May 26, 2011 |
SCRANTON - A U.S. representative from northeastern Pennsylvania has banned the public from recording his town-hall meetings. Members of the media may still record public meetings held by Republican Rep. Lou Barletta, but no one else is permitted to use video- or audio-recording devices. Barletta's spokesman, Shawn Kelly, said the policy was instituted so constituents could speak without fear of seeing their remarks show up on the Internet.
August 6, 1995 |
An Indiana congressman investigating the Branch Davidian disaster suggested that people in Kentucky and Tennessee were a lot like David Koresh when it comes to having sex with minors. He later apologized. In an interview last month with the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette of Indiana, freshman Republican Rep. Mark E. Souder said: "The only law that (the FBI) clearly established (Koresh) broke that I can see so far is he had sex with consenting minors. " "Do you send tanks and government troops into the large sections of Kentucky and Tennessee and other places where such things occur?"
May 17, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Don't sign on the dotted line unless you've read what you're signing. Just ask U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.). He recently relearned that lesson the hard way. Replying to a Chester County constituent's e-mail regarding Middle East tensions, Pitts wrote on April 20 that "it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat" to hunker down at the negotiating table. Problem is, Arafat died in 2004. And Sharon, no longer Israel's leader, has lain in a coma-like state since a massive stroke in 2006.
February 21, 2003 |
A Bucks County congressman who chastised a high school senior after the teenager questioned the President's stance on Iraq spent part of yesterday fielding phone calls from disappointed constituents. "This is a little bit of a tempest in a teapot," said U.S. Rep. James Greenwood (R., Pa.). During a current events discussion at Fairless Hill's Pennsbury High School on Wednesday, senior Jeff Heinbach said he did not believe that President Bush had any humanitarian reasons for going to war, that the government "whitewashed" what it tells citizens, and that the impending war and current embargo were not the proper solution.
July 14, 2012
Maine's former Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Kyros, 86, has died. Mr. Kyros, a Democrat, represented Maine's First Congressional District from 1967 to 1975, a turbulent period that included the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. He initially was supportive of war policies but later spoke out against them. The Portland, Maine, native worked on warships in Bath at the start of World War II and enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and, after leaving the Navy in 1954, received a law degree from Harvard Law School.
July 8, 2010
Former Rep. Emilio Daddario, 91, who served 12 years in Congress and two years as mayor of Middletown, Conn., died Wednesday in Washington from heart failure. Born in Newton Center, Mass., Mr. Daddario graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law and started a law practice. He later enlisted in the Army and served in the Mediterranean theater. He was elected mayor of Middletown at age 28 and served from 1946 to 1948. He defeated former Rep. Edwin H. May Jr. in 1958 to win Connecticut's First District seat.
June 4, 1987 |
Top crew members of the USS Stark will face tough questioning - and possibly charges - as a result of the Iraqi attack on their ship, a congressman said yesterday after a Pentagon briefing. Rep. Bill Nichols (D., Ala.), whose Armed Services investigations subcommittee is probing the incident, said he "would not be at all surprised if there might not be charges against one or more members of the crew" of the Stark, 37 of whose crew members died in the May 17 missile attack. The subcommittee, in a closed meeting, heard from Rear Adm. David Rogers, who led a team of U.S. military and diplomatic officials that recently returned from Baghdad after consultations with the Iraqis.
July 4, 2011
Richard H. Poff, 87, a former Republican congressman from Virginia who surprised official Washington in 1971 by withdrawing from consideration for a Supreme Court seat rather than submit to the scrutiny he feared his voting record against civil rights would arouse, died Tuesday in Tullahoma, Tenn. His death, at a nursing home, was confirmed by his family. Mr. Poff was a decorated World War II bomber pilot who rode Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential coattails in 1952 to become one of the few southern Republicans in Congress since Reconstruction.
May 19, 2011 |
OCEAN CITY, Md. - U.S. Rep. Andy Harris says he opposes a proposal to double the eastbound toll on the Bay Bridge. The Maryland Republican, whose district includes the Eastern Shore, said at a news conference Wednesday that state officials were unfairly shortchanging rural areas. A proposal from the Maryland Transportation Authority would raise the toll from $2.50 to $5 starting Oct. 1, with another hike to $8 following in 2013. State transportation officials defend the increase, the first since 1975, as necessary to maintain toll facilities.
April 19, 2011
Harold L. Volkmer, 80, a 20-year Democratic congressman from northeast Missouri known for his advocacy of the rights of gun owners, died Saturday at a Hannibal nursing home after several bouts of pneumonia, the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal said. Born in Jefferson City, Mr. Volkmer served a stint in the Army and then graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law. He was elected county prosecutor in 1960 and served in that role until his election to the Missouri House in 1966.