Post: Walsh Rivals Line Up for 2006
11/19/2005 08:52:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

Jim Walsh rolled into the November 2004 election without a Democratic opponent to his bid for re-election to the House of Representatives.

It's beginning to look as if the town of Onondaga Republican is not going to be so lucky in 2006.

At least three candidates have declared their intent or expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Walsh for the seat he's held since 1989.

Whoever wins the primary and faces off against Walsh I will be on the (very busy) corner of my street with a sign reading:

Walsh cuts food stamps, student loans and healthcare for the poor to support tax cuts for the rich!

To win House approval, Hastert ordered modest concessions on plans to limit eligibility for food stamps and require the poorest Medicaid patients to pay more for their care. He ordered killed a provision to deny free school lunches to about 40,000 children whose parents would lose their food stamps.

Those changes and other promises won the votes of lawmakers who had earlier registered opposition to the bill, including James Walsh, R-N.Y., Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., and Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.


His concession?
The biggest concession came Thursday evening when Walsh won language permitting food stamp recipients making the transition to work to continue to be able to receive non-cash benefits for child care, transportation and housing without losing their nutrition benefits.
Good job Jimmy! Way to stand up to your counterparts in the GOP! [/sarcasm]

The article rang true in its opening paragraph:
House Republicans sweated out a victory on a major budget cut bill in the wee hours Friday, salvaging a major pillar of their agenda despite divisions within the party and nervousness among moderates that the vote could cost them in next year's elections.
I'll see to it that it costs you, Congressman Walsh.
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On 6:04 PM , LuceLu said...

Holy crap! I was going to blog about this very vote. I'm totally pissed. Walsh really let Central NY and the North Country down.


(sorry for the French but it looks like you speak it)

I'll write more when I've calmed down some.