Thursday, April 17, 2008

News Roundup

...That title may be something of a misnomer. How about...

"Bad News For Republicans Roundup"?

Yup, that works much better. :))

All stories courtesy

...Don't the Republicans teach their candidates that they're not supposed to get arrested until *after* they win an election (or two)?

- From AP via Yahoo! News -
House candidate in Pa. charged with burglary, other counts

CLEARFIELD, Pa. - A Republican congressional candidate was charged Thursday with felony burglary and criminal trespass stemming from an encounter last year with an ex-girlfriend.

Derek Walker, a 32-year-old financial planner, called the charges politically motivated because the Pennsylvania primary is Tuesday. The district attorney denied the accusation.

At least the likes of Rick Renzi, Bob Ney, and the others had the sense to accumulate a pension before getting busted.

...Ya see, if Walker had just waited until he was actually in office, the rest of the GOP would have closed ranks to cover for him.

From The Hill -

House GOP opposes Senate’s ‘Coconut Road’ measure

House Republican leadership does not favor a Senate measure calling on the Department of Justice (DoJ) to launch a criminal investigation on a controversial earmark sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

Young has come under fire for his involvement with the so-called “Coconut Road” earmark language, which his staff changed after Congress approved it as part of the massive 2005 highway funding bill.

...Of course, the GOP is probably finding it tough to recruit good candidates in what is going to be a rough year for Republicans, what with the continuing corruption scandals and the tanking economy in the news every day.

- From AP via Yahoo! News -
The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits increased last week after a big decline in the previous week.

I could make a snarky comment about soon-to-be-unemployed Republican politicians and operatives having a tough time finding jobs after the November elections, but something tells me that most of them will land on their feet. Amoral people always seem to...

...Apparently, the Bush Administration isn't as fervently anti-science as previously long as the research subjects are poor and black...

- From AP via Yahoo! News -

Probes wanted on sludge research in poor neighborhoods

Three more lawmakers are seeking investigations of federally funded research in poor, black neighborhoods that resulted in sewage sludge being spread on several families' lawns in attempt to determine whether it could combat lead poisoning in children.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Elijah Cummings, both D-Md., wrote to departing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson on Thursday asking why and how HUD picked nine Baltimore families for the study and whether they got adequate information about the potential harm. Jackson's last day in office is Friday.


The Associated Press reported Sunday that the mix of human and industrial wastes from sewage treatment plants was spread on the lawns of nine low-income families in Baltimore and a vacant lot next to an elementary school in East St. Louis, Ill.

Why is it that we never hear of studies like this happening in Greenwich, Connecticut, San Jose, California, or even north Scottsdale?

"Amoral" is too nice a word for the Bushies...

...From the "more evidence that it's going to be a tough year for Republicans" category...

- From Bloomberg via Yahoo! News -
Democratic House Candidates Out-Raise Republicans

Democrats hold a big money advantage in this year's most competitive U.S. House races, including contests for 13 seats held by Republicans, Federal Election Commission records show.

The Democrats have more to spend in 26 of the 38 tightest races, as identified by Congressional Quarterly, the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, three Washington-based publications that track the contests.

In the Senate, Democrats have out-raised their opponents in four of the eight most competitive races, including three for Republican-held seats that are opening up due to retirements.
No, money raised is not the same as votes cast, but still...


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