Sen. Larry Craig has raised just $4,645 since setting up a legal expense fund this spring to help pay the bills from his efforts to overturn his guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Craig, who was arrested during a 2007 sex sting in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, continues to fight his guilty plea in Minnesota's higher courts. He had a Sept. 10 hearing in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
In February, the Senate Ethics Committee chastised him with a letter of public admonishment, saying his arrest constituted "improper conduct" reflecting poorly on the U.S. Senate. Craig tried to "evade legal consequences" for his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge by trying to keep the arrest secret and attempting to withdraw his plea only after it became public, the bipartisan committee said. Its members also found that Craig broke a Senate rule by failing to seek the committee's permission before spending more than $200,000 in leftover campaign money to try to overturn his plea and clear his name.
After that, Craig stopped using money from his re-election account for his legal bills, most of which came from famed Washington, D.C., criminal defense attorney, Billy Martin. Craig opened up the legal expense fund in June under the name "The Fund for Justice."
Most of the donations to Craig's expense fund range from $50 to $300, although Craig received one $1,000 donation from Vicki and Franz White of Star, Idaho. Contributors include his neighbors Joseph and Elizabeth David, who donated $250, and John and Linda Brewer, who gave him $100. Old friends and neighbors from Weiser also gave. They include Phil Soulen, who donated $50, and Margaret Soulen Hinson and Joseph Hinson, who contributed $100.
Larry and Marianne Williams, who donated parkland to the city of Boise and have a portion of Bronco Stadium at Boise State University named for them, also gave Craig $500.
Donors are allowed to give up to $10,000 to the expense fund, although lobbyists are prohibited from making contributions. The fund is administered by Craig's former chief of staff, Greg Casey.
While senators have to beg money continually to get elected, I imagine most people are a little surprised when they want handouts for something people with far less money would go to great lengths to pay for.
Larry Craig's official net worth is between $300k and $700k, as of 2007. He ranks as 80 in the US senate for wealth.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed deep disappointment on Friday that California voters approved Prop. 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage, and defended her ally, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, against critics who say his actions contributed to its passage.
Chronicle, Pelosi said she believes some voters might not have fully understood the initiative, which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure was approved 52 to 48 percent. "Unfortunately, I think people thought they were making a statement about what their view of same-sex marriage was," the San Francisco Democrat said. "I don't know if it was clear that this meant that we are amending the Constitution to diminish freedom in our state." In other words, you people are too stupid to to know what's good for you. WE will decide.
Newsom played a starring role in TV and radio ads aired by the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign, which seized on his remarks at a rally in May after the court's ruling that same-sex marriages were "going to happen, whether you like it or not." The measure's passage was seen as a blow to the possibility of a Newsom bid for governor. We don't care what a majority of our constituents want. We're in charge here.
Pelosi, a longtime supporter of Newsom, said the mayor should not be blamed for the measure's success. "He acted upon his beliefs. He feels very strongly that there should not be discrimination and that fairness should prevail for all parts of our society," she said. "Some may say there are political risks, but I know the (bigger) political risk for him was to do what he didn't believe, and he would never do that."
In the interview, Pelosi talked about her priorities next year after an election in which Democrats picked up at least 20 House seats and six Senate seats and captured the White House. She also revealed new details of her post-election phone call on Wednesday with President-elect Barack Obama. In the congratulatory call, Pelosi made clear - if it wasn't clear already - that she is a huge fan. "I said to him, 'Your speech last night was so magnificent. It makes me tingle up my leg wonder what you're going to say in your inaugural address,' " Pelosi said.
Obama played coy. "He said, 'Well, you're just going to have to wait and hear that. I'm not going to let you in on any of that right now.' " This is further along in the interview:
"We did the stimulus package with rebates (in February). ... It had a good effect, I think," she said. "I think a permanent tax cut would have an even stronger impact on the economy." I seem to remember the Democrats fighting further tax cuts tooth and nail.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
11/08/2008 17:13 ||
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WASHINGTON (AP) President-elect Obama called Nancy Reagan on Friday to apologize for joking that she held seances in the White House.
At a news conference in Chicago, Obama said he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepares to take office in January. Then he smiled and said, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances."
