Gigantic Saturday Round-Up
Meanwhile, Larry Craig is still pouring money into his legal defense. I'm sure he'd appreciate it if his best buddy Jim Risch helped him out financially, the way several Republicans are doing for GOP Rep. John Doolittle. Maybe the Idaho media should ask if Risch has any plans to help Craig out.
Heather is going to need every dime she raises and then some if an insider poll has the race right. The survey, apparently commissioned by the state GOP and taken among 500 likely NM GOP voters on January 13th, shows Wilson trailing Pearce 38% to 33% with the rest undecided. The poll was taken just before Pearce went up with his big TV buy which is still airing in the key ABQ market.The Republican primary will be a slugfest that will leave the eventual nominee penniless when face to face with Democratic Congressman Tom Udall.
Exxon Mobil today reported making "corporate history" with its reports of the highest quarterly and annual profits ever for a U.S. company, according to CNN. The oil giant earned an astonishing $1,300 per second in 2007. Other companies have also reported impressive profits, according to media reports.Susan Collins is in the pocket of Big Oil and the Bush administration. Tom Allen is an independent voice for Maine families. Period.
"It is past time we stopped subsidizing Big Oil and we started putting hard-working Mainers first," Allen said. "Big Oil doesn't deserve tax breaks - Mainers do. Taxpayers are paying for the windfall of the Cheney Energy Bill, which I opposed and Susan Collins supported. That bill gave $14 billion in tax breaks and incentives to the oil and gas industry. Meanwhile, Maine consumers, our environment and our national security all suffer because of our addiction to foreign oil and our giveaways to the industry."
In October 2002, the ATA funded automated telemarketing messages that flashed "Win $100,000 Cash" on the caller ID displays of Missouri residents' telephones. Those who answered their phones then heard a recording asking them to thank Jim Talent for working to cut taxes. Talent, a former Republican congressman, was challenging incumbent Democrat Jean Carnahan to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. (ATA said the win-cash message was inadvertent.)Sounds like the type of company the NRSC would keep.
Even though Kentucky has more mines than any other state, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning have not taken a lead role in fighting for miner safety, as Mr. Byrd has throughout his entire career.I'm going to go out on a limb that if McConnell has to choose between miner safety or protecting the financial interests of mine owners, he isn't going to side with the miners.
Last fall, with the help of supporters like you, I joined with my fellow members of Louisiana's Congressional Delegation in leading the fight to override the President's veto of the Water Resources and Development Act. This bill authorizes over $7 billion in funding to restore wetlands and rebuild levees, critical flood control measures that will help protect us from future hurricanes.With Louisiana Congressmen Richard Baker resigning and Jim McCrery retiring, with Bobby Jindal having left for the Governor's office, with Congressman Bill Jefferson under investigation, and with junior Senator David Vitter a freshman and a philanderer, Senator Mary Landrieu's seniority is more valuable and more critically necessary to Louisiana than ever.
We also closed a major Hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery funding gap when I was able to secure $3 billion for our state's housing rebuilding program, money that will go to Louisiana citizens in the form of grants to rebuild their communities. Securing this needed funding was critical not only to Louisiana homeowners who suffered housing devastation but to the fiscal health of our entire state and to the future of our economy.
And, speaking of the prostitute-aficionado Vitter, former Governor Kathleen Blanco is already fielding calls urging her to challenge Vitter for Senate in 2010. Blanco does note that Vitter's scandal "embarrassed the state" of Louisiana. Something to keep an eye on.