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  • Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay (California & shoulder fired missiles)

    05/29/2014 2:58:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 5/27/14
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay. SCA17 passed Tuesday on a 31-3 vote. Among those voting no was a Republican lawmaker who wanted to halt tax collections for the constituents of three suspended lawmakers. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the measure after the chamber voted to suspend the Democratic lawmakers in March. Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee face federal corruption charges, while Sen. Rod Wright was convicted for lying about living in his district.
  • Firing Squad Or Hanging? AG Candidate Wants Death Penalty For Corrupt Lawmakers

    04/07/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 67 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 4/4/2014
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty. Phil Wyman, who spent 17 years in the state Legislature, said he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee. Yee faces federal charges that include an attempt to coordinate an international gun-running scheme from the Philippines. Wyman also criticized Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris for being “silent as a mouse” on the corruption cases that have marred the state Senate this year. A campaign...
  • Connecticut Gun Confiscation, LawMakers List.

    03/24/2014 1:47:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/24/14 | boddyxpolitic boddyxpolitic
    A Short List of the Lawmakers who voted "YES" on an UnConstitutional Law.
  • Immigration groups turn to anger (Illegals to confront Republican lawmakers at public appearances)

    02/11/2014 3:01:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/10/14 | ANNA PALMER, SEUNG MIN KIM
    Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans. After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right. A new, more aggressive campaign kicks off Tuesday, when these groups say they will begin confronting Republican lawmakers at public appearances, congressional hearings and events back in home districts. The goal: Shame Republicans in swing districts into taking up the issue — or make them pay at the ballot box in November.
  • Obama Calls Waxman One of the Best Ever Lawmakers Ever

    01/30/2014 6:12:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/30/14 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama today lauded retiring 20-term Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) as one of the most accomplished legislators of all time. “Early in the 20th Century, Henry Waxman’s grandparents came to America, the land of opportunity, and found a place where they could build a better life for themselves and their families. Over the course of 40 years in Congress, their grandson has fought to give every American family that same chance,” Obama said in a statement. “Thanks to Henry’s leadership, Americans breath cleaner air, drink cleaner water, eat safer food, purchase safer products, and, finally, have access to quality, affordable...
  • More than 500 lawmakers in China resign over alleged fraud

    12/28/2013 2:23:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/28/13
    HENGYANG, China, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- More than 500 public officials in China have resign amid an investigation into alleged electoral fraud, officials said. Hunan province's Hengyang City Saturday accepted resignations of 512 municipal lawmakers who allegedly took bribes from 56 provincial lawmakers, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. **SNIP** An investigation into the fraud found about $18.1 million in bribes were offered to lawmakers and staff in Hengyang, the BBC reported.
  • Lawmakers: Sebelius failed at government website projects prior to serving in Obama administration

    10/23/2013 10:13:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/23/13 | Patrick Howley
    Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ failure at designing websites to provide government services began during her term as governor of Kansas, long before the Obamacare website debacle, Kansas political insiders told The Daily Caller. Sebelius oversaw numerous costly and disastrous government website projects during her six-year governorship (2003-2009), including a failed update of the Department of Labor’s program to provide unemployment pay and other services and similar updates pertaining to the Department of Administration and the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) services. The Department of Labor’s overhaul of its computer programs was a notable boondoggle,...
  • Obama administration: Lawmakers, staff can get abortion coverage

    10/01/2013 9:52:54 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-30-13 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money — a move that conservatives say breaks federal law on abortion funding. Under the terms of Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides are required to ditch their government-sponsored plans and buy insurance on state-based health care exchanges, though unlike most people on the exchanges, the staffers and members will have most of the costs of their premiums paid by their employer — in this case,...
  • Joe Biden, lawmakers meet in White House Situation Room

    09/05/2013 5:17:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | September 5,2013 | Johnathan Allen
    Vice President Joe Biden hosted a late-afternoon briefing on Syria with a small set of House and Senate members in the White House Situation Room Thursday, according to a White House official.
  • U.S. lawmakers warn of catastrophe if Syria not hit (What happens if Hussein nails chemicals?)

