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It's time to restore honor and accountability to a Congress that has lost its moral compass:

CNN.com--WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl repeatedly raised red flags about former Rep. Mark Foley years before GOP leaders said they knew about Foley's inappropriate conduct with pages, sources said. Trandahl's lawyers said he is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Ethics Committee, which is investigating the Foley case.

Two sources close to Trandahl told CNN that he had been monitoring Foley's interaction with pages after being told of troubling behavior by the congressman in the House cloakroom and elsewhere. Trandahl took his concerns to Kirk Fordham, Foley's former chief of staff, many times, the sources said. Fordham testified last week that he warned House Speaker Dennis Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, at least three years ago about Foley's conduct, according to a source familiar with Fordham's version of events.

You can help get out the vote by volunteering just an hour or two over the next couple of weeks, and you can do so sitting in the comfort of your own home. Let your fingers do the GOTV walking.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Also (3+ / 0-)
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    KOTCrum, kraant, flumptytail

    our friends at FDL, Down With Tyranny, and C & L are holding a five dollar contribution special for those of us who are on tight budgets, students, or not benefiting from Bush's economy.

    Read UTI, your free thought forum

    by DarkSyde on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:04:41 AM PDT

    •  To be perfectly honest . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      mtibbens, BobTrips

      . . . at this point, I could care less about this story other than to keep it circulating.  

      I absolutely can not believe this has been able to dominate the news cycle for this long.  This week is about to end and still the Republicans have not been able to break through this story.

      Man, I feel like a Hockey team with a one goal lead working the neutral zone trap in order to run out the clock.

      Just another American against the war.

      by dbratl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 05:03:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Three cheers for moveon (6+ / 0-)

    Which seems to have definitively fixed the problems of 2004 with its incredible new web-based phonebanking. We aren't going to have the frustrating overlaps in calls that alienated thousands of voters, and we aren't going to have people shut out of volunteering because they think it's all or nothing.  The vast majority of us can do this, and if every single one of us who has the means to do this takes part, maybe when it's all over the CW about the "unbeatable" Republican ground game might be a little less one-sided...

    •  I second that . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      SarahLee, Palmetto Progressive

      Its a truly great system.  Its important to remember that even when you seem like you're never talking to anyone and just logging fax machines and out of order numbers that you are still doing incredibly important work.  These are all number people won't have to call on election day.

      By the way, last night I was calling Florida 9.  What tier is this race?  I was thinking if we honestly thing we have a shot there, then man, we might be in for something big.

      Just another American against the war.

      by dbratl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 05:07:13 AM PDT

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      •  Florida 9 (0+ / 0-)

        It's Busansky (D) against Bilirakis (R) whose father is retiring and feels that he should be elected to keep it in the family.  BullS*&t.  Not sure what tier this race is, probably second, maybe third.  The 9th district covers parts of Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, essentially Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater.
        Here's Phyllis' website:
        http://www.busanskyforcongress.com/

        •  Thanks . . . (0+ / 0-)

          From the outside, it seems like this is going to be a very, very tough race to win.  Bilirakis's dad has been congressman forever, many voters won't even notice that its the son, not the dad running.  Also, Bilirakis is Greek, and the district contains heeavy concentrations of parochial Greek immigrants who will essentially "vote for the Greek  guy" no matter what party he/she is from.  

          I guess I was surprised that MoveOn thought we had a shot at this district.  I'd love to see some numbers on it.

          Just another American against the war.

          by dbratl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

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          •  FL-9 Answering my own question (0+ / 0-)

            Ok, a survey USA poll from 9/21-9/25 had these results:

            61% Bilirakis (R)
            32% Busansky (D)
            7% Undecided

            This is consistent with an internal Bilirakis poll released on 9/13 that showed

            52% Bilirakis (R)
            26% Busansky (D)

            News Reports seem to think that these Florida districts may now be in play due to the Foley scandal:

            Democrat Phyllis Busansky's bid for the 9th District has gained strength in the last two weeks, say campaign workers, who are awaiting new poll results. The former local government leader is facing Gus Bilirakis, son of retiring U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis. "Anecdotally, the phones are ringing off the hook," says her campaign manager, Robert Becker.

