FORMER SENATOR Bob Bennet (R-Utah) will return to Washington as a lobbyist, ending what he calls a “let’s-punish-politicians-for-being-politicians” cool-off period. The Examiner’s Tim Carney shared a few words on Bennet’s appeal to the first amendment for the right to lobby.
Georgia will begin 2013 with a $100 gift cap.
The Maryland Ethics Commission released its list of top-paid lobbyists.
A petition to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan “for attacking [the] 2nd amendment,” made the White House petition page, and has since (as of this posting) garnered over 82,000 signatures. A less successful counter-petition aims to keep Morgan in the U.S., partly “to see how loads of angry Americans react.”
Congressman elect Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) has become a “Congressional Friend” of the Irish National Caucus. His soon-to-be predecessor, outgoing Congressman Barney Frank, has been sitting for numerous exit interviews. In this one, Frank is asked “what grade do you give yourself? 1-10?” His reply: “I give myself a 10 for being smart enough not to answer that question.”
According to The Atlantic, lobbyists should expect incoming Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who is replacing the late Daniel Inoyue, “…to be a consistent liberal in a reliably Democratic state. He supported a 2009 bill to legalize civil unions that was vetoed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle. In keeping with his work in saving beaches, he’s also emphasized environmental concerns and served on energy- and environment-related committees in the Hawaii House.”
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