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  • [Louisiana] Senate race gets personal early

    09/08/2009 6:38:10 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 1,324+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 7, 2009 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- More than a year before Louisiana voters head to the polls in what promises to be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country, the rhetoric already is heating up between incumbent Republican David Vitter and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville. The standard political playbook says incumbent politicians should ignore their opponents as long as possible, as mentioning them by name only gives them free publicity. But Vitter, who is seeking a second term after becoming Louisiana's first Republican senator since Reconstruction in 2004, turned that theory on its head during...
  • Honore dismisses talk of Senate run

    08/31/2009 9:38:34 AM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 9 replies · 816+ views
    CNN Online ^ | 8/31/09 | Matt Smith
    The general who led military relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is denying a report that he may challenge Louisiana Sen. David Vitter in 2010, calling it "speculation and rumors" Sunday.
  • General noted for Katrina (Russ Honore)work to be speaker here (NAACP Banquet)

    08/30/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by abb · 26 replies · 1,563+ views
    The Dead Pelican ^ | August 30, 2008 | John Andrew Prine
    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, the blunt-talking, cigar-chomping military leader who stepped into the political feuding that followed Hurricane Katrina and sorted matters out, will be guest speaker at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Shreveport Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. snip
  • General Russell Honore To Run Vs David Vitter In Louisiana US Race?

    08/29/2009 5:32:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 75 replies · 3,084+ views
    Bayou Buzz ^ | August 28, 2009 | Christopher Tidmore
    In a breaking story, The Louisiana Weekly and Bayoubuzz.com have learned that the hero of Hurricane recovery, General Russell Honore is seriously considering entering the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate seat against incumbent David Vitter. Honore, a Republican since the Reagan Administration and a registered Louisiana voter from his Zachary home, has spoken to friends and supporters in the last two weeks signaling that he is, according to one, "more than 50% sure that he will run." The news comes mere hours after Third District Congressman Charlie Melancon announced his firm intention to be the Democratic challenger to David...
  • A fresh face on the GOP bench?

    08/29/2009 5:09:36 PM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 978+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | August 29, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    The palpable hunger for new leadership in the GOP makes most interesting the 2010 Senate run in Louisiana reportedly being mulled by Hurricane Katrina hero General Russell L. Honoré, for the seat currently held by David Vitter, seriously damaged by his name turning up in the client list of a prostitution ring in Washington DC, in 2007. One primary opponent announced yesterday, US Rep. Charlie Melancon. Shortly afterward, this intriguing post appeared in Bayoubuzz.com: The Louisiana Weekly and Bayoubuzz.com have learned that the hero of Hurricane recovery, General Russell Honore is seriously considering entering the Republican Primary for the U.S....
  • "All He Has To Say Is 'Stuck on Stupid', And (Senator) Vitter Is Toast."

    08/29/2009 11:49:44 AM PDT · by Quaker · 35 replies · 1,399+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | August 29, 2009 | George
    Retired Lt.General Russell Honore is considering running in a primary race against Senator David Vitter (R – Louisiana).
  • Melancon: Louisiana deserves better than Vitter (announces Senate candidacy)

    08/27/2009 5:46:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 1,424+ views
    WWL Radio AM870 FM 105.3 ^ | August 27, 2009 | Dave Cohen
    Congressman Charlie Melancon today made official what has been anticipated for some time. He's running for U.S. Senate. "I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate to replace David Vitter," Melancon said in a Youtube video he emailed to supporters. He describes himself as an anti-abortion, pro-gun centrist and a member of the "Blue Dog'' caucus of fiscally conservative Democrats in Congress. He doesn't attack Vitter in the announcement, but does say, "Louisiana deserves better." He adds that Louisiana needs "more honest" leadership. Melancon never specifically mentions Vitter's admitted "very serious sin" after his number showed up on the DC...
  • General Russell Honore To Run Vs David Vitter In Louisiana US Race?

