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Jun 03, 2004

Burnt Orange on Herseth

Andrew D finds a good piece in the Nation and adds some insight of his own.

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Jun 03, 2004

PAYGO Flippity Floppity

Now: “The moderates need to read the Republican philosophy… What we believe is you don’t have paygo for tax cuts.” - Majority Leader Tom DeLay, May 18, 2004 Then: ”[Former New York Congressman] Jack Kemp worships at the altar of tax cuts. Jack has always said that deficits don’t matter. We think that deficits do matter.” - Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 1997 “I rise in support of this legislation that finally balances our Federal budget.  It is about time.  …

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Jun 03, 2004

Boogy

Via Reuters (click for full size), via Froomkin. ..Steady “gettin down” in times of change…

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Jun 03, 2004

Interesting Time to Leave

Tenet is leaving for “personal reasons.”  Maybe he personally did not want to deal with this: The controversy surround-ing Ahmad Chalabi, the former US ally who promoted the war against Saddam Hussein, deepened yesterday as the Bush administration confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency was looking into Mr Chalabi’s intelligence activities. Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, told members of Congress in a closed-door briefing that George Tenet, CIA director, would oversee an inquiry into Mr Chalabi. She did …

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Jun 03, 2004

More Reason to Rejoice

We all just got back from Stephanie Herseth’s swearing in (great turnout from Dem reps, a little lighter from the GOP side), and it was definitely inspiring.  A couple scribbled quotes from Herseth; “The people of South Dakota can once again have their voice in this great chamber.” “Thanks to my parents, the strongest people I know, who taught me to reach across disagreements to find common ground.” I also talked to a woman with her kids, and asked …

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Jun 03, 2004

Rejoice

Democrats Rejoice Over South Dakota Win Washington Post - June 2, 2004 A narrow victory in yesterday’s congressional race in Republican-leaning South Dakota has Democrats talking of something that seemed unthinkable six months ago: The possibility of regaining the House majority this fall after a decade in the minority. Even the most optimistic Democrats agree it’s an uphill fight, but Stephanie Herseth’s win in the special election lends credence to party claims that it can grab former GOP seats …

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Jun 02, 2004

Halliburton Probe?

In addition to our coverage, the good Mr. Atrios also noted developments in the Halliburton fiasco earlier today.  Following up on the earlier story that we both linked to, Reuters now reports that Dems are in full throttle over the issue, and this could reach a boiling point soon.  The question is, how far and how many times are GOP Congressmen willing to debase themselves to protect an administration that is clearly morally bankrupt, and probably more important in …

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Jun 02, 2004

Rumsfeld & Halliburton

Faux News: ...On the other side of Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggesting he also helped steer Iraq oil work to Halliburton. Waxman said the General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, told him the oil work should have been obtained competitively. The Army knew this, Waxman said the GAO had told him. But, he wrote Rumsfeld, “your office overruled the Army and directed Army officials to issue the …

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Jun 02, 2004

The Diedrich Comeback!

According to the NRCC, Diedrich is closing in! Polls Show Diedrich Closing in on Herseth in South Dakota Special Election Race Ha ha ha. And let’s take the time to dedicate this victory to Karl Rove, who took time out of his busy schedule to co-host a fundraiser for Diedrich (and no doubt lend a hand for some of Diedrich’s dirtier deceptions), to Denny Hastert for his ham-handed help, demonstrating for all to see what kind of masters Diedrich …

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Jun 02, 2004

Pelosi on Herseth

“I am thrilled to welcome Congresswoman-elect Stephanie Herseth to the House Democratic Caucus. Stephanie will be an outstanding representative for South Dakota, and will be a wonderful addition to the Caucus.  “Stephanie Herseth’s win tonight sends a clear message to President Bush and Congressional Republicans: Americans are ready for a change.  “For the second straight special election, Democrats have triumphed in a rural and conservative district because voters know Democrats share their values: first and foremost a secure America, …

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Jun 02, 2004

CQ on Herseth

SOUTH DAKOTA: Herseth’s Win Gives Democrats Bragging Rights  South Dakota, typically one of the most Republican-voting states in the country, now has an all-Democratic congressional delegation: Stephanie Herseth, the party’s nominee, narrowly won the state’s lone House seat in Tuesday’s special election and will join Democratic Sens. Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson in Washington. Herseth, who led in the polls throughout the campaign, survived a late campaign surge by Republican state Sen. Larry Diedrich to win by 51 percent …

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Jun 02, 2004

Results as they come

Picking up from below, Keloland numbers: ...94% reporting—51-49 for Herseth votes: 118,461 - 115,762 (Need some reading material?  From Kevin Drum to Wa Po, our CEO President.) 96 % reporting—51-49 for Herseth votes: 124,014 - 121,066 Herseth Wins Special Election Keloland TV June 2, 2004 Democrats have picked up another seat in Congress. With nearly all precincts reporting, Herseth is holding about a two percent lead over Republican Larry Diedrich. That’s how we do, baby.  Thanks folks for staying …

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Lead Holding

Still 51-49%... we need to catch our plane, but I thought that this photo appropriately catches the mood of the room here… Gotta run!

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Herseth Crowd Hopping

So, while trying to avoid being stepped on here at Stakeholder HQ, I was able to snap the following shot of the Diedrich HQ on the TV projection… At the same time our party looked like the above, Diedrich HQ looked like this. Please note the lack of people. With the lead holding at 52-48% the mood here is pretty jolly. That is right. I said “jolly”.

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Online at the Herseth Reception

Please note the laptop underneath the real media platform. That is the official Stakeholder HQ for the evening… We will be uploading more pix as fast as we can…

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