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  • New York City Comptroller To Audit Primary Election Results

    04/19/2016 5:05:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies ^ | April 19, 2016 | Patrick Howley
    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has declared that he will conduct an official audit of the New York City Board of Elections in response to many claims of polling irregularities and errors throughout the city’s primary voting system Tuesday.
  • Ex-Rahm aide Amer Ahmad jailed by Pakistani authorities

    05/01/2014 1:29:30 AM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/30/2014 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Pakistani authorities said Wednesday they have jailed and intend to charge Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former city comptroller Amer Ahmad after taking him into custody Monday with a fake Mexican passport, a forged visa to enter their country and a large amount of cash. Ahmad was carrying about $146,000 and 126,000 euros in cash when he was stopped by authorities Monday morning at the international airport in Lahore, said Usman Anwar, the Punjab region director for the Federal Investigation Agency, the Pakistani equivalent of the FBI. "He said he that he lived in America and lied that he never had American...
  • Comptroller to de Blasio: Don’t get involved in arrests (socialist schooled again)

    02/12/2014 5:07:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/12/14 | Yoav Gonen, Beth DeFalco, Jamie Schram, Bruce Golding
    City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday criticized Mayor de Blasio for personally intervening when a politically connected preacher pal was busted by cops — saying “the mayor shouldn’t be involved in any way when someone gets arrested.” “It’s my sense that good intentions — trying to obviously be concerned about a bishop — is certainly something that I’m sure he felt,” Stringer said after a City Hall budget briefing. “But I think the rule is mayors should not get involved in any way about somebody’s arrest. It can only be problematic.” “Once a mayor makes a call like that, it...
  • Could Client #9 end up as Candidate #2?

    09/05/2013 8:27:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9-5-13 | Ed Morrisey
    Less than a month ago, Jazz Shaw wondered whether Client #9 could be stopped. Eliot Spitzer had a 17-point lead over Scott Stringer in the New York City Democratic primary race for comptroller and presumably a clear path to a political comeback. In just three weeks, though, his nineteen-point lead over Stringer (56/37) in the Quinnipiac poll series has flipped to a 45/47 deficit — a change of 21 points in the gap in nearly as many days: The Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller is too close to call, with 47 percent of likely primary voters for Manhattan...
  • Spitzer-less forum focuses on issues

    08/08/2013 10:39:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Queens Chronicle ^ | 08/08/2013 | Michael Gannon
    Two of the men seeking to be New York City’s next comptroller touted their different backgrounds and experiences in an Aug. 1 forum in Laurelton, each saying his made him more qualified than the other to be the city’s next top financial officer. Democrat Scott Stringer is the Manhattan borough president and also served 13 years in the state Assembly. Republican John Burnett has spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry, including supervisory and management positions at Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who joined the Democratic campaign just prior to the deadline for...
  • First hookers, now an AFFAIR? Eliot Spitzer refuses to deny claims he's cheating on his wife

    08/01/2013 6:19:31 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/01/13 | Staff
    Eliot Spitzer has refused to deny claims that he is cheating on his wife Silda - again. The New York City comptroller candidate was given three opportunities this morning to defend himself against allegations he has a girlfriend, but instead chose to dodge reporters' questions. 'I am so tired of the personal attacks and I've answered all those questions,' he said at a Brooklyn campaign stop.
  • The real comptroller surprise

    07/12/2013 8:46:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/11/2013 | Robert George
    Eliot Spitzer may be Scott Stringer’s worst nightmare, but he could be a dream come true for John Burnett. Who? A 43-year-old African-American with nearly a quarter-century experience on Wall Street, Burnett is also running for city comptroller — as a Republican. Spitzer has brought an explosion of public attention to the race for comptroller. Good: It’s arguably the second most important office in city government and shouldn’t be handed to someone in a walkover. Maybe now we’ll have a conversation about the job — and job qualifications. Until Sunday, Manhattan Borough President Stringer was looking at that walkover, with...
  • Eliot Spitzer to toss hat back in the political ring

