Thursday, December 18, 2008


- Obama has selected U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood for transportation secretary, which would make him one of two Republican members of President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet along with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is a registered independent but has publicly referred to himself as a Republican. . .

A strong advocate for advancing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, LaHood authored a law that established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which lay the groundwork for celebrating the 16th president's 200th birthday in 2009. He also has been a lead Capitol Hill supporter for the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and is one of 15 members on the ALBC. . .



Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)

Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)

Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)

Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)

Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a anti-woman voting record. (Dec 2003)

Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating an anti-woman stance. (Dec 2006)

Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)

Civil Rights

Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man one-
woman. (Jul 2006)

Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)

Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage. (Sep 2004)

Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)

Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

Rated 13% by the ACLU (Dec 2002)

Rated 25% by the HRC on gay rights (Dec 2006)

Rated 39% by NAACP on civil rights. (Dec 2006)


Rated 89% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)


Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)

Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)

Rated 50% by CURE on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)


Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)

Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)

Rated D by VOTE HEMP (Dec 2003)

Rated -20 by NORML on drugs (Dec 2006)


Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)

Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)

Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Energy & Oil

Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)

Families & Children

Rated 92% by the Christian Coalition


Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)

Law suits

Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)

Health care

Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)

Homeland security

Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)

Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)

Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)

Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)

Rated 11% by SANE. (Dec 2003)


Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)

Rated 0% by FAIR on immigration. (Dec 2003)


Rated 29% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti union voting record. (Dec 2003)


Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)

Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)

Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)

Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)


At December 18, 2008 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty much a total asshole.

At December 18, 2008 4:10 PM, Blogger xilii said...

But he's from Illinois, so perhaps that's enough qualification.

At December 18, 2008 5:01 PM, Anonymous Mairead said...

What makes anyone think this is going to be recognisably a "Democratic administration"?

At December 18, 2008 8:18 PM, Blogger m said...


At December 18, 2008 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More antisemitism from libertarians questioning Dear Leader's judgment.

At December 19, 2008 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, of course, has his plumber take a 37 page political questionnaire before he'll let him unclog his toilet. And he burned all his Lionel Hampton records when he found out he was a Republican.

At December 22, 2008 8:57 AM, Blogger smith said...

I got a grant from the federal government for $12,000 in financial aid, see how you can get one also at


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