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Apr 13, 2004

Erosion of Trust

No State Facilities for GOP Propaganda: Albuquerque officials canceled meetings to explain complex new Medicare prescription drug benefits to senior citizens after complaints that the sessions would not be neutral. “This one hasn’t been fun,” said Kim Perdue, director of the city Department of Senior Affairs. “This has been one of the most controversial things we’ve been involved with.” The department had invited Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., and a representative of Presbyterian Health Plan to present the seminars. But …

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Apr 12, 2004

DeLay’s “Dangerous Pattern”

Jimmy Carter “expressed hope this week for ‘some peaceful resolution of the war’ in Iraq.” That made Tom DeLay mad. “I’m just glad President Carter wasn’t in charge after Valley Forge, Bull Run or Pearl Harbor,” Mr. DeLay said in a blistering statement issued today. “President Carter should understand that appeasement isn’t an option, and the only `peaceful settlement’ to this war will be America’s victory.” He continued: The majority leader, known for not mincing words, said Mr. Carter’s …

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Apr 12, 2004

New Yorker on Abuse of Statistics

The New Yorker knocks down the “ok, but everybody lies” defense: Statistical expediency and fiscal obfuscation have become hallmarks of this White House. In the past three years, the Bush Administration has had the Bureau of Labor Statistics stop reporting mass layoffs. It shortened the traditional span of budget projections from ten years to five, which allowed it to hide the long-term costs of its tax cuts. It commissioned a report on the aging of the baby boomers, then …

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Apr 12, 2004

Ivins on DeLay

If you still need to be caught up on GOP House Leader Tom DeLay’s Texas fundraising tribulations, there’s no funner way to learn than from Molly Ivins: One of the saddest pieces of evidence in the case, found by the Texas Observer, is a memo from a fund-raising trip to Houston taken by a TRMPAC staffer, Susan Lilly. In 5 1/2 hours, she met with six Houston energy and finance executives. TRMPAC and TAB were coordinating the campaign to …

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Apr 11, 2004

A Question to the Group

Kevin Drum over at Washington Monthly saw the same brief statement from the President that I did, and had a similar reaction.  I won’t go through everything he said, but he concludes with this remark: By the way, my guess is that the entire reason the White House has been so reluctant to release the PDB can be summed up in two words: “New York.” The fact that the document specifically talks about al-Qaeda interest in “buildings in New …

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Apr 10, 2004

New Gadgetry

In the last couple days, I have added a couple of gadgets to The Stakeholder… If you would like to see the blog in a larger or smaller font, just click the links over on the left side. If you would like to get an email notification of new entries (and who doesn’t?) just put your email address into the box and we will sign you up. Are there other gadets that you folks would be interested in?

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Apr 09, 2004

NRCC fined $280,000 for Campaign Finance Law Violation

Holy crap. The NRCC just got slapped with a $280,000 fine by the FEC (for cheating during the 2000 election cycle). Here is the AP story (LA Times - free registration required). The Federal Election Commission says the NRCC transferred $500,000 in soft money to the U.S. Family Network during the primary season in 1999 to fund political ads that the NRCC should have paid for with a mix of soft money—unlimited donations from companies and others—and hard money, …

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Apr 09, 2004

Ask the DCCC - Rangel/Craine Edition

Don’t say we never did nothin’ for ya… Stakeholder Gurlll asked in the comments to our post on Bush’s Manufacturing Czar: Just wondering why the stall on the Crane-Rangel manufacturing bill? With the points Pelosi used to bolster the bill it seems like a win-win situation for both sides of the aisle. Good question. We did some checking, and - thanks to our Policy Director, (name withheld by request - she is shy -) - we have an answer …

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Apr 09, 2004

If Only They Could Vote…

It would be a landslide: Many Washington area public schools have cut back on recess and field trips to spend more time on reading and math, prompting complaints that the No Child Left Behind law has made school too much of a chore. Headlines from the future:  A generation of children, scarred by the theft of their recess in elementary school, have emerged as a powerful voting bloc that has managed to eject Republicans from all American public offices. …

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Apr 09, 2004

NRCC Shakedown

From WSJ’s Washington Wire: Illinois caterer Steve McMonagh complains he was duped by the National Republican Congressional Committee into donating $100. He says he thought it would finance a newspaper ad after a telemarketer told him he had been nominated for Bush’s Business Advisory Council. “The word Republican was not mentioned,” he insists. An NRCC spokesman said the partisan nature of such solicitations is mentioned “right off the bat.” Anybody who gives us a donation today will be nominated …

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Apr 09, 2004

Choices to Make

Perhaps the most interesting and intense showdown to emerge from the TX redistricting plan is the race between Frost (D) and Sessions (R), two incumbents thrown against eachother.  The GOP assumption, and many bought into this, was that Sessions would have a cakewalk.  But the pundits and analysts that be have pretty much all recently re-called the race as a toss-up.  And when Frost implies in his blog ads that there is no better way to stick it to …

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Apr 08, 2004

Ill-logic

Dan Froomkin, who writes the quasi-blog column for the Washington Post, has a good one today entitled “Where’s the President?”  He discusses the reaction to the strange demand that the President will only appear before the 9/11 Commision alongside Cheney (see our post on Nancy Pelosi’s statement), which includes the following quotes: CNN’s Bill Schneider: “It’s raising some damaging questions about whether or not George Bush knows enough to testify on his own or whether he’s dependent on Vice …

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Apr 08, 2004

Pelosi on Manufacturing Czar

Link: Washington, D.C.—House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement by the Bush Administration that it intended to nominate California businessman Al Frink to serve as ‘manufacturing czar’: “President Bush hasn’t created a single manufacturing job over the past three years, and 1 million jobs have been sent overseas since the beginning of his Administration.  Today, the Administration finally managed to create one more job by appointing a new ‘manufacturing czar’—a position that took …

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Apr 08, 2004

Trudat

Rasmussen Reports: Wednesday April 07, 2004—If the Congressional elections were held today, forty-four percent (44%) of Likely Voters say they would vote for a Democrat and 34% for a Republican. That 10-point edge matches the Democrat’s biggest lead of the year. While 79% of Democrats say they will vote for a Democrat in Congress and 75% of Republicans say they will vote for their party, the big difference comes from unaffiliated voters. Among these voters, Democrats are preferred for …

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Apr 07, 2004

Rep. Jan Schakowsky wins Roll Call’s “Speakerology”!

Proving its might yet again, the Blogosphere pushed Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL9) to the top in the Roll Call “Speakerology” (registration required) contest. Thanks to loads of votes from the Blogs, she smacked down GOP Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO7) by almost 3 to 1. Blunt, however, more than tripled the previous GOP record for votes in his losing effort - which was bolstered by a post on the Joplin (Mo.) Independent online news forum (according to Roll Call …

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