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  • Oklahoma lawmaker arrested on child prostitution charges

    03/16/2017 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/16/2017 | Seam Murphy
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator was booked Thursday on child prostitution charges for allegedly hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex, leading to calls for his resignation and a separate internal investigation into his years of work with a youth program. Ralph Shortey, a 35-year-old conservative Republican who has a wife and three young daughters, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. He was released after about two hours on a $100,000 bond. "I have no comment at this time,...
  • Lawmaker wants the rich to be drug tested before receiving high-dollar tax deductions

    06/17/2016 7:19:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/17/16 | Andrew Bahl
    A Congresswoman who is “sick and tired” of drug testing welfare recipients has introduced a bill in Congress that would subject the rich to many of those same requirements. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., unveiled Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, which would require those claiming itemized deductions of more than $150,000 on their tax returns to submit to drug tests or file for less generous tax deductions. The proposal is a shot across the bow at Republican governors in states, including Moore’s home state of Wisconsin, that require the recipients of certain welfare benefit programs to be drug tested in...
  • NJ Lawmaker Rips Magazine Ban to Shreds

    03/25/2014 7:26:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/21/14 | Haggz51
    NJ Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll gives amazing floor speech in opposition to legislation banning magazines over ten rounds. This took place at the New Jersey Assembly Chamber in Trenton, NJ on March 20th, 2014.
  • Lawmaker: Obama is 'blaming the voters' Says president doesn't like the Congress they gave him

    01/28/2014 5:16:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    wnd ^ | 1/28/14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON — President Obama has almost run out of people to blame for the sad state of the union, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told WND. After five years, he can’t blame Congress or the previous president. So he is blaming the voters who gave him a Congress he doesn’t like. Referring to the president’s threat to increasingly bypass Congress by issuing executive orders, Huelskamp observed, “If you say you’re going to go around the duly elected Congress, you’re blaming the voters.” The plain-spoken Kansan told WND it is as if the president is telling the American people, “Hey, you know...
  • Lawmaker drops bombshell: North Korea may have nuclear missiles

    04/11/2013 5:02:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 4/11/13 | Anna Mulrine, Staff writer
    The results of a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report indicate that “North Korea now has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.” That was the bombshell out of a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday. It came when Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) of Colorado began quoting from what he said was an unclassified version of the DIA report, which has not yet been made public.
  • Alabama lawmaker's email: 'Slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping...'

    03/27/2013 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 11 replies ^ | March 27, 2013 at 9:07 AM | George Talbot
    Hey man. Your folk never used all this sheit to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk. You can keep sending me stuff like you have however because it helps me explain to my constituents why they should protect that 2nd amendment thing AFTER we finish stocking up on spare parts, munitions and the like.
  • Lawmaker Grills Border Protection Official on Efforts to Track 40 Percent of Illegal Aliens with

    02/27/2013 1:40:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    ( – At a hearing on Tuesday to determine the security status of U.S. borders, a GOP lawmaker grilled a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official on efforts to track down people who have overstayed their visa when 40 percent of the illegal aliens in the country fall into that category. “Mr. McAleenan, if I were a could-be terrorist, and I flew into the Harrisburg International Airport or Des Moines, Iowa, airport and didn’t leave after my visa expired, how would you find me?” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime...
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...
  • Iowa Lawmaker: Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons, Then 'Start Taking Them' From Gun Owners if Needed

    01/08/2013 9:43:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/8/13 | Erica Ritz
    A Democratic legislator in Iowa is startling citizens with his most recent proposal: ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons, and confiscate them from existing gun owners if need be. Here is an excerpt from Iowa’s Daily Times Herald, which conducted the interview with State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer: In an interview, a fiery Muhlbauer said it is time to act with “radical changes” on gun laws and other issues to protect schoolchildren from shooting sprees like the one last week in Newtown, Conn. “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the...
  • Ukrainian Lawmaker Targets Jewish Actress with Racial Slur

