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Bernie Sanders Strikes

So, right off the bat, we can see where having Bernie Sanders in the Senate makes a difference. As part of the ethics bill that was passed in the Senate, Sanders inserted an amendment that would shine some light on the political contributions flowing from big business to supporters of CAFTA. The amendment also tries […]

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Two-Faced Towns

A reader sent this along. Turns out that Rep. Ed Towns (NY-11) has caught religion when it comes to trade. Well, sort of. He has called for the cutting off of trade to India to protest discrimination against Sikhs. Apparently, Towns thinks trade should be conditioned on a country abiding by certain minimum standards. Rep. […]

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Jefferson’s Day of Reckoning

Today, we will see if the voters of Louisiana send Rep. William “I Stored $90,000 In My Freezer” Jefferson into retirement. He faces state senator Karen Carter in a run-off; both are Democrats do this does not effect the balance of power in the House. It’s kind of amusing, but telling, that Jefferson is attacking […]

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It’s Official: Dollar Bill Will Lose

I’m betting that “Dollar Bill” Jefferson will lose his seat in Congress–not on November 7th but in the run-off that he is almost certain to find himself in. He’s got 12 challengers running against him for his congressional seat in Louisiana. If no one gets a majority, under state law, there is a run-off on […]

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CAFTA 15 Who Vote For Torture

Here’s a small observation. One-third of the CAFTA 15 also voted for HR 6166, the “enemy combatant” bill: Melissa Bean, Henry Cuellar, Jim Matheson, Dennis Moore and John Tanner. Sad. Though I’d also add shame on Sherrod Brown for also voting for the horrific HR 6166–Brown has been a great fighter on trade issues and […]

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Is “Dollar Bill” Jefferson Going Down?

There might be at least one ounce of retribution taken against so-called Democrats who voted for CAFTA. In a shocker, Bill “I Keep $90,000 In My Freezer” Jefferson was denied the endorsement by state party leaders in Louisiana. In an extraordinary vote against an incumbent congressman, Louisiana Democratic Party leaders on Saturday endorsed state Rep. […]

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Dollar Bill Back In The News

CAFTA 15 Rep. William “I store $90,000 in my freezer” Jefferson is back in the news. The New York Times has a piece today that expands on Dollar Bill’s relationship with iGate. Here’s a bit from the story: Soon after meeting Mr. Jackson in late 2000, Mr. Jefferson prodded the Pentagon to test one of […]

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Jefferson Gets Challengers

I’ve been calling for someone to get up and challenge CAFTA 15 Rep. William “I Store 90,000 In My Freezer” Jefferson. And, sure enough, a number of someones have stepped forward: 12 File to Oppose Rep. Jefferson By Allan Lengel Washington Post Staff Writer Under the glare of an FBI investigation, a politically vulnerable Rep. […]

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Recruit An Opponent for Jefferson

I asked this a bit ago: why doesn’t some Democrat in Louisiana step forward to challenge CAFTA 15 Rep. William “I Store $90,000 in My Freezer” Jefferson? According to The Washington Post, “The biggest threat to Jefferson is an indictment before Aug. 11, the deadline for other Democrats to enter the race in a district […]

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Move Your Cash From The Freezer

So, a federal judge has upheld the raid and seizure of documents from the office of CAFTA 15 Rep. William Jefferson. I’ve been torn about this episode from the beginning. On the one hand, no one likes the specter of giving the FBI any more power to raid offices. BUT, the argument that the raid […]

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The Jefferson Case Quicksand

The case of Rep.William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, gets even more sticky.Yesterday, the Democratic caucus voted to strip Jefferson of his seat on the Ways and Means Committee because of the bribery allegations that loom over him. In explaining her position, Nancy Pelosi takes the position I’ve taken here–everyone is innocent until proven […]

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“Dollar Bill” Jefferson

As Rep. William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, continues to wrap himself in the constitutional fight over whether the F.B.I. improperly raided his offices, more details emerge about the way he conducted business. The Washington Post had a front-page story today detailing how Jefferson built a web of all-in-the-family firms to funnel money for […]

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Jefferson Hiding Evidence?

[A note: last two days were no-post days...sorry...various hiccups...not that you were asking!] It strikes me that it does not help Rep. William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, to continue to be in the news, even if it is ultimately the case that the F.B.I. raid on his Congressional office was an unjust encroachment […]

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Day Four of Jefferson

I’m not obsessed with Rep. William Jefferson but this story just keeps growing. First, the Democrats and Republicans united to demand that the F.B.I. return the documents seized in the raid on Jefferson’s office. At the same time, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded that Jefferson resign his seat on the Ways and Means Committee–and […]

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Day Three on Jefferson

Hmmm…this controversy about the FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s office has now kept going for a third day. Thought it’s an interesting debate, this can’t be what the Democrats want–a focus on a raid on a Democrat who may be guilty of bribery. As I have said for many weeks, the Democrats are not […]

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Wrong Raid But Don’t Forget the Freezer

Learn something new every day. As a commenter pointed out in yesterday’s post on the raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s office, one of the CAFTA 15, there is an issue of separation of powers here. In other words, the F.B.I., a part of the executive branch (The Justice Department), makes people of both parties nervous […]

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