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Santorum is out

My apologies for abandoning this site on Aug 1, but there were some House races that I wanted to win in NJ and unforunately, we didn't win them.  But Santorum is out, and as a progressive, pro-choice woman, I'm hoping Casey will support us when the time comes for Supreme Court appointments.

I resented all along Barbara Hafer being pushed out of the race after she declared in March of last year (she was a pro-choice, former treasurer, former Republican). 

I thought the Democratic primary voters should have decided whether to go for the 'big tent' strategy.

I hope Bob Casey Jr will take into consideration the exceptionally high murder rate in Philadelphia when he votes on gun issues.  And I pray for my Catholic cousin with MS when he votes on stem cell research.

Women's issues have been jettisoned by this race, and I hope women will not rue the day.

To Senator Reid, Speaker of the House Pelosi, Chairman Dean, speaking from PA and NJ:  women and minorities are the backbone of the Dem party, don't abandon us.   I plead for no more votes like the torture vote, for no more funding of the war and to put corporate interests on the back burner for the benefit of average Americans.

I pulled my weight for a year and a half...

 
 
 
 
"Congressman Hoekstra and I are here today to say that we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons. … Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."
--Santorum 
 
"Rolling out some old fairly toxic stuff sounds to me life a desperate claim by those who wish that we could find some new way to rationalize the ongoing devastation in Iraq."  -- Rep. Jane Harman, ranking Dem on the House Intelligence Committee
 
 
Santorum votes with the environmental group only 10% of the time and has taken $463,578 from oil and gas companies over his career.  He voted 6 times against raising fuel efficiency standards and now the average price at the pump for gasoline in PA is $2.91.  Every river and stream in PA is under a fish advisory for mercury.  Santorum voted to allow a 20 year delay in reduction of mercury emissions.  Though he was defeated, he tried to oppose the 'sense of the Senate' resolution acknowledging that global warming is real and mandatory limits on greenhouse gases are necessary.
 
 
Some of the questions for Santorum, other senators supporting the marriage amendment and staff answering the phone: ... Has the senator ever had sex before marriage? Have you? What about adultery and prostitution? Will they swear never to have been involved, and never to be involved, in either? Will the senator promise never to divorce? And finally, if the senator is married, do they have children, and if not, why not?
The intrusion on privacy of the Senators and staff members answering the phone is meant to serve as a reminder of how far Santorum is willing to go in denying privacy rights to uphold state laws against sodomy, etc.

Arlington North, Memorial Day, 2006
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Independence Mall, Philadelphia, photo - M. Frugier

May 27, 2006
 
 
 Gen. Hayden's nomination drew fire from some Democrats and civil liberties groups because he headed the National Security Agency when it began conducting warrantless wiretaps of Americans' international phone calls in a bid to find possible terrorists.
 
 
Before every election, the Post-Gazette routinely sends letters to the candidates seeking material for the Voters Guide. Back in March, as part of that process for the primary, the newspaper sent a letter to Rick Santorum at his home address, at least the one that he claims. Back from Penn Hills came the letter with a sticker from the U.S. Postal Service checked as
"Not Deliverable As Addressed -- Unable To Forward."
 
The whole thing is rooted in one inconvenient fact for Sen. Santorum:
He doesn't live here anymore...
So what we have is the senator making untrue and outrageous comments while seeking to hide behind his wife and kids in order to get around an inconvenient fact.  We have a feeling that those who do live here may have something to say about this cowardly tactic at the November polls.  Pittsburgh Post Gazette
 
 
 
 
People do not have a right to know the government is collecting information on their phone calls, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said during a Friday visit to Shippensburg.  Santorum said the ability of the National Security Agency to track phone calls is just another tool in the government's war against terrorism and not something that should have been made public.  "Obviously there are things the general public doesn't know . .. and shouldn't know," he told a (Chambersburg) Public Opinion reporter during a question-and-answer session... "I don't think it is an invasion of privacy."
 
 
The woman accused him of choking her in 2004, Sherwood settled an abuse lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.  Instead of condemning Sherwood, Santorum recorded campaign calls for him and Santorum's spokeswoman says, "Sen. Santorum has had a strong working relationship with Rep. Sherwood for many years. He is pleased to support him in his reelection." Santorum asked public to wait for facts to come out in Sherwood case, but condemned Clinton over less egregious allegations before facts were out.
 
 
Senate passes supplemental spending bill on Iraq with Biden amendment preventing any of the money from being spent on 'permanent' bases             [vote #112]  Amendment passed on a voice vote, so we don't know how Santorum voted.  He voted for the $109 billion supplemental spending bill, including $66 billion for war.  The president has threatened to veto, since he wanted a $92 billion bill.
 

OCCUPATION WILL END WHEN CONGRESS STOPS FUNDING
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EASTER Sunday outside Specter's house, photo - M. Frugier

 
 
 
 
 

Message to the GOP: Stop the Politics of Hate
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Philadelphia, Apr 10, 2006, photo - M. Frugier

Court papers say Bush approved leaking Iraq intelligence, Apr 6, 2006

 Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, I. Lewis Libby, told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.

DeLay to resign from Congress  Apr 4, 2006

DeLay"s Political Action Committee, Americans for a Republican Majority, gave Santorum 2006 $5,000 on Dec 13, 2004

Will Santorum return money he received from Tony Rudy, DeLay's chief of staff who pled guilty to conspiracy last week after being involved in bribery and fraud?

Rudy pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy, agreeing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into a widespread bribery and fraud scheme spearheaded by disgraced GOP lobbyist Abramoff...  At press time, an aide to Santorum was looking into the matter.

Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV 4 investigative report on Santorum's charity available on Casey website   Santorum denies head of charity, Rob Bickhart, is a lobbyist, even though Bickhart's firm's website mentions lobbying as one of the services they provide and Specter asked Senate ethics committee to look into whether Specter's aide, who is married to Bickhart, helped Bickhart get a $50 million contract

Michelman decides against Senate run

FDA OUT TO LUNCH
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Americans for Job Security air another ad, still hasn't revealed contributors  Apr 5, 2006

Santorum has refused to say whether he thinks it is proper for groups like Americans for Job Security to conceal their donors, or for donations to the group to be treated as business expenses.

 
Action Alert:  Phone or fax Senator McCain and ask him to call on "Americans for Job Security" to disclose their donors or call on Santorum to reject their help.  Sen. McCain's office: (202) 224-2235, fax (202) 228-2862
 
 
 
Americans for Job Security is a Republican-leaning, anti-tax group that says its money comes from 500 individuals, corporations, business groups and other sources...  In spite of its political activity, the IRS has classified the group as  a 501-c-6 organization, a nonprofit business association, comparable to a Chamber of Commerce. Under IRS rules, it is not required to disclose publicly how it raises money.

If the grandfather and grandson walking together in Sen. Rick Santorum's Internet ad look familiar, it could be because the same two actors are in a TV ad that a third-party group is running in support of Santorum.  A spokeswoman for Santorum has repeatedly denied any connection between Santorum and the group, Americans for Job Security...  Michael Dubke, president of the Republican-leaning third-party group, and John Brabender, Santorum's media consultant, each denied that the two sides had collaborated in any way. They each said it was a coincidence they used the same stock footage in their respective ads.   Dec 2, 2005

"The need to reform the avalanche of soft money in our political system is evident in every competitive race in this country where parties, business and labor, and ideological groups on all sides are spending hundreds of millions of unlimited, and in some cases, unreported dollars to influence federal elections," said Senator John McCain, Sep, 2002

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Volume 17.3, March 2006

 
 
The American Prospect Exclusive: An investigation into the private and public finances of Rick Santorum suggests that the Senate GOP might want to reconsider making him its ethics czar. -- Will Bunch 
 
 

Specter denies aide acted improperly, despite assistant's husband who heads lobbying firm having clients who landed $50 million in contracts

Specter says he'll speak for Santorum early and often, continue to raise money for him and even put Santorum's name first on joint press releases announcing goodies for the stateNov 29, 2005

Santorum introduced legislation to protect hunters' privacy, Sportsmens' Privacy Protection Act, repeal of federal law requiring agencies to collect Social Security numbers on recreational licenses.  NRA supports the bill

Action AlertSpecter believes spy program violates law.  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' explanations so far for the Bush administration's failure to obtain warrants for its domestic surveillance program are "strained" and "unrealistic," according to Sen. Specter.  Call Senator Specter and others on the Judiciary Committee and demand that they do their jobs by protecting us from this abuse of power and ask that they pass along our sentiments to the Senators on the Judiciary Committee. And you can contact those Senators directly, e.g. Specter, Leahy, Schumer, Feinstein, Kennedy, Feingold, Brownback, Kyl, Biden, Graham, by calling toll-free at 800-614-2803.   Ask for the appointment of a SPECIAL COUNSEL to independently investigate the actions of this Administration and prosecute any crimes.  CALL NOW.

