It’s never good when a wife has to get a restraining order against her husband.
A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this past weekend.
Lolita Grayson’s petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road near Windermere.
In a statement, Alan Grayson’s press secretary, Lauren Doney, wrote that the allegations “are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson.”
“Congressman Grayson firmly denies Ms. Grayson’s frivolous accusations,” the statement said.
The incident comes just less than two months after Lolita Grayson filed a divorce petition stating that their marriage of nearly 24 years was “irretrievably broken.”
Asked about the incident, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said in a written response that the agency “is currently conducting a Domestic Violence investigation which is open and active at this point.”
A heavily redacted Sheriff’s Office document released Tuesday identified Lolita Grayson as the victim in the incident and listed the offense under investigation as domestic-violence battery.
Grayson was not arrested in the incident and is not currently facing any criminal charges.
Lolita Grayson is also reported to be petitioning for joint, but primary, custody of the couple’s children.
Grayson is something of an icon to the hardcore liberal elite and online Left. He also is facing a tough re-election fight (as he did — and lost — in 2010) after reclaiming his House seat in 2012.
He seems to only be able to win it on the years of presidential-level turnout.
Let me preface this post by saying: “I’m not for amnesty, just sanity.”
While largely dead for the rest of the 2013–14 congressional calendar, there were some things I personally would have liked to have seen touched in an immigration package or separate bill. (You know, that piecemeal approach talked about, but apparently not going to be tried.)
At the top of that list is “H-1B Visa Reform.”
“H-1B” is, like most visas issued by the State Department, one of a variety of work visas granted to immigrants who are temporary workers inside the United States. H-1B’s are a specialty type of visa which only are available to the following qualifications:
- You must be a foreign national.
- You must have already earned a college degree.
- Said degree must be in a career related to what are called “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields.
The visas last for three years and can be renewed for another three for a total of six years; and with their employers sponsorship, they can gain citize That stay can be up to ten years, only if you are working for a defense contractor. They are highly-coveted by technology firms in Silicon Valley such as Google, IBM, Facebook and Oracle.
Annually, 65,000 new H-1Bs are issued, with an additional 20,000 to eligible immigrants already in the country who getting their college degrees. Estimations are that since the program began around 2,000, over 850,000 H-1Bs have been issued.
So why reform them and what to do? The common answer — accepted on both sides — has been to lift the annual quota. Why? Because the world is a competitive workplace, and despite constant interest in computer sciences and IT, America isn’t generating enough of them fast enough. Also, other nations also have substantial technology sectors themselves and will grab up these wouldbe employees.
In the most recent podcast episode for the center-right website Ricochet, renowned political analyst Michael Barone told a story of how a Canadian diplomat prayed that America didn’t change its immigration policy towards high-skilled workers (the ones sought through the H-1B program) because then all these folks could come to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. British Columbia is well-known to be the high-tech hub matching its neighbors south of the border in Washington State and Silicon Valley.
It is this exact thing which makes the immigration debate as a whole so frustrating. While we’re fighting over what is clearly a horrific Senate bill, both sides need to take a moment, figure out where there is actual consensus on immigration — like visa reform, which has nothing to do with amnesty much if at all — and craft a bill.
Anyone who still demands a full, “comprehensive approach” (Chuck Schumer, I’m looking at you.) should be barred from the room. Hammer out something that works, not just for those getting the H-1Bs’, but for the U.S. economy as well.
In what is likely the clearest indication Democrats realize they have no shot of winning the House this November, 40-year veteran and former chairman of the multiple House committees, Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood) is retiring.
Veteran California Democrat Henry Waxman, whose legislative and political savvy helped remake the American health care system, reveal tobacco’s dangers and expose steroids in baseball, will retire at the end of the 113th Congress.
“I will have completed 40 years in Congress by the end of this year,” Waxman said in an interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this week. “I think it’s time to let somebody else come in and take on some of these fights.”
Since arriving in the Capitol during the Watergate-era, Waxman’s reach has extended nationally. As the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the George W. Bush administration, he was a pugnacious partisan who sought to hold the White House accountable. When President Barack Obama was elected, Waxman came out on top of a bitter brawl within the Democratic Caucus when he knocked off Michigan Rep. John Dingell to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped craft Obamacare, as well as legislation that sought to drastically slash on carbon emissions.
