Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has collected $774 million worth of earmarks in 12 spending bills. After Cochran, Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska), the second-ranking Republican on Appropriations, secured more money for special projects than any other member of Congress: $502 million.
Louisiana: Louisiana State University's newspaper, The Daily Reveille, offers a phenomenal outline of why Louisianans would be much better served by Senator Mary Landrieu than Treasurer John N. Kennedy. They note Landrieu's seniority and ability to secure funding for the Gulf Coast's rehab, as well as Kennedy's mercurial career goals and possibly questionable ethical practices:
As chair of the Bond Commission, Kennedy is given the power to set the agenda for these meetings, deciding which projects will be considered and how quickly contractors will receive their money.
Reviewing the agendas for the past eight years, one must wonder why many of the Bond Commission's beneficiaries were also contributors to Kennedy's campaign fund. Did a contribution to Kennedy's campaign increase the chances of having a project considered more quickly?
I'm sure Landrieu's team will be diligently poring over those meeting agendas and cross-referencing them with Kennedy's fundraising receipts.
Wyoming: Republican Colin Simpson not running for Wyoming's House seat could make it less likely that Senate-appointee John Barrasso might face a primary challenger, as potential primary opponents like former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis and former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead might just run for the open House seat instead, if they're interested.
Maine: For a fun example of homemade YouTube activism, check out this piece comparing Susan Collins' adherence to Bush-Cheneyism with Tom Allen's independence for Mainers (and be inspired to make your own YouTube video!):