Santorum says liberals, media are undermining war support, risky if he's perceived as criticizing Murthamore on Iraq

Ripon Society is travel agent to lobbyists"skirting congressional ethics rules that forbid lobbyists from paying for congressional travel,former head, Michael Dubke, is now president of Americans for Job Security, "non profit business association" that paid $1 million in TV ads for Santorum without disclosing their donors

Under president Richard S. Kessler, himself a prominent Washington lobbyist, people who represent corporate interests before Congress have "spent millions taking lawmakers to European capitals and U.S. resorts" under the auspices of the Ripon Society and the affiliated Ripon Educational Fund, the group Public Citizen charged in a new report...   Members of Congress have gone on trips costing the Ripon Society and Ripon Education Fund $742,000 since 2000. In addition, Kessler's clients have provided another $273,000 for congressional travel...  The Ripon Education Fund has provided members of Congress trips to conferences held in a number of European capitals, including London in 2003 and Budapest in 2004...  On the August 2003 trip to London, the Education Fund picked up the tab for 20 members of Congress, including Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Rep. Michael G. Oxley (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. The elected officials were accompanied by more than 100 lobbyists... These included representatives of American Express, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and General Motors Corp... Ripon Society Chief Administrative Officer George McNeill said the organization has held three domestic conferences this year and last, in Key Biscayne, Palm Beach and Dallas. He said he could not estimate the number of lobbyists who attended, paying their own way. The society pays the costs for elected officials and congressional staff, and for academics and other experts addressing the conferences, McNeill said.   

ACT UP protesters arrive at Justice Sunday III
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Greater Exodus Baptist Church, Phil, Jan 8

Santorum rails against Alito opposition

... at 'Justice Sunday III'...  Across the street, about 150 protesters held signs and chanted. Organizers, including AIDS activists and abortion rights supporters, maintain that sponsors of "Justice Sunday" back a dangerous mixing of church and state and an agenda that threatens civil rights.  "Real justice does not tolerate hatred. Real justice is not about inequality. Real justice is about diversity," the Rev. Jeffery H. Jordan, senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia, told the cheering crowd.   Jan 8, 2006

 Stop Trying to Undermine the Independence of the Federal Courts!        DSCC Petition to Santorum

Fox Guarding Hens
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DSCC K Street Ad

Justice Sunday III:  Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land  Jan 8, 2006

Abramoff gets almost 6 years in prison  Mar 29, 2006

Santorum to donate $11K in Abramoff-connected money to charity  Jan 6, 2006

Casey calls on Santorum to return Abramoff money  Jan 3, 2006

$11,000 in contributions to campaign, leadership PAC, and 527

On a day when high-profile Republicans including George Bush, Tom DeLay, and Roy Blunt are returning money connected to Jack Abramoff, Senator Santorum is noticeably silent.

"Santorum should return the Abramoff money, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Rick Santorum's leadership of the K Street Project is another example of a culture of corruption in Washington that needs to end, said Bob Casey spokesperson Larry Smar. "...This is one of the many reasons why we need a change of direction in Washington."

Santorum received the following contributions connected to Abramoff.

* $5,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation Non-Federal (Santorum’s 527) in the 2002 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe $2,000 to the Santorum campaign in the 2004 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the Santorum campaign in the 2000 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to America's Foundation (Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation (Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

Santorum and other GOP lawmakers misrepresent reason for stripping low income heating assistance from budget, try to blame it on removal of controversial ANWR drilling from Defense bill 

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said Democrats stripped out the $2 billion in LIHEAP money because it would have been funded by revenues from oil drilling in ANWR. Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in a teleconference with reporters yesterday that there was no legal linkage between ANWR and LIHEAP.   Patriot News Dec 23, 2005 

Read Santorum's links to Walmart, download the flyer:

The Santorum/Walmart Connection

 

   Of the six companies we are asking not to support Santorum's re-election, only Pfizer gave to Santorum since our campaign started, and in contrast to its Mar 22, 2005 contribution of $2,500 before our campaign, Pfizer's June 23, 2005 contribution was $500.  NONE HAVE GIVEN SINCE THEN, as of March 31, 2006 FEC reporting.  Keep up the pressure and ask your friends and family to email the letter, too!

Action Alert: 
Write your representative and ask them to Scrap the Pentagon Database.    If you're 16-25 years old, opt out of the three year old illegal database containing 30 million names, SSNs, GPAs, ethnicities and interests. 
 
 
 
News
 
(Check back for update on Jun 23- Jul 21 during the August recess. Sorry for the break -SW editor)
 
 
 
 
"Rolling out some old fairly toxic stuff sounds to me life a desperate claim by those who wish that we could find some new way to rationalize the ongoing devastation in Iraq," Harman said.  [Harman is the ranking Dem on the House Intelligence Committee]
 
 
 
"Congressman Hoekstra and I are here today to say that we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons. … Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist." Santorum  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The English section filled with concern about the "amnesty-ridden proposal,"  but the Spanish section made no mention of amnesty in its discourse on immigration. Nor did it refer to "rewarding criminal behavior" of illegal immigrants, as the English version did.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arlington North, Memorial Day, 2006
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Independence Mall, Philadelphia, photo - M. Frugier

 
 
 
 
 
Gen. Hayden's nomination drew fire from some Democrats and civil liberties groups because he headed the National Security Agency when it began conducting warrantless wiretaps of Americans' international phone calls in a bid to find possible terrorists... Specter said he did so to  protest "the administration's policy of not informing the Congress ... in a way which enables the Congress and the Judiciary Committee to do our constitutional job on oversight."
 
 
 
Before every election, the Post-Gazette routinely sends letters to the candidates seeking material for the Voters Guide. Back in March, as part of that process for the primary, the newspaper sent a letter to Rick Santorum at his home address, at least the one that he claims. Back from Penn Hills came the letter with a sticker from the U.S. Postal Service checked as "Not Deliverable As Addressed -- Unable To Forward."  ...The whole thing is rooted in one inconvenient fact for Sen. Santorum: He doesn't live here anymore... So what we have is the senator making untrue and outrageous comments while seeking to hide behind his wife and kids in order to get around an inconvenient fact.  We have a feeling that those who do live here may have something to say about this cowardly tactic at the November polls.  Pittsburgh Post Gazette
 
The Santorums pay property taxes and register their cars in Penn Hills, Pa. They get their teeth cleaned and eyes checked by area doctors.  The family burial site is located there, too. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) cited those reasons and more in a letter yesterday to the Allegheny County solicitor as proof that a local Democrat's challenge to his residency has no merit. Philadelphia Inquirer
 
 
 
Santorum did not respond to questions, and it is unclear whether he will vote for the legislation, which President Bush supports. In an article published on his Web site, Santorum noted that he cosponsored the fencing amendment and emphasized the need for border security. He voted for the English-language provision and against a larger guest-worker program. He supported two failed amendments: one that would have required border security measures to be complete and operational before legal status is granted to any immigrant, and another to ensure that the temporary-worker program was not a "shortcut" to legalization of citizenship. He wants illegal workers to return to their countries and reenter the United States legally.
 