    09/03/2013 4:48:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 9/03/13
    WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: Two U.S. Republicans foreign policy hawks warned Monday that a vote by Congress against President Barack Obama’s proposal for military force in Syria would be catastrophic, as President Bashar Assad warned any potential strikes risk triggering a regional war. “If the Congress were to reject a resolution like this after the president of the United States has already committed to action, the consequences would be catastrophic,” Sen. John McCain said after a meeting with the president at the White House. McCain, a Republican, said he was encouraged by the meeting but that there was “a long way to go”...
  • Syria resolution dies at U.N., and British lawmakers balk

    08/28/2013 6:24:59 PM PDT · by South40 · 42 replies
    LATimes ^ | 8/28/2013 | Paul Richter and Henry Chu
    The moves are a setback for the U.S. bid to strike Syria militarily for its alleged chemical weapons use. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's move to punish Syria's government for allegedly using chemical weapons in a deadly attack last week appeared to suffer a setback Wednesday when the U.S. failed to get United Nations approval for use of force and British support was thrown into question. The collapse of diplomatic efforts aimed at securing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria was expected. The British impediment was not.
  • Republican lawmakers: LePage said Obama 'hates white people'

    08/20/2013 8:36:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 8/20/13 | Eric Russell
    Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama "hates white people," according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly. The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a "meet and greet" for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman. The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their...
  • State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck (Illinois)

    08/06/2013 6:34:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/06/13 | Monique Garcia
    Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform. The hearing before Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen was brief and laid out the schedule of paperwork to be filed before oral arguments take place on Sep. 18. That means lawmakers stand to miss at least one more paycheck (on Sept. 1) before a ruling comes down on their request to turn the paycheck spigot back...
  • NSA chief addresses hackers as lawmakers grill underlings

    07/31/2013 3:31:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | Andrew Rafferty, Michael Isikoff
    While intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the country’s secret data-collecting programs, the nation’s top snoop met an even more critical audience Wednesday: Hackers. Gen. Keith Alexander, the embattled head of the U.S. National Security Agency, spoke to a tech-savvy and somewhat hostile crowd gathered at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Nev. — where he unapologetically defended wide-ranging intelligence gathering programs. “You’re the greatest gathering of technical talent in anywhere the world, if we can make this better, the whole reason I came here was to ask you to help us make it better,” Alexander appealed...
  • Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs ( 'Congress asleep at wheel')

    06/12/2013 8:32:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/12/13 | Kimberly Dozier and Lara jakes - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers voiced their confusion and concern over the sweeping secret surveillance programs revealed recently, after receiving an unusual briefing on the government's yearslong collection of phone records and Internet usage. "People aren't satisfied," Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said as he left the briefing Tuesday. "More detail needs to come out." -- Some congressmen acknowledged they'd been caught unawares by the scope of the programs, having skipped previous briefings by the intelligence committees. "I think Congress has really found itself a little bit asleep at the wheel," Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said. Many leaving the forum declared themselves...
  • Lawmakers approve health insurance protections (California)

    05/07/2013 1:16:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 5/7/13 | JUDY LIN, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills Monday that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much more insurers can charge older residents. The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act and will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance rules. The Assembly passed ABx1-2 on a 49-20 vote, while the Senate passed SBx1-2 on a 27-9 vote. The Assembly bill makes changes to the insurance code, while the Senate bill makes changes...
  • Alabama lawmakers vote to ignore new federal gun control laws

    05/01/2013 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/1/13 | ap
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislature is telling the federal government and others to back off on gun control. The Senate passed legislation Tuesday declaring that “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment.” It also says federal laws in violation of the Second Amendment shall be considered null and void in Alabama. The vote was 24-6. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville, said the bill resulted from hundreds of emails and calls he received from his north Alabama constituents concerned that Congress might enact new gun regulations or...
  • Eric Holder: I have no respect for lawmakers who held me in contempt

    02/28/2013 8:38:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/28/13 | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to something that the congressional investigators probing Operation Fast and Furious must have already understood: he has no respect for the legislators who voted to hold him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about the gun-walking scandal. I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News when asked about the historic contempt vote. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”
  • New Illinois legislature has 3 charged lawmakers

    01/09/2013 6:23:39 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 01-09-2013 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    When Illinois' new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges.
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal reached between White House, lawmakers: source

