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Wednesday
Mar072012

Dennis Kucinich Will Not Compete Against 'Joe the Plumber' 

Chip Somodevill​a/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate and progressive favorite Rep. Dennis Kucinich lost to Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Tuesday’s 9th District congressional primary.

Kaptur will now compete against Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who found fame during the 2008 presidential election. Wurzelbacher won the district’s Republican primary by less than one thousand votes.

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Thursday
Sep152011

Rep. Kucinich Will Stay in Ohio, Challenge Democrat for District

Kucinich [dot] House [dot] gov(CLEVELAND) -- Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich was so convinced earlier this year he would be left without a job after the next election in his home state of Ohio that he had seriously considered moving to another state -- Washington -- and running for Congress there.

Ohio will lose two Congressional seats in the next election -- victim of a contracting population and growth elsewhere -- and Kucinich, perhaps the most liberal member of Congress, was fearful that many of the liberal voters that made the core of his Cleveland district, would be dealt to districts elsewhere.

But the move of the liberal firebrand to the West Coast is not meant to be.  Kucinich announced via Twitter Wednesday that, “We have a district!”.

And in a note to supporters on his website, Kucinich wrote, “In a stunning development, the redistricting gave most of the Republican part of my old district to three incumbent Republican Congressmen and left most of the Democratic part of my district intact.  As a result, about 57% of registered Democrats in the new district come from my old district.  With your help I clearly have a good chance to be able to continue to serve the people of Ohio and to remain a strong and outspoken voice for jobs, peace, clean water and clean air, education and civil rights.”

What he didn’t mention is that by staying and running for reelection to Congress in the newly created district that fuses parts of Cleveland and Toledo, he’ll likely have to challenge current Rep. Marcy Kaptur, another Democrat, in a primary.  Kaptur has been in Congress, representing Toledo, since 1983.  Kucinich has served in Congress since 1997 and run for president twice in that time as a Democrat.

The moves, which were laid out by Republicans in Ohio, are not yet official.  But the GOP there controls the legislature and the governorship.  The top Republican in the House, Speaker John Boehner, has a keen interest in the Ohio delegation.  Two sitting Republican freshmen in the Miami Valley, Mike Turner and Steve Austria, will have to face off in a primary if either man wants to keep his job.

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Friday
Apr012011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Blasts Obama on Libyan Intervention

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich is enraged by the president's decision for the U.S. to participate in military action to aid rebels in Libya, saying he bypassed Congress' authority to declare war.

The Ohio Democrat went on a 40-minute tirade on the House floor Thursday against what he termed the "Libyan war," declaring, "we we are in a constitutional crisis because our chief executive has assumed for himself powers to wage war which are neither expressly defined nor implicit in the Constitution, nor permitted under the War Powers Act."

Kucinich alleged that Obama violated the War Powers Resolution that allows a president to move militarily without congressional approval if the nation faces "imminent danger," asserting that the threshold wasn't met in Libya.

Furthermore, the lawmaker argued that the administration used faulty rationale to explain that action was necessary because one side threatened force against the other in Libya.

Not content to stop there, Kucinich accused the president of a premeditated strike against forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, alleging that Obama knew what he would do a month in advance and therefore, could have consulted Congress before acting.

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Saturday
Jan292011

Kucinich Settles Olive Dispute for Undisclosed Sum

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich says that he has reached a settlement in his suit against four vendors that service a congressional cafeteria where he suffered a cracked tooth after he bit into a sandwich containing an unpitted olive in 2008.

Kucinich, who filed the suit Wednesday seeking $150,000 in damages, said the terms of the settlement are confidential, but he believes the defendants responded “fairly and reasonably.”

“The parties have exchanged information and after some investigation and discussion have resolved the matter for an amount all parties believe reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses related to this incident,” Kucinich, D-Ohio, said. “I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time.”

Kucinich, who has twice sought the Democratic nomination for president, says the injury required three dental surgeries over the course of two years and cost a substantial amount of money to rectify. According to Kucinich, his health insurance and dental insurance did not cover the expenses of the injury, which affected his “ability to chew food properly.”

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Wednesday said that Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" in the incident and asserted that the tainted sandwich wrap was “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives, yet unknown to plaintiff contained an unpitted olive.”

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008, bought the sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria on April 17, 2008, according to the complaint.

Before settling, Kucinich was seeking $150,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, from Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria, and three other businesses that stock and help run the operation.

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Thursday
Jan272011

Kucinich Suing Congressional Cafeteria for Unsavory Olive

Photo Courtesy - Kucinich[dot]house[dot[gov(WASHINGTON) -- It's not necessarily because the food is no good there, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich is suing four venders that supply the congressional cafeteria because he bit into a sandwich wrap containing an unpitted olive, resulting in a cracked tooth for the Ohio Democrat.

When asked whether he could confirm or comment on the suit, a spokesman with Kucinich, D-Ohio, told ABC News "no comment, sorry" and abruptly ended the phone call.

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia says Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" in the incident and asserts that the tainted wrap was “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives, yet unknown to plaintiff contained an unpitted olive.”

The complaint further states that Kucinich “could not visually detect” the unpitted olive prior to consumption.

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, bought the sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria on April 17, 2008, according to the complaint.

The complaint also says that Kucinich “sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgery and oral procedures”  and claims Kucinich has sustained other damages, “including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment.”

Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, from Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria, and three other businesses that stock and help run the operation.

Andrew Young, Kucinich's lawyer who filed the suit, said that the firm -- Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy in Cleveland, Ohio -- is not releasing any immediate comment except to say that this is a personal matter and that the firm does not want to have the case litigated in the press.

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