It’s Veteran’s Day…
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Special session for ethics?
- Institute a Total Gift Ban with NO Special Loopholes – That’s right. No more $250 per day from lobbyists. No more free football tickets.
- Tough Conflict of Interest Rules for State Legislators – No spending discretionary funds to benefit your employer or lobbying fellow legislators to benefit your employer.
- Ban Unregulated PAC-to-PAC Transfers – No exceptions for political parties or legislative caucuses.
- Cap Campaign Contributions from Individuals, PACs, Unions and Political Parties – $5000 per election for individuals, $10,000 for PACs and unions, and $50,000 for political parties.
Require Indicted Public Officials to Step Aside – This is coupled with allowing a public official acquitted of ethics or corruption charges to recover damages if they can show the charges were wrongfully brought, with the potential to hold the prosecutor personally liableI don’t like this one. Innocent till guilty, blah blah blah
- Extend Lobbying Registration Requirements to Executive Branch Lobbying – Treat them just like lobbyists for the legislative branch.
Believe it or not, this probably cost him the Democratic nomination for Governor.
Everyone is mad at the debt panel…
A White House commission laid out a sweeping proposal to cut the federal budget deficit by hundreds of billions a year by targeting sacrosanct areas of U.S. tax and spending policy, such as Social Security benefits, middle-class tax breaks and defense spending.The preliminary plan in its current form would end or cap a wide range of breaks relied on by the middle class—including the deduction for home-mortgage interest. It would tax capital gains and dividends at the higher rates now levied on wage income. To compensate, one version of the plan would dramatically lower and simplify individual rates, to 9%, 15% and 24%.
For businesses, the controversial plan would significantly lower the corporate tax rate—from a current top rate of 35% to as low as 26%—but also eliminate a number of deductions. It would make permanent the research and development tax credit.
“Before anybody starts shooting down proposals, we need to listen, gather up all the facts, and be straight with the American people,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference Thursday in Seoul, where he attending a Group of 20 nations summit, when presented with a statement from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the commission chairmen’s recommendations are “simply unacceptable.”
Earmarks would be banned…
Congressional earmarks—provisions inserted into legislation for lawmakers’ pet projects—would be banned permanently, saving $16 billion.
What would that mean for The Tennessee Valley?
Despite the raft of spending cuts and changes to the tax code, it would still take until 2037 to balance the budget entirely.
How far are we from here…
At 7 we will continue the Sarah Palin hatefest…
Not Saint Sarah! Her worshipers will cry.
But Spence Bachus is right on the money…
“Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
He of coursed hedged after that when called on it.
Questioned about those comments on Tuesday, a spokesman for Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama said the remarks had been taken out of context but didn’t retract them.
“Congressman Bachus, like other political observers, said that seats in states like Delaware and Nevada could have been won by stronger candidates and that’s a lesson going forward,” Bachus spokesman Tim Johnson was quoted telling CNN.
There are two rules for GOP politicos…
- Don’t criticize Rush Limbaugh
- Don’t criticize Sarah Palin
And in reality it’s only sort of about Palin, it is also about the more irrational parts of the conservative movement. Which she represents.
Open meeting laws are important and it appears the Huntsville City School Board broke them…
Despite campaign pledges to the contrary, the new Huntsville school board is already struggling with transparency.
Last month, shortly after the city elections, three members of the new board were observed discussing board business in a private meeting at O’Charley’s’ restaurant.
Then, earlier this month, state Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, fired off a letter to the board. He argued the board broke a three-year-old promise to build a new elementary school in northwest Huntsville.
Instead of owning what they did was questionable, they tried to find a technicality…
All three say Blair had not been officially sworn in yet as the new representative of east Huntsville’s District 2.
“Iwas not on the board,” said Blair. “We got together as friends.”
“We didn’t think this one out,” said Birney. “But I think legally we were OK.”
But that’s not necessarily the case. State law states that public officials elected, but not yet seated, count toward a private meeting. That starts the day the election results are certified.
Why are they imporant?
They keep the elected leaders from making backroom deals and then coming into a meeting and voting without discussion.