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John Murtha and Corruption

December 14, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

Check out Ken Silverstein's recent article from Harper's magazine to hear about John Murtha (D-PA) partying with his beneficiaries. A recent article in the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal alleges that Murtha is one of Congress' least ethical members. Reportedly he is infamous with his colleagues for wheeling and dealing in earmarks, trading votes in exchange for secretly funding his and his allies' pet projects. Rep. Nancy Pelosi's endorsement of Murtha for House Majority Leader bid br...

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December 14, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/node/1567/599 > Every day there are new rumors about what Congress will and will not > do, but it appears that we have a specific opportunity to open up > Congress in the first few months of the next year. The Democratic > Leadership has announced that it is going to spend a week of floor > time allowing members 15 minutes each to propose parcels of a > transparency and reform Agenda. ...

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Executives' Plans to Cut Foreign Oil Dependency

December 13, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

A group of 16 corporate leaders have announced a plan to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil in half by 2030. The plan basically contains two main points: increase the efficiency of cars and trucks, and increase drilling off the shores of the United States. Their plan's strength is not in their ideas necessarily, but in the people who are backing them. The group consists of executives from the chemical, trucking, and airline industries, as well as prominent ex-military leaders. Hei...

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Senator Suffers Stroke

December 13, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

Democratic Senator Tim Johnson has suffered a stroke. There is no word yet on his present condition. We sincerely wish him the best in his recovery. If he were to be unable to serve as Senator, his replacement would be chosen by the Governor of South Dakota. The Governor and state legislature are Republican, and if they chose a Republican to fill his position, the Senate would be tied at 50-50. But a tie actually gives an edge to Republicans, because a deadlock vote goes to Vice-Presiden...

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House Ethics Overhaul

December 13, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

As this editorial in the Houston Chronicle points out, the bipartisan House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is proving itself time and time again as unable to actually discipline Representatives that violate the codes of conduct. Their latest failure was finding no one in violation of the rules in regards to the Foley page scandal. Their recent report concluded that "The requirement that Members and staff act at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House does not m...

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News on Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)

December 12, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

The L.A. Times just posted this article outlining some of recently re-elected Rep. Gary Miller's (R-CA) ridiculous abuses of power. Four of his former staff members are dropping the inside scoop on the day to day around the office on what some are calling one of Congress' most corrupt members. "There was never a clear line in the office between what was congressional business and what was just business," one former aide said. "The expectation was that you would do both." My favo...

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One Final Lame Duck Attempt at Offshore Drilling

November 28, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

Word has it that when Congress comes back on December 4th they are going to try and pass an offshore drilling bill. Offshore drilling would not get the support in needed to pass in the upcoming Democratic Congress, so the current Republican-led Congress is going to have to work fast to make this happen. There are two bills up for consideration, one from each chamber of Congress, that would end a 25 year moratorium on drilling off the coast of the U.S. Both bills have passed the chamber that th...

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Incoming Appropriations committee chairmen Robert Byrd and David Obey laid out their plan for dealing with the 9 (of 11) spending bills left behind by the GOP-led Congress. The plan is basically to keep funding levels where they are at for the rest of the fiscal year, eliminate earmarks entirely, and use some of the money that was taken up by earmarks to increase funding where the Republican budget plan was skimping out: education, health research, and law enforcement. This could potentially ...

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