The big Congressional stories this year have been big-ticket legislation, like Medicare prescription drugs and
the pork-layered energy bill. But barely under the political radar, a long-sought, hard-right G.O.P. agenda has been
quietly progressing. Proposals dear to the Republican leadership that would undermine gun controls, women's reproductive freedom,
a citizen's right to seek court redress, and a vital array of other constitutional bulwarks are moving slowly toward what
in some cases seems like almost certain passage. ...
The New York Times Company
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Lobbyists Often Get More Shakedowns Than They Give
... In effect, the word is going out to all lobbyists who have any connection to the Republican Party--if
you want anything in Congress, you had better ante up to the table. That will mean, in most cases, maxing out personally to
the tune of $95,000 per cycle (if they get more aggressive in their shakedowns, it will no doubt go to $190,000 including
the lobbyists' spouses).
This is part of a broader effort to nail down a permanent Republican majority in Congress, masterminded by DeLay and Grover
Norquist with plenty of outside and inside assistance. ...
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