BREAKING NEWS, October 2007
31, 2007. CIS's Michael W. Cutler on Governor Spitzers Proposal
to Provide Drivers Licenses to Illegal Aliens. "In the case
of illegal aliens, the drivers license provides a level of credibility
that would enable such immigration law violators to conduct business as
usual when they should not be conducting business at all in our country
since their very presence here is in violation of law and patently illegal."
31, 2007. Taxpayer lawsuit filed against Spitzer over illegal alien licenses
reports Michelle Malkin. "Its about time. Judicial Watch,
doing the job no one else has done yet, files suit against NY Dem Gov.
Eliot Spitzer over those insane illegal alien drivers licenses."
30, 2007. Special session opens with a rally and a thud. "After
being hassled by State House security personnel for being in the building
we were forced to wait outside until 7:30. When I asked about not being
allowed into a public building that has been open to the public for the
past 14 years that I have been working there, I was told, 'It might have
been like that before, but this is now.' One security guard
said, 'I dont make the rules, I just follow them,' as he threw up
30, 2007. Washington Post: Many bills, and scant time to study
them. "Del. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George's) said opposition
to slots among congregants at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden,
is so strong that 'I think I'd have to find another church home if I voted
30, 2007. Baltimore Examiner: No new taxes: Md. groups
rally against OMalleys tax hike plan. 'The big taxers
say were really a rich state,' said Dee Hodges, president of the
Maryland Taxpayers Association, urging legislators to sign a 'no new taxes'
30, 2007. Washington Times: "'For the first time in my
five years down here, I've seen the other side of the aisle on the defensive,'
said Delegate Donald H. Dwyer Jr., Anne Arundel Republican. 'I'm surprised,
Montgomery County and Baltimore City elected officials are very concerned..."
30, 2007. Washington Post: Unity urged as special assembly convenes.
"'What we're witnessing today is the flight of common sense from
Maryland,' Del. Warren E. Miller (R-Howard) told the crowd."
30, 2007. Washington Post: Takoma Park council votes to remain
an immigrant "sanctuary." "Takoma Park 'is a sanctuary
for me against what is going on in this country,' said resident Jenny
Hughes at an Oct. 15 hearing. 'I have always been proud of the fact that
our city is a place where I can feel not just physically safe but politically
28, 2007. Mark Fisher: That's No Way to Win a Horse Race. "Frank
Trigeiro loves to play the slots. Like his mother, who used to save nickels
in a jar to take on her annual jaunts to Las Vegas, 'I get totally captivated
by the machines,' he says. 'I kind of lose it on slots.'"
27, 2007. Split builds over slots. "Outspoken slots opponents
such as state Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, conceded before
yesterday's announcement that they face a tougher fight than in past years,
when Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was the chief backer of slots.
'This year, the devil really is at the door,' Franchot told a group of
African-American ministers and other slots opponents at an anti-slots
rally yesterday at Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in
Baltimore. 'The other side has never been stronger.'
26, 2007. The Capital: "Richard Falknor, vice president
of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, said the budget shortfall can be
closed without new or higher taxes. 'Ours is not a partisan position.
. . . We're for no new Republican or Democrat taxes,' Mr. Falknor said.
'I don't think it's difficult to cut 5 percent out of the budget across
the board and take care of any possible deficit in the upcoming fiscal
26, 2007. FLASH FROM AARON MEISNER - Governor
has released his slots bill. "...1) 15,000 Slot Machines;
2) Locations at Laurel Park, Ocean Downs, Rocky Gap, Cecil County,
and the Middle Branch area of Baltimore City. Note that Pimlico and
Rosecroft are not included. We believe that Penn National is the intended
licensee of the Baltimore City location. Now that we have locations, we
have real work to do in terms of spreading the word QUICKLY. I need everyone
to get in touch with as many people as possible ESPECIALLY IN THE IMPACTED
AREAS. [underlining TBN's] For more information contact Aaron Meisner
26, 2007. The Tax Foundation - Governor OMalleys Tax Plan
Puts Maryland at Risk in Regional Tax Competition. "Lost in the
rush to increase taxes is the crushing impact these tax increases will
have on Maryland's competitiveness. Maryland needs to be mindful of its
competitiveness because investment capital is more mobile now than ever
before. Companies can up and move their operations in the blink of an
eye, and those states with the most competitive tax systems will be more
likely to attract new or expanding businesses. While global outsourcing
gets the headlines, states must remain wary of their standing in relation
to other states, since the Department of Labor reports most job relocations
still occur from one state to another, rather than to foreign destinations.
26, 2007. Wall Street Journal: "The Senate passed a seven-year
extension of the Internet tax moratorium, with robust language that should
stiff-arm even the most voracious state and local governments looking
for loopholes to tax your email."
26, 2007. John Fund: Another Man From Hope - - - Who is Mike Huckabee?
"Many Huckabee supporters have told me their man should be judged
by what he's saying on the campaign trail today. Fair enough. Mr. Huckabee
was the only GOP candidate to refuse to endorse President Bush's veto
of the Democrats' bill to vastly expand the Schip health-care program.
Only he and John McCain have endorsed the discredited cap-and-trade system
to limit global-warming emissions that has proved a fiasco in Europe.
October 25, 2007. TAX-SAVVY DAN CLIFTON WARNS - - - Capital Gains/Dividend Tax Increases. "While all the attention in Washington is focused on the Rangel tax bill, we believe this is just a precursor for 2009 if the Dems take full control of the government. Some analysts suggest the Dems may get close to 60 votes in the Senate and with a new president will be seeking to move on a major tax bill, most likely including higher capital gains and dividend taxes. Today, Strategas Research Partners released a new report quantifying the impact of four different capital gains and dividend tax proposals on the S&P 500." READ MORE.
25, 2007. NTU on the Rangel tax bill. "He would let small businesses
continue to take tax-favorable expensing, but then force some of them
to shoulder higher self-employment taxes. He would cut the corporate tax
rate to make the United States more competitive abroad, but would take
away the sensible tax rules that even other countries allow for their
own home-grown companies."
25, 2007. Americans for Tax Reform analysis: Rangel Tax Hike Facts: Who
Gets Their Taxes Raised? "House Ways and Means Committee Chairman
Charlie Rangel (D-NY) introduced the mother of all tax bills
today on Capitol Hill. Part of the bill purports to 'cut taxes' by giving
away more money to non-taxpayers and paying for it with tax increases."
25, 2007. Baltimore Sun: House approves heritage area. "Ann
Corcoran was not convinced. She and other property-rights advocates see
the federal recognition as the leading edge of a larger effort by preservationists
'to ultimately restrict what people do with their properties.' Corcoran,
who owns a farm that abuts Antietam National Battlefield in Western Maryland,
said, 'You wouldn't need it otherwise, would you? You can have all of
these localities that want to promote tourism, which is just fine, they
could all get together every month and plan tourist stuff, couldn't they?'
25, 2007. National Center for Public Policy Research: Congress Votes to
Line Special Interest Pockets, Threaten Local Rule. "H.R. 1483
passed despite the objections of Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (MD),
Virgil Goode (VA), Robert Goodlatte (VA), Thelma Drake (VA), J. Randy
Forbes (VA) and Joe Pitts (PA), who represent three of the four states
that would be affected by The Journey Through Hallowed Ground heritage
area designation. The heritage area would cut through Representative Bartlett's
and Representative Goode's districts, posing a direct threat to the rights
of their constituents."
24, 2007. $2 billion O'Malley initiative readied for Assembly. "Broad
outlines of the health plan to be introduced by the O'Malley administration
emerged yesterday. According to legislative leaders, it would expand Medicaid
eligibility for adults and offer subsidies to small businesses at a cost
of about $250 million a year in state money by the time the programs are
fully implemented in 2012, with the rest coming from federal matching
23, 2007. Parks bill evolves into land dispute, reports Washington
Times. "Ann Corcoran, a property rights advocate in Maryland
[and MTA board member],
said the bill removes local land use control and allows wealthy property
owners to block what she considers valuable development projects. 'This
National Heritage Area designation is for the rich and powerful to maintain
their elitist lifestyles in the horse country of Virginia,' " Mrs.
Corcoran said. 'Apparently, they also expect some federal dollars for
their passions horses and vineyards. They want to keep out the
regular guy, the riff-raff.'"
23, 2007. O'Malley, Franchot spar over special session, reports Baltimore
Sun. "'In my view, the volatility of the U.S. and Maryland
economies, the absence of an immediate fiscal crisis and the lack of detail
about the plan could all combine to create a perfect storm of unintended
consequences. Rather than act in haste, the fiscally prudent and practically
wise thing to do would be to move cautiously and deliberatively throughout
this process' Franchot said in a letter to Senate President Thomas V.
Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch."
23, 2007. A Recurring DREAM [Mark Krikorian]. "Incredibly, people
on the Hill tell me that the sponsors of the bill Senators Durbin,
Hagel, and Lugar are actually planning a sit-down with a group
of illegal aliens today at 3 p.m. to hear why Congress should give them
23, 2007. Playing games with school choice, declares the Washington
Times."Public schools are clearly failing in a number of areas,
even in wealthy neighborhoods. A recent report by the Pacific Research
Institute found that in the ritzy town of Saratoga, Calif., a bedroom
community of Silicon Valley, just 12 percent of students taking the 2006
California Standards Test's algebra 1 exam scored at or above proficiency.
Only 23 percent of students taking the state geometry exam scored at or
above proficiency. In Laguna Beach, where homes are worth an average of
$1.5 million, a mere 19 percent of high school students passed the Early
Assessment Program college-ready English test. In Marin County, home of
the nation's highest density of BMWs, only 23 percent of San Marin high
schoolers passed the EAP college-ready exam. Clearly, our public schools
23, 2007. Commemorating Alger Hiss [United Nations] Day, by Cliff Kincaid.
"Hisss dream has turned into a nightmare for the world. The
U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the U.N.s Law of the Sea Treaty,
giving the world body jurisdiction over the oceans of the world, as well
as economic and industrial activities on land which affect the oceans.
The pact creates the first independent source of revenue for the U.N.,
consisting of fees or taxes extracted from U.S. corporations
wishing to exploit billions of dollars worth of oil, gas and minerals
in international waters controlled by the corrupt International
Seabed Authority. The unfolding scheme will make the U.N.s oil-for-food
scandal look like peanuts."
22, 2007. Keeping a Place at the Trough, National Review."At
a time when they could exploit a popular issue, Republicans instead continue
to support egregious Democratic earmarks lest they lose their own pork.
They are still working on the political model of the 'District Mayors'
theory pushed last cycle by House Speaker Dennis Hastert: By bringing
home the bacon, members of Congress seek to extend their political lives
indefinitely. A similar idea was employed in the re-election campaign
of Sen. Conrad Burns (R., Mont.), who told Montanans repeatedly that with
his seniority, he could continue to deliver federal projects for the state."
22, 2007. Oppose 'Hallowed Ground' Scheme.
spite of the opposition of Republican members of the Natural Resources
19, 2007. Slots opponents
to rally. "The Maryland Taxpayers Association
is promoting the event because its position is that slots are a tax that's
hard on the poor and creates a slush fund for state legislators. 'Slots
are a bad bet for Maryland,' said executive vice president Richard Falknor."
18, 2007. Maryland's senior U.S. senator's high-minded reflection on S-CHIP
and Rush Limbaugh . . . "reverse evolution" from Daniel Webster
to Barbara Mikulski? Limbaugh: "But I just think this is fabulous
news out here that the Drive-Bys have done everything they can to push
this whole notion of socialized medicine, to rip the president as being
heartless, and cold, and cruel to children. See, this is why you gotta
celebrate the new media, folks, and people like me. Because 20 years ago,
this would have happened, and there wouldn't have been any opposition
to it whatsoever, and you would not know the truth...." (A hat tip
to Michelle Malkin.)
17, 2007. KUDOS TO STATE SENATOR E. J. PIPKIN who signed the Maryland
Taxpayer Protection pledge today. Pipkin has been an outstanding pioneer
in developing free-market consumer-choice
17, 2007. Prince William OKs laws denying illegals. "The board
also banned county officials from granting business licenses to people
who cannot prove their legal status and denied illegal aliens eight taxpayer-funded
17, 2007.Compromise, Congress - - - Get together on S-CHIP.
Marylander Bob Moffit:"Sen. Mel Martinez (R., Fla.) is proposing
a sensible compromise that reflects this consensus. It would continue
the S-CHIP program to fulfill its original purpose, focusing on kids in
working families with an annual income under $42,000. But the compromise
would add a middle-class child health-care tax credit, worth $1,200, for
families with children enrolled in either employment-based coverage or
coverage purchased outside the workplace. The tax credit would be available
to all families with incomes between $41,300 to $61,950, reaching as many
as 10.5 million children in those income categories. This would be far
more effective than the flawed bill the president vetoed, which would
have added only 1.2 million children to the rolls."
