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Archive of entries posted on September 2008

OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS BOARD HOLDS FIRST MEETING

Press Release from  David Skaggs, Chair, and Porter Goss, Co-Chair, of the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics established by House Resolution 895:  The board of the Office of Congressional Ethics held its first meeting together this Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, 2008. Our agenda was designed to provide context and background [...]

Voting Procedure in the House

       The Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007 (commonly referred to as the “Stolen Vote” committee) has released its final report dated September 25, 2008.    The report describes in some detail the process of voting in the House, which I summarize below: Votes in the House are conducted by the “tally [...]

People Who Live in Glass Houses (Revised)

                    A federal judge has ruled that the Library of Congress violated Title VII when it refused to hire a prospective employee who was a male-to-female transsexual.  Specifically, the plaintiff, who applied for a position with the Congressional Research Service (part of the LOC) while having the appearance and dress of a man, was made [...]

D.C. Circuit Considers a Stay in the Miers Case

           I attended yesterday’s D.C. Circuit argument on the Justice Department’s stay application in the Miers case.  The panel consisted of Judges Randolph, Ginsburg and Tatel.  A few takeaways:              Despite having asked the parties to brief appellate jurisdiction, the court didn’t seem interested in that subject.  The sense I got was that the judges [...]

More on Sunny Isle

Today’s Roll Call discusses Chairman Rangel’s reporting of his Sunny Isle condo transactions.  The article notes “the inconsistent reports are myriad errors, discrepancies and unexplained entries on Rangel’s personal disclosure forms over the past eight years that make it almost impossible to get a clear picture of the Ways and Means chairman’s financial dealings over [...]

DC Circuit to hear argument in Miers Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today set oral argument in the White House subpoena case for September 16th at 2:30 p.m. before Circuit Judges Douglas Ginsburg, David Tatel, and Raymond Randolph. The sides each have 15 minutes. Tweet

Chairman Rangel, Sunny Isles and the Perils of Financial Disclosure

          Representative Charles Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been in hot water for several matters, most recently his ownership of a beach property in the Dominican Republic.  Rangel has acknowledged that he failed to pay taxes on income from the property and failed to properly disclose that income on [...]

Miers Case on Hold Until Wednesday

          A panel of judges (Ginsburg, Randolph and Tatel) of the D.C. Circuit has granted an “administrative stay” of Judge Bates’s order in the Miers contempt case.  This stay is not the relief that the Executive Branch is asking for, which is a stay pending appeal, but a brief stay while the court considers whether [...]