Archive for April, 2008

Earmarker in Chief?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I have a million ideas and America can’t afford them all.
– Hillary Rodham Clinton
In what could be a foreshadowing of what is likely to come in a new Clinton Administration. the junior Senator from New York requested a jaw-dropping $2.3 billion in earmarks this year, three times more than any Senator received in the appropriations […]

Hey Al, Plan to Hire a Senate Staff?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Al Franken, head of Al Franken, Inc. - a corporation that doesn’t play by the rules, is once again passing the buck to his accountant for his multi-year tax evasion in California. Franken, one who claims that he wants to go to the Senate to look out for the working man, said, “we have […]

Enzi to Seek Third Term

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Sen. Mike Enzi announced this morning that he will in fact seek a third term. Some thought he would retire in part because he was passed over for the Chairmanship of the Finance Committee not once but twice. Instead, it appears that he is quite happy working with new Sen. John Barrasso and […]

Merkley Gets Desperate

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley, whom the DSCC recruited to challenge Sen. Gordon Smith because Steve Novick, who was already in the race, wasn’t a strong enough candidate, knows that he is in serious trouble. The writing appeared on the wall with the release of a recent SurveyUSA poll that showed him trailing Candy […]

Sen. Enzi to Announce Plans on Saturday

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Sen. Mike Enzi, the last incumbent Senator this cycle to announce his plans, has scheduled a press conference in Gillette for this Saturday to do just that. For those reading tea leaves, that could mean that he plans to retire, as his previous announcements of his candidacy were Casper. Of course there were […]

Begich Gets In

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Underscoring the need for us to replace Sen. Corruption on the ballot, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has formally entered the Alaska Senate race, giving Stevens his toughest challenge in decades. Stevens, the poster boy for Democrats’ attacks on Republican corruption, has declared his intention to seek a seventh full term. His campaign promises […]

Pot, Meet Kettle

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Recently there has been a spate of stories in Colorado attempting to establish ties between former Rep. Bob Schaffer and jailbird lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Udall campaign itself has added fuel to the fire, accusing Schaffer of having stronger ties to Abramoff than he acknowledges. Follow the money, though, and you’ll quickly find […]

Franken Owes California Too

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Apparently not satisfied with cheating New Yorkers out of workman’s compensation, Al Franken apparently also decided to cheat the state of California out of $5800 in income taxes. As with the situation in New York, Franken once again has decided to pay taxes years after the fact now that his “oversight” has been exposed […]

First Quarter Fundraising Numbers

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Here’s a look at cash on hand at the end of the first quarter:
Stevens - $1.3 million
Begich - $261,000
Sen. Wicker has thrown down the gauntlet with an unbelievable first quarter. If Musgrove ever had a chance, this may well end it.
Schaffer - $2.2 million
Udall - $4.2 million
Schaffer posted a strong quarter, raising over $1 […]

Schaffer Puts Forth Tax Plan

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer set out an agenda of tax cuts on Monday, arguing that they are needed to stimulate an unsteady economy. Among his proposals are:
Cutting the corporate income tax from 35% to 25%
Instituting an optional flat tax
Elimination of the alternative minimum tax
Restoration of the research-and-development tax credit
Reduction of the repatriation tax […]