 
 
 
The accusations began Tuesday, the day of Pennsylvania’s primary, when Ed Vecchio, husband of the chairwoman of the local Democratic Party, told KDKA, the local CBS affiliate, that Santorum did not live in Penn Hills. Democrats have charged Santorum with bilking Penn Hills’ school district to pay for his children’s schooling in Virginia.  According to KDKA’s website. Vecchio said, “The house he’s registered to vote out of is vacant — no curtains, furniture, nothing in there. It’s been abandoned for over a month. So I feel it’s my right to contest his vote.”
Santorum exploded Tuesday on television at the perception that Vecchio had been snooping around his home, and his wife, Karen, called the U.S. Capitol Police, who notified the Penn Hills Police Department, said Chief Burton.
Vecchio later told reporters that the senator’s home appeared to be empty, a statement that Santorum said was false, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. But Vecchio’s wife said she and her husband did not set foot on the property and would take a lie-detector test to prove it. She said her husband was referring to information from the local media. Burton said that Mrs. Santorum did not see anyone snooping around the house, that nobody else did either and that police have stepped up their routine checks on Santorum’s house while cruising the neighborhood.

The vitriol continued Thursday on WILK radio when Santorum said, “Now that he is a nominee, it is time for him to start acting like a candidate instead of a thug.” Santorum stands by his comments, said Virginia Davis, Santorum’s spokeswoman.  In a response letter, Casey spokesman Larry Smar said, “Santorum is trying to distract from the real issues. Bob Casey had nothing to do with this. It’s an outrageous and desperate attempt to change the subject.”
 
 
 
The Senate also approved a provision that would prevent illegal immigrants from petitioning for a guest-worker permit without the sponsorship an employer. [vote #128] And in a unanimous vote, Senate accepted an amendment that would bar granting work permits to undocumented immigrants convicted of either a felony or at least three misdemeanors. The measure would effect even those who ignored a court-deportation order. [vote #125May 18, 2006
 
 
Casey wins Dem primary  May 17, 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
People do not have a right to know the government is collecting information on their phone calls, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said during a Friday visit to Shippensburg.  Santorum said the ability of the National Security Agency to track phone calls is just another tool in the government's war against terrorism and not something that should have been made public.  "Obviously there are things the general public doesn't know . .. and shouldn't know," he told a (Chambersburg) Public Opinion reporter during a question-and-answer session... "I don't think it is an invasion of privacy."
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Santorum and Specter join on stem-cell bill,  Rick Santorum  called for federal funding of research that would involve creating an altered human embryo - one that could yield precious stem cells but not implant in a uterus  May 7, 2006

But at the International Center for Technology Assessment, which neither advocates nor opposes embryonic stem-cell research, bioethicist Jaydee Hanson said making "defective embryos" is no solution.  "Simply redefining something as 'not an embryo' doesn't make it not an embryo," he said.

 
 
 
 
 
Speaking from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) urged his colleagues to curtail a popular perk: private corporate-sponsored flights at bargain rates for members of Congress. "This is clearly a subsidy," he said March 8.  Two days earlier, he had taken a BellSouth plane from a runway near his home in Leesburg, Va., to fund-raising events in North Carolina and South Carolina. The jet ferried Santorum, two aides and Ward White, BellSouth's top Washington lobbyist.  Santorum paid $6,955 - first-class rates, as Senate rules require, but a fraction of what it costs to operate the plane...
 
 
But even as Frist and Sen. Rick Santorum defended the rebate proposal yesterday, other Republicans were declaring it dead.
 
 

 
 
 
 
The cost of the war is expected to top $282 billion by the end of the year, a figure reflecting steady escalation since 2003, according to reported estimates (other estimates are higher) from the D.C.-based think-tank, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  That's enough money to run Pennsylvania for a decade.  The human cost so far is 2,389 Americans dead (116 from Pennsylvania, more than any state other than the much-larger states of California and Texas) and 17,469 Americans wounded.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the two trailing Democrats in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate race, yesterday's debate was their final chance to make the case -- face to face -- that the Democratic establishment made a mistake when it put its money and power behind conservative Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lead for Casey narrows in yesterday's Quinnipiac Univ. Poll:  Casey 48%, Santorum 11%  Apr 7, 2006 

More on the senator's environmentalism  Apr 7, 2006

We all should be amused by Rick Santorum's March 28 letter claiming that a reader has taken his environmental voting record "out of context."  In fact, the senator's record is so frightening that the League of Conservation Voters has specifically targeted him as the candidate to beat in this year's elections.  Sen. Santorum underestimates us People Paper readers if he expects his involvement with the "Bicameral Open Space Caucus" - whatever that is - and support of "telecommuting" to eclipse a career of voting against clean water programs, toxic waste cleanup and chemical exposure regulations.  The cold, hard fact is that Rick Santorum has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from chemical, oil, gas and logging companies throughout his political career. -- Pete Winebrake

Court papers say Bush approved leaking Iraq intelligence, Apr 6, 2006

Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, I. Lewis Libby, told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.

House passes first piece of lobbying changes  Apr 6, 2006

If the Senate were to approve the House proposal, it could scale back activities of 527 groups like the Lantern Project, which has recently run ads in Pennsylvania critical of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who is seeking re-election.  But a major criticism of the bill is that it does not include similar restrictions on other tax-exempt groups that have been involved in elections, including 501 (c) (3), 501 (c) (4) or 501 (c) (6) groups, which have virtually no disclosure requirements under current law.  One 501 (c) (6) group, Americans for Job Security, is airing ads this week in Philadelphia markets...

Webpage spoof of Santorum disappears off MySpace  Apr 6, 2006

GOP sighs as DeLay exits, leaders admit he was Dems 'poster child'  Apr 5, 2006

Labor boosts Casey while ads blast him  Apr 5, 2006

Americans for Job Security air another ad, still hasn't revealed contributors  Apr 5, 2006

Santorum has refused to say whether he thinks it is proper for groups like Americans for Job Security to conceal their donors, or for donations to the group to be treated as business expenses.

Will Santorum return money he received from Tony Rudy, DeLay's chief of staff who pled guilty to conspiracy last week after being involved in bribery and fraud?  Apr 4, 2006

Rudy pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy, agreeing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into a widespread bribery and fraud scheme spearheaded by disgraced GOP lobbyist Abramoff...  At press time, an aide to Santorum was looking into the matter.

DeLay to resign from Congress  Apr 4, 2006

Inquirer overstated the case slightly on lobbying firms connections to Santorum  Apr 4, 2006

In yesterday's story on Washington lobbyist Robert S. Walker, GSP Consulting of Pittsburgh was described as mainly composed of former staffers of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and as a single-member shop. In fact, only six of its 16 members, including three interns, once worked for Sen. Santorum and it does business on the state level and has federal clients not based in Pennsylvania.

Lobbyist dismisses lobbying reforms approved by Senate as minimal

In one instance, Walker recounted, his lobby group was hired by a client but was told it had to subcontract part of the work to a firm "that had a direct relationship with a [Republican] member who was going to be essential to the process."  According to lobbying records, among the firms that fit his description of single-member shops are ... Pittsburgh-based GSP Consulting, mainly composed of the former staff of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and which frequently lobbies the senator.  Apr 3, 2006

Is Santorum campaign running away from Dubya?  Apr 3, 2006

Casey still pounding Santorum on lobbies  Apr 2, 2006

Casey fails to win Dem party endorsement in 3rd PA county   Apr 1, 2006

FEC coordination ruling, due next week, could shake up midterm elections  Mar 31, 2006

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A faith-based Philadelphia group at the center of a flap over whether tax-exempt religious groups are aiding the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen Rick Santorum has won more than $250,000 in federal grant money pushed for by Santorum over the last three years. The group, the Urban Family Council - founded by well-known local conservative religious activist William Devlin - also has reaped a $10,000 grant from a controversial charity founded by Santorum, the Operation Good Neighbor Foundation. The news of the financial support linked to Santorum comes just one day after a Washington-based watchdog group - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW - sent a letter of complaint to the IRS about the Urban Family Council and three other groups with tax-exempt status. The controversy centers on a training session held earlier this month in Valley Forge by an ad-hoc group calling itself the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, which pushed a church-based get-out-the-vote drive for November. Santorum addressed the group by videotape; he was the only candidate featured.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DNC    $6.2 million raised,   $8.9 million cash on hand
RNC  $10.8 million raised, $40.8 million cash on hand
DSCC $3.8 million raised,  $27.4 million cash on hand
NRSC $5.5 million raised,  $14.5 million cash on hand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 "I will demand that the administration never attempt a backroom deal like this risky fiasco again."  -- Rick Santorum
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of Santorum's failed efforts would have require Senators to pay charter rates for air travel, rather than reimbursing the corporations at lower 1st class travel rates.  Santorum himself was flown around Florida on a Wal-mart corporate jet last year and reimbursed them only 1st class fare, saving his campaign an estimated $15,000. Trent Lott, Chair of the Rules Committee, made sure the amendment did not pass.
 

