Does Olympia Snowe really want to be the target of waves of anonymous attack ads in support of some conservative primary challenger? Wouldn’t a retiring George Voinovich prefer to leave some shards of our democracy off-limits to being sold to the highest bidder? Could John McCain remember why McCain-Feingold was once of his proudest legacies and acknowledge how profoundly the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision damaged everything he was trying to do to safeguard American democracy?
Tag: Lisa Murkowski
May 25 2010
A Press Conference w/ EPA Admin Lisa Jackson & USCG Rr Adm Mary Landry on Monday 5/24/10 3:30 pm Central DT to discuss dispersants. There’s a transcript of the live blog.
Last week EPA ordered BP to stop using Corexit and look for something less toxic. BP is still using Corexit. From the following transcript, it appears that BP will continue to be using Corexit and EPA “will be conducting their own tests to find the least toxic dispersants.”
Then the conference call goes over to Rr Admiral Landry at 3:58 pm. “In a crisis mode still, never dealt with a well releasing oil 5000 feet below the water.”
May 25 2010
“GULF OF MEXICO – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senate Energy Committee Ranking Member
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Senate Energy Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) view response efforts
first hand during a flyover of areas affected by the BP oil spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Rob Wyman.”
edit one. why did this diary post 3 times….
May 25 2010
BP Hard To Pin Down On Oil Spill Claims
NPR, Morning Edition – May 24, 2010
BP has repeatedly said it would pay all legitimate claims resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but such promises raise a crucial question: What exactly does “legitimate claim” mean?
BP has declined to define the term or provide examples.
BP American President Lamar McKay remained steadfastly vague during a Senate hearing this month. Despite prodding from Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell, McKay would not veer off of his message: We’re going to pay all legitimate claims.
A BP spokesman declined to discuss the company’s definition of “legitimate.” In an e-mail, the spokesman said BP hired a firm called ESIS to assess all oil spill claims. As of last week, it had received nearly 16,000 claims. The spokesman said BP has in some cases paid some claims within 48 hours of receiving supporting documentation.
What exactly does “legitