Archive for the 'Misc.' Category

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

Renzi goes to Israel while Bush refuses

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

From McClatchy News:
The broad outlines of a diplomatic strategy to end Israel-Hezbollah fighting emerged Thursday with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling for a cease-fire and the United States announcing that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would travel to the Middle East as early as Sunday. Also, a coalition of U.S. lawmakers will go to Israel [...]

Recently in the House

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

H R 3043, the appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, went without a vote after Jeff Flake filibustered it. I mean introduced a bunch of amendments to kill earmarks. Stay tuned.

H R 2641, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations for FY 2008, passed 312 112.
Voted Yea: Renzi, [...]

BTW

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Kudos to the Tribune for suddenly covering Congress. This kind of rocks.

Navajos: We have Renzi; vote to ignore Titla and Shanker

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

From the Gallup Independent:
Navajo Nation delegates voted Monday not to listen to three-minute oral presentations from two congressional candidates during the first day of the summer session.
Democratic candidates for Congressional District 1 TV personality Mary Kim Titla and attorney Howard Shanker attended the opening day, hoping to introduce themselves to the council.

Across the country, [...]

Renzi green at home, not so much nationally

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

From Read It Here:
There aren’t too many congressmen who have low environmental scores on the national level but who score high with environmental groups at home. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) is one of the few.
“I’m glad to hear he’s a better steward in his own district,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld.
Sittenfeld, the legislative director for the League of [...]

The sad truth for you Democrats is

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Rick Renzi only has $80,000 on hand for the upcoming election (pardon me, $20,000) and near as we can tell, thats far more than anyone else in the district.
Though yall would start earlier this time. Guess not.

Hayworth used $200K in campaign funds for legal fees

Monday, July 16th, 2007

From the East Valley Tribune, which has suddenly gotten interested in Congress (this is good):
Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth has used almost $200,000 in campaign money since December to pay two law firms that are representing him in a federal investigation linked to imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Hayworth said he has not been told that he is [...]

Recently in the House

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

H R 1851, the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act, passed the House 333 83. The bill seeks to increase the number of Section 8 housing vouchers by 20,000 and increase access for rural families.
Yea: Renzi, Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva, Giffords
Nay: Franks, Shadegg, Flake

H R 2956, the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act, passed the House 223 [...]

AZ delegation responds to Iraq withdrawl bill

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

H R 2956, the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act, passed the House 223 201 on Thursday. The bill would require the Secretary of Defense to commence the reduction of the number of United States Armed Forces in Iraq to a limited presence by April 1, 2008.
Pastor, Mitchell, Grijalva and Giffords voted Yea. Renzi, Franks, [...]

Earmarks: Whos disclosing, whos not

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

According to the East Valley Tribune:

Rick Renzi refused to disclose earmark requests
Trent Franks did not respond to the group watching earmark requests
John Shadegg did not request any earmarks
Ed Pastor is listed as refused to disclose, but you can see some of his projects on his website
Harry Mitchell disclosed requests for $7 billion for 39 projects, [...]

Renzi Roundup

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Renzi has only $81,000 cash on hand as of the second quarter after raising only $118,000. [CQ, NYT - thanks K]
NRCC Chair Tom Cole syas that Renzi and Rep. John Doolittle would make good decisions at the appropriate time. [Real Clear Politics]
Renzi announces a $148,000 education grant for Chinle. [house.gov]

Quick admin note

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Went on the warpath and blocked all access to this site from Russia, Romania, Turkey, and other countries that provide no commenters and 99% of the comment spam.
If you or someone you know is unintentionally blocked, please let me know.

Renzis district shifting south

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

From the East Valley Tribune:
Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is undergoing a seismic political shift. The district, which spans more square miles than Illinois, previously was considered to be centered on Flagstaff, but Pinal County’s booming population is tilting the political center south.
Consider this: Four of five probable Democratic candidates for the 2008 U.S. House race [...]

Group blames San Pedro shortfall on Renzi rider

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

The Center for Biological Diversity issued this press release:
San Pedro River stream flow is disappearing east of Fort Huachuca at the Charleston gage for the third straight year and for the third time since measurements began in 1904. Charleston gage stream flow is the most sensitive indicator of the health of the San Pedro River [...]