    12/31/2012 7:03:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/31/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - The White House and congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would delay harsh spending cuts by two months, Obama administration officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama called Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who both signed off on the deal, one source said. The agreement includes a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases to pay for the delay in the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect without a deal by lawmakers.
  • CBS Radio Building Hit By Gunfire

    12/01/2012 7:10:28 AM PST · by SF Geo · 25 replies
    cbs dfw .com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ryan Crowe, Andrea Lucai & L.P. Phillips
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Shots ring out as someone opens fire on a Dallas office building, and a window belonging to NewsRadio 1080 KRLD is hit. The bullets went through the outside panes of glass on two floors of the 12-story CBS Radio building off Central Expressway at Fitzhugh Avenue. One of the windows hit belongs to KRLD promotions director Matt Stacks, who was startled by the sound about 3:15 Friday afternoon. Stacks initially thought a bird hit the 5th floor window. “I just heard a loud boom. I turned around and looked at my window and noticed it started splintering...
  • Legislators, aides and FBI take threats seriously

    12/01/2012 7:05:18 AM PST · by SF Geo · 5 replies
    www.thedaily.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Daniel Libit
    The number of FBI investigations into threats against members of Congress spiked in the wake of former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ shooting, according to documents obtained by The Daily. In the nine months following Jared Lee Loughner’s murderous rampage, the FBI opened up at least 38 cases based on threats against specific members of Congress, as well as a handful of generic threats against unnamed members. This was a notable increase from the previous year, when the bureau opened 26 cases over a 12-month span, according to FBI documents. A 2010 analysis by Politico found that investigations into threats against members...
  • Lawmakers Investigate Obama’s Soviet Style Mind Control

    11/19/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Western Journalism Center ^ | 11/19/12 | Kris Zane
    Georgia lawmakers sat in a seminar involving the UN’s controversial Cold War era mind control techniques used to move Agenda 21 forward. The seminar, as could be expected, was roundly mocked by the media even though the UN makes no secret of their abominable plans for the world’s future.
  • New York lawmakers propose ban on anonymous online comments

    05/24/2012 4:17:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 49 replies
    CBS ^ | May 24, 2012 | Chenda Ngak
    (CBS News) New York state lawmakers have proposed a ban on anonymous online comments. Called the Internet Protection Act (A.8688/S.6779), the legislation would require a web site administrator to pull down anonymous comments from sites, including "social networks, blogs forums, message boards or any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages."The bill states: A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or...
  • Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious'

    03/29/2012 4:32:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    fox ^ | 3/29/12 | Ed Henry
    WASHINGTON – Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off the letter Wednesday urging the White House to make available Kevin O'Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer who is currently stationed in Iraq for the State Department. The lawmakers are giving White House staffers the deadline of April 4 to respond, with Republican aides...
  • DHHS Official Grilled Over Preschooler’s Rejected Lunch - Lawmakers want to know why 4-year-old

    03/14/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Caorlina Journal ^ | 3/14/12 | Sara Burrows
    RALEIGH — State lawmakers questioned a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services official at a hearing Tuesday to determine why a Hoke County preschooler’s homemade turkey sandwich was replaced with chicken nuggets. Members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services wanted to know if a teacher at West Hoke Elementary School was following state law when she offered a 4-year-old girl a cafeteria tray containing chicken nuggets, a sweet potato, bread, and milk as an alternative to her homemade turkey and cheese sandwich, potato chips, banana, and apple juice. Deborah Cassidy, director of the DHHS...
  • Larry Flynt offers $1M for dirt on lawmakers, government officials

    03/04/2012 1:04:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/04/12 | Vicki Needham
    Larry Flynt offers $1M for dirt on lawmakers, government officialsBy Vicki Needham - 03/04/12 01:28 PM ET Larry Flynt is on the trail for any dirt on congressional lawmakers and government officials. The Hustler magazine publisher placed a full-page ad in Sunday's Washington Post, offering upward of $1 million for any information about "infidelity, sexual impropriety or corruption concerning a U.S. senator, congressperson or prominent government official." The ad says sources with documented evidence would be paid if Flynt publishes the "verified story." He is asking for submissions by phone or email. In September, Flynt went after former Republican presidential...
  • WI lawmaker: Political threats only going to get worse

