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  • Hastert pleads guilty in hush-money scheme, could get prison term

    10/28/2015 11:43:25 AM PDT · by TBP · 66 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 10/28/15 | AP
    Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI in a hush-money scheme, agreeing to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison and averting a trial in the case. A judge, however, could go beyond that recommendation and give the former House speaker up to five years behind bars.
  • Indictment of former House speaker Dennis Hastert

    08/18/2015 10:02:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | pass | staff
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert on charges of purposefully withdrawing less than $10,000 in order to evade... Violations: Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2); Title 31, United States Code,Section 5324
  • Are Key Republican Leaders in D.C. Being Blackmailed?

    06/30/2015 3:56:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 146 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-30-15 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Are key Republican leaders in D.C. from the Senate, House and Supreme Court being blackmailed? Tell me you haven’t thought the exact same thing? Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in DC. Rotten like a dead fish left at the front door of a Congressmen’s office by the Obama Crime Family. Rotten like a photo of a Supreme Court Justice with his robe down at his ankles. Because what’s happening just isn’t normal. Please tell me how it’s possible that President Obama and his socialist cabal suffered the most massive and historic defeat in modern political history only 9...
  • Tancredo: House GOP Preparing to Sell Out on Immigration Bills

    06/27/2015 7:15:17 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tom Tancredo
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) this past week again showed he will punish conservative House members for not supporting deals he strikes with President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). This does not bode well for the package of immigration bills to be debated on the House floor sometime after the July Fourth recess. House Republicans have been writing and “marking up” more than a dozen immigration bills over the past year, and Republican leaders have been promising a “package of little bills” as an alternative to the “comprehensive” bills favored by the amnesty lobby.
  • Republican Prosecuted for Withdrawing Cash from Bank

    06/22/2015 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 38 replies
    MoneyWise 411 ^ | June 22, 2015 | None
    Can’t believe it… The timing here is just eerie, especially after what happened a few days ago… America’s most respected newspaper, The New York Times, just published an article titled: “When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Money From Your Bank.” The NYT article details how Federal lawyers (from Obama’s Federal Bureau of Investigation), are prosecuting a former Republican representative for withdrawing his own money from his own bank account. DEVELOPING: Senator: “go to the ATM machine… draw out everything it will let you take” The Republican politician, former Speaker of the House under President George H. Bush, now faces a...
  • ObamaCare and TPP: Are the GOP Being Hastert’d?

    06/11/2015 5:51:19 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 21 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 6/11/15 | Bob Parks & Laura Erickson
    Things on Capitol Hill seldom happen by accident. We just need look at what’s happening now and what just happened. King v. Burwell may well be determining the fate of ObamaCare and the president is colluding with the Republicans to secretly pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership being rammed down the already sore throats of the American people, reminiscent of the way Democrats wrote-but-didn’t-read the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Why are Republicans going along to get along? It may be as simple as a message sent with the recent events involving former Speaker Dennis Hastert....
  • Witness steps forward to confirm Dennis Hastert did associate with known child sex traffickers <TR>

    06/06/2015 8:55:03 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 90 replies
    Libertarian Republican ^ | May 31, 2015 | Eric Dondero
    Contradicts local officials in Yorksville, Illinois who stated no complaints of misconduct From Eric Dondero: First some context via the Chicago Tribune on Friday, "Ex-Yorkville school chief recalls no misconduct complaints against Hastert": James Garnett, who was superintendent of the Yorkville school district for five of the years Dennis Hastert taught there, said Friday there were no complaints of misconduct lodged against the now-indicted House speaker during that time. Hastert, who represented the far western suburbs in Congress, was accused Thursday by federal prosecutors of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to a longtime acquaintance to cover up...
  • 'He damaged him more than we will ever know' (Dennis Hastert sexually abused her teen brother)

    06/05/2015 10:23:46 AM PDT · by dead · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 June 2015 | Louise Boyle For
    Steve Reinboldt was the student equipment manager when Hastert worked at Yorkville High school in Illinois in the 1970s and 80s His sister Jolene Reinboldt said Steve told her he was gay 8 years after high school and at the same time revealed his first same-sex experience 'was with Dennis Hastert' Steve Reinboldt died of AIDS in 1995. His sister confronted Dennis Hastert with the allegations when the politician turned up to Steve's funeral Hastert, 73, has not responded to the allegations He was indicted last week on accusations he agreed to pay $3.5m 'hush money' to ensure someone...
  • Video: Sister of alleged Dennis Hastert victim goes public