            That's all I have, no new poll, but MoveOn has something.  Man, if THIS guy is on the run . . .

            Just another American against the war.

            by dbratl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:31:15 AM PDT

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            •  Old Polls (1+ / 0-)
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              dbratl

              As noted on another diary from this morning on Phyllis' race, the polling numbers are fairly old and her numbers may be improving.  She's begun to do some TV advertising too.  The endorsements of both the conservative Tampa Tribune and the more liberal St. Pete Times will have a positive impact I hope.  

    •  It really works well! (0+ / 0-)

      Much better than it once was!  They spent many hours with national volunteers tweeking the system to get it right.  It's easy to do and lots of fun talking to other Dems around the country. Try it you will like it!

  •  There will be dramatic developments on Thursday.. (6+ / 0-)

    ....as Jeff Trandahl gives his testimoy.

    The Bush Administration will announce that it has accepted the Baker Commission recommendation of the John Murtha Redeploy and Contain Defeatocrat Cut and Run Republican Redeploy and Contain plan.

    There will be a flurry of important announcements and press conferences concerning imminent troop reductions.  The news networks will air extensive footage of US troops beginning to prepare for their return home while the Administration provides unprecendented access for interviews with elated troops and their families as the story develops.

    There will also be breaking news of a major terror plot averted through the the capture of three of Al Queda's number 2 men.  

    -5.75 -4.72 3.14159 2.71828

    by xynz on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:30:20 AM PDT

    •  Don't forget about (3+ / 0-)
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      xynz, Osiris, kraant

      Osama's latest video release!

      •  don't forget about Bush Cartel (3+ / 0-)
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        Fred in Vermont, kraant, rmonroe

        attempts to point your face in the wrong direction....oooh look at the gay man....oooh look at the terrorist.

        never mind the burning of the Constitution. Never mind the detention camps. Never mind the voting irregularities. Never mind the land buy.

        •  Burning the flag? Bad (5+ / 0-)
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          xynz, PBen, golem, DeweyCounts, rmonroe

          Torching the Consitution?  Apparently not.

          Teacher's Lounge opens each Saturday, sometime between 10am and 12 noon EST

          by rserven on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:41:00 AM PDT

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        •  Don't forget those dirty bombs at NFL games (3+ / 0-)
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          lysias, xynz, rmonroe

          don't forget about Bush Cartel
          attempts to point your face in the wrong direction.

          And don't forget about the NFL games that Homeland Security will succeed in protecting from dirty bombs this Sunday.  CNN says

          WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Department of Homeland Security has sent an advisory to the National Football League and local officials advising of a possible, uncorroborated bomb threat against some NFL stadiums.

          The threat, posted on a Web site, alleges that dirty bombs could be used this weekend against seven stadiums -- in Miami, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland and Cleveland. The bombs were to be delivered by truck, the posting said.

          On its Web site, the U.S. Nuclear Regulator Commission describes a dirty bomb as a device that combines a conventional explosive, such as dynamite, with radioactive material. According to the NRC, a dirty bomb is in no way similar to a nuclear weapon. The presumed purpose of its use would be as a weapon of mass disruption rather than a weapon of mass destruction.

    •  nope - there are reports of troops going back (0+ / 0-)

      to Iraq, including a reserve unit going for its 3rd tour, and a Marine unit going for its 4th.

      Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

      by teacherken on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:53:58 AM PDT

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    •  The witch hunt is on (0+ / 0-)

      There will be dramatic developments on Thursday......as Jeff Trandahl gives his testimoy.

      What is going on with the GOP may be the start of a big blood letting of gays designed to please the Religious Reich.  Take a look at this on Firedog where we learn

      Here's oily, snake-handling preacherman Donald Wildmon on the topic of gay Republicans:

      Wildmon calls on the Republican Party leadership to promptly purge the "subversive" gay staffers.
      "They oughtta fire every one of 'em," Wildmon told me in his trademark Mississippi drawl. "I don't care if they're heterosexual or homosexual or whatever they are. If you've got that going on, that subverts the will of the people; that subverts the voters. That is subversive activity. There should be no organization among staffers in Washington of that nature, and if they find out that they're there and they're a member, they oughtta be dismissed el pronto."

