Few Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds – They needed a poll to figure this one out?
North Dakota House: Pomeroy (D) At Risk? – See above comment.
Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers – My dear Iceland hits the news again, this time for something more positive than massive debt obligations. Score!
Have it good,
Wednesday Roundup for 2/10/10
Republican Voters Often Have Ignorant and Irrational Views — And so do Democrats – Okay, so I might have to retract my previous post headline of “more knowledgble.” Sometimes people are just weird.
The Tea Party Primer – Good post on reaction to neoconservatives taking over the Tea Party
Billboard mystery partly revealed – I originally read this story and thought it was in Wyoming. Who the hell names a city after a state. Seriously. This story ties in with the next link below.
Things I don’t miss about George W. Bush – Looking at the trainwreck that is President Obama’s first year I do feel some pangs of nostalgia every so often for Bush, but thank the gods for Michelle Malkin.
Uncovering the Youth Vote – What keeps young people out of the GOP? Maybe I’ll post later on what kept me out personally, and why I got sucked in. Oh, the suspense builds…
Jane Hamsher on HuffPo: Ron Paul vs. Sarah Palin for the Soul of the Tea Parties – Guess who I want to win? No really, guess, it’ll be fun.
Ethanol: The Real Growing Problem – I’ve never liked this ethanol garbage. All it’s going to do is raise the cost of my beer by having farmers plant corn instead of wheat and barley (for the corn money) and make me buy gas more often because I’m 99% sure I get worse mileage off ethanol blends I buy in North Dakota than I do in MN, which for the most part does not add ethanol. Yeah, three-cheers for ethanol. pffh.
Well that’s it the roundup for now, have a good Wednesday!
Well it’s been roughly a day since Scott Brown’s amazing upset in Massachusetts, so how are North Dakota’s national representatives and senators taking the news? Discounting the retiring Senator Byron Dorgan of course.
Let’s take a look at the scorecard so far, starting with Representative Earl Pomeroy! According to this story compiled by HotAir, Rep. Pomeroy is believed to be in the running for CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers.
“Several high-profile Democrats, including North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy and former Sen. Bob Kerrey (Neb.), are said to be in the running to fill former Oklahoma Republican Gov. Frank Keating’s post as CEO and president of the American Council of Life Insurers,” Roll Call (subscription) reports.
And perhaps the most interesting thing about this position at ACLI is that:
Sen. Dorgan’s wife, Kim Dorgan, is senior executive vice president for public policy at the American Council of Life Insurers, its top lobbying position.
Ready to abandon ship for the private sector, are we? Isn’t that just sweet? So we have Dorgan leaving, and with all talk about retiring, maybe Pomeroy will look to his colleague’s wife’s organization and wonder…what if?
So who does that leave, Senator Kent Conrad? Maybe it’s time for this bastion of public integrity to catch retirement fever as well, given this outrageous bit of conniving to push Obamacare through:
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Wednesday he’s willing to use special rules to force changes to the healthcare legislation through the Senate with a simple majority vote.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) made clear his openness to applying budget reconciliation to healthcare, a position he opposed prior to this week’s special election in Massachusetts, is contingent on the content of the bill.
Yeah, cute title, but it has nothing to do with what the average person would consider “reconciliation” and absolutely everything to do with strong-arm tactics of utter desperation. My god, MASSACHUSETTS of all places just sent a REPUBLICAN to the Senate who RAN A CAMPAIGN ON OPPOSING OBAMACARE! Sorry about the yelling, but maybe this isn’t quite clear to the Democrats who still think passing this monstrosity is a good idea. Massachusetts. The left-wing bastion of Ted “make it all free” Kennedy. Seriously. No one wants this bill to pass, and by no one I mean roughly 38% of Americans.
With any luck, 2/3 of North Dakota will be red by the end of this year and I’m sure we’ll clean up the remaining third by 2012.
Have it good,
Finally, a challenger to Rep. Earl Pomeroy! I don’t know much about Mr. Cramer, but anything is better than a bum that voted for the healthcare disaster in the House. The GOP could run a tree against Pomeroy and it would win. As long as it was at least 25 years old.
Republican Kevin Cramer will announce his intentions for elective office Thursday, and a source said he will seek the GOP nomination for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.
Cramer, whose term serving as one of three members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission expires this year, declined to say which office he will seek.
Here’s his profile from the N.D. Public Service Commission-Commission: Kevin Cramer, Commissioner. I think this will be a nice Red year for North Dakota.
Have it good,