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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:14 PM
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Johanns (R-Ne) still aiming at ACORN
Source: AP

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns is seeking support for a bill that would cut off all federal funding from community organization ACORN.

The Nebraska Republican has sent an invitation to all 83 senators who voted for his amendment earlier this week to block federal Housing and Urban Development Department money from ACORN. So far, he says, 15 senators have expressed interest in co-sponsoring the bill.

ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has come under fire for several voter-registration fraud cases. On Tuesday, Johanns asked the Justice Department to investigate ACORN.

Johanns dismissed criticism that his targeting of ACORN is just partisan politics, saying ACORN needs only to "run a clean shop, and you won't get any attacks."

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20090917/NEWS01/709179791
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:27 PM
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1. Right....because the right wingers want no one to represent the poor.
If it's not "targeting of Acorn", then why hasnt he voted to cut off all funding for Congress in light of all the criminal activity there?
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:31 PM
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2. When will he call for Xe (Blackwater) to "run a clean shop"
they got many times more tax dollars than did ACORN.

fuck these people!
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IADEMO2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:35 PM
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3. Hey Mike. Go look for the 360 tons of hundred dollar bills lost in Iraq
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:00 AM
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13. He's blind to that theft
He was "servicing" THE CHIMPANZEE on this KNEES when that outrage was going on.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:37 PM
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4. Looks like a non issue now anyway.
One of the Acorn workers actually talked and it looks like it was a setup. Oh the modern age of doctoring a video... do'h...

And Omaha went for Obama, quite good city. Crazy to drive there, but better than some cities. :)
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:41 PM
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5. What is he basing this bill on?
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 05:42 PM by Wizard777
:shrug:

Senate Rule 6?
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:50 PM
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7. Summoning absent Senators?
RULE VI
QUORUM - ABSENT SENATORS MAY BE SENT FOR

1. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Senators duly chosen and sworn. 2. No Senator shall absent himself from the service of the Senate without leave. 3. If, at any time during the daily sessions of the Senate, a question shall be raised by any Senator as to the presence of a quorum, the Presiding Officer shall forthwith direct the Secretary to call the roll and shall announce the result, and these proceedings shall be without debate. 4. Whenever upon such roll call it shall be ascertained that a quorum is not present, a majority of the Senators present may direct the Sergeant at Arms to request, and, when necessary, to compel the attendance of the absent Senators, which order shall be determined without debate; and pending its execution, and until a quorum shall be present, no debate nor motion, except to adjourn, or to recess pursuant to a previous order entered by unanimous consent, shall be in order.

http://rules.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Rul...
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:57 PM
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8. No it's one of the subsection 6's. I'm not saying which one. Sorry.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:44 PM
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6. He doesn't want to defund ACORN -- he wants to destroy it.
He doesn't want them signing up voters. That is the true threat to the Rethugs.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:00 PM
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10. Defunding ACORN will barely put a dent in it

The vast majority of ACORN funding comes from its members.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:08 PM
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11. Is that so?
40% of their money is from the feds.

Of the other 60%, who's to say that less than a sixth of that is also through the feds at one remove, through an associated organization?

Let's see the books before we make a final pronouncement on that.
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:49 AM
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14. Will the Gentleman Provide Numbers? Yearly Budgets And Grant Totals?
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:47 PM
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15. Let's see where your numbers come from

Fortunately, ACORN derives most of its income from its members and other supporters, so the decision will have little impact on overall operations.

- Bertha Lewis, ACORN CEO
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:13 PM
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9. What is their involvement in HUD? How is this going to hurt those
who need HUD services?
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:29 PM
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12. Oh those repugs sure need their enemies.
In a peaceful world they would be lost, aimless. Pointless.
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