Black Lawmakers want to limit new ethics office

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Chylloh

United States

#1 Jun 2, 2010
Black lawmakers want to limit new ethics office
By BEN EVANS
Associated Press Writer

Harry Hamburg, File
FILE - In this March 3, 2010 file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.More News
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Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics to open new investigations and make its findings public. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens.

Black caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the sponsors, but the full 42-member caucus did not endorse the measure. Lee declined comment through a spokesman.

The absence of support from top Democratic leaders for Fudge's proposal - including from House Whip Jim Clyburn, a black caucus member from South Carolina - suggests that it isn't going anywhere. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered no immediate comment.

Since its inception, the ethics office has investigated at least eight black caucus members, including veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and five others in that group over privately funded trips to the Caribbean. Many of them are among the co-sponsors of Fudge's resolution, although Rangel is not.

In a statement, Fudge argued that the new office - which can initiate investigations and refer findings but doesn't have the power to sanction lawmakers - is too powerful. She said her changes would prevent "trials in the court of public opinion."

"The processes must be fair to all people involved," Fudge said in a statement. "OCE is currently the accuser, judge, and jury."

The ethics office essentially serves as an advisory board to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, a congressional committee run by lawmakers who are charged with policing their colleagues.

The citizen-run ethics panel is far more open than the notoriously secretive standards committee, publicizing its findings after referring them to the ethics committee.

Fudge's proposal would remove that power and allow lawmakers on the standards committee to seal from public view the ethics office's findings on matters deemed meritless.

The resolution would make it harder for the ethics office to initiate investigations, requiring a sworn complaint from a citizen claiming personal knowledge of an alleged violation. That could prevent complaints from watchdog groups, for example.

It would also prevent the standards committee from taking a referral from the ethics office within 60 days before an election in which the subject of the case is a candidate.

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Chylloh

United States

#2 Jun 2, 2010
They don't want the investigation into their corruption--just the black caucus politicians, can you believe this?
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#3 Jun 2, 2010
Chylloh wrote:
They don't want the investigation into their corruption--just the black caucus politicians, can you believe this?
and that is exactly why they are on the fcc about monitoring radio talk shows . this is incredible 'just amazing 'the constant dictating of this administration is just plain desturbing and sickning .this country has been taken over by osama's brother obama . and its continuing to get more and more out of hand .
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#4 Jun 2, 2010
the black caucus politicians ..

and heres another classic 'THE BLACK CAUCUS 'can you fckn imagine the outrage from al and jesse or any other black if ANYTHING had WHITE in front of it 'especially an all WHITE caucus . good lord all hell would break loose .
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#5 Jun 2, 2010
Black lawmakers

theres another classic ' BLACK LAWMAKERS '
put WHITE in front of that and jesse and al are beating down your door calling for your job and demanding an apology . and then they wonder why most whites are fed up with this kind of bullshit nonsence .

“Don't Start Nothing ”

Since: Sep 07

It won't be nothing

#7 Jun 3, 2010
Scary Person wrote:
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Ahh how ironic,this is just too funny.But unfortunately, the committee will be done away with so the congressional black caucus can go about their evil ways.And thankfully we don't have anything called the congressional white caucus, cause that would be racist! oooooh the irony all over this one!
Ahem... Scary you do have a congressional white caucus it's also known as the Republican Party!!
Chylloh

Louisville, KY

#8 Jun 3, 2010
Scary Person wrote:
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Ahh how ironic,this is just too funny.But unfortunately, the committee will be done away with so the congressional black caucus can go about their evil ways.And thankfully we don't have anything called the congressional white caucus, cause that would be racist! oooooh the irony all over this one!
Isn't Phoenix funny, if he had a brain, he would be dangerous?
Chylloh

Louisville, KY

#9 Jun 3, 2010
waymoresblues wrote:
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and that is exactly why they are on the fcc about monitoring radio talk shows . this is incredible 'just amazing 'the constant dictating of this administration is just plain desturbing and sickning .this country has been taken over by osama's brother obama . and its continuing to get more and more out of hand .
There has been many blacks opposing Obama, the mainstream media will not report this. These blacks are well educated, conservative, contain common sense and want equality not special rights as the liberals push.

Oh, did you see the national news where Michelle Obama and Harry Reid were doing exercises together, Michelle had a dress on and omg, it was too comical. Reid being an old man could hardly do them and Michelle look like she was using the bathroom, I am not kidding, this is the truth.

To think, this is what a free college education has amounted to.

