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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

LaPierre Continues To Display He is Out of Touch - appearing on NBC "Meet The Press" this morning, NRA President Wayne LaPierre continued his call for armed guards in schools.  Democrats and Republicans, including N.J. Governor Chris Cristie have said LaPierre's comments make no sense in the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newton, Connecticut.

LaPierre rejected talk of banning large-capacity magazines as well as spoke derisively about new plans for an assault weapons ban being proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
“I think that’s a phony piece of legislation and i do not think it will pass for this reason: it is all based on lies that have been found out,” LaPierre said. has more here.


Will Ted Kennedy Jr. Run for Kerry Senate Seat in Massachusetts? - Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press that his 51-year-old brother has been receiving calls from their late father’s former colleagues and friends, including former Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr., urging him to consider running in the anticipated special election.

Republican Scott Brown, who just lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, is expected to be the Republican nominee.  You can read more here.


Reid Urges Quick Appointment for Inouye Successor - In a statement, Reid said he has asked Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) to tap a replacement by year’s end.

“I have asked the governor of Hawaii to appoint Senator Inouye's successor with due haste. It is critically important to ensure that the people of Hawaii are fully represented in the pivotal decisions the Senate will be making before the end of the year,” read the statement from Reid. has more here.

Egypt Vice President Resigns as Voters Approve New Consitution- preliminary results show the proposed constitution passed with 64% of the vote.  The Washington Post has more here.

Mahmoud Mekky, a well-known judge before he took the post, resigned yesterday as the country votes for the new constitution proposed by President Mohamed Morsi and rubbered stamped by the Parliament.

Mekky said he was not privy to Mursi's decree on November 22 to expand his powers that sparked crisis and said he had worked hard for the nation in his post but that he had "realized for some time that the nature of political work did not suit his professional background as a judge." has more here.


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