Hayworth challenges McCain for US Senate Seat

March 3, 2010

An Arizona news group recently announced that four of Arizona’s Tea Parties will not endorse JD Hayworth. Stating that the Tea Party movement stands for principles and ideas it would be inappropriate to endorse a specific candidate.

Further confusing things, Liberty First PAC, a national committee of tea party organizers and activists, HAS announced its full support and endorsement of JD Hayworth.

On the Arizona front, there seems to be some finger pointing going on from both candidates.

Hayworth, who recently stepped down as a radio talk show host in the Phoenix area has had the opportunity to critique Senator John McCain and talk freely about his political views up until his recent candidate announcement.

Meanwhile, radio ads have been released suggesting that Hayworth was a pork barrel voter when he was in Congress.

It seems to me that both candidates have gone to Washington to represent … well …you decide.

To refresh your memory, I’ve compiled a few things Hayworth did while serving his first term in Washington, DC.

Hayworth, born in 1958, first served in the House of Representatives in 1995. He served in Congress from 1995 through 2006 for a total of six terms in office.

The 104th Congress was the first congressional term Hayworth served (1995 and 1996). In those first two years Hayworth introduced 9 pieces of legislation.

1. H.R.562: To modify the boundaries of Walnut Canyon National Monument in the State of Arizona.

2. H.R.2490: To provide for the transfer of certain lands to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, and for other purposes.

3. H.R.3069: To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance to the Casa Malpais National Historic Landmark in Springerville, Arizona.

4. H.R.3215: To amend title 18, United States Code, to repeal the provision relating to Federal employees contracting or trading with Indians.

5. H.R.3354: To provide for the reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and for other purposes.

6. H.R.3547: To provide for the conveyance of a parcel of real property in the Apache National Forest in the State of Arizona to the Alpine Elementary School District 7 to be used for the construction of school facilities and related playing fields.

7. H.AMDT.1047 to H.R.2406 Amendment adds a new title consisting of the text of H.R. 3219, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, which establishes a block grant program to be administered by Indian tribes to provide housing assistance on Indian reservations.

8. & 9. Two pieces of legislation revolved around Congressional constitutional duty.
H Res 431 and HR 2727

JD co-sponsored 215 pieces of legislation his first term. Here are a few:

H.R.1362: To reduce paperwork and additional regulatory burdens for depository institutions.

H.R.1464: To amend title 39, United States Code, to require the Postal Service to accept a change-of-address order from a commercial mail receiving agency and to forward mail to the new address.

H.R.1487: To reform and modernize the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

H.R.1691: To provide for innovative approaches for homeownership opportunity and provide for the temporary extension of the rural rental housing program, and for other purposes.

H.R.1708: To establish the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation as a wholly owned Government corporation to provide full mortgage insurance and provide for the development of credit enhancement products for mortgages for single family homes of low- and moderate-income homebuyers, and for other purposes.

H.R.1756: To abolish the Department of Commerce.

H.R.2190: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a family-owned business exclusion from the gross estate subject to estate tax, and for other purposes.

H.R.2406: To repeal the United States Housing Act of 1937, deregulate the public housing program and the program for rental housing assistance for low-income families, and increase community control over such programs, and for other purposes.

H.R.2579: To establish the National Tourism Board and the National Tourism Organization to promote international travel and tourism to the United States.

H.R.2657: To award a congressional gold medal to Ruth and Billy Graham.

H.R.3396: To define and protect the institution of marriage.

H.R.3929: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to utilize certain Federal lands in Arizona to acquire by eminent domain State trust lands located in or adjacent to other Federal lands in Arizona.


Michael Jackson investigative files released

December 22, 2009

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the FBI has released its investigative files on the late entertainer Michael Jackson, who died earlier this year.

The records total 333 pages, divided into seven files. They detail the FBI’s investigation of a man who threatened to kill Jackson, as well as various forms of assistance to California authorities in two cases involving allegations that Jackson had abused children. It should be emphasized that none of these allegations were ever proven in court.

The first file was opened by the Los Angeles FBI office when it was asked to lead a federal case against a California man already under arrest for sending numerous threatening letters. The man—who falsely claimed to be the son of mobster John Gotti—had staked out Jackson’s house and threatened to kill him, the U.S. president, and others. He was ruled incompetent to stand trial and sent to prison for two years.

The second and third files involve the Bureau’s support of local law enforcement. In 1993, the Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Police departments formed a task force to investigate an allegation that Jackson had molested a young boy. FBI field divisions in Los Angeles and New York—as well as Bureau overseas offices in Manila and London—provided assistance in that case. Investigators gathered public records on Jackson, interviewed a potential witness, and followed various other leads. The FBI assisted Los Angeles Police Department detectives who traveled to the Philippines to interview possible witnesses and shared news reports from London about a potential victim. The U.S. Attorney declined to pursue a federal investigation, including a possible violation of the Mann Act (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes), and no charges were filed by the state.

The fourth file concerns a 1995 request by a U.S. Customs agent in Florida that the Bureau examine a VHS videotape connected with Jackson to see if it contained child pornography. Forensic specialists discovered that the tape was a “poor quality third or fourth generation recording” and informed the Customs Service of their findings.

In 2003, Jackson was charged by the state of California with molestation and other counts. The final three files detail the Bureau’s support to local law enforcement during the ensuing investigation. The first of these files describes an FBI response to a Los Angeles Police Department request to analyze computers and digital media obtained from Jackson’s home under court warrant. The second involves a request by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney for help and guidance from behavioral analysts in the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. In the last of the three files, an FBI agent from Los Angeles traveled to New York to interview a potential witness. The agent found this individual unwilling to cooperate and closed the matter. The case went to court in 2005, and Jackson was acquitted of all charges.

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