It’s hard to be against the Violence Against Women Act. These guys find a way.
It has come to light that House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) secretly approved a $500,000 increase to a contract with a private law firm to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court. While the increase was approved in September, neither the public nor the Democratic House minority was informed until this week, Roll Call reports.
The contract now authorizes Bancroft PLLC and former Solicitor General Paul Clement (R) to spend up to $2 million in to defend DOMA — the second increase to what was originally a $1 million cap. The U.S. Department of Justice stopped defending the 1996 law in February 2011 after determining the law to be in conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
Though Lungren lost re-election in November, the Republicans maintained control of the House — and its operating budget.
At a Thursday press conference — ironically focusing on his view that “Washington has a spending problem” — House Speaker John Boehner was asked about the expenditures. The Ohio Republican angrily responded that if the Department of Justice won’t defend the law of the land, Congress will.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for embezzling tens of thousands of dollar from a fund for families of U.S. soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The aide, Kevin Kavanaugh, was also sentenced to two years of extended supervision and ordered to pay back the $51,200 he embezzled from Operation Freedom, a military appreciation event held each year at the Milwaukee County Zoo. […]
Remember that guy that was running for congress in Tennessee and posted that picture of a handgun on Facebook with the caption, “Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama.”
Brad Staats, who ran on “family values” and defending “traditional marriage” just got arrested on assault charges for hitting his wife.
Roxanne Rubin, 56 and a registered Republican, was arrested Friday on a felony charge of voter fraud.
First, note that she did not succeed. It is not that easy to actually vote more than once - the only place election fraud really counts.
Second, note that she is a Republican, not a member of ACORN or a Democrat.
Rubin is accused of voting at an early-voting location in Henderson on Monday morning. She raised poll workers’ attention there when she commented to another voter that she “signed differently and they didn’t check my ID,” according to arrest documents released today.
…According to arrest documents, Rubin’s signature at the Henderson voting location matched her voter registration card, evidence used by investigators to back up their claim it was indeed Rubin who cast a ballot and not someone else.
Rubin then went to a second polling location on Eastern Avenue. When she attempted to sign in, poll workers were alerted by their computer system that she had already voted. Rubin complained that the poll workers at the first location had made a mistake and insisted she be allowed to vote.
Poll workers refused to let her vote. Rubin then gave them her cellphone number and asked them to call her when she was allowed to vote, according to the arrest documents.
Rubin was arrested Friday by the Election Integrity Task Force when she arrived to work at the Riviera.
This video was shot in August 2010, just a couple of months before the November 2010 election.
Republicans took control of the House as a result of that election and we all know how bad they’ve been the last 2 years.
You can bet that ALL the people in this video voted.
If you don’t vote, then you are letting these people decide who runs the country.
“Why the GOP Should Fear a Romney Presidency” (via kileyrae)
The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, which had endorsed Bob Dole in 1996, George W. Bush both in 2000 and 2004 and John McCain in 2008, is not endorsing anybody in 2012.
While they’re not going so far as to endorse Barack Obama, this typically right-leaning editorial board apparently doesn’t think highly enough of Mitt Romney to throw him an endorsement. Ouch.
Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured His Mistress To Get Abortion
WASHINGTON — A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, according to a phone call transcript obtained by The Huffington Post.
The congressman, Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, was trying to save his marriage at the time, according to his remarks on the call, made in September of 2000. And, according to three independent sources familiar with the call and the recording, he made the tape himself.
DesJarlais, who was provided a copy of the transcript by HuffPost, did not deny its contents, but in a statement released through his campaign characterized it as just another sordid detail dredged up by the opposition. “Desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation’s problems, yet it appears my opponents are choosing to once again engage in the same gutter politics that CBS news called the dirtiest in the nation just 2 years ago.”
That race featured charges culled from DesJarlais’ divorce from Susan DesJarlais, which was finalized in 2001. The filing included allegations that he held a gun in his own mouth for hours in one instance and that he “dry fired” a gun outside his wife’s bedroom in another.
DesJarlais’ campaign vigorously denied those charges in his 2010 race against Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis, saying they were hauled out of history for political purposes and had not been deemed credible at the time.
But the new transcript and other revelations from court documents paint a more damning picture of a man who was a serial philanderer willing to push one of his lovers — whom he met as a patient with a foot problem — to terminate a pregnancy, even when he suspected he was the father.
“You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he’ll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as “sacred.”
Funny how these guys will start crying about “Desperate personal attacks.” when they get busted being a hypocrite - always painting themselves as the victim.
Plus with Mittens, you get two for one … Draft Doger AND Tax Dodger!
Rick Berg, North Dakota’s at-large congressman and a candidate for Senate, voted to criminalize abortion in the state as a Class AA felony, including in the case of rape or incest.
Berg, who is running against former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, voted with a minority of the state house in 2007 to make terminating a pregnancy illegal, in a bill that only made exception for when the life of the mother is endangered.
The internet is a republican’s worst enemy.
I really believe the internet is going to contribute significantly to the end of the GOP as we know it. Their leap to the far right side of the far right is what put the noose around their neck, but the internet is going to kick away the chair.
In December, Rick Perry put out his “Strong” ad. By the next day, it became one of the most disliked videos on Youtube, spawning several parodies, a meme, and tons of public criticism (…And everything he said was in the mainstream of GOP beliefs).
Last week, Todd Akin makes his outrageous “legitimate rape” statement on KTVI, a news channel in St. Louis, Missouri. The video is online at 11:24 AM on sunday… by late afternoon Monday the President of the United States had condemned his remarks, and his own party was calling on him to “exit the senate race.” It’s a moment that in pre-social media days would have gone unnoticed by most and ignored by the media. But it gets uploaded to the web and presto! (…and, again, it was a common republican stance on the issue).
Within hours of a politician saying something blatantly offensive or stupid, even when speaking in private, there’s a good chance it will be uploaded, up-voted, reblogged, liked, and trending for all to see.
Which is bad news for a party that finds reality optional and facts inconvenient.