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  • Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes

    05/05/2014 5:41:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    A plan to ban "frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes" is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts. Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia's most populous county. "I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples' right to assemble," Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement. The proposed zoning ordinance limits "group assembly" at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings "shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period."
  • Obama’s Trifecta - He's violated each of the First Amendment’s parts

    02/26/2014 3:25:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2014 | George Neumayr
    The First Amendment has three parts to it: the protection of religious freedom, the protection of speech and press, and the protection of the people’s right to assembly and petition. In all three categories, the Obama administration’s record is outrageous: it has forced the religious to finance free contraceptives, treated some journalists as potential criminals, and sought to undermine political speech and action through “campaign finance reform” and IRS harassment. Conforming to the Obama administration’s pattern of disregarding the First Amendment in total is this month’s news: a Federal Communications Commission plan, now thwarted, to gather information on newsroom practices....
  • Assembly Democrats push to shore up teachers’ retirement fund

    02/01/2014 6:20:46 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Jeremy B. White
    With California facing a massive teacher pension shortfall, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, unveiled an effort Wednesday he hopes would fully fund the system. An influx of revenue has allowed California to emerge from years of yawning deficits and protracted budget fights, and the pressure is mounting for the state to do something about an avalanche of liabilities that runs into the hundreds of billions.
  • Ken Skowronski Wins Wisconsin Assembly Special Election

    12/18/2013 8:26:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    FRANKLIN – On Tuesday night, Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) won the 82nd District Assembly special election in very convincing fashion. With all the precincts counted, Skowronski defeated Greendale Village President John Hermes (D-Greendale) 64.6 to 35.4 percent. The Franklin City Councilman won every single precinct in the 82nd District on his path to victory. When breaking down the results, Ken Skowronski won his hometown of Franklin 70.6 to 29.2 percent. He won all six of the city’s aldermanic districts by comfortable margins. In the City of Greenfield, Skowronski won 61.1 to 38.9 percent. John Hermes was close to winning two precincts...
  • The Night Watch [for kernel hackers only]

    11/19/2013 6:44:17 PM PST · by re_nortex · 20 replies
    Microsoft ^ | November 2013 | James Mickens
    This article in in PDF form so be aware of that. Here's a snippet that's indicative of the overall style and the points that Mickens makes: When you debug a distributed system or an OS kernel, you do it Texas-style. You gather some mean, stoic people, people who have seen things die, and you get some primitive tools, like a compass and a rucksack and a stick that’s pointed on one end, and you walk into the wilderness and you look for trouble, possibly while using chewing tobacco. As a systems hacker, you must be prepared to do savage things,...
  • Assembly leader dated figure in funeral scandal

    10/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/9/13 | Lance Williams
    For more than a year, Assembly Speaker John Pérez dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry. During their relationship, Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, mixed political business with his personal life in ways that showed poor judgment, ethics experts say. A Pérez spokesman said the lawmaker conducted himself appropriately during a casual dating relationship. Tyler Cassity, proprietor of a boutique cemetery called Hollywood Forever as well as a Mill Valley cemetery, and defendant in a $600 million fraud lawsuit in his native Missouri, accompanied Pérez...
  • General Assembly overrides governor´s veto of concealed carry bill

    07/09/2013 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/9/13 | Ray Long & Monique Garcia
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois today became the last state in the country to legalize the concealed carry of guns after both the House and Senate rejected Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to rewrite the compromise bill. Senators voted 41-17 to override Quinn’s amendatory veto of the bill. Earlier in the day, the House voted 77-31 to overturn the governor’s rewrite. The measure now becomes law, though the actual ability of gun owners to carry a concealed firearm remains months away. The action by the Democratic General Assembly was a major repudiation of the actions of the state’s Democratic governor.
  • Albany Riveted by Double Life of an Assemblyman and Informer

