Archive for the 'Rick Renzi' Category

AZ-1, the least-represented district in Congress

Monday, January 5th, 2009

AZCentral takes a parting look at the tenure of outgoing Rep. Rick Renzi, including:
Over the last three years, Renzis effectiveness as a legislator declined dramatically, according to, a public-service Web site that said Renzis power ranking among fellow congressmen plunged from 84th in 2005 to 435th, or least influential in the House, during 2008.

Arizona tops for absenteeism thanks to Renzi, McCain

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Arizona Capitol Times:

Among Arizona’s 10-member congressional delegation, Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi — both for different reasons — missed the most votes in the 110th Congress, according to a report by Congressional Quarterly.
Renzi, who has spent much of his time with attorneys fighting various felony charges of corruption, voted 83 percent of [...]

Renzi lawyers accuse feds of leaks

Friday, December 5th, 2008

A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi on Friday accused the Justice Department of leaking information on an investigation of the Arizona congressman so he would talk about it on a wiretapped cell phone.
Renzi attorney Reid Weingarten told Magistrate Bernardo Velasco in Tucson that the leaks to media amount to misconduct. A prosecutor [...]

Renzi prosecution unconstitutional?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The legal staff for the U.S. House of Representatives has challenged the constitutionality of the Justice Departments prosecution of retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, effectively aligning with Renzis defense.
The House counsel, in a friend-of-the-court brief, said federal prosecutors and the FBI repeatedly violated the Constitutions speech or debate clause, which grants members of Congress protections [...]

Whats new with Rick Renzi

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Nothing. declares CD1 one of eight open seats that GOP is in danger of losing.

Renzi wont run again

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

As is commonly known by now, Rick Renzi is not going to run in 2008. CD1 will be an open seat.
Im taking a break from the site as fun as Congress watching is, I cant do it every day anymore. Trust that I am not getting disinterested or lazy, or have become complacent with a [...]

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 [...]

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

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All AZ House members vote to lift Canadian drug ban

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Republicans and Democrats alike in the House and especially in Arizona voted down a Big Pharm supported amendment to keep a ban on importing cheaper medications. Everyone gets a gold star.
Voted Aye: Nobody
Voted No: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Pastor, Mitchell, Flake, Grijalva, Giffords
In the Senate, Jon Kyl opposes lifting the ban.

Today in the House

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Youve seen some of these bills before theyre being voted on with Senate amendments. Theres a lot of legislation getting crammed through this week before Congress takes a break until after Labor Day. So.
H R 1495, the Water Resources Development Act, passed its Conference Report 381 40. Renzi and the Democrats voted to [...]

GOP head: We can keep Renzis seat

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

From the Business Journal:
The head of Republican national congressional election efforts hopes the GOP can retain embattled Flagstaff Congressman Rick Renzis seat despite the incumbents legal troubles, as well as mount strong bids to regain two Arizona seats that jumped to the Democrats in 2006
National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., pointed to Congress [...]

Renzi announces fire grants for Eloy, Snowflake

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The Snowflake Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving $53,599 in federal funds, while the Eloy Fire District will be receiving $39,520, Rick Renzi announced on his website.

9/11 Commission recommendations cleared for White House

Monday, July 30th, 2007

The House passed the conference report to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission here was the final vote on the bill on Friday:
Yea: Franks, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Renzi, Shadegg, Flake

$405 million for SCAAP

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

The House voted 281-142 to increase funds to states that have to deal with incarcerating illegal immigrants. The approved amount of $405 million was a $164 million increase over current levels, but seems far short of previous levels set for the program, which the Administration has tried unsuccessfully to end

Farm bill passes; Flake Fairness Amendment fails

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

H.R. 2419, the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act, passed the House 231 191.
Aye: Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords
No: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake
Jeff Flake called the bill bloated and said that the prospects of this Congress enacting any kind of meaningful reform of any important issue are dim. His amendment with Ron Kind of Wisconsin [...]

Today in the House: Industrial waste, permanent bases in Iraq

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

H CON RES 187, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the dumping of industrial waste into the Great Lakes, passed the House 387 26 2.
Voted Yea: Renzi, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Voted Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 2929, To limit the use of funds to establish any military installation or base for the purpose [...]

Titla ramps it up

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Not to be forgotten in the wake of a rivals well-covered entrance, Mary Kim Titla gets profiled in the Eastern Arizona Courier:
I believe I can do better as a leader in Arizona’s First Congressional District. My platform will focus on children. If children are struggling or suffering in some way, our communities, state and nation [...]

AZGOP expecting Renzi to run again

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

CQ has a piece on the CD1 race, now that Ann Kirkpatrick has announced. This was interesting:
Renzi so far appears to be keeping his plans mainly to himself. “We probably know as much as you do right now. Rick Renzi’s still a congressman, he hasn’t let us know what his intentions are,” said Brett Mecum, [...]

Kirkpatrick announces bid for CD1

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

From a statement:
State Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Flagstaff), a lifelong resident of Arizonas first Congressional District, today announced her candidacy for the 1st Congressional District.
I am excited to bring Arizonas tradition of success to Washington. We need to restore integrity and dedicated representation to the people of the First District, said Kirkpatrick. Corruption and dishonesty have [...]

The secret lives of Congressmen

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Before he was a United States Representative, Rick Renzi had a stint as a bodyguard for Jerry Jeff Walker, the Jimmy Buffet of Texas, reports Roll Call