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Jim Martin has a ludicrous surrogate, Sarah Palin for Senate(?), and Hillary is on an adventure.
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Caroline Kennedy wants the Senate job, Obama kind of wins again, and the shoes keep coming.
Day 3 of Minnesota's Senate recount brings some welcome comic relief in the name of write-in candidates on challenged ballots: Lizard People and Flying Spaghetti Monster, with a little Frankenstin [sic] for good measure.
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Newly elected State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senators William Stachowski and Antoine Thompson met today with Mayor Byron Brown in Buffalo to discuss concerns facing Upstate, as well as ways the new Senate Majority can work with local leaders to spur economic revitalization. The visit comes less than 48 hours after Smith was elected as the new Senate Majority Leader, the first Democrat to hold that position in 43 years.
Hawaii Senator, Clayton Hee talks about the "ceded" lands case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also talks about political solutions as answers to issues facing the Native Hawaiian community.
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Dr. Paul on the Senate Stimulus "Compromise"
Address by Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado to the opening reception of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 19th Annual Legislative Conference.
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Former US Senator J. Bennett Johnston said on 25th of March that the normalization of relations between Iran and the United States is in the interest of both countries, and would act as a “magic elixir” for the region.
“But just think of what it would mean first to the United States if we had a friendly and normal relationship with Iran. It would be … the key to peace in the Middle East. Israel, who feels terribly threatened by Iran, would be free of that burden. Our relationship with Iraq would be so much better, Afghanistan, the whole region would be much more secure, much more peaceful that it is now. It would be the magic elixir for the Middle East.”
The former senator was speaking at a policy symposium with the theme of “The Obama Administration and US-Iran Relations” on Capitol Hill in Washington held as part of a Nowruz reception sponsored by the American-Iranian Council [AIC].
The Capitol Hill Nowruz reception came on the heels of US President Barack Obama’s 20 March unprecedented video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year, addressed to the people and leaders of “the Islamic Republic”, in which he offered a “new beginning” in diplomatic engagement between the two countries.
However, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a swift response to Obama’s message, said his government would judge the U.S. by actions and not words, but also said: “If you change, we will also change our behavior.”
“It seems to me that this administration under President Obama has done exactly the right thing, has made entreaties based upon respect.”
He added that the new US approach should not insist on demanding prior commitments from the Iranians.
Another speaker at this symposium, Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, former Majlis [parliament] deputy and member of Iran’s reform movement, said that a halt of uranium enrichment should not be a pre-condition for talks, and that a full cessation of enrichment should be still be the goal of the negotiations.
Haghighatjoo, who resigned from the Majlis in 2004 due to lack of progress in the reform movement, disagreed with popular assessments that negotiations between the US and Iran will be more difficult if current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his hard-line faction win June presidential elections. She argued that on the contrary, a win by the reformist camp may lead Iran’s hardliners to unite and scuttle any renewed Iran-US dialogue.
”The present [Iranian] administration has the ability to control hardliners, who oppose any talks with the US. The conservatives would gain credibility through this, which would lead other branches of government to support the idea of negotiation… If President Ahmadinejad would not be reelected and by chance, a reformist candidate such as former Prime Minister Mr. Mousavi or former Speaker of Parliament Mehdi Karoubi [are elected], the chances of starting comprehensive negotiations would be slim.”
However, Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, President of the AIC, and an advocate of a renewed dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, disagreed with Haghighatjoo’s call for no preconditions to talks, and said he has changed his previous position recently and now believes that Iran should freeze uranium enrichment for a temporary period in order to jumpstart the negotiations.
Roger Cohen, syndicated New York Times columnist who recently returned from a three-week visit to Iran, added during this symposium that a temporary freeze on uranium enrichment as a pre-condition is irrelevant because Iran can always restart its enrichment program, and the goal should rather be to ensure uranium is not enriched to weapons-grade levels.
”I do think it’s meaningless, a meaningless kind of obstacle, because you can suspend enrichment and you can start it again two months later. And the more important thing is to try to bind Iran into a framework where we assure that the enriched fuel, low enriched fuel at this point, is not being devoted [to weapons-grade uranium].”
Brian Balfour discusses the unspecified "tax adjustments" in the Senate's latest budget.
Republican lawyer and Texas senate member, Chris Harris, introduced senate bill 1314 that would place the Texas Medical Board in control of the practice of acupuncture. Currently, Chiropractic doctors DO HAVE IN THEIR SCOPE OF PRACTICE, practice of acupuncture, I think we are the ONLY group not governed by the TMB that does, so this is a thinly veiled attack on Chiropractic doctors to limit their scope of practice to exclude acupuncture.
We MUST defeat the bill when it is voted on by the House of Representatives in Texas. It would needlessly interfere with patients who want acupuncture from their Chiropractic Doctors.
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Hans-Gert Poettering, President of the European parliament, reacts to the approval of the Lisbon Treaty on the future of the European Union by the Czech Senate. Speaking in Strasbourg. Distributed by Tubemogul.
The Czech Senate on Wednesday approved the Lisbon Treaty on the future of the European Union. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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In the first of a series of interviews with West Hartford’s legislative delegation, LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet met up with State Senator Jonathan Harris to discuss some of the bills he’s worked on this session.
The Connecticut General Assembly has just one week left in the regular session. This week is crunch time for bills advocates and legislators have been pushing all year.