Here are a couple of pictures from the press conference - sponsored by Repower America and the Alliance for Climate Protection - earlier today in Richmond, where Virginia students and local leaders asked Senators Warner and Webb to stand up for comprehensive, clean energy and climate legislation - not for Big Oil interests.
UPDATE: Here's some video as well.
Sadly, this is becoming a pattern for 2nd CD Republican nominee Scott Rigell. See here for more, and make sure to ask Rigell next time you see him, "why won't you answer a simple question about the GI Bill for our veterans?" Thanks.
P.S. Is Scott Rigell another Thelma Drake on this issue? It's starting to look like it. Ugh.
1. MCDONNELL WARNS OF WILDFIRE RISK IN VIRGINIA
4. SOERING TO STAY IN VA. TO SERVE MURDER CONVICTIONS
5. VIRGINIA AGAIN RATED POORLY FOR USE OF ROADS FUNDS
6. $73.5 MILLION FOUND FOR TRANSPORTATION; HOW MUCH CAN BE SPENT?
7. TRASH DOWN 28 PERCENT FROM 2004
9. NATURAL GAS COMPANY WANTS VA. SUIT TOSSED
10. REPORT: COSTS OUTPACING RIDERSHIP GAINS FOR MOST LOCAL TRANSIT
24. HEAT PUTS STRESS ON POWER GRIDS
26. HEAT AND DRYNESS STARTING TO STRAIN
32. FAIRFAX BOARD TO REVISIT PLANS TO TRANSFORM BAILEYS CROSSROADS
37. CROWD TURNS OUT FOR STALIN BUST FORUM
41. BLUNT FORCE CAUSE OF DEATH IN UVA STUDENT'S KILLING
First and foremost, anyone who cares about good government should be at least a bit uneasy by the thought of their representatives spending several days schmoozing, and being schmoozed by, the top corporate lobbyists in Virginia. Unless, that is, you believe in fairy dust, pixies, and that gifts don't come with strings attached. Take this factoid from NLS, for instance: "In recent years, the 22 members of the Democratic Caucus in the Virginia Senate have taken over $250,000 in personal gifts from these same lobbyists." And, as Ben points out, "that's only what has been disclosed." What's all that money for? Put it this way, if you or I threw a party like this at The Homestead, do you think any of these folks would show up? (hint: the answer starts with"N" and ends with "O"). I don't know about you, but this entire situation makes me extremely queasy.
Second, as if that's not bad enough, this entire lovefest, whether it has an "R" or "D" after its name, occurs in the complete absence of sunshine. That's right, your lawmakers spend several days hobnobbing and hanging out with lobbyists from powerful corporations - construction, natural resources, power generation, you name it - without anybody keeping an eye on them. Apparently, that quaint institution known as the "fifth estate" (aka, "the press") is not invited. And, apparently, that quaint institution doesn't demand to be let in. Oh, and the "new media" isn't invited either; in fact, they're actively discouraged from attending (in this case, Ben figured out a way in, legally, without getting his butt arrested). I'm not sure which is more disturbing, but both should make anyone who cares about good and open government very uneasy.
Sea of Students to Urge Senators Warner and Webb to Act on Climate and Clean Energy
Virginia students ask senators to side with the American people instead of Big Oil interests
RICHMOND, Va. - On Thursday, July 8, Virginia students and local leaders will hold a news conference urging Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to work quickly to pass a comprehensive climate and clean energy policy this year. As Congress goes into recess this week, these local representatives will remind Senators Warner and Webb that they have a clear and stark choice to make: they can stand with Big Oil and delay action on our energy and climate challenges or stand with the American people and work to pass the real reforms our country wants and needs. They need to make the best choice for Virginia.
In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, it is clear Americans want a clean energy and climate plan that will reduce pollution, invest in clean energy, create millions of jobs and enhance our national security. More than a year ago, the House took bold leadership in passing comprehensive legislation to put our country back in control of its energy future. Now is the time for our senators to get to work.
WHAT: News conference with students dressed in blue, representing their sea of support for clean energy
WHO: Local students, environment leaders, community leaders
WHEN: Thursday, July 8. 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Outside of Senator Mark Warner's office
919 E. Main St.
Ah, the good ol', carefree days.
Up to four would-be tycoons can compete at exploring for oil, building platforms and laying pipelines to their home countries.
But BP Offshore Oil Strike players must also avoid the dreaded 'hazard cards', which state: 'Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1 million.'
Unhappily for BP, that is just one per cent of the amount it has spent each day tackling the very real Deepwater Horizon leak, which has seen millions of barrels of oil gush into the Gulf of Mexico and hit the southern US coast.
1. MCDONNELL PROPOSES REST-AREA SAVINGS STRATEGY
4. VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISTRICTS WRANGLE OVER CUTTING EDUCATION FUNDING PIE
7. IT'S DEMOCRATS' TURN FOR HOMESTEAD FUNDRAISER
8. NEW VA. TECH VISITOR STEPS DOWN FROM GROUP THAT RECOMMENDS VISITORS
9. SOME ELECTORAL BOARD MEMBERS FORGO TRIP TO THE HOMESTEAD
10. WARNER HITS HAMPTON ROADS
12. PERRIELLO TOURS DANVILLE BUSINESSES
15. HOLOCAUST GROUP FAULTS VRE CONTRACT
16. WESTERN LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR MORE LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHTS FROM REAGAN NATIONAL
18. VIRGINIA EXPANDS DRIVERS' 'MOVE OVER' LAW TO COVER TOW TRUCK OPERATORS, OTHERS
19. NORTHROP GRUMMAN TO ADD SUB WORKERS IN NEWPORT NEWS
24. INVESTIGATION OR WITCH HUNT?
Speaking at a recent Arlington County Republican Committee meeting, Berry - whose narrow loss to retired Army colonel Patrick Murray surprised some local political watchers - said it's "very important" for the party to unite with the goal of retaking control of congress. But while he said that Murray "deserves our respect," Berry stopped short of endorsing Murray or pledging to help his campaign.So, we've got lack of unity. We've also got a candidate with almost no money:
He had $14,816 in the bank as of May 19. His campaign has raised another $10,975 online since the election, a fraction of Moran's war chest.And, best of all, Murray plans to campaign in Arlington and Alexandria with the ever-popular figures (locally) of George Allen (30% of the vote in 2006), Ken Cuccinelli (32% in Arlington, 35% in Alexandria in 2009), Bill Bolling (33% in Arlington, 35% in Alexandria) and Bob McDonnell (34% of the vote in Arlington, 37% in Alexandria).
In short, when Patrick Murray says that "all bets are off" this year in the 8th CD, what he really means is that "the odds are half decent" that he can reach the upper 30s or 40% of the vote -- and lose by 20-25 points to Jim Moran. As Jim Webb once said, in a very different context - but one involving Murray's friend, George Allen - "I'll take those odds!" :)
Pay close attention to the very end. How much more of an admission is needed before people will see that the Immigration Resolution in PWC was all about an election. Hethmon admits it. He brags about it. FAIR is also involved in AZ. Leopards do not change their spots! Note the arrow coming from FAIR to AZ. It had started then.Just keep this in mind - that Prince William County was a "field experiment" in 2007 - as Corey Stewart gears up for a) his reelection campaign in 2011; and b) whatever he plans to run for, statewide, in 2013. And do not be surprised when immigrant bashing goes Virginia-wide.
Prince William County was a field experiment. The end of the video is critical. Around 2:30 Michael Hethmon says it is a political issue. They were scared that Republicans were going to lose in elections because of the Iraq War.
P.S. As always, see 9500 Liberty for more on this.