* Knievel courts riders in N.H. with motorcycle riding plan
23 Oct 2007
From: Ervan Darnell
Republican long-shot Evel Knievel courted motorcycle rider votes today
with a plan to give employees a month of paid leave to ride their new
bikes, subsidies to buy bikes, and laws to prevent motorcycle rider
In a speech peppered with anecdotes from his jumping days, Evel, who
would be the first motorcycling president, said his plan would cost
$1.75 billion a year and be paid for by shutting down Prius subsidies,
since motorcycles get better mileage anyway.
"The struggle to balance riding and work can be simply overwhelming,"
Evel told a gathering of about 250 people at the Young Motocross Riders
Association offices in Idaho.
At the heart of his plan is a $1 billion a year federal bribe to states
to pass laws forcing employers to offer a new-motorcycle leave plan.
"This stunt jump will make it constitutional" Evel said.
"We've got to get back to fiscal responsibility but we have got to get
back to enjoying life as well" he said.
The initiative is the centerpiece of Knievel's divide and conquer
electoral strategy of paying off special interest groups to build an
His chief strategist, Harley Rider, released a memo on Monday that said
94% of motorcycle riders would vote for another rider, no matter how bad
His six-page policy brief includes plans to encourage workplace rider
safety training and an awards system for "model workplaces". It also
called for more federal subsidies for motorcycle loans and tougher
discrimination laws to protect riders from being fired for not coming to
work any more.
"I remember one time when I had to be at work as a young motocross
contestant," he said in one of several personal references. "It was the
finals, but we had a product release at work. It was a terrible feeling
to only ride the qualifiers, then sneak into work late feigning traffic
> MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic frontrunner Hillary
> Clinton courted female voters on Tuesday with a plan to expand paid
> family leave, boost child-care funding and fight workplace
> discrimination against pregnant women.
> In a speech peppered with anecdotes from raising her 27-year-old
> daughter Chelsea, the former first lady who would be America's first
> woman president said her plan would cost $1.75 billion a year and be
> paid for by shutting down certain kinds of tax shelters without
> expanding the deficit.
> "The struggle to balance family and work can be simply overwhelming,"
> the New York senator told a gathering of about 250 people at the Young
> Women's Christian Association offices in Manchester, New Hampshire.
> At the heart of her plan is a $1 billion a year federal grant to
> encourage states to introduce a paid family leave program by 2016. It
> also called for an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act to cover
> an additional 13 million workers.
> "We've got to get back to fiscal responsibility but we have got to get
> back to family responsibility as well," she said.
> The initiative is the centerpiece of Clinton's intensifying focus on
> the female demographic this week in a series of events under the theme
> of "Women changing America" -- a bid to attract enough women voters to
> prevail in both the Democratic presidential nomination and the
> November 2008 election.
> Her chief strategist, Mark Penn, released a memo on Monday that said
> women will be the deciding force in 2008 and their internal polling
> shows 94 percent of women under 35 say they would be more likely to
> vote in the November election if the first woman nominee is on the ballot.
> On Monday, Clinton showed up on ABC's female-centered talk show "The
> View," followed by a luncheon where she reminded the audience she
> faced similar questions in 2000 over whether New York was ready to
> elect a women senator.
> PERSONAL ANECDOTES
> Her six-page policy brief includes plans to encourage workplace
> flexibility, an awards system for "model workplaces" and plans to
> promote working from home at federal agencies. It also called for more
> child-care funding and tougher discrimination laws to protect pregnant
> "I remember one time when I had to be in court as a young lawyer," she
> said in one of several personal references to raising Chelsea with
> former President Bill Clinton.
> "Chelsea was sick. The baby sitter wasn't there," she said. "It was
> just a gut-wrenching feeling and I was lucky enough to have a friend
> who could come over and watch Chelsea as I ran to court and then ran
> back home."
> Clinton's stories as a working mother struck a chord with some of the
> mostly female audience.
> "I found myself identifying with a lot of the circumstances that she
> described in her personal life," said Robin Cain, 52, a New Hampshire
> mother of two who has yet to decide which candidate to back.
> "I support the whole Democratic field. I haven't winnowed my choice
> down," she said.
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