ANOTHER OBAMA NOMINEE WITH TAX PROBLEMS!

THERE WAS A TAX LIEN ON HER HOME FROM 2005!

An Obama administration official says Nancy Killefer is withdrawing her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government.

The official said the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., will detail her reason for pulling out later Tuesday.

When her selection was announced by President Barack Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a more than $900 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

Since then, administration officials have refused to answer questions about the tax error which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.

MICHAEL STEELE TAKES OVER THE GOP!

WILL HE MAKE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY MORE ATTRACTIVE TO MINORITIES?

Michael Steele makes history as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, and as a rare winner — at least in part — of an outside game in what is usually an insider’s contest. He won with 91 votes, 6 more than he needed, over South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson.

Steele’s victory also marks a decision by some GOP leaders that to elect a man associated with an all-white country club — when America just elected a black president, and the GOP itself runs a risk of being branded an all-white club — was too big a risk to run.

Steele ran in large part on his ability to rebrand the party and to do battle on cable news. Though he is, in fact, quite conservative for the spectrum of American politics, he wasn’t the conservative choice, and his win marks a real defeat for elements of the party’s conservative wing. For younger Republicans and those seeking a dramatic break from the past, he was the choice, and his win suggests that the party is emerging from the phase of denying that, in the wake of its 2008 rout, it has a problem.

WANDA ADAMS LAUNCHES SERIES OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS!

IT’S ALL ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY!

City Of Houston Council Member Wanda Adams in conjunction with Police Chief Harold Hurtt are conducting four separate forums examining public safety and preventive measures to reduce crime in several communities. At a later date a press release and other notifications will be generated regarding the subsequent forums in March and April.

The first two of four forums will be held on the following dates and respective locations:

Thursday, February 5, 2009 – 3826 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, Texas

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church (Christian Life Center)

6 p.m.– 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 – 5525 Hobby Rd, Houston, Texas 77053

Ft. Bend Boys and Girls Club

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In 2008 the City of Houston endured a slight violent crime increase. Law enforcement officials have cited that there are no easy answers for the spike, as recognized by Capt. Mark Eisenman, with HPD’s crime analysis stated in the Houston Chronicle, “I wish I knew,” he said. “We’re certainly going to attack that issue in the coming year.” The concern is widespread. Council Member Adams is facilitating the aforementioned forums to educate the community. “Public Safety is my number one priority. Citizens, community organizations, and civic clubs working in conjunction with law enforcement as a collaborative effort can make an impact in our communities”. These forums hope to address a crime heightening in several specific areas where increased visibility and community involvement is taking shape in response to the boost.

It is the goal of the Council Member Adams and Police Chief Hurtt to inform and engage these specific areas in hopes of replicating the success the City of Houston has endured with non violent crimes, falling 10 percent in 2008.

For additional information on the intricacies of these public safety forums please contact:

Community Liason/ Communications Director

Jeron Ravin

The Office Of Council Member Wanda Adams

INSITE CHAT TONIGHT AT 10:30 PM!

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we haven’t chatted on here in a while. Let’s get together tonight at 10:30 pm and discuss whatever is on your mind. See you there or be square!

PASADENA MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING OVER AND KILLING 5 YEAR OLD!

POLICE SAY HE KNEW HE HIT THE GIRL BUT REFUSED TO STOP!

A Pasadena man could soon face upgraded charges after police say he ran over a little girl and left the scene of a domestic squabble. That little girl has died.

The man is identified as 31 year old Luis Alonzo Aguilar. Police say he hit a 5 year old little girl Sunday night in Pasadena.

Click here to see the full video story by FOX 26’s Isiah Carey.

Investigators say Aguilar, the boyfriend of the five year old’s mother, got into argument with the girls biological father. But police say Aguilar fled the scene to avoid a physical altercation with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.

When Aguilar pulled off from the Pasadena home he ran over the child who died today.

Assistant Police Chief Bud Corbett says Aguilar knew he hit the girl and still refused to stop and render aid. The 31-year-old was caught by police a few hours later.

He was found sitting in the parking lot of a grocery store in Pasadena. Aguilar is being held in the Pasadena Jail until he’s officially charged and then transferred to the Harris County jail.

The father of the little girl declined to comment on Sunday night’s incident. The child’s name has not been released by police.

FOX 26 NEWS IS OFFICIALLY IN HIGH DEFINITION NOW!

YOU CAN SEE THE INSITE BETTER THAN EVER NOW!

I’m excited to tell all of you FOX 26 viewers out there that we officially went high-def today. If you tune in on your high definition television sets you’ll see the graphics, set, and pictures almost look 3-D with the excellent quality signal we’re sending out. We did rehearsals all day Saturday and officially flipped the switch for the 9pm newscast that night. Make sure you check it and the Insite out each day at 5pm and 9pm!

CURRENT STIMULUS BILL CALLS FOR MORE TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESSES!

WILL TAX CUTS JUMP START THE ECONOMY?

The Senate’s current version of an economic stimulus bill offers billions more in business tax credits than the House plan does.

Both versions would allow money-losing companies to get refunds on taxes they paid on profits in previous years. But the Senate bill offers more ways to do it and that could add up to more than $15 billion in payments to those companies.

