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Palin vs Gingrich

10:08 pm Jul. 20, 2010

We have an interesting race that has developed in the state of Georgia, where the Republican race for Governor is heading for a runoff, pitting Sarah Palin versus Newt Gingrich. Of course, Palin and Gingrich aren’t running against each other, but their candidates are.Palin threw her sharp elbows into the …

Tax Form 1099

6:41 pm Jul. 20, 2010

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about one provision in the health reform law that would require the filing of a large number of 1099 federal tax forms by all sorts of businesses. Let’s first look at the actual language that was put into the health …

Congressional Earmarks 7

6:15 pm Jul. 20, 2010

I can tell almost all of my readers are bored with earmarks, so here is another installment, this time they deal with education spending being doled out by lawmakers. These 164 home state projects total out to $153 million.As always, the project is listed, plus the amount of money, and …

Jobless Benefits Faceoff

5:27 pm Jul. 19, 2010

Democrats will break through a Republican filibuster today and possibly send President Obama a bill to extend long term jobless benefits, ending several months of stalemate in the U.S. Senate. The magical 60th vote will come from the brand new Senator from West Virginia, Carte Goodwin, who will be sworn …

Black Panther Story

3:13 pm Jul. 19, 2010

There has been a lot of talk over the last week about how could certain people be clueless about the Black Panther Voter Intimidation case from Philadelphia.  Again, I will say, don’t be shocked by that. Talk radio took aim yesterday at Bob Schieffer of CBS for not asking the …

Congressional Earmarks 6

2:31 pm Jul. 19, 2010

This morning brings us another installment in Congressional earmarks, which some might decry as “pork barrel” spending.  This is a listing of energy and water projects from the House. As always, we list these without malice or support.  The decision as to whether this is good or wasteful spending is …

Tea Party Caucus

2:09 pm Jul. 16, 2010

The Tea Party is coming to the U.S. Congress, as Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) has moved to set up an informal Congressional Tea Party Caucus in the House. There are all kinds of Congressional caucuses, little groups of like-minded members that meet on a variety of issues, big and small.”The …

The Week Ahead

2:08 pm Jul. 16, 2010

Action in Congress will be dominated again by the Senate this week, as a new Senator takes his seat and Democrats prep for another legislative victory, this time on extended jobless benefits. Appointed on Friday by Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, 36 year old Carte Goodwin will be sworn …

Congressional Earmarks 5

1:30 pm Jul. 16, 2010

Let’s kick off this week with yet another installment of earmarks, or home state spending projects backed by lawmakers.  These are housing-related earmarks in the pipeline in the House. There are 162 of these, sprinkling housing money around the country for a variety of projects, totaling $88 million – about …

The Next Step

9:15 pm Jul. 15, 2010

It was a weird moment in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the time next week that the new Senator from West Virginia will be sworn in, even before that person was named. Reid said the new Senator, who may be appointed today by …