    07/07/2013 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2013 | Adam Reiss and Ed Payne
    (CNN) -- Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York in the wake of a prostitution scandal, is looking at a return -- this time as comptroller of New York City. He said he hoped that voters would be able to see beyond his past. "I accepted responsibly for what I did," Spitzer told CNN late Sunday night. "I spent five years of working, doing useful things, and I hope the public will offer me an opportunity." Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned in 2008 after revelations about his relationship with a prostitute. Since stepping down, he has worked as a...
  • Former Gov.Spitzer, who resigned after scandal, to jump into race for city controller

    07/07/2013 5:37:18 PM PDT · by John W · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 7, 2013 | Kenneth Lovett
    Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has become the latest disgraced politician looking to make a comeback in city politics. Spitzer is running for city controller, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told the Daily News. Spitzer now joins Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who tweeted away his career, as pols seeking redemption from the constituents they betrayed.
  • Former finance official 'stole $53 million from city funds in Illinois' (no one noticed?)

    05/02/2012 5:55:17 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 28 replies
    telagraph ^ | 5 2 12
    A former finance official stole more than $53 million in city funds from former President Ronald Reagan's boyhood hometown in Illinois in a fraud that spanned more than two decades, US prosecutors said on Tuesday. Rita Crundwell, 59, who had served as comptroller of Dixon, Illinois since 1983, used the money to buy three homes, more than a dozen cars, trucks and other vehicles, and to invest in a horse farm that has 311 quarter horses, the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago said. Crundwell was arrested in mid-April and charged with stealing $30 million...
  • Former Comptroller General Warns of Greek Scenario in U.S. (We’re just 2 years away)

    03/09/2012 6:46:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 8, 2012 6:44pm | Chris Good
    Former U.S. Comptroller David Walker has warned that the U.S. could slide into a debt scenario similar to what Greece is experiencing. “The truth is if you count total U.S. government debt as compared to many of the European nations that are in the news, we’re already worse than they are, and we’re two years away from where Greece was when it had its crisis,” Walker said in a recent interview with But he said that the size and economic power of the U.S. means it would have more time to right itself before disaster. Walker served as U.S....
  • Scandal allegations scramble 2 Milwaukee races

    02/06/2012 11:05:57 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-6-12 | Larry Sandler
    Dramatic developments are rocking the campaigns for two of Milwaukee's least dramatic offices: city comptroller and city treasurer. The comptroller's race effectively ended Thursday, the day that Milwaukee County prosecutors charged Supervisor Johnny Thomas with accepting a bribe. Thomas, who had been the front-runner in the comptroller's race, immediately suspended his campaign, leaving Martin Matson, the city's deputy pension director, as the only active candidate on the April 3 ballot. In a single day, a promising political career was derailed and a little-known bureaucrat was virtually assured of becoming the chief financial officer of a $1 billion-a-year local government. The...
  • Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

    01/20/2012 6:12:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 1-18-12 | Judy Baar Topinka
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt. As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, officially, the state has a backlog of more than $4.25 billion in unpaid bills. LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports (listen at link) But Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says when one factors in other bills, the figure is closer to around $8.5 billion. Those other outstanding bills include tax refunds, employee health insurance, and bills that have not yet reached her desk. Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67...
  • Texas comptroller declares economic recession over

    12/12/2011 6:48:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/11 | Chris Tomlinson
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas comptroller said Monday that the economic recovery is taking hold, producing higher than expected tax revenues and possibly resulting in a budget surplus in 2013. In a letter to the Legislature, state Comptroller Susan Combs said tax collections were on pace to produce a $1.6 billion budget surplus for the fiscal biennium ending in 2013. That means the state could earn $82.7 billion over the next two years, while the 2012-2013 budget is only $81.1 billion. That represents an 8.2 percent increase in state revenues over the 2010-2011 budget cycle.
  • DiNapoli in 'Pay to Pay'