Several Democrats voted "no" on the test vote yesterday to protest the GOP majority's refusal to allow amendments, but said they would vote for the bill on final passage. The lawmakers included Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), the Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat.  Others still plan to vote against the bill as a whole, but they stand little chance of blocking it. Led by Sens. Russell Feingold (D., Wis.) and Robert C. Byrd (D., W.Va.), they contend that the months of haggling produced few meaningful curbs on government power.

Specter agreed on that point. Even as he urged his colleagues to vote this week for the bill, he introduced a separate bill to make the government meet a higher threshold for warrantless wiretaps and to set a four-year expiration date for the use of National Security Letters - effectively subpoenas - in terrorism investigations.  However appetizing to Specter's colleagues in the Senate, the new bill nevertheless represents items House Republicans flatly rejected during talks last year. House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has insisted that once the House has approved the renewal and sent it to Bush, his chamber would be done with the issue for the year.  That will be none too soon for some lawmakers. The standoff pushed renewing the law into this midterm election year. Senate leaders were forced to find a procedural way of getting the bill to a vote without losing the support of Sensenbrenner, the Bush administration, and libertarian-leaning lawmakers - all before March 10.  The solution illustrates the razor-thin zone of agreement when it comes to Bush's terror-fighting law.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Silver Ring Thing, based in Pittsburgh, which asked teens to commit their life to Jesus, received over $1 million in federal grants.  The Department of Health and Human Services suspended funding for the program in August, citing concerns that "the federal project that is funded ... includes both secular and religious components that are not adequately separated."
 
 
Santorum loan hit  Feb 23, 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
In monthly tracking since May, 2005, his approval rating was lower only in August, 42%, when his book came out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum and Specter voted with GOP in strict party line vote against "a Democratic recommendation that a pending tax bill (HR 4297) not extend lower capital gains and dividend rates, and that the resulting $20 billion in savings over two years be spent on the military in Iraq." [Roll Call Report Syndicate description] [vote #20] Feb 14, 2006 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."   Santorum, Sep, 2005
 
 
Santorum's hypocrisy  Feb 9, 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several days after eliminating a controversial jobs list from his Tuesday meetings with lobbyists, Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) yesterday stopped the meetings altogether "until further notice"...   At the end of each meeting, lobbyists received a list of job openings and people seeking jobs, a listing compiled by the Republican National Committee. Santorum said he has not pressured lobbying firms to hire Republicans.
 
Santorum yesterday told reporters that he was charged by his colleagues at these meetings to communicate the Republican message to various constituencies, including the lobbying community.  Feb 1, 2006
 
"I don't know what you mean by Senate liaison to the, quote, 'K Street Project.' I'm not aware of any Senate liaison job that I do for the K Street Project.  --Rick Santorum, Jan 17, 2006
 
 
 

 
 
Bush gives Abramoff's prosecutor a judgeship, kicks him upstairs                 Jan 29, 2006
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
QUESTION: Senator Santorum, you have been the Senate's liaison for the so-called K Street projects. It's been reported you hosted monthly meetings with lobbyists, the top lobbyists in town. What makes you the correct person to lead this charge to reform?
SANTORUM: Well, I don't know what you mean by Senate liaison to the, quote, "K Street Project." I'm not aware of any Senate liaison job that I do for the K Street Project.  Jan 17, 2006

But Mr. Santorum said yesterday that his regular meetings with the lobbying groups are part of his leadership role as the Senate's third-ranking Republican. He described the meetings as a way to inform influential groups who can filter the Republican message out to clients to help achieve Republicans' goals. While job candidates are discussed, Mr. Santorum said, "there is no pressure to put Republicans in those roles, period -- no pressure. ... I absolutely abhor that." "The K Street project is purely to make sure we have qualified applicants for positions that are in town," Mr. Santorum said. "From my perspective, it's a good government thing."  Nov 15, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 
For Sen. Santorum to suggest that we and other American media should not report about the tragic loss of American lives -- a death toll that now stands above 2,200 -- is to sell our readers short and to suggest that they do not need to know, nor do they want to know, how many brave Americans are dying there...  Telling Americans that they shouldn't be told how many are dying in Iraq is way too much, even for Mr. Santorum  Pittsburgh Post Gazette
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lobbying 101  Jan 11, 2006
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Love thy neighbor:  Santorum vows to block federal grants to NJ                  Jan 4 & 5, 2006
 
"I will do everything in my power to stop anything beneficial to New Jersey, period. I will use everything I have until New Jersey lives up to their commitments," said U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum... "Every single thing that benefits New Jersey in particular I will do everything I can to make sure that it gets slowed down or stopped."
 
 
The Republicans ended November with $61 million in the bank compared to the Democrats’ $41 million. The DSCC has $22.4 million; NRSC has $9.2 million.
 
CASH RAISED IN NOVEMBER, CASH ON HAND: RNC $6.1 million,  $32 million, DNC $5.4 million,  $7.3 million; NRSC $2.4 million, $9.2 million,  DSCC $3.6 million, $22.4 million; NRCC $3.8 million, $19.5 million, DCCC $2.5 million,  $11.2 million
 
 

$11,000 in contributions to campaign, leadership PAC, and 527

On a day when high-profile Republicans including George Bush, Tom DeLay, and Roy Blunt are returning money connected to Jack Abramoff, Senator Santorum is noticeably silent.

“Santorum should return the Abramoff money, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Rick Santorum’s leadership of the K Street Project is another example of a culture of corruption in Washington that needs to end, said Bob Casey spokesperson Larry Smar. “... This is one of the many reasons why we need a change of direction in Washington.”

Santorum received the following contributions connected to Abramoff.

* $5,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation Non-Federal (Santorum’s 527) in the 2002 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe $2,000 to the Santorum campaign in the 2004 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the Santorum campaign in the 2000 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to America's Foundation (Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation(Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

Santorum attended benefit for Abramoff's front charity 'Capital Athletic Foundation', less than 1% of foundation's money went to kids  Jan 3, 2006

 

 
The year was the deadliest year of the Iraq war for the state’s military personnel, with 46 soldiers killed heading into the Christmas holiday weekend — most of them in combat, according to The Associated Press.  Pennsylvania has lost more than 100 soldiers since the war began in 2003. Only California and Texas have paid steeper prices...
 
[PA is ranked 6th in state population, preceded by CA, TX, NY, FL, and IL,  according to the 2000 US Census.  Estimates of the 2004 by the US Census project CA has three times the population of PA.]
 
Sen. Rick Santorum said he was pleased with President George W. Bush’s recent efforts to convey the story of success in Iraq. Santorum, in a news release, cited the nation’s parliamentary elections accompanying high participation, fewer acts of violence on the cities’ streets and continuing assistance to the Iraqi army and security forces coming from American and coalition troops as reasons for a brighter outlook next year.  He also cited America not having seen another attack on its homeland since Sept. 11, 2001, as reasons for optimism.  ‘‘We are a country of resolve,’’ Santorum said. ‘‘We cannot waiver in our mission to secure democracy in Iraq.’’
 
 
DEMOCRATS' PLANS: Senate Democrats plan to introduce a new "investigative unit" in January to highlight Republican scandals and what they assert is a chronic failure by the Republican-controlled Congress to exercise real oversight of the Bush administration.

REPUBLICANS' PLANS: The GOP hopes to link economic gains to the tax cuts they will be pushing next year. Republicans also are hoping to minimize internal divisions, to restore some of their once-legendary discipline and to campaign as the party that gets things done.  Tax cuts, including cuts on capital gains and dividends that will expire unless extended, are uppermost on the Republican agenda early next year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Santorum - who sits on the advisory board of the Thomas More Law Center, which defended the school board in court - said the case offered "a bad set of facts" to test the concept that theories other than evolution should be taught in science classrooms.  "I thought the Thomas More Law Center made a huge mistake in taking this case and in pushing this case to the extent they did," Santorum said.  He said he intends to withdraw his affiliation with the Michigan-based public-interest law firm that promotes Christian values.
 