    06/05/2015 6:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/05/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took 20 years for Jolene Reinboldt to have anyone take her story seriously. After her brother Steve died of AIDS in 1995, she was shocked to see Dennis Hastert, her brother’s teacher and coach in high school, show up for the viewing. She followed Hastert out to the parking lot and told him she knew his secret, and then tried for years to get law enforcement and news agencies to investigate it, all to no avail. Two weeks ago, though, the FBI came calling and wanted to hear her story for themselves as part of an investigation into...
  • Barney Frank: GOP Sex Scandals Make Bill Clinton Look Like A Virgin

    06/02/2015 10:41:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 59 replies ^ | June 2, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on HuffPost Live, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) criticized former Republican Speakers Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and Dennis Hastert for their hypocrisy in participating in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment stemming from his sexual misconduct, when they all have sexual misconduct or infidelity allegations of their own. Frank said, “Then these people get together to impeach Bill Clinton, who looks like almost a virgin in that crowd.”
  • How Did Denny Hastert Get Rich Enough to Pay Millions to an Accuser?

    06/01/2015 8:47:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/01/2015 | John Fund
    Denny Hastert — the former House speaker now indicted for violating regulations on bank withdrawals that were originally meant to snare drug dealers — was a man of integrity according to his former House colleagues. By the sketchy standards of Illinois politics, that might well have been true. But his fall from grace should prompt other questions about how a former high-school teacher who held elective office from 1981 to 2007 could leave Congress with a fortune estimated at $4 million to $17 million. When he entered Congress in 1987, he was worth at most $275,000. Hastert was the...
  • It all begins with "Black Larry" and Omaha's Boys Town

    05/31/2015 5:56:54 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 5 replies
    Libertarian Republican ^ | Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Eric Dondero
    This FROM THE EDITOR: We will have a major update to the Dennis Hastert child sex ring story here tonight. Witness, sworn statement. Stay tuned... We will begin our coverage of the so-called "Dennis Hastert Sex Scandal," with a video from the early 1990s, from a trusted source of this website. The documentary was set to air on the Discovery Channel in 1994, but was pulled at the last minute, and never ran on cable TV. Some blog sleuths eventually dug it up, years later. It contains some mind-numbing accusations and earth shattering evidence against some Nebraska politicians at the...
  • Squirrel Nuts, Get Your Squirrel Nuts Here!

    05/31/2015 6:57:51 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-31-2015 | MOTUS
    It has come to my attention that standards for what constitutes a scandal around Washington have been modified over the past few years. David - oh my, look at those trouser creases!- Brooks explains:"President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free," Butt one thing that remains a certifiable Washington scandal is sex. Especially if it involves either “gay” or “Republican.” Note: Democrats are immune to even these minimum standards. See David Brooks article cited above.So, if you’re still interested, there should be...
  • Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

    05/30/2015 6:48:57 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 64 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Daniel Marans
    On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing. Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.

    05/30/2015 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/22/2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, now a K Street lobbyist, is gathering with several Chicago Republicans for a public event aimed at yet again building support in Washington for amnesty, Roll Call reports. Hastert, now a lobbyist for Dickstein Shapiro, has been pushing comprehensive immigration reform for some time. In a February Politico op-ed, he endorsed the House GOP leadership immigration “principles” writing of illegal aliens that “we should provide them with a path to citizenship.”
  • Dennis Hastert and the Illinois Combine

    Did Denny Hastert, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, really think he could get away with it? He must have. He kept paying and paying, until the FBI came knocking, asking about all that cash he was withdrawing from his bank accounts. And you know the rest. Whether you consider it hush money to cover up sexual misconduct when he was a teacher and coach, or an attempt to right what he considered to be the wrongs of his past, there's one thing we do know:
  • Judge orders Clinton Foundation racketeering case to trial