    12/24/2012 7:01:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A Ukrainian lawmaker from the far-right Svoboda Party has provoked international condemnations after referring to Jewish actress Mila Kunis as a “zhydovka”, a Ukranian slur that translates to “dirty Jewess,” on his Facebook page. “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth. She is proud of this and the Star of David,” politician Igor Miroshnichenko wrote on in the online message. “[S]he says nothing and expresses nothing positive about the country in which she was born. I can’t bring myself to say she is Ukrainian. Let her love America or Israel, people must not attach her to the...
  • Minnesota lawmaker urged to step aside after rest-stop liaison with 17-year-old boy (Democrat)

    08/22/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/21/2012
    A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders on Monday to give up his re-election bid. Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, hasn't been charged in the July incident, and authorities said he wouldn't be because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker's Craigslist ad for "no strings attached" sex. Gauthier admitted to the liaison, according to police reports made public late last week. The teen told police the...
  • MN: Rest stop incident involving Minn. lawmaker investigated

    08/15/2012 9:07:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 8/15/12 | AP
    DULUTH, Minn. - Authorities are looking into an incident at an interstate rest stop in Duluth that involves a state representative. State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says a witness approached a trooper at Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 about 11 p.m. on July 22 and told the officer about some "suspicious activity." Roeske says the trooper had contact with Rep. Kerry Gauthier and turned the matter over to Duluth police because it was a "non-traffic" incident. Duluth police said in a statement the incident is still being actively investigated and released no further details. Gauthier, a Democrat, did...
  • GOP lawmaker calls for change to how government measures unemployment

    04/09/2012 2:56:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/08/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    GOP lawmaker calls for change to how government measures unemploymentBy Molly K. Hooper - 04/08/12 02:35 PM ET A Republican lawmaker is intensifying his push for legislation that would change how the government measures the unemployment rate. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) intends to press GOP leaders to move his bill to include the number of individuals who gave up looking for work in the percentage of jobless claims. Should the government measure unemployment with Hunter's figure, the unemployment rate would be higher than the current rate of approximately 8 percent– a potentially devastating assessment for the White House, especially...
  • Lawmaker thief a perfect representative for gun-grabbing rights thieves(CA)

    01/17/2012 6:20:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    “California Lawmaker Pleads No Contest in Shoplift Case,” The Associated Press reports at Fox News. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, entered the plea in San Francisco Superior Court after the judge reduced a theft charge against her from a felony to a misdemeanor at a prosecutor's request. After she tried to lift $2,500 worth of clothes? How many of us mere mortals think we could get away with felony grand theft and have the prosecutor go to bat for us, and then walk away from it with no jail time, our jobs intact and a fine of less than the...
  • Dem lawmaker clarifies stance on new DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    04/06/2011 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4.6.11 | Jordan Fabian
    A Democratic lawmaker Wednesday clarified his opinion on the new head of the Democratic National Committee after some interpreted it as criticism. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said he has full confidence that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will perform well and that he did not intend for his comments to be seen as critical of the party's choice or the congresswoman. He did reiterate that she will likely experience stress, because neither role is a "part-time job." "Clearly, some of the press would like some kind of fight in the Democratic Party,
  • Former Lawmaker(Mn) Looks to Fire up Dems at 'Tax the Rich Forum'

    03/03/2011 12:24:54 PM PST · by Son House · 21 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | Mar 03, 2011 | By Heather J. Carlson
    A former DFL state lawmaker is sponsoring a "Tax the Rich Forum" this weekend aimed at firing up Democrats as the budget debate intensifies at the state Capitol. "It's a forum for Democrats I put together to try and get out of the malaise of last fall's election and to try and focus on what is certainly going to be a tug of war at the Capitol to solve the budget crisis," said former state Rep. Ken Tschumper of La Crescent, who served one term in the Legislature. Tschumper invited Democrats from Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties to the event,...
  • Conservative Dem lawmaker jokes about Speaker Pelosi dying