    04/10/2013 5:53:23 AM PDT · by publius1 · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/9/13 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    On a drizzly Monday in Albany, Nelson L. Castro, in sharp red tie, rose on the floor of the State Assembly to welcome a delegation of fellow Dominican-Americans visiting from New York City. The 199th anniversary of the birth of Juan Pablo Duarte, a founding father of the Dominican Republic, was approaching, and Mr. Castro had prepared a resolution to honor him. Multimedia Four days later, after traveling back to the Bronx, Mr. Castro met with two businessmen who had enlisted his help in their efforts to open an adult day care center in the borough. One of the men...
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON ILLINOIS SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

    01/04/2013 11:07:39 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 67 replies
    Illinois State Rifle Association ^ | January 5, 2013 | steelers6
    LATE BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED After getting nowhere in the Senate, the gun controllers have taken their campaign to destroy your rights to the Illinois House. Earlier today, Amendment #1 to SB2899 was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives. Sponsored by rabidly anti-gun Rep. Eddie Acevedo, the amendment would do two things to you: 1. It would pick your pocket to pay for the confiscation and destruction of your own guns. 2. It would ban more than 50% of the rifles and more than 80% of...
  • NY Assembly Candidate Sends Out Flyer Claiming Crime Is Up in the "Negrohood"

    08/30/2012 4:25:07 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 9 replies
    On September 13th, candidates Ben Akselrod and Steven Cymbrowitz will square off in a Democratic primary for a New York state Assembly seat in Sheepshead Bay. As such, Akselrod's campaign sent out a mailer trying to persuade voters that he is the right, competent, detail-oriented man for the job. The mailer included an inset which criticized his opponent for 'allowing' crime to spike on his watch. The flyer, which was mailed out last week, had one major problem - apparently nobody proofread the material prior to its release. The flier reads: Dear Friend, I am running for Assembly because I...
  • Colorado Assembly Results for National Delegates

    04/14/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 8 replies
    Colorado GOP ^ | April 14, 2012 | Colorado GOP
    DENVER, COLORADO –Republican Party of Colorado Chairman Ryan Call announces delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL: “I am pleased to announce Colorado’s delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention this August. Colorado Republicans are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm to Colorado and the Party, and for their tireless efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
  • Republican Assembly leader carries concealed weapon while in session (WI)

    02/06/2012 6:12:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Badger Herald ^ | 5 February, 2012 | Sean Kirkby
    A Republican leader in the state Assembly, in charge of maintaining order during legislative sessions, has carried a concealed gun during sessions in the Wisconsin Legislature. Assembly Leader Pro Tempore Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, told the Associated Press Friday he has carried a concealed Glock 26, a subcompact semi-automatic gun, on the Assembly floor. Kramer said he received a concealed carry permit before Thanksgiving and needs it because of the atmosphere in the Capitol. He said he has received threatening emails, including one calling for Jesus to return and stab him with a flaming sword. “Have you been in the Capitol...
  • UN assembly plans moment of silence for Kim Jong-il

    12/22/2011 12:03:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 12/22/11 | REUTERS
    UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly granted a request from North Korea to hold a moment of silence on Thursday for Kim Jong-il, the country's former leader who died on Saturday, though Western envoys said they would boycott it. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 193-nation General Assembly, said the moment of silence would take place before a meeting of the assembly at 3:00 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) .
  • Cool Video of the World's Tiniest V-12 Engine Being Made by Hand

    11/28/2011 2:09:38 PM PST · by OneVike · 38 replies
    Gate ^ | 11/28/11 | Chuck Wolk
    This is a video of the world's tiniest V-12 engine being made by hand-built craftsmanship. Now the video does not say this, but I'm guessing the motor works off compression ignition like a diesel. Which would be similar to the way an R/C car that runs on gas. This would explain why their is no lubricant added to the engine. The lubricant is in the fuel. It has 12 cm^3 of displacement, the cylinder bore is 11.3 mm and stroke of the pistons is 10 mm. Works with just 0.1 Kg/cm^2. It is constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and...
  • SF cell shutdown: Safety issue, or hint of Orwell?

