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Environmental groups poised to spend $11 million on climate ads

1. Four liberal groups are planning an $11 million campaign beginning next week on ads designed to pressure Senators on the need for comprehensive energy reform.

The money, which is coming from the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union and VoteVets.org, will be spent primarily on television ads targeting a half-dozen Senators for their recent vote on a proposal that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (The measure failed 53-47.)

"We will hold key Senators accountable who vote the right way and who vote the wrong way on comprehensive energy and climate reform," promised LCV president Gene Karpinsky.

The ads are rightly regarded as a warning shot for wayward Senators ahead of what many in the environmental community expect will be a debate on the floor over the idea of comprehensive reform sometime next month.

It's far from clear -- ads or no -- that Democrats have the 60 votes for any sort of comprehensive plan, however. (President Obama canceled a bipartisan meeting of Senators to discuss a way forward yesterday as the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal dominated his time.)

And, for vulnerable Democrats looking at an angry electorate, it's far from clear whether taking on another hot button issue like climate change this close to an election is a road they will want to go down.

2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) is up with a new television ad charging that former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) is "just too extreme" for Nevada voters.

"My grandfather wouldn't even take his Social Security check because he said he was not up for welfare," Angle says in the ad, which uses a clip of a May interview she did with Nevada's KNPR radio station. The ad finishes with a spokesperson for the Alliance of Retired Americans calling Angle's comments "just plain insulting" and "crazy."

Patriot Majority, a Democratic-aligned independent group, is also up with TV ads slamming Angle on Social Security.

While Reid's camp has wasted no time in launching ads on Angle's record, Angle has yet to go up on TV -- so far she has only released a Web ad charging that Reid is "using special interest money" to launch "brutal" attacks against her.

American Crossroads, a conservative group based in Washington, did launch ads hitting Reid on his support for President Obama's economic stimulus package, however.

Angle seems to be spending much her time staffing up. In recent days, she has announced that she's hired Brabender Cox to handle media and Public Opinion Strategies' Gene Ulm as her pollster. John Yob, a Michigan-based consultant, is also on the team.

While she has largely avoided the press to date, Angle will face a major test when she sits for an interview with Fix friend and king of Nevada political journalism Jon Ralston next week.

3. Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the Republican nominee for governor this fall, is expected to announce his choice for lieutenant governor today. And, while the LG pick is is usually a low-profile affair, Branstad is under considerable pressure to pick one of his former competitors for the GOP nod -- Bob Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats, a social conservative who finished second to the more moderate Branstad in the June 8 Republican primary, has not yet publicly thrown his support behind his onetime rival. Vander Plaats finished with 40 percent in the primary, behind Branstad's 50 percent. Vander Plaats was the gubernatorial ticketmate of former Rep. Jim Nussle in 2006 when the duo was swamped by Gov. Chet Culver (D).

Reporting out of Iowa this morning suggests that state Sen. Kim Reynolds is the frontrunner for the nod.

Evangelical Christian groups, a powerful force in Iowa GOP politics, have been split over whether to back Branstad in the general and speculation has been mounting that Vander Plaats may pursue a gubernatorial bid as an independent.

Vander Plaats supporters reportedly have been mulling whether they will make a push to nominate Vander Plaats for lieutenant governor at this weekend's party convention.

While Branstad leads Culver comfortably in recent polls, an independent bid by Vander Plaats would likely siphon votes away from the Republican nominee and hurt his chances of prevailing in the fall.

The only clues that Branstad has given is that he's said he'll choose a candidate that's younger than himself and with whom he shares a similar ideology.

Among the other names floated as possible running mates for Branstad include: former state Senate President Jeff Lamberti, former 3rd district candidate Jim Gibbons and state Rep. Rod Roberts, who finished third in the GOP primary earlier this month.

4. Former Ohio Republican Rep. John Kasich's gubernatorial campaign hit a rough patch Wednesday as a press aide's comments on Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) humble upbringing became a national news story.

