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January 31, 2008
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Ralph Nader Flirts with Presidential Bid. Give it up, Ralph…after what you did last time around [including accepting PAC money from REPUBLICANS] who do you think is going to vote for you? When I ponder who it is we need as our next President I try to imagine someone in the office who actually has the ability to LEAD. Nader’s “following” is so minuscule as to be next to non existent. Yes, he had a progressive role at one time, but, despite his rhetoric, Ralphie’s time has PASSED!

Mukasey Won’t Comment on Waterboarding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday he will refuse to publicly say whether the interrogation tactic known as waterboarding is illegal, digging in against critics who want the Bush administration to define it as torture.

Did we say TOLD YOU SO?? Despite harsh questioning by Senators Leahy, Kennedy and Specter, the nations top Law Enforcement official refused [again] to condemn the torture technique of waterboarding as, of all things, torture.

“Given that waterboarding is not part of the current program and may never be added to the current program, I do not think it would be appropriate for me to pass definitive judgment on the technique’s legality,” he said.

The reasoning behind this deliberate dance of deceit? If the AG formally recognizes waterboarding as torture it puts his bosses, Mssr Bush and Cheney, in deep doo doo, mainly because they and their minions are ultimately responsible and could therefor conceivably be charged with War Crimes under the Geneva Conventions. Gasp! Shades of Alberto Gonzalez!

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Mike Turner and the Real Estate/Development Interests {orig. post from Daytonology}

January 22, 2008
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Monday, January 21, 2008

reposted from Daytonology [thanks to Jeffery for some Excellent research on Congressman Mike Turners ties to the Construction/”development” industry.]

Mike Turner has received significant contributions from a cluster of donors best described as the real estate/development special interest community. This includes PAC and individual donors from real estate, contracting, construction, engineering and architecture, and building trades unions.

read the rest of this story [ and be sure to check out the comments section!] at

http://daytonology.blogspot.com/2008/01/mike-turner-and-real-estatedevelopment.html


MEGA VOTE/HOW CONGRESS VOTED 11/17/07 UPDATE

December 18, 2007
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Recent Senate Votes
 
CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 – Vote Agreed to (86-8, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a pared-down version of the energy bill that the House passed last week.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


FHA Modernization Act of 2007 – Vote Passed (93-1, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate passed legislation to ease the burden of mushrooming interest rates on homeowners by allowing them to transfer their finances into federally insured loans.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


National Defense Authorization Act, FY2008 – Vote Agreed to (90-3, 7 Not Voting)

On Friday, the Senate gave final approval to this bill authorizing defense spending for fiscal year 2008.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 – Vote Passed (79-14, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate approved this $288 billion, five-year bill that sets agricultural policy and authorizes funding for agricultural related programs such as commodity support, conservation, and nutrition.

Sen. George Voinovich voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


 
Recent House Votes
 
Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act – Vote Passed (303-116, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would help the insurance industry cover costs in the event of a terrorist attack, after making slight revisions to the Senate version that passed last month.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


National Defense Authorization Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (370-49, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill to authorize defense appropriations.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


AMT Relief Act – Vote Passed (226-193, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed this measure to patch the alternative minimum tax that would be financed by a pay-as-you-go plan.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Intelligence Authorization Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (222-199, 10 Not Voting)

This bill authorizing intelligence spending would also ban waterboarding, mock executions, and other severe methods of interrogation.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Making further continuing appropriations for FY2008 – Vote Passed (385-27, 21 Not Voting)

On Thursday the House passed this continuing resolution to fund government programs through Friday, December 21.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


 
 
 
 
 

 



Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Senate Bill 1959

December 6, 2007
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As I asserted in an earlier post, a prime pastime in Washington DC these days seems to be to find ways to circumscribe, emasculate and otherwise render our Constitution’s Bill of Rights inoperative. Now comes Senate bill 1959, introduced by US Senator Susan Collins of Maine.[ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1959 ].

If you believe, as I do, that the two Patriot Acts and the Military Commission Act of 2006 were serious attacks on our basic Constitutional rights, then SB 1959 ought to scare the living bejeezus out of you. This bill is the Senate version of a bill, sponsored by California Democratic Representative Jane Harman, that was passed in the House by an overwhelming 405 to 6 vote on October 24th and is now awaiting approval by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Harman’s bill contends that the United States will soon have to deal with home grown terrorists and that something must be done to anticipate and neutralize the problem. The act deals with the issue through the creation of a congressional commission that will be empowered to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and designate various groups as “homegrown terrorists.”” [Huffington Post] [btw: Congressman Dennis Kucinich voted AGAINST the Bill]

The Huffington Post article appeared on 11/26, the link to which is:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/philip-giraldi/the-violent-radicalizatio_b_74091.html

Following is a sample letter to your Senator that can be used as is, or, as a template for your own.