The 87-year-old former first lady had consulted with astrologers during her husband's presidency. But she did not hold conversations with the dead.
Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the president-elect later called Mrs. Reagan "to apologize for the careless and offhanded remark." She said Obama "expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share, and they had a warm conversation."
It actually wasn't Nancy Reagan who was linked to conversations with the dead; it was Obama's top Democratic challenger for the presidency, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.
In either case, use of the word "seance" might be overstated.
Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologer to help set her husband's schedule, wrote former White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan. The revelation created a furor and President Reagan even broke with his policy of not commenting on books by former White House staffers.
"No policy or decision in my mind has ever been influenced by astrology," Reagan said.
In his book "The Choice," Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward described how Clinton consulted with a spiritual adviser who led her through imaginary conversations with her personal hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. Newsweek magazine, which was promoting the book, characterized the visits as "seances," a term that White House officials quickly tried to squelch.
"These were people who were helping her laugh, helping her think," said Neel Lattimore, Clinton's spokeswoman. "These were not seances."
.... chief strategist David Axelrod has been carrying the same pink quartz heart in his pants pocket for about three weeks. A woman he didn't know approached him at an event and gave it to him. She seemed to have an aura about her, Axelrod said. We have been doing pretty well since then.
Obama fucked up twice as i watched that clip - first, he had a Biden moment when he said "i talked to the presidents who are still living" - after realizing his gaffe he quickly interjected for the journo-stooges about "nancy reagan and seances" which, was also wrong as it was the hildabeast who was attributed w/that nonsense. Good job wonder boy, or should I call you Oneder boy (a "that thing you do" referece).
This guy is an royal arss clown of the first order. This is just the first of many more self inflicted johnson stompings to come. If it isn't him, it will be his angry lobster slerping Beluga dipping bedmate. I can't wait for the laughs to begin.
In the Coleman-Franken Senate recount battle developing in Minnesota, almost all media accounts fail to mention that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who largely controls the process, is not only a liberal Democrat, but also an ally of ACORN and liberal philanthropist George Soros.
Even fewer media outlets report the fact that both Ritchie and fellow Democrat Al Franken were endorsed by ACORN. Ritchie, like so many liberals, is dismissive of electoral fraud allegations in general. He failed to investigate claims by a conservative group about voter roll irregularities.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune doesn't mention Ritchie's affiliations. Nor does an ABC News story, a story by an ABC News affiliate in Duluth, a Minneapolis-St. Paul FOX TV station's story, or a New York Post story. An AP story mentioned Ritchie was a Democrat but left out the ties of Ritchie and Franken to ACORN.
Will there be cheating?
Who knows, but as the murderously astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
Over at Ht Air there is already evidence of fraud. The tape that was supposedly done of the ballot results the night of the election as required by Minnesota law mysteriously had another 100 votes for Franken and was dated November 2. Look for a Franken win.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
11/08/2008 8:00 Comments ||
Sounds like Plan B was ready to go from the start.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who largely controls the process, is not only a liberal Democrat, but also an ally of ACORN and liberal philanthropist George Soros.
Surprise meter does not budge. Donks think the election was stolen in 2000 in Florida with the help of Katherine Harris (Secretary of State). They aren't about to let that happen. I wouldn't be surprised if some votes forgot to be counted and they just happened to be for Franken.
Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer warns that Barack Obama is signaling his designs on conservative talk radio with the rumored appointment of former FCC Commissioner Henry Rivera as the head of his FCC transition team:
Henry Rivera, a longtime radical leftist, lawyer and former FCC commissioner, is expected to lead the push to dismantle commercial talk radio that is favored by a number of Democratic Party senators. Rivera will play a pivotal role in preventing critics from having a public voice during Obama's tenure in office. Rivera, who resigned from the FCC nearly a quarter-century ago during the Reagan years, believes in a doctrine of "communications policy as a civil rights issue".
His exit during the Reagan Administration paved the way for the Fairness Doctrine's repeal when the late president appointed Patricia Diaz Dennis in 1986 to fill out the rest of Rivera's term. Had this not occurred, talk radio as we know it today would not exist.