In a statement Tuesday, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols made reference to Strickland's childhood, suggesting the governor doesn't know about urban issues because he grew up "in a chicken shack on Duck Run."

Strickland's meager beginnings, which he often mentions on the campaign trail, are politically dicey territory -- especially when the GOP nominee is being painted as a Wall Street and Washington insider in ads paid for by a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association.

Realizing their error, Kasich's campaign issued an apology for the comment.

Adding to Kasich's not-so-good day, the Ohio Democratic Party launched a website aimed at highlighting comments the Republican nominee made regarding Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose pending free agency has captivated the state (and much of the country).

During an appearance on Fox Radio last week, host Alan Colmes broached Kasich's absence from a music video, which featured many politicos, begging James to stay. "I'm not singing in any chorus for LeBron James," Kasich said. Whoops.

Polling has shown Strickland opening up a small but steady lead over Kasich in recent months although both sides expect a very competitive fight in the fall for one of the major prizes of the 2010 cycle.

5. Illinois state Treasurer and Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias' name came up Wednesday at the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

There's was no smoking gun -- or anything close to it -- but with Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) struggling mightily beneath his misrepresentations of his military record, Republicans' hopes of tying Giannoulias to the trial and changing the subject could be buoyed.

At the end of a Chicago Sun-Times blog post on the trial is a recorded exchange between former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris and the governor, in which Harris passes along a note from Giannoulias. The state treasurer, according to Harris, had called about the Senate seat President-elect Obama was set to vacate.

"So Alexi called me. He wanted to have a discussion about the Senate seat," Harris is heard telling Blagojevich. "I imagine he'll tell me ... Barack wants Valerie (Jarrett)."

Blagojevich responds, according to the Sun-Times: "Listen to me, don't see him today. Just ... let's run the clock now."

Blagojevich is accused of attempting to effectively sell the Senate seat.

The recording, which is from a phone call about a month before Blagojevich and Harris were arrested, suggests Giannoulias is serving as some kind of intermediary for Obama.

Not true, said Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. "Alexi did not call Harris at the behest of President Obama," she said. "Alexi thinks very highly of Valerie Jarrett, and it was well known that he thought she would make a terrific senator. So naturally, he was an advocate for her appointment."

For Republicans, the back and forth between Harris and Blagojevich gives them something with which to tie Giannoulias to the trial and the deeply unpopular former governor. But nothing in the brief tape suggests any wrongdoing on GIannoulias' part.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

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This is not an unusual tactic by socialist environmentalists. They have little respect for the rights and freedom of the people. I wish the vote had gone the other way. The E.P.A. is using their authority to destroy the rights of the people with tyrannical over regulation with out compassion for the Constitutional rights of the people. The environmental laws of our nation are sub servant to these rights. I am proud of those Senators who voted to stop the E.P.A., they voted for freedom of the people over tyranny of the environmentalists. It is also disturbing to see so many in the Senate who have failed in their allegiance to the rights of the people. I think in November our nation will turn around and bring back the return of freedom for the people.
Oh! One other thing, it has been reported that there is low sunspot activity on the sun this year and we are cooling down, so much Hysterical Hypocrisy for global warming is a normal activity of the sun.

Posted by: dj_ingraham | June 24, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Four liberal groups are planning an $11 million campaign beginning next week on ads designed to pressure Senators on the need for comprehensive energy reform.

The money, which is coming from the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union and VoteVets.org, will be spent primarily on television ads targeting a half-dozen Senators for their recent vote on a proposal that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (The measure failed 53-47.)
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Everybody bend over. The Union wants more taxpayer money for their benefit. The prokulus wasn't enough. We need comprehensive union reform.