    08/26/2010 2:22:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/26/10 | Jordan Fabian
    Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright (Ala.) on Wednesday ducked a question on whether or not he would vote for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by joking that she "might even get sick and die." Bright, a centrist Blue Dog who voted against the healthcare reform law, made the comments in response to a question about whether he'd support Pelosi to retain the Speaker's gavel. Speaking at a local Chamber of Commerce event, Bright "joked that Pelosi might lose her own election, decide not to run for the speaker’s job or otherwise not be available," the Montgomery Advertiser wrote. He then suggested "jokingly"...
  • Top US lawmaker: Afghan war leakers belong in jail (senior Republican, Senate Intel. Cmte, Kit Bond)

    07/26/2010 12:28:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 2+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A top US lawmaker on Monday blasted the source of a huge cache of leaked military documents on the Afghan war and said such leakers belong in the "orange jump suits" of jailed criminals. "It is shocking that any American, much less someone in the Pentagon, would betray his country and possibly put our soldiers at risk by leaking information on the ongoing war in Afghanistan," said the senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kit Bond. "The damage to our national security caused by leaks like this won't stop until we see more perpetrators in orange...
  • Angry House lawmaker cuts aid to Afghanistan (Nita Lowey , D-NY)

    06/28/2010 2:19:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Monday she is cutting billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan from spending legislation because she is outraged over reports of corruption and donor aid being flown out the country. Representative Nita Lowey, who heads the House appropriations subcommittee on foreign aid, vowed not to spend "one more dime" on aid to Afghanistan until she can be sure it is not being abused. The Democrat also announced hearings on corruption in Afghanistan, where the Obama administration is trying to work with the government of President Hamid Karzai to...
  • Dem lawmaker urges White House to release details on Sestak job

    05/24/2010 9:13:09 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 34 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/24/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) called on the White House Monday to detail conversations it allegedly had with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to try to convince him to drop his Senate bid. Weiner said allegations that White House officials had offered Sestak an administration job in exchange for his dropping his primary bid against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) had become a growing political liability. "I think what the White House should do is, to some degree, say, 'Here are the facts,'" Weiner said Monday morning during an appearance on MSNBC. "If there's not a lot [to] what's going on here,...
  • US would-be lawmaker (doctor from Iowa) wants illegal immigrants micro-chipped

    04/28/2010 3:45:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 598+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A doctor from Iowa who is hoping to be selected as a Republican Party candidate for congressional elections in November has called for illegal immigrants to be implanted with micro chips so their movements can be monitored, press reports said. Patrick Bertroche, who is vying along with six other Republicans to be selected as the party's candidate for the third district in Iowa, was quoted as saying at a forum Monday that his solution for illegal immigrants was to "catch ?em... document ?em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going. "I actually...
  • Lawmaker wants to bring Arizona immigration law to Utah

    04/27/2010 8:02:11 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies · 381+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 26, 2010 | Sheena McFarland
    As protests in Arizona over an anti-immigration law heat up, one conservative Utah lawmaker wants to bring the law to this state, and says he has the support to do it. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, is drafting a bill that would require immigrants to carry proof of status and require law enforcement officers to question anyone they believe is in the country without documentation. The bill also would target employers who hire or transport undocumented immigrants as a preventive measure against the swell of undocumented immigrants he predicts would come to Utah from Arizona once the law there takes effect.
  • Ex-NJ lawmaker pleads guilty in child porn case (no mention of him as "Democrat" in report)

    04/12/2010 5:09:11 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 11 replies · 516+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Mon Apr 12, 11:08 am ET | Angela Delli Santi
    TRENTON, N.J. – A former New Jersey lawmaker who championed legislation fighting child pornography pleaded guilty Monday to distributing nude images of underage girls. Neil Cohen, 59, acknowledged viewing and printing images meant for sexual gratification from a computer in his former legislative office. He left at least one image at a receptionist's desk, leading to the investigation and charges. Cohen pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child by distributing child pornography and could be sent to state prison for five years when he is sentenced on July 12. Under terms of a plea agreement, Cohen will have...
  • Lesbian lawmaker in Utah carries baby for gay men