    08/13/2011 4:02:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 13/8/11 | Terry Collins
    SAN FRANCISCO -An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers' safety from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute? The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials' decision to cut off underground cell phone service for a few hours at some stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to the city's main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police. Two days later, the...
  • Assembly panel kills two anti-illegal immigration bills (CA)

    04/05/2011 5:37:32 PM PDT · by American Preservative · 10 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | April 5, 2011 | Dan Smith
    A state Assembly committee dominated by Democrats this morning killed two bills that sought to require public officials to report suspected illegal immigrants and prohibit employers from knowingly hiring the immigrants. Freshman Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, an activist with the Minuteman movement, proposed an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants because he said the federal government is doing an inadequate job protecting the borders.
  • Live Thread: Wis Assembly passes budget repair bill 53-42

    03/10/2011 10:48:58 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 483 replies
    Ongoing LIVE!
  • Budget standoff moves to the Assembly (Capitol shut down by union thugs!!)

    03/10/2011 8:00:47 AM PST · by milwguy · 24 replies
    jsonline ^ | 3/10/2011 | don walker
    A new standoff is shaping up at the Capitol Thursday, as protesters inside sit in front of the doors to the state Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker's administration has closed the building to the public. The statehouse did not open at 8 a.m. Thursday, which is supposed to be the time it is open for business. The Assembly is scheduled to convene at 11 a.m. to take up Gov. Scott Walker's bill to repeal most collective bargaining by public employee unions, a measure that has sparked massive protests and drawn international attention. Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said he wanted to...
  • Video:2-25-2011 Shouting "Shame!" on Wisconsin Assembly floor- "union-busting" budget bill vote

    02/25/2011 2:05:29 AM PST · by rawhide · 129 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-25-11 | somegelflings
    Click on the link where the RATS are going boinkers after the vote taken.
  • FBI investigating "final call to Islam" emails sent to Kansas legislators by Dallas-area Muslim

    03/26/2010 3:50:37 AM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 926+ views
    The Jawa Report - blog ^ | March 26, 2010 12:24 AM | Posted By Barbarossa
    SNIPPET: "Kamal explicitly states that this was his "final call": This is perhaps my last email to Senators, House of Representatives/Delegates/Assembly and Staff Members of United States of America unless compelled by any people. A former FBI counter-terrorism agent who was asked to analyze Kamal's emails stated: This is a significant danger because of the requirement in Islam to invite ("Dawah" in Islam) non-Muslims to Islam prior to an attack ("Jihad" in Islam). It is my professional opinion that this direct Dawah to the entire Kansas legislature and the emphasis that Monday's email is Javid Kamal's "final" email inviting them...
  • {John Pérez} New Assembly leader faces enormous challenges

    12/14/2009 7:46:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 316+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/9 | Marisa Lagos
    Democratic Assemblyman John Pérez emerged as the winner last week after a bruising battle for leadership of the state Assembly, a fight that had no shortage of contestants. But as the state heads into another year of staggering budget deficits and difficult decisions - and because term limits have seriously diluted the Assembly leader's power - some are asking why anyone would even want the job. "The question isn't just, 'Can you be a leader?' but, 'Is there anything left to lead?' " said Bill Bagley, a Republican who served in the Assembly from 1960 to 1974. In recent years,...
  • Perez emerges from speakership battle

    12/10/2009 11:37:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/10/9 | Jim Sanders
    Assemblyman John A. Perez's final opponent has bowed out, setting the stage for the first-term Democrat to be selected Assembly speaker today -- the first openly gay man to hold the post. After behind-closed-door talks this week with Perez and other political leaders, . . .
  • Youths Challenge City's Curfew Ordinance

    12/06/2009 2:21:15 PM PST · by Señor Zorro · 32 replies · 1,043+ views
    Courthouse News ^ | 2009-12-04 | Izzy Kapnick
    <p>WEST PALM BEACH (CN) - West Palm Beach’s downtown curfew for minors - 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends - violates the Constitution, a youth rights group says. Led by 17-year-old Jeffrey Nadel, the National Youth Rights Association of Southeast Florida says it’s the first youth-led group to sue a city for violating minors’ right to peaceably assemble.</p>
  • California Assembly speaker backs L.A. freshman as successor