    08/28/2009 7:33:57 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 1,281+ views
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 08/28/09 | Christopher Tidmore
    In a breaking story, The Louisiana Weekly and Bayoubuzz.com have learned that the hero of Hurricane recovery, General Russell Honore is seriously considering entering the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate seat against incumbent David Vitter. Honore, a Republican since the Reagan Administration and a registered Louisiana voter from his Zachary home, has spoken to friends and supporters in the last two weeks signaling that he is, according to one, "more than 50% sure that he will run." The news comes mere hours after Third District Congressman Charlie Melancon announced his firm intention to be the Democratic challenger to David...
  • [Louisiana Senator] Vitter on the attack

    08/24/2009 9:15:12 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 799+ views
    RingsidePolitics.com ^ | August 21, 2009 | Jeff Crouere
    While [Senator David] Vitter is holding a series of town hall meetings across Louisiana, [Democrat Congressman Charlie] Melancon is deciding whether to challenge the incumbent Senator. If he runs, Melancon will have to deal with the relatively low approval rating for the Democratic Party’s top official, President Barack Obama, in Louisiana. Undoubtedly, he will find as many issues as possible to oppose the Obama administration. Melancon also faces a financial disadvantage against Vitter and will have a challenge matching the Senator’s fundraising success. To raise Democratic Party funds, Melancon recently attended a gathering in Martha’s Vineyard. Vitter wasted no time...
  • Democrats File Ethics Charge Against Sen. David Vitter

    08/22/2009 7:48:29 AM PDT · by smith5460 · 37 replies · 2,575+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | August 21, 2009 | Brian Beutler
    We've now obtained the complaint Louisiana State Democratic Party chairman Christopher Whittington has filed with the Senate Ethics Committee, charging that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) used "appropriated funds to pay for town halls at which he engaged in campaign activity.
  • Poll Shows Americans Support Right-to-Carry

    08/11/2009 8:05:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 815+ views
    ammoland.com ^ | 10 August, 2009 | NA
    Washington, DC - -(AmmoLand.com)- The United States Senate recently voted on an amendment that would have allowed Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry in all other states that also grant carry permits. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and David Vitter (R-La.), won a significant majority of votes, 58 to 39, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to avoid a Senate filibuster. Anti-gun senators have long argued that the majority of Americans do not support firearm freedoms. They made this erroneous claim once again during the debate on the Thune/Vitter amendment. Now, a new poll has proven...
  • Health care forum with [Louisiana] Sen. David Vitter in Elmwood is jammed

    08/11/2009 6:26:38 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 897+ views
    Nola.com ^ | August 10, 2009 | Mark Waller
    Constituents packed into a health care forum hosted by Sen. David Vitter today in Elmwood, where Vitter took audience questions mostly criticizing President Barack Obama's reform push and stated his own opposition to the plans. "I think there are problems and issues with the health care system that need improvement," Vitter said during the forum. "I want to focus specifically on those problems, and I don't want to throw out the baby with the bath water. I completely and unalterably oppose the Obama administration plan." Vitter said Obama's reforms - creating a new government health plan option that competes with...
  • Sen. David Vitter Welcomes Angry Mob to Health Care Forum Special

    08/09/2009 7:10:40 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 3,433+ views
    digitaljournal.com ^ | 08/08/09 | Carol Forsloff
    David Vitter, Senator from Louisiana, spoke at a town hall meeting on health care at Louisiana College in Pineville on Saturday. After the prayer, a minister referred to Vitter as doing God’s work as Vitter welcomed those called “an angry mob.” Louisiana College is a Baptist-run college in North Louisiana. The town hall meeting was held in what is normally the place of worship on the campus, as folks found Bible hymnals in the shelving in front of each pew. People expressed their anger and frustration at the meeting, chaired by Vitter who spoke of his concerns before introducing other...
  • LIVE vote - Sotomayor vote

    08/06/2009 12:05:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 46 replies · 3,436+ views
    CSPAN2 ^ | 8-6-09
    Votes presently Ds= 69 Rs = 31 ______________ Pubbies: Vitter Alexander Martinez so far voting AYE!
  • Video: Sen. David Vitter Says Government Health Care Will Be The Only Option.