 
 

"Their asserted purposes are a sham," he [Judge Jones] wrote. "The district's purpose was to advance creationism, an inherently religious view, both by introducing it directly under the label ID and by disparaging the scientific theory of evolution so that creationism would gain credence by default."

In his decision, Judge Jones blasted school board members for lying in sworn depositions to conceal religious motives and to hide the fact that a church donated funds to place copies of "Of Pandas and People" -- an intelligent design textbook -- in the school library.

Santorum backs Bush on NSA spying, Specter calls for hearings                 Dec 20, 2005

Vote NO, the poor should not bear the brunt of deficit cuts   Dec 21, 2005   

The same administration that gave us spying on Americans, good news bought and paid for in the Iraqi press and a costly war built on elusive rationales now wants to reduce the deficit on the backs of the poor. Americans deserve better --and the Senate should say so today by voting no.

 
Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, disputed the notion that Republicans were subverting the rules, though he said a specific provision in the military bill would declare that any new precedent created by including the drilling plan would not alter the rules for future legislation.  NYTimes
 

Veteran & Anti-war Protestors
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outside Specter's home, Dec 18, M. Frugier

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Police punching Sharif El Mekki
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The News Journal, photo by Bob Herbert, Phil, Dec 12

Arrest and hospitalization after two brother's scuffle with police outside Bush speech, Santorum appears at today's PA Bush speech  Dec 12, 2005

GOP senators dividing up Santorum's leadership duties while he works on re-election campaign  Dec 8, 2005

Casey asks FEC to require disclosure of donors for Santorum ads  Dec 8, 2005

Schiavo husband launches PAC opposing Santorum, Frist, Delay and other politicians he blames for his 'private national nightmare'   Dec 8, 2005

Candidates for U.S. Senate weave Israel into campaigns  Dec 7, 2005

Casey asks Santorum to disavow TV ads  Dec 6, 2005

In a season of scandals, Senate and House ethics panels are on sidelines, silent   Dec 5, 2005

Republicans brace for a tough 2006; Santorum seriously endangered  Dec 5, 2005

GOP leaders' legislative aims for the end of the year  Dec 5, 2005

No clear favorite in GOP presidential race   Dec 5, 2005

Actors in American for Job Security TV ad and Santorum's web ads are the same;  president of AJS and Santorum's media consultant deny the two sides had collaborated in any way. They each said it was a coincidence they used the same stock footage in their respective ads.  Casey's spokesman says it raises questions   Dec 2, 2005

 
 

Santorum touting the fact that he votes,
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wants credit for doing his job, no mention of missed votes

 
Americans for Job Security is a Republican-leaning, anti-tax group that says its money comes from 500 individuals, corporations, business groups and other sources...  In spite of its political activity, the IRS has classified the group as  a 501-c-6 organization, a nonprofit business association, comparable to a Chamber of Commerce. Under IRS rules, it is not required to disclose publicly how it raises money.
 
 
 
 
 
Specter says he'll speak for Santorum early and often, continue to raise money for him and even put Santorum's name first on joint press releases announcing goodies for the state.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Investigators are looking at half a dozen members of Congress, current and former senior Hill aides, a former deputy secretary of the interior, and Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, according to sources familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity...  He admitted that he or Abramoff offered bribes on behalf of clients over a period of four years.    Nov 22, 2005

DeLay, Santorum and other GOP activists have been involved in a longtime effort known as the "K Street Project" to ensure that Republicans are considered for openings with lobbying firms and trade associations.  Nov 15, 2005

Santorum "is a leader of the "K Street Project," a GOP effort to pressure lobbying firms to hire Republicans and keep money flowing to the party...

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff also have ties to the project, which is named after the street where many lobbyists work. Both have been indicted on charges unrelated to the project and have denied any wrongdoing.  Nov 14, 2005

First major ad buy praises Santorum's tax plan  Nov 21, 2005

 
James Thurber, director of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, said he's heard a joke around Washington that sums up Frist's current situation:  "He came in like Jimmy Stewart, and he's going out like Martha Stewart," Thurber said... "I think he's got a great record of success. There's a lot of stuff he got done," said Sen. Rick Santorum.
 
 
If anyone needs further proof that we are racing for the exits in Iraq, just follow the bouncing ball that is Rick Santorum. A Republican leader in the Senate and a true-blue (or red) Iraq hawk, he has long slobbered over President Bush, much as Ed McMahon did over Johnny Carson. But when Mr. Bush went to Mr. Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania to give his Veterans Day speech smearing the war's critics as unpatriotic, the senator was M.I.A.
 
Mr. Santorum preferred to honor a previous engagement more than 100 miles away. There he told reporters for the first time that ''maybe some blame'' for the war's ''less than optimal'' progress belonged to the White House. This change of heart had nothing to do with looming revelations of how the new Iraqi ''democracy'' had instituted Saddam-style torture chambers. Or with the spiraling investigations into the whereabouts of nearly $9 billion in unaccounted-for taxpayers' money from the American occupation authority. Or with the latest spike in casualties. Mr. Santorum was instead contemplating his own incipient political obituary written the day before: a poll showing him 16 points down in his re-election race. No sooner did he stiff Mr. Bush in Pennsylvania than he did so again in Washington, voting with a 79-to-19 majority on a Senate resolution begging for an Iraq exit strategy. He was joined by all but one (Jon Kyl) of the 13 other Republican senators running for re-election next year. They desperately want to be able to tell their constituents that they were against the war after they were for it...
 
One hideous consequence of the White House's Big Lie -- fusing the war of choice in Iraq with the war of necessity that began on 9/11 -- is that the public, having rejected one, automatically rejects the other. That's already happening. The percentage of Americans who now regard fighting terrorism as a top national priority is either in the single or low double digits in every poll. Thus the tragic bottom line of the Bush catastrophe: the administration has at once increased the ranks of jihadists by turning Iraq into a new training ground and recruitment magnet while at the same time exhausting America's will and resources to confront that expanded threat.
 
 
 
The office of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) released a statement saying he "continues to support the brave men and women who are not only protecting our homeland, but are spreading democracy to the Middle East region. To withdraw our troops now as they are in the middle of this important endeavor would do nothing but embolden our enemies."
 
 
Forcing a vote on a Republican version of a proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq disintegrated into a raucous House floor debate last night over the Pennsylvania congressman's honor and the treatment of Iraq war critics...  Mr. Murtha's resolution had called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops "at the earliest practicable date," which he said could be done safely within six months. But the version sponsored by House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., stated only that "the deployment of U.S. forces in Iraq should be terminated immediately"... 

Nearly an hour into the debate, tensions had hit the breaking point when Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, took the floor. "A few minutes ago, I received a call from [Marine Corps Reserve] Col. Danny Bupb, Ohio representative from the 88th District in the [state] House of Representatives," she said. "He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message -- that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."  Chaos erupted in the House chamber as nearly two dozen Democrats left their seats, outraged by the insult to Mr. Murtha, who served in the Marine Corps and Reserves for 37 years and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Some stormed the other side of the aisle , shouting, "Take the words down"-- a demand that Ms. Schmidt's remarks be stricken from the official record, which the House ultimately did by unanimous consent.

House GOP seeks quick vote on Iraq pullout, pressuring Democrats to vote without discussion or hearings  Nov 18, 2005
 
Murtha's statement  Nov 18, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
"I call this bill the 'Tax Increase Prevention Act,'" said Sen. Rick Santorum.
 
"Yet after a decade of Republican control in Washington, we have not reduced the size of government, there is no balanced budget amendment, and pork-barrel and self-interest politics have grown. Special interest groups haven’t been defeated or tamed, they are thriving. Now is the time for midcourse corrections to ensure the success of the conservative movement."  Santorum,            Nov 17, 2005
 
 
Mr. Murtha said the Iraq war has caused huge shortfalls on domestic bases and the military is stretched too thin. He also expressed concerns about a federal budget deficit that is "growing out of control."  
 