    05/29/2015 7:31:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 109 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-29-2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Judge orders Clinton Foundation racketeering case to trial BY SARAH WESTWOOD | MAY 29, 2015 | 7:39 PM A Florida judge has set a trial date in the racketeering case against the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case to head to trial January 20, 2016. The order, entered Friday and obtained by the Washington Examiner, came days after Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch filed a lengthy civil complaint against the Clintons and their foundation in...
  • A second person accused Hastert of sexual abuse, official says

    05/29/2015 7:06:44 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 101 replies
    LATimes ^ | 5-29-2015 | Richard A. Serrano
    dicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a former student from Yorkville, Ill., to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth that took place while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at a high school there, federal law enforcement officials said Friday. A top official, who would not be identified speaking about the federal charges in Chicago, said investigators also spoke with a second person who raised similar allegations that corroborated what the student said. The second person was not being paid by Hastert, the official said. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted Federal prosecutors have announced...
  • Dennis Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official

    05/29/2015 1:33:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 114 replies
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal sexual misconduct while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. Tribune newspapers reported earlier in the day that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct. Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges that he structured bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and later lied about it to the FBI. The indictment said that Hastert was paying an unidentified...
  • Bush backs Hastert in Foley fallout (Flashback 2006)

    05/29/2015 1:06:27 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/4/2006 | NEWS SERVICES
    President Bush said Tuesday he was "dismayed and shocked" at disgraced lawmaker Mark Foley's behavior and supports House Speaker Dennis Hastert's call for a full investigation. -snip- Some, including a Washington newspaper, have called for Hastert (R.-Ill.) to resign, but Bush expressed confidence in the speaker's ability to resolve the matter, calling him a "father, teacher, coach." "I know Denny Hastert. I meet with him a lot. He is a father, teacher, coach who cares about the children of this country," Bush said.
  • Hastert Reportedly Paid Individual From His Past To Hide Sexual Misconduct

    05/29/2015 12:21:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 05-29-2015 | John Stanton, Andrew Kaczynski, Evan McMorris-Santoro
    What We Know So Far Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, was indicted Thursday on federal charges of evading reporting requirements and lying to the FBI The Illinois Republican allegedly agreed to pay an unnamed individual $3.5 million for previous misconduct Source: Investigators considered including a second alleged victim in the Hastert indictment, but ultimately chose not to do so. A source familiar with the investigation told BuzzFeed News that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon considered but did not pursue additional charges against former Speaker Dennis Hastert, which would have included a reference to an Individual B, one of potentially...
  • Dennis Hastert paid to conceal sexual misconduct, sources say

    05/29/2015 11:39:54 AM PDT · by Callahan · 188 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/29/2015 | RICHARD A. SERRANO AND TIMOTHY M. PHELPS contact the reporters
    Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
  • Dennis Hastert's weird 2014 call on C-SPAN

    05/29/2015 8:44:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    There was an odd exchange between former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and an unidentified C-SPAN caller from his hometown in light of Thursday’s surprise indictment that he illegally transferred $3.5 million to a Yorkville resident to “conceal prior misconduct.” The call came in while Hastert appeared on CSPAN’s "Washington Journal" on Nov. 13, a week after last year's midterm elections. The caller identified himself only as “Bruce" from Illinois. “Hello, Denny,” the caller said. “Do you remember me from Yorkville?” he added, before laughing and hanging up. CSPAN’s host Pedro Echevarria immediately moved onto the next caller and Hastert...
  • Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

    05/28/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 168 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    05/28/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28 at 7:07 PM | By Mark Berman and Paul Kane
    Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges(1:13) Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges Thursday, including lying to the FBI in an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct. (Reuters) J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million because of “past misconduct” against an unnamed individual from their hometown west of Chicago. Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in...
  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    05/28/2015 3:49:22 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 21, 2014 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject.
  • Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI, illegal cash structuring

    05/28/2015 2:36:45 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 28 | Jon Seidel
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges (indictment linked)

    05/28/2015 2:34:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.” In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million. Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said...
  • The Hastert Rule is dead; Nancy Pelosi runs the House

    03/17/2015 1:18:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Red State ^ | March 17th, 2015 | streiff
    see, two landslide elections did accomplish something. ... the “doc fix” is simply and end run around the deficit accounting process. What is more unsettling is the way this piece of legislation came about. It seems to signal that the era of the “Hastert Rule,” where the Speaker will not entertain legislation without the consent of the majority of his caucus, is dead. ... The fact that the Speaker went to the Democrats first to get votes on this spending deal shows the extent to which Boehner has been mortally injured as a leader. It also tells us that the...
  • Speaker Boehner’s Violations of ‘Hastert Rule’ Mount in the House

    03/10/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rudy Takala
    House Speaker John Boehner at his Jan. 8, 2015 press briefing. (AP Photo) ( – House Speaker John Boehner has passed legislation opposed by a majority of his own party nine times since becoming speaker in January 2011.That places him ahead of his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, and four votes shy of the record for violations of the “Hastert Rule.”The Hastert Rule, described by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in 2004, refers to the idea that the House speaker will only bring legislation to the floor for a vote if it has the support of “the majority of the majority.”...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • John Boehner Violates The Hastert Rule Again

    05/09/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A bill that reauthorized the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which was criticized on the right as unnecessary interference by the federal government in the free market, passed the House in violation of the so-called “Hastert Rule” Thursday. The bill passed 297-117 overall. 106 Republicans voted “yea” while 116 Republicans voted “nay.” One Democrat, embattled Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), voted no as well, while 191 Democrats voted yes. The Hastert Rule, the operating principle of former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, requires support from a “majority of the majority.” Hastert has criticized Boehner for relying on Democratic votes on...
  • Hastert still quite the speaker (Wants Mitt -- Slams Newt)

    03/28/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2012 | HANNAH KOHUT
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert speaks at St. Xavier University in Chicago Wednesday, March 21, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media There were jabs at Newt Gingrich, kudos for Mitt Romney, connections between driving a school bus and serving as speaker of the U.S. House and opinions on the wars in the Middle East. Denny Hastert, who went from teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School to become the longest-serving Republican House Speaker ever, shared thoughts as wide-ranging as his background last week in a speech at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Hastert, who was raised...
  • Former House speaker endorses Romney (Dennis Hastert)

    10/12/2011 7:46:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois, today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes,” Hastert said in a statement. “Mitt Romney stands up for these principles….From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy.” Hastert was speaker from 1999 to 2007.
  • Lauzen Asks About Outside $$ For Hastert (DC Big Shots Come in to Illinois for Hastert's son)

    01/22/2010 10:38:58 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    During the January 14 Republican meeting and candidate forum in Geneva Township a question was raised by speaker Chris Lauzen (R, Aurora), State Senator from the 25th State Senate District. That question focused on all the support not only from outside the district but outside the entire state that is streaming in to shore up the campaign for Congress of the young Ethan Hastert. Senator Lauzen questioned the propriety of all this outside money pouring into the 14th District when there was already a worthy, proven candidate in the person of Randy Hultgren running for that seat. (Note: I'd have...
  • Gingrich to Headline [Ethan] Hastert Fundraiser

    11/21/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by BillyBoy · 20 replies · 734+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday, November 20, 2009 | Ethan Hastert
    Friday, November 20, 2009 GINGRICH TO HEADLINE HASTERT FUNDRAISER from Ethan Hastert for Congress campaign GENEVA, IL – Ethan Hastert will welcome Newt Gingrich to the 14th Congressional District on Friday, December 11, 2009 for a fundraising event at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL, to benefit the Ethan Hastert for Congress Campaign. The breakfast event will begin at 8:00 a.m. “I am proud to welcome Speaker Newt Gingrich to the 14th Congressional District. Newt Gingrich lead the Republican Revolution in 1994, resulting in the first Republican majority in 40 years, said Hastert. “As Speaker, Newt Gingrich insisted on...
  • Vargas to challenge Hastert in the 14th