    08/04/2009 8:30:39 AM PDT · by WNO · 5 replies · 759+ views
    Washington News Observer ^ | August 4, 2009 | WNO
    Video: Sen. David Vitter Says Government Health Care Will Be The Only Option. “That government option in a couple of years would be the only option because unions, companies, etc. would dump their employees in the government option because it would be the cheapest thing to do and would be subsidized by the taxpayer.” Health Care Bill Will Create Rationing. “I’m concerned about what you see in other countries like Canada and England which essentially is rationing. Which is folks having to wait forever or actually be denied care because some government bureaucrat decides it doesn’t fit into their plan.”...
  • Stormy Daniels charged in domestic violence case (Possible LA 2010 US Senate candidate)

    07/30/2009 2:34:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies · 3,047+ views
    WWL ^ | Posted: Wednesday, 29 July 2009 1:20PM
    The adult film actress is considering a campaign for U.S. Senate against Louisiana's David Vitter. Police in Tampa Florida say she was charged with a misdemeanor over the weekend.
  • Porn star mulling La. Senate race has a tough week.

    07/29/2009 7:26:32 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 34 replies · 4,470+ views
    AP ^ | July 29 2009 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS — It's been a tough week for porn actress Stormy Daniels — complete with a domestic violence charge and a car explosion — as she continues to mull a U.S. Senate bid that could make life uncomfortable for incumbent first-term Louisiana Republican David Vitter, still recovering from a sex scandal. Daniels was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence battery charge after she allegedly hit her husband at their home in Tampa, Fla., during a dispute about laundry and unpaid bills. Her arrest came two days after her political adviser in Louisiana, Brian Welsh, said his parked 1996 Audi...
  • [Louisiana Senator] Vitter Out to Combine and Conquer

    07/29/2009 12:48:17 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies · 379+ views
    LaPolitics.com ^ | July 29, 2009 | John Maginnis
    It has been two years since Sen. David Vitter was linked to a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring, and there is a year to go to the qualifying period for his 2010 re-election bid. While he has no declared challengers yet, he already has started picking fights with his two targeted opponents, Congressman Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and President Barack Obama. A recent statewide poll showed only 44 percent approved of Vitter's job performance to 38 percent who didn't, hardly stellar marks for an incumbent. Only 38 percent said they would vote to re-elect him compared to 45 percent who wanted to...
  • Race for Vitter's [Louisiana] Senate seat is wide open

    07/21/2009 6:48:49 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 490+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | July 20, 2009 | Paul Murphy
    NEW ORLEANS – The race is more than a year away and there already seems to be a long list of candidate's lining up to challenge Louisiana Senator David Vitter's re-election. Hanging on to the job figured to be a slam dunk for Vitter, if not for his brush with a Capitol Hill call girl scandal. His telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam." Vitter said he admits his race for re-election next year will be difficult for him and his family. "I'm sure it will be, but we're fully prepared for that...
  • Vitter raises $1.2 million for reelection fight

    07/07/2009 8:20:02 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 362+ views
    The Hill ^ | 07/07/09 | Jeremy Jacobs
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) hauled in $1.2 million in the second quarter as he prepares to face Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) in his reelection bid next year. In a statement, Vitter announced that he now has $3.2 million cash on hand. “I’m grateful for this tremendous show of support from folks across Louisiana who support my fight to hold President Obama and his reckless-spending, liberal allies in Congress accountable," Vitter said. Melancon, who is currently serving his third term in the House, is expected to challenge Vitter next year but has yet to announce. Vitter's fundraising haul puts him at...
  • Union pay caps stifle incentive to achieve

