Thursday, December 22, 2005

Supreme Court settles case

It's been a bit over a year since the 2004 election and the case has finally been settled by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The following is a statement from Virginia Woodward's lawyer, Jennifer Moore:
The Kentucky Supreme Court issued its ruling a few moments ago in the Stephenson v. Woodward case. We won!! We are thrilled the Court placed the Constitution above power and politics. The Court in a 5 to 2 decision affirmed the permanent injunction against Stephenson prohibiting her from serving in the State Senate as she is not qualified under the Kentucky Constitution. Now, it is up to the Governor to call a special election immediately so the citizens of the 37th district will finally have the representation they deserve.

Thanks for your support over the past year. I especially want to thank Virginia Woodward who has stood so strong and honorably in the face of such fierce opposition. The Democratic Party and the Commonwealth should be extremely proud of her today. Thank you.
For all you Saturday Night Live fans, I am sorry to inform you but there is no rerun this Saturday. However, you can find reruns on E! at 10 PM and 1 AM.

Hoosiers, soon, will have a harder time paying for health care. If there's anything more than world peace that we need, it's affordable health care and education.
Reaction was similar from Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. All Senate Democrats and five Republicans opposed the bill.

"I believe very strongly that we need to get our deficits under control, but this bill reflected the wrong priorities for the nation and broke the American promise by cutting funding for those most in need," Bayh said in a statement.

About 13 percent of Indiana's population, 838,136 Hoosiers, were enrolled in Medicaid in June.

Democrats were able to strip out a proposal that would have granted hospitals that receive Medicaid money a liability waiver if they refuse medical care to the poor.
As a result, the House must return for a second vote. The House adjourned early Monday after passing the budget package.
Had Bush not had his tax plan passed, this would never have happened.

For every negative thing that people say about Senator Joe Lieberman, there is always something positive to say. Lieberman is a conservationist and he, like myself, cares deeply about the environment. I'm glad that he took a lead on this. The military spending bills were held hostage by a Republican Senator who now may be retiring from the Senate after his 25th failed attempt for Alaskan drilling.
"We won because we were right," Lieberman said. Lieberman said that drilling in the refuge in northern Alaska is wrong because it perpetuates a "dangerous myth" that America can drill its way out of dependence on foreign oil.

And, Lieberman said, it was right to oppose those who would try to hold the military budget hostage during a time of war simply to win support for a pet project.

"It would have been a terrible precedent that would haunt the Senate for years to come," Lieberman said.[...]

"LCV praises those members who stood with the majority of the American people in rejecting this abuse of power and protecting one of our national treasures," said League of Conservation Voters President Deb Callahan. "In particular, we would like to acknowledge Sen. Joe Lieberman for his leadership and tireless work in fighting to protect the refuge."[...]

During a morning debate, Lieberman said he had opposed drilling in the Arctic since entering the Senate in 1988.

"Over the last 17 years, we have had good, fair fights on this issue according to the rules," Lieberman said. "What they have done this year is attempted to suspend those rules."

Lieberman assailed proponents of drilling, saying it was audacious and disrespectful to attach the measure to the military spending bill.

"If we yield to this tactic this time on ANWR, next year it will be someone else's pet project," Lieberman said. "If you support our military and want security of funding for it, you will vote against cloture." lists some of their favorite quotes from 2005.
21) "I had no idea that if you wanted a show canceled, all you had to do was say it out loud." --Jon Stewart, on CNN's decision to cancel of "Crossfire," three months after his brutal exchange with host Tucker Carlson
10) Jon Stewart: "Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for — the official halfway point of the Bush presidency."
President Bush: "I George Walker Bush do solemnly swear..."
Stewart: "At which point 49 percent of the country also solemnly swore."

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