    03/02/2012 8:05:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-1-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Joel Kleefisch said the nastiness can be relentless. But the verbal assaults on his wife, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and his family are the most hurtful, he said. “One of the protesters yelled at me, ‘Your wife’s an effing whore,” said Kleefisch, a Republican state representative from Oconomowoc. “It’s abhorrent and in no way a form of expression that we should protect.” These are politically charged days in Wisconsin, where angry, profane, abusive speech has become more common than any time in recent memory, state political watchers say. Political expression, it seems, has become all the more pitched...
  • New Hampshire lawmakers question Obama’s citizenship

    01/09/2012 6:12:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 127 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/9/12 | Dave Boyer
    CONCORD, N.H. | President Obama is on the Democratic ballot for New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday, despite the efforts of some Republican state legislators who argue the president doesn’t qualify as a “natural-born citizen.” “I don’t know where he was born, and I really don’t care,” said state Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook, N.H., “but I think fraud is being perpetrated on the citizens of New Hampshire.” Mr. Rappaport and several GOP colleagues have been trying to get the New Hampshire secretary of state to remove Mr. Obama from the ballot. Their argument isn’t focused
  • Perry's congressional supporters wary of plan to cut lawmaker pay

    11/20/2011 3:17:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2011 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Lawmakers who've endorsed Rick Perry for president reacted warily to his plan for a part-time Congress and expressed concern about his proposal to cut their salaries in half. In response to inquiries from The Hill, the lawmakers disagreed with some aspects of the plan but said they liked other parts, such as the idea of spending more time in their districts. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) vowed to continue to stand by Perry, although he wasn’t necessarily on board with all of the Texas governor's plans. “I don’t anticipate that I’m going to agree with everything he says,” Inhofe said. At...
  • Super Secrecy of Debt 'Super Committee' Rubs Some Lawmakers the Wrong Way

    10/22/2011 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/21/11
    Super Secrecy of Debt 'Super Committee' Rubs Some Lawmakers the Wrong WayFoxNews.com Published October 21, 2011 Hiding behind closed doors may be an attempt to actually get something done, but the secrecy of the so-called congressional “super committee” tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years is drawing scorn from fellow lawmakers who want the process to be more open. Sen. Dean Heller unveiled a bill last month to open up the talks, though it's unlikely to get action in the next five weeks the panel has left to come up with a plan. Sen....
  • Obama appointee says GOP lawmakers are do-nothings (Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood)

    10/14/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    SFgate.com ^ | 10/14/11 | Joan Lowy - ap
    The most prominent Republican in the Obama administration is accusing GOP House members of blocking efforts to resolve the nation's problems, partly because they don't want the president to be successful. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked at a transportation conference Friday why it was so difficult to get big infrastructure projects built right now. He responded that "some people don't want Obama to be successful."
  • Los Angeles lawmakers cheer on protesters outside City Hall

    During Tuesday’s Los Angeles City Council meeting, where the most scintillating item on the agenda was a proposal to increase ticket prices at the L.A. Zoo, a speaker stood up and told lawmakers they were ignoring an obvious fact: “You are surrounded by tents.” He was referring to the large group of protesters camped a few hundred feet away, on a grassy lawn outside City Hall. The group, which calls itself Occupy L.A., has been there since Saturday in a demonstration against economic policies that benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The speaker, a well-known political gadfly named John Walsh,...
  • Lawmakers Claim Justice Inspector Obstructed Probe Into ‘Fast and Furious’

    09/21/2011 4:56:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/21/11 | William Lajeunesse
    The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in "Operation Fast and Furious," according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley. The two lawmakers leading the probe into the Obama administration scandal claim Justice Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar compromised their investigators' ability to get to the truth and potentially prosecute those responsible for selling thousands of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. Schnedar failed
  • Fla. Lawmakers Warned About Possible Protests

    09/20/2011 8:47:26 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Posted: 5:37 pm EDT September 20, 2011Updated: 6:30 pm EDT September 20, 2011 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is bringing in thousands more police officers as added security during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. Roughly 4,200 law-enforcement officers from throughout Florida will be on duty and the state also will have 1,700 National Guard on hand the week of Aug. 27. Charlotte, N.C., is adding a similar number of police for the Democratic National Convention the week of Sept. 3.
  • California schools to turn away children without whooping cough vaccine

    09/18/2011 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:08 AM on 18th September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Some California schools are turning away middle and high school students who have not received a required whooping cough vaccine while others are defying a law passed last year after a historic spike in cases of the potentially fatal disease. The law approved last September initially required all students entering grades seven through 12 to get vaccinated by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Lawmakers passed a 30-day extension this summer as districts worried many students wouldn't meet the deadline.
  • Study: 80 Percent of Lawmakers Lack Academic Background in Business, Economics (DUH!)