17, 29007. Arlington, Va.Today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard
Bennett in Baltimore struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland law that
restricted corporate funeral home ownership to 58 privileged in-state
16, 2007. Maryland's future under government health care? "The
Fraser Institute just
16, 2007. Myths & Realities #4 ... Concerning U.N. Law of the Sea
Treaty. "Without doubt, the primary objective of the LOST regime
and the European regulatory control agenda behind it in mandating protection
and preservation of the global marine environment is to invade what every
UN member state would otherwise be entitled to -- national sovereignty."
16, 2007. Scandal Rocks U.N. Sea Treaty Organization. "Ratification
has already been complicated by the failure of Deputy Secretary of State
John Negroponte and Legal Adviser John B. Bellinger III to be honest with
senators about how provisions in the treaty regarding prevention of pollution
from land-based sources can be used to sue the United States over its
greenhouse gas emissions. "
15, 2007. Time to Bring an End to the DREAM Act. "In-state tuition
can amount to a taxpayer subsidy of up to $20,000 a year, depending on
what the university charges students from the other 49 states. The illegal
immigrant also becomes eligible for taxpayer-paid federal student loans
and federal work-study programs, for which lawful foreign students are
ineligible.There is no upper age limit; any illegal immigrant is eligible
for this preference by declaring he entered the U.S. illegally before
his 16th birthday. The illegal immigrant doesn't have to prove when he
entered the U.S.; he can simply make a sworn statement.
15, 2007. O'Malley calls for special session. "Although Senate
President Thomas V. Mike Miller had been pushing for a special session,
he told reporters before O'Malley's news conference that he had recommended
holding off on calling lawmakers back to Annapolis.'I asked him if he
had the votes, and he doesn't as of this day,' Miller said. ' counseled
him not to call a special session until he had the votes. He is determined
to go forward.'"
12, 2007. Suburban schools not as good as parents think. "For
example, Maryland is ranked as the richest state in the nation, with a
median household income of 65,144. But Fordham researchers found that
the Maryland School Assessments in reading, taken from third to eighth
grade, consistently ranked in the lower third in terms of difficulty,
as compared with 25 other states studied. So a child considered a proficient
reader in Maryland might not be in at least half the country. PRI researchers
concluded that some of the underlying reasons for widespread underachievement,
even in high-income areas, were mismanagement, collective bargaining agreements
and other policies that diminished teacher accountability, and the myth
among parents that their own suburban schools were doing a much better
than test data warranted. Even in the nicest neighborhoods, they say,
many children are not being taught the basic skills they need to compete
in an increasingly complex and technological global economy. Their solution?
Break up the public school monopoly using a combination of vouchers, tax
credits, charter schools, open enrollment and any other innovations that
introduce competition into an educational system sorely in need of it."
12, 2007. Immigrantion debate won't go away. "The immigration
debate in Maryland is going to get 'louder,' even though this week Frederick
County commissioners voted down a proposal to deny services to anyone
in the country illegally and a federal court blocked tighter rules requiring
proof that workers have Social Security cards."
12, 2007. Annapolis bracing for special session. "On Thursday,
OMalley (D) told WAMU radio that he will make an announcement 'early
next week.' But lawmakers arent sure the governor will be ready.
'As of today, it appears less likely than likely to happen,' said Sen.
Rona E. Kramer (D-Dist. 14) of Olney. 'There is a great distance between
the governor and the House and the Senate.'
12, 2007. O'Malley says he'll call next week for session. "O'Malley
has proposed increasing the state sales tax from 5 percent to 6
percent, extending the tax to cover more services, changing the income
tax structure so that high earners pay more and low- and middle-income
filers pay less, increasing the corporate income tax rate from 7 percent
to 8 percent, closing corporate 'loopholes' and reducing the state's property
tax rate..... As for slots, he has said he plans to model his proposal
on a measure passed by the House of Delegates in 2005 that would have
placed up to 9,500 state-owned machines at four locations - one each in
Anne Arundel, Harford, Frederick, and Allegany counties. Given the GOP's
unwillingness to cooperate during a special session, O'Malley said he
would consider putting the issue to a statewide referendum in 2008.
12, 2007. Delegate questions jolly giant green Bay fund. "Questions
on the latest version include how to direct the fees while making sure
counties and municipalities can get their share.The relationship
to the tax and what were getting is not 1:1,' said Del. Doyle L.