“Don't Start Nothing ”

Since: Sep 07

It won't be nothing

#10 Jun 3, 2010
Chylloh wrote:
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Isn't Phoenix funny, if he had a brain, he would be dangerous?
The truth hurts a Chyllooney?
Chylloh

Louisville, KY

#11 Jun 3, 2010
Phoenix97 wrote:
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The truth hurts a Chyllooney?
I agree with you, watching the truth on the news in which Michelle Obama was doing exercises in a dress, hurt my eyes, my brain, my senses.....good grief, doesn't she have a modicum of common sense?
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#12 Jun 3, 2010
Chylloh wrote:
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I agree with you, watching the truth on the news in which Michelle Obama was doing exercises in a dress, hurt my eyes, my brain, my senses.....good grief, doesn't she have a modicum of common sense?
lol i would've paid money to see her make an ass of herself like that . and ofcourse you were right again .the other day just before i went to work i read what you posted about obamas classic 'JUST PLUG THE DAMM HOLE ALREADY ' remark ,and ill be dammed if when i got to work that day mandy was talking about the exact same thing . i swear does that idiot have 1 ounce of common decency in him .
Chylloh

United States

#13 Jun 3, 2010
waymoresblues wrote:
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lol i would've paid money to see her make an ass of herself like that . and ofcourse you were right again .the other day just before i went to work i read what you posted about obamas classic 'JUST PLUG THE DAMM HOLE ALREADY ' remark ,and ill be dammed if when i got to work that day mandy was talking about the exact same thing . i swear does that idiot have 1 ounce of common decency in him .
Just watch the news and you will see it, the mainstream media thinks it is great, so that tells you which level of dignity and self-respect the media has.

To answer the last line of your post-----no.
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#14 Jun 3, 2010
i think its sad how since obama has been in office this country has become more and more divided .and its getting worse by the day .and this is exactly what obama wants ,but somehow some cant see this .
richard

Louisville, KY

#15 Jun 3, 2010
Phoenix97 wrote:
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The truth hurts a Chyllooney?
Im Glad the Pres knew the words to Michelle my belle. She would have kicked his ass for screwing that up

“Don't Start Nothing ”

Since: Sep 07

It won't be nothing

#16 Jun 3, 2010
waymoresblues wrote:
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lol i would've paid money to see her make an ass of herself like that . and ofcourse you were right again .the other day just before i went to work i read what you posted about obamas classic 'JUST PLUG THE DAMM HOLE ALREADY ' remark ,and ill be dammed if when i got to work that day mandy was talking about the exact same thing . i swear does that idiot have 1 ounce of common decency in him .
Mandy Connell is a far right wingnut looser aka Teabagger!!! She is trying her best to be another "Caribou Barbie," she should at least get an original thought!!!

Hahahaha....And you guys are gulping her Kool Aid down by the gallons everyday?
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#17 Jun 4, 2010
Phoenix97 wrote:
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Mandy Connell is a far right wingnut looser aka Teabagger!!! She is trying her best to be another "Caribou Barbie," she should at least get an original thought!!!
Hahahaha....And you guys are gulping her Kool Aid down by the gallons everyday?
no phoenix ' she is someone with her eyes wide open and sees her country going to hell in a handbasket thanks to your hero obama whos tainted kool aid your gulping down by the gallon everyday .
ya see you dont care about your country or the lies and deceit obama spews everyday 'the only thing you see is a black president NOTHING MORE .
Chylloh

United States

#18 Jun 4, 2010
Phoenix97 wrote:
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Mandy Connell is a far right wingnut looser aka Teabagger!!! She is trying her best to be another "Caribou Barbie," she should at least get an original thought!!!
Hahahaha....And you guys are gulping her Kool Aid down by the gallons everyday?
The way you gulped down a socialist, marxist, muslim as Obama?

At least, Mandy has morals and intelligence along with common sense, something very lacking in the "Thug in the White House".

Hey, Michelle, have you done anymore exercises in a dress lately?
Chylloh

United States

#19 Jun 4, 2010
waymoresblues wrote:
i think its sad how since obama has been in office this country has become more and more divided .and its getting worse by the day .and this is exactly what obama wants ,but somehow some cant see this .
They don't want to, some will not have the "race card" to excuse for their actions, some will not have the "career-I Am A Racist and This is How I Make My Living" and some will not have the "back-up plan" if everything else fails.

Obama's favorite phrase: "I blame her, him, them, it, that or whatever I can, so the thuggery and incompetency in me want be blamed".
waymoresblues

Louisville, KY

#20 Jun 4, 2010
Chylloh wrote:
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They don't want to, some will not have the "race card" to excuse for their actions, some will not have the "career-I Am A Racist and This is How I Make My Living" and some will not have the "back-up plan" if everything else fails.
Obama's favorite phrase: "I blame her, him, them, it, that or whatever I can, so the thuggery and incompetency in me want be blamed".
its all part of obama's grand plan ' keep your blinders on while i keep on destroying your country while you think im doing the best for you... and only a select few see whats going on ,but what i heard on mandy's show this morning is what i heard you say 'and that is more and more obama supporters are seeing their big mistake every single day , this is NOT the CHANGE they were hoping for
Chylloh

United States

#21 Jun 4, 2010
waymoresblues wrote:
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its all part of obama's grand plan ' keep your blinders on while i keep on destroying your country while you think im doing the best for you... and only a select few see whats going on ,but what i heard on mandy's show this morning is what i heard you say 'and that is more and more obama supporters are seeing their big mistake every single day , this is NOT the CHANGE they were hoping for
I agree with you about the "grand plan".

Yesterday's news stated 50% of Jewish people who voted for Obama will not vote for him again.

I wish I could listen to Mandy's show more often, but this is when I am working unless I am off that day. I am so glady you are keeping me updated.

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