Water-Starved Central Valley Says ‘Good Riddance’ to New Yorker Boxer
“Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is retiring after 24 years in the U.S. Senate — and many in California’s Central Valley are glad to see her go. The liberal Democrat had a rocky relationship with the region over water issues, especially in the last few years.
“I, like most of the Valley farmers, [am] glad to see Boxer retire,” John Harris, CEO of Harris Ranch, told the Fresno Bee. “She won’t be missed.” Some in the farming sector said they had a good working relationship with Boxer, and recalled that she had defended portions of the state’s agricultural economy, such as citrus and poultry farms. However, memories of her help in specific fights were overshadowed by her opposition to increasing the water allocation to drought-stricken farmers.
In her four elections, Boxer was never able to win Fresno County, or to exceed 45.4% of the local vote, the Bee reports.
Boxer had faced off against the Central Valley — and, oddly, against fellow liberal Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — over the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bipartisan effort that had been hammered out by California legislators in both houses. The bill provides over half a billion dollars for desalination and water storage, and includes an amendment that would allow federal and state water managers to pump additional water to farmers, beyond current environmental limits, during storms.
Boxer had threatened to filibuster the bill, but eventually yielded before the Senate adjourned for the year, and the bill passed. President Barack Obama signed it before leaving Washington, D.C. for vacation.”
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Dannemeyer, Boxer Admit Kiting Checks
– LA Times | 1992
“Caught in the House banking scandal, Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) admitted Thursday that 27 bad checks were written on his congressional bank account but said that he was unaware of the problem until he saw an Ethics Committee report Wednesday.
Dannemeyer’s disclosure brought the House banking scandal into California’s U.S. Senate race. Another candidate, Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-Greenbrae), admitted writing 87 bad checks.
The announcement was particularly painful for Boxer, who hours earlier had refused in an interview to discuss her bank statements, saying she strongly believed in her right to privacy and planned to vote early today against the full disclosure of all House accounts.
But Boxer, who is running for the six-year Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Alan Cranston, said she changed her mind after counting the number of bad checks at her Washington apartment Thursday afternoon.
“I laid out the checks. Boy, I’ll tell you, it is a miserable feeling,” Boxer said. “I feel very terrible about this. I’m very embarrassed. . . . I have myself to blame.”
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Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2010
– Judicial Watch
“Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2010 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rahm Emanuel, Former Obama White House Chief of Staff, Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. But it appears she still needs an ethics lesson. Boxer presided over a year-long investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into whether two of her Senate colleagues, Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Kent Conrad (D-ND), received preferential treatment from Countrywide Financial as part of the company’s “VIP” program. (Senate ethics rules prohibit members from receiving loan terms not available to the general public.) In fact, according to The Associated Press, during an Ethics Committee hearing Boxer asked “the bulk of the questions.”