Dan Chmielewski

Budget Passes

Please see this link for more details; the assembly passed the budget late last night and it goes to the Senate for approval. Jon Fleischman is none too pleased about it and hopes the Senate Republicans hold the line.  I could write a letter to my assemblyman Chuck DeVore, expressing my displeasure at his No…

Judge Dismisses Plame Lawsuit against Bush Administration

From AP:  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal. Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy…

The Chickenhawk Generation

Max Blumenthal is fearless.  The filmmaker recently went to Arlington National Cemetary to pay tribute to recently fallen war dead from Iraq.  And then we went over to a convention of College Republicans in Arlington; while all support the war in Iraq, few are willing to fight it, hence the phrase “chickenhawk.”  Here is his…

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…