Archive for the 'General' Category

Trent Franks hangin with Daisy Duke, who snubs the President

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

From the Business Journal of Phoenix:
Franks, a conservative Republican, and [Jessica] Simpson are both supporters of a nonprofit medical group that provides free surgeries to poor children with cleft lips and palettes who live in Third World and other countries.
Simpson and Franks will be appearing together in Washington, D.C., on Thursday at a press conference []

Renzi wants BIA title operations turned over to tribes

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

From Indian Country:
Tribes could gain control over the BIAs title process, eliminating a major roadblock to Native homeownership.
Thats the prospect Rep. Rick Renzi put before tribal housing officials at the National American Indian Housing Councils recent legislative conference, saying he was going to call the BIA in on the carpet over its notoriously slow []

Large chunk of AZ delegation breaks with House over Dubai ports

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

The newest emergency supplemental appropriations bill was debated on the floor today. The first amendment of the bill to come to the floor proposed allowing leases and contracts by Dubai Ports World.
The amendment failed 38-377. But check this out:
Voted Yea (to allow Dubai to lease US ports): Franks, Shadegg, Flake, Kolbe
Nay (to prohibit): Renzi, []

Renzi: Go to the states to fight illegal immigration

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

From the Republic:
Some members of Congress, though, would like to see the states doing even more, with federal financing. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., has proposed setting up state units that would work with federal and local authorities to add manpower near the border.
In Arizona alone, he envisions 5,000 to 10,000 people in the unit []

Al-Qaida: Some AZ Congress members are tools of Israel

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

A recent threat from Al-Qaida, reported in Plugged In:
O you helpless Americans, especially those living in States far away from Washington, D.C.! Your country is comprised of many States that should not have anything to do with Muslims. Take the State of Arizona for example; what does this State have to do with killing Muslims in []

Mitchell to make formal announcement in April

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

From the Republic:
After more than three decades in city and state elected offices, Democratic state Sen. Harry Mitchell has decided to try for Congress with a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
Mitchell disclosed his plans Monday and said he will make a formal announcement in April. He is in his eighth year as a []

Mitchell in

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Hearing that Harry Mitchell is in. Announcement tomorrow.

Kolbe: Money may be scarce for AIDS Global Fund

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Jim Kolbe, traditional champion of funding anti-AIDS efforts, acknowledged that [b]udget resources across government are scarce and difficult decisions will need to be made.
The U.S. will not be able to meet its goals for treating and preventing HIV worldwide if Congress fails to meet the administrations fiscal year 2007 funding request for the Presidents []

Want a leadership position? Raise more money

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Just in case you were still unclear about how Washington works a new article from The Hill:
[RSC Chairman Mike] Pence has been mentioned as a possible leadership candidate in future years, but a knock against him, as against Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) during his bid to be majority leader, is that he does not []

Republicans revel in Jackson dropout, Dem recruitment failure

Monday, March 13th, 2006

From Cybercast News Service:
In Arizona, the top Democratic challenger for Republican Congressman Rick Renzis seat dropped out of the race last week because he could not raise enough money to compete, press reports said. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was pinning its hopes on Jack Jackson Junior. Several other Democrats are running for the []

Renzi opponent releasing platform

Monday, March 13th, 2006

From a statement:
Democratic Congressional candidate Mike Caccioppoli today confirmed that he will be holding a press conference on Friday, March 17, 2006 inside the Coconino County Democratic Party headquarters at 4 South San Francisco Street, Suite 4, in Flagstaff. The press conference will begin promptly at 2:00pm local time. A press release covering []

Grijalva: Censure the president

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva releases the following statement concerning the censure resolution by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI):
I support Senator Russ Feingolds resolution to censure the President of the United States.
Todays resolution reflects the mood of the American people who are demanding accountability from the President. This situation demands that the Democratic leadership speak strongly []

CQ changes CD1 race rating to Safe Republican

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

Democrat Jack Jackson Jr.’s decision to drop his House bid in Arizona’s 1st District left his party without a clear front-runner for the Sept. 12 primary — and underscored two-term Republican Rep. Rick Renzis increasing domination of a district drawn specifically to host competitive races.
The development has prompted to change its Election Forecaster []

CD5: Prepare for a relentless, nonstop, 24/7 campaign

Friday, March 10th, 2006

From the AP (via the Republic, story originated at the East Valley Tribune):
Democratic Sen. Harry Mitchell is considering challenging Republican J.D. Hayworth for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mitchell, also chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, has served in municipal and state government for more than 30 years, but the former Tempe mayor and []

Reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy Act

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Roll call vote today on the reauthorization of the National Drug Control Policy Act it passed (unsurprisingly) by a margin of 399-5. Everyone in the AZ delegation voted for it except Flake, who was recorded as not voting. Flake voted in all other roll calls today, was one of only two House members who voted []

Franks, Flake speak in favor of Contract with America budget

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Congressmen Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) held a press conference introducing a budget based on the 1995 Contract With America. The RSCs Budget is posted online here. There was a core group of Republican congressmen and congresswomen there supporting the budget. Reps Pence, Hensarling, Trent Franks, Jeff Flake, Marlilyn Musgrave, Phil Gingrey, Tom []

Renzi criticizes Napolitano over National Guard move

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

From The Republic:
Governor Napolitano has made passing the buck a political art form, consistently talking tough but taking little action and blaming the federal government, Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz, said in a statement. Yet when the Legislature takes action requiring the governor to take a stand, she vetoes their legislation. This might work for politicians []

Expert: Renzi almost guaranteed win with Jackson gone

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

From The Republic:
The top Democratic challenger for U.S. Rep. Rick Renzis seat has dropped out of the race, saying he couldnt raise money fast enough to compete.
That gives Renzi, the two-term Republican congressman representing Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation, a near certainty of re-election in the fall, according to one political scientist.
Going into this I []

Mitchell may, in fact, run against Hayworth

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

From the Business Journal of Phoenix:
Harry Mitchell chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party and a state senator representing South Scottsdale and Tempe is seriously considering challenging Republican Congressman J.D. Hayworth in this years elections.
Mitchell, the former mayor of Tempe said he will make a final decision on a congressional run by the []

Kolbe refuses to vote to block Dubai ports deal

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

From Reuters:
A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to block an Arab-owned company from managing American ports, defying President George W. Bush who has vigorously supported the deal.
By a vote of 62-2, the House Appropriations Committee approved a measure to stop the state-owned United Arab Emirates company Dubai Ports World from managing []