Posted by: leapin | June 24, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

dark technologies/dark budgets/new threats


DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SO-CALLED PORK BARELL MONEY BEING ALLOCATED IN
THE STIMULUS IS NOTHING MORE THAN "CODE" FOR RESEARCH MONEY FOR DARK
PROJECTS ALLOCATED TO RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AND THINK TANKS WITHIN
THE GOVERNMENT AND INTEL CIRCLES. THIS HAS BEEN SO FOR YEARS AND
YEARS,AND NO ONE HAS ASKED ANY QUESTIONS OR HAD ANY OVERSIGHT BECAUSE
THES PORK BARELL PROJECTS WERE JUST LAUGHED OFF IN THE FORM IN WHICH
THEY ARE WRITTEN. THIS IS DELIBERATE. JUST LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THESE
PROJECTS DO ON THE MERE SURFACE BESIDES FIXING ROADS,THEY ARE
LUDICROUS AND LAUGHABLE. this has all been for public consumption,and
both sides of the aisle are responsible if they want to keep there
jobs. the military and dark intel circles use drug money laundering
as well but it is just easier to do their dirty buisness as explained
in legislation for constituent benefeit and public consumption!
we are being used and taken for a long ride down a dark road to
socialism-fascism under these people who all have the same
aggenda,whether republican or democrat. they all take the same oaths
of brotherhood and cover each others backs untill one has a guilty
conscience and breaks forth some truth...of course then his carrer is
destroyed by the majority who control the media beaureau
chiefs,etc(most of them ex-lawyers who have also come from these same
brotherhoods. it is definately a cast system we live in today and it
is elite vs middle class and poor,with all of us at the lower end
getting less and less support and coverage for our input even thogh
the internet info highway has made us "FEEL GOOD" about all this.
we are now seeing the culmination of years of this type of arm
twisting and secret code and legislation that has secured our demise
as a god fearing,constitution based sovereign culture.
do not be deceived,and do not be afraid to fight this brotherhood in
ways that only the truthful can.
work in the light and not the dark. use low tech channeling and
communication with like minded groups anywhere you can,keep the
family cohesive and do not be afraid to be in a minority when you are
discredited and kept in a chaotic state of mind. there are always way
to succeed even in a dark world. it only takes one or two of us with
the truth and the word of god to breach these brotherhoods.

Posted by: buchababe22 | June 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

the chinese and the indian govts have no intention of changeing their climate carbon emmissions policies so why the USA and EUROPE meddling into our pocketbooks?
another way to destroy us I am afraid. this policy does still exist.

dark technologies/dark budgets/new threats


DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SO-CALLED PORK BARELL MONEY BEING ALLOCATED IN
THE STIMULUS IS NOTHING MORE THAN "CODE" FOR RESEARCH MONEY FOR DARK
PROJECTS ALLOCATED TO RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AND THINK TANKS WITHIN
THE GOVERNMENT AND INTEL CIRCLES. THIS HAS BEEN SO FOR YEARS AND
YEARS,AND NO ONE HAS ASKED ANY QUESTIONS OR HAD ANY OVERSIGHT BECAUSE
THES PORK BARELL PROJECTS WERE JUST LAUGHED OFF IN THE FORM IN WHICH
THEY ARE WRITTEN. THIS IS DELIBERATE. JUST LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THESE
PROJECTS DO ON THE MERE SURFACE BESIDES FIXING ROADS,THEY ARE
LUDICROUS AND LAUGHABLE. this has all been for public consumption,and
both sides of the aisle are responsible if they want to keep there
jobs. the military and dark intel circles use drug money laundering
as well but it is just easier to do their dirty buisness as explained
in legislation for constituent benefeit and public consumption!
we are being used and taken for a long ride down a dark road to
socialism-fascism under these people who all have the same
aggenda,whether republican or democrat. they all take the same oaths
of brotherhood and cover each others backs untill one has a guilty
conscience and breaks forth some truth...of course then his carrer is
destroyed by the majority who control the media beaureau
chiefs,etc(most of them ex-lawyers who have also come from these same
brotherhoods. it is definately a cast system we live in today and it
is elite vs middle class and poor,with all of us at the lower end
getting less and less support and coverage for our input even thogh
the internet info highway has made us "FEEL GOOD" about all this.
we are now seeing the culmination of years of this type of arm
twisting and secret code and legislation that has secured our demise
as a god fearing,constitution based sovereign culture.
do not be deceived,and do not be afraid to fight this brotherhood in
ways that only the truthful can.
work in the light and not the dark. use low tech channeling and
communication with like minded groups anywhere you can,keep the
family cohesive and do not be afraid to be in a minority when you are
discredited and kept in a chaotic state of mind. there are always way
to succeed even in a dark world. it only takes one or two of us with
the truth and the word of god to breach these brotherhoods.


