Wednesday Night Items
We've climbed up to five contributions for Tom Allen on the Expand the Map! ActBlue page. Thank you guys so much! Can we get to ten by Thursday night? C'mon! Let's do it!
Maine: Need more reason to contribute to Tom Allen? While Susan Collins did jack-squat as Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security to investigate Halliburton's no-bid contracts and war profiteering in Iraq, Congressman Tom Allen is actually demonstrating leadership on the issue and working to establish an independent Commission on Wartime Contracting to "investigate Iraq and Afghanistan wartime contracts and the contracting processes." You know, the work that Susan Collins was supposed to do, but didn't. When we look back on this decade, I have no doubt that Susan Collins will be considered Halliburton's best friend in the U.S. Senate.
Oh, and do you remember Susan Collins' laughable op-ed this past weekend paying lip service to energy independence? Well, her disingenuous sentiments run in stark contrast to her record, courtesy of a Maine Democratic Party press release:
Highlights of the Collins RecordOf course, Democratic Congressman Tom Allen is an original co-sponsor of the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act who also supports The Close Enron Loophole Act and opposed the Bush-Cheney Big Oil Giveaway legislation. Seriously, contribute to Tom Allen if you can.
* Allow market manipulation. Senator Collins opposed closing the Enron Loophole. In 2003, she voted against an amendment to regulate online trading of energy derivatives and impose stringent penalties for market manipulation. [S14, Vote 218, 6/11/03; Oil Daily, 6/11/03]
* Allow price gouging. Senator Collins voted against imposing windfall profits tax on oil companies. In 2005, Collins voted against an amendment that would impose a temporary windfall profit tax on crude oil and to rebate the tax collected back to the American consumer. [S2020, Vote 331, 11/17/05]
* Support Bush-Cheney Big Oil Giveaway. Senator Collins voted to preserve $14 billion in energy tax incentives, including breaks for Big Oil and Gas. In 2002, Collins voted against prohibiting any of the approximately $14 billion in the energy bill's tax incentives, until new tax hikes or spending cuts were enacted to offset the revenue loss that would come from that $14 billion in tax relief. [S 517, 4/25/02, #93]
Idaho: Polling done in November found that, while Republican Jim Risch led Democrat Larry LaRocco 48-34, generic Democrat also led generic Republican 42-36. For a state that went 69% for Bush in 2004, these are pretty strong numbers. The generic numbers indicate that the Republican brand is pretty damaged in Idaho. If Larry LaRocco can do an effective job tying Jim Risch to the Republican tradition of failures, scandals, and corruption, while demonstrating to Idahoans, who have a historically libertarian (lowercase "L") bent, that he is better than his Republican opponent on civil libertarian issues (like warrantless wiretapping, telecom amnesty, etc.), we should see a neck-and-neck race. Stay tuned!
Colorado: Another poll shows a tight race in Colorado, with Congressman Mark Udall holding a narrow lead over Backwards Bob Schaffer. Meanwhile, the DSCC has a terrific new ad on Backwards Bob Schaffer's disappearing act when it comes to actually taking positions on important issues. Anybody interested in learning more about Schaffer's far-right positions that he's trying to hide, check out Bob Schaffer On the Issues.
New Mexico: Pete Domenici is the latest Republican interested in using his political campaign account as a slush fund to cover his legal bills amassed as a result of scandal. I'm sure ethically-compromised Heather Wilson will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of this latest incident.
Tennessee: Lamar Alexander says that if you don't speak English, you should be fired.
Oregon: Anybody who actually thinks that Gordon Smith is not a McConnell conservative might be curious as to why Smith is such a big fan of McConnell obstructionism. A vote for Gordon Smith is a vote for far-right, Mitch McConnell-style, obstructionist Republican leadership, plain and simple.
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson held his first news teleconference since returning to work and all accounts suggest that it went very well and covered a lot of ground. The Guru says, "Six more years!"
Georgia: In a new Strategic Vision poll, despite an approval of just over 50%, Spineless Saxby Chambliss continues to appear safe, leading all challengers by 30 points or more.
Y'know how Mitch McConnell is leading the Senate Republican minority toward the all-time record for most filibusters ever (by a HUGE margin on their current pace)? Well, it is not just governmentally reckless but also pretty hypocritical given that, just a few years ago, these same Senate Republicans wanted to take the filibuster away from the then-Democratic Senate minority.
George W. Bush still hates kids and prefers them sick.