    10/29/2010 4:49:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10.29.10 | By BRENDAN SCOTT in Albany and CARL CAMPANILE in NY
    Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's campaign has reaped more than $340,000 from law firms seeking legal work from his agency, The Post has learned. The massive sum from firms that represent -- or are in line to represent -- the Comptroller's Office in lucrative class-action lawsuits accounts for 8 percent of DiNapoli's entire fund-raising haul since 2008. Such firms have collected hundreds of millions in legal fees in recent years, drawing cries of "pay to play" from critics of how DiNapoli and his predecessors have managed the state's $125 billion pension fund. Donations to the state's top fiscal officer have come under...
  • Former NYS Comptroller turns self in, pleads guilty to felony [Hevesi - Democrat]

    10/07/2010 3:40:20 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    WNYT - News 13 ^ | 10/07/2010 | By: Abigail Bleck
    New York City -- Alan Hevesi walked into a Manhattan courthouse Thursday morning a convicted felon and left and admitted felon, times two. The former New York State Comptroller confessed to accepting nearly a million dollars in benefits and in return, he funneled state pension funds towards the companies behind those gifts. According to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the agency leading the pay-to-play investigation--the payoffs included: --$75,000 in travel expenses for the Hevesi family --$380,000 in sham consulting fees for a lobbyist friend --more than $500,000 in campaign contributions as directed by Hevesi. As NYS Comptroller from 2003-2006, Hevesi was...
  • Spending Cuts Key To Recovery: Former U.S. Comptroller

    02/03/2010 9:31:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 245+ views
    CNBC ^ | 2-3-10 | Natalie Erlich
    The key to economic progress is not a revenue equation, but a spending equation, David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general told CNBC on Tuesday. “What threatens our future is not the current deficit; what threatens the future is the glide path of spending and the huge gap of what people have been promised and the revenues that we have to deliver on those promises,” he said. “The so-called off-balance sheet obligations—that’s the ice under the water that could sink the ship of state.”
  • Spitzer eyes comptroller job in 2010

    12/10/2009 10:08:54 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies · 851+ views
    New York Post ^ | Last Updated: 12:53 PM, December 10, 2009 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Eliot Spitzer, who stepped down from the governor's office amid scandal, is now strongly considering a run for state comptroller.... Spitzer has in recent weeks had discussions with some Democratic donors and insiders about the position currently held by Tom DiNapoli.... A Democrat who spoke with Spitzer said, "He's seriously thinking about it." "He wants to run if he can," said another source. "He's still talking about it." Gov. Paterson backed the idea.
  • Bill and Liu win runoffs [ChiCom-connected candidate, John Liu, is new NYC Comptroller!]

    09/30/2009 5:44:52 AM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies · 510+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2009 | JENNIFER FERMINO and SALLY GOLDENBERG
    John Liu easily won last night's runoff election for city comptroller and Bill de Blasio routed rival Mark Green in the public advocate contest -- victories that handed a major boost to the Working Families Party in its first foray into citywide races. Both races produced clear winners within 30 minutes of the polls closing at 9 p.m. A mere 228,000 ballots were cast, a record low. COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS:Liu, who will oversee the city's $80 billion pension system, cruised into history as the first Asian-American to win a citywide election, beating Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky, by 56 percent to...
  • Communist Infiltration in the New York City Election: Comptroller candidate John Lui

    09/23/2009 6:44:02 PM PDT · by ETL · 4 replies · 703+ views
    Epoch Times and New York Times
    From the New York Slimes (Times) Sept 15, 2009... With 100 percent of the vote counted, unofficial results showed that Mr. Liu had captured 38 percent of the vote, just short of the 40 percent he needed to win outright. Mr. Yassky took 30 percent, and Councilwoman Melinda R. Katz of Queens finished third, with 20 percent. David I. Weprin, a councilman from Queens, was fourth. The results set up a contest between two men who, over the course of the campaign, projected sharply different images to voters. Mr. Liu, a former actuary and an immigrant from Taiwan, struck a...
  • As Pension Fund Lagged, Contributions to Comptroller Grew[NYC]