Posted by: buchababe22 | June 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course these environmental ads will no doubt contain messages of "dire consequences if we don't start to act now!"

Do any of you morons out there remember Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich? He made wildly pessimistic predictions in the 1970s about massive famines and running out of oil by 2000 and commodity shortages of all kinds of critical metals. In fact, he even made a bet with UoMaryland economist (the late) Julian Simon ( I believe it was on GMA but I'm not sure), who said that Mr. Ehrlich could take a basket of any 5 commodities and after 10 years, adjusting for inflation, Mr. Simon bet Mr. Ehrlich that the prices would be the same or LOWER! (for all you economic illiterates out there, if the supply of 'X' is declining while demand remains the same, the rice of 'X' will go higher. Hope that's not too tough for the libs in the audience to grasp!). Well, after 10 years, Mr. Ehrlich's assertions were proved incorrect, just like his assertions of worldwide famine and running out of oil by the year 2000. Yet Mr. Ehrlich would be invited back to GMA again and again, while Mr. Simon was NEVER invited back!

You see, Liberals are always talking about listening to other POV, but it always shocks them to learn that there ARE other POV!

Posted by: vince33x | June 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"Then there is the Environmentalist save the planet people who are dumber than a rotten fence post which do not do research on the subject."

Here is a fine example of why people vote Republican -- they are very, very stupid.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada shows Angle earning 48% support, while Reid, the state’s longtime Democratic senator, picks up 41% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) like some other candidate in the race, while just two percent (2%) are undecided.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I do not see how passing a TAX & ROBBERY bill will stop the world from changing or the Climate changing. Maybe our Head Snake Oil Salesman can explain it. This stop the Climate change has been going on as far back as I can remember in my 81st year of life. There is no way unless you happen to be a GOD of some kind. Did you know that the Oceans put out more co2 than our EPA crooks have said it can do in Spite of their regulations. How can the corrupt EPA, Elected official and the new Messiah accomplish that? Maybe some one can explain it to me? How can just our country with a TAX & LOOT to make people like Gore,Obama, your own Senator and Representative with insider trading richer at the expense of the poor? Of course what does the Criminals in power care? Then there is the Environmentalist save the planet people who are dumber than a rotten fence post which do not do research on the subject. So I am for voting out our corrupt officials and have the Environmentalist crazies go back to school and learn how to read and then research the truth.

Posted by: ChefRobert | June 24, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

pathfinder12 at 12:03, 12:33 and 1:07

The central reality is your scientists were faking data which they used as evidence. If they had good evidence, they would have used that.

However in addition - there have been several experiments which cast serious doubt on your position

1) Many studies have tried to measure the ocean temperatures - to see if the oceans were warming as well. Several have measured the oceans at various depths. NONE of these studies have resulted in a confirmation of global warming.

Later - the East Anglia emails seem to confirm these findings. The emails focused on the faked data for the Pacific Ocean region.

2) Global warmists - when confronted with the truth that temperatures have not been rising as predicted - said that the poles - North and South would warm first.


They really offered no science to explain why this would happen - since the carbon dioxide was all coming from the countries much closer to the equator - so one would think that warming would be greatest where the carbon dioxide was coming from.


AND yet, scientists went to the poles to try to confirm global warming. They found that the ICE AT THE SOUTH POLE WAS ACTUALLY INCREASING.


So there is no NET LOSS in ice - globally - in fact the increase in Ice at the south pole probably FAR EXCEEDS any ice loss anywhere else.