Dear Senator

It has come to my attention, that The U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. This is now up for review in the Senate Judiciary committee, listed as S.1959. (more…)


MEGA VOTE/HOW CONGRESS VOTED 11/20/07 UPDATE

November 20, 2007
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The Senate is in pro forma sessions until Monday, December 3. The House is in recess until Tuesday, December 4.
 
Recent Senate Votes
 
Improving Head Start Act – Vote Agreed to (95-0, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate unanimously passed this bill boosting funding for the Head Start program.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Motion to Invoke Cloture: Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Rejected (53-45, 2 Not Voting)

Before embarking on its Thanksgiving recess, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on this bill that would provide $50 billion of funding for the War in Iraq while setting a troop withdrawal plan.

Sen. George Voinovich voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


 
Recent House Votes
 
Improving Head Start Act – Vote Passed (381-36, 15 Not Voting)

This House bill boosts funding for the Head Start program.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Conference Report on Transportation/HUD Appropriations, FY2008 – Vote Passed (270-147, 15 Not Voting)

On Wednesday the House passed this $51.2 billion bill to fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development for the 2008 fiscal year.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (218-203, 1 Present, 11 Not Voting)

The House approved legislation to grant the Department of Defense four months’ worth of emergency funding for the War in Iraq, under the condition that troop redeployment begins 30 days following the bill’s enactment.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act – Vote Passed (291-127, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would reform consumer mortgage practices.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective (RESTORE) Act – Vote Passed (227-189, 16 Not Voting)

This House bill would update the intelligence surveillance bill passed earlier this year.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Overriding the Veto of the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Failed (277-141, 15 Not Voting)

The House failed to override the veto of this $150.7 billion bill that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


 
 
 
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MEGA VOTE/HOW CONGRESS VOTED 11/13/07 UPDATE

November 14, 2007
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November 12, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District:



 
Recent Senate Votes
 
Overriding the Veto of the Water Resources Development Act – Vote Passed (79-14, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to override the President’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Nomination of Michael B. Mukasey of New York to be Attorney General – Vote Confirmed (53-40, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed former federal judge Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General of the United States.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


 
Recent House Votes
 
Overriding the Veto of the Water Resources Development Act – Vote Passed (361-54, 17 Not Voting)

The House voted on Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Employment Non-Discrimination Act – Vote Passed (235-184, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would bar employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against potential workers based on their real or supposed sexual orientation.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement – Vote Passed (285-132, 16 Not Voting)

This bill is intended to strengthen trade ties with Peru.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Defense Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (400-15, 17 Not Voting)

The House overwhelmingly passed the conference report for this $471 billion bill funding the Department of Defense for the 2008 fiscal year.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (274-141, 17 Not Voting)

With this vote the House sent the appropriations bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to the President’s desk.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007 – Vote Passed (216-193, 24 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill to provide tax relief for the 2007 filing year.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


 
Upcoming Votes
 
Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 – H.R.2419

The Senate will continue to work on this bill that provides aid for farmers and funds for low-income nutrition programs.


Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007 – H.R.3915

The House is scheduled to vote on this legislation intended to reform consumer mortgage practices.


Head Start for School Readiness Act – H.R.1429

The House will vote on the conference report of this bill to reauthorize the Head Start Act.


 

 
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Dennis Kucinich, Dragon Slayer, For President, Oh, and Impeach Dick Cheney too…

November 9, 2007
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Dennis Kucinich has thrown down the gauntlet. And it is very very very serious. Do not be fooled, this is no longer a fire that can be contained. This is the real deal. The real shit. This is where the High Crimes and Misdemeanors get enumerated.This is history being writ large before your very eyes. Damned if Kucinich did not outplay Both the Democrats AND the Republicans, leading them by the nose into a trap of their own construction. Damn, I am impressed.

Now to make it really happen, to force the House Judiciary Committee to bring it before the whole house and have a trial...this is very, very serious shit.

THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

In my humble opinion the introduction of an Impeachment Bill into the US House of Representatives has a strong probability of making the Watergate hearings of the 70’s look like kindergarten exercises. There is much anecdotal and definitive evidence that OUR country has been literally hi-jacked and turned into a fiefdom, where wars are waged because they tried to kill your daddy [and failed], for control of oil resources that do not belong to us, for some ignorant Neo-con bureaucrats perverted view of the world that is used to justify a war where 600,000-700,000 Iraqi’s, nearly 6,000 Americans and who knows how many others are dead in the desert…

And the chief cheerleader? Darth Vader himself, and I do not use the term lightly. In the real world it is extremely unlikely that this Darth Vader will ever confess to having erred by going over to the Dark Side. He will never apologize to Luke [the American and Middle Eastern peoples]. He is a most malignant cancer, festering in and rotting the body politic. That Cancer, and those who have been further infected by it, need to be, must be, removed from OUR government.