    08/27/2011 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/11
    Study: 80 Percent of Lawmakers Lack Academic Background in Business, EconomicsFoxNews.com Published August 25, 2011 Congress might want to find some consultants as it tries anew to tackle the country's deep deficits. A report from the Employment Policies Institute finds that only one in five members of Congress has an academic background in business or economics. The organization looked at lawmakers' college degrees and found that most of them -- 55.5 percent -- majored in either a government-related field or "humanities." Just over 8 percent majored in economics, while almost 14 percent studied business or accounting. The numbers raise questions...
  • Despite the will of the voters, Missouri lawmakers move to implement Obamacare exchanges

    08/21/2011 4:26:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/21/11 | Patrick Tuohey
    Missouri state representative Chris Molendorp filed a bill last session to set up a health insurance exchange. HB 609 was passed unanimously by the House and by the Senate committee it was assigned to. It was never brought to the floor of the Senate. Why? Sen. Jane Cunningham said it was because she actually read the bill and was shocked at what it contained. In 2010, Sen. Cunningham sponsored the Health Care Freedom Act, a referendum that sought to protect Missourians from the now infamous ‘individual mandate.’ The Act was placed on the ballot in August 2010 as Proposition C;...
  • Wisconsin Republican lawmakers hang on in recall vote

    08/09/2011 9:52:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/9/11 | Brendan O'Brien
    Milwaukee - Democrats appeared to have ousted one Wisconsin lawmaker but three Republicans survived recall on Tuesday, leaving two races still in doubt in the nation's largest ever group of recall votes. WisPolitics.com said that Republican state Senators in three of Tuesday's six races beat back Democratic challengers who targeted them for voting to curb the power of public sector unions in the state legislature. In a fourth race, the Democratic challenger held a comfortable lead with most ballots counted and appeared to have ousted a Republican who narrowly won in 2010. Democrats needed to win three of the six
  • Lawmakers to vote on last-minute debt deal (Big Gubamint 'Stuck on Stupid' - The Edge of Oblivion)

    08/01/2011 9:43:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/1/11 | Andy Sullivan and Laura MacInnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional leaders rushed to line up Republican and Democratic votes on Monday for a White House-backed deal to raise the U.S. borrowing limit and avert an unprecedented debt default. With scars still fresh from the months-long brawl over increasing the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, a new fight was shaping over the incendiary topic of taxes. Global markets showed signs of relief that the United States appeared to be dodging default, but fears that the country might still lose its triple-A credit rating even with a debt deal contributed to a fizzle in a brief stocks rally. "We...
  • Obama's twitter barrage loses him 37,000 followers

    07/29/2011 11:44:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:17 AM on 30th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama alienated 37,00 twitter followers last night with scores of tweets urging followers to contact their local Congressman over the debt deal. With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low of 40 per cent amidst the debt crisis, tens of thousands of Americans unfollwed the President to avoid the deulge. The president’s staff sent a total of 118 tweets asking his followers to write their Republican lawmakers to demand a compromise on debt legislation. The first tweet read: 'The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know....
  • WRAPUP 9-Obama, Lawmakers Fall Short On US Debt Deal

    07/12/2011 3:44:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    http://www.reuters.com/ ^ | July 12, 2011 | Steve Holland And Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and top U.S. lawmakers fell short on Monday of finding enough spending cuts for a deal to avoid an Aug. 2 debt default and Republicans came under fresh pressure to agree to tax hikes. The two sides achieved no breakthrough in a roughly 90-minute meeting and scheduled a third straight day of talks for Tuesday. This came after Obama, at a news conference, declared it is time for both Republicans and Democrats to "pull off the Band-aid, eat our peas" and make sacrifices. "If not now, when?" Obama said.
  • Lawmakers seek new immigration museum in DC (call for "melting pot museum" study)