Niemann (D-Dist. 47) of Mount Rainier. The money generated by fees goes
to MDE and MDA and does not necessarily go back to areas where its
taken from,' Niemann said. Im not saying I wouldnt support
this, but lets be honest, frank. Were creating a taxing mechanism
to generate cash.'
11, 2007. Stop their pay, send them home. "Republicans, who took
the art of earmarking to new heights when they controlled Congress, have
no credibility on this issue. Some are even moaning that they dont
get enough pork to pass around. Rep. Zack Wamp inadvertently let the cat
out of the bag, Ellis said, when the Tennessee Republican complained that
the Democrats were not honoring the '60/40 split' an unwritten
agreement that the majority party gets 60 percent of all earmark plunder.
Wamps slip was the first time this dirty little secret, so carefully
hidden from voters, has ever been mentioned in public."
10, 2007. O'Malley spars with Miller on slots strategy."'I think
when the Republicans said, "We will not support slots during a special
session," they blew that whole thing out of the water,' said Sen.
John C. Astle, Anne Arundel Democrat."
10, 2007.Unionizing Public Safety Employees Threatens Volunteer Fire Departments
and Public Safety."The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation
Act would threaten the existence of many volunteer fire departments, putting
millions of Americans at greater risk of fire-related injury or death.
Rather than force local governments to collectively bargain with the IAFF,
Congress should let them choose the policies that best serve their citizens."
9, 2007. Examiner: Protecting companies that play by the rules.
"By shining a positive spotlight on firms that protect American
workers, Marlett hopes to convince people that honest businesses that
support their local communities, instead of undermine them, will prosper
even if their prices are a bit higher as a result."
9, 2007. Special Session Would Be Risky for O'Malley."'For the
governor, this is a huge roll of the dice,' said Barbara A. Hoffman, an
Annapolis lobbyist who chaired the Senate budget committee during her
tenure in the General Assembly. 'I think he has a long way to go. This
has so many moving parts that there's real danger to going in without
all the pieces in place. At some point, he may figure out he can't do
9, 2007. English First Rates the 2008 Presidential candidates. "Nearly
every candidate says that it is important that immigrants learn English.
But the devil is in the details. The current citizenship exam asks for
a modest demonstration of English ability that signals that the United
States is not serious about the subject. Multilingual ballots, multilingual
welfare applications and public service ads in foreign languages urging
people to apply for benefits send an even stronger signal: 'don't bother
to learn English. We will tell you what you need to know.'"
9, 2007. MTA Joins National Coalition Opposing Federal Water and Land
Power Grab."'The 'Clean Water Restoration Act' is classic bait-and-switch,"
said David Ridenour, Vice President of The National Center for Public
Policy Research. 'Congressman Oberstar and Senator Feingold advertise
that their initiative is designed to reassert congressional intent and
add clarity to the Clean Water Act. But that's not the product they're
actually selling. Indeed, the Clean Water Restoration Act would be an
unprecedented expansion of federal power.'"
8, 2007. The World Dictatorship Treaty: Does that get your attention?
by Wes Vernon. "LOST
empowers the UN (with a history of corruption and hostility to America
and our allies) to override many decisions of our own U.S. elected and
appointed leaders; includes an International Seabed Authority (ISA) to
levy global taxes (the dream of one-worlders) and authorizes a global
tax court to settle disputes under the treaty...."
5, 2007. Franchot warns against slots. "Franchot, however, has
opposed the governor's plan for a special session in November, calling
it 'unwise.' An aide said Franchot wants to analyze revenue projections
in mid-December for the coming fiscal year, numbers that could alter the
budget picture. Meisner predicted that with the 'adequate amount of sunshine'
during the General Assembly's regular 90-day session next year, the slots
initiative will 'collapse under its own weight'."
5, 2007. New York State County Clerks Rebel against Spitzer ID Plan. "The
10-second TV ad, sponsored by the state's Conservative Party, begins airing
today on broadcast and cable stations in the city, Albany, Long Island
and Westchester. 'Along the Mexican border, we lock up illegal immigrants,'
the ad, titled 'Border Line Insanity,' says. 'In New York, Gov. Spitzer
wants to give them driver's licenses. Tell Spitzer he's wrong.'"
In a separate statement, Conservative Party chairman Mike Long declared:
"Really, governor, what part of 'illegal' don't you understand?"
