- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Midwest primaries
A five-term Indiana congressman defeated a freshman yesterday in a race that Democrats created by drawing the congressional map to put them together after the state lost a seat after the latest census.
The Associated Press reported that in Indiana's 4th District, five-term Rep. Steve Buyer beat freshman Rep. Brian Kerns and four others in the Republican primary.
With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Buyer had 26,625 votes, or 55 percent, while Mr. Kerns had 14,628, or 30 percent. Mr. Buyer is expected to win the heavily Republican district easily in November.
In the 2nd District, Republican Chris Chocoloa and Democrat Jill Long Thompson won their parties' primaries to succeed retiring Democrat Tim Roemer. With 45 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Chocoloa had 15,838 votes, or 76 percent to Lewis "Farmer" Hass' 4,947 votes, or 24 percent. Miss Thompson, with 8,670 votes, or 56 percent, led Mark J. Meissner, who had 3,154 votes, or 20 percent.
Also yesterday, Ohio voters settled a six-way Democratic primary in the district where convicted Democratic Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. has filed as an independent. The veteran Democrat was convicted last month of bribery charges and could get up to 63 years in prison.
On Nov. 5, Traficant will face Republican Ann Womer Benjamin, a union official also running as an independent, and the winner of the Democratic primary that included eight-term Rep. Tom Sawyer.
With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Timothy Ryan led with 16,843 votes, or 41 percent, to Mr. Sawyer's 11,324 votes, or 27 percent.
Elsewhere in Ohio, former Dayton Mayor Mike Turner easily won the Republican primary for the 3rd District in southwest Ohio over political newcomer Roy Brown, a newspaper executive whose father and grandfather were congressmen.
With 56 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Turner had 20,041 votes, or 79 percent, to Mr. Brown's 3,575 votes, or 14 percent. Mr. Turner will face Democrat Rick Carne, a former aide to Rep. Tony P. Hall, who is retiring.

"Bit by bit, Congress is undercutting the legacy of the Republican 'revolution,' the Newt Gingrich-led movement whose aims included ending federal aid to poor immigrants, government subsidies for farmers and the federal budget deficit," the Los Angeles Times reports.
"Gingrich and his feisty band of conservatives realized much of their agenda. But now many of the achievements are being dismantled, even as a conservative Republican reigns in the White House," reporter Janet Hook wrote in a front-page article yesterday.
"President Bush soon will sign a bill restoring food-stamp benefits for hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants who were cut off from the aid six years ago. The Senate this week will join the House in voting to vastly increase farm subsidies, including payments to mohair and honey producers that had been cut off by 1996 legislation. The federal budget that Congress had balanced now is awash in red ink."
"We are seeing the beginnings of big-government conservatism," said Marshall Wittmann, a political analyst at the Hudson Institute.

$15,000 and up
House Republicans expect to raise $1.5 million at a New York fund-raiser next week featuring Vice President Richard B. Cheney and House Republican leaders, including the banking committee chairman.
Tickets for the luncheon May 16 at New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's home are $15,000 and up, the Associated Press reports.
Those who pay at least $25,000 per ticket can also take part in a "VIP" round-table discussion led by the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, Rep. Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia, and have a photo taken with Mr. Cheney. Those spending $100,000 for four tickets will be billed as "national event hosts."
Mr. Cheney is the keynote speaker at the luncheon, which has House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael G. Oxley of Ohio and ETrade Securities Chairman Christos Cotsakos as co-chairmen. Two other Financial Services Committee members, Reps. Vito J. Fossella and Sue W. Kelly, both of New York, are the event co-chairmen.

Apology demanded
Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, the newest member of the state's congressional delegation, wants an apology from Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina Democrat, United Press International reports in its Capital Comment column.
"Wilson has written the nation's longest-serving junior senator and asked him to apologize for remarks Hollings made on the chamber floor last Thursday about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon," the wire service said.
"Hollings, who was one of only two senators to vote against a resolution of support for Israel last week, compared Sharon to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Bull Connor, the former Alabama sheriff who once ordered a civil rights march broken up by turning fire hoses on the demonstrators. Wilson called Hollings' remarks 'out of step with the nation and South Carolina.'
"While governor of South Carolina, Hollings ordered the Confederate Battle Flag flown over the state Capitol building as a symbol of resistance to federal integration efforts, setting off a conflict that still rages even though the flag no longer flies over the building."

A test of faith
"Rationally, it's hard to find reason for the Senate to reject oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as it did recently," Thomas J. Bray writes at www.opinionjournal.com.
"The drilling would have affected only a tiny portion of the huge refuge; caribou herds flourish in the North Slope oil patch and could be expected to do the same in ANWR; the danger of oil spillage is nil with modern technology; the local native tribe favored it; the addition of ANWR reserves to the national resource bank would not have made America 'energy independent,' but it would have added significant downward pressure on long-term energy prices.
"But then whoever said that reason had anything to do with it?" Mr. Bray said.
"ANWR has become a test of faith. Drilling in this supposed cathedral of nature would constitute an original sin. And any Democrat who strayed from the one true faith could expect to be punished with the usual fury reserved for apostasy. ANWR, in other words, symbolized the primal myth of environmentalism: that man, particularly industrial man, is an intruder who threatens to disrupt the beauty and harmony of the natural world."
The environmental movement is "largely impervious to reason," Mr. Bray added.

Willey show canceled
Kathleen Willey's radio talk show has been canceled after four airings, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
"We'll go back to 'The Best of Dr. Laura [Schlessinger],'" said Randall Bloomquist, program director of Richmond radio station WRVA.
Mrs. Willey came to national attention during President Clinton's second term when she accused him of fondling her and attempting to kiss her when she asked for his help in finding a job. Mr. Clinton denied it.
Mrs. Willey began her two-hour Sunday-morning program April 7.
"What I heard was what you would hear if you plucked anyone off the street and put them on a 50,000-watt radio station. She just wasn't ready yet for a station at our level," Mr. Bloomquist said.
Mrs. Willey said she has no plans, but is willing to give talk radio another shot.

True friends
"Jews generally vote Democratic and reject the Republican right. But perhaps it's time for a revision in that basic calculation," Dick Morris writes in the New York Post.
"While the Bush center has wavered and the Democratic Left is keeping largely silent, the Right has been Israel's steadfast backer. It's time for Jewish voters to realize who their true friends are," Mr. Morris said.

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