    01/10/2010 7:16:09 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,071+ views
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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes this month. The lesbian lawmaker announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men. Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, said she decided to become artificially impregnated with sperm from one of the men after the two close friends expressed frustration over the difficulty of adopting a child. Utah law prohibits unmarried couples from adopting and does not recognize gay marriage.....
  • Top US lawmaker sees base attack as 'Islamist extremism' (Sen. Joe Lieberman)

    11/08/2009 3:12:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,022+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security committee, Joe Lieberman, on Sunday said that the deadly shooting at Texas' Fort Hood military base was an act of "Islamist extremism." Lieberman, a former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, said it was too early to definitively state the motives of Nidal Hasan, who is alleged to have killed 13 and injured 30 on a murderous rampage last week, but said clues pointed to terrorism. "There are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act," he told Fox...
  • Lawmaker cusses out fellow Missourian in House

    10/09/2009 12:59:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 730+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/9/09 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON – Show me some civility, Republicans cried Friday after a Missouri congressman speaking on the House floor was caught on microphone apparently cussing out a fellow Missourian. Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., had just finished addressing his Republican colleague Todd Akin Thursday. Skelton then turned to the side and muttered "stick it up your (insert word that rhymes with mass)." The comment was just audible on the C-SPAN tape of the proceedings and was not included in the Congressional Record, the official record of speeches on the House and Senate floor.
  • Italy: Gaddafi fails to show up at top-level meeting in Rome(w/ Italian lawmakers)

    06/14/2009 6:38:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Andkronos ^ | 06/12/09
    Italy: Gaddafi fails to show up at top-level meeting in Rome Rome, 12 June (AKI) - The speaker of Italy's lower house cancelled a top-level conference in honour of Muammar Gaddafi in Rome on Friday after the Libyan leader failed to arrive. "The conference with Gaddafi has not been held due to the delay by Libyan (leader) Gaddafi," said Gianfranco Fini, a senior ally of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. "The two-hour delay is not justified." Gaddafi was scheduled to meet Fini late Friday and take part in a conference with the speaker and former Italian foreign minister Massimo D'Alema....
  • Lawmakers Chide Automakers Over Dealership Cuts(GM Issues State-by-State Closings List)

    06/13/2009 8:30:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,582+ views
    WP ^ | 06/13/09 | Dan Eggen and Kendra Marr
    Lawmakers Chide Automakers Over Dealership Cuts GM Issues State-by-State Closings List By Dan Eggen and Kendra Marr Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, June 13, 2009 Out of the 1,323 General Motors dealers targeted for elimination, the most will come from Pennsylvania. Ninety dealerships will be forced to wind down in the state. Pennsylvania is followed by Ohio with 79, Illinois with 66, California with 65 and New York with 60. GM, which has declined to name individual dealers, released the state-by-state list for the first time yesterday to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. And lawmakers vented their frustration, demanding...
  • New ethics panel starts 10 lawmaker probes

    04/15/2009 7:06:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 386+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/15/09 | Mike Soraghan
    The new independent ethics panel created to help the House police itself has started 10 reviews of lawmaker misconduct, but hasn't gotten to the point of deciding whether to refer any matters to the House ethics committee. The information was contained in the first quarterly report of the Office of Congressional Ethics, issued Wednesday. The report says that 37 people have contacted the office, but doesn't make clear how many were filing complaints versus simply seeking information. So it's not clear if the board has declined to review any complaints. The OCE, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, is looking at...
  • Lawmaker says SEC hindering House's Madoff probe

    02/04/2009 12:44:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 856+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/09 | Marcy Gordon - ap
    WASHINGTON – House lawmakers on Wednesday accused the Securities and Exchange Commission of impeding their probe into the agency's failure to uncover the alleged $50 billion Bernard Madoff fraud. The clash between lawmakers and high-ranking SEC officials at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing came after the man who waged a decade-long campaign to alert the regulators to problems in Madoff's operations denounced the agency for its inaction. ... In loud, angry exchanges, lawmakers threatened to issue subpoenas to SEC officials to compel their testimony in the case.
  • Lawmaker accused of politicizing Palin probe

