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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen isn't buying the notion that Republicans have failed to adequately reach out to young people.
He told delegates he looked at his table last night and saw GOP chair Reince Priebus at 36 years old, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan at 38, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker at 40 and himself at 42, the "old man at the table."
"Folks, we've got a future," Van Hollen said, adding that Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch is 43 and 44-year-old John Gard has got a good shot at the 8th CD this fall.
"Unfortunately, Speaker Huebsch decided to push it [the budget repair bill] through the Assembly. And he did so in a manner which does not fix the problems of overtaxing, and replaces transportation fees with more state borrowing - exactly the same move which helped destroy the Republican brand. Everyone can see this is a political shell game that simply postpones the hard decisions."
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Jim Doyle has used his partial veto power to order state agencies to cut deeper and ensure schools will get promised aid payments on time.Doyle signed a bill Friday designed to fill a $527 million deficit in the current state budget brought on by the faltering economy. The bill called for $69 million in cuts to state agencies, delaying $125 million in school aid payments and refinancing the state's tobacco bonds to capture $209 million.The governor used his partial veto power to order state agencies to cut another $200 million and wipe out another $180 million for road maintenance legislators tucked into the bill. He also vetoed the delay in school payments.
A top adviser to a Republican incumbent who has a difficult race in November already says his boss is not looking to the NRCC for the same help he got in 2006. "This chairman badly underestimated how important it is to have top-flight staff," the adviser said, adding that some NRCC staffers are "toiling" under supervisors with less campaign experience. "We had been planning all along to operate without much help from them."
I am proposing a partial solution to our budget shortfall that could potentially save about $45 million dollars. The attached fiscal note, prepared by Art Zimmermann, describes the details behind my plan of an unpaid leave for all state employees. The idea has evolved into a voluntary program that would allow all state employees including legislators to take up to 3 days of unpaid leave in order to comply with existing contractual obligations. If all state employees would take the three days, the savings would total $52.2 million dollars (without including any overhead costs.)
If administered correctly, this idea could be both simple and easy to administer. If we include ourselves in the budget fix, we will automatically be on the high road and will regain some credibility. Can we all afford to return about 1% of our salaries back to the general fund? It seems that most government employees and programs are sheltered from economic downturns. This is our chance to 'feel the pain' along with the people we represent and to share the burden along with our fellow taxpayers.
This proposal only puts a dent into the budget shortfall, but along with other spending cuts, we can solve the shortfall in a way we can be proud of. We can also go back to our districts and with energy and enthusiasm that we did the right thing. As an added bonus, we could also include a 1% give back of our per diem and office supply budgets. Think of the positive press we can claim if we start the budget shortfall solution with ourselves!
(CNN) -- Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the "D.C. Madam," was found dead in Florida on Thursday, according to Tarpon Springs police.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey was convicted of running a high-powered prostitution ring.
Palfrey hanged herself in a storage shed on her mother's property, where she had been staying, according to a police statement. Palfrey's mother, 76-year-old Blanche Palfrey, found the body, police said.