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Thursday
Dec202012

Sen. Boxer Proposes Using National Guard Troops in Schools

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed using National Guard troops to help make schools across the nation safer and avoid another shooting like last week at Sandy Hook.
 
“Three hundred million weapons are out there, nothing I know is going to change that. And in the meantime we better -- we darn better -- keep our kids safe,” Sen. Boxer said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “And if we avoid looking at that question I think we are failing.”
 
The Save Our Schools Act (SOS) would allow the federal government to reimburse Governors who want to use National Guard troops in schools and is modeled after the National Guard program that allows governors to use the Guard to assist with law enforcement efforts related to drug interdiction activities.
 
“So we take a successful program and we say we’re going to add a new purpose,” Boxer said. "National guard troops could be used to help support local law enforcement agencies in protecting our children at schools.”
 
Under the new program, Guard troops could work with law enforcement agencies to ensure schools are safe. This could take the form of additional guards at school, strengthening the perimeter security of the school or relieving local law enforcement officials who have desk jobs.
 
“I feel very strongly that this is an appropriate use of our national guard,” Boxer said Wednesday. “The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary is a reminder that we have failed our children.”
 
Governors already have the power to use the Guard on their own currently, but they’d have to pay for it under already-squeezed state budgets.  Under Boxer’s legislation governors could apply and have 100 percent of their plan paid though by federal funds already set up by the drug interdiction program.
 
Boxer said she has not had a conversation with any other senators about this proposal but will be working to get support before the next session of Congress.  She plans to speak with Vice President Biden, who will lead the charge on this issue, about her proposal soon.

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Tuesday
Feb012011

Ethics Committee Investigating Ensign's Affair With Campaign Aide

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday appointed a special counsel to handle the probe of Sen. John Ensign, R-NV, a move that could prove damaging to his already imperiled re-election bid.

The panel's chairman, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and top Republican Johnny Isakson of Georgia announced that Carol Elder Bruce will serve as special counsel.

The Senate Ethics panel is currently looking into allegations that Ensign violated Senate rules and federal law. Ensign, who is up for re-election in 2012, had an affair with a former campaign aide who was married to his deputy chief of staff.

"The purpose of a preliminary inquiry is to determine whether there is substantial credible evidence that a violation within the Committee’s jurisdiction has occurred," the Senate panel said in a statement Tuesday.

Last year, the Justice Department scrapped a criminal investigation into the Ensign matter.

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Tuesday
Nov022010

ABC News: Prop 19 Defeated, Boxer Projected to Hold California Senate Seat

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana use, is projected to be defeated in California, where Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is projected to win a fourth term. The country still awaits the results from the hotly-contested race for California governor.

Boxer won decisively among women, pulling an estimated 56 percent compared to 39 percent for her opponent, Carly Fiorina, according to exit poll data. The senator also was helped by voters who had a favorable view of the Democratic Party. Only 39 percent viewed the Republicans favorably.

Fiorina was endorsed by a number of prominent Republican politicians, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin also endorsed Fiorina.

President Barack Obama and the first lady both made a last-minute push in support of Boxer, traveling to several campaign events in California.

The economy has been a key issue in the California races, with the state suffering enormously from the economic downtown.

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Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana use, is projected to be defeated in California, where Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is projected to win a fourth term. The country still awaits the results from the hotly contested race for California governor.

Boxer won decisively among women, pulling an estimated 56 percent compared to 39 percent for her opponent, Carly Fiorina, according to exit poll data. The senator also was helped by voters who had a favorable view of the Democratic Party. Only 39 percent viewed the Republicans favorably.

Fiorina was endorsed by a number of prominent Republican politicians, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin also endorsed Fiorina.

President Barack Obama and the first lady both made a last-minute push in support of Boxer, traveling to several campaign events in California.

The economy has been a key issue in the California races, with the state suffering enormously from the economic downtown.


Friday
Oct292010

Carly Fiorina: Out of Hospital, Back on Campaign Trail

Photo Courtesy - Carly for California(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- One day after California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina left the hospital after being treated for an infection following reconstructive surgery, the breast cancer survivor thanked opponent Barbara Boxer for her well wishes, but said the Democratic incumbent's record was one of failed policies.

Calling the three-term senator a "career politician," Fiorina said Boxer also needed to be held accountable for policies which she said were contributing to losses in American manufacturing. For her part, the 69-year-old Boxer has criticized Fiorina -- the former Hewlett-Packard chief -- as being a poor CEO who laid off more than 30,000 workers, brought company stock down and was fired.