    09/06/2008 4:27:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 91+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/6/08 | Matt Volz - ap
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska lawmaker leading an investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of her public safety commissioner should be removed because he appears to be manipulating the probe to damage her vice presidential candidacy, a Republican legislator says.
  • Britain: MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes'

    09/02/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 364+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/02/08 | Martin Beckford
    MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes' Politicians are too scared to speak out against forced marriage in case they lose valuable Muslim votes, according to a veteran Labour MP. By Martin Beckford Religious Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:46AM BST 02 Sep 2008 Ann Cryer said politicians in areas with high Muslim populations, many of which are Labour heartlands, should be at the forefront of the campaign to stop young couples being made to wed against their will by their families. But she claimed that some politicians are afraid to speak out on...
  • State Lawmaker Arrested for Domestic Abuse

    06/30/2008 5:24:48 AM PDT · by dbacks · 12 replies · 114+ views
    KFYI ^ | 6/30/08 | Self
    Democrat State Rep. Mark DeSimone was arrested outside his home after police found evidence that his wife had been assaulted.
  • Mo. Pol Charged With Leaving Crash Scene

    01/25/2008 1:39:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 101+ views
    Google | AP ^ | 1/24/08 | Jim Salter
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri legislator was charged with a felony Thursday for allegedly driving away after hitting a pedestrian with his pickup truck. Authorities say state Rep. Brad Robinson was driving the truck that hit a 46-year-old man south of St. Louis in the early hours of New Year's Day. His wife, Tara, had told police she was driving, but authorities say a high school's surveillance camera captured the couple switching seats in the truck moments after the accident. The Democratic lawmaker from Bonne Terre was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and could get up...
  • SF Lawmaker Charged With Fraud (Ed Jew)

    09/20/2007 6:49:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/07 | Paul Elias - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Federal authorities on Thursday charged a rookie San Francisco lawmaker with fraud, accusing him of attempting to extort $80,000 from a group of fast-food franchisees who had business permit troubles with the city. During an FBI sting earlier this year, the tapioca drink shop owners delivered a $40,000 payment to Supervisor Ed Jew in marked $100 bills and promised to pay the rest later, authorities said. Jew has acknowledged taking the money, but said he did so at the businessmen's insistence and on behalf of a consultant he recommended they hire to help with their permit problems....
  • Ark. Lawmaker Wants Capitol Ban on Snuff

    08/31/2007 12:29:51 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 62 replies · 1,732+ views ^ | 08/30/07 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — At the Arkansas Legislature, it's against the rules for a lawmaker to have even a cup of water sitting on his or her desk. That cup of spittle with a day's worth of tobacco juice is fine, though. A state representative disgusted by the expectorate wants a state law that would rid the House and Senate of Styrofoam spittoons. "It's gross," said Rep. Pam Adcock, a Little Rock Democrat who plans to file legislation that would ban all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, from the House and Senate chambers. Gov. Mike Beebe, a former state senator,...
  • Muslim lawmaker hears from Iraq sheiks (Rep. Keith Ellison and others on a Iraq weekend trip)

    07/30/2007 10:07:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 667+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Frederic J. Frommer - ap
    WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison, Congress' only Muslim, made a weekend trip to Iraq, where a pair of sheiks urged him to help counter al-Qaida's vision of Islam. Ellison, D-Minn., said he met in Ramadi with the two sheiks, who oversee several hundred thousand congregants. "They were very upset and concerned that al-Qaida is misrepresenting Islam," Ellison told reporters Monday during a conference call from Germany on his way back to the U.S. "And they were talking to me about what I can possibly do to work with them to give a clearer, more accurate picture of what Islam is...
  • Former Md. lawmaker to admit to bribes (Thomas Bromwell, a Democrat)

