In yesterday’s oral argument in Shelby Co. v. Holder, Justice Kagan raised the broad support in Congress in 2006, including in covered jurisdictions, for the extension of section 5 for another 25 years.
Well, that sounds like a good argument to me, Justice Scalia. It was clear to 98 Senators, including every Senator from a covered jurisdiction, who decided that there was a continuing need for this piece of legislation.
So how did members of the Texas delegation vote in 2006?
Well, on the Senate side, as Justice Kagan noted, both Senator Hutchison and Senator Cornyn voted in favor of the extension (as did 96 of their colleagues for a 98-0 vote).
On the House side, 6 members of the Texas delegation (all Republicans) voted ‘no.’ In all, Texas accounted for 18% of the 33 House members opposing the extension.
The members voting ‘no’ were Congressmen Joe Barton, Mike Conaway, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, Ron Paul, and Mac Thornberry. In addition, Congressman Pete Sessions did not vote on the bill.
The Lampson for Congress campaign has filed a formal complaint with the FEC against its opponent Randy Weber for taking more than the maximum amount from seven donors. According to his FEC filings Weber took over $22,500 in excess contributions which brings his actual cash on hand total down to $32,540 from his initial report of $55,040. Lampson’s report showed over $420,000 in cash on hand. Weber’s campaign contends that it does not need to correct the report or return the money until after the election.
“Queen of Porn” Jenna Jameson, making perhaps one of the most honest endorsements of Mitt Romney one can make.
Mediaite nails it: “What is particularly strange about a Jameson endorsement of Romney is that earlier this year the Republican candidate officially stated that he believes in ‘strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.’”
Basically, Romney would like to do away with the industry that made Jameson rich. I wonder if she’ll make appearances on his behalf like Kid Rock.
I just need to quote Shep Smith:
Shep Smith: Pimps and prostitutes for Ron Paul, Donald Trump for Mitt Romney, we still don’t know about Shakira and Big Bird but we’ll learn in the next hour.
Judge Napolitano: Isn’t it great being in this business?
Shep Smith: It’s the weirdest election season I’ve ever lived through and I’ve been here for what feels like 130,000.