That gives Rivera's new task a great deal of personal urgency: it's a late-career, second chance opportunity to shut down opposition voices that have been allowed to flourish since his depature from the commission. In particular, Rivera is known for his push for more minority broadcasting ownership, but this issue has largely been rendered obsolete as former commercial broadcasting empires teeter on the brink of bankruptcy.
Rivera's first opportunity to eliminate commercial talk radio will occur in June 2009, as the term of Republican Robert McDowell expires and he can be replaced with a pro-Fairness Doctrine Democrat. That will give the commission a three-vote Democratic majority, though the final two seats must remain in Republican hands.
If they can strong-arm one of the three Republicans into leaving early, this can be implemented even sooner.
Rivera is married to Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, who is associate administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. She is one of the officials running the $1.5 billion digital TV converter box coupon program.
Grandpa, what was a .... R A D I O ?
The only thing thight might save talk radio is that it is a big money maker for the mega-corporations that own most of the radio stations. Take away talk and re-program with something else? OK, but all the 'something elses' are aready available, so all you would do is lose one ad market and re-distribute the rest, for a big net loss. 'Appropriate' donations from Clear Channel etc. to the right people might trump 'Fairness' Doctrine.
Internet streaming and Sat radio make the FCC nearly obsolete, so how ya gonna shut down our comms now, Barry O?
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 20:28 Comments ||
Dicks Sporting Goods had a sale on ammo this week. I went in to replenish. The guy behind the counter said everyone was stocking up. Either people are buying for hunting or in anticipation of increased regulation. They were out of 9 mm luger pistol rounds which are not generally used for hunting.
The head of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has been placed on paid leave for allegedly approving a computer search for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."
Helen Jones-Kelley, a Democrat, is being investigated over whether a state computer or state e-mail account was used to assist in political fundraising, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said in a statement. Strickland, also a Democrat, did not specifically mention Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, a.k.a. Joe the Plumber.
Wurzelbacher told NewsMax he was "angered" by the background checks state officials ran after John McCain invoked his name in a presidential debate. "I'm just a private citizen ... That scares me just for the simple fact that other people might hesitate on questioning our elected officials and that worries me greatly for America," he said. "I'm not real happy about that at all."
As for the election results, he said, "I'm disappointed, but the American people have spoken. They've gotten what they wanted. Now it's time to make sure that he goes to work for us. He's got a lot of work to do."
Meanwhile, Wurzelbacher has paid his delinquent $1,200 tax bill and had the lien on his house lifted, the Associated Press reports.
Since Helen Jones-Kelley's name is now bandied about in the press, will the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services access her records (as part of the Dept.'s "policy") as they did for poor Joe?
Yeah, I didn't think so. . . But I must say I'm surprised that Gov. Strickland even went this far.
Any officer or employee of an agency, who by virtue of his employment or official position, has possession of, or access to, agency records which contain individually identifiable information the disclosure of which is prohibited by this section or by rules or regulations established thereunder, and who knowing that disclosure of the specific material is so prohibited, willfully discloses the material in any manner to any person or agency not entitled to receive it, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than $5,000.
(2) Any officer or employee of any agency who willfully maintains a system of records without meeting the notice requirements of subsection (e)(4) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than $5,000.
(3) Any person who knowingly and willfully requests or obtains any record concerning an individual from an agency under false pretenses shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than $5,000.
Sen. Joe Lieberman's affiliation with Democrats was in question after a meeting Thursday with Majority Leader Harry Reid, steamed over the Connecticut independent's high-profile support of John McCain for president.
Reid, in a sternly worded statement after the 45-minute meeting, said no official decisions have been made. But an aide to the Nevada Democrat said Reid was leaning toward removing Lieberman as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.
"While I understand that Sen. Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our caucus," Reid said.
Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential running mate eight years ago. He switched to an independent after he failed to win the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut in 2006. Lieberman won the general election as an independent but is still registered as a Democrat.
