jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 10:39am

With so many bodies under the budgetary knife and everyone screaming, who gets 9-1-1 treatment from Congressmen?

The Congressional Management Foundation, a research arm for lawmakers and their staffs, has examined five popular myths and offered how-to's for those trying to make their "Help!" resonate.

  1. Myth: "One size fits all" congressional offices. Reality: Target and tailor the message for each lawmaker and his district. And know what your rep has already done on legislation -- don't ask him to co-sponsor something he's already authored.

wholderman's picture
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 7:55pm

.....okay, the correct spelling is "Southern Hospitality". My husband and I just returned from a trip to South Carolina to see our #1 son. He moved there (near Charleston) last September to take a new job. It was great to see him and to experience delightful "Carolinanes", who are exceptionally hospitable, welcomed us with extensive greetings, fed us oh too well, asked at every juncture if we were enjoying ourselves, and encouraged us to pack up our bags and "move on back"!

jtaylor's picture
Monday, April 28, 2008 - 12:43pm

Do you care who runs California's lottery? Would you mind if Blue Cross or some other HMO provided care in the state's prisons? Do you have feelings for (or understand) the Williamson Act or the State Compensation Insurance Fund?

Those were some of the ways mentioned to two-dozen Central California hospital officials April 25 by Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines of Clovis as he puzzled how legislators may tackle the state's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.

jtaylor's picture
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:25am

Lucky LA. Although lots of services are being cut in the name of budget "austerity," (LA Times headline-ese), the Bureau of Street Services (oxymoron?) will be bumped up 3% so it can repair an additional 60 miles of streets.

That means the city's backlogged calendar of street patch-jobs will decline from 63 years to 43 years, the Times says. (This ain't a waiting list to get Green Bay Packers seasons tickets -- this is busted axles and trips to the orthopod.)

wholderman's picture
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 12:47pm

...seems overwhelming and destined for escalating calamity.

Crude oil supply has further been disrupted by attacks on pipelines in Nigeria that provides 400,000 barrels a DAY. Vigorous demands in China and other emerging markets are driving prices even higher. Saudi Arabia apparently does NOT have plans to increase production because they're uncertain about long-term future needs and if the consumption trend will be sustained. Mexico's oil fields are yielding less than expected.