3) You mentioned "properties" of carbon dioxide. In response to the global warming theories, many scientists have tried to find industrial uses for the supposed heat trapping properties of carbon dioxide.


None of these experiments have turned out well for the warmists.


The reason is that carbon dioxide appears to lose its heat trapping properties at arouen 600 ppm - which proves there is an upper limit to any problems carbon dioxide might cause.

This has to be looked into more closely - but it is clear that the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is NOT doing what the warmists say it was doing.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse


4) The climate models appear to miss the real point. The Earth heats up every day, and cools down at night - as it rotates. There is a heating and cooling with the seasons.


The climate models DO NOT address HOW this heating and cooling take place.


Instead, the climate models rely on a global average temperature, arrived at through a grid system - with proxy data used for the grids in which the real temperatures are not taken.


That global average temperature DOES NOT account for the heating and cooling during the day and night - or even the seasons.


5) If the global warmists came up with a climate model which explained the heating and the cooling - on a daily basis which the Earth does as it rotates - then maybe they would have a working theory.


And then those climate models addressed the heating and cooling on a seasonal basis - then maybe they would have a working theory.

But the global warmists do NOT address any of that - instead they discuss a "building up of heat over years" - which at some point they claim will "run away"

But the heat DOES NOT BUILD UP. The heat goes up and COOLS as the Earth rotates.

The global warmists do NOT address the natural cooling which takes place at night - or seasonally - or even after it rains.


In short - using a global average temperature on a yearly basis SAYS NOTHING about what is really going on with the daily heating and cooling of the Earth.

The Earth can cool down OVERNIGHT - ON ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK.

And yet we are being told to fear a "runaway heating"

It does not add up.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

pathfinder -- not this one. this blog is his entire life, he spends every single day on here and he is not capable of reason.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

drindl,

Yes, but when you use reason and fact against some of these people, they tend to go away and let the people with working minds continue to debate the right way.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | June 24, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Ried is the "crazy" one here!

Posted by: NO-bama | June 24, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

And one more thing. When I have to argue with someone from your side about how dinosaurs and people never really hung out, I have every right to call them and anyone who believes what they believe dumb.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | June 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your sentiment, dawd. Rabid dogs and all.

Pathfinder, don't waste your time, you are dealing with a braindead crackhead.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

Your post is long and everything, but unfortunately it doesn't make it correct.

Scientific method, as we learned in grade school, but most on your side have forgotten, is a process by which a hypothesis is tested. Strong Scientific theory requires a hypothesis to be tested over and over again. Most of the results have to lean in one direction, but there need to be results disproving the theory. The results disproving the theory actually make the theory stronger because they force scientists to continue to test, usually bring out more conclusive results and leading to a better understanding of the theory.

Scientific theories are one step below scientific law.

So, your search for "proof" in science is generally futile. And all your blabbering about how some scientists have found data to contradict climate change and evolution only makes those theories stronger.

So we on the side of science thank you for continuing to point out how right we actually are.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | June 24, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

pathfinder12 at 12:03

It really is not a good idea to open up a discussion by calling the other side dumb - and calling your side smart.

So that is abusive - and against the rules.

I can tell you clearly that you are wrong.

Your side has NOT proved its case - the scientific method REQUIRES your side to prove its case.

Instead, your side has TAKEN UP THE FALSIFICATION OF DATA.

The East Anglia scandal IS PROOF THAT YOUR SIDE DOES NOT HAVE EVIDENCE.

Why would the scientists on your side MANUFACTURE DATA if they had a good case to begin with ?


That is PROOF that you are wrong.


The East Anglia emails proved another thing: Global warming has STOPPED. It has stopped for 10 years.

That means a few things:


1) ALL the climate models are WRONG, because they predicted the more carbon dioxide the warmer it gets - instead in the decade with the MOST carbon dioxide going in, the temperatures have flatlined.


2) It proves that the predictions of accelerating warming are just WRONG - it has completely STOPPED, not increased in speed.

