Sunday, June 15, 2008
Kaine’s Power Plant DilemmaUh, guys.
For some months, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has carefully stayed out of the controversy surrounding Dominion Power Co.’s proposed coal-fired plant in Wise County.
No more. The governor is knee-deep in the muck – firing off an opaquely worded letter to the state Air Pollution Control Board that nudges the panel to give the plant its stamp of approval.
Kaine shrewdly avoids issuing a direct executive command, but the implications of his letter are clear. The five-member citizen panel had better not stand in Dominion’s way.
Kaine is now attempting, albeit subtly, to pressure the Air Pollution Control Board to get on with the business of issuing the permits. The board meets June 24 and June 25 in Wise.
It seems likely that Kaine wanted to influence the Air Pollution Control Board in private while preserving his public persona as an environmental crusader. He cannot have it both ways without being judged guilty of blatant hypocrisy. (link)
All this horse shit about Kaine "carefully" staying "out of the controversy" and privately maneuvering to achieve one thing while publically stating something else - the "blatant hypocrisy" thingy - somehow misses two major points: (1) Tim Kaine has come out four-square in favor of the Dominion plant. Publically. (2) He's doing what governors are supposed to do.
You people really do need to read the papers.
"I ran into one of my Wiccan friends this morning."
I turn the page. Quickly.
Thing is, I can't tell if Frank is a supporter of the Chicago elitist or Obama's worst enemy, after having read his op/ed. You decide.
While the rest of us made up our minds long ago ...
* He's in today's news here.
Breaking up is hard to doPerhaps. But is that our problem? Don't lose sight of the key point: These lesbians flew to Vermont to get "married" because the state of Virginia bans such activity. So they have a problem here? I don't think so. The fun-loving people of Vermont got these two gals to this point. They can handle it from here on out.
A majority of voting Virginians made it clear: Marriage is reserved for one man and one woman. But even a constitutional amendment can't keep bonds from forming between two men or two women, nor can it prevent families from breaking up.
Virginia courts increasingly wrestle with a branch of family law that doesn't fit neatly within established case law. Soon, vacationing gay and lesbian couples might be able to get married in California. It's clear that upon returning home to Virginia they won't enjoy any different rights as married couples. What isn't so clear is what happens if they decide to divorce.
A recent case in Roanoke County Circuit Court offers a precaution: Teresa Austin and Rebekah Austin entered into a civil union in Vermont, then lived here. After they broke up, Teresa Austin tried to have the union dissolved.
Judge Cliff Weckstein said he couldn't do that since Virginia courts are forbidden from recognizing their union. And the Vermont court can't dissolve it because neither woman lives there. This puts their union in limbo. (link)
And if not, maybe the two will learn to love one another.
In any case ...
Mr. Gilmore's CandidacyHere I thought it was Mark Warner who robbed the hard-working wage-earners of Virginia of their grandchildrens' college funds for absolutely no good reason.
A former governor cites his ruinous term as his principal qualification. (link)
I don't think this will fly, fellas. Can't you find a good smear campaign to use against Gilmore - a la George Allen?*
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* A trip down memory lane, provided by Stephen Spruiell, National Review:
Macaca BusinessNow that's the Washington Post we here in Virginia know.
The Washington Post vs. George Allen.
Even by the usual standards, the Washington Post’s coverage of the Virginia Senate race between incumbent George Allen and former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb has been remarkably one-sided. Since mid-August, the Post has published approximately 100 newspaper articles and editorials about allegations that Allen is racist. To counter such obsessive coverage from the region’s most high-profile newspaper, the Allen campaign has dredged up a number of politically incorrect comments from Webb’s past. The result? One of the nation’s most promising political races has degenerated into a mudfest.
Israeli Settlement Building Could Hurt Talks: Rice
Rice is lucky they don't turn Palestine back into a desert.
"I frankly think the members of Congress are far better situated to understand the priorities of their districts."
It still rankles a week later (and at 4:40 in the morning).
Priorities. If only they included the American taxpayer.
Today's latest outrage, reported by Taxpayers For Common Sense:
House Defense Authorization Earmarks Jump From Last YearPriorities, Mr. Boucher? These are illegal campaign contributions being given the appearance of legality by you and your cronies in Washington. Nothing more. The whole bunch of you should be run out on a rail.
A bill recently passed by the House increases the number of Defense Authorization earmarks by more than 20% from last year,* according to a new analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a national budget watchdog organization.
[T]he FY09 Senate Defense Authorization bill is rife with campaign donors getting earmarks:
• Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) obtained an earmark for $5.4 million for a “Hyperspectral Sensor for Improved Force Protection” from Clean Earth Technologies, Akin’s largest campaign donor with over $14,000 in contributions. Clean Earth Technologies is located in Akin’s home state of Missouri and ...
• Rep. Silvestre Reyes' (D-TX) largest campaign contributor over the last reporting period (with at least $18,000 in individual contributions) is Digital Fusion, for which he requested a $4 million earmark for “Operational/Technical Training Validation Testbed.”
• Yet another example of a representative handing out earmarks to his top donor is Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), whose number one donor, ES3 Inc., gave him $14 thousand in contributions. Rep. Bishop turned around and requested a $2 million earmark for “Science, Engineering and Laboratory Data Integration” for ES3 Inc.’s facility in Utah.
• Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) requested an astounding 49 earmarks totaling over $198 million. Two earmarks of $5 million each went to General Motors, one of his top contributors with over $29,000 contributed so far this election cycle.
• Perhaps even more striking, Joseph Lieberman (DI-CT) received $189 thousand last election cycle in contributions from Connecticut-based United Technologies (his top contributor) for which he secured a $4 million earmark for a “Fuel Cell development for medium heavy-duty vehicles” and a $1.5 million earmark for “Helicopter Vulnerability Reduction Technologies.”
• Continuing this trend, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) requested a $3.5 million earmark for DRS Technologies to build “Short Range electro-optic sensors” in Florida. This request comes after DRS Technologies became Nelson’s top campaign donor with contributions totaling $62,800 over the last year and the start of this election cycle. (my emphasis)
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There's but a hair's breadth separating the practice of earmarking from this: Senator Says Loan Favoritism Is Possible
* Didn't Pelosi and her Democrat pals tell us they would deal with the problem of earmarks in 2006? Is this how they fix it?
It seems the Clinton supporters are not going to go quietly into that dark night ...
Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain
By Craig Gilbert, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.
She’s not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.
And she’s not entirely alone in saying she’ll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.
But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.
“I’m sure people are going to be upset with me,” said Bartoshevich, a 41-year-old emergency room nurse from Waterford in Racine County, and convention delegate pledged to Clinton. (link)
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This goes a long way toward answering New York Times columnist Frank Rich's question:
"The real question is how Mr. McCain and his press enablers could seriously assert that he will pick up disaffected female voters in the aftermath of the brutal Obama-Clinton nomination battle."