construct of their own making. It doesn't take a genius to predict both parties will try to do two things: (1) reach an agreement that will allow each side to take some credit and (2) require those who work for a living to pay government more while they come up with phony, or inconsequential spending "cuts." Whatever they do, payroll taxes are going...
  • What Does $28.00 Mean to You?

    10/12/2012 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Tim Phillips
    Some had been waiting for more than an hour – sitting in a line of cars that stretched for blocks. Others had arrived hours early, just to be the first in line. Local radio and morning television teased their audience with hints and sparse details before finally making the announcement. After that, the location and details spread like wildfire via text, Twitter and Facebook. What was so important that hundreds would wait in line so long? A new lifesaving medicine? Free hundred dollar bills? A fabulous celebrity cruise? No, nothing quite that glamorous. Americans for Prosperity was offering gasoline...
  • 97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White

    03/29/2012 7:41:59 AM PDT · by blam · 74 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-29-2012 | Gus Lubin
    97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White Gus Lubin March 29, 2012, 8:06 AM A big report is out on the importance of Route 66, which John Steinbeck dubbed America's "mother road." The study by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the National Park Service and the American Express Foundation argues for state spending to support this culture and economic institution. But who enjoys the road from Chicago to Santa Monica? The socioeconomic profile of the Route 66 traveler is: 1. Overwhelmingly (97 percent) white in race. 2. Overwhelmingly (97 percent) not Hispanic in ethnicity (recall...
  • Taxpayers to pay $3 million to promote worldwide homosexual advocacy, Lady Gaga concerts

    12/10/2011 7:21:08 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 9, 2011 | BEN JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON, D.C. December 9, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As part of a worldwide campaign to promote global acceptance of homosexuality, the Obama administration has established a $3 million “Global Equality Fund” to fund homosexual political “advocacy” around the world at taxpayer expense. State Department guidelines suggest this could include everything from funding foreign political activists to campaign against legislation that defines marriage as a union between one man and one women, to hosting gay pride parades and concerts by Lady Gaga in far-flung countries. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trumpeted the formation of the group in a speech she delivered in...
  • Family gets $333,000 for 2009 raid in which cops killed dog

    08/19/2011 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Immerito · 40 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 19, 2011 | David Heinzmann
    A federal jury awarded $333,000 to a Chicago family Thursday after Chicago police officers raided its South Side home with guns drawn and shot its dog in a search that found no criminal activity in the apartment. Teenage brothers Thomas and Darren Russell were in their second-floor apartment in the 9200 block of South Justine Street in February 2009 when officers announced they had a warrant to search both units of the two-flat. Thomas Russell, then 18, opened the door and found officers with their guns drawn, according to the lawsuit. Russell said that he put his hands in the...
  • Hundreds who got aid at Chicago State should not have been enrolled [aid for 0.0 GPA]

    08/10/2011 5:59:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2011 | Jodi S. Cohen
    1:59 p.m. CDT, Hundreds of Chicago State University students received state financial aid even though their grades were so low that they shouldn’t have been allowed to enroll at the university, according to testimony Wednesday at a state hearing. The state audit commission hearing comes after the Tribune reported last month that the South Side public university intentionally allowed failing students to remain in school to boost its enrollment numbers. Sen. Edward Maloney, D-Chicago, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, revealed that 449 students during 2008-2009, who should have been dismissed for poor academic performance based on university policy,...
  • DFU You-Tube SING-ALONG: Where Have all the Cowboy Poets Gone?

    03/12/2011 8:36:11 AM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    dfu via YouTube ^ | 2-12-11 | dfu
    I agree with Harry Reid. How can we possibly go on with our lives if the taxpayers don't fund the cowboy poetry festival? Enjoy the sing-along. YOUTUBE = WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOY POETS GONE?
  • OBAMA HYPOCRISY: DON’T ‘DENIGRATE,’ ‘VILIFY’ PUBLIC WORKERS

    03/01/2011 1:26:29 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 8 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-01-11 | The Region Rat
    President Worries About “Rights” of Union Workers We’ve seen the video of Barrack Obama declaring he would “put on comfortable shoes and walk on that picket line” with striking union members. There was also the clip of then Senator Obama extolling Service Employees International Union members as he led them in chant: “SEIU! SEIU!” I’m not completely sure where I expect any president of the United States to come down on charged-up, polarizing issues such as the pro-union protests spreading throughout the country, but I do know what I don’t expect: HYPOCRISY. Naturally, a socialist, pro-labor president is going to...
  • Rubber room's 'dirty' old man

    12/26/2010 4:11:34 PM PST · by opentalk · 25 replies · 2+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2010 | SUSAN EDELMAN
    He just won't leave. At age 75, Roland Pierre is the granddaddy of the rubber room -- 13 years in the purgatory of teachers yanked from the classroom for alleged wrongdoing. But the Department of Education can't fire Pierre, and he's stuck around long past the minimum retirement age. Pierre was permanently removed from the classroom in 1997 after he was accused of sexually molesting a sixth-grade girl at PS 138 in Brooklyn. But since then, Pierre has continued to receive full pay and fringe benefits, including health, pension and vacation, officials said. He pulls down $97,101 a year. He's...
  • 45-Car Convoy, 700 Hotel Rooms, 2 Jumbo Jets For Obamas' Mumbai Trip

    10/23/2010 4:30:28 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 106 replies
    HotairPundit ^ | 10/23/10 | HotairPundit
    Mumbai trip: The entire Taj Mahal hotel has been booked, the President's team will have 570 rooms, including all banquets and restaurants, 125 rooms more rooms for Obama's security, the 2 jumbo jets are in addition to Air Force One... indiatimes.com Since Obama is expected to arrive in the afternoon on November 6, and will travel by road to the Taj Mahal Hotel, the entire stretch from airport to the hotel will be under heavy security. To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his...
  • Mozelle Johnston students to experience Wii generation (Good Grief!!)

