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David Englin Radioactive Reputation Remediation

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Virginia Delegate David EnglinOften in politics, the critical issue of a debate isn't the one that captures the attention of the public. On big issues especially, there's a tendency for there to be a primary debate that determines how the big public debate is waged. How this primary debate is won often determines which side will inevitably win the big public debate. It's a lot like pre-trial motions in a big legal case determining which evidence can be presented to the jury -- lose the pre-trial motions and a side can be doomed before the first juror gets a summons.

That's exactly what is going in with whether to lift the ban on uranium mining. The pre-trial motions in this case are as to whether reasonable people could come to different conclusions about the undeniable danger of uranium mining. If the mining companies can manufacture a fake debate on whether uranium mining can ever be safe, then sooner or later, they can buy enough seats to overturn the ban. Maybe not in January, 2012, but if they can manufacture a fake debate, then they win.

How Delegate Englin votes doesn't matter.

The foreign uranium mining interests that bought Delegate David Englin could care less whether he votes against lifting the ban (and environmentalists should do the same, how he votes matters little). The uranium lobby didn't spend five figures buying Dave Englin for his vote, but for him providing the appearance of a good faith debate of the facts. That's all they needed. And he gave them their money's worth in his defense of their junket:

Some of the information we received in France conflicts with scientific studies cited by environmentalists, and I have asked both sides to respond to each other's assertions as I work to sort out fact from fiction.

That's the victory on the pre-trial motions the uranium companies needed to ensure they'll inevitably win in Richmond. It doesn't matter how Englin votes, the damage he did is irreparable. There is no way that David Englin can undo the damage he has done. None.

They only thing that matters in this debate is that uranium mining can never be safe. That's a fact. That's a fact Del. Englin undermined like just another one of Exxon's climate change deniers.

David Englin Radioactive Reputation Remediation

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Often in politics, the critical issue of a debate isn't the one that captures the attention of the public. On big issues especially, there's a tendency for there to be a primary debate that determines how the big public debate is waged. How this primary debate is won often determines which side will inevitably win the big public debate. It's a lot like pre-trial motions in a big legal case determining which evidence can be presented to the jury -- lose the pre-trial motions and a side can be doomed before the first juror gets a summons.

That's exactly what is going in with whether to lift the ban on uranium mining. The pre-trial motions in this case are as to whether reasonable people could come to different conclusions about the undeniable danger of uranium mining. If the mining companies can manufacture a fake debate on whether uranium mining can ever be safe, then sooner or later, they can buy enough seats to overturn the ban. Maybe not in January, 2012, but if they can manufacture a fake debate, then they win.

That is why the foreign uranium mining interests bought Delegate David Englin. They could care less whether he votes against the project (and environmentalists should do the same, how he votes matters little). The uranium lobby didn't spend five figures buying Dave Englin for his vote, but for him providing the appearance of a good faith debate of the facts. That's all they needed. And he gave them their money's worth in his defense of their junket:

Some of the information we received in France conflicts with scientific studies cited by environmentalists, and I have asked both sides to respond to each other's assertions as I work to sort out fact from fiction.

That's the victory on the pre-trial motions the uranium companies needed to ensure they'll inevitably win in Richmond. It doesn't matter how Englin votes, the damage he did is irreparable. There is no way that David Englin can undo the damage he has done. None.

They only thing that matters in this debate is that uranium mining can never be safe. That's a fact. That's a fact Del. Englin undermined like just another one of Exxon's climate change deniers.

VA-SEN: Tim Kaine for Virginia Senate Announcement Video

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Five weeks ago today, DNC Chair and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine promised the DNC he'd announce his Virginia senate plans within a week (as reported by the AP's Charles Babington).

Yes, Tim Kaine promised he wouldn't run for Senate from Virgina. Of course, Tim Kaine also said he wouldn't run for DNC Chair.

But the wait is over, THE Tim Kaine for US Senate in Virginia 2012 announcement video.

George Allen and Jamie Radtke should be shivering so much it looks like they're doing the Monster Mash.

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