      It will be interesting to see some sort of Jihad against an "Opus Gay" gang inside the GOP.  

      According to Sidney Blumenthal writing in the Guardian End of the culture war the signs are already upon us

      Hastert lumbered forth like an agitated but dazed bear. "The people who want to see this thing blow up," he said, "are ABC News" - the network that first broadcast the story - "and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros" - a Jewish, Hungarian-born financier who funds liberal causes.

      Demonising this rootless cosmopolitan, however, failed to distract attention from a dissolving cover-up. Day after day aides have trooped before the suddenly reassembled ethics committee to testify that Hastert and others had known about Foley for years.

      In the process a network of mostly closet gay pages has been exposed, who advanced and protected each other while working for politicians whose careers were propelled by gay-bashing. The unmasking of Republican Capitol Hill has excited leaders of the religious right to demand a witch-hunt.

      You need to use care in hunting witches though because sometimes it is hard to know what exactly you will do and they will do if you catch them.  These guys may have all sorts of even worse things to say than that they tried to warn their leadership about Foley.

  •  The "Huh? Whad I do?" Party (5+ / 0-)

    The Republican Party is, increasingly, looking like the little boy in the kitchen, with his hand frozen in the cookie jar, staring up in shock at the stern mom, who stands over him tapping her foot, arms crossed, and not at all pleased.  

    America's the stern mom.  She's not please.  No, not at all.

    BenGoshi
    _____________________________________________________

    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:34:15 AM PDT

  •  This is OT, please forgive me (6+ / 0-)

    I have to take mom to go for tests and can't follow this. They just announced on CSPAN that the WSJ reports that a major restructure at NBC and MSNBC is in the works. They are including the news divisions. I fear for KO, I have to time to chase this down. Maybe someone can look into this. We need to support KO and news divisions in general.

  •  And oh, (1+ / 0-)
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    Fred in Vermont

    ignore that non credible story about dirty bombs at all the footbal games this weekend. Did you get that?

    Don't read this. Ignore the probably false story about dirty bombs at football stadiums this weekend!

    Republicans protected pedaphiles.

    by LandSurveyor on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:45:34 AM PDT

  •  Who flew? Foley flew. Who knew? Hastert knew. (1+ / 0-)
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    Plays in Traffic

    Turk 182

    Proving corrupt politics is nothing new.

    Resisting the Conservation of Joementum

    by LIsoundview on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:47:12 AM PDT

  •  Sergeant Shultz (2+ / 0-)
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    xtrarich, PBen

    Doesn't Denny Hastert kind of look and act like Sergeant Shultz from Hogan's Heroes?

    When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross--Sinclair Lewis

    by rmonroe on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 04:49:49 AM PDT

  •  Hey, the GOP congress never had a moral compass (0+ / 0-)

    that's an insult to moral compasses everywhere, to imply that the GOP once had a moral compass and then it "lost" it's compass are slanderous comments to moral compasses everywhere.

    Why, if I had a compass I'd smack you upside the head with it!

    the GOP congress lost it's moral compass, INDEED!

  •  Completely OT - GOP dirty tricks in California (1+ / 0-)
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    rmonroe

    AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign.

    State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Southern California Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said.

    He declined to identify the specific Republican campaign Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation. The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register both reported Thursday that the investigation appeared to be focused on the campaign of Tan D. Nguyen, a Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

    The letter, written in Spanish, tells recipients: "You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."

    In fact, immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens can vote.

    Gotta run, but check out the story for more.

  •  Vivid imagery (0+ / 0-)

    troubling behavior by the congressman in the House cloakroom and elsewhere.