Fiorina has been endorsed by a number of prominent Republican politicians, including Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Palin, too, has endorsed Fiorina, but during a recent visit to California, the former Alaska governor didn't campaign for the senate hopeful.

Fiorina underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy last year. She has said she is cancer-free.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

California Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Hospitalized

Photo Courtesy - Carly for California(LOS ANGELES) -- California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was taken to the hospital Tuesday for an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery she had after breast cancer.

Fiorina’s chief of staff Deborah Bowker said in a statement that Fiorina was hospitalized and is receiving antibiotics.

“While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon,” Bowker said. “Carly is looking forward to getting back to her full campaign schedule and to defeating Barbara Boxer on November 2."

Fiorina, 56, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and underwent reconstructive surgery this summer. The former Hewlett Packard chief executive faces a tough race against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is currently leading by a narrow margin in the polls.

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Saturday
Oct232010

Obama for Boxer: 'We Have to Have Barbara Back in the Senate'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In a pair of events – a fundraiser and a rally drawing out over 32,000 at the University of Southern California on Friday – President Obama stumped for incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

Never mentioning Boxer’s Republican opponent – former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina – by name, President Obama argued for Boxer’s experience, noting the close race.

“Today Barbara is in a tough election,” he said, “even though the choice should be easy, because there’s only one candidate in this race who has spent her career fighting for California’s families, and that is Barbara Boxer.”

“We have to have Barbara back in the Senate,” Obama said.

Boxer took many swipes at her opponent, connecting her twice over the course of the event to Sarah Palin.

An exuberant Jamie Foxx served as the event’s unofficial MC, leading the crowd in chants of “we are not exhausted,” a reference to a woman at the CNBC town hall weeks ago who admitted to the president that she was “exhausted” in defending him.

“The most important thing is do not lose your enthusiasm. They are counting on us losing our enthusiasm,” Foxx told the young people in the crowd.

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Monday
Oct182010

Coming to Boxer's Corner, President Obama Cuts Radio Ad

Photo Courtesy - Boxer dot Senate dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- A few days before traveling to California to help her campaign, President Obama cut a radio ad for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

The ad -- which the campaign says will air in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento media markets -- is Boxer's first radio ad.
 
In the ad, titled “Shoulder to Shoulder," the president says, "I've stood shoulder to shoulder with Barbara Boxer through the tough fights.  I believe California needs her and I know I need her."

Boxer is currently in a campaign dead heat with former Hewett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

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Sunday
Oct172010

Gloves Come Off as Campaign Trail Heats Up

Photo Courtesy - Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With early voters casting ballots, the gloves are coming off.

Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was in California on Saturday to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who is facing incumbent Barbara Boxer.

“[Fiorina]  will never waive the white flag of surrender the way that Barbara Boxer has tried to do every single time we have been in a conflict,” he said. “Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, the most anti-defense senator in the U.S. Senate today. I know that because I have had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her.”

McCain made no mention of former running mate Sarah Palin, who was campaigning for Republicans an hour and a half away in Anaheim.

“You fire [Nancy] Pelosi, retire [Harry] Reid, and their whole band of merry followers,” Palin told a crowd in Anaheim, Calif., “and we get back on the right track.”

Palin is in high demand on the campaign trail, but not for every GOP candidate. ABC News political director Amy Walter says the former vice presidential candidate’s strong ties to the Tea Party worry some Republican leaders.

“They want to appeal to independent voters,” Walter said. “They want to look like an independent voice. They do not want to look like they’re beholden to either this Tea Party concept or to Sarah Palin.”

President Obama, in Massachusetts for Democratic Governor Deval Patrick Saturday, said that Republicans have continually denied his party’s efforts, hoping to ride a wave of frustration to the ballot box.

“I understand that sometimes hope may have faded as we grinded out this work over the last several years,” the president said. “You're watching TV and all you see is politicians tearing each other down and pundits who treat politics like a sport. I know it can be discouraging. But don't ever let anybody tell you this fight isn't worth it.”

It is a fight that has caused conflict among some Democrats, with leaders cutting funding to some of their own incumbents in the house; seats they believe are already lost.

“This is firewall politics,” said Walter. “This is protecting what you can and letting those who you know can't win, fall off. It is very cold blooded.”

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