    12/03/2009 9:31:05 AM PST · by The4thHorseman · 5 replies · 346+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/3/09 | Susan Ferriss and Torey Van Oot
    In a surprise move designed to end a brewing battle over who will be the next California Assembly speaker, current Speaker Karen Bass threw her support Wednesday behind rookie Assemblyman John Pérez of Los Angeles. Pérez, a University of California, Berkeley, graduate with long ties to organized labor, was elected last year in Los Angeles' 46th District. Over the last year, he has served as the Assembly's Democratic caucus chairman. If he becomes speaker, Pérez would make history as the first openly gay speaker of the Assembly.
  • A GREAT EXPLOSION OF PURITY IS ABOUT TO COME \O/ HALLELUJAH

    09/14/2009 4:51:57 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 24 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jesus the author and finisher
    A great explosion of purity is about to come , But "not" as before(as Katrina) ,something straight from my kingdom , The heavenlies are about to applaud , I AM The Lord behold I alone am God ! Yet for my children of my rod and staff , They shall rest in my bossom of Zion and laugh , For the Joy of The Lord is their strength , And these are my children of victiory that have gone the full length , Obedience to me has become their rod , My staff is their com(fort) for I AM their...
  • Cell-sized vesicle assembly line

    08/04/2009 10:50:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 881+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 04 August 2009 | Nina Notman
    A production line for uniform lipid-coated microspheres has been created by Japanese scientists. Using a microfluidic device, the team can continuously generate fluid-filled vesicles that are all the same size and all have a single lipid bilayer surrounding them, and could one day be used in drug delivery or artificial cells. Whilst lipid vesicles are used widely, problems with current production methods mean it is difficult to ensure they are all uniform in size and there is just one lipid bilayer surrounding each vesicle. Another tricky issue is developing an efficient encapsulation process, making sure the vesicle contents aren't lost during...
  • Niello loses budget post

    06/03/2009 7:58:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 557+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/9 | Jim Sanders
    Assemblyman Roger Niello, who cast a key vote to pass a state budget that raised taxes this year, has been replaced as the GOP's point man on the Assembly Budget Committee. The Fair Oaks Republican will hand his committee post to Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, who is a freshman in the lower house but served a dozen years in the Senate, leaving in 1990. The switch was made by the Assembly's new Republican leader, Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, who has stressed that taxes cannot be raised again in tackling a $24.3 billion shortfall. "There is no doubt that...
  • Tea Party Assembly - San Jose, Calfornia - 15 April 2009

    03/04/2009 5:45:22 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 5 replies · 789+ views
    Robert Drobot | 3 March 2009 | Robert Drobot
    THE GOVERNMENT HAS FORCED AMERICA TO ASSEMBLE FOR THE SINGULAR PURPOSE OF PROTESTING THE PLUNDERING OF OUR MONEY AND THE MONEY OF OUR CHILDREN THROUGH A OF A WHOLESALE SURRENDER OF THE FISCAL AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE BRANCH TO A MORALLY CORRUPT MARXIST, ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-CHRISTIAN FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BRANCH PLACE : IRS Offices 55 S. Market St., San Jose, CA ( across the street from San Jose's Saint Joseph’s Cathedral ) WHEN : Twelve Noon - April 15th!!! BRING : Signs; Flags; Horns; Drums; YOUR AMERICAN SPIRIT!!! SIGN SUGGESTIONS : WE WON'T FORGET; FIRE CONGRESS; STOP THE THEFT OF AMERICA;...
  • The Rock Assembly

    12/27/2008 11:41:50 AM PST · by Revski · 3 replies · 326+ views
    YouTuve ^ | 12/27/08 | Revski
    This video with the accompanied piano instrumental, Rock of Ages and view of a pet kitty and outside bullfrog was arranged to bring awareness of the need to assemble with other Christians.
  • CA: Assembly OKs slimmer state budget - GOP senators want more cuts