If mission's accomplished, why Strategy 4 Victory?
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May 2003/ Nov 11, 2005 -Tobyhanna

 
Santorum saw it "as sort of a nothing vote" that amounted to, "Congress just sort of puffing its chest a little bit." ... Other Republicans said their leaders were responding to growing discomfort among Americans about the war.
 
In a separate action yesterday, 84 senators also approved new rules governing the legal rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba... Under current Bush administration procedure, a panel or tribunal of three military officers determines whether a prisoner should be defined as an "enemy combatant." The classification is reviewed annually.  Mr. Graham's new rules would give detainees a one-time chance to challenge that classification before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. If the challenge fails, the detainees would be bound by the decision of the annual review board.
 
Mr. Specter was the only Republican senator to vote against Mr. Graham's proposal, which passed 84 to 14.  The Pennsylvania Republican described Mr. Graham's language directing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the detainee cases as "blatant court-stripping in the most confusing way possible," because he said the language of the legislation gives exclusive jurisdiction over the detainee cases to the Circuit Court -- taking away jurisdiction from the Supreme Court.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All I heard was women and children first;
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Then a big splash -- Weynant's World, Nov 4

 
 
 
 
 
 
Israel Ruiz, a Metropolitan police officer who took photos of Ore ..., told the Times Leader he believed Sherwood should have been arrested.
 
 
 
 
Santorum had praised the board:  "I commend the Dover Area School District for taking a stand and refusing to ignore the controversy."  Inquirer column, 12/25/04
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luke Bernstein, a native of Conyngham, will serve as the political director for the northeast, northwest and central regions for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign for re-election. Bernstein had previously served as Santorum’s press assistant in Washington, D.C., and was a special advisor in domestic finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. A graduate of Dickinson College, Bernstein has also worked on numerous senatorial, gubernatorial and congressional races, and served as the coalitions director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign in Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This morning, Rick Santorum appeared on Imus in the Morning and defended the Bush Administration’s motivation for going to war in Iraq.  When pressed by Imus to comment on whether “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney and “the rest of that crowd” lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Santorum launched an all out defense of the Bush Administration. These misguided comments come just days after Libby was indicted for his role in the CIA leak case and after the total number of U.S. casualties topped the 2,000 mark.

“We used the best intelligence available at the time and made the decision based on the best intelligence,” said Santorum.  “We found out subsequently after we got into Iraq and were able to investigate what in fact Saddam had, that a lot of that intelligence was wrong.” Santorum compared efforts to second-guess the Bush Administration’s motivation on Iraq as “the old Monday morning quarterback.”  [Rick Santorum on Imus in the Morning, 11/2/05]   Phil Singer, DSCC

 
 
 
His nomination places Casey in a unique political spot because one of Alito's highest-profile appeals-court rulings - the abortion-rights case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey - involved his father, then-Gov. Robert P. Casey Sr.  Alito was part of a three-judge panel that in 1991 upheld three abortion restrictions the legislature approved and Gov. Casey signed into law. Alito was the lone dissent on the decision to strike down the provision requiring wives to notify their husbands before an abortion.

Top national Democrats and liberal advocacy groups, many of which are backing Casey, cited the case as an example of Alito's being too extreme.  In a release yesterday, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign baited Casey: "Are they implying that Judge Alito's opinion was outside the mainstream? I think many Pennsylvanians would disagree."

 
Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. With a second by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, senators filed to their seats on the floor and the doors were closed ... there was nothing in Senate rules enabling Republicans to thwart Reid's effort... 
 
Majority Leader Bill Frist met in the back of the chamber with a half-dozen senior GOP senators, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who bore the brunt of Reid's criticism. Reid said Roberts reneged on a promise to fully investigate whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence leading up to the war. Nov 1, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
In the early 1990s, Alito was the lone dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses.
 
 
 
 
 
Senators refused, 51-44, to increase spending by $5 billion, or nearly 40 percent, for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in fiscal 2006. This was a bid to raise funding for the No Child Left Behind Act. [Vote #269] The underlying bill (HR 3010, later passed) appropriates $12.8 billion for Title I in 2006, about $10 billion less than Congress authorized.
 
In similar votes, the Senate rejected proposals to raise spending for the Head Start preschool program [Vote #272], Pell Grants for needy college students [Vote #268], special education for students with disabilities [Vote #273], and after-school programs[Vote #279][
 
Santorum voted against all of the above proposals.
 
 
"Like all Americans, I have confidence that our legal system will provide a thorough review of the facts and evidence and render a fair and deliberative decision in this case."  -  Santorum, Oct 29, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That chamber's Finance Committee, voting along party lines, approved legislation that would trim overall spending on Medicare and Medicaid by about $10 billion over five years... Democrats cited what they believed was inadequate assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. In particular, Democrats wanted to temporarily extend Medicaid coverage to thousands of people currently ineligible for the program, even though they have lost their jobs and their home... Republicans said they weren't thrilled with the bill either... 
 
Separately, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., has drafted a plan to cut the food stamp program by $1.1 billion over five years. It would tighten eligibility requirements, leading to a drop of perhaps 300,000 working families from food stamp rolls. It also would make legal immigrants wait 10 years instead of five to be eligible for the program and limit benefits for able-bodied beneficiaries without children.
 
 
Schwarzenegger upset over timing of fundraiser with  special election for Arnold's ballot initiatives coming in November, refused Bush invitations
 
 
 
 
Santorum still not speaking out about the battery lawsuit by Sherwood's former mistress, in spite of Santorum's blanket condemnation of permissiveness in his book
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
In a speech this week to the George Washington University College Republicans, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said of the 2006 elections, “It’s OK if the Republicans lose control, for our country in the long run, because one cycle won’t make a difference, two cycles won’t make a difference,” ...  Of the current debate over spending and the budget, he said, “Republican politicians are the same as Democratic politicians in that they like to spend money. Democrats want to raise taxes to pay for it, and Republicans allow the next generation to pay for it.”  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After voting against funding Amtrak, Santorum wrote, "Keeping the rail lines open and the trains running should be one of Congress' priorities in the upcoming budget discussion."  Mar 25, 2005
 
 
 
 
 

TALK TO CINDY
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Sep 24, DC, M. Frugier

 
He is probably in a worse position now than almost any other incumbent running for re-election," said Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
 
 
 
 
The accumulating costs of both hurricane relief and the war have prompted House GOP leaders to unveil a new bid to squeeze the federal budget to pay the bill. Their plan would cut another $15 billion from federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and farm subsidies already slated for $35 billion in spending cuts...  The challenge was vividly illustrated Thursday by a Republican battle over farm subsidies. The Senate Agriculture Committee, slated to trim farm and food programs by $3 billion over five years, called off a vote as midwestern Republicans such as Pat Roberts, R-Kan., balked at boosting payments to dairy farmers at the expense of other commodity producers.  Senators from traditional dairy states, such as Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Pat Leahy, D-Vt., were the losers in the first round, but the battle is hardly over. Still, comparable fights promise to break out all over Capitol Hill when Congress turns in earnest to the budget after a weeklong recess that begins Friday.  By Andrew Taylor, AP
 
 
It could be a very cold winter for Pennsylvanians needing help heating their homes unless Congress more than doubles funding for energy assistance, according to a new study. The study estimates that $5.2 billion — an increase of $3.1 billion over last year — is needed to insulate beneficiaries of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from the sharpest jump in home heating costs since 1974...
According to the study, Pennsylvania received $145 million in LIHEAP funding last year but would need about $355 million this year to cover added enrollment and increased fuel costs... It's unclear whether Congress, which is already straining for ways to pay for disaster relief and the costs of the war in Iraq, is prepared to meet the challenge. An amendment to increase LIHEAP funding by $3.1 billion received 50 votes in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday but failed to overcome a procedural hurdle.  Republicans Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter supported the amendment.  By Jeff Miller, Morning Call
 
 
 
We've lost track of the number of times President Bush has told Americans to ignore their own eyes and ears and pretend everything is going just fine in Iraq. Yesterday, when Mr. Bush added a ringing endorsement of his own policy to his speech on terrorism, it was that same old formula: the wrong questions, the wrong answers and no new direction.
 
