Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (6/14/12)

DOJ - The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner last week demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.

California - A years-long showdown over the right to bear arms in California's Alameda County appeared to end after officials agreed to allow tightly restricted gun shows on government property.

Banking - A New York City bank with $10.5 billion in assets would be the sole beneficiary of a Dodd-Frank Act exemption approved today by the House Financial Services Committee.

China - A Chinese couple who managed to avoid authorities long enough to actually birth a second child were fined 1.3 million yuan ($204,000) after family-planning authorities deemed them 'rich in assets'.

Gun Ownership - Venezuela's government banned the sales of guns and ammunition.

New York - A group of Long Island police officers are claiming they were demoted for not falling in line with the typical New York Democratic machine. In other news, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will ask legislators to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana that are in public view, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Solyndra - “I’m not satisfied with the White House’s compliance with the subpoena for documents and records related to Solyndra,” Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, told POLITICO in a statement.

Paycheck Fairness Act – From the White House “This comprehensive and commonsense bill updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.” Too bad the Obama administration does not pay women the same as men for doing the same work.

Wisconsin Recall – We all know Scott Walker won and hopefully this “recall” thing will not get out of hand in the future. No one should be “recalled” for policy disagreements. Recalls should be reserved for politicians that have broken the law. How big was the election: Obama endorsed Barrett on Election Day while the DOJ sent officials to many polling places in search of voter discrimination. Although Scott Walker won the recall election, the state Senate fell back in Democrat hands with Democrats winning one of 5 Republican recall seats by a margin of less than 500 votes.

Demstore – Obama is suing Demstore - an online outfit that works only with Democrats to sell campaign paraphernalia. Why? It's because the Obama campaign wants (1) to sell the stuff at a higher price; (2) pocket ALL of the profit; and (3) gain access to buyers' information for future fundraising solicitation.

Budget – Bill Clinton boasted about his budget surpluses at an Obama fundraiser. In other news, our national debt would reach 250 percent of GDP by 2035. CBO’s model cannot reliably estimate GNP after debt reaches that amount, in the agency’s judgment.

Gay Marriage - A federal appeals court ruled that it will not review a three-judge panel's decision to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Next stop the Supreme Court?

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