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Pelosi to tour AZ VA center

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Nancy Pelosi will be in Phoenix on Wednesday to tour the VA medical center with Ed Pastor and Harry Mitchell, the Business Journal reports.

Mitchell on KJZZ tomorrow

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Harry Mitchell will be on KJZZ from 11-12 tomorrow, so call in those questions or leave a comment here.

Flake still trying to cull franking

Monday, August 13th, 2007

From the East Valley Tribune:
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., serving his fourth term, is trying to increase the pain for House members who send mass mailers that serve the purpose of campaign mail.
Flake recently introduced legislation that would require members of the House to include a line on their mass mailers that states how much they [...]

Renzi gets worst Cook rating among Republicans

Monday, August 13th, 2007

From related news in Kansas:
Earlier this week, famous political progrnosticator, Charlie Cook, released his quarterly House ratings, forecasting that both Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore would likely face competitive races.
Nancy Boyda, despite the fact that she back-tracked on her independent campaign promises and accepted national Democratic money, was designated as a lean Democrat seat, the [...]

Novak: Pelosi pushed Pastor aside

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Robert Novak:
REPUBLICANS RETURNING to the House floor on Friday morning Aug. 3 after their walkout the night before were surprised to find as presiding officer the Democrat they call “King Corruption”: Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, master of earmarks and backroom deals.
Rep. Ed Pastor, a 64-year-old eight-term Democrat from Phoenix, Ariz., who is affable and [...]

Grijalva troubled by new wiretap legislation

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

From a statement:
I am disappointed that the Congress has rewarded the fear and smear tactics of the Bush Administration by passing this seriously flawed legislation. Decisions regarding such important matters should not be made in rush to
judgment.
This President has made it clear that he does not feel bound by either the law or the [...]

Giffords supports spirit of mining reform bill

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

From the Arizona Daily Star:
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords supports in spirit a bill that would reform the 1872 Mining Act, spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Tuesday.
About two weeks ago, Giffords deferred commenting on the bill until she had time to study the issue. The bill would make mining companies pay royalties and would increase lease rates [...]

Laura Pastor taps fathers donors

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

From AzCentral:
The daughter of a U.S. congressman who is running for Phoenix City Council has reaped thousands of dollars in contributions from people and companies who also donate to her father.
Laura Pastor has taken money from employees and lobbyists for timber companies, cattle ranches, airlines and mines, which are industries that her father, Rep. Ed [...]

Mitchell defends spy vote; cites Gonzales

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The Business Journal reports that Harry Mitchell is getting heat for crossing over and voting with the GOP on expanding a surveillance bill:
Mitchell spokesman Seth Scott defended the vote on the Foreign Intelligence Security Act. While far from perfect, the new FISA law is a temporary compromise that limits Alberto Gonzales unilateral authority and provides [...]

Republic profiles Mitchell again

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Congress is more or less like the textbooks Harry Mitchell uses to teach, reports the Republic. Except for some things.
If you went there with the idea that, Im going in there and change this or stop this and start that, you might be disappointed, he said. But Ive been involved politically and worked with enough [...]

Franks floor speech supporting the Protect America Act

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Trent Franks supports the Protect America Act, which increases the ability to eavesdrop on foreign nationals without a warrant:
“Mr. Speaker, over the past three decades, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has become increasingly archaic, and our intelligence community has been inhibited from acting with speed and agility to conduct necessary surveillance of foreign targets. [...]

Flake introduces bill to block earmarks to states with bad bridges

Monday, August 6th, 2007

From Jeff Flakes website:
Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today announced that he plans to introduce legislation that will prevent states with deficient bridges from receiving transportation earmarks that are not directly related to transportation, such as bike paths, transportation museums, parking lots, and road beautification projects. Many of the more than [...]

CRs want answers on Mitchell vote change

Monday, August 6th, 2007

A statement from the Arizona College Republicans:
During the controversial session of the House of Representatives on August 2nd, [Harry] Mitchell was one of four House Democrats to change his vote on live television on an amendment to an agriculture spending bill that would have barred illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded benefits. The Congressman changed his [...]

Flake: We tend to blame lobbyists too much

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Jeff Flake writes for The Hills blog:
There are holes in the ethics bill. We have seen it play out already this year. When the chairman of the Appropriations Committee certifies that a bill is earmark free when there are clearly earmarks in the bill, there is a problem. This bill will not address that. The [...]

Recently in the House

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

HR 3222, Defense appropriations for FY08, passed 395 13 with everyone in Arizona voting Yea.

S 1927, the Protect America Act, which would expand the governments abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States, passed 227 183.
Yea: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake
Nay: Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords

H [...]

Hey Craig, this is for you

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

From Bloomberg:
It baffles me how people can complain bitterly about Halliburton and no-bid contracts and then lard up a bill with literally thousands of earmarks to companies when thats all they are no-bid contracts, says Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, referring to criticism of the Bush administrations sole-source contract with the Houston-based company [...]

Pastor, Grijalva sponsor bill to impeach Gonzales

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

H Res 589: Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. Sponsored by Jay Inslee of Virginia, cosponsored by Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva.
Neither has signed onto this one, yet.

All hell breaks loose in House, Shadegg condemns vote

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Part of the Agriculture bill was deemed to have failed by Democrats, though Republicans said it passed:
Throughout the day, Republicans filed procedural motions to protest a “stolen” vote that occurred Thursday night.
The vote at issue, which would have prevented illegal immigrants from receiving some government benefits, was gaveled closed at 214-214, according to Democrats. However, [...]

McCain supports new non-comprehensive immigration bill

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

From the Washington Post:
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesnt include a path to citizenship.
The move away from a comprehensive measure is an about-face for the Arizona senator, who had been a leading GOP champion of a bill that included a [...]

Childrens Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Lots of statements coming out about the Childrens Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007, which passed the House today. The bill reauthorizes SCHIP, which with new additions from tobacco taxes would provide health coverage to 11 million uninsured children.

Harry Mitchell [Yea]: As a teacher, I know how kids without adequate health care miss too [...]