The total cost of the Senate package stands at about $890 billion, compared with $819 billion for the plan the House passed last week.

The tax packages in both are aimed at getting individuals and companies to spend money at a time when most are inclined to cut back and save. The business tax credits seek to help struggling companies stay afloat and reward companies that invest and expand.

The Senate is scheduled to begin debating its package today.

PHIL HAS SPOKEN: COLD FOR SIX MORE WEEKS!

GROUNDHOG DAY!

The world’s most famous groundhog saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting that this already long winter will last for six more weeks.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in front of an estimated 13,000 witnesses, many dressed in black and gold to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory the night
before.

“There’s significant buzz from the Steelers win and quite a few Terrible Towels floating from the crowd,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary for tourism in Pennsylvania.

The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS SAY PASS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STIMULUS PACKAGE!

EVEN SARAH WILL BE PUSHING FOR HER STATE’S CUT!

Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama’s economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors would welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama’s spending priorities.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, planned to meet in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state’s share of the package.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones last week with members of his state’s congressional delegation, including House Republicans. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, planned to be in Washington on Monday to urge the Senate to approve the plan.

“As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans,” said Douglas’ deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey.

Not a single Republican voted with the majority last week when the House approved Obama’s $819 billion combination of tax cuts and new spending. The president’s goal is to create or preserve 3 million to 4 million jobs.

Republicans led by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio complained that the plan is laden with pet projects and will not yield the jobs or stimulate the economy in the way Obama has promised.

The measure faces GOP opposition in the Senate, where it will be up for a vote in the week ahead.

QUESTION: Does this mean some Republican Congressional members have lost touch with their base in their home states? Some say tax breaks suggested by the GOP won’t stimulate the economy. What do you think?

WHAT A PERFORMANCE BY JENNIFER HUDSON!

DO YOU AGREE OR COULD IT HAVE BEEN BETTER?

One of the first messages Jennifer Hudson got after kicking off the Super Bowl with her performance of the national anthem came from her “Dreamgirls” co-star Jamie Foxx. We
don’t know what it said — but we do know what the producer of the Super Bowl pre-game show said to her when she asked how she did. The response from Rickey Minor: “Touchdown!” Hudson delivered a flawless rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, her first public performance since getting word last year that her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew had been shot to death in Chicago. Her brother-in-law has been charged in the murders. Now that she has returned to the spotlight, Hudson is expected to pick up her career again, with appearances set for the Grammys both this week and next. John Legend also performed as part of the pre-game events. Bruce Springsteen did the halftime show.

IS IT TIME FOR MORE DIVERSITY AT THE HARRIS COUNTY GRAND JURY?

SHOULD RACE BE CONSIDERED BEHIND THESE CLOSED DOORS?

Some newly elected judges are working to get a more diverse group of grand jurors for Harris County. They’re addressing a criticism that the typical 12-person grand jury and two alternates are not representative of the community. State District Judges Shawna Reagin and Randy Roll sent an e-mail to various administrators asking for names of prospective jurors, the Houston Chronicle reported in Monday’s editions. “Hopefully, you get enough of a pool that you have a diverse, truly reflective group of people,” Reagin said. “It’s a big-time commitment, but I think the wider you cast your net the more diverse it will be.” Harris County does not collect ethnic information on grand jurors. Critics say grand juries have usually been made up of older, retired whites who have time and can afford to serve.

MORE AT WWW.CHRON.COM

ROLAND MARTIN IS HEADED TO HOUSTON FOR THE NATIONAL BLACK MBA!

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE AWARDS BANQUET IN HOUSTON!

The Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) will host its 12th Annual Leadership Empowerment Scholarship and Awards Banquet on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Power Center at 12401 S. Post Oak@ South Main, Houston, TX 77045.

This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction to raise funds in support of educational initiatives for students. The theme is Creating Opportunity in the New Era of Change.

The annual event is part of the Houston Chapter’s work as a champion of leadership and involvement with the community from which its membership is drawn. It is also a way to strengthen the ties among the Association’s members, corporate partners and the local community. “We are excited about the banquet and honored that Roland Martin will be the keynote. “As a chapter we assist in the development of our future Leaders of Tomorrow.

We are proud as the Houston Chapter has awarded in excess of $200,000 in scholarships to more than 200 deserving graduate and undergraduate business students,” states Dr. Wendy Johnson, Houston Chapter President.

The keynote speaker, Roland S. Martin, is a nationally award-winning journalist and is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America . Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of The Roland S. Martin Showon WVON-AM/1690 in Chicago . He is also a CNN Contributor, appearing on a variety of shows, including Paula Zahn Now, Anderson Cooper 360, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and many others.

Leadership Empowerment Awards will be presented to the following individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and service to the community: Tony Wyllie (Journalism/Sports), Yolanda Green (Arts/Media), Senator Rodney Ellis (Law/Government), Jerome Love (Entrepreneurship), Dr. Thomas Freeman (Education), Dr. Farrell Johnson (Science/Medicine), Michelle Barnes (Community), and Sharon Owens (Corporate).

The Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association was formed in 1983. The organization has empowered African Americans who aspire to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of business.