    07/20/2007 7:56:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 431+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/07 | AP
    BALTIMORE - Former state Sen. Thomas Bromwell, a powerful figure in Annapolis during his nearly 20 years in the legislature, has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes from a construction company executive, his attorney said Friday. Bromwell, 58, will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and filing a false tax return, said attorney Barry Pollack. Sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about 6 1/2 years to 8 years for the former Senate Finance Committee chairman, Pollack said. "It was a very difficult decision for him, but taking into account what's best for him, what's best for his wife,...
  • Tenn. lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery (last of five nabbed in 'Tennessee Waltz' corruption probe)

    07/16/2007 7:14:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,160+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/07 | Woody Baird - ap
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The last of five lawmakers indicted in an undercover public corruption probe dubbed Tennessee Waltz pleaded guilty Monday to bribery. Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers, 64, a Memphis Democrat, pleaded guilty to one federal count accusing her of splitting $11,500 with an accomplice who served as a go-between with FBI agents posing as dishonest businessmen. She had insisted for two years that she was innocent. "I needed to go on and admit that I'd made some mistakes so that I can go on and try to move on with my life," Bowers said outside court. In exchange...
  • Iowa Democratic state Rep. Pettengill switches parties (becomes a Republican)

    04/30/2007 7:48:32 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 15 replies · 659+ views ^ | 4/30/07
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa lawmaker is switching parties. Representative Dawn Pettengill, a Democrat from Mt. Auburn, announced today she's switching to the G-O-P. Pettengill, who was elected to the House in 2004, says she's pro-business, pro-taxpayer, fiscally conservative and dedicated to representing her constituents. She says House Democrats pursued an agenda that "veered far from the principles" for which she and her constituents stand. This year, lawmakers expanded stem cell research at the University of Iowa, approved a one-dollar-a-pack pack cigarette tax increase and added sexual orientation to the protections of the state's civil rights laws. Democratic...
  • CA: Lawmaker wants to turn off 128-year-old incandescent light bulb

    04/22/2007 2:13:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 1,727+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/22/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Assemblyman Lloyd Levine wants California to turn off the incandescent light bulb. The Sherman Oaks Democrat has introduced a bill that would bar sales of the high-energy bulbs starting in 2012. It's scheduled to be considered Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, which Levine chairs. Replacing incandescent bulbs with the more efficient compact fluorescent lights would produce a "huge energy savings" and reduce pollution generated by power plants, Levine said. "It's the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road," he added. The typical compact fluorescent light costs up to six times more than the standard incandescent bulb,...
  • CA: GOP lawmaker proposes multifaceted political reform measure

    04/16/2007 6:31:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 161+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/16/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    A Republican lawmaker proposed a political reform measure Monday that would alter term limits, legislative redistricting and campaign fundraising, saying his all-in-one approach would have the best chance of winning voter approval. But it didn't please Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who called Sen. Roy Ashburn's legislation "an unworkable and unconstitutional crap shoot that is simply window dressing for term limits and redistricting reform." "We need to be straight with Californians and let them weigh each of these reforms on their own merits," the Los Angeles Democrat added in a statement. Ashburn, a Bakersfield Republican, introduced a four-part constitutional revision, part...
  • Guns, TNT found at Sunni lawmaker's home (huge stash of weapons in a raid)

    04/08/2007 2:44:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,264+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/07 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi troops found a huge stash of weapons in a raid on the home of a Sunni lawmaker and detained at least a dozen men for questioning, officials said Sunday. Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, spokesman for the Baghdad security plan, said the raid targeted a house of legislator Khalaf al-Ilyan — one of the three leaders of the Iraqi Accordance Front, which holds 44 seats in parliament. "During the search, we discovered many weapons and explosive materials," al-Moussawi said at a news conference. He did not say when the raid took place, but a U.S. military...
  • Republican lawmaker withdraws support of child savings bill ($500 account for every baby born in CA)