    06/30/2009 12:04:41 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 632+ views
    The Tahoe Daily Tribune ^ | 2009-06-25 | U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, & U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California
    Imagine working at a company that treats every employee exactly the same, irrespective of their individual effort. No matter how hard you work or how much your co-workers slack off, you get exactly the same pay. For millions of people, America's outdated labor laws and one-size-fits-all collective-bargaining agreements make this a reality. Maybe this is why studies show union members are less satisfied with their jobs than are nonunion workers, and many Americans simply refuse to work in union shops. Indeed, just 9 percent of nonunion workers tell pollsters they would like to join a union, and private-sector union membership...
  • Melancon gets ready to put Vitter’s ‘serious sin’ on trial

    06/24/2009 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 628+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    “If Charlie Melancon gets in and is well-funded, there’s the potential for a very tight race,” said Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. State Democratic Party Chairman Chris Whittington said the prostitute issue will be front and center in the campaign, because Vitter will now be forced to answer questions he otherwise wouldn’t have. “He’s going to have to now,” Whittington said. “And it’s such a strong issue, because he banged that Bible and ran on family values, when in reality he’s completely the opposite of that.”
  • Melancon may challenge Vitter in Senate

    06/19/2009 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 600+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 19, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) confirmed Friday that he is weighing a campaign against Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in 2010, but he declined to confirm a report that said he was going to run. “Many Louisianans have encouraged me to run for U.S. Senate next year,” Melancon said in a statement. “I am discussing this opportunity with my wife and kids and will be making an announcement in the coming weeks.” LA Politics Weekly reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources, that Melancon had decided to enter the Senate race. The website is run by political analyst John Maginnis.
  • Great video against ACORN....

    06/12/2009 1:16:41 PM PDT · by victoryrepublicans · 3 replies · 484+ views
    Great piece against ACORN, includes Senator Vitter, Rep. Bachmann, Rep. King and Capitol Research Center expert Matthew Vadum. Visit the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaEnDOw3n3w
  • Capping pay, sapping incentives

    06/08/2009 11:10:01 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 604+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-06-08 | U.S. Sen. David Vitter & U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock
    Imagine working at a company that treats every employee exactly the same, irrespective of their individual effort. No matter how hard you work or how much your co-workers slack off, you get exactly the same pay. For millions of people, America's outdated labor laws and one-size-fits-all collective-bargaining agreements make this a reality. Maybe this is why studies show union members are less satisfied with their jobs than are nonunion workers and many Americans simply refuse to work in union shops. Indeed, just 9 percent of nonunion workers tell pollsters they would like to join a union, and private-sector union membership...
  • Porn Star Admits Bid for Senate Sounds 'Ludicrous'

    06/07/2009 5:29:14 PM PDT · by LiberConservative · 63 replies · 3,625+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/7/2009 | Fox News
    Porn Star Admits Bid for Senate Sounds 'Ludicrous'
  • Senate Rejects Vitter Amendment to Prevent Terrorists, Illegal Aliens from Getting Credit Cards

    05/18/2009 5:56:07 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies · 1,053+ views
    FAIR ^ | May 18, 2009 | FAIR
    FAIR Legislative Update: Last week, during debate over a bill to regulate the credit card industry, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment (Amendment #1066) that would have established new rules with respect to how banks issue credit cards. ( Vitter Press Release, May 13, 2009). The amendment would have required that banks verify the identification of any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States before they were permitted to open a credit card account. In addition to preventing the ability of illegal aliens to obtain credit cards, Senator Vitter's press release stated the amendment...
  • Vitter Ends Block Of FEMA Nominee

    05/12/2009 3:26:41 PM PDT · by steve-b · 1 replies · 246+ views
    CBS ^ | 5/12/09 | Michelle Levi
    Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R-LA) announced this afternoon that he will release his hold on the nomination of FEMA head Craig Fugate. Vitter said his reason for initially holding up the Senate's vote was to ensure infrastructure funds were directed to Louisiana, though critics questioned his motives. "Louisianans have gotten way too many easy spoken assurances from FEMA over the last four years that didn't mean anything. Now that I've secured a specific written commitment from them on the V-Zone issue, we can move forward," Vitter said a press release Tuesday. Vitter, angered over a dispute with FEMA on its...
  • Porn star Stormy Daniels challenges shamed Republican in Senate race (LA)

