According to Dick Morris, John Doolittle is far from alone among members of Congress in putting his spouse or family on the campaign payroll. He suggests Democrats ban the practice. Here's his list of offenders. Several Californians are on it, including Barbara Boxer:
Those who have hired spouses and family members include: Reps. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), wife and two brothers; Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), husband's law firm; Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), wife and step-daughter; John Doolittle (R-Calif.), wife; Ralph Hall (R-Texas), daughter-in-law; Pete Stark (D-Calif.), wife; Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), wife; Ron Lewis (R-Ky.), wife; Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), wife; Jim Costa (D-Calif.), cousin; Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), wife; Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), nephew; Chris Cannon (R-Utah), three daughters; Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.), sister-in-law and daughter; Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), wife; Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), daughter; Bob Filner (D-Calif.), wife; J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), wife; Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), wife; Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), wife; Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), wife; John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), wife; Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), wife; Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), nephew; John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), son; and Howard Berman (D-Calif.), brother Michael's political consulting firm; Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), son; and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), son and daughter during vice presidential race; and ex-Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), wife; and Tom DeLay (R-Texas), wife and daughter.
Posted by dweintraub at 1:12 PM
CNET is reporting that Bill Lockyer has reached a civil settlement with HP over the company's spying scandal.
Posted by dweintraub at 12:57 PM
My first-born son was five months old when the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Bay Bridge in October 1989. The quake prompted the state to decide to replace the old bridge with a safer structure. By my calculations, my son will be 24 years old when the new bridge is finished, according to this AP story. A quarter-century to plan and build a bridge? Nuts.
Posted by dweintraub at 5:49 AM