    07/23/2009 10:33:55 AM PDT · by BillyBoy · 8 replies · 633+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | July 23, 2009 | Fran Eaton
    Vargas to challenge Hastert in the 14th Illinois Review - 23 July 2009 [This article was syndicated via RSS from Illinois Review. The views represented do not necessarily represent those of the Chicago Daily Observer.] A 27 year old graduate of Elgin's Judson College is close to announcing his intention to run in the 14th CD, taking on attorney Ethan Hastert for the Republican bid to regain Congressman Bill Foster's seat back from the Democrats. Mark Vargas , who grew up in St. Charles, has been working for the past few years in Iraq for Defense Secretary William Gates....
  • Issa unloads: Says GOP must address 'failures' of Bush and Hastert

    07/07/2009 11:02:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,417+ views
    Issa unloads: Says GOP must address 'failures' of Bush and Hastert @ 1:15 pm by Michael O'Brien Republicans have a responsibility to reflect on the "failures" of leaders like former President George W. Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), a prominent House Republican said Tuesday. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, argued the GOP must "throw everything we did wrong under the bus" — even if it means alienating some members of the party. Issa said that his committee and Republicans in general wouldn't be doing their jobs "if we're...
  • Dennis Hastert's son to run for father's seat

    06/08/2009 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 8, 2009
    Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan Hastert, has announced he'll run for his father's Chicago-area seat in Congress. The 31-year-old Hastert said Monday he would begin campaigning and fundraising for the 14th District seat. Dennis Hastert held the seat for 20 years and was the longest-serving Republican House Speaker. He announced in August 2007 that he would not seek reelection. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia won the seat in the November general election. The younger Hastert has never held elected office. The self-described economic and social conservative grew up in Yorkville and now is...
  • Illinois GOP leader critical of Lauzen (RINO ALERT!)

    04/27/2009 3:55:13 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 26 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois’ Republican national committeeman said that state Sen. Chris Lauzen of Aurora should “take a deep look” to see if he wants to say in the GOP and shouldn’t make another bid for Congress in the far west suburbs. Pat Brady, who last summer became Republican National Committeeman from Illinois to replace the controversial Bob Kjellander, also said he expected a GOP primary contest next year for nomination to the 14th Congressional District seat won last year by freshman Democrat Bill Foster of Geneva. Among those considering a bid for the seat formerly held by longtime Republican U.S. House Speaker...
  • Governor Palin Now A Laughing Stock Amongst Beltway Republicans

    04/20/2009 3:03:08 PM PDT · by sussex · 100 replies · 2,425+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 20.04.09 | The Aged P
    "Where is she heading? She is going to get her own reality show, not the White House," said John Feehery, a Republican consultant. "There a lot of big challenges in this country and how can she handle them if she can barely handle her own family?" And there we have it – those powerful Republican circles, none more influential than John Feehery. Mr Feehery was, of course, a staffer for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who endorsed Mitt Romney last year. Though retired from politics he is still the Don Corleone of the GOP, a man who can make or...
  • Hastert's son may be eyeing dad's old seat

    04/18/2009 11:23:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 1,283+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 18, 2009
    Could another Hastert be in line for a run at the 14th Congressional District seat? Ethan Hastert, the 31-year-old son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, confirmed Friday that he has started meeting local leaders and introducing himself as a potential candidate. He said he has made no decisions yet. Hastert's father held the far west suburban seat for nearly 21 years, serving as speaker from 1999 to 2007. Ethan Hastert is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He worked for more than a year in then-Vice President Dick Cheney's office.
  • FOX News Documentary Shows Congressmen Sent Millions in Earmarks to Their Own Families

    05/30/2008 6:53:41 PM PDT · by weef · 57 replies · 401+ views ^ | 5/30/2008 | Fox News
    A number of U.S. congressmen and their families — including former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert — have personally profited from congressional earmarks they slipped into federal legislation, a FOX News documentary reveals. The documentary, “Porked: Earmarks for Profit,” hosted by Chris Wallace, premieres Sat., May 31, at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX News Channel. Budget earmarks became a national scandal — and a national joke — after some wasteful schemes made headlines recently: a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, a $500,000 teapot museum in North Carolina, a $10 million extension to Coconut Road in Florida. Many...
  • Loss of Hastert Seat is Proof Conservatives Are Prepared to Sit Out This Year

    03/26/2008 4:45:52 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 115 replies · 1,597+ views ^ | 3-11-08 | Richard Viguerie
    Mar 11 2008 Loss of Hastert Seat is Proof Conservatives Are Prepared to Sit Out This Year …It’s a wakeup call for John McCain… By Richard A. Viguerie Republicans’ loss of the House seat held for two decades by former Speaker Dennis Hastert is proof that conservatives are prepared to sit out the 2008 elections. Instead of contributing and volunteering, conservatives are closing their checkbooks and staying home.  Liberals and Democrats are enthusiastic to a degree not seen in decades, and grassroots conservatives are sitting on their hands. This is a wakeup call for John McCain.  Since securing the nomination,...
  • Governor Bloomberg?