    08/19/2009 11:02:00 AM PDT · by BGHater · 294+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | MICHAEL BARBARO and RUSS BUETTNER
    The New York city comptroller, William C. Thompson Jr., is staking his mayoral campaign on his skills as a financial manager, which he says are exemplified by his supervision of the nation’s largest municipal pension system. But a review of how the $80 billion system has performed since he took office shows it has consistently lagged behind many of its public pension peers even as the city tripled the number of money managers it uses and the fees that it pays those firms. Over the last seven years, four of the five city pension funds performed below the median for...
  • N.Y. Assembly Democrats Settle on Comptroller

    02/07/2007 6:58:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 333+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 7, 2007 | MICHAEL COOPER
    ALBANY, Feb. 7 — The Democratic-led State Assembly dealt a setback today to Gov. Eliot Spitzer by agreeing to elect Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli as the next state comptroller, reneging on a deal it made with the governor to choose only from candidates deemed qualified by an outside screening panel. The full Legislature voted to make Mr. DiNapoli comptroller this afternoon. The Legislature was in the unusual position of choosing a comptroller for a nearly full four-year term because the popularly elected comptroller, Alan G. Hevesi, resigned in disgrace after he pleaded guilty to a felony late last year. Instead...
  • DiNapoli elected New York Comptroller

    02/07/2007 3:56:32 PM PST · by xcamel · 9 replies · 388+ views
    NY7 ^ | Feb. 7, 2007 | no attribution
    There was a big political defeat on Wednesday for Governor Eliot Spitzer. The New York Assembly chose one of their own, Thomas DiNapoli, as the next controller to replace Alan Hevesi. The vote came despite strong opposition from Mr. Spitzer. The vote wrapped up late Wednesday, and it was 151 for DiNapoli and 54 for the other finalist, one of three backed by the governor. The state legislature basically told Spitzer to butt out, and the governor is livid saying today's vote is further evidence of all that's wrong with Albany. For Spitzer, it's been a rollercoaster these last 24...

    10/30/2006 10:33:26 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 15 replies · 1,142+ views
    New York Post - Page Six ^ | 10/30/06 | Richard Johnson
    THE heat on embattled State Comptroller Alan Hevesi is bringing unwanted attention to his relationship with Queens City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, who has long been his political protégé. "It's an open secret in Queens political circles," one lawmaker told Page Six. "She kisses him on the lips in public, and he went to war with the county organization to get her elected." "It's common knowledge," said another politico. "I've seen them making out." One pol said he spotted them canoodling years ago one night at Terrace on the Park, the catering facility near La Guardia Airport. Although Katz is single,...
  • Hevesi's troubles deepen [NY state Comptroller, Rats'candidate]

    10/28/2006 1:49:23 AM PDT · by Alex1977 · 6 replies · 606+ views
    recordonline ^ | October 28, 2006 | By John Milgrim
    Pataki appoints special prosecutor Albany — Gov. George Pataki appointed a special prosecutor yesterday to kick off an extraordinary process that could lead to embattled state Comptroller Alan Hevesi being forced from office for using a state worker as his wife's private driver. Pataki asked David Kelley, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to help him decide within a week whether to make the unprecedented request of the Republican-controlled state Senate to vote for Hevesi's removal. "It is an extraordinary act for officials to overturn an election of a statewide elected official after a vote by...
  • Senate Maj. Leader Calls For Hevesi's Resignation

    10/24/2006 1:37:02 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 7 replies · 466+ views ^ | 10/24/06 | CBS/AP
    Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on Tuesday called for embattled state Comptroller Alan Hevesi to resign, saying his failure to reimburse the state for the use of a staffer as his wife's driver represents "a serious breach of the public trust." In a scathing report Monday, the state Ethics Commission said Hevesi, a Queens Democrat, broke the law by failing to pay for the driver despite a 2003 advisory opinion from the commission that he should. The commission faulted him for not tracking the employee's time and noted that Hevesi had assigned another state driver for his wife even before...
  • Hevesi 'deeply sorry' after state Ethics Commission ruling