“I leave with a lot of satisfaction for the accomplishments that I’ve had in my congressional career,” Waxman said in the interview. “And I think it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”
Waxman’s retirement is the latest blow to House Democrats, who’ve endured a string of high-profile retirement announcements in recent weeks. Waxman’s seat will likely remain in Democratic control, but taken all together, the departures suggest that party veterans don’t believe their party will take back the House in the fall.
By “high-profile retirement announcements,” Politico is implying California Democrat (and Pelosi confidante) George Miller and Virginia’s Jim Moran. These are high-ranking generals for the minority leader.
Which now raises a question that should be asked: Dems are now looking at their third election in which they’ve lost significantly under Pelosi. Forget talk about a coup against Boehner, how long does she hang onto power?
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(No wonder Mike Tate is pushing for a self-financing candidate to run against Gov. Scott Walker. There’s not going to be a ton of help from D.C. if these numbers hold up.)
The Republican National Committee raised $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee during July and sits on $12 million in cash, while the DNC has a net balance of $14 million in debt.
The Republican National Committee reported receipts of $5,859,144 and disbursements of $6,330,364 in July, leaving $12,267,525 cash on hand as of July 31, and no debts.
The committee raised $3.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less and itemized $2.5 million from donors giving more than $200. PACs gave $36,000.
The DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $3,858,625 and disbursements of $5,386,438 in July, leaving $4,143,852 cash on hand as of July 31, with debts of $18,466,369.
The committee raised $2.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less, and $1,458,577 from those giving more than $200. PACs and other committee gave $190,909.
In the DNC’s defense, they did send over $1M to a number of state parties, none of which were identified. Also to the saving grace of Democrats, idiotic temper tantrums led by Tea Party groups have given the DCCC and DSCC a fund raising lead for 2014 against their GOP counterparts, the NRCC and NRSC.
The committees should be announcing new fund raising numbers during the rest of the week.
UPDATE: Already in for July, the DSCC outraised the NRSC by a margin of $3.4M to the NRSC’s $2.7M. So far for the cycle, the DSCC has raised over $30M while the NRSC has raised around $20M.
Cash on Hand totals for the committee have not yet been released.
Thanks to our friends at the Conan O’Brien show on TBS. (Very Funny)
Embattled Mayor Bob Filner is asking San Diego taxpayers to cover the legal fees he’ll incur from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former staff member.
Filner’s attorney, Harvey Berger, sent a letter Monday requesting the city pay the mayor’s legal expenses. The City Council will consider the issue Tuesday in closed session and allow public testimony at 5:30 p.m. or whenever the regular council meeting ends.
Irene McCormack Jackson, the mayor’s former communications director, filed the lawsuit July 22 against Filner and the city seeking unspecified damages. She has accused Filner of creating a hostile work environment in which women were treated as “sexual objects or stupid idiots” and making unwanted sexual advances toward her, including kisses and derogatory comments.
Council President Todd Gloria announced the mayor’s request at the end of Monday’s council meeting and said it would be discussed by the council in closed session Tuesday. It’s not likely to pass given that seven of the nine council members have called on Filner to resign.
Filner isn’t be sued because as mayor he oversaw a new law or ordinance. He’s being sued as a 70-year-old horn dog / serial hugger who clearly has issues on a personal level. There’s little to no justification for the city to pay the cost for his misdeeds.
If he had a brain in his head, he’d just resign. It’s just a pity that it took so long for his fellow Democrats in D.C and California to call for it. Word is the state Democratic Party of California covered for him as late as two years ago. That woman — a former Democratic California state legislator – is now one of the seven or eight now suing Filner for harassment.
Liberals really need to decide what matters more to them, having a narrative where they say the Right is staging a “War on Women,” or covering for politicians who are actually attacking women on a frequent and almost daily basis by their personal actions.
But who am I kidding. For the Left, it is always about abortion. I think Nina Burleigh put that in enough context back in 1998, didn’t she?