    07/20/2007 1:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 314+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/20/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Moving to break a three-week deadlock, the Assembly approved a slimmed-down state budget shortly before midnight yesterday that faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Senate Republicans have been holding out for deeper spending cuts than those approved by the Assembly. The Senate Democratic leader complained that the Assembly also is considering about $500 million in tax breaks for special interests. The budget that passed 60-11 on a bipartisan vote cuts $1.3 billion from the $104.4 billion general fund in the original Democratic budget, which is $700 million short of a $2 billion cut sought by Senate Republicans....
  • CA: Assembly acts on dozens of bills

    06/05/2007 8:16:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 385+ views
    The state Assembly is voting on hundreds of bills each day this week as lawmakers rush to meet a Friday deadline to send legislation to the Senate, which did not meet Tuesday. Here are some of the bills acted upon: GLOBAL WARMING - By a 44-26 vote, the Assembly sent the Senate a bill by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, that would require coastal cities and counties to consider the impact of rising sea levels brought on by global warming when they amend their general plans. "If we bury our heads in the sand on this one we will drown,"...
  • California Assembly for second time adopts gay marriage bill

    06/05/2007 8:18:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/5/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    The state Assembly on Tuesday voted to allow gay couples to marry in a challenge to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said he would veto the bill if it passes the full Legislature. Lawmakers approved the measure on a party-line vote, with the majority saying the Legislature should not to wait for the state Supreme Court to act on the issue. It passed 42-34. "This does in fact provide equal marriage rights for all citizens of California," bill author Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said as he began what marked the lengthiest debate so far this year on the Assembly floor....
  • Wired Iraqi man questioned at L.A. airport

    03/06/2007 3:44:51 PM PST · by mfnorman · 179 replies · 3,968+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03-06-07
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials detained an Iraqi man during a security scare at Los Angeles International airport on Tuesday but said a suspicious object found in a body cavity search did not pose a threat. The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Fadhel al-Maliki, 35, was detained at passenger screening at the airport just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The bomb squad was called as a precaution and authorities said they found wires in his clothing and a magnet inside a lower body cavity. The man was preparing to board a US Airways flight to Philadelphia. The...
  • CA: Assembly expected to pass bill to move up California primary

    03/06/2007 1:26:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 400+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/6/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    California lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to move the state's presidential primary from June to February, positioning the state as a compulsory campaign stop for White House contenders. "California has 16 million voters who ought to get a first bite of that apple, not simply be the recipient of other states' legislative and electoral leftovers," Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said during a Capitol news conference. The Assembly was scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday afternoon and was expected to pass it on a party-line vote. Republicans, who are in the minority in the 80-seat chamber, oppose the measure...
  • Robot builds itself for special tasks

    02/22/2007 10:23:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 580+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/22/07 | Lisa Zyga
    (Left) Independent s-bots with blue lights, and (right) s-bots joined into a swarm-bot with red lights. Credit: Groß et al. ©IEEE 2006. In one of the latest studies on autonomous robots, scientists sat back and watched as their robot created itself out of smaller robotic modules. The result, called “swarm-bot,” comes in many varieties, depending on the assigned task and available components. As the current state of the art in autonomous self-assembly, swarm-bots offer insight into the potential versatility and robustness that robots may possess to perform missions beyond human abilities. A project coordinated by Professor Marco Dorigo, which was...
  • CA: Assembly lawmakers head to Napa, foothills for annual retreats (Guess who's going to Napa?)

    02/06/2007 8:16:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 234+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/6/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    Assembly Democrats convened this week for their annual policy retreat, choosing a luxury resort renowned for its world-class golf course in the heart of California's wine country. Republicans, meanwhile, are holding their annual policy retreat in more modest accommodations in a former Sierra Gold Rush town in Calaveras County. The Murphys Suites charges $95 a night and boasts a coin-operated laundry and a microwave in every room. Despite the differences in the locations this year, the annual caucus retreats regularly lead to questions about how they are funded and whether corporations and the wealthy are buying influence with state lawmakers....
  • Assembly GOP Leadership Change Could Be Imminent