    05/08/2009 8:23:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies · 2,951+ views
    The London Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | Tim Reid
    Ms Daniels says that she is running in response to an internet campaign called Draft Stormy that she claims has got people even more excited than viewers of her hit films Space Nuts and Taken. Whatever the outcome, her decision to thrust her 36-inch chest into Louisiana politics is dragging Mr Vitter’s 2007 prostitution scandal back into the limelight. “He ran for the Senate on a family values, anti-sex education platform,” Ms Daniels told The Times. “And he’s caught with prostitutes. That’s hypocritical. Call me what you will, but you can’t call me a hypocrite.”
  • Who is Christopher Tidmore?

    05/08/2009 6:40:13 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 4 replies · 745+ views
    MSNBC | 5/8/09
    Was channel surfing and saw some guy on MSNBC on It's Pat show(Rachael Maddow) and this Tidmore guy claimed he was a Republican and was bashing Vitter.
  • Democrats Kill Provision in AmeriCorps Bill that Would Keep Funds from ACORN

    03/31/2009 8:03:35 PM PDT · by vadum · 10 replies · 600+ views
    American Spectator ^ | March 30, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) tried to stand up for civil society and taxpayers last week but his effort was shot down by liberal Democratic senators.Vitter tried to prevent the radical direct-action group, ACORN, and its affiliates from benefitting under the odious national service legislation known as the (proposed) GIVE Act. The bill itself, which received a glowing review from John Podesta's pro-Obama propaganda factory, the Center for American Progress, would give government money to volunteer programs and would dramatically expand the feel-good liberal program, AmeriCorps, which ACORN and other groups have used to promote their own political objectives.Vitter's amendment to the bill known...
  • Opposition to Obama Fuels Sen. Vitter's Resurgence

    03/28/2009 3:45:34 PM PDT · by freemike · 3 replies · 356+ views
    Libertas ^ | 3/29/09 | FreeMike
    NEW ORLEANS -- His party may have taken a severe beating in last year's elections but Republican Sen. David Vitter's political career, once seemingly crippled by a sex scandal, appears to be on the rebound as he takes on a high-profile role of being critical of congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama. Libertas
  • Opposition to Obama fuels Sen. Vitter's resurgence

    03/28/2009 10:51:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 586+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2009 | KEVIN McGILL
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — His party may have taken a severe beating in last year's elections but Republican Sen. David Vitter's political career, once seemingly crippled by a sex scandal, appears to be on the rebound as he takes on a high-profile role of being critical of congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama. Even before Obama took office, Vitter was becoming more visible, speaking out against the automobile industry bailout. Then he became a chief Senate critic of the $787 billion dollar stimulus bill that passed in February.
  • Senate Defeats Vitter ACORN Funding Amendment to National Service Bill

    03/26/2009 8:51:33 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies · 916+ views
    senatus ^ | March 26, 2009 | senatus
    Senators have tabled, or killed, an amendment offered by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to the Serve America Act (S. 277 / H.R. 1388) by a vote of 53 to 43.The amendment would state that no funds within the underlying bill for various service-related programs can go to “ACORN or any of its affiliate organizations in any way.”ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. It’s a community organizing group for “low- and moderate-income people” according to its website.The group’s political committees generally support Democrats. You’ll recall that it came under fire in the media for alleged voter...
  • Louisiana: Dardenne Continues to Weigh Vitter Challenge

    03/26/2009 4:19:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 1,066+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 26, 2009 | John McArdle
    While the names of other would-be primary challengers to Sen. David Vitter (R) have come and gone, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne (R) said this week that he remains on the fence about a 2010 Senate bid.
  • Possible Vitter Opponent Bows Out