    10/23/2006 2:57:15 PM PDT · by sageb1 · 16 replies · 509+ views
    The state Ethics Commission concluded Monday that state Comptroller Alan Hevesi "knowingly and intentionally" violated the public trust by using public employees to chauffeur his wife. more at url
  • HEVESI: I HAVE NO EXCUSES - APOLOGY OVER DRIVER (NY State Comptroller, repeat of NYC scandal)

    09/30/2006 10:18:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 858+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 29, 2006 | Post Wire Services
    LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - Comptroller Alan Hevesi offered his first public apology yesterday for failing to reimburse the state for using one of his employees to chauffeur his wife since 2003. "It was irresponsible of me," Hevesi said at a meeting of the New York State Association of Counties. "For the comptroller of the state of New York, it was really inappropriate." Hevesi, who is seeking a second four-year term as the state's chief financial officer, acknowledged last week he had not reimbursed the state for the cost of having his wife driven around by a state employee since 2003....
  • Irregularities in Former Puerto Rico Governor's Administration

    08/17/2006 9:31:45 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 15 replies · 423+ views
    (English-language translation) Comptroller Manuel Díaz Saldaña yesterday presented to a legislative committee his principal findings of audits of the Municipality of San Juan when former Governor Sila M. Calderón was mayor, among these “extravagant and unnecessary expenses” towards supporting the Navy’s withdrawal from Vieques and promoting her image. The official published 18 reports between June 1999 and March 2005 on fiscal operations in City Hall and in the Communications Central Office during Calderón’s incumbency as mayor and governor. “The principal findings published in the March 14, 2005 audit report (reveal) extravagant and unnecessary expenses and the use of public funds...
  • U.S. Comptroller General Warns the Nation of Economic Calamity [Fiscal Conservatism Needed Alert]

    08/03/2006 9:06:03 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 61 replies · 2,204+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Aug. 3, 2006 | Dave Eberhart
    The Comptroller General of the United States warns the nation will go broke within a generation - unless it takes radical steps now to rein in out-of-control federal spending. In an exclusive interview with NewsMax, Comptroller David M. Walker, explained his mission: Save America from the brink of financial disaster. Walker has revealed America's collision course in computer simulations that show balancing the budget in 2040 (under the status quo of spending like there's no tomorrow) could require cutting total federal spending by an incredible 60 percent - or raising federal taxes 200 percent over today's level. Serving a 15-year...
  • The Nation's Accountant Tells It Like It Is (US Comptroller Discusses America's Fiscal Woes )

    08/03/2006 9:10:19 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 10 replies · 507+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 08/03/2006 | Dave Eberhart
    The Nation's Accountant Tells It Like It Is Dave Eberhart, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 WASHINGTON -- NewsMax caught up with U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, who, at age 54, is a bona fide baby boomer. The energetic CPA was direct about what most motivates him: "The baby boomers are on the path to be the first generation in the history of this country not to leave the country better positioned for the future. "That is unacceptable to me, and I will continue to fight as long as I can to try to make sure that that doesn't become...
  • California Controller race draws a crowd

    05/08/2006 1:17:55 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 464+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | 8 May 2006 | Bob Cuddy
    Controller race draws a crowd They’re all competing for the key job described by one as ‘the CFO for the sixth-largest economy in the world’ By Bob Cuddy The four candidates running for state controller. What a controller does (PDF) Ask the average Californian what the state controller does, and you’ll likely hear, "What’s that?" says state Sen. Joe Dunn, who wants the job. But Dunn and his opponents know better. "You’re the CFO for the sixth-largest economy in the world," says John Chiang, also a candidate for state controller on the June 6 ballot. Chiang and Dunn are opposing...