    03/03/2007 2:02:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 566+ views
    A Republican lawmaker who co-authored a bill that would give every child born in California a $500 savings account has withdrawn his support following a backlash within his own party. Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who had promoted the measure as a good investment, announced Friday he no longer supported the bill he had introduced two days before with Democrat Sen. Darrel Steinberg. The surprise move came after fellow Republicans questioned the measure's $285 million cost and inclusion of children of illegal immigrants. In a press release, Dutton said that thousands of Californians had asked him "what I was thinking"...
  • GOP lawmaker alleges Bush wants to merge U.S. with Mexico, Canada

    12/01/2006 8:12:27 PM PST · by TheeOhioInfidel · 101 replies · 2,474+ views
    Daily Dispatch ^ | 11/29/2006 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX - A veteran Republican lawmaker is accusing President Bush of pushing a behind-the-scenes agenda that will result in the United States being merged with Mexico and Canada. State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, said she believes the Security and Prosperity Partnership, being run out of the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce, is little more than a secret plan to end U.S. sovereignty by 2010. And she said Congress is being kept in the dark until the point that it becomes a done deal. Johnson, who will head the Senate Education Committee this coming session, said the signs...
  • W. Va. Lawmaker Embarasssed by Photos

    10/04/2006 5:19:07 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 44 replies · 2,479+ views ^ | 10 4 06 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state senator said he is evaluating whether to continue his bid for a second term after a Charleston television station aired revealing pictures of him last week. "My family has urged me not to withdraw from the election and I will work with them to make a decision in the immediate future," State Sen. Randy White, a Webster County Democrat, said in a letter to newspapers in his district. An apologetic White also wrote that he was "shocked" and "horribly embarrassed" after WCHS-TV aired photos depicting him and at least two other men wearing only body...
  • Palesky sentenced for theft (Maine Tax Reform Crusader)

    09/01/2006 4:28:22 AM PDT · by SheLion · 11 replies · 646+ views
    Times ^ | 31 August 2006
    BATH — Tax reform crusader Carol Palesky was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison for stealing $41,000 from one of her accounting clients.Tax reform crusader Carol Palesky is going to jail. In Sagadahoc Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, Justice Thomas Delahanty sentenced Palesky, 66, of Topsham, to 16 months in jail on the charge of theft by misapplication. Last month, Palesky pleaded guilty to taking $41,000 from D.S. Stoddard Inc., a Brunswick painting and maintenance company for which she had done accounting work. Rejecting arguments from her attorney that Palesky is too frail to cope with incarceration, Delahanty sentenced...
  • Hispanic lawmaker blasts English proposal - Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas

    07/26/2006 3:52:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 795+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - Congress' standoff over immigration legislation flared into emotional rhetoric Wednesday over a House proposal to make English the nation's official language. A Hispanic lawmaker said that was "code for official discrimination." Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (news, bio, voting record), D-Texas, lashed out at Republicans during a House hearing on the proposal, saying the effort was designed by the House majority to "derail comprehensive immigration reform and fan the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment before the election." Hinojosa, who grew up in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, said he was among children who were spanked and punished for speaking Spanish in school....
  • Judge: FBI raid on lawmaker's office legal (Louisiana Democrat Rep. William Jefferson )

    07/10/2006 1:36:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies · 3,745+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/06 | Toni Locy - ap
    WASHINGTON - An FBI raid on a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office was legal, a federal judge ruled Monday. Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office. In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials. "Congress' capacity to function effectively is not threatened by permitting congressional offices...
  • Key House lawmaker reveals estate tax plan

    06/19/2006 10:52:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 597+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | Mary Dalrymple - ap
    WASHINGTON - The House's top tax writer revealed a proposal Monday to reduce taxes on inherited estates and rewrite a quirky law that repeals the tax for only one year. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., introduced the bill after Senate Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee asked House GOP leaders for help reducing the estate tax before this fall's midterm elections. Frist lost a bid this month to push forward legislation repealing the tax, unable to overcome opposition from most Democrats and a pair of Republicans. Under President Bush's first tax cut, the estate tax decreases...