Martin v. Lingle: Matter Taken Under Advisement

Late this morning in HI Circuit Court, Mr. Andy Martin had his case heard (Tuesday, November 18, 2008: Andy Martin v. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle – 1CC08-1-002147). The link to the HI Court System is here; you will have to search on “Andy Martin” and navigate through to the Minutes notes (I’d recommend using Internet Exporer or Netscape). The following is what you will see…

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Democrats Decide to Not Throw Lieberman Under the Bus

Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) gets to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. Recall that he had the audacity to speak at the Republican National Convention in support of Senator John McCain; many wondered if that would be the end of his Democrat caucasing (apparently not (via CNN):

Senate Democrats have voted to allow Sen. Joe Lieberman to retain his chairmanship of the powerful Homeland Security Committee.

The secret-ballot vote was 42-13.

As hotair opines:

Instead of losing his Homeland Security slot, Lieberman will lose his chair on an environmental subcommittee.  Lieberman had been a strong voice on global-warming issues and had tried to partner with John McCain on a cap-and-trade system.  This may cut off the Democrats’ nose to spite their face; without Lieberman in the lead on this issue, they may have more trouble finding a Republican partner.

That’s true, but they also don’t want to give the GOP any more filibuster-ability, what with Senator Saxby in a tight (but very doable) run-off race down here in Georgia.

-Phil

Keyes v. Bowen: Orange County Register Post

Today, the ocregister.com posted a story regarding Keyes v. Bowen.

Very interesting paragraph at the bottom of the story:

The suit alleges Bowen certified Obama as a candidate in California after “accepting a signed statement…with no verification demanded.” It was filed last week in Sacramento County Superior Court.

How likely do you think it is that the 49 other Seretaries of State did exactly the same thing?

-Phil

GA General Assembly to Consider Bills Freezing Home Assessments

From the AJC (thanks, peachpundit!):

Two bills to freeze or limit home assessment increases in hopes of holding down property taxes have been pre-filed for the upcoming General Assembly session.

Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) pre-filed a proposal backed by House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) and House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) to cap possible property assessment increases at 3 percent or the rate of inflation. A similar bill passed the state Senate last year.

Rep. Kevin Levitas (D-Atlanta), pre-filed a bill to effectively freeze assessments at the price the homeowner paid for their home.

Some kind of assessment freeze or cap is likely to win approval during the 2009 General Assembly session after years of lawmaker complaints about rising property taxes.

Well, considering that the General Assembly went to great lengths last year to try to get rid of all ad valorem taxes and even attempt to get the income tax reduced/eliminated in favor of higher sales taxes, they’re going to have to do something or lose a lot of credibility here in the State.

-Phil

NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre Rallying for Saxby

From our peachpundit.com friends:

Come celebrate your Second Amendment Rights with
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss
& NRA Executive Vice President
Wayne LaPierre! 

NRA Rally

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
Georgia Building
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069

PLEASE RSVP TO RSVP@saxby.org and indicate “NRA Rally” or call (678) 589-4888