CREW Drafts Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released an ethics complaint against Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC). CREW also sent copies of the complaint to the Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section and to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Last fall, Rep. Taylor was awarded a coveted spot on CREW 13-most corrupt Members of Congress list, which also included jailed Congressman Randy `Duke' Cunningham (R-CA), soon to be indicted Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and the now famous $90,000 in the freezer Congressman, William Jefferson (D-LA).

CREW is asking that a Member of the House forward the complaint against Rep. Taylor to the House Ethics Committee. Outside groups are barred from filing complaints; the rules state that only Members of the House can file. Yes, thanks to the rules, Members of Congress must police themselves!

Take a look at CREW's website and read some of the unethical and illegal acts Rep. Taylor has engaged in. It looks pretty bad for Rep. Taylor. Secondly, call your Member of Congress and insist that they file this ethics complaint!

Congressional ethics is of paramount importance and as more and more members become entwined in scandal, it is critically important that Members of Congress and the House Ethics Committee do their jobs and investigate wrongdoing, such as that of Rep. Taylor.

Oh, and while we've got your attention, CREW has also drafted ethics complaints against Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA).

CREW will continue to fight hard to rid the Congress of corruption. Please do your part, call your Member of Congress today and ask them to file CREW's complaint.

Was your Member of Congress happy to hear from you? Please tell us about your calls in the comments section of this diary.

CREW Drafts Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released an ethics complaint against Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC). CREW also sent copies of the complaint to the Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section and to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Last fall, Rep. Taylor was awarded a coveted spot on CREW 13-most corrupt Members of Congress list, which also included jailed Congressman Randy `Duke' Cunningham (R-CA), soon to be indicted Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and the now famous $90,000 in the freezer Congressman, William Jefferson (D-LA). CREW is asking that a Member of the House forward the complaint against Rep. Taylor to the House Ethics Committee. Outside groups are barred from filing complaints; the rules state that only Members of the House can file. Yes, thanks to the rules, Members of Congress must police themselves! Take a look at CREW's website and read some of the unethical and illegal acts Rep. Taylor has engaged in. It looks pretty bad for Rep. Taylor. Secondly, call your Member of Congress and insist that they file this ethics complaint! Congressional ethics is of paramount importance and as more and more members become entwined in scandal, it is critically important that Members of Congress and the House Ethics Committee do their jobs and investigate wrongdoing, such as that of Rep. Taylor. Oh, and while we've got your attention, CREW has also drafted ethics complaints against Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA). CREW will continue to fight hard to rid the Congress of corruption. Please do your part, call your Member of Congress today and ask them to file CREW's complaint. Was your Member of Congress happy to hear from you? Please tell us about your calls in the comments section of this diary.

National Canvass: From North Carolina

(The following entry was submitted by Mark Hufford, Western Political Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party -- and one of your DNC organizers. -- Tim.
From the diaries -- Chris)

Seeing all the planning for the National Canvass Day on the 29th makes me giddy. Heartened by a canvass event this past weekend, I wanted to pass along a few words of encouragement about what to expect on Saturday.

Canvassing makes you feel good all over!!!


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Here's How We're Helping to Recapture the House

Jerry Meek is the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Hey, y'all. As President Bush and the Republican Party continue to nose dive in the polls, the prospects for retaking the U.S. House keep looking better and better. Here in North Carolina, we're doing our part.

I want to tell you about two races where we think we'll be able to help usher in a new congressional majority for Democrats.

The 11th Congressional District.
Stretching from Asheville westward, here's where you'll find excellent bluegrass music, tomato-based barbecue, and an economy struggling under national Republican rule. Having largely supported Lincoln and the Union during the Civil War, the region still continues to vote Republican. But an early poll strongly indicates that Congressman Charles Taylor (R-NC) is vulnerable. Heath Shuler - former quarterback for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Washington Redskins - is poised to defeat the eight-term Congressman.

Taylor's an unusual fellow. When he's not pushing to build a road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he's teaming up with a former KGB General to operate banks in Russia. As for his North Carolina banks, they've had a little trouble. Taylor's two henchmen at the bank pled guilty to money-laundering and fraud in connection with loans to one of Taylor's biggest contributors. And, more recently, AP revealed Taylor's close ties to Jack Abramoff (closer, by the way, than Taylor had earlier admitted). Despite his net worth of about $50 million, Taylor refuses to return the Abramoff money. As for CAFTA - this was a classic Taylor move. All along saying he'd vote against CAFTA, he ended up not voting. He offered shifting explanations for his failure to vote, finally claiming that he used a voting card from the past session of Congress. Yeah, right.

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The End of Medicaid is Just Beginning

Originally Posted at BlueNC, crossposted elsewhere
When the Republican led Senate and House passed the Budget Reconciliation Act of 2005, they did so without the support of one Democrat, and with a number of Republican defections.  Why?  The reason is simple, the budget gives more tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy while at the same time seriously putting in peril the very lives of millions of Americans.  The Budget Reconciliation Act should go down in history as the Republican End of Medicaid Act.  Hopefully, this destruction of Medicaid will play a major role in the 06 elections, but I'm not sure it will.  Once again, the Republicans have been crafty.  They have changed the rules on Medicaid in a way that will do serious harm to disabled children, the blind, the elderly, and the less fortunate in our society - but they have done so in a way that will not hurt them until AFTER the midterm election.  

To help clarify this situation and what will be happening down the road, we at BlueNC have asked State Rep. Verla Insko to provide us some facts on the new Medicaid cuts and regulations.  Rep. Insko has just filed to run for her sixth term in the 56th NC House district, representing most of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and one Orange County Precinct.  Rep. Insko is eminently qualified to answer questions on potential Medicaid cuts, as she Vice-Chairs the Appropriations Committee; Chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse; is a member of the Health, Environment and Natural Resources Committee; and, serves on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committees on Education and Health, where she Chairs the Access Subcommittee of the House Select Committee on Health Care.

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