Bush's speech on Iraq   Oct 6, 2005
 
Sen. Rick Santorum ... said the speech was "one he should've made a few years ago. I'm glad he made it now."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum distributes K Street lobbying job listings in regularly scheduled meetings
 
 
 
Santorum's America  Oct, 2005
 
 

They Lie People Die, Stop Immoral, Illegal War
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Sep 24, DC, M. Frugier

Santorum profile:  When they met, Karen Santorum was in her 20's living with an Ob-Gyn dr. in his 60's, co-founder of Pittsburgh's first abortion clinic, according to Philly City Paper  Sep 29, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cindy Sheehan, Honor the Warriors Not the War
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Philadelphia, Sep 16, M. Frugier

 
 
NPR reports Santorum, following discussions being encouraged by the conservative Heritage Foundation, is renewing efforts for faith based initiatives, Bush wants Gulf Opportunity Zone, where taxes are cut and regulations waived.  Listen
 
 
 
 
 
SHEEHAN PICKETS PHILLY OFFICE 
Cindy Sheehan sets up a brief picket at Santorum's Philadelphia office.  Santorum followed Bush yet again and apparently refused to meet with her.  Sep 16, 2005
 
Disapproving State  Sep 16, 2005
 
 
 
 
The Senate narrowly turned back a challenge to the Bush administration's strategy on mercury pollution Tuesday, leaving intact federal rules that give power plants flexibility in how they reduce emissions of the dangerous toxin.  With a 51-47 vote, the Senate defeated a resolution to void Environmental Protection Agency rules finalized last March. The Democrats and nine Republicans who supported the repeal contended the EPA approach was too slow and too weak in dealing with a pollutant that can cause serious neurological damage to newborn and young children...  the EPA rules ... don't begin to cut emissions until 2018 and will not reach the goal of 70 percent reductions until 2030.  [Vote #225, S.J.Res. 20]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LIBERALISM IS NOT A CRIME, PEDOPHILIA IS
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Bryn Mawr, Aug 4, M. Frugier

 
Santorum has acknowledged that his legislation [that would include dismantling the NWS website] could help protect jobs at private weather firms -- including at least 14 in Pennsylvania, according to his staff -- but said its larger purpose was to make sure that the weather service focused on its key mission of warning citizens about the most severe weather.  Santorum has received at least $7,000 from employees of AccuWeather, based in State College, Pa., according to Federal Election Commission reports.
 
 
 
"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."   Video
 
 
 
 
 

PROTESTERS OUTSIDE CHESTER COUNTY BOOK SIGNING
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DAILY LOCAL, Aug 4, 2005

 
 
 
Correcting another false Santorum statement
Portraying the Republican Party as the victim of an unfair media, he asserted that "more Republicans, by the way, voted for the Voting Rights Act, voted for the Civil Rights Act, than Democrats did."
 
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed the House with 217 Democratic and 111 Republican votes. In the Senate, the tally was 49 Democratic and 30 Republican votes. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed with 152 Democratic and 138 Republican votes in the House, and 46 Democratic and 27 Republican votes in the Senate.  So on neither act and in neither chamber did more Republicans vote for passage than Democrats.  Stephen J. Ferenchick
 
 
"I do a lot of interviews on TV, on radio, with print reporters who don't happen to write everything I say," Santorum said yesterday.
"The fact that it hasn't turned up in print doesn't mean I haven't said it."
 
 
 
 
The priority now is less to save Jessica Lynch (or Iraqi democracy) than to save Rick Santorum and every other endangered Republican facing voters in November 2006.  Frank Rich
 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE IDIOT
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Chester Co, Aug 3

 
 
 
 
GOP nonsense   Aug 8, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earlier Santorum view  Some evolution opponents are trying to use Bush's No Child Left Behind law, saying it creates an opening for states to set new teaching standards. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a Christian who draws on Discovery Institute material, drafted language accompanying the law that said students should be exposed to "the full range of scientific views that exist."  "Anyone who expresses anything other than the dominant worldview is shunned and booted from the academy," Santorum said in an interview. "My reading of the science is there's a legitimate debate. My feeling is let the debate be had."  Mar 14, 2005
 
 
 
 
 

SICK OF RICK
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Chester Co, Aug 3

 
It takes an education   Jul 31, 2005
 
 
 
 
Some of August will be spent on the book-tour circuit, talking about the ideas and assessments he makes in this volume. Santorum faces reelection next year, so the book will be part of his talking points as he holds some campaign events during this period.  As for downtime, Santorum and his family will relax for 10 days near Charleston, S.C., at a house owned by his in-laws.
 
Specter (R., Pa.) finished his last chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's disease July 22 and is probably hoping to spend a month regrowing his hair.  - Goldstein
 
 
 
"I don't know how that's going to shake out," Santorum said... "All I would suggest is that, again, until we know all the facts, [we] look at the job that Congressman Sherwood is doing and make decisions based on the facts."   Jul 20, 2005
 
In response to Clinton's denials of a relationship with Lewinsky:   "He cannot confront his own irresponsibility and take blame for it.''  Santorum, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug 19, 1998
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fact that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' wife does free legal work for an anti-abortion group should not be relevant to his confirmation hearing. - Santorum 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artic Power describes itself as "a grassroots, non-profit citizen's organization with 10,000 members founded ... to expedite congressional and presidential approval of oil exploration and production within the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."  anwr.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The wacko factor   Jul 17, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The people of Boston are to blame for the clergy sexual abuse? That is an irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable thing to say," said Kennedy, D-Mass.   Kennedy called for Santorum to apologize to the people of Boston and Massachusetts.
 
MA Attorney General Thomas Reilly, a Democratic candidate for governor (who investigated the cases of abuse by the clergy), also criticized Santorum on Wednesday. "For him to equate liberalism with child abuse is disgraceful," he said. "It's embarrassing for him and embarrassing to his party and his party should disown him."
 
''I think he probably has written off Massachusetts," said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is also a potential 2008 contender.
 
 
Statement from Pennsylvania's Democratic Party Chair  Jul 13, 2005
"Pedophilia is a vile crime.  To tell victims to go blame the liberals for their horrific childhood experiences is irresponsible, it defies reason and is just downright wacko."  Rep. T.J. Rooney
 
 

"Just Weird" - Tom Oliphant 7/17/05
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DSCC Ad

PA Senators among the top 20 receiving pharmaceutical money since 1998   Jul 12, 2005 [Figure of $2 million quoted reflects Santorum's fundraising as of 3/31/05]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Tour starts Jul 24
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Retitle? It Takes an Idiot
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

more July News

June News

Abuse Your Power Game Show
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DSCC web ad, Jun 27, 2005

Reid slams Santorum   Jun 30, 2005
 
In an unusually personal speech, Reid said, “I will not be lectured about civility by the junior senator from Pennsylvania who has repeatedly disrespected veterans.”
 
 
"My own experience with Hodgkin's creates a lot of personal anger that the federal government has not done more." - Specter  Take action: Ask stem cell researchers not to give to Santorum 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Senate energy bill is not an energy policy for the 21st Century as it missed opportunities to address some of our nation's most pressing energy problems. Even with gas prices at record highs, the Senate rejected an amendment to increase fuel economy standards, which would have reduced our dependence on foreign oil and ultimately saved consumers money. Additionally, this bill allows for an invasive inventory of offshore oil and gas, which could pave the way for drilling off our coasts. While it makes some modest investments in energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy technologies, like wind and solar, overall the bill falls short of a what is needed for a sustainable and affordable energy future.  League of Conservation Voters Press Release, Jun 28, 2005
 
 
 
"It is scandalous, absolutely scandalous, that there are so many people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and heart disease and cancer--some of whom, myself, look in the mirror every day, can barely recognize myself," said Specter, who has lost most of his hair from chemotherapy. "And not to have the availability of the best in medical care is simply atrocious."
 
"The scientific community has a long history of using sympathetic cases to make arguments for unethical scientific research"  Sen. Rick Santorum Take action: Ask stem cell researchers not to contribute to Santorum  
 
Are prisoners in PA being tortured, or is Santorum just wrong again?         Jun 27, 2005
 
 
'The most obvious change must occur within American seminaries, many of which demonstrate the same brand of cultural liberalism plaguing our secular universities... It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.'  
Rick Santorum, Catholic Online, Jul 12, 2002  Take Action
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum votes for voluntary industry measures to cut greenhouse gases and an inventory of offshore oil and gas resources that some senators call prelude to new offshore drilling.
 
