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Apr 07, 2004

Dingell on DoD and the Enviroment

DOD AGAIN SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL EXEMPTIONS DESPITE ITS HISTORIC RECORD OF CONTAMINATION       Washington, D.C. -  Congressman John D. Dingell, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, blasted the Department of Defense (DOD) today for once again seeking legislation that would exempt the Department from vital environmental laws that protect the public health.       “It’s disturbing enough that the Department of Defense has left a lethal legacy of contamination throughout our country and has …

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Apr 07, 2004

Houghton Out

A reader from On Background brought this up in comments yesterday, but moderate Republican Houghton is now retiring in NY-29.  The situation is that it’s Republican-leaning…   But Republicans aren’t likely to have a free ride in a district held by Democrat Rep. Stan Lundine before Houghton was first elected in 1986. Samara Barend, a former campaign organizer for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is primed to enter the race, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Greg Speed.   …

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Apr 07, 2004

Props (Part II)

Jesse Berney downstairs in the DNC had a brutal entry two days ago on the Republican tradition of using minorities as props, centered around this quote from the Washington Post: There are those who suggest the Republicans are cynical in their efforts to broaden the base to minorities. “It’s really all about white swing voters, and that’s what is so offensive to me,” says Faye Anderson, a former vice chair of the RNC’s minority outreach committee. “Republicans have a …

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Apr 06, 2004

How Many Investigations Is That?

Depends how you count ‘em I suppose.  11? 12? 13?  Somewhere in there. The Treasury Department’s inspector general is looking into the agency’s decision to analyze presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s tax proposals. “We’re going to do a preliminary inquiry into what was produced,” Richard Delmar, counsel in the Office of Inspector General, said Tuesday. [edit] House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, had requested that Treasury conduct the cost analysis. The department’s analysis of Kerry’s plan had ignited …

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Apr 06, 2004

Pincers Closing in on DeLay?

If you want “a seat at the table” to make your own legislation, you know where to go: Westar Energy Inc. has finished an internal investigation of its political activities during the 2002 election cycle, and the Federal Election Commission is now involved, the company’s chief executive said Monday. [edit] Last year saw the disclosure of company e-mails from 2002 detailing a plan to give $56,000 to Republican congressional campaigns that year “to get a seat at the table” …

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Apr 06, 2004

Rep. Berry Responds to Bush’s Jobs Promises

Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR1): “President Bush’s job training announcement rung hollow in the ears of more than 71,000 unemployed Arkansans. Out of one side of his mouth Bush touts a job training program directed more at his ailing polling numbers than to the millions of out-of-work Americans; while out of the other he promises to veto a highway bill which would bring billions of dollars to Arkansas for infrastructure and job opportunities. “The Bush-Cheney Campaign may consider Arkansans gullible, …

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Apr 05, 2004

Folks, Bloggers, Give us a hand

Roll Call is having a little contest, “Speakerology,” to see who can garner the most votes from citizens for Speaker of the House.  The final round is between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and Blunt’s hometown paper has already given him a hand.  This contest is less than deadly serious, but it would be nice to blow the GOP out.  Take a look at Schakowsky’s site if you want before you vote, she’s awesome. Here’s …

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Apr 05, 2004

Casual War-mongering from the NRCC

From Roll Call (subscription): Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) is probably going to want to pay a little bit closer attention the next time the National Republican Congressional Committee sends out a fundraising pitch under his signature. It seems the NRCC has more than ruffled feathers among two important U.S. allies in the war on terror by rushing out an “Ask America 2004” policy survey to Republican campaign donors. One question read: “Should America broaden the war on terrorism into …

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Apr 03, 2004

Not So Compassionate

I wonder what gave it away… As he approaches the November election, President Bush has shed a good part of the “compassionate conservative” image he cultivated during the 2000 election, a Washington Post poll has found. Bush came to office three years ago with a message that he was different from traditional Republican conservatives because he was promoting programs for the poor and disadvantaged. But with his presidency dominated by foreign policy issues and such traditional conservative favorites as …

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Apr 02, 2004

AIR AMERICA – PART TWO

(See also: “April 1 Air America Launch - Part One” below) March 31, 2004: We take you behind the scenes as Air America is just hours away from launch.  If you’ve never been present for the launch of a radio network designed to restore a progressive voice to America’s airwaves (and who has?), you’ll want to read this. See Al Franken, funny and serious…and much, much more.

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Apr 02, 2004

Pelosi Talks Straight

Somebody had to say it: WASHINGTON (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says it’s baffling and embarrassing that President Bush is appearing before the Sept. 11 commission with Vice President Dick Cheney at his side instead of by himself. “I think it speaks to the lack of confidence that the administration has in the president going forth alone, period,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday. “It’s embarrassing to the president of the United States that they won’t let him go …

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Apr 02, 2004

Mankiw Fudges

You remember Mankiw, of “outsourcing is swell” fame?  Well upon being directed to WhiteHouse.gov by American Street to see Bush’s new campaign flash ad on his government website, I noticed Mankiw was on today’s “Ask the White House”: According to the payroll survey the economy has created 759,000 jobs since August. According to the household survey the economy has created 978,000 over the same period. The unemployment rate, which also comes from the household survey, has fallen from its …

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Apr 02, 2004

Hoyer: Perspective on Jobs Report

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s statement on today’s job report: “The Labor Department’s report today is long-overdue welcome news for job seekers, but one month does not a successful economic policy make.  Even if the economy added this number of jobs every month for the rest of the year, George W. Bush would barely break even on job creation for his entire four-year term and have the worst record of job creation since the Great Depression. “While the Bush Administration …

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Apr 02, 2004

Fundraising Report - THANK YOU!

The first quarter of 2004 finished up yesterday, and we are happy to report that you are keeping us more than competitive with the GOP!!!! We raised $11.5 million this quarter which is HUGE. Mostly, it means that we will be able to fight very hard in those swing districts. Additionally, we are the closest to our Republican counterparts when it comes to cash-on-hand: The Republican National Committee had $54 million on hand Thursday and no debt. The GOP’s …

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Apr 01, 2004

Air America Launch - pt1

AIR AMERICA LAUNCHES WITH AL FRANKEN, CHUCK D, JANEANE GAROFALO AND MORE! Like most great ideas it started with a simple concept: Create a place for progressive voices to meet on America’s airwaves. Yet, years of right-wing domination of Talk Radio have ignited a firestorm of controversy over the launch of Air America, the fledgling network that dishes up political events with a “smart voice” and a powerful sense of humor.  Conservatives crow that liberal ideas are “too complicated” …

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