    11/01/2006 7:40:20 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 13 replies · 503+ views
    The California Majority Report ^ | 11-01-2006 | Donald Lathbury
    Republican Assemblyman Mike Villines of Fresno is circulating a letter among Assembly Republicans seeking to dump GOP Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia and claims to already have 15 votes to replace him, the California Majority Report has learned through Capitol staff sources. Villines, former chief of staff to Senator/AG candidate Chuck Poochigian, is focusing his attention on courting the more conservative incoming class of Republicans and lining up votes of Caucus conservatives. Plescia emerged as the GOP Assembly head last year after then-Republican leader Kevin McCarthy stepped down to focus on his run for Congress. At the time, his main...
  • Freedom Fades in California

    09/06/2006 3:29:34 PM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 16 replies · 560+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic ^ | 9/6/06 | Ray Haynes
    Freedom is a fragile thing. A candlelight in a windstorm, if you will, requiring constant vigilance to preserve. It is never safe, as the old saying goes, as long as the California Legislature (or Congress, for that matter) is in session. That is because the ruling class, that is, elected officials, bureaucrats, and their allies in the private sector, get money, power and prestige from bigger government, and bigger government is an anathema to freedom. Therefore, those who are in charge of protecting our freedom, (i.e. government officials) have a vested interest in taking it away. Human nature being what...
  • Ahmadinejad to take part in UN General Assembly

    Ahmadinejad to take part in UN General Assembly THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 6, 2006 MK Dan Naveh (Likud) called on Israel Wednesday evening to demand that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be barred from attending next week's United Nations General Assembly. Ahmadinejad announced that he was to participate in the assembly by his own initiative. Naveh said that it was impossible for a man who has called for the destruction for the State of Israel to participate in a United Nations meeting.
  • CA: Assembly panel kills bill requiring LNG site rankings - SB426

    09/01/2006 9:22:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 161+ views
    Ventura Star ^ | 9/1/06 | Timm Herdt
    An Assembly committee killed legislation Thursday that would have required the California Energy Commission to analyze and rank four existing proposals to import liquefied natural gas into the state. In the absence of such a comparative statewide review, environmentalists argued, Californians will be stuck with whichever proposal wins the race to first gain a federal permit. The bill, SB426, was first proposed last year but was resurrected as lawmakers neared the end of their session because all the LNG proposals — including two off the Oxnard coast — remain stalled in the federal regulatory process. After a brief and hastily...
  • CA: Assembly Republicans form task force on illegal immigration

    08/26/2006 10:41:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia of San Diego announced Friday the members of a newly-formed task force on illegal immigration. The all-Republican group will hold town hall meetings across the state in the coming months to determine the costs illegal immigrants impose on local communities and the state, Plescia said in a news release. It will hear testimony from law enforcement, elected officials, business owners and the public. The information it gathers may be used to write legislation to address the issue, according to the release. The panel includes Assembly members Shirley Horton, R-Chula Vista; Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine; Audra Strickland,...
  • The Face of the Shutdown (NJ Government Shutdown)

    07/03/2006 11:09:33 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 18 replies · 811+ views
    New York Times Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | 7/4/06 | DAVID W. CHEN
    When Gov. Jon S. Corzine looks back at the Budget Crisis of '06 and begins to ponder re-election, he may be able to say that his tough-medicine plan to increase the sales tax was the right way to turn around the state's troubled finances. But as New Jersey braced for the fourth day of a government shutdown ordered on Saturday by Mr. Corzine — at a cost of several million dollars a day to the state coffers — he is the person residents seem to be holding responsible for the loss of services. Some have been heard to grumble that...
  • CA: Lots of gay Assembly candidates--on the GOP side (Log Cabin Republicans) *FR mention*

    06/22/2006 9:16:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 946+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/22/06 | Malcolm Maclachlan
    If you're looking for a gay candidate to vote for in this fall's California legislative races, there are several out there. But they're more likely to be Republicans than Democrats. GOP voters nominated five openly gay candidates in Assembly races. But all five will face general elections in urban districts with heavy Democratic registration advantages. This group includes William Chan in Sacramento (AD 9), Ralph Denney in northern San Diego (AD 76), Brenda Carol Green in South Central Los Angeles (AD 48), Mark Patrosso in San Jose (AD 23), and Steven Mark Sion in West Hollywood (AD 42). Only Denney...
  • Coastal Commission ignores Assembly appointment