    From Wikipedia:

    In literature and the arts

    Cloaks are a stereotypical staple of the fantasy genre, usually associated with witches, wizards and vampires. Such cloaks are often magical; for example, they may grant the person wearing it invisibility. Figuratively, a cloak may thus be anything that disguises or conceals something.

    Not the terminology that Frank Luntz would have used.

  •  Pledge of Abstinence (0+ / 0-)

    You can also get your candidate for Congress to take the Pledge of Abstinence. If they refuse, you can make a campaign issue out of it. Who in their right mind would refuse?
    Best,
    Walt

  •  Tag Correction (0+ / 0-)

    Tag guidelines instruct that when names are used both the first and last names should be included.

    "foley" was changed to "Mark Foley"
    "Pagegate" was added since it is the tag that has developed to designate this scandal.

  •  Who to believe? It's a bureaucratic classic: (0+ / 0-)
    "They're looking for heads, and they're not going to get mine!"

    A lot of people knew more than they should have, and did less. All accounts are suspect, including those no longer employed.

    What sticks? We don't know yet, and shouldn't premise our attack on any unproven scenario.

    What do we know, for sure? Page Board Chair Rep. Shimkus failed to advise his counterpart of a sensitive and serious matter -- exactly the class of matter that led to creation of the Page Board. He has betrayed the public trust, and the reputation of the House, and he has to go.

    Speaker Hastert appointed and commanded a crew that woefully neglected a duty of required institutional diligence. It matters little what Hastert knew or didn't know, and it matters little whether these failures are finally traced to acts of omission or commission, or what motives lay behind these failures. The ship ran aground on Hastert's watch, and he has to go.

    The finger-pointing details, as they dribble out, will be interesting ... but they're not dispositive as to where ultimate responsibility lies.

    None Dare Call It Stupid!

    by RonK Seattle on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:07:42 AM PDT

  •  Check out NY-19th rep Sue Kelly losing in (1+ / 0-)
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    MrMacMan

    Poor screeching little GOP party shill. Watch her shriek at John Hall for simply rasing questions about her lack over oversight and lack of any sense of responsibility for the page board.

    http://www.recordonline.com/...

    (Scroll down and click on: "Rep. Sue Kelly to John Hall: `You have no shame" and "Sparks fly at Congressional debate")

    Stop bitching and start a revolution!

    by Randian on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:18:45 AM PDT

  •  Hitler and Who KNEW? (0+ / 0-)

    And now our top story...Who KNEW about the killing of Jews, and WHEN?

    Opposition parties today launched a full inquiry to determine when Hitler knew about interrogation abuses at Jewish detention camps.

    Numerous allegations have been leveled at the Fuhrers' office claiming that Hitler knew about interrogation abuses of Jewish terror suspects as early as 1942. Sources close to the administration claim that classified SS documents indicate that the Fuhrers' office was briefed on abuses at Auschwitz and other camps, but took little action.

    Citing security concerns related to the successful German war-effort, intelligence agencies claim that they acted in accordance with the 1941 Anti-Terrorism act when they placed Jews under administrative detention. At Monday's press conference, Press Secretary Goebbels said that, “administrative detention was for Jews' own protection, as well as the protection of our nation in a time of war.” And that “certain rogue elements were responsible for any abuses of the system.” These abuses may have included denial of civil liberties as well as extra-judicial executions.

    Opposition parties claimed that the administration knew about the abuses in 1942 and did nothing to stop them until 1946.

    “This is just so much pre-election grandstanding on the part of the opposition,” claimed National Socialist chairperson Eva Braun. “The administration was not made aware of the misbehavior of certain camp officials until late 1944, and then took affirmative action to curb the abuses and close down the worst of the camps by 1946.”

    And coming up... When did the Goring KNOW that Markus Folenberger was molesting Hitler Youth.

  •  Don't be distracted by Foley being a victim (0+ / 0-)

    The problem is so much more than just a pederast chasing pages....its how the leadership reacted that demands action by voters.

    Read More Here at TheT-Dude

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, its too dark to read. Groucho Marx

    by M A P on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:22:53 AM PDT

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