    01/02/2006 12:51:49 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 79 replies · 2,426+ views
    The Quorum Report ^ | 1/2/06 | Harvey Kronberg
    Deadline day filing ends mystery Quote from the announcement: "I am a Republican, but I know we must set partisan politics aside and do what's right for Texas. That is why I am running for governor as a Texas Independent. We can't wait any longer. It's time to shake Austin up."
  • Is a Scandal Brewing in the Race for Governor? [Texas: Strayhorn's office corrupt?]

    09/09/2005 12:50:39 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 22 replies · 1,084+ views ^ | September 9, 2005 | Gina Hollenbeck
    This week, as Texas Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn turned up the heat on Governor Rick Perry, it would appear that she has found herself in some hot water as well. Following a scathing swath of Strayhorn radio commercials about Governor Perry, the Texas State Auditor’s Office released a rather scathing report of its own about Strayhorn. Despite the agency’s perfunctory statement that they “are not implying any wrongdoing on the part of any individual or group associated with the information in this report,” political hounds from Beaumont to El Paso admit it smells like a scandal—and Strayhorn’s...
  • Comptroller Strayhorn Declines Raise After Perry Criticism

    07/07/2005 3:34:42 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 244+ views
    Strayhorn declines raise after Perry criticism ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN (AP) - Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said she will not accept a $33,000 pay raise authorized by the Legislature even though her campaign indicated last week that she would accept it. "Although Governor Rick Perry sanctioned pay increases for statewide elected officials when he approved the state budget, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to accept a penny more for the work I was elected to do," Strayhorn said Tuesday. Strayhorn, a Republican, is challenging Perry in next year's gubernatorial race. The Legislature had authorized seven statewide elected...
  • (Texas, Susan) Combs plotting run for comptroller

    01/24/2005 10:46:23 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 469+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | January 23, 2005 | Jaime Powell
    Political Pulse: 01.23.05 The morning after the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball in Washington, which drew Texas politicians in droves, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs was hoarse, which she attributed to talking over the band. Though she has not made a formal announcement, Combs said she would run for Carole Keeton Strayhorn's job as state comptroller, when Strayhorn tries to fill bigger boots, widely rumored to be Gov. Rick Perry's. Strayhorn already has told Combs she is not running for comptroller again, so Combs' fund-raising efforts are directed at the job, she said. "I will probably...
  • Texas' Republican Comptroller Tough, Ticked Off and Proud of It

    08/29/2004 7:22:24 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 326+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 08-29-04 | Not given
    Texas' Republican comptroller tough, ticked off and proud of it AUSTIN (AP) — A needlepoint decoration hanging in the office of state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn hints at her tough reputation — "One Ticked Off Grandma." That line from a title of a magazine article on Strayhorn plays off the political slogan "one tough grandma" that she uses to describe her efforts to improve the health and education of Texas children. The large ax hanging on another wall, a gift from timber growers, and the plentiful family photographs show the contrasts of a woman who's gone from Austin's first female...
  • School Fight May Wound Perry in 2006

    05/20/2004 10:56:39 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Austin, TX, American-Statesman ^ | 05-20-04 | McNeely, Dave
    School fight may wound Perry in '06 Thursday, May 20, 2004 In the recent 28-day special session called by Gov. Rick Perry, the only consensus was that no one liked the governor's plan — long on sin taxes and short on new money for schools. Even several Republican legislators marvel at how Perry has angered people and groups across the state. Some think the special session was just for show, and to set legislators up to take the blame for failure to revamp school finance and lower property taxes. The public is apparently cooling on the governor as well. In...
  • Susan Combs to Seek State Comptroller Job in 2006 Election

