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Just read Matt Welch for the details:

http://reason.com/archives/2010/03/09/obama-and-the-l-word

We're in the very best of hands...

Roll Call: PMA investigation outcome is suspicious - the questions

As you all know, you will only get the full story on the PMA scandal here. Roll Call has the latest chapter in the book which you can read below.
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The Feb. 26 ethics committee report concluding that no House Members colluded with the PMA Group lobbying firm to exchange earmarks for campaign contributions indicated that the committee had been investigating the matter since the spring of 2009.

LATTA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S HEALTH CARE DEBATE ANNOUNCEMENT

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s announcement today on the current health care reform debate.

“President Obama has once again defied the will of the American public who continue to reject the House and Senate passed health care reform bills, in addition to the framework the President laid out in his health care reform proposal last week.

Full Congressional Ethic's Committee report on Marcy Kaptur

While the PMA group is still being investigated by the FBI and while Marcy still has apparently funneled money in her campaign coffers, here is a copy of the Office of Congressional Ethics report on Marcy. There is some interesting stuff in here, like why Marcy wants to give taxpayer money to a company so they can build TVs here as well as who was not forthcoming on the interviews and what Marcy actually calls "earmarks" (sort of a PC way to make her feel good I guess). More on it another day, but you can read everything for yourself right now.
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You can also see a copy of the full report at:
http://greatopenswamp.com/20100301/office-congressional-ethics-report-pm...

Kaptur cleared of wrongdoing by ethics committee

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee has cleared 7 lawmakers, of wrongdoing in the PMA Scandal-including Kaptur. So, Congress clears their own saying there was no evidence of asking for votes. One has to wonder what questions they asked. It is too bad we citizens can't hold the same committee hearings that Congress puts others through and question them on this. This does not absolve Kaptur of all of the questionable donations she has received from what appears to be funneled to her campaign coffers from the PMA lobbyist Paul Magliochetti. This story is not done yet and you will get the complete story here, not speckled articles-as you all know and come to expect.

Public Apology From Fred LeFebvre

I must apologize publicly for something I said on air a few months ago, and am doing it here as well as on air Thursday.
When the Cash For Clunkers program began under the auspices of the Federal Govt. I jokingly said on air that "next we'll have Cash For Kitchens". Obviously I was joking because the idea of using tax dollars to help people buy appliances is so obviously ludicrous.

Latta Announces 2010 Congressional Art Competition

BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is proud to announce the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the Fifth Congressional District.

“The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent chance for high school students across our great nation to showcase their artistic ability, and I look forward to seeing the great artistic talent students in the Fifth District possess,” Latta said in today’s announcement.

Voinovich: The REAL Inconvenient Truth

Latest newsletter from Senator Voinovich:
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Currently, the U.S. Debt is estimated at: $12,264,478,112,700

Your share of today's public debt is: $39,934

Spearheading Debt Reduction Task Force Legislation

Kaptur votes to raise debt limit - will soon commence complaining about foreigners owning too much American debt

Thankfully the Atlanta Journal Constitution has a habit of printing votes on major issues that come up before Congress. Well, we now know Kaptur voted yes to raise the debt limit. That would not be notable if Marcy was not going around complaining foreign entities own too much American debt. Truly a hypocrite.
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Roll Call: House agrees to $1.9 trillion more debt
Democrats — Boccieri, N; Driehaus, N; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.

Even Kaptur doubts train line

Even Marcy Kaptur wonders why bother with the train route Ohio just received. Kaptur comments to the Plain Dealer:
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"Why are we bothering with something that's low-tech?" asked congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Democrat of Toledo, in an interview with The Plain Dealer.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/02/ohioans_wonder_whether_n...

Of course Marcy wants to spend more money to have a bullet train, but still, her lack of enthusiasm is noted.

Latta opposes raising debt limit again

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after voting against H. J. Res. 45, a bill that would increase the United States’ national debt limit to $14.29 trillion dollars. Congressman Latta also voted against a national debt limit hike on December 16, 2009, less than two months ago.

Bob Latta: Courthouse Conferences in Lucas and Wood Counties

BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will hold media availabilities on Monday, February 1st before his Courthouse Conferences in Lucas and Wood Counties.

The Courthouse Conferences will provide constituents with an opportunity to sit down with Congressman Latta one on one to discuss issues that are important to them, their families, and communities. Congressman Latta’s district staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework or issues regarding Federal government agencies.

LUCAS COUNTY

9:15 to 9:30 A.M.

Village of Waterville Municipal Office

Rich Iott to enter Republican primary, drop bid as independent

It appears that Rich Iott has seen the folly of an independent bid for the 9th district House seat. We're gonna have us a good old fashioned primary! May the best candidate win, and may all republicans in the district unite behind the winner, and bring a friend or two! It will be fun to watch the two candidates make their case. And hopefully they both remember Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment. "Thou shall not speak ill of another republican". And since I really doubt The Stain is a republican, have at it!

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100128/NEWS09/100129682

Bob Latta's statement on the State of the Union address

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R- Bowling Green) made the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address this evening.

“Instead of focusing on creating jobs and putting Americans back to work in 2009, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid chose to focus their attention on a $1 trillion dollar health care bill, cap and trade legislation, which would be the largest energy tax levied against American families and business alike, a $1 trillion dollar “Stimulus Package,” and billions of dollars in bailouts.

Completely Blatant Plug For Latta and Fisher On 1370 WSPD Thursday

Thursday morning both Bob Latta and Lee Fisher will be guests on my show. Congressman Latta at 7:30, Mr. Fisher at 8:30. Should be fun.

LATTA JOINS HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN CALLING FOR TRANSPARENT HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recently co-sponsored H Res. 847, sponsored by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), which calls for the ongoing health care negotiations to be conducted with media coverage available to the American public.

Congressman Latta has also signed a discharge petition on H Res. 847. The discharge petition, after gathering 218 signatures, would force a roll call vote on the resolution.

Judge imposes delay in GOP battle

Lucas County Republican Chairman Jon Stainbrook won some breathing room yesterday in the fight to hold onto his position after a judge approved a 10-day freeze on the proceedings.

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100115/NEWS09/1150366

Probed lobbyist had stake in firms

Washington Times has the latest:

Superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, the focus of a federal criminal investigation, held an ownership interest in three small, privately held companies that his lobbying firm had helped obtain millions of federal tax dollars in congressional earmarks.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/15/probed-lobbyist-had-stak...

Citizens town hall meeting - The Children of Liberty - District 9 candidates Smith and Iott

We have joined with our fellow patriot groups to put on a town hall meeting to meet the candidates. If you are ready to work to change congress in 2010 and stand up for our constitutional principles, come to this town hall meeting. Speaking at the meeting will are Jack Smith and Rich Iott both running for District 9. This is your chance to ask them the questions the Media won't.

Date:
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Time:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Lyman Harbor Waterfront Banquet hall
Street:
1615 First street
City/Town:
Sandusky, OH

Marcy does not confirm to The Hill that she has or has not been referred by ethics committee

The Hill is reporting the latest on the PMA Scandal and the investigation of the Office of Congressional Ethics. It says three people being investigated will be referred. Marcy Kaptur has not been cleared yet and did not tell The Hill if she was cleared. Other members have in previous stories. It is odd that she has not said anything.
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The independent ethics office has referred three cases of alleged misconduct in the last three months to the full House ethics committee for further review.

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