    06/12/2006 5:07:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 220+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/12/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO The Coastal Commission has told an appointee of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez that she should not show up to vote on a high profile Pebble Beach golf development because her appointment was made in violation of state law. The commission's executive director, Peter Douglas, said Monday that Elizabeth Brem's appointment as an alternate was not sanctioned by the commissioner she would represent. She agreed to skip the meeting, Douglas added. Nunez last week named four people to serve as commission alternates just days before the panel was set to vote on the Pebble Beach development, which is backed by...
  • CA: Assembly approves minimum wage bill, sets up fight over cost-of-living increases

    05/31/2006 9:37:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 445+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/31/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    Legislation that would give 1.4 million minimum wage earners a $1-an-hour pay raise and then tie their wages to increases in inflation was approved by the Assembly Wednesday night, setting the stage for a possible election-year fight with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 43-30 vote sent the measure by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Santa Clara, to the Senate, which planned to vote on an identical increase by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, on Thursday. Both bills would raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.75 an hour in two 50-cent steps - the first on July 1, 2007 and the second on...
  • CA: Assembly approves resolution backing immigration reform (symbolic party-line vote, 42-26)

    05/22/2006 7:09:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 401+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/22/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    As several hundred immigrants rallied on the west steps of the Capitol, the Assembly on Monday voted for a resolution calling on President Bush and Congress to reject extreme immigration laws. The party-line vote was symbolic, but the debate showcased the ideological emotions that have divided lawmakers in California and Washington, D.C. On one side, Democrats led by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez of Los Angeles said Congress should give an estimated 12 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally a path to citizenship. But Republicans insisted that immigrants who have crossed the border illegally should not be rewarded for...
  • Latin Flags Prominent At Forum For Democrat Assembly Candidates

    05/22/2006 12:57:52 PM PDT · by stratman1969 · 176+ views
    Marooned in Marin ^ | May 21, 2006 | Marooned in Marin
    Prior to the May 1 illegal immigrant rallies, the Democrats in the California State Senate endorsed the protests and boycotts, calling it "The Great American Boycott." Keeping with their party's tradition of siding against America, Democrat Candidates for Assembly in District 6 held a forum for Latino voters sometime in April. On the evening of May 20, Novato Public Access Television replayed "Encuentro Latino - CA Assembly (District #6) Candidate Latino Forum." All candidates--Jared Huffman, Cynthia Murray, Alex Easton-Brown, Damon Connolly, Pamela Torliatt and John Alden--attended the event. District 6 includes Marin and Southern Sonoma counties. Besides the bilingual nature...
  • We Gotta Have Hartz!

    05/18/2006 9:36:52 AM PDT · by DesertGOP · 6 replies · 387+ views
    May 18, 2006 | Rick J. Radecki
    Well, it seems as if the rank and file elitist Country Club Republicans are flexing their muscles in the High Desert, not to mention down the hill, too, when it comes to who backs whom for the 59th assembly district race and why. When it comes to the two most likely frontrunners in the Victor Valley—encompassing Hesperia and Apple Valley—longtime GOP grass-roots crusader and people’s champion, Barry Hartz, versus government bureaucracy insider and recipient of Supervisor (San Bernardino County First District) Postmus’ back-scratching political favors, Anthony Adams, the battle lines have clearly been drawn and it’s easy to see, when...
  • CA: Assembly slows down divorce bill that would seal financial records (Burkle's Law)

    05/10/2006 8:06:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 394+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has put the brakes on legislation that would require judges in some cases to censor personal and financial information from divorce records and is working to revise the bill. Assembly Democrats have been working behind the scenes this week to modify the bill so that judges could keep their discretionary powers and preserve the public's access to trial records, said Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. "I believe we need to have an open as possible process in our judicial system," said Evans, who is among the lawmakers seeking amendments to the bill. "Openness in judicial proceedings...