So, the SCIENTISTS ON YOUR SIDE HAVE ACTUALLY PROVEN THE CASE OF THE OTHER SIDE.

Talking about the relative intelligence of various people DOES NOT HELP YOUR CASE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye, Harry!

Posted by: elby | June 24, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bye, bye Harry!

Posted by: elby | June 24, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

1. Liberals are trying to politicize this oil spill and push a cap & trade agenda that would benefit BP, Obama's favorite donor. Obama himself is attempting to politicize this oil spill, practicing what he referred to in the 08 election as "the same, old, tired politics of the past." They are now the politics of the present pushed by Obama himself. Our nation would suffer tremendously on a cap and trade bill. Business would suffer, energy taxes will increase, jobs lost and gas prices will increase. Cap & trade is just bad for our nation.
3. Branstad will pick someone he knows will compliment his style and be good on the ticket. I doubt he picks Vander Plaats, as it's likely to be St. Sen. Reynolds.
5. Lexi just can't catch a break. Not only is being bashed everyday, which is a major fault of his own behavior, a Green party candidate has now made the race a 3 way contest siphoning votes from Giannoulias. Green party candidate LeAlan Jones is now running strong, polling in at around 14% of the vote. Strong for a 3rd party this far away from election day. US Rep. Mark Kirk seems to be in the drivers seat to win the GE. He's very well funded but has made 1 mistake on the trail thus far. I feel that he will recover and there is just too much going against Giannoulias for Kirk not to win. I like Kirk in this race.

Posted by: reason5 | June 24, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Yup, I'm done here. It sucks when people like 37th are allowed to have their way, but life isn't fair.

But its really not that hard to see. A few months ago, today's comment total would have been accomplished in like an hour.

And lest I have the temptation to return.

37 is racist swine. I hope someone shoots him.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

NO Ddawd


YOU are coordinating this - you are asking people to complain and asking people to leave - IN ORDER TO ADVANCE YOUR PARTISAN AGENDA.

I have told you numerous times - your complaints might have some weight IF YOU APPLIED THEM EQUALLY AGAINST THE OBAMA CREW.


But you don't - your SOLE OBJECTIVE IS TO SILENCE THE OPPOSITION.


Ddawd - YOU ignore the abuses of the left -


YOU were participating FULLY in the CONSTANT HARASSMENT OF OTHER POSTERS - NON-STOP IN 2008

Coming from you, your complaints CAN NOT BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN PARTISAN.


And your side has been MUCH MUCH WORSE.


So, give everyone a break and hang it up.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

Do you know what properties greenhouse gases contain? If you did, you would not want their emissions to go unregulated.

Heck, why not let lead paint get used again, especially on toys. There's no real proof the kids who die from lead poisoning actually die from lead poisoning. They could have died from natural causes.

Our science gets better and better, but you don't like what the smart people find out, so you make yourself dumber and dumber.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | June 24, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm just being kind, dawd. Pretty much everyone has given up because of 37 and gone elsewhere. Try some of the other WaPo political blogs...

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Everyone wants a clean environment, but the way in which the environmental groups HAVE DAMAGED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HAS BEEN NOTHING LESS THAN OUTRAGEOUS.


The environmental groups have become a complete joke.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Reid is the 'center', BB.


Angle is not that much different from the rest of the R party, who have gone off the deep end:

Eric Cantor spent five minutes on MSNBC this morning explaining that in his view, Joe Barton isn't the issue. Cantor was right, but not in the way that he thinks.

The real issue isn't Joe Barton. It's the entire Republican Party, and the fact that in their view, the only thing Joe Barton did wrong was say out loud what they all believe in private: that President Obama acted like a "Chicago-style" thug in his "shakedown" of BP. I put those words in quotes because they come from a statement issued by the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of 100 congressional conservatives in which Eric Cantor is a leading member."

"As we watch the Republican leadership officially distance themselves from Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) infamous apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward, their minions are picking up the slack, letting the base know how the GOP really feels.