 
 
 
 

Arrest of protester outside Bio2005 Conference
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Constitution Center, Phil., Jun 19, M. Frugier

WE THE PEOPLE: Did the framers intend this?
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Constitution Center, Phil., Jun 19, M. Frugier

We want FREEDOM not FASCISM
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Bush SocSec speech for FFA, State College, Jun 14

IMPEACH BUSH, DUMP SANTORUM
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Jun 14, Bryn Mawr, photo by M. Frugier

Outside Bryn Mawr fundraiser
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Jun 14, M. Frugier

SANTORUM VOTED NOT TO SAVE ANWR FROM DRILLING
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Jun 14, Bryn Mawr, M. Frugier

 
 
 
 
Readers respond with 'heated mail' to NYTimes Magazine puff piece, The Believer; missing are criticisms of the reporting and mention that Santorum is using excerpts in a fundraising letter  Jun 5, 2005
 
 
 
 
 

 
In 1999, a document from the Discovery Institute was posted, anonymously, on the Internet.  This Wedge Document, as it came to be called, described not only the institute's long-term goals but its strategies for accomplishing them.  The document begins by labelling the idea that human beings are created in the image of God "one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built."  It goes on to decry the catastrophic legacy of Darwin, Marx, and Freud -- the alleged fathers of a "materialistic conception of reality" that eventually "infected virtually every area of our culture." The mission of the Discovery Institute's scientific wing is then spelled out: "nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies."  H. Allen Orr, The New Yorker, May 30, 2005
 
 
 
 
"Government should encourage lifesaving research, but should focus on science that both works and is ethical," he said.   AP, May 25, 2005
 

Counting the Cost protest & die-in
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Philadelphia, May 15, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chuck Pennachio at 'Filibuster Frist'
Pennachio at Princeton filibuster
Frist Campus Ctr., Princeton 3pm May 3, 2005

AccuWeather's Influence  May 17 & Apr 30, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Santorum blocked 3 of Clinton's judicial nominees  May 11, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
"Business interests on K Street are urging Frist to delay the tactic because it could imperil their legislative agenda,"   Apr 7, 2005
 
 
 
Group says Santorum gets improper tax break  Apr 20, 2005
 
 
 

Links to Walmart grow with jet for FL fundraising
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from Daily News blog - Apr 14, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 
Anti-life measures  Apr 14, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum claimed, "Not a single provision of the Patriot Act has been held unconstitutional by any court in the United States."  -- Santorum's Weekly Column  Oct 29, 2004   The Washington Post reports, "Part of Patriot Act Is Struck Down:   A federal judge in Los Angeles has declared unconstitutional a provision of the USA Patriot Act..."  John Mintz, Jan 27, 2004
 
 
Townhall tussle  Apr 4, 2005
 
 
 

"Terri Schiavo was given a death sentence, and passed away without the right to due process,'' Santorum said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cheney participated in two "townhall" events last Thursday – one in Battle Creek, Michigan, and one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contrary to its standard practice, the White House has not released the transcripts. Press coverage of the event suggests the reason... At the Pittsburgh event, "Cheney pointed to the experience of federal workers who have the option of placing part of their retirement savings in somewhat similar accounts." But Kim Miller, a resident of Mt. Lebanon, PA, "said that she had been a federal employee and invested in the Thrift Savings Plan, 'and I didn't do well at all.'"
 
 
 
 
"Although I have a living will, I am alarmed by the Republican grandstanding taking place over Terri Schiavo, who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years... These politicians seem to consider it necessary to monitor our bedrooms, classrooms and hospital beds, but consider it intrusive to monitor industrial pollution, gas mileage and automobile emissions.  I ... want to announce publicly that should doctors ever diagnose me as being in a permanent vegetative state ..., I do not wish to be kept alive with artificially administered nutrition and hydration...         All Pennsylvania citizens who share this wish should probably inform Sens. Rick Santorum  and Arlen Specter immediately."             Carol Hamilton, Shadyside
 
 Sen. Santorum  202-224-6324  Sen. Specter 202-224-4254

 
"I felt very troubled about cases where someone may have been convicted wrongly. DNA evidence definitely should be used when possible," he said...  In 1994 Santorum voted against replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment, and in 1996 he helped to kill an effort to make it easier for death row inmates to appeal their convictions. "I never thought about it that much when I was really a supporter of the death penalty. I still see it as potentially valuable, but I would be one to urge more caution than I would have in the past," he said.
 
 
 
 
 
Amendment fails  Mar 16, 2005   
 
Santorum and Specter vote to drill in ANWR  Cantwell Amendment failed 49-51. Thank Chafee, Coleman, Collins, DeWine, McCain, Smith and Snowe for voting for it.         Mar 16, 2005 
 
 
GOP's Health Savings Accounts  Mar 15, 2005  
 
 

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Philadelphia, Mar 10

 
 
 
 
 
War on the working poor                        Mar 9 & 12, 2005
 
 
Bad Bankruptcy Bill  Mar 9, 2005
 
 
 

Reverend's daughter arrest outside Bush townhall
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Westfield, New Jersey Mar, 4, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Poll shows 91% against privatization of Social Security  Feb 25, 2005
Source:  Santorum's website poll, 1678 total votes  [now conveniently changed to death tax poll]  View snapshot when poll was at 88% against
 
 

Social Security:  sale against the wind  Feb 24, 2005

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Should Tax Dollars Fund Bush's Bubble?  Feb 8, 2005

A controversial president barnstorms through the country attending carefully controlled events where tickets are distributed by his own party, where no one disagrees with a word he says and no one puts him on the spot.  When this happened in the heat of the political season, the events and at least part of the president's travel costs were being paid for by his campaign. But now it's a post-election president spending tax dollars and ostensibly acting in the public interest...  I look forward to . . . traveling around the country discussing this issue -- similar to what President Clinton did," Bush said... But Bush's approach couldn't be much more different than Clinton's... When Clinton had his "discussions" on Social Security, he intentionally brought opponents along with him, spoke before a mixed crowd, and let himself get grilled...  He invited Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), among others, to join him.  Dan Froomkin, Washington Post

Bush Budget Raises Drug Prices for Many Veterans  Feb 7, 2005

Increases for unsuccessful Abstinence-Only Programs  Feb 7, 2005   

"But even amid the cutbacks, some presidential priorities would remain flush. Youth programs advocating sexual abstinence would increase by $39 million, to $206 million."   Peter Baker  Washington Post           Take Action           

Santorum to attend fundraiser at Superbowl  Feb 4 & 6, 2005

Santorum will try to raise between $30,000 and $40,000.  Let's do the same for groups opposed to Santorum.  Go to Links, and donate!

 
 

Will Santorum stand up for veterans?  Jan 12, 2005

 
 
 
 
2004 News
Audio Interview:  Santorum defends the GOP Platform - Terry Gross, Fresh Air  Aug 30, 2004 (20 min.)

Reaction to Santorum's endorsement of teaching religion in Biology classes Dec 28, 2004

 
 
Flawed AIDS fight  Dec 5, 2004
 
 
 
 
 

Wonkette.com title, "Paging Senator Santorum"
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Wonkette.com -- May 13, 2005

 
2003 News
AmeriCorps was started by Bill Clinton, and ... as Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania once said, that it's "a program for hippie kids to stand around a campfire and sing `Kumbaya' at taxpayers' expense."  But Santorum, like so many others, was converted when he went and looked at AmeriCorps in action.  Jul 14, 2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002 News
 
During the summer, the Ethics Committee issued a letter addressed to the entire chamber in response to a report that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) met with a GOP activist about a research project that compiled the political affiliation and the giving history of lobbyists.  In the letter, the committee stated: “Any effort to deny access to [policy] discussions to those who do not share a member’s party affiliation, have not made political contributions, or have made political contributions to those not in the member’s party, would appear to violate Senate Rule 43.”  It also stated: “Members should take every effort to avoid any conduct which may create the appearance that, because of party affiliation, campaign contributions, or prior employment, a petitioner will receive, or is entitled to, either special treatment or special access, or be denied access.”
 

 

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