“The idea that it could succeed without the opportunity to put back protections for consumers to me is incredible,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Thursday. “I am frankly stunned by the speed with which these special interest folks representing very powerful interests in this country have been able to move this bill through the House, and we’re going to try to see if we can’t build in some protections in the Senate.”
Another find at an article over at the Ashalnd Daily Press By RICK OLIVO. Seems Bob Jauch admits no matter what, he won’t vote for mining bill.
Meanwhile, the group that says it is considering launching a recall of Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar says it will make an announcement next week.
Jauch opponent Shirl LaBarre of Hayward says the stalled bill that would have sped up the permitting process of iron oremining for the Penokee Range has generated more interest in recalling Jauch.“It certainly did. People are very frustrated and upset and angry over it. I’ve had tons of calls, tons of emails, tons of Facebooks, people saying ‘let’s go,’” she said.
LaBarre, with the backing of the Milwaukee-based group Citizens for Responsible Government, is heading an effort that will decide whether or not to collect signatures to recall Jauch. She says this stems from his opposition to the Republican-backed mining bill. She says it doesn’t matter that Jauch is co-sponsoring an alternative mining bill with Republican State Senator Dale Schultz,
“It’s not at all. His mining bill is exactly what we’ve said all along. No mining.”
As for Jauch? He says he’s not worrying about a recall now.
“Right now I am completely committed to trying to come up with a responsible mining law,” he said.
Jauch was first elected to the state assembly in 1982, and then to the senate in 1986. It would take 15,270 signatures to trigger a recall election. LaBarre says if Jauch votes for the Republican mining bill, they won’t launch the recall.
DNR secretary takes aim at Jauch and Schmidt over mining bill stance
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:13 am
By RICK OLIVO Staff Writer | 0 comments Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Sepp denies that she has been taking an overtly partisan stance in blaming State Senators Bob Jauch, D-Poplar and Dale Schultz R-Richland Center, for derailing iron mining legislation and causing Gogebic Taconite to withdraw their plans to mine in Ashland County.
Sepp has been critical of Jauch and Schmidt for their opposition to the mining bill that came out of the Joint Finance Committee and failed to pass the state senate last week.
“Why I’m being critical isn’t necessarily about the vote, as the reasons I have been hearing that they supposedly voted that way, that’s why I’m speaking out,” Sepp said.
Sepp, who was criticized as a choice to head up the DNR after she had taken the agency to task as a state senator, hasn’t been involved in any partisan wrangling since she took the DNR top spot a year ago.
“I’ve been really cautious this first year in office to be very respectful of the fact that now I am in a very different position,” she said. “We’ve been very careful not to inflect any kind of politics into the legislative process when we’re involved, and we’ve offered technical advice and expertise from our staff to legislators who are making those decisions. We give them pros and cons on all kinds of proposals, but we don’t weigh in for or against anything anymore while it is moving through the legislative process.
Sepp said the fact that the mining bill is essentially dead freed her to comment.
“I felt that since there was a lot of rhetoric starting to bubble up about some folks saying the reason they couldn’t support this bill was because they didn’t think the Wisconsin DNR had the expertise to be able to site a mine and protect and enhance the environment at the same time, that was really disturbing to me,” she said.
WUPN: You need to read the whole article to see the phony theories Dale Schultz, Bob Jauch and the other democrats gave on their no vote on mining in Wisconsin. Also, in the article, Cathy Stepp’s last name is spelled STEPP not SEPP.
Megadeal: Lions make Calvin Johnson highest-paid WR in game, keep him through 2019
Johnson hauls in $132 million over 8 years, Lions free up cap space
Lions coach Jim Schwartz turned and looked over his left shoulder as his star receiver Calvin Johnson sat quietly in a corner.
“That deal is signed, right?” Schwartz said. “Everything’s signed? I’d have held out for more money, Calvin.
“Calvin’s one of those guys that, and we’ve said this about a few guys in our building now, that whatever you pay him is not enough. And he’s truly a special player.”
The Lions made their special player the highest-paid receiver in the game Wednesday, signing Johnson to an eight-year, $132-million contract that would keep Johnson in Detroit through 2019.
The deal includes a record $60 million in guarantees, topping the $50 million Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got in his rookie deal two years ago, and frees up about $9 million in cap space that the Lions can use in free agency.
Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech
US soldiers were asked to disarm during a speech by Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, in a sign of grown concern over spates of seemingly random violence in Afghanistan.
By Raf Sanchez, Washington9:06PM GMT 14 Mar 2012
Less than a week after a US staff sergeant allegedly massacred 16 civilians in Kandahar, American soldiers were banned from bringing guns into a talk by Mr Panetta at a base in Helmand province.
Around 200 troops who had gathered in a tent at Camp Leatherneck were told “something had come to light” and asked abruptly to file outside and lay down their automatic rifles and 9mm pistols.
“Somebody got itchy, that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy – we just adjust,” said the sergeant who was told to clear the hall of weapons
Republican speaks at wrong convention
Published: March. 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM
MUSCATINE, Iowa, March 14 (UPI) — An Iowa Republican running for Congress said he arrived early for an event and accidentally ended up addressing a group of Democrats.
Dan Dolan of Muscatine said he and a staffer arrived early Saturday for the Republican convention at the Monroe County Courthouse in Albia, The Quad City Times reported Wednesday.
“My staffer runs up and says, ‘Hey, Dan Dolan is here. Can he speak?’ So they stopped everything, and I get up there and give my speech,” Dolan said. “I get done, a guy raises his hand and says, ‘I think you want to talk to the Republicans.'”
“It was a crazy day,” Dolan said. “We had scheduled 10 speaking engagements through the district.”