And on Tuesday Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took it to a new level as he approvingly quoted an article that likened the Obama administration's success in getting BP to set up a $20 billion escrow account to assist Gulf coast residents to something that Adolf Hitler would have done."

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow, 37, you really do have this whole place to yourself, don't you? I guess you deserve it. You've worked pretty tirelessly for it.

Looks like Italy is done. So both of the 2006 finalists are gone.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow, 37, you really do have this whole place to yourself, don't you? I guess you deserve it. You've worked pretty tirelessly for it.

Looks like Italy is done. So both of the 2006 finalists are gone.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@ Nevadaandy - Any chance of a third party running? It seems that with Reid being deeply unpopular and Angle being off the range, there'd be space in the center.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

So Angle is surrounding herself with even more unsavory people:

"John Brabender, Media Adviser -- Another veteran of the losing side of the 2008 presidential race, Brabender was an adviser to Rudy Giuliani's campaign two years ago.

As The Hill reported, Brabender's career includes a long stint with a man closer to Angle's end of the political spectrum than Giuliani: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), of Jack Abramoff scandal fame, is a past Brabender client. So is Lousiana Sen. David Vitter -- no stranger to scandal himself."

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Environmental groups are spending $11 million dollars


AND what is their objective ? TO RAISE OUR ELECTRIC BILLS HOW MUCH ???

Is it in the trillions ??? These environmental groups are prepared to COMPLETELY DISRUPT our economy - all for an unproven idea that MIGHT cause some problems decades from now.


Are these the same environmental groups who have been AGAINST DRILLING IN ANWAR???

Well, if the oil leak WAS IN ANWAR, it would be ABOVE GROUND - it would have been fixed already - and thousands of fishermen would not be out of work.

EVERYONE should realize what has happened here: the environmental groups protected a FROZEN WASTELAND ABOVE GROUND - while putting at risk the Gulf of Mexico.


How did that work out for the liberals ???

Make no mistake - the oil companies are in the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico in GREAT PART BECAUSE THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS DO NOT WANT THEM DRILLING ON LAND - and have driven them away.


The drilling should have been done in ANWAR all along.


There is no defense.


And now the environmental groups know better about climate change? I don't think so.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As a Democrat, I wasn't planning on voting for Harry Reid, but now, it seems he is the lesser of two evils.

Angle wants to abolish federal programs and agencies but has not intellectually offered anything in their place. Privatizing the nation's retirement funds without strict government regulation is a bad idea, there are too many other Madoff's out there.

I doubt retirees whose sole monthly income is social security will vote for her.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | June 24, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Former Ohio Republican Rep. John Kasich's gubernatorial campaign hit a rough patch Wednesday as a press aide's comments on Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) humble upbringing became a national news story.

In a statement Tuesday, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols made reference to Strickland's childhood, suggesting the governor doesn't know about urban issues because he grew up "in a chicken shack on Duck Run."

That is about as disgusting as it gets. Kasich deserves to go down in flames.

Perhaps Kasich's role in Ohio's collapsing pension fund would be of interest to readers, CC:

"So I thought it was fair to point out that Kasich left Congress and went to work at Lehman Brothers Holdings, hardly a bastion of anti-elitism.

It's become an issue in Kasich's race for governor, because the Ohio employees pension fund, like many, took a big hit when Lehman collapsed. (The same thing happened in Florida, and will be a big reason why former Lehman guy Jeb Bush might find a comeback difficult.)

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Kasich himself pitched Lehman holdings to the pension fund board in 2002. Only today, the Associated Press revealed that a Kasich operative advised a state pension fund executive on how to minimize Lehman's role in the fund's losses when talking to reporters."

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS


The Supreme Court has sided with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in limiting the use of a federal fraud law that has been a favorite of white-collar crime prosecutors.

