Tag Archives: Smoke and Politics

A G.O.P. Leader Tightly Bound to Lobbyists

WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists and conservative political activists to Capitol Hill for a private strategy session.

Jeff Greene attacks Kendrick Meek for cigar ties

Congressman Kendrick Meek relishes a good cigar — Padrons are his favorite, he told Cigar Aficionado magazine in a 2008 profile. He hosts an annual cigar party and is known to hand out cigars to members of Congress and their staff, and the cigar industry has helped fund his recent campaigns, the magazine reported. Padron Cigars, a longtime family business, is headquartered in Little Havana in Miami.

All about politics and not tax reform

It’s been said before and it will be said again in the run-up to the election, Kevin Rudd has over promised and under delivered on a Henry Taxrange of fronts. Think ETS, home insulation, new childcare centres, renewable energy targets, even the takeover of public hospital funding.

The smoking gun: Tony Blair accused of betrayal

Tony Blair was accused of a ‘gross betrayal’ of the Queen and Parliament last night after it emerged that the Government’s chief law officer warned him eight months before the Iraq invasion that regime change would be illegal.

E-cigarettes: politically correct political incorrectness?

While the men and women of science often appear to spend the bulk of their time dreaming up novel ways to sink great sums of money into projects with limited utility for humanity at large, every so often they invent something that truly benefits us all. In 1952, the refreshment wizards at Kirsch Beverages figured out how to produce zero-calorie soda. In 1961, G.D. Searle & Company gave us the Pill. And in 2004, a Chinese company called Ruyan created electronic cigarettes.e-cigarettes

DoD Considers Banning Tobacco. Let the Troops Smoke.

They put themselves in harm’s way with little complaint. If they have the right to put themselves in front of an enemy Kalashnikov, then surely U.S. soldiers have the right to put a lit cigarette into their mouths.

Smoke and Politics: Considering Senator Gillibrand’s Tobacco Past

The American adversarial system of justice depends on the willingness of lawyers to vigorously represent unpopular, even odious clients. Criticizing a lawyer for his or her choice of client can be a dicey business. Like everyone else, though, lawyers bear responsibility for their decisions.