    03/03/2010 5:59:26 AM PST · by mnehring · 13 replies · 358+ views
    Mozelle Johnston Elementary School students soon will use a video game system during physical education classes. PE teacher Karen Wilson on Tuesday received a $1,967 grant from the Longview ISD Foundation to buy three Nintendo Wii systems with Wii Sports and Wii Fit packages. “I wrote the grant for the Wiis so the kids could experience the Wii generation,” Wilson said. “We’ll be able to do activities that we normally couldn’t because of time or restrictions. We don’t have the facilities to play tennis or Alpine skiing, but now students will be able to experience that. Plus, regular classroom teachers...
  • CAIR comes to the rescue of Minneapolis tax-funded Muslim school

    04/15/2008 7:29:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 184+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | April 15, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    CAIR comes to the rescue of Minneapolis tax-funded Muslim school By Michelle Malkin • April 15, 2008 As I have reported over the years, there are many good reasons to be wary when CAIR and other Muslim grievance groups start banging the drum about being victimized by Islamophobia. Now, the usual suspects seem engaged in the usual tactics to distract from the controversy over the Minneapolis tax-funded Muslim school exposed by Star-Tribune columnist extraordinaire Katherine Kersten. Just as the state has launched an investigation of the school, here comes CAIR: The Minnesota chapter of a national Islamic civil liberties group...
  • Katrina memorial proposed at last minute, say City Council members

    09/09/2007 6:52:52 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 17 replies · 397+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | 09/08/07 | Bigad Shaban
    With roads still in disrepair, sections of the police department operating out of trailers, and a Lakeview library being run out of a bus, some people could not help but raise their eyebrows when Mayor Ray Nagin said that the hopes of building a Hurricane Katrina memorial, the City Council handed him a check. Video: Watch the Story $1 million in tax payer money to build a mausoleum to honor and house the unidentified bodies found after Katrina. “You got people that don’t have no shelter—nothing—still in New Orleans, and you want to do something for people that already passed,...
  • Public Relations Campaign for Research Office at E.P.A. Includes Ghostwriting Articles

    07/18/2005 2:35:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 291+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2005 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    ..............One of the smaller contracts asks the contractor to "develop feature article research and strategy" and to "write the strategy to support a new unit that will be identifying feature story ideas, creating slant, identifying consumer magazines to target and polishing the final article." That contract, for feature articles, was awarded to JDG Communications of Falls Church, Va., for $65,692.62, Ms. Witcher said. The second smaller contract was also awarded to JDG Communications, for $85,829.06. It calls on the contractor to develop two "perception specific indicators" that "must show whether public relations efforts to create awareness and improve the reputation...
  • Airbus Launches Production of A380 Plane

    05/07/2004 9:46:27 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 15 replies · 819+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 7, 2004 | LAURENCE FROST
    BLAGNAC, France - European aircraft maker Airbus SAS on Friday launched production of its A380 "superjumbo," the biggest ever commercial airliner, stepping up its challenge to U.S. rival Boeing Co. which has staked its future on a new mid-sized jet. During a ceremony attended by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Airbus unveiled the first fuselage at its new $435 million assembly plant near the southern city of Toulouse. The 545-acre site will receive sections of the plane built by Airbus workers in France, Germany, Britain and Spain and transported to Toulouse on specially constructed ships, river barges and trucks. The...
  • PA sermon "shake the land under the pillars of the United States and its allies"

    05/02/2004 10:59:24 PM PDT · by yonif · 1 replies · 286+ views
    IMRA ^ | May 3, 2004 | FBIS
    Gaza Palestine Satellite TV Channel in Arabic, official television station of the Palestinian Authority, carries at 0950 GMT on 30c April 2004 a live sermon from Shaykh Zayid Al Nuhayyan mosque in Gaza. Shaykh Ibrahim Mudayris delivers the sermon that he devotes to the prophet's birthday. But, he also alludes to the predicament of the Palestinians and blames Arabs and Muslims for not making a single move. The imam continues with the same theme in the second sermon. He praises the prophet and Islamic message, saying: "We are advocates of peace. We do not fight for the sake of fighting....
  • I Saw Hillary On The Freeway (What is up with that enormous motorcade?)

    02/18/2004 11:03:29 AM PST · by Yaelle · 80 replies · 307+ views
    own eyes | 02-18-04 | self
    Last night around 7:30 pm PST, I was traveling in the fast lane on the southbound 405 freeway in Los Angeles, between Westwood and the airport, when I noticed no traffic in the two fastest lanes coming at me on the opposite side of the freeway. (I believe it's a 5-lane highway, for those who don't know that freeway.) I thought there must be a horrible accident up ahead. Then I saw a bunch of motorcycle cops in both those lanes, deliberately going quite slowly. It looked like an OJ-style slow chase. As I traveled I saw many, many motorcycle...
  • GOP Forms Prescription Drug Plan [AARP alligns with GOP]

    11/26/2002 11:53:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies · 567+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-27-02 | Major Garrett
    <p>WASHINGTON — Republicans got a surprising boost Tuesday from AARP, the nation's largest and most powerful seniors group on an issue that's bedeviled Washington for years -- prescription drugs for seniors.</p> <p>"I think it's important news that there is one party that can essentially control the outcome here," Chris Hansen, director of advocacy for AARP told Fox News. "In terms of getting to a final conclusion, I think having one-party control, whichever party, it is probably a good thing. I think Republicans are serious about making this a priority."</p>