    03/16/2009 9:04:58 AM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 11 replies · 1,241+ views
    Tri-Parish Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | HOWARD J. CASTAY JR.
    He voted for the stimulus package. He thinks the governor was a little "hypocritical" in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's address to the nation. And, he has no plans to run against U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the next Congressional election.
  • Tony Perkins Won't Challenge Vitter

    03/13/2009 11:26:50 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 13 replies · 584+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 03-13-09 | W. James Antle, III
    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has announced he won't challenge Louisiana Sen. David Vitter in 2010:
  • Lousiana Senator David Vitter throws fit at the airport

    03/12/2009 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 2,230+ views
    Gadling ^ | March 11, 2009
    Louisiana Sen David Vitter missed his plane and Dulles Airport last Wednesday, and he was not amused. Vitter, who recently gained infamy after being identified on the D.C. Madam's Phone List, found his gate closed, so he went through an armed security door. Why not? He's got that Senator's pin, after all, right? That gives you access to all areas of the airport ... right? As you might expect, an alarm went off as he then tried to verbally rip an unsuspecting United Airlines gate attendant a new one. Apparently, he even tried to pull rank. Come on. Would that...
  • Eye on the Senate: Vitter Leads in La. for 2010, But Shakily

    03/12/2009 11:31:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 52 replies · 1,058+ views
    First-term Republican Sen. David Vitter has the edge over potential rivals for his Louisiana seat in 2010, but he is not standing on particularly solid ground, according to a Research 2000 poll conducted March 2 - 4. Vitter, who so far has weathered revelations in 2007 that his phone number was found in the records of an escort service accused of engaging in prostitution, leads in head-to-head match-ups. But when voters were asked if the election were held to-day whether they would re-elect Vitter, consider another candidate or replace him, 41 percent said they’d re-elect him, 27 percent would consider...
  • No Cost Stimulus Being Announced Today (Shadegg/Vitter No Cost Stimulus Act of 2009)

    03/11/2009 11:34:11 PM PDT · by Fred · 4 replies · 713+ views
    Human Events ^ | 031109 | Ashley Alber
    The first so-called “stimulus” package cost each American family about $18,000. But the Democrats aren’t done. After a conference with economists yesterday, Speaker Pelosi indicated she’d be open to a second spending spree in an amount to be determined. Republicans – incorrectly being blamed for having no alternatives – are again proposing legislation that (a) would stimulate the economy and (b) not cost the taxpayers a dime.An increase in GDP and creating more than 2 million long term, sustainable jobs without spending trillions of dollars sounds impossible during an administration that spends money like a teenage girl. According to several...
  • Heard on the Hill: Vitter Goes From Hookergate to Gate-Crashing

    03/11/2009 12:05:58 PM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 1,168+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 3/11/09 | Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton
    Among Members of Congress, there's a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout. Add to the list of those who've indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter, who on Thursday joined what we've dubbed the "Mile-Low Club" by going ballistic on an airline worker after missing a flight from Washington's Dulles airport to New Orleans. According to an HOH tipster who witnessed the scene, the Louisiana Republican arrived Thursday evening at his United Airlines gate 20 minutes before the plane was scheduled to depart, only to find the gate had already been closed. Undeterred, Vitter...
  • Senate Democrats Try to Thwart GOP Move on Pay (increases for Congress)

    03/10/2009 1:11:23 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 10, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are trying to thwart Republican efforts to force a vote on congressional pay raises on a must-pass spending. Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter's amendment to the stopgap legislation would ban congressional pay raises unless lawmakers vote to increase their own salaries. He argues that these automatic salary boosts are inappropriate while the nation is mired in a recession. Lawmakers aren't arguing publicly with that reasoning. But Democrats want to bring up the proposal as a separate bill even though its prospects would be dim. Critics say that's really an effort to kill the proposal.
  • SPECTER-TOOMEY REMATCH IS ON; VITTER PRIMARY CHALLENGES FADE;

