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Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The Fix For NYC’s Snow Crisis
Special guest host Mark Simone took the Hannity airwaves this afternoon and talked about an issue hot on the minds of busy New Yorkers – the snow. As New York City continues to clean up after last week’s fierce Nor’easter that left two feet of snow in its wake, it also faces allegations that union workers entrusted with cleaning up the mess of snow decided to stage a slowdown as the blizzard hit. The plan was to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts, several sources and a city lawmaker told the New York Post {Article}. In the last two years, the agency's workforce has been slashed by 400 trash haulers and supervisors -- down from 6,300 -- because of the city's budget crisis. “Cutting 400 jobs sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t,” Mark said. “In really tough times, in times of a severe budget crisis, 400 cuts out of 6,300 workers ends up being just about seven percent of the work force.” Unfortunately, as many cities across the country are faced with budget shortfalls, many municipalities will be faced with the same tough decisions. “They finally figured out a way to clear the streets,” Simone quipped, “its called forty-eight degrees. The snow is finally melting here in the city.”

The ‘Anointed One’ Extends His Hawaiian Vacation
President Obama has decided to extend his expensive Hawaiian vacation another few days, apparently in no rush to return to Washington to address the mountain of problems facing the nation. The Hawaii Reporter did some calculating and has guesstimated the tab for Obama’s luxurious vacation at $1.4 million – all at the taxpayers’ expense of course. Pat Caddell joined a fuming Mark Simone on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the vacation extension. Caddell disagreed with Mark and felt Obama deserved a long vacation. “I don’t think it’s a problem,” Caddell said, “hardly anyone is working except maybe for you Mark. Nothing is going on in Washington and nothing will happen until the Congress returns.” Although Caddell did make a good point as Simone began to wrap up the interview. “Obama taking a vacation doesn’t worry me,” Pat said dryly, “It’s when he’s in Washington doing things that I worry.”

Rahm For Chicago Mayor?
Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama, says he can "turn the page" now that questions of his Illinois residency have been cleared. Opponents of Emanuel's candidacy in the race to become Chicago's next mayor said he didn't meet residency requirements because he moved to Washington to become a member of Obama's administration, but Thursday the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners determined he does meet residency requirements, the Chicago Tribune reported. Chicago native Tamara Holder joined Mark Simone to discuss the issue. “I’m not necessarily an Emanuel fan, but they did rule that he is a resident – at least for the purposes of running for Mayor. The requirement states that you must be a resident of Chicago for one full year before running for Mayor. Emanuel argued that he had the intent to stay in Chicago, still had a house in Chicago, but couldn’t because of his job with the President of the United States, and that he never officially moved out of the city,” Holder argued. You can follow Tamara by going to her website at theholderposition.com.

Show Guests

Pat Caddell

Patrick Hayward Caddell (also Pat or Patrick H., born May 19, 1950, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant.

Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."

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