Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Geoffrey Lyons
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 “how to get your ex back
184800091.html”>Congressional Friend” of the Irish National Caucus. His soon-to-be predecessor, outgoing Online Pokies 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.”
Looming over all of this is the fiscal cliff. The Wall Street Journal's fiscal cliff graphics page makes an otherwise tiresome and complicated subject intelligible. (Also see the Nov. 30 LobbyBlog).