627 Days until Election Day
February 13, 2009
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"By turning down a position of great honor, Senator Gregg has made a bold statement for principle and responsibility today. The President’s politically charged move to place the nonpartisan census process in the hands of his staff contradicts every pledge of openness he made on the campaign trail. While the White House continues to break promises for politics, I commend Senator Gregg for acting with integrity. Senator Gregg has shown the American people the type of selfless leadership they should only hope to see from the White House."
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA)
STIMULUS SCAM CONTINUES…Nobody seems to be pointing out that Obama’s "middle class tax cut" is going to millions of people who don’t pay any taxes. That’s not a tax cut. It’s welfare. Are so few people really paying attention?
PORK BARREL SPENDING…NOT…BUT MICE ARE OK…it seems that the "stimulus package" has earmarked MILLIONS to save some mice in California…stimulating what…cheese sales? This is absurd and at some point American voters will say enough is enough. The Democrats have gone overboard!
TODAY…RNC TECH SUMMIT…Chairman Michael Steele has asked me to head up the transition Team’s effort on bringing new technologies and tactics to the RNC. We are in the process or reviewing and analyzing the current operation. We also called for a Tech Summit where we are bringing interested parties together to share ideas, make suggestions and present their perspectives of what and how we could do more. If you’re interested, join us. For more details click here.
If you can’t attend in person please send thoughts via e-mail to [email protected] and put "Tech Summit" in the subject line or call 202-863-8728.
An on-line discussion will be held.
We will also provide internet streaming video.
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR…to kick off our state convention Friday night. We will also have WJR’s Frank Beckmann there who will discuss "what media bias". All Friday night! For more information see the next paragraph.
MRP STATE CONVENTION…Just a quick note to let you know that the Michigan Republican’s website has been updated with State Convention information. For your reference in directing potential delegates to the site, the address is: http://www.migop.org/event.asp.
CPAC 2009 Timeless Principles, New Challenges…Register today for the largest gathering of conservative grassroots activists in the country! The American Conservative Union Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. The 36th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held on February 26-28, 2009.
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Dems push stimulus to Friday finish line
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 02/12/09 08:08 PM [ET]
Congress is poised to pass a $789 billion stimulus package in time to meet a self-imposed Presidents Day deadline, fulfilling President Obama’s first priority for reviving the national economy.
The House is scheduled to vote on the final version of the package Friday and Senate lawmakers said they expected a final vote in their chamber by Saturday.
Economic stimulus package on track for final votes
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Reid’s office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail might get a big chunk of the money.
Scaling back the bill to levels lower than either the $838 billion Senate measure or the original $820 billion House-passed measure caused grumbling among liberal Democrats, who described the cutbacks as a concession to the moderates, particularly Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who are feeling heat from constituents for supporting the bill.
Specter played an active role, however, in making sure $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health, a pet priority, wasn’t cut back.
Opposing view: Stop the spending sprees
Republicans support fast-acting tax relief, not Democrats’ boondoggle.
By Michael Steele
During his campaign, President Obama’s advisers promised an economic stimulus that would be "timely, targeted and temporary." It sounded pretty good. But now congressional Democrats are pushing something very different.
The legislation written by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is shortsighted, with potentially harmful long-term ramifications. What was supposed to be an immediate boost to our economy has morphed into yet another overreaching spending boondoggle. There’s no place for things like $45 million for ATV trails and government office renovations. Yet, that’s precisely the sort of unnecessary spending that Reid and Pelosi are pushing.
Shut Up, They Said
Big Labor threatens banks on ‘card check.’
FEBRUARY 13, 2009
First the political class came for the bonuses and corporate jets. Now the First Amendment?
The biggest bailout news this week wasn’t the ritual shaming of bank CEOs Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The real political cudgels were wielded in a February 10 letter that Big Labor sent to Wall and K Streets: Any business that takes a bank rescue dollar must give up its rights to free political speech and free association.
Obama faces a Cabinet setback, again
Gregg backs out; explanations don’t match
Jon Ward and David R. Sands, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his Cabinet nomination Thursday just nine days after being named commerce secretary, citing irreconcilable differences with President Obama that had left him silently erecting roadblocks to the administration’s own economic recovery package.
The New Hampshire Republican’s unexpected decision dealt a sharp blow to Mr. Obama’s efforts to create a bipartisan administration and was the latest drama in a young presidency that has suffered three other high-profile nominee withdrawals, questions about its vetting process and a flubbed banking plan that sent Wall Street reeling.
The White House defended the administration’s record but acknowledged that the latest setback might lead some to question the administration’s early competence.
Stimulus plan has $7 billion for Michigan
David N. Goodman / Associated Press
DETROIT — Michigan is in line for about $7 billion under a compromise $789 billion national stimulus plan now before Congress, according to a report from two groups that represent state governments.
About $2.27 billion of Michigan’s share would go to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled, and about $2 billion to schools.
The figures came Thursday from Federal Funds Information for States. It is a service of the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Education, arts hit hard in budget proposal
BY CHRIS CHRISTOFF
FREE PRESS LANSING BUREAU CHIEF
February 13, 2009
LANSING — Slashing $670 million from state spending, ranging from schools to the prisons to the arts, Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed a 2009-10 budget Thursday that leaves the door open to restore some cuts with federal stimulus money that neared approval in Washington.
Granholm said the federal money could nullify her proposed $59-per-pupil reduction to school districts and a 3% cut in state aid to the state’s 15 public universities.
But the federal money won’t avert an estimated 1,500 layoffs, mostly from unspecified state prisons that Granholm would close by releasing about 4,000 inmates who have served their minimum sentences and are considered a minimal public threat.
Michigan lawmakers may use federal stimulus to kill fees, cuts in Granholm’s proposed budget
by Peter Luke | Lansing Bureau
Thursday February 12, 2009, 8:35 PM
LANSING — Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s 2010 budget sets up a predictable deficit-reduction battle over spending cuts and revenue hikes that lawmakers are more than familiar with.
As soon as next week, however, she’ll offer up a second, and very unfamiliar, budget that proposes how to spend a mountain of federal cash provided through the economic stimulus package crafted by President Barack Obama and Congress.
State panel adjourns without decision on pay cut for governor, other top officials
Charlie Cain / Detroit News Lansing Bureau
February 12, 2009
LANSING — The State Officers Compensation Commission, an obscure panel that recommends the salaries paid to top elected officials, adjourned today without taking action on Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s recommendation for a 10-percent cut for herself, the lieutenant governor, lawmakers and judges.
Commission members, meeting for the first time in more than four years, said they want a legal opinion from state attorney general on the legality of including judges in the pay reduction plan. They cited a clause in the Michigan Constitution that judges’ pay can be trimmed only if all other state employees get the same reduction.
"We’ve got time…we’re dealing with people’s lives," said the Rev. James Holley, pastor of Detroit’s Little Rock Baptist Church and a member of the commission. He made the motion to table Granholm’s recommendation.
GM ducks a tax bullet in stimulus plan
by Ken Thomas | The Associated Press
Thursday February 12, 2009, 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON – General Motors Corporation would receive a tax break in the $790 billion stimulus bill after the automaker argued its government-led restructuring would unintentionally lead to at least $7 billion in tax liabilities.
General Motors, which received a $13.4 billion lifeline from the Bush administration last year, would have been required to pay additional income taxes from its government loans, potentially undermining its turnaround plan.
Lawmakers said several conditions in the Detroit company’s loan agreement with the government could trigger an "ownership change" under a law that was designed to prevent companies from merging to avoid a hefty tax bill.