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Liljenquist pushes Romney ties and 'zombie attack' infects Congress

By Stephanie Grimes   |  Posted Jun 4th, 2012 @ 11:59am


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SALT LAKE CITY — In a town meeting in Provo on Saturday, Dan Liljenquist emphasized his connection to Bain Capital and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The former state senator brought up his work at Bain & Company, the parent company to Bain Capital, multiple times at the event, according to Disreport.

Liljenquist referred to the company as "Mitt's Company," according to Disreport, despite Romney not having worked at Bain for nearly a decade before Liljenquist join the company. Liljenquist also said he was a "huge Mitt Romney supporter" and that he would "use every ounce of my training at Bain Consulting and in the private sector to dive into the financial issues of our time" if he were elected.

The candidate reiterated his promise not to accept a pension if elected, and committed to serving no more than three terms as senator.

Liljeniquist also said he and his family would not move to Washington, but would remain in Bountiful.


When people move to Washington, they start representing Washington.

–Dan Liljenquist


"When people move to Washington, they start representing Washington," he said.

Bill Maher owns stake in Mets

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher confirmed this weekend that he has purchased a minority share of the Mets.

"I think it's a great investment," he told ESPN. "I think it's a great team that I've been rooting for since they came into existence, which was soon after I came into existence."

Maher, 56, was raised in New Jersey but was born in New York City.

Maher declined to disclose the percentage of the club he now owns, but said he learned of the opportunity but reading about it in December in a New York Times article.

Occupy Congress: Activist runs for New York seat

An Occupy Wall Street activist has secured a place on the New York Congressional ballot.

George Martinez, an adjunct professor of politics at Pace University and a hip-hop artist, will face Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez in a June 26 primary.

Martinez is taking the campaign seriously and is not trying merely to make a statement with his candidacy, his campaign manager told The Hill.

"We are attempting to win," Cecily McMillan said.

McMillan said another long-term goal of the campaign is to change campaigning methods and show that campaigns can be run without soliciting large amounts of money from potential donors.

"It's an experiment — we are going to see how far we can get," she said.

'Zombie attack' may push Congress to act on bath salts issue

Recent gruesome incidents involving human beings eating human body parts or using them as weapons has pushed Congress to take action on a potential bath salts ban.

The most notable incident, in which a Miami man ate the majority of a homeless man's face, seems to have spurred Congress to make a move after police said bath salts — a powerful synthetic drug — could have incited the crime.

Both the House and the Senate were already working to criminalize the drug, but were not making much progress, according to Roll Call.

"When they learn about this face-chewing situation in Florida, hopefully that will change a few minds," said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., an original sponsor of the legislation.

The recent attacks also included a college student who killed a man, then told police he ate the man's heart and part of his brain, as well as a man who stabbed himself 50 times and then threw his own intestines at police.

The attacks have received widespread attention and have led to online talk about a ‘zombie apocalypse.' Due to the attention being paid to the events, Dent believes Congress will act sooner rather than later.

"These drugs have odd psychotic effects on people," Dent said. "Out of this terrible tragedy in Florida, we hope this will bring about greater awareness and accelerate the need to enact meaningful legislation that will protect people from this poison."

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