    07/07/2011 7:57:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/7/11 | Brett Zongker - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of Congress called Thursday for a presidential commission to study the formation of a "melting pot museum" in Washington to tell the history of immigration and migration that formed the nation. Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran introduced legislation Thursday that calls for studying the creation of a National Museum of the American People without any federal taxpayer funds. The bill had 11 other co-sponsors. "The people of the United States do not have a comprehensive and accurate picture of all the peoples who created and continue to build the nation," the bill says.
  • Lawmakers sue President Obama over Libya

    06/15/2011 11:51:30 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/15/11 12:06 PM EDT | REID J. EPSTEIN
    A bipartisan group of House members announced on Wednesday that it is filing a lawsuit charging that President Obama made an illegal end-run around Congress when he approved U.S military action against Libya. “With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who led the 10-member anti-war coalition with Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). The White House is expected on Wednesday to deliver to Congress a much-anticipated report detailing military activity in...
  • CA: GOP lawmakers threaten to withhold votes unless environmental rules are rewritten

    03/16/2011 10:11:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/16/11 | Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper
    The handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to provide crucial votes for Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan are threatening to withhold their support without a dramatic rewriting of state environmental law. The demand, pushed in private talks with the governor, would curtail lawsuits against projects threatening ecological damage, grant waivers to big telecommunications companies and exempt many urban developments from environmental review. The legislators have declined to share the details of their proposal publicly, but draft legislation to overhaul the law was obtained by The Times. Sweeping changes in the California Environmental Quality Act would stand little chance of approval...
  • NH Lawmakers To Work Late Wednesday...Because Of Poetry Contest

    03/16/2011 9:54:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/16/11 | Staff
    Concord, N.H. - New Hampshire House lawmakers — not known for short speeches — plan to wax long into the night to free their chamber for a statewide poetry competition. The House had planned on meeting three days this week to vote on more than 250 bills. When they scheduled the three sessions, House Speaker William O’Brien had already promised the 2011 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program could hold its statewide championship in Representatives Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. O’Brien hopes to finish the work on bills Wednesday night.
  • Some California lawmakers want easier access to carry concealed guns

    03/13/2011 8:50:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/13/11 | Patrick McGreevy
    The right to carry a concealed weapon in California is mostly reserved for those at risk of violence — jewelers, bail bondsmen and criminal prosecutors among them. But some legislators say their job has become dangerous too. Despite objections from some law enforcement officials and even gun rights advocates, they want a law that would make it easier for them to tote firearms for protection. The lawmakers cite the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Tucson and threats from constituents in California as cause for permits to carry weapons. "I've had guys physically come up to me
  • Wis. lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill

    02/17/2011 12:41:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    ap ^ | 2/17/11 | SCOTT BAUER,
    MADISON, Wis. – A group of Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill Thursday by ignoring orders to attend a vote and instead left the state to force Republicans to negotiate over the proposal. As ever-growing throngs of protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared from the Capitol. They were not in their offices, and aides said they did not know where any of them had gone. Hours later, one of them told The Associated Press that the group had left Wisconsin. Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Democrats fled to slow down consideration of...
  • Cuban-American Lawmakers Blast Obama's Plan to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

    01/16/2011 8:47:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/16/11 | Staff
    Republican lawmakers of Cuban descent sharply criticized President Obama's plans to loosen Cuban travel policy to allow students and church groups to go to the communist country, saying the changes will benefit the Castro regime while doing little for the average citizen. "Loosening these regulations will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in Cuba," said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "These changes will not aid in ushering in respect for human rights. And they certainly will not help the Cuban people free themselves from the tyranny that engulfs them."
  • Lawmakers consider new curbs on incendiary speech

    01/11/2011 9:56:35 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 39 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 01/10/11 08:52 PM ET | Russell Berman
    SNIP Several leading House Democrats blamed the inflammatory rhetoric for contributing to the Tucson massacre, while Republicans denounced criticism of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) following the tragedy. One lawmaker, Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), has said he would introduce a bill to make it a crime to threaten or incite violence against a federal official. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) suggested the Federal Communications Commission was “not working anymore,” adding she would look at ways to better police language on the airwaves. A brick was thrown through a window of Slaughter’s district office last year. SNIP Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)...