Kennedy on Civil Rights: A Comparison to the Roberts Ideology has an excellent comparison of Senator Kennedy and John Roberts ideology on Civil Rights. here’s a couple of quips: Where Senator Kennedy Stands: Senator Kennedy was a strong supporter of the 1964 legislation and has been a leading participant in Congressional efforts to expand the protections afforded by our civil rights laws and to make them more effective in overcoming the effects of discrimination throughout his career. He played a central role in enactment of legislation outlawing discrimination in housing, prohibiting gender discrimination, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Americans with Disability Act. He has also authored amendments strengthening enforcement of key provisions of the Civil Rights Act. Where John Roberts Stands:

John Kerry’s Floor Statement on Relief For Small Businesses Harmed by Hurricane Katrina

Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to bring up Senate Amendment No. 1695 to the CJS FY2006 Appropriations Act. I offer this amendment with my colleague, Senator Landrieu, to provide comprehensive relief to the small businesses harmed by Hurricane Katrina. This assistance is necessary because of the two supplemental spending bills sent to Congress, not one penny of the combined $63 billion was for small business relief. Continue reading

Senator Feinstein to Cosponsor Bill To Prevent Gasoline Price Gouging

Price gouging at the pumps is in the news today as the Senate holds hearing on gas price gouging. Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today urged support for consumer protections to prevent opportunistic businesses from charging exceptionally high prices for gasoline during a time of crisis. Senator Feinstein is working with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on legislation that would give the President the authority to declare a national energy emergency so that the Federal Trade Commission could investigate and punish price gougers. Following is the statement of Senator Feinstein: “I have no doubt that gasoline price gouging occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The fact that more than 10 percent of our nation’s refining capacity was … Continue reading

My Big Question

It certainly appears to be reality. Katrina has knocked 9/11 and the War on Terror out of the arena, and left our President stripped bare. He is now the “Responsibility President”, an image worked up overnight to save the floundering (should I say drowning?) Republican Party. This isn’t quite in synch with the privatized infinitessimal bathtub variety of governance they were previously professing. Since in my humble assessment, you is what you is, and one thing Mr. Bush isn’t, is a leader of men. As this becomes clear to the American public, and a vacuum of leadership is created, what should the Democratic Party choose as its main thrust into this vacated spot? What should the Democrats simply promise to … Continue reading