Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico´s House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died. A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election.
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This corrupt demorat ran our House for way too many years. He was as corrupt as they come, a charter member of NM´s "good old boy" Congress, and the father of our Rep. in the national house, Ben Ray, a lapdog of Nancy Pelosi. I usually am not this callous, but I don´t miss this man nor would I miss his son. NM State politics are much better off without him.
I say we place these lifers on a sliding scale. You get full pay/benefits your first term. That decreased by 30 percent your second term. Your third term you lose 50 percent of your current pay/benefits and so on. Eventually, you are working for free. When they whine, we remind them that they got into this game to "help people" and "make a difference". Now they can do it on their dime. Who´s with me on this?
This article was updated with a message from the current NM Gov Susana Martinez not the last slime ball loser.
There is a special place in hell for Mr Lujan (and Greasy Bill Richardson´s place of agony will be right next door)! Both have done their utmost to destroy this state. Both have raised political corruption to ultimate new highs! Now the destruction will continue be carried out by their prodigy voted in by the mindless D- students ushered in by their destruction of the eduction system in this state.
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The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
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7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
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