Archive for the 'Jim Kolbe' Category

Kolbe cleared of camping-trip wrongdoing

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Old news, but still needs posting. From the Guardian (UK):
Justice Department investigators have absolved former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe of wrongdoing in his relationships with House pages, Kolbe says.
In a statement Wednesday, Kolbe and his Washington lawyers said they received notice Tuesday that investigators had completed their work on the preliminary inquiry opened by federal [...]

$42 million finally allocated for new port of entry with Mexico

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

From the Yuma Sun:
The federal government has earmarked $42 million to build a new port of entry for commercial trucks at San Luis, ending a yearslong effort to fund the project.
The new port of entry is expected to ease the process of increasing truck traffic in southwestern Arizona. The facility will be built five miles [...]

Club for Growth releases rankings

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

The conservative Club for Growth released their Congressional Scorecard today. Jeff Flake and John Shadegg tied for number 1 (overall score: 100) with Trent Franks very close behind (98). Other rankings:
Rick Renzi 51
Ed Pastor 9
JD Hayworth 81
Raul Grijalva 4
Jim Kolbe 57
Tags: Club for Growth, congressional rankings, arizona delegation, [...]

Grijalva 3rd most liberal in House

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The National Journal has released its voter ratings for 2006. (Heres last years AZCW post.) The findings:

Raul Grijalva is the third-most liberal member of the House, up from 21st.
Trent Franks has been DETHRONED! The former Most Conservative Member of the House is now 37th. Still the most conservative member of our delegation.
Jeff Flake scores only [...]

Grijalva receives perfect score from Humane Society

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Raul Grijalva was the only member of the Arizona delegation to receive a 100 percent score on the Humane Societys 2006 legislative report card. Other scores:
John McCain: 40
Jon Kyl: 40
Rick Renzi: 56
Trent Franks: 42
John Shadegg: 14
Ed Pastor: 42
J.D. Hayworth: 70
Jeff Flake: 0
Raul Grijalva: 100
Jim Kolbe: 14

Taxpayers Union releases annual scores; Flake comes out on top

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The National Taxpayers Union has released their scores for the second 109th Congress (2006) heres how our former delegation did (compared with the year before). Franks, Flake, Shadegg and Hayworth all received Friend of the Taxpayer honors.


AZ-01 Rick Renzi

AZ-02 Trent Franks

AZ-03 John Shadegg

AZ-04 Ed Pastor

AZ-05 J.D. Hayworth

AZ-06 Jeff Flake

AZ-07 Raul Grijalva

AZ-08 Jim Kolbe


John McCain

Jon Kyl

Kolbe working at DC think-tank, will teach at U of A

Monday, February 19th, 2007

From the AP:
Jim Kolbe may have stepped into retirement from the U.S. House, but his workaholic days are about to continue.
Kolbe just left Congress after 11 terms and has begun working at a Washington-based think tank. As a senior trans-Atlantic fellow, hell focus on trade, aid and migration issues. He also will do strategic consulting [...]

AZ congress all-stars coming to ASU

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Come see J.D. Hayworth, John Shadegg, Jim Kolbe, John Shadegg and Dennis DeConcini at ASUs Kerr Cultural Center. Lectures are weekly beginning Feb. 7 and start at 10 a.m. More info here.
Tags: asu, goldwater series, j.d. hayworth, john shadegg, jim kolbe, dennis deConcini

Kolbe seeks to use campaign funds for legal aid

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

From the Republic:
Retired Rep. Jim Kolbe is asking federal election officials if he can use his unspent campaign cash to pay legal bills related to congressional and Justice Department inquiries into a rafting trip he took with two underage former male pages and others in 1996.
A hearing has been set Thursday before the Federal Election [...]


Monday, January 1st, 2007

The Tucson Citizen has some advice:
U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe: Resolve to take it easy. You deserve that after 22 years in that squirrel cage known as the U.S. House. Thanks for all you did and thanks for what you tried to do but were foiled.
Killing the penny? Keeping mobile immigration checkpoints out of Southern AZ? [...]

Kolbe: Coming out most gratifying thing that ever happened to me

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Jim Kolbe talks with the Washington Blade about life, the universe, and retiring:
On being out in Congress: My strongest contributions were simply standing up and talking about these issues on the floor, in caucuses and when it came up for debate Theres something to be said for speaking up for equality.
On the proposed marriage protection [...]

Report clears Kolbe, but raises questions

Monday, December 11th, 2006

An 89-page House ethics committee report into the scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foleys graphic e-mails to male congressional pages devotes at least four pages to Kolbe.
The panel concluded that Kolbe, 64, did not violate any House rule or standard of conduct in his handling of a former pages complaint in 2001 about a Foley [...]

Last House roll call votes of the 109th

Monday, December 11th, 2006

All taken before Sine Die adjournment on 12/8:
Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to serious adverse event reporting for dietary supplements and nonprescription drugs, and for other purposes. Passed the House 203 98.
Yea: None
Nay: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Hayworth, Flake
Not voting: [...]

FBI investigating pre-election leaks about Congress members

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

The FBI has begun several internal investigations, including at least one that could result in criminal charges, over leaks to the media about public corruption probes shortly before last months elections, reports the AP. Jim Kolbe was named in the article as one of the targets whose investigation was leaked

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

H.R. 6099, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006, failed 250 162 in the House (2/3 vote required).
Yea: Renzi*, Franks*, Shadegg*, Hayworth, Flake
Nay: Pastor, Grijalva, Kolbe

Its over: Kolbes office gutted

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

The Republic paints a stark picture:
Were here to pick up your keys, said the man, his voice full of officialdom.
My keys? asked [Kolbe staffer Kevin] Dorner, appearing to be caught totally by surprise.
The keys to your office.
Moments later, two other visitors from U.S. House Support Services arrived to announce they were taking the remaining computer [...]

Nonprofit Athletic Organization Protection Act

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Rumor has it that this is going to be the last week for the 109th. Enjoy the last of the legislation:
H.R.1176 To provide immunity for nonprofit athletic organizations in lawsuits arising from claims of ordinary negligence relating to the passage, adoption, or failure to adopt rules of play for athletic competitions and practices. Failed [...]

Kolbe took nearly $40K in free trips since summer

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

From the Arizona Daily Star:
[Jim] Kolbe, a Tucson Republican who announced his retirement plans a year ago, reported visiting Turkey, Italy, Poland, England, Canada, Spain and Belgium since June — all on the dime of private groups including the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund.

Privately sponsored travel is supposed to be for official business, [...]

AZ delegation helps shoot down Vietnam trade pact

Monday, November 20th, 2006

From the Business Journal of Phoenix [Anyone else notice that Mike Sunnucks has been on the radio just about every day? Go Mike!]
Three Arizona Republicans and two Democrats were among those voting to block a proposed free trade accord between the U.S. and Vietnam.
The U.S. House of Representatives failed to muster the necessary two-thirds [...]

Underage boozing prevention bill passes House

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

H.R. 864, To provide for programs and activities [grants, more grants, national ad campaign] with respect to the prevention of underage drinking, passed the House 373 23.
Voted Yea: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Pastor, Hayworth, Grijalva*
Voted Nay: Flake, Kolbe