Jan 11, 2007

Levin to speak at Livingston County fundraiser

BRIGHTON – U.S. Sen. Carl Levin will speak on the Iraq war and the Democratic Party’s First 100 Hours Agenda at a fund-raiser set for 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Whispering Pines Golf Course, 2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney.

The fundraiser is to help celebrate the huge historic Democratic victory across the country that gave the Democrats control of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and the state House, and to help the Livingston Democrats prepare for the next election cycle.

After the Democrats took control of the Senate for the first time since 2002, Levin became chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. In that role, Levin is in a pivotal position to influence the war in Iraq.

This will be one of the first opportunities that many Michigan residents will have to hear Sen. Levin in person commenting on President Bush’s recent plan to send more troops to Iraq. It is an important moment in the national debate over American participation in the war, and Livingston County Democrats will not want to miss it, said Matt Evans, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Furthermore, Evans said, the national party’s 100-hour agenda that is already is moving through the U.S. House addresses important concerns that voters raised in the November election, including raising the minimum wage, congressional ethics reform and restraining earmarks that encouraged irresponsible spending. Levin will be able to shed light on how that agenda will fare in the U.S. Senate.

Levin will begin speaking at 12:30 p.m., and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the Livingston County Democratic Office, 10321 E. Grand River, Suite 600, Brighton, Mi. 48116. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The event includes hors oeuvres and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Livingston County Democratic Party. Call (81) 229-4212 for information.


Red Or Dead said...

Three examples of Liberal Hypocrisy.


The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it's hard to tell what time it is.
On Friday, for example, the House was in session for a little more than eight hours. Only five of them, however, ticked off on new Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 100-hour clock for quickly passing a six-bill agenda that Democrats promised voters last fall.

So while the House had been in session for nearly 56 hours since the 110th Congress was sworn in Jan. 4, the clock on Pelosi's Web site suggested that less than half that time — 23 hours, 34 minutes — had elapsed by the close of business Friday.


The House on Wednesday voted to gradually raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 by 2009.
The bill includes, for the first time, employers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, but it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory.
More than 5,000 Samoans – nearly 75 percent of the island’s work force – work in two packing plants there, one operated by StarKist Tuna and the other by California-based Chicken of the Sea, according to the Washington Times.
What does StarKist have to do with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats? StarKist’s parent company, Del Monte Corp., happens to be headquartered in Pelosi’s San Francisco congressional district.

Some GOP House members who voted in favor of the wage hike bill didn’t learn until after the vote that the legislation did not include American Samoa. As Pelosi is ramming these bills thru with no committee hearings.

Football more important that our country.

Majority leader Steny Hoyer said members of the House will be expected in the Capitol for votes each week by 6:30 p.m. Monday and will finish their business about 2 p.m. Friday.
But on the morning after the night before, on the first full week of the new congress, Hoyer has pulled back from his vow!

A Hoyer press release boldly declares: "Monday, January 8, 2007: The House is not in session."

Hill sources claim The House is taking Monday 'off' this week, because of the championship football game between Ohio State and the University of Florida.

And, of course, the following Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

100 hours...starting...soon

Communications guru said...

I guess when you have nothing else going for you, you criticize, right communist. I don’t blame you for being bitter after losing control of both Houses of Congress, as well as the Michigan House, thanks to the lack of leadership and the shift of the party to wing nuts like you. Actually, thank you for that.

An eight-hour session? That sounds like a normal workday to me, but you also forgot the committees where the real work is done. You should check out my posts where the new Speaker of the Michigan House added Monday sessions, but for the gop-controlled Senate it’s business as usual, meaning no session Monday or Friday.

It’s funny that within days of taking control the Democrats managed to pass ethics reforms the republicans could not and were afraid to pass after more than a decade in power. In fact, they rescinded what little ethics “reform” they managed to pass to protect tom delay. I know, the words ethics and republicans should never be mentioned I the same sentence.

This lame tuna-gate is the best you can do? It’s pathetic. No wonder you lost both Houses. This is from the right-wing – even though most of the media is conservative – Washington Times, “Democrats involved in the legislation say that neither Del Monte nor StarKist has lobbied Mrs. Pelosi or the committee on the matter. And records show that while Del Monte political action committees have given $5,300 in the past five years to Republicans, neither they nor Del Monte executives have given to any Democrats.” (It kills your argument that it was pork-related)

Congress doers not even set minimum wages in U.S. Territories, “the Federal Department of Labor has provided that wages in U.S. territories, including American Samoa, be set by a federally appointed wage board, following public hearings.” Here’s a link, communist, http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070113-122725-2957r.htm.

That lame attack did not work so lets try the workweek argument. Since lawmakers travel to Washington, D.C. from as far as Hawaii and California, I’m even surprised they have session on Monday and Friday. God forbid they should spend any time in their district talking with the people that elected them, but I guess you would rather have them in the Capitol even when they are not in session; after all, you had no problem with Chris Ward never coming to the district. We had even less session days under republicans, and we didn’t hear a peep out of you, and we had scandal after scandal from republicans; still more silence. Now we hear from you. Pathetic.

I guess this is what we can expect for the next two years; ridiculous and petty attacks from sore loser like you. We saw it for the eight years of the Clinton presidency, and it cost us millions of tax dollars for these federally-funded witch hunts when nothing was ever there.

However, you are invited to come ands hear one of the most powerful Senators in the nation speak.

The Kid said...

Question. Did Pelosi say that they would pass their adjenda in 100 hours? Yes or No. Just answer the question

Did Steny Hoyer say they would work a 5 day work week? Yes or No just answer the question.

No Guru rants just answer the questions.

Communications guru said...

You are very aptly named, but I don’t see any “rant” on my part. I don’t consider setting the record straight and telling the truth a rant.
Do you include breaks, committee hearings and restroom breaks in the 100 hours? Yes or No. Just answer the question.

Do holidays count against the five-day workweek? Yes or No. Just answer the question.

You and communist are nitpicking on how many hours they are in session, but you ignore what has been accomplished that the rubber-stamp, do-nothing republican-controlled Congress could not or would not address. With bipartisan support – apparently only Democrats have to engage in this practice, not republicans – the Democrats have passed stringent House rules to clamp down on corruption, lobbying, earmarks and runaway deficits. They also finally implemented the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission after the republicans sat on their hands for almost three years while saying they are protecting us against terrorists.

BTW. You’re invited to hear the Senator speak on the first 100 hours, and you can ask him those questions yourself.