    05/08/2004 7:54:05 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 198+ views
    Combs to seek state comptroller job in 2006 election Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs confirmed Friday she's planning to run for state comptroller in 2006, a job now held by fellow Republican Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Combs wouldn't divulge any conversations she's had with Strayhorn, but said she doesn't expect Strayhorn to run for the office in the next election. "I think it'll be an open primary," Combs said in a telephone interview. Strayhorn is considered a potential candidate for governor in 2006, although she won't say whether she's seeking the state's top job. "I love...
  • Texas Comptroller Eyes Governorship in 2006 {Or Will She Settle for Lieutenant Governor?}

    04/24/2004 8:05:39 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 26 replies · 342+ views
    Austin, TX, American-Statesman | 04-22-04 | McNeely, Dave
    Commentary: Dave McNeely Comptrollers count office as rung up Thursday, April 22, 2004 The three Texas comptrollers since 1975 have wanted to be governor. Carole Keeton Strayhorn is no exception. The first two — the late Bob Bullock and John Sharp, both Democrats — eventually settled for a run at lieutenant governor. Bullock won; Sharp didn't. Strayhorn, one loud grandma, has yet to announce her plans. Though she's a Republican like Gov. Rick Perry, Strayhorn has been slapping Perry every time he turns around. She says he: is an ineffective leader, should put more money into the Children's Health Insurance...
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Cross Partisan Lineswith Donations to Republican Strayhorn

    04/22/2004 5:21:15 PM PDT · by YCTHouston · 13 replies · 702+ views
    Capitol Inside ^ | April 20, 2004 | Mike Hailey
    The Democratic Party's biggest contributors in Texas appear to have found a marquee-name candidate to rally behind for a statewide race at or near the top of the ticket in 2006. State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. The Republican comptroller during the past month raised tens of thousands of dollars from trial lawyers whose wealth and generosity is usually reserved for Democratic candidates. A big chunk of the cash she received from high-profile members of the plaintiffs' bar was contributed at an event hosted by Houston attorney John Eddie Williams - one of the five private lawyers hired to represent the...
  • Strayhorn blasts Perry on education, leadership

    04/01/2004 6:20:30 AM PST · by Arrowhead1952 · 24 replies · 180+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | By Sarah Kleiner
    Comptroller calls for date to be set for special session on school finance. By Sarah Kleiner AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, March 31, 2004 State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn used a speech before the Texas Association of Counties on Wednesday to lambaste Gov. Rick Perry for a delay in calling a special legislative session to fix the way public schools are funded. Perry has suggested that he will call a special session this spring but has said he is trying to get other state leaders to agree on a plan before he picks a date. "This year he tells us a special...
  • Zakheim: $1 Billion Shift Needed For Afghan, Iraqi Programs

    03/02/2004 8:23:23 PM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 150+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 2, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The Defense Department's top money manager told Senate officials March 1 that DoD wants to transfer about $1 billion within its budget to fund three security, humanitarian and reconstruction programs in Afghanistan and Iraq. DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim met on Capitol Hill with members of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee to discuss details of DoD's proposed $401.7 billion fiscal 2005 budget. The fiscal 2005 budget, Zakheim noted to members of the subcommittee, "does not request specific appropriations for these three (spending) authorities, and therefore, the department would need to reprogram funding to use them." The first program, Zakheim said,...
  • Comptroller's Vision Helps Advance Transformation Efforts

    12/23/2003 4:25:01 AM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 142+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 22, 2003 | By Paul Stone
    Dov Zakheim, undersecretary of defense (comptroller) and the Defense Department's chief financial officer, often refers to DoD as America's largest corporation. And during a recent interview, he did not hesitate to characterize that reference as a vision that can be a bit overwhelming at times. "Sometimes it's a scary vision," Zakheim said in a half-serious, half- joking manner, "to wake up in the morning and say, 'My God, we're trying to drag the largest corporation in America into the 21st century.'" But it's a vision that seems to have served him -- and all of DoD -- well during the...
  • Comptroller Strayhorn Touts Border Issues in Laredo

