Bird Dog Reports

Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 6, 2015
Senator Marco Rubio was asked about the relationship between for-profit prisons and the influence they have on immigration policy at his town hall meeting in Ames, IA. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on June 5, 2015
AFSC GUI Senator Lindsey Graham West Des Moines Iowa 6-5 Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Pentagon
Sen. Lindsey Graham wants a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign contributions or else “it’s gonna ruin the political process”. Would this apply to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other top Pentagon contractors in the military industrial complex who use their corporate influence to drive public policy? Read More
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Jacqui Branch on June 05, 2015
I asked Senator Graham a question on police militarization at my first bird dog event in West Des Moines, IA. Read More
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Mark on June 05, 2015
When I asked a question regarding privatized prisons, his main point was that prison populations need to be reduced. Read More
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Charlie on June 02, 2015
At a Concord NH retirement community, Governor George Pataki discussed banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and whether such a ban could be extended to Congressional staff. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on May 31, 2015
O'Malley in Gilford
Martin O'Malley responded to questions about immigrant detention and nuclear weapons at a house party in Gilford NH. Read More
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Judy on May 31, 2015
Martin O'Malley wants to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, but seems to be under the faulty impression that "nuclear modernization" is a way to save money. Instead, it's a trillion dollar plan that will increase nuclear war-fighting capability and raise the nuclear threat. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on May 30, 2015
Governor O'Malley was in Des Moines, IA at his newly opened campaign office on Saturday May 30th. The Iowa GUI team was there to ask him about for-profit prisons owning detention centers and how to take those who profit from immigrant detention out of the public policy making process. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on May 30, 2015
Martin O'Malley Iowa For-Profit Prisons
The same day Gov. Martin O’Malley announces he's running for president, we announce questions and educate Gov. O’Malley about for-profit prisons lobbying millions of dollars during a meet and greet in his new Des Moines, IA office. Read More
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Melanie on May 30, 2015
Melanie talked to Gov. Gilmore about corporate cronyism, the status of women, and the health of the economy. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on May 30, 2015
GUI banners at Weirs Beach
GUI bird dogs and banneristas greeted hundreds of Republicans and two presidential candidates by the Weirs Beach boardwalk. Governor George Pataki told me he would block former Cabinet members, and retired generals and admirals from becoming corporate lobbyists, just as he would for former members of Congress. Read More
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Miranda Myers on May 29, 2015
Gale Taylor and Jeb Bush at WMUR
Gale asked Jeb Bush, "Please tell me your opinion on the Citizens United decision?" The former Florida governor said, "I don't understand it, to be honest with you." He went on to offer a few words on money, transparency, and the prospects for change. Read More
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Elizabeth Ropp on May 28, 2015
I asked Bernie Sanders about the Detention Bed Mandate. He talks about how we need to spend more on education so we can spend less on incarceration. Read More
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Judy on May 27, 2015
Judy asks Sanders about nuclear weapons
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently declared his candidacy for President. On May 27, I joined hundreds of people at the South Church in Portsmouth NH for a town hall meeting with the Senator. He answered a number of questions from the audience, and I was able to ask the last one, about whether he supported the $1 trillion dollar build-up of US nuclear forces. It's "all about our national priorities," he said. Read More
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Eric Zulaski on May 21, 2015
Lindsey Graham Walk and Talk
Presidential candidate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did a "walk and talk" in downtown Manchester, NH. Governing Under the Influence activists rose to the occasion and delivered the message that we do not want a system governed under the influence of Pentagon contractors, for-profit prisons and corporate lobbyists in general. Several people asked questions. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on May 18, 2015
Arnie hands whistle to Christie
Last week I asked Chris Christie how we can keep for-profit prison companies from running our immigration policy. He said "we need to blow the whistle" if policy is being driven by the dictates of private profit. So I went to see him again this week. After his speech in Portsmouth, I gave him a copy of our paper on the immigrant detention quota. And I handed him a whistle. Read More
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Nancy on May 13, 2015
Nancy asked Martin O'Malley about money in politics and the immigrant detention quota. Read More
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Curt on May 13, 2015
I attended the event at Chez Vachon and got to ask Gov. O’Malley about the military-industrial-complex. Read More
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Lynn on May 13, 2015
I went to Tilton Diner to "bird dog" Chris Christie. I went in and sat by myself and ordered eggs benedict done with spinach. A State-House based AP reporter sitting nearby told me, "If you sit alone like that, he'll come and talk to you." Christie did. He paused at two tables of four to shake hands, but came to my table for conversation about the Pentagon budget and offshore drilling. Read More
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Judy on May 12, 2015
Christie at Pembroke VFW
At a May 12 town hall meeting in Pembroke, NH, I asked NJ Gov. Chris Christie a question about the planned $1 trillion expansion of the US nuclear weapons capability. He responded by suggesting the money would be better spent on other aspects of our defense. I think the money slated for spending on nuclear weapons modernization should be spent on human needs, not, as Christie suggested, other weapons systems. Nevertheless, I'm glad he agreed that "the issue you’re pointing out on nuclear weaponry are the kind of things we should have a robust open debate about in this country... I know what you’re talking about but I bet you not many people know that that’s what’s going on." It will be an accomplishment if we can get candidates of both parties to discuss nuclear weapons policy, and how the profit motives of Pentagon contracts influences nuclear weapons spending. Read More
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