Friday, March 14, 2008

Joe votes to allow telecoms and Bush to break the law

The FISA vote occured just moments ago. Of course, Joe Knollenberg voted against the bill without immunity for the telecom companies, and by extension immunity for the George W. Bush regime. However, even without Joe's vote, the bill passed without immunity, 213-197. Joe is on the wrong side again.

It's ok for George W. Bush to break the law and invade our privacy, according to Joe Knollenberg. Way to go, Joe. According to Joe, treasonous acts, like outing a CIA agent is OK, reading our e-mail is OK, tapping our phones is OK, even though all these things can be done legally, Joe Knollenberg thinks George W. Bush and his fellow criminals at the CIA and the NSA should be able to violate our civil liberties at will. We can be safe and not give up our civil liberties, but Joe Knollenberg thinks we don't deserve civil liberties.

It's time for Joe to go.

I wonder if ex-COS issues helped Joe come around on mental health parity

Maybe Joe changed his mind on providing mental health parity after his own ex-chief of staff lost it in a Rochester drugstore.

H.R. 1424

Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

03.09.2007 [House]
House: Yea-268, Nay-148
Awaiting reconciliation with the Senate version of the bill.
The Legislation:
The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act mandates that group health plans provide mental health and substance-related disorder benefits that are at least equivalent to benefits offered for medical and surgical procedures. The legislation renews and expands provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. While that bill requires only financial equity for annual and lifetime mental health benefits, this legislation also compels parity in treatment limits and expands all equity provisions to addiction services. Thus, the bill not only requires that the deductibles, co-payments, and out-of-pocket expenses applied to mental health and addiction services be no more

Joe still failing middle class

Joe's grade moved up a little, but I'm sure his mom and dad still wouldn't be happy that he's bringing home a failing report card. Maybe he should be expelled or suspended.

Joseph Knollenberg(R-MI)

Knollenberg's Middle-Class Grades
2008 Final grade to be released 03.2009
2007 Grade F
2005 Grade F
2004 Grade F
2003 Grade F
2008 Year to Date Score
Voted on 5 of 5 bills considered.
Joseph Knollenberg(R-MI)
First took office: 1993
Term ends: 2009
indicates votes that count toward the final grade. See the Grade Release FAQ for more information.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's so bad, Joe has to pay College Republicans to knock doors

Normally a politician would hope that he would excite his supporters to the point that he wouldn't have to pay them to go to work for him/her. So, how bad are things for Joe Knollenberg? He's having to pay college Republicons to knock doors in Rochester. That can't be a good sign for Joe.

College students offered money to knock on doors for Knollenberg

by: Todd A. Heywood

Tuesday (03/11) at 20:30 PM

Michigan Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-9th Congressional District) will stump for votes in Oakland County in April, and joining him will be College Republican club members from the state. At least that is what Michigan Federation of College Republicans Chairman Justin Zatkoff is hoping.

"I am going to tell you how you can make money simply by being a College Republican," Zatkoff said in the video. "That's right, we are going to pay you to do what you do best: be College Republicans. It doesn't get any better than that. But actually it will. Just keep watching."

In a YouTube video posted a week ago Zatkoff goes on to tell viewers MFCR will not only pay $10 for each college student a group brings down to knock on doors for Knollenberg April 11 and 12, but it will also rent transportation for the visitors, pay for their hotels and food. Zatkoff said the MFCR will only pay up to $100 for participation in the event.

Knollenberg is in a closely watched campaign against former Democratic state senator and gaming commissioner Gary Peters.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Democrat takes seat formerly held by Dennis Hastert

In a stunning development, Bill Foster (D)defeated Jim Oberweis (R). The NRCC invested 20% of its cash on hand trying to retain this seat and failed. Why am I mentioning this here? Because it bodes well for Gary Peters defeating Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg. Oakland county is a 50/50 district and trending more Democratic every election cycle.
568 of 568 Precincts Reporting - 100%

Bill Foster (D): 53% (52,010)
Jim Oberweis (R): 47% (46,988)

Chris Van Hollen, chair of the DCCC, sent the following statement via e-mail last night.

"Congratulations to Bill Foster on his victory tonight. Bill Foster’s victory in the seat that was held by Speaker Hastert sends a political shock wave across America this election year. It is a stunning rejection of the Bush Administration, its Republican allies, and presidential nominee John McCain. Republican candidates learned tonight that Senator McCain, who campaigned with the Republican nominee, cannot save them from defeat this November against strong Democratic challengers, even in districts that voted overwhelmingly for President Bush.

"Despite spending 20 percent of the their cash on hand, the NRCC was unable to hold a seat easily won by President Bush and held by Speaker Hastert for 20 years. Americans of all political stripes are rejecting Republicans’ divisive, status quo politics and turning to Democratic candidates for change. I am grateful to Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Barack Obama, and the Illinois Democratic delegation and candidates for encouraging the people of this district to vote for change by supporting Bill Foster.

"Voters of all political stripes responded to Bill Foster’s commitment to change. With his unique background as a respected scientist and a successful businessman, Bill Foster will be a tremendous asset to our Democratic Caucus, as we continue fighting to strengthen our economy and ease the squeeze on America’s struggling middle class families."