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  •  Some of Rep. Hall's greatest hits (5+ / 0-)

    From Wikipedia:

    In January 2004, on the final day for candidates to file to get their names on the ballot for the March 9, 2004 primary, Hall switched parties and became a Republican. He said that Republicans refused to put money for his district into a spending bill, and when he asked why, "the only reason I was given was that I was a Democrat."
    The Northern Mariana Islands are a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific with a large garment industry. Billing records of Preston Gates Ellis and Rouvelas Meeds, an international law firm employed by the CNMI, the government of the islands, show numerous contacts between the law firm and Hall's office. He said his dealings with the law firm were with Lloyd Meeds, a partner with the firm, which at the time listed 36 attorneys on staff, not with Jack Abramoff, the firm's representative for the CNMI contract. In 2006, he said of the Northern Marianas, "They were good allies, and I believed their government should handle their affairs and not have us impose labor laws on them." [...]

    Asked in 2006 how the 1996 trip [to the CNMI] benefited the Texas Fourth Congressional District he represents, he said, "I think it benefits my constituents if you do anything that benefits the peace through strength people, when you’re going out to bring information to them to help win the Cold War. That’s a benefit to them, to their strategic interests." The last gasps of the Cold War ended in 1991.

    On December 1, 2011, Hall gave an interview to National Journal in which he expressed disbelief in anthropogenic climate change. He accused climate scientists of concocting the evidence for anthropogenic climate change in order to receive federal research grants, citing the Climategate controversy and calling investigations which had largely exonerated them "straw-man reviews". He stated that "I'm really more fearful of freezing. And I don't have any science to prove that. But we have a lot of science that tells us they're not basing it on real scientific facts."
    From ThinkProgress:
    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) plans to pursue an aggressive pro-oil agenda as the incoming chair of the House Science and Technology Committee. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News this month, the “unconditional champion of fossil fuels” ... explained why the BP disaster “didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for offshore drilling.”

    Hall described the BP explosion that killed eleven men, injured dozens, and led to the despoilment of the Gulf of Mexico as a “tremendous,” “blossoming” flower of energy:  “As we saw that thing bubbling out, blossoming out – all that energy, every minute of every hour of every day of every week – that was tremendous to me. That we could deliver that kind of energy out there – even on an explosion.”

    And from FOX News:
    When asked about the runoff, Hall says he predicts he'll win and says, "If not, I'll go work at Wal-Mart. I’ve got to have a job.”
    Have fun pushing carts, dude.

    Pragmatic progressive. Oregonian, Cascadian, and American. Keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:42:05 PM PDT

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    •  regarding #1 (2+ / 0-)
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      MrLiberal, RamblinDave

      does that say more about Hall or then-Republican leadership in the House?

      In reality, laws are always useful to those with possessions and harmful to those who have nothing. - Rousseau, The Social Contract, note 5

      by James Allen on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:15:32 PM PDT

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    •  36 of 36 garment factories shut down in Saipan (1+ / 0-)
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      CNMI between 2000 and 2009.  Regulation of a 3rd world trust territory from Washington poses interesting questions.  I am convinced neither party answered those questions appropriately.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:17:27 PM PDT

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      •  Every person in the Northern Mariana Islands... (1+ / 0-)
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        Is on U.S. soil. Whether you want to call those islands "third world" or not, it really sickens me that labor there has been so grossly abused.

        Pragmatic progressive. Oregonian, Cascadian, and American. Keeper of the DKE glossary.

        by SaoMagnifico on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:34:33 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, the labor abuses (1+ / 0-)
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          are part of why I see the GOP as having failed the Commonwealth.

          Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

          by benamery21 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:14:50 PM PDT

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          •  The GOP has failed all of America (1+ / 0-)
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            Why should the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands be any different?

            Pragmatic progressive. Oregonian, Cascadian, and American. Keeper of the DKE glossary.

            by SaoMagnifico on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:17:58 PM PDT

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            •  Let's just say CNMI (0+ / 0-)

              has been failed more spectacularly by both parties than the mainland as a whole.  Of course, the total population peaked under 100K, so there are likely similar sized pockets elsewhere that have been failed as badly or worse.

              Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

              by benamery21 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:21:48 PM PDT

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