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What Might Have Been: Dennis Kucinich, ‘Joe the Plumber’ Match Up

Joe Vs DennisVia CBS News:

One district in northern Ohio made its fair share of news on Super Tuesday. “Joe the Plumber” won the Republican primary in the 9th congressional district, setting up a general election showdown against Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the veteran lawmaker who pulled out a win over Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential campaign, launched his first foray into professional politics in a newly redesigned district void of any Republican incumbent. The new northeastern Ohio district, which now spans from Cleveland to Toledo, is heavily Democratic and poses a challenge for the vocal and outspoken figure of the right.

Wurzelbacher ascended into the limelight in 2008 after he was videotaped asking then-candidate Barack Obama a question about potential taxes imposed on him for opening a small plumbing business. Then-Senator Obama’s response included a statement he wanted to “spread the wealth,” which became a lightning rod for the right, and Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin began calling Wurzelbacher “Joe the Plumber” as a symbol of Republican opposition to Obama’s economic policies …

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Dennis Kucinich Tells Occupy Wall Street We Must Nationalize the Federal Reserve (Video)

Via: Infowars.com: Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following video and statement in support of the protestors on Wall Street and around the country who have identified themselves with the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet: “To the young men and women who are braving the overreaction of local authorities to raise their voices against the corruption and manipulation of our nation that emanates from Wall Street: I say to you that your presence is making a difference. You are exercising the right every American holds most dear, the right of freedom of expression, and with that expression you are finally getting the attention of the nation.
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Kucinich Wants to Impeach Obama For Libyan Strike

Impeach ObamaJohn Bresnahan & Jonathan Allen write in the Politico:

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq — only to be blocked by his own leadership — asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.

Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn’t object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for American participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone during a White House Situation Room meeting on Friday, sources told POLITICO.

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Dennis Kucinich’s $150,000 Sandwich

Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

Dennis Kucinich, known for being among the furthest left-leaning Congressmen, is apparently not going to vote for tort reform any time soon. The LA Times has the story of his lawsuit against the operator of a Congressional cafeteria:

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is suing the operators of a House cafeteria for alleged negligence stemming from a almost 3-year-old incident involving a sandwich he says left him with significant dental injuries.

Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages from companies that run the cafeteria in the Longworth House Office Building and the providers that service it. According to the District of Columbia Superior Court, the case was filed on Jan. 3, and a hearing has been scheduled for April 8.

A copy of the suit obtained by the Cleveland Plain Dealer documents the April 2008 incident, in which Kucinich purchased a sandwich wrap he says was “represented to contain pitted olives.” After consuming it, Kucinich found the olives were not pitted, causing “serious and permanent dental and oral injuries” that required “multiple surgical and dental procedures.”

Kucinich’s suit also claims he “sustained other damages,” including “significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment.” He also accuses the four firms of breach of implied warranty…

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Obama Says Will Not Campaign for Any Democratic Congressmen Not Supporting Health Care Reform

Obama CampaigningLooks like the arm twisting is working, as one of the strongest critics of this current effort, Dennis Kucinich, just announced he will vote for the bill. Alex Spillius writes on the Telegraph:
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill. A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers. Mr Obama's threat came as the year-long debate over his signature domestic policy entered its final week. Mr Obama is personally telephoning congressmen who are still on the fence this week, in between several personal appearances devoted toward swinging public opinion.
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