Daily Archives: 01/07/2012

Romney, Untouched. Again!

Alex Burns Writes: The Republican presidential debate Saturday broke out into a volley of charges and  counter-charges between the candidates, but left front-runner Mitt Romney almost entirely unscathed in the second-to-last  forum before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

with the exception of some early sniping at Romney’s business record, and a  stand-alone riff against Romney from late-surging challenger Rick Santorum, the  former Massachusetts governor scarcely drew criticism from the field

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NY Republican First House Member to Endorse Huntsman

CNN Reports: GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will pick up his first congressional endorsement in the final days before the New Hampshire primary, CNN has learned.

Rep. Richard Hanna, a first-term Republican congressman from New York, has decided to back Huntsman, two sources said Saturday.

Hanna has followed Huntsman’s campaign with interest and originally spoke with the former Utah governor last month, according to one Hanna aide. The congressman was unavailable for comment Saturday.

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Gingrich: It’s Chutzpa From Romney to Question my Conservatism

RCP Reports: “For a Massachusetts moderate to put out an ad questioning my credentials as a conservative is the kind of chutzpah that you really don’t expect to find in someone like Romney,” Newt Gingrich said about Mitt Romney in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“He’s not going to be the nominee,” Gingrich said.

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Upstate Congresswoman Hayworth Gives Weekly GOP Address

MHN Neports: Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY19) delivered the Weekly Republican Address to the nation on Saturday calling on the Democrat-controlled Senate to take action on jobs bills already approved in the Republican House of Representatives.

Hayworth said the leaders in Washington “should have no higher priority this year than getting our economy back to creating jobs” and she said the foundation is already in place.

“Right now, there are nearly 30 jobs bills passed by the House with support from both Republicans and Democrats that are awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators is designed to empower small businesses and get government out of their way,” she said. “One vote is all each of these bills needs to get to the president’s desk, and it’s disappointing the Senate hasn’t acted.”

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Congressman Turner Ripped for Declining to State Position on Guns

PolitickerNY Reports: Democratic Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman is taking issue with newly minted GOP Congressman Bob Turner declining to state his position on federal gun control legislation. Assemblyman Lancman is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate against Congressman Turner next election and this latest salvo represents a continuation of  the Assemblyman’s efforts to keep the heat on Turner in the meantime.

“Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Assemblyman Lancman said in a press release. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun lobby.”

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NJ Senate Prez Explores 2014 U.S. Senate Run

NJSL Reports: Senate President Stephen Sweeney plans to open an exploratory committee to look at a possible U.S. Senate run in 2014.

“It’s to keep my options open, to explore some opportunities. Several people have come up to me and asked me to consider looking at that in the future,” Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said in a phone interview today.

The development was first reported by PolitickerNJ.com this afternoon, citing sources.

Longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term expires in 2014.

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NY Republicans Make it Official: They Will Add Seat in State Senate!

NYDN Reports: State Senate Republicans have decided that bigger is better: Senate officials, in a memo posted on the Legislature’s redistricting website late Friday afternoon, confirmed plans to add another seat to the 62-member chamber, arguing the state Constitution mandates such a move.

“The memo speaks for itself,” said Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County).

The memo (read it after the jump!) was written by Senate GOP lawyer Michael Carvin and argued that the methodology used uring the 2002 reapportionment, when applied to the current population, calls for the addition of a new seat.

“I continue to believe that this methodology is the most faithful to the Constitution,” Carvin wrote. “I note that if the 2002 methodology is again employed, the size of the New York State Senate will be increased to 63 senators.”

Reif said no decisions have been made about the location of a new district. Final maps for new Senate districts will be available by the end of the month, he added.

The Daily News first reported in September that Senate Republicans were mulling the addition of a new seat. At the time, Reif dismissed the report as “pure speculation.”

Democrats and good government groups have slammed the Republicans, saying there’s no legal justification for adding a new seat and the move was likely fueled by politics.

“As the calculations have been done for us, any way we look at it, it comes to 62,” said Susan Lerner of Common Cause, N.Y. “They don’t get to just decide to have 63.”

The Senate’s move is all-but certain to spark a court battle and could draw fire from Gov. Cuomo, who in his State of the State address Wednesday promised to veto any lines not created through “an independent redistricting process.”

Insiders note that adding a 63rd seat in the state Senate could make it easier for the GOP to retain their razor-thin majority in the upcoming elections and avoid any legislative chaos by ensuring one party would be in the majority – as opposed to now, with an even number of seats.

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Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner; ID for Voting is Racist…

CBS Chicago: A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.

It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schroeder’s True Value Hardware in Lombard.

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Ahmadinejad to Visit South America on Sunday in a Five Day Trip

Breitbart: ranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, under increasing pressure from debilitating Western economic sanctions, Sunday begins a tour of Latin Americaaimed at shoring up ties with his few remaining allies.

Ahmadinejad will meet fellow US foe and firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezon a four-nation trip that coincides with rising international concern over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

The Iranian leader will arrive in Caracas late Sunday, kicking off a five-day trip that will on Tuesday see him attend the inauguration of the recently re-elected Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega.

Stops in Cuba and Ecuador will round off the tour. All four Latin American countries have frosty ties with the United States and their leaders have in the past four years made numerous visits to Tehran to build up diplomatic and business links while relations with Washington have worsened.

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Emergency Committee for Israel Targets Ron Paul in Ad

Capital J Reports: The Emergency Committee for Israel, perhaps for the first time, earns some nonpartisan stripes for releasing an ad in South Carolina markets targeting Ron Paul’s candidacy.

The thinking, I guess, is that ECI co-founder Gary Bauer, who speaks in the ad, has cred among evangelical conservatives in the state.

This is the first time, ECI director Noah Pollak tells me via Twitter, that ECI has targeted a Republican. The group, which targeted only Democrats in the 2010 campaign, has taken flack from critics who say it’s a GOP front.

And before my Democratic friends sneer “but it’s Ron Paul,” remember that you’ve been calling on conservatives to repudiate Paul in the face of his stronger than expected performance in Iowa. So here it is.

I’m a little worried, though, that when the ad switches from a sappy, anthemic upbeat theme to something sinister (around 20 seconds in), to underscore Bauer’s transition from the politics of Goldwater and Reagan to Paul, the bad guy music ECI chooses is … Moonlight Sonata?

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Campaign Ad: Paul Hits Santorum in S.C.

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Obama-Backing Labor Unions Get Bulk of HCR Waivers

Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from  the president’s health care reform law since the Obama administration tightened  application rules last summer.

Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812  workers received waivers from President Barack  Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.

By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom  work for small businesses, were granted waivers.

The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing  applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of  controversial news reports, including The  Daily Caller’s story that nearly 20 percent of last May’s waivers went to  businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district in California.

The labor unions receiving waivers include those that are monitored under the  1947 Taft-Hartley Act, and those that are not. The waivers granted since June 17  are valid until 2013, but recipients must make sure their employees understand  the “limits of their coverage,” according to HHS documents.

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