Mary Bono Mack breaks her wrist snowboarding, plans to work on book

Mary Bono MackFormer Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack will be spending the first weeks of her new civilian life convalescing. Bono Mack broke her wrist over the weekend while trying her hand(s) at snowboarding at a Colorado ski resort. But the injury won’t stop her from working on a new project: a book.
Bono Mack was, according to her official Twitter account, vacationing at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort with husband Connie Mack when the incident happened.

First (above), Bono Mack tweeted about giving snowboarding a try on January 18. Then, on Sunday (Jan. 20), Bono Mack tweeted to share news of her injury with her 10,751 followers.

Her followers were quick to send their best wishes for a speedy recovery, with one even suggesting she seek medical attention from her Congressional successor, Dr. Raul Ruiz.

“Maybe Congressman Dr Ruiz can take a look at it ?! ;o),” tweeted DustDevil65.
Bono Mack recently told The Desert Sun’s Bruce Fessier she was working with a literary agent and was in talks with several cable news networks about a possible on-air gig with her husband.

Congress less popular than root canals, NFL replacement refs, even Nickelback

It appears the American people are turned off by political bickering and one partisan showdown after another in Washington, D.C.

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows just how deep in the muck Congress has sunk. A survey of more than 830 American voters earlier this week shows that voters have a higher opinion about the following over Congress:

  • Root canals (56 percent favoring root canals, 32 percent Congress)
  • NFL replacement referees (56-29)
  • Head lice (67-19)
  • The rock band Nickelback (39-32 — close call)
  • Colonoscopies (58-31)
  • Carnies (39-31)
  • Traffic jams (56-34)
  • Cockroaches (45-43)
  • Donald Trump (44-42)
  • France (46-37)
  • Genghis Khan (41-37)
  • Used-car salesmen (57-32)
  • Brussels sprouts (69-23)

In lawmakers’ defense, survey respondents did rate them higher than:

  • Telemarketers (45-35)
  • John Edwards (45-29)
  • The Kardashians (49-36)
  • Lobbyists (48-30)
  • North Korea (61-26)
  • The Ebola virus (53-25)
    Lindsay Lohan (45-41)
  • Fidel Castro (54-32)
  • Playground bullies (43-38)
  • Meth labs (60-21)
  • Communism (57-23)
  • Gonorrhea (53-28).

“We all know Congress is unpopular,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy
Polling, in a release. “But the fact that voters like it even less than cockroaches, lice, and Genghis Khan really shows how far its esteem has fallen with the American public over the last few weeks.”

For a deeper breakdown on the survey results, click the PDF link below:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_Natl_010813_.pdf

 

Barbara Boxer and Raul Ruiz meet with Army Corps over Salton Sea

Salton SeaSen. Barbara Boxer and the Coachella Valley’s incoming congressman, Raul Ruiz, met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday to discuss the Salton Sea.

The Democrats met with Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), to discuss what should be done now and in the future to restore and preserve the inland sea, according to a release from Boxer’s office.

They also “explained the need to prevent the sea from turning into a public health emergency that would have ramifications for the Imperial and Coachella Valleys,” according to the release.

Boxer is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Ruiz is in Washington for a second week of orientation for newly elected members of Congress.

Boxer is mentoring Ruiz, an emergency room physician who has never held elective office. He upset longtime Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack earlier this month.

-Raju Chebium, Gannett Washington Bureau