The court said Thursday that the "honest services" law could not be used in convicting Skilling for his role in the collapse of Enron


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I think the prosecutors were trying to use this law in the Blago trial - I'm not sure how this affects Blago - however I'm pretty sure something is going on there.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Fairlington


I thought you said you were leaving for good.


Or was just that a whole bunch of faked drama -


The Blago trial is HUGE - however why isn't the national media reporting that the witnesses in the trial SAID THAT OBAMA WAS SENDING TWO UNION OFFICIALS TO TALK TO BLAGO ???


Surely, Obama had to know that there was bargaining that had to be done with Blago - HOW MANY YEARS WAS OBAMA IN CHICAGO POLITICS NOT TO KNOW THIS ?

SO what were the TWO OBAMA UNION OFFICIALS GOING TO SAY TO BLAGO - MORE WITNESSES TO COME AT THE BLAGO TRIAL.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 24, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"There's was no smoking gun -- or anything close to it -- but with Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) struggling mightily beneath his misrepresentations of his military record, Republicans' hopes of tying Giannoulias to the trial and changing the subject could be buoyed.


"But nothing in the brief tape suggests any wrongdoing on GIannoulias' part."

This is a total non-sequitar. Why would their hopes be 'buoyed' if there is 'nothing that suggests wrongdoing'? And why did you bring it up, then, unless you wanted to fuel the smear campaign?

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"American Crossroads, a conservative group based in Washington, did launch ads hitting Reid on his support for President Obama's economic stimulus package, however."

With the $200 they collected last month? Did they make the ads out of construction paper and magic markers?

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

No amount of scrubbing will keep the voting public from seeing "Right" Angle as the nutbag she is.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle will be scrubbed up but her positions are too extreme except for Ron and Rand Paul and their ilk.

Most Americans are more practical, warmer of heart and too patriotic to allow anything more than a local soap box opportunity for her. She is protected by the First Amendment but not guaranteed a good "big government" job.

The Tea Party is going to fail for the Republicans in Nevada. Harry Reid is vulnerable for doing the right thing for our nation under tough national circumstances.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 24, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

3. (Ex) Governor for Life Terry Branstad took only 50%? That one slipped under the radar. I doubt he feels the need to cater to the TP.

4. Anyone else think the LeBron comment is reminiscent of a certain Ms. Coakley?

Past hump day!

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"Civilian control" remains a myth as long as Pentagon, Homeland, D.O.J. allow regional "fusion centers" to be used as a front for a silent, genocidal purge.

URGENT TO: POTUS / VPOTUS, WH Staff, Atty. Gen. Holder, Obama cabinet, members of Congress:

HOMELAND FUSION CENTER MICROWAVE CELL TOWER WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY ASSAULTS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• "Dissidents" and "undesirables" also targeted by multi-agency program for financial sabotage; community-based, police-protected, GPS-enabled vigilante stalking and harassment; ideology-driven censorship -- a genocidal purge.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens...

And apparently, this precision-targeted domestic weapon system being used to attack and harm U.S. citizens has been deployed WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

Exhibit A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon, for the "Multifunctional Microwave Laser Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon System."

WHEN WILL CONGRESS PROBE EXTRAJUDICIAL FUSION CENTER CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CONSTITUTION... ENABLED BY HOMELAND, PENTAGON AND D.O.J. AGENCIES AND COMMANDS?

BUCKS COUNTY, PA: "Mid-Atlantic States (including D.C.) Centcom of a Fusion Center Gestapo."

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
NowPublic.com/scrivener OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 24, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

And I'm thinking every single one of those 256,000 people on "welfare" are of voting age. :-)

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 24, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

And I'm thinking every single one of those 256,000 people on "welfare" are of voting age. :-)

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 24, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Considering that almost 10% of Nevada's citizens receive a retirement-based social security check, Reid's supporters are tapping into an actual voting pool here.

Nevada population: 2, 643,000
SS retirement: 256,000
survivor's benefits: 39,000
disbility benefits: 62,000

I see 374,000 people who might not like being dismissed as Socialists.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 24, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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