    03/08/2009 4:06:07 AM PDT · by Impy · 35 replies · 1,262+ views
    Politics1 ^ | 03.07.09 | Ron Gunzburger
    PENNSYLVANIA. According to the Allentown Morning Call, former Congressman Pat Toomey (R) -- president of the fiscal conservative Club for Growth PAC -- has decided to seek a rematch next year against centrist US Senator Arlen Specter in the GOP primary. The newspaper said several close Toomey political allies -- who were named and confirmed the story -- said Toomey has directly informed them of his plans. Specter defeated Toomey by a 51-49 vote in the 2004 primary. Toomey is expected to make his official announcement within the next two weeks. Toomey was reportedly angered by Specter's recent vote in...
  • Porn star runs for Senate, seems perfectly qualified

    02/10/2009 9:48:38 AM PST · by slomark · 55 replies · 3,114+ views
    Adult film star Stormy Daniels (photo) says she may run against Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter. Vitter, who was named in a Washington, DC prostitution ring, calls himself a social conservative. “I don’t see how I can possibly embarrass him more than he already embarrassed himself…,” Daniels said. “Honestly, I’m not sure I’m willing to take the pay cut that comes with being a senator.” This is like the old joke about the gorgeous woman who sits down next to a guy in a bar. He turns to her and says, “Would you have sex with me for $1,000,000. “Well,...
  • US Porn Actress 'To Run' For Senate Against Disgraced Politician

    02/09/2009 6:29:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 3,527+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | February 9, 2009
    US porn actress 'to run' for Senate against disgraced politician A US porn actress is preparing to run for the Senate against a shamed politician whose phone number was found in the records of a notorious Washington madam. By Agencies 09 Feb 2009 Stormy Daniels (centre) at the National Press Club for ASACP Photo: PA Potentially running with the slogan "Screwing People Honestly", Stormy Daniels said she is prepared to wrestle Louisiana Senator David Vitter, if the Republican incumbent refuses a face-to-face debate over the issues.
  • Push To Make Porn Star A Senator No Stunt, Fan Says (Vitter, LA)

    02/09/2009 12:22:27 PM PST · by an amused spectator · 28 replies · 1,361+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | February 9, 2009 | Sean Callebs, CNN
    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/09/senate.porn.candidate/
  • DeMint Introduces Consumer Products Safety Reform Bill

    02/05/2009 2:50:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 912+ views
    Legislation will protect families, charities and small businesses from regulations and lawsuits that could kill thousands of jobs. Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced the introduction of a bill protect small businesses, charities and families by reforming the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Senator DeMint’s legislation would stop the most overreaching and burdensome aspects of CPSIA, slated to take effect February 10. Unless reformed, the new law will demand onerous testing for anything geared towards children age 12 and under. This mandate would fall on books, toys, clothing, hair bands, board games, sporting equipment, backpacks,...
  • Video: ACORN's Benefit From Stimulus Bill

    01/27/2009 12:43:47 PM PST · by careyb · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Megyn Kelly ^ | 1/27/09 | Megyn Kelly
    Fox interviews Senator Vitter.
  • Congress may soon freeze salaries

    01/26/2009 4:21:58 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 621+ views
    politico.com ^ | 01/26/09 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    President Barack Obama’s decision to freeze top White House staff salaries may force members of Congress to do something they never want to do — block their own automatic pay increase. But what Obama could do by executive order, Congress would have to accomplish by a vote. With the country in economic turmoil, 80 House members have already signed on as co-sponsors for a variety of bills that would prevent automatic congressional pay hikes or at least require a roll-call vote before they take effect. In the Senate, Louisiana Republican David Vitter has introduced his own legislation. He doesn’t have...
  • Hillary Clinton confirmed as US secretary of state [DeMint, Vitter only two dissenters]

    01/21/2009 3:08:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 54 replies · 2,561+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 2009-01-21
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Hillary Clinton won confirmation Wednesday as US secretary of state from her fellow senators, who voted 94-2 for the former first lady to become President Barack Obama's top diplomat. The only two dissenters were Republicans Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana.