Election Laws Passed In Iraq

How in the heck did this make it in to the New York Times? Even if it is on page A5 today, and the writer attempts to add some negative spin, it is still good news

After months of negotiation, Iraq’s Parliament passed a crucial election law on Wednesday, but only by setting aside for future debate the most divisive political issues.

The law could clear the way for provincial elections to take place in much of the country early next year. The elections are viewed by many Iraqi and American officials as crucial for the nation to heal its deep-running political and religious fissures and also to shore up the fragile security gains that have been achieved in recent months.

The question of how to settle a fierce dispute over control of the ethnically mixed and oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk, however, was given to a committee for further study. And an article in an earlier version of the law that provided a limited number of provincial council seats for Iraq’s Christians and other minorities was eliminated from the new bill, stirring outrage among the groups.

Still, the bill’s passage represents a significant achievement for a country that has more often resorted to violence than political negotiation in resolving its differences.

Good for them. They seem to be doing more then our Democrat led Congress is doing, as they have set aside most legislation regarding oil production, energy production, anti-terrorism measures, and, well, what have they really done in the almost 2 years they have controlled the House and Senate? I mean, hey, while there is important economic work to get done, some of Congresses hits

  • H.CON.RES.223 : Honoring professional surveyors and recognizing their contributions to society.
  • H.CON.RES.374 : Concurrent resolution supporting Christian, Jewish, and Muslim interfaith dialogue that promotes peace, understanding, unity, and religious freedom.
  • H.CON.RES.425 : Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need to pass meaningful legislation to protect commercial and government data from data breaches. (how about actually doing it?)
  • H.CON.RES.426 : Recognizing the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Minority AIDS Initiative.
  • H.RES.1376 : Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Okeechobee Hurricane of September 1928 and its associated tragic loss of life.
  • H.R.7034 : To change the date for regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office to both the Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, and for other purposes.

That last one is interesting, because it shows that an elected member of Congress fails to understand the provisions of the Constitution. And, BTW, when pulling those, among others, I did not look for party affiliation.

Meanwhile, a bunch of panty waists are whining about the treatment of Saddam Hussein.

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