    11/13/2003 9:03:41 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 172+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 11-13-03 | Cortez, Tricia
    Comptroller touts border issues in Laredo BY TRICIA CORTEZ Times staff writer "Texas is great, but we can do better. We can be leaner, not meaner," were the lines repeated by Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn during a Wednesday visit to Laredo. Almost sounding like she was on the campaign trail, Strayhorn was critical of Gov. Rick Perry's administration during a Wednesday luncheon at Texas A&M International University, but noted that she was not yet ready to announce a run for governor. Strayhorn and Perry have continually clashed and locked horns throughout the year. The state "has been abdicating its...
  • GOP Hands More Ammo to Strayhorn- Commentary

    10/30/2003 12:08:11 PM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 3 replies · 134+ views
    <i>The Austin American- Statesman</i> ^ | 10/30/03 | Dave McNeely
    Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst jerking two pet programs from Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn brings to mind Br'er Fox punishing Br'er Rabbit. Cornered by Br'er Fox, Br'er Rabbit begged, "Please, don't throw me in the briar patch." So Br'er Fox did just that, and the rabbit escaped to mess with the fox another day. It's hard to believe Perry and Dewhurst didn't at least wonder if they might be teeing themselves up for Strayhorn. Even if they did, the Republicans leaders moved ahead with plans to punish Strayhorn — particularly Perry, who personally lobbied GOP legislators to...
  • Comptroller Strayhorn May Challenge Governor Perry; School Officials Say Reviews are Political

    10/21/2003 2:07:37 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 146+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 10-21-03 | Castro, April, AP
    School officials say reviews are political BY APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN - Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn calls the removal of the Texas School Performance Reviews from her office a personal attack by the governor and the Legislature for her dogged criticism of state spending. Some Texas school officials call it long overdue. They suggest the reviews have been used for political grandstanding by the comptroller. "This is too politically motivated, has too many political trappings in it," Larry Sullivan, superintendent of the Texarkana School District, said of the review completed in his district. Although Strayhorn wasn't yet comptroller...
  • Reorganize bill goes to Perry

    10/13/2003 3:51:38 AM PDT · by Alissa · 6 replies · 139+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10-13-03 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Over objections from House members who said they were being held hostage by Senate demands, the Texas House on Sunday passed a government reorganization bill that Senate leaders made a prerequisite for senators' final consideration of GOP-driven congressional redistricting. The action sent the reorganization bill by Rep. David Swinford, R-Dumas, to Gov. Rick Perry. It had passed the Senate on Friday. Perry's office has said he'll sign House Bill 7, which among its numerous provisions would strip state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn of two key, high-profile programs. The bill's approval was the House's last order of business before...
  • TX,Comptroller Strayhorn Warns of Higher Fees, Expenses for Taxpayers

    08/28/2003 6:18:02 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 25 replies · 391+ views
    Strayhorn warns of higher fees, expenses for taxpayers Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Texas taxpayers will shoulder $2.7 billion of the state budget in higher fees, charges and other out-of-pocket expenses over the next two years, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Wednesday. The fees will kick in next week. Teachers and school employees will bear most of the cost with increased insurance premiums, co-payments and health care contributions, according to the analysis released this week by the comptroller's office. During the next two years, health care costs to doctors, nurses and state employees will account for more than $596 million...
  • A Smut-In for Shut-Ins: City List Logs Gay Porn [NY] [Where else?]

    07/01/2003 5:27:32 PM PDT · by firebrand · 15 replies · 166+ views
    Daily News (New York) | June 26, 2003 | Joel Siegel
    Using taxpayer money, the city controller has compiled a new directory of services for gays and lesbians that includes Web links to hard- and soft-core pornography, the Daily News has learned. One directory entry, titled "The Closet Case Show on the Web," is a listing for a Web site that offers "safe erotica for shut-ins." The site contains scores of racy and explicit photos, including one set breathlessly titled "Jimmy Losing His Briefs!" and another called "Jeff Helps Sandy into a Suit," the suit being a Speedo. Another set of photos on the site, "How to Seduce a Preppie," focuses...