5, 2007. Montgomery aid to illegals criticized. "Maryland
lawmakers are still trying to enact the REAL ID law, which would force
Maryland drivers to prove their national citizenship before obtaining
a license. 'Mr. Leggett needs to be enlightened as to what this is doing,'
said Delegate Ronald A. George, Anne Arundel Republican, lead sponsor
of the REAL ID act. Mr. George said he plans to file the bill again in
January. 'I know Montgomery County [residents] would like to have their
landscaping done by illegals, and they want someone to do it,' he said.
'But they have to be aware of what the excessive number of illegals coming
to this state is doing.'"
4, 2007. Examiner editorial: Cut taxes to stimulate city growth.
"If Baltimore really wants new residents, it must slash property
taxes in half. Doing so will be a lot less expensive than investing another
$3.445 billion and has the potential to vastly surpass what the city collects
right now. More than 26 percent of property in the city is not taxable
because it is owned by government or nonprofits, so luring more homeowners
and businesses is essential to expanding the tax base."
3, 2007. O'Malley mounts budget session blitz. "Franchot, who
has not been shy about his opposition to O'Malley's slots proposal, said
he plans to hold news conferences in Baltimore and Silver Spring tomorrow
with religious leaders and elected officials who oppose slots. 'The message
will be: Don't be confused by slots at the racetrack,' Franchot said.
'It may take a few years but they'll be in your neighborhood. It's a relentlessly
predatory industry, and state after state has showed they can't be contained.'"
2, 2007. A REAL problem in Annapolis. "Maryland is one of seven
states that issue driver's licenses to illegals. How did that happen?
In 2003, the General Assembly passed and Gov. Bob Ehrlich signed into
law what was supposed to have been a compromise package overhauling the
licensing procedures. But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Mr.
Vallario craftily managed to insert language that effectively stripped
a requirement that said applicants must present a valid Social Security
number. Illegal aliens cannot lawfully obtain Social Security numbers,
so it's easy to see on whose side Mr. Vallario stands."
2, 2007. Michigan's Tax Hike. "On the one hand, Michigan got a
tax hike. On the other hand, minority Republicans (with just two exceptions)
stood strong in the House, refusing to vote for it, and making the Democrats
cast a bad vote that will cost them. This is the kind of principled stand
that will help the GOP win back the legislature next year. They also forced
a concession from the teachers unions that will save the state some money.
It's the beginning of a budget reform process that will not go forward
unless Republicans take over again."
1, 2007. HERB MCMILLAN: "Are your taxes well spent? Three years
ago, Baltimore City couldn't account for $40 million in state education
money. It disappeared. The nonprofit Advocates for Children and Youth
discovered that $500 million of Thornton funding slated for summer school
and tutoring had been used instead for general budget items, including
health benefits, salary increases and heating. They also noted that Maryland
student scores on independent national tests had failed to improve, despite
a $2.2 billion increase in education funding since 2002. Students have
performed only marginally better on state tests."
1, 2007. NOVAK: A Democratic Transition at Treasury. "All this
was known to Bush in May 2006 when he tapped Paulson as a Treasury chief
who would command respect on Wall Street. It should be no surprise, then,
that he is regarded in his own administration less as a true Republican
secretary than as a transition to the next Democratic Treasury -- a trademark
of a lame-duck regime."
1, 2007. GOP Candidates debate 'race' at Morgan State. "In sharp
contrast, the candidates to the right of the stage -- Tancredo, Hunter,
and Keyes -- completely rejected the liberal message offered by the other
candidates. Hunter gave some excellent answers highlighting the Republican
Party's strong record on civil rights, and Keyes offered stirring oratory
about basic values and national unity. All of it was really good stuff
that needed to be heard. But Tancredo won me over early in the debate
when he called out the three liberal candidates for their egregious 'race-baiting'
and articulated his position that the problems facing the black community
primarily stem from the disintegration of the black family caused by the
welfare state, and from the massive importation of low-paid immigrant
labor. Throughout the debate, Tancredo never accepted the racialist premises
of the panelists' questions. He consistently focused on the real problems,
and offered some meaningful proposals for reform (unlike Brownback, who
repeatedly trumpeted his proposal for an African-American history museum
'on the mall in Washington, D.C.').
1, 2007. Boss Hoyer Says, 'We Control This House.' "But at about
the same time Pelosi voted, three Florida Republicans -- Mario and Lincoln
Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ross-Lehtinen -- were walking up to the podium
to change their votes which would have resulted in another Republican
win. Before they could vote, McNulty struck the gavel again, resulting
in the 214-214 Republican defeat.