Although he aligns himself with Senate Democrats, Lieberman angered many Democrats for when he used a prime-time speech at the Republican convention this summer to criticize Barack Obama as an untested candidate beholden to Democratic interest groups. Republican McCain had considered making Lieberman, a longtime friend, his running mate this year before settling on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 11:58 Comments ||
Well, he knew he was gonna get screwed if McCain didn't win. But at least he can look at himself in the mirror in the morning, unlike the despicable Senator Reid.
The wheel turns. Hopefully, Lieberman will still be around when it flattens Harry.
Reid is as petty, piddling, picayune, penny-ante, and shabby acting as I always thought. I guess it is payback time for all of those who went against the donk party bosses. Next Joe will be asked to go through a Party re-education program to reform his thoughts so that he "gets his mind right."
Harry wants Lieberman out of the way for when BO is "tested" and the Dems sell out Israel.
Posted by: regular joe ||
11/08/2008 16:03 Comments ||
Jewish-Americans, for the most part (~80% for, 20% against), voted for BO. They will not like it when Israel gets thrown under the bus. CHANGE can be good or it can be bad. Ya got to listen to the used car salesman's spiel.
they (besides our beloved TW) get what they deserve. Party loyalty above all will lead to the destruction of their interests and Israel. But at least they were taken for granted by the Donks, again, so they've got that going for them, which is nice
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 16:20 Comments ||
They will not like it when Israel gets thrown under the bus
Ah JohnQC, Israel does have between 200 and 500 nukes. And, did you notice that genetic engineering is a lot like software engineering?
I'd take Lieberman over half the Republican's in office! You know where you stand with Joe. And quite frankly, I hope the big O does throw Israel under the bus. The Jewish people in the US need to realize that the Democrats could care less about Israel. Then again, 1/2 the republicans only care because they believe in the 'rapture', dinosaurs on the ark and other assorted fantasies. We are about to find out what happens when extreme lefties take over the country. Ugh, we are so screwed. If the Republicans ever want to see power again they need to do some serious soul searching, get back to the basics (national security, small government, states rights). And we need somebody besides an old white guy at the top. And I swear to God, if we run somebody who supports creationism, I'll vote democrat. I believe in God as much as anyone, but my kids are fighting and I don't have time to finish my thought
cut the dinosaurs on the ark shit and you'd make more sense
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 17:06 Comments ||
g(r)omoru: I am concerned about Israel getting thrown under the bus (policy-wise). BO is a little too chummy with pro-Palestinians in this country as well as Louis Farrakhan (NOI) who has spoken out about Israel many times. Despite what BO says, i don't trust him not to change long-standing policy. I don't doubt that Israel could defend itself just as the U.S. could defend itself if they have the political leadership and the political will.
I wasn't quite certain what you meant by the comment about genetic engineering and software engineering. I missed your point.
Thanks g(r)omguru for the clarification. Agreed that reliance on others saps the will and that nukes have limits. My wife's mother and father were in Poland when it was attacked in 1939. My father-in-law was in the Polish Army. It didn't last long--basically horses against tanks. My wife's mother and father survived Hitler's camps but many in their families did not.
U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced today that he will step down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee as of Jan. 6. First elected to the Senate in 1958, Byrd is the longest-serving senator in American history. He chaired the powerful Appropriations Committee, which doles out projects across the country, for 10 years.
In a news release, Byrd said he decided to step down "only after much personal soul searching, and after being sure of the substantial Democratic pickup of seats in the Senate. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced today that he will step down as Appropriations Committee chairman. "I am now confident that stepping aside as chairman will not adversely impact my home state of West Virginia," he said.
Over the years, Byrd played a critical role in sending money back to the Mountain State -- more than $1 billion since 1995. That money funded university medical centers, paved highways, expanded airports and built dams to control floods. Dozens of projects around the state bear his name because of the money he helped get to build them.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to nickel and dime you at the grocery store - taxing you an extra 5 cents for every plastic bag you take home. The controversial charge could raise at least $16 million for the cash-strapped city while keeping tons of plastic out of landfills, city officials said Thursday - but some outraged shoppers aren't buying it.
"Bloomberg is a piece of work," Clemelda Gipson, 39, said outside a D'Agostino grocery store in Chelsea.
"Food is expensive and now we have to pay for the bags, too?"
"Food is expensive and now we have to pay for the bags, too? They should try to come up with ideas and solutions and not just more taxes."