What congressman Kucinich has done is put into play one of the People’s most powerful weapons, the Constitutional right to Impeachment and Removal from office, with the potential, the very serious potential, of major criminal charges being levied as a consequence of a Trial and Impeachment.

The House, the Senate, the government, has been called to order. We the people, must now do our part. Write, call and email your representatives. At every level, local, county, state and federal.

Help make the movement to Impeach Vice President Cheney into a Really Strong Movement in history… not just another moment lost in history. Do your part. Now.

21of the Bravest people in Congress. The Co Sponsors of Rep Kucinich’s bill…

H. Res. 333, Articles of Impeachment against the Vice President, has 21 cosponsors. They are: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert Brady (D-PA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. James Moran (D-VA), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD).

I salute them, every one.

Direct link to Congressman Kucinich’s website in support of HR 333: http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm

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BTW There are literally hundreds of article in mainstream and on line journals about the Impeachment bill. These are just a couple of samples from some MSM outlets. What I find of particular interest is that the general tone of many these article is no longer one of poking fun at the ufo guy [I don’t this we are alone either].

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-impeach7nov07,1,5830792.story?coll=la-news-a_section

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2007/11/cheney_impeachment_ready_for_a.html


Salem-News.Com
Suddenly, Impeachment Hearings Are Looking Like a Strong Possibility

Or Google Kucinich Impeachment Support. You’ll be thrilled.


MEGA VOTE/HOW CONGRESS VOTED 11/05/07 UPDATE

November 8, 2007
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November 5, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District:

Upcoming Congressional Bills –
* Senate: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007
* Senate: Conference Report on Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008
* Senate: Veto Override on Water Resources Development Act of 2007
* House: Conference Report on Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008
* House: Veto Override on Water Resources Development Act of 2007
* House: United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
* House: Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007 (more…)

New Diplomatic Offensive for Iraq (H.R. 3797)

November 1, 2007
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From the Friends Committee on National Legislation:

Congressman Hobson [R-7 OH] was one of 35 Republicans to cosponsor the Iraq Study Group Implementation Act. Now we hope you will persuade him to cosponsor another piece of legislation that would translate the inclusive diplomacy recommended by the study group into U.S. policy.
This new legislation, the New Diplomatic Offensive for Iraq (H.R. 3797), has 22 cosponsors right now. The House leadership has indicated it will bring this legislation to a vote if we can increase the number of cosponsors to between 40 and 50 and demonstrate the legislation has strong bipartisan support.This legislation would be a step toward establishing a new U.S. policy in Iraq and the region based on negotiations with all of Iraq’s neighbors to ease tensions in the region, help stabilize Iraq, and facilitate U.S. withdrawal. This legislation could also put an important speed bump in the way of plans for war with Iran. We at FCNL believe that congressional support for direct talks with Iran, Syria, and Iraq’s other neighbors is crucial to extricating the U.S. from Iraq and preventing a wider war.

The House leadership refused to bring the previous ISG bill to a vote. But H.R. 3797 offers a new chance to push the U.S. down the road to the diplomacy needed to end the war. (more…)


October 30, 2007
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October 29, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes –
* Senate: Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008
* Senate: Nomination of Leslie Southwick to be U.S. Circuit Judge
* House: Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
* House: Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act

Upcoming Congressional Bills –
* Senate: Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007
* Senate: Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act
* House: Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act
* House: Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007
* House: Trade and Globalization Assistance Act of 2007


Recent Senate Votes
Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008 – Vote Passed (75-19, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted in favor of this $605.5 billion bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education for the 2008 fiscal year.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Nomination of Leslie Southwick to be U.S. Circuit Judge – Vote Confirmed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Leslie Southwick to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes
Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act – Vote Passed (261-153, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would allow Native Hawaiians to form an Interim Governing Council which would have the power to negotiate with the federal government.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act – Vote Passed (265-142, 26 Not Voting)

A new bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program was passed by the House, a week after the chamber failed to override President Bush’s veto of the previous version of the bill.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007 – S.294

The Senate is scheduled to vote on this bill to reauthorize Amtrak.


Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act – H.R.3963

The Senate is also expected to work on this bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act – H.R.3867

The House is scheduled to vote on this bill that would update and expand the Small Business Administration’s procurement programs.


Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007 – H.R.2262

This bill is intended to modify the requirements for mining on public domain lands.


Trade and Globalization Assistance Act of 2007 – H.R.3920

The House will also take up this bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to reauthorize trade adjustment assistance and to extend trade adjustment assistance to service workers and firms.



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