Dan Chmielewski

We’re Whores?

Jon Flesichman has a post on the state budget where he gets two distinct things totally wrong. First off, Jon shows a chart that compares the proposed budget with what he says is last year’s budget.  But the chart’s “last year’s budget numbers are really budget numbers from two years ago. Simple mistake.  I’ve made those…

Pelosi–Senate Republicans Obstruct the Will of the American People

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that would have responsibly redeployed our troops in Iraq: “Most Senate Republicans continue to obstruct Democratic efforts to force a new direction in Iraq, instead choosing to…

The Republican War on Education

It seems Republicans continue to hold up the new state budget in hopes of cutting about $400 million from education. See this excerpt from the LA Times:  Republican legislative leaders, vowing to block passage of a state budget until Democrats agree to more spending cuts, have proposed in secret talks to slash $400 million from…

A Note from Frank Barbaro

All the attacks on our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and our civil liberties by the Bush administration are reprehensible. The attack on the principal of habeas corpus stands out as particularly alarming because of its fundamental place in the constellation of civil liberties in our nation. Senate Amendment 2022, also known as the Specter-Leahy…

Watching Too Much O’Reilly

Mike Spence over at the Flash Report is someone I actually enjoy reading.  He usually sticks to the facts without dipping into name-calling.  Until yesterday’s post about “Jet Blue and Useful Idiots.”  Mike writes: The YearlyKos Convention is a collection of leftwing kooks and spoon benders that represent the real crazy part of the Democratic…

Senate is Open All Night

Got this via Dr. Dean at DNC.  Senator Reid is right on this one.  Let them filibuster.  It’s going to be a long night for the U.S. Senate. Senate Republicans are threatening to filibuster a bill by Senators Levin and Reed that would require President Bush to begin troop withdrawal within 120 days, with most…

AB 43 Passes the State Senate

State Rep. Mark Leno’s bill, AB 43, that would effectively permit marriages between two consenting adults, has passed the state Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature. The LA Times had a terrific front page story in Monday’s edition that described a gay couple, one American and one Australian, denied the opportunity to obtain a…