    03/15/2008 6:18:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 430+ views ^ | March 15, 2008 | Robert D. Novak
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The disgraced Eliot Spitzer had hardly resigned as governor of New York when Republican strategists began calculating a return to power in Albany via New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Lt. Gov. David Paterson, Spitzer's successor as governor, is considered a weak prospect for the 2010 election and might not even be the Democratic nominee. Bloomberg, finishing two successful terms as mayor in 2009, might find life as a private citizen boring enough to try for governor. Bloomberg, who changed his affiliation from Republican to independent, could obtain the Independence Party nomination for governor, and then be endorsed...
  • Republicans ponder lost election (to succeed Denny Hastert)

    03/12/2008 2:33:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies · 895+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | March 11, 2008 | Andre Salles
    Saturday's special election has left area Republicans stunned, and some of them are directing their ire at Jim Oberweis and his campaign. Democrat Bill Foster defeated Oberweis by roughly 5,000 votes Saturday to become the new congressman in the 14th District. That seat has only been held by a Democrat once, immediately after Watergate, and has been in the hands of retired Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert for the past 21 years. The 14th District has long been considered a Republican stronghold. So how did Foster, a scientist and businessman from Geneva, muster enough votes to win?
  • Gov.Blagojevich taps former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and SIU Pres.Glenn Poshard

    03/10/2008 11:30:15 AM PDT · by OeOeO · 8 replies · 419+ views
    CHICAGO -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today named two of the state’s most influential leaders, former Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University (SIU) President and former U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard, as co-chairs of the newly created Illinois Works Coalition. The new bipartisan working group will draw expertise from business, labor and local leaders across the state and will focus on helping pass a statewide infrastructure plan in Illinois. Last month in his annual budget address, Gov. Blagojevich proposed Illinois Works, a $25 billion capital plan, as the central piece of a statewide stimulus package aimed...
  • Dan Proft: Oberweis Defeat a Victory for Change?

    03/10/2008 9:04:19 AM PDT · by JulianaJohnson · 17 replies · 654+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | 3/10/08 | Dan Proft
    Democrat Bill Foster’s victory over Republican Jim Oberweis in Saturday’s special election in Illinois is evidence of the clamor for change in the countryside? Perhaps. Are exurban Chicagoans disgusted with Washington? Yes, they are. But there were some uniquely local factors that were more decisive. This was Oberweis’ fourth run for high office since 2002. Over the past six years, he has turned in more stale, lackluster, straight-to-video performances than Matthew McConaughey. The dairy magnate’s gaffe-filled campaigns have demonstrated one thing clearly: he has exponentially more personal wealth than good sense. He burst onto the scene in 2002 running for...
  • The Hastert (non-)legacy

    03/09/2008 1:12:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 24 replies · 1,163+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 09, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The retirement of Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, has led to the loss of his seat from the Republican ranks. In a low-turnout special election, political newcomer Bill Foster beat Jim Oberweis to win the seat for the Democrats. The loss leaves the GOP looking even more impotent in Illinois than ever before (via Memeorandum): In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.Rookie candidate Bill...
  • Dennis Hastert's seat lost in Special Election today

    03/08/2008 7:56:08 PM PST · by The_Republican · 380 replies · 12,513+ views
    Fox News-Star Tribune ^ | March 8th, 2008 | AP
    A longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats Saturday when a wealthy businessman and scientist snatched former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional seat in a closely watched special election. Democrat Bill Foster won 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for Republican Jim Oberweis. With 565 of 568 precincts reporting, Foster had 51,140 votes to Oberweis' 46,270.