Others said they would bring their own cloth bags rather than pay more at the store. "I think it's a good idea. There is way too much plastic being used at the grocery stores anyways," said actress Denise Lute. "We need to be eco-conscious. If I'm charged a nickel it'll make me take my own bag."
New Yorkers use an estimated 1 billion plastic bags per year. City officials aren't sure what bags they plan to tax, or how they'd collect it - though they're considering allowing merchants to charge an extra penny per bag, giving them an incentive to track it.
"They're charging sales taxes already. There's not some massive new overhaul or bureaucracy that's needed," said Rohit Aggarwala, Bloomberg's head of environmental affairs. "We are hoping that at 6 cents a bag, people would change their behavior."
San Francisco bans plastic bags unless they are biodegradable, while a proposed 20-cent fee in Seattle is on hold pending a challenge. In Ireland, a 33-cent fee pushed plastic bag use down 94%.
New York considered a plastic bag tax earlier this year but settled for a mandatory recycling program, figuring most stores would just switch to paper, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said.
Ikea tried charging customers a nickel per bag, but when demand for its 70 million bags a year dropped 92%, the chain just eliminated them. "There's a positive impact on the environment," spokesman Joseph Roth said. "It certainly has not hindered our sales, and it has helped our reputation."
Some grocery chains already give customers a discount for every cloth bag they bring. Whole Foods switched its stores to paper bags this year, even though the plastic industry insists paper bags are worse for the environment.
"This would essentially be a food tax," said Keith Christman of the American Chemistry Council. "It would have major unintended environmental consequences."
$1 a bag could not get NYC out of the red. Because they will take whatever they collect and hand it over to people who give NOTHING to society. It doesn't matter how much money you throw at them, they will always take and never give. It has become part of their DNA at this point. So for god's sake, don't take the money and use it to revitalize small business or improve the infrastructure in and round that rotting cesspool, give it to the scum that make the city such a 'vibrant' and 'multicultural' place.
I figured he meant all the Prada and Coach purses he has for home cross-dressing. Meh.... he's been a fairly poor Mayor, but then, that's what New York wants and deserves.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 11:54 Comments ||
I would not dismiss this as a crazy NYC thing -- it can easily catch on at a state or municipality near you. On the one hand it's fairly invisible, "eco-friendly" and sticks it to "the man" (eg soccer moms who buy groceries). On the other it's regressive -- taxing the poor who tend not to have trendy Euro-style reusable hand-corded cotton string shopping bags. Then again the self-righteous political class doesn't seem to care about the poor much anymore: witness the proliferation of state lotteries
Posted by: regular joe ||
11/08/2008 12:44 Comments ||
when's the last time Bloomberg bought his own groceries, ya think? Ever?
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 12:53 Comments ||
Nanny Bloomberg! Save us!! SAVE US!!!
Save us from ourselves!
Our local military commissary brought in dark-green reusable shopping bags, and sold them for some low price, then offered a small discount for each one you brought back in to refill. It didn't take long doing that for the reusable bags to pay for themselves. We have about 25 of them around here, and we reuse them regularly. We still end up having a few paper bags each shopping trip, which is good. We use those to put newspapers in for recycling. It's amazing how well this idea caught on with the families of active duty military, and some retirees. There are still quite a few retirees, especially the older ones, that don't use them.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
11/08/2008 15:50 Comments ||
I was up in Vancouver a couple of years ago. Vancouver had an arrangement whereby if you brought in your recyclables and re-used your bags you could get a discount on your groceries.
JQC - that doesn't bring in the coin, and that's Bloomberg's purpose, not recycling or ecology. He wants the money, and this seems like a small cut, not an artery, so it doesn't hurt much
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/08/2008 16:18 Comments ||
And, Hussein's pal & mentor, Dick Daley, is gonna add a little tax to your Dish Network bill, if you're within the city limits. He already hit the cables companies several years ago. Combined with all the tags and stickers you have to have to fart within Chicago, I'm suprised there are any non-welfare residents left. That's lefties for ya, taking every cent you have, cause they are smarter than you are and they can spend it more wisely than you.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.