Chris Prevatt

Poor, poor, Gonzales

Republicans, many of whom seem too dense to comprehend the damage he’s inflicting on the Justice Department, express sympathy for the attorney general’s ordeal. By Joe Conason / Salon.com May 11, 2007 | If the House Judiciary Committee session Thursday starring Alberto Gonzales produced few revelations about the suspicious dismissal of eight (or nine or…

Signing statement could lead to lawsuit

Earlier this month I wondered in a post why the “Decider in Chief” didn’t just sign the Iraq War funding bill and issue a signing statement saying he wouldn’t follow the timelines. I get it now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is threatening to take President Bush to court if he issues a signing statement…

Pelosi: ‘Benchmarks Without Consequences and Enforcement are Meaningless’

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement Thursdayday in response to President Bush’s remarks on the war in Iraq, in which he said he would accept benchmarks: The President has long said he supports benchmarks; what he fails to accept is accountability for failing to meet those benchmarks.  Benchmarks without consequences and…

Spitzer Opposes Downsizing…

At least when it applies to him. Red County’s all a buzz, and Jubal’s panties are all in a bunch, over Assemblymember Spitzer’s assignment of new quarters.  It seems that Speaker Nunez needed to assign larger quarters to a member with a larger staff than Spitzer.  So to that end, Spitzer was downsized to smaller…

OC HIV/AIDS services targeting minorities in jeopardy

On April 15, 2007 I posted on the final resolution of the Orange County Health Care Agency’s mismanagement of federal HIV/AIDS funding targeting minority populations, Getting Away With Fraud. I found this report from Raw Story about the suspension of funding for HIV/AIDS services targeting miniority populations. The delay in funding these programs has a direct…

Time to stand up for small business in Garden Grove

Wal-Mart’s destructive impact on communities is well- documented. Local competition is driven out, noise and traffic increases, and local governments and taxpayers get a raw deal. Wal-Mart is planning to open a 170,000-sq. ft. supercenter at Chapman Avenue and Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove and the only thing standing in their way is the City…

An economic boost from public pensions

This from the Orange County Register on Saturday. An economic boost from public pensions Investment earnings – so far – have eased the cost to taxpayers. Saturday, May 5, 2007 By MARY ANN MILBOURN THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Even though government workers cost the state money when they retire, the money they spend from their…