Continued Weaknesses in Screening Entrants into the United States
For Release on Delivery Expected at 10:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday, August
The results of our current work indicate that (1) CBP officers at the
nine land border crossings tested did not detect the counterfeit
identification we used and (2) people who enter the United States via
land crossings are not always asked to present identification.
our periodic tests
since 2002 clearly show that CBP officers are unable to effectively
identify counterfeit driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and other
This vulnerability potentially
allows terrorists or others involved in criminal activity to pass freely
into the United States from Canada or Mexico with little or no chance of
It will be critical that the new initiative requiring travelers within
the Western Hemisphere to present passports or other accepted documents
to enter the United States address the vulnerabilities shown by our
Oil Severance Tax in trouble?
Sacramento, CA, August 2, 2006 --
The American Lung Association is touting the latest Field Poll which
shows Prop. 87, a draconian gasoline tax, as an indication that the
measure is doing well.
suggest that at 52 to 31 lead in the notoriously leftist Field Poll is
not much more than a sop to the environmental community.
One consultant put it this way, "This
initiative has got issues..."
Donation squabble in Sacramento
Sacramento, CA, August 2, 2006 -- Governor Schwarzenegger's political lawyer, Tom Hiltachk, is on the
record now bashing Phil Angelides for 'questionable fundraising
Since Team Schwarzenegger has decided
not to 'blow up to boxes' after all we'd suggest they let sleeping dogs
Our sources on the Angelides side tell
us that "no-one's fundraising activities will get more scrutiny this
fall than Governor Schwarzenegger's."
Cigarette thieves strike Albertson's
Lakewood grocery targeted in unusual crime
By Tracy Manzer, Staff writer
Long Beach Press-Telegram, August 2, 2006
LAKEWOOD - Perhaps
the steep price of cigarettes was the
motive behind a blatant robbery at a local grocery store early
Employees at Albertson's, 3400 South
St., were stocking shelves in the closed supermarket
around 1:20 a.m. when four thieves
pried open the store's locked front doors, said Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Marks of the Lakewood Sheriff's Station.
The men, who were described as black
males between the ages of 18 and 20, laid out a blanket on the floor
and, after smashing a glass case, began laying out thousands of dollars
worth of cigarette boxes on the blanket, Marks said.
They then bundled up the blanket and
left, calmly walking past several employees who had come to the front of
the store after hearing the commotion.
Authorities estimated the group took
between $6,000 and $7,000 worth
of cigarettes, said Lt. Rod Armalin.
At one point, the employees yelled out
for the thieves to stop and began to follow them out of the front door.
The clerks retreated after one of the suspects pulled out a pair of bolt
cutters and chased them back into the business, Marks said.
The robbers were last seen driving off
in two cars - a silver sedan and a white sedan, he said.
only shudder when thinking about what hardened criminals will do if the
price of a carton of cigarettes goes up an additional $26 in California.
Texans take note, your tax is not far behind…
It didn't take long to
find the follow-up story:
Bandits rob Novato cigarette shop
By Gary Klien
Marin Independent Journal, August 2, 2006
robbed a Novato convenience store
of five cases of cigarettes
Tuesday and assaulted the clerk,
The robbery occurred at 11 a.m. at Discount Cigarettes at 2055 Novato
Blvd. One of the three men claimed to
have a gun, although the clerk did not see one.
The men assaulted the clerk and stole the cigarettes, fleeing in a dark
red or brown Volvo sedan, said Novato police Sgt. Mike Howard. A
detailed description of the suspects was not available.
The clerk suffered minor injuries but did not require immediate medical
treatment. The cigarette store remained open after the robbery.
employee estimated the value of the cigarettes at $4,000 to $5,000.
There are typically 10 packs of cigarettes in a carton and 30 cartons in
Initiatives on ballot add up to $1 billion
County adds open-space measure to the hefty list
By Leigh Dethman, Deseret Morning News
Salt Lake City, Utah, August 2, 2006 -- The Salt Lake County
Council added another $48 million initiative to the November ballot
Tuesday — for a bond that would pay to snap up land for parks, trails
and other open space before development takes over all the pristine
Add that to $895 million for TRAX expansion and another $63 million for
zoo, arts and parks projects, and it brings the grand total of projects
on the ballot to $1 billion. If voters approve all three initiatives,
property taxes on a $200,000 home would jump by $133 per year.
Those kind of numbers could cause a bad case of "voter fatigue," several
members of the council said Tuesday. With that, every initiative likely
won't pass, Councilwoman Jenny Wilson said.
returning for a special session to reduce property taxes -- raise sales
Idaho, August 1, 2006 --
Governor Jim Risch is calling
legislators to return to Boise August 25 for a special session on
property tax relief.
In the call, the Governor
cites the following:
Removing the 3-mil
maintenance and operations levy, to reduce property taxes statewide
by $260 million;
Adding one-cent to the
sales tax to bring in $210 million annually;
A net overall reduction
in taxes is $50 million.
The one-cent sales tax
increase would be effective October 1 if passed by the special session
of the Idaho Legislature.
The governor wants to use
$50 million of the surplus to make up the difference between the
property tax cut and the sales tax increase. He would also transfer $100
million to an education “rainy day” savings account to protect education
funding from any future economic downturn. The state’s fiscal year ended
with just over $200 million more in the bank than projected.
The proposal also includes
an advisory vote on the November 2006 ballot.
Senate Race Glows With Nuclear Attack On Nelson
From Nebraska StatePaper.com
Lincoln, Nebraska, August 1, 2006 --
The GOP has opted for the
nuclear option in an effort to unseat incumbent Nebraska Senator Ben
It was always a matter of when the nuclear card would be played.
Republicans long ago made clear they would hammer Nelson with criticism
for his refusal as governor to let a multi-state compact build a nuclear
dump in rural Nebraska.
A full-age ad in the Omaha World-Herald criticized Nelson. The weekend
ad was intended to benefit Republican Pete Ricketts, the Omaha
businessman opposing Nelson’s bid for a second Senate term.