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1/6 Commission

Read this from Politico:

Senior House lawmakers are battling over the contours of a panel inspired by the 9/11 Commission to investigate the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, with Republicans demanding equal representation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Republican counterparts have already traded one offer each but still remain at odds over several issues including membership on the proposed commission, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. Pelosi, who’s vowed to quickly take up legislation creating the commission, proposed tilting the panel in favor of Democrats, with her party getting to pick seven of the members while Republican leaders choose four additional appointees.

But Republicans are insisting on an equal split — each party gets to appoint five members — in their counteroffer, sources told POLITICO. Republicans also are pressing Democrats to avoid specifically prescribing avenues of inquiry that might steer the panel in certain directions, as opposed to allowing panelists to determine their own course.

In fact, members of the former 9/11 Commission — several of whom have consulted with Pelosi — cited that even partisan split as the reason for their success as they advised Pelosi on this year’s insurrection commission. Their willingness to take bipartisan ownership of the direction of the investigation, without an edge for either party, helped ensure the commission’s credibility in the eyes of the public, they said. For a review of the Jan. 6 riot to be credible, the former commissioners said, it must similarly be seen as independent and unbiased, rather than a tool of either party.

“There is really strong support in the country for us to seek the truth, find the truth, but also understand how we have to protect the American people from what might be out there in terms of domestic terrorism and the rest,” Pelosi told reporters late last week.

Pelosi said the investigative panel would closely mirror the 9/11 Commission, but it’s clear from Democrats’ opening offer that they would have preferred a sharply different balance of power.

A senior Democratic aide cautioned that the two parties are still exchanging offers and nothing is final. In the Democratic discussion draft, each of the so-called “Big Four” congressional leaders would get to appoint two members to the commission. President Joe Biden would get to pick three additional members, including the chair, who would have subpoena power.

Under the Pelosi proposal, the commission would have to issue a report by the end of this year with the panel set to dissolve 60 days after the report is finished.

The 9/11 Commission was a 10-member body that included five Democrats and five Republicans. The chair, former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, was appointed by then-President George W. Bush. The vice chair, former Congressman Lee Hamilton, was appointed by congressional Democratic leaders. Both told POLITICO last week that they viewed their mandate as excising any extreme partisanship from within the commission’s ranks, particularly on the staff that ultimately carried out the investigation.

The 9/11 Commission investigated an attack from foreign terrorists.  Having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats made sense. The 1/6 Commission will investigate an insurrection by MAGA terrorists who are a key base of the Republican Party.  They were part of the false Stop the Steal effort.  As of this past weekend, Republican Congressional leaders on the Sunday news talk shows still would not acknowledge that President Joe Biden was elected in a fair election.  That is why there was an insurrection.  They continue to promote the Big Lie. They do not deserve equal representation on the proposed 1/6 Commission that will investigate their own base.  To give them equal representation would only further damage our democracy. Nope!

Here is the entire 1/6 Commission Politico story: Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission (msn.com).

AG Ken Paxton and State Senator Angela Paxton fled the ice storm for Utah last week and somehow a lot of us are not surprised by this. What a shame.

When I got my first COVID-19 vaccine dose, the Houston Health Department said they would contact me to schedule a second dose for February 25. They also said if I didn’t hear from them as the 25th approached, call them.

I had not heard back from them as of yesterday and I looked at my first dose card and there was a handwritten note on the card that said to call one week prior to second dose due date.  I called yesterday and after being on hold for around 45 minutes, I was told that I would hear from them no earlier than 48 hours before my scheduled dose date.  The person I talked to was pretty rude and I let the person know that I didn’t appreciate the rude attitude.

This will be Albert Pujols last season in MLB.  He’s retiring. A great ballplayer. 662 career dingers, 2,100 RBIs, 3,236 base hits, 10 time All Star, 2 World Series rings, 3 NL MVPs.  Enough said. A first ballot Hall of Famer. All of the Astros fans know the mark he left in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS at The Yard.  60 of his regular season career dingers are against Astros pitching – the most among MLB opponents.  31 at The Yard, also the most at any visiting ballpark.  He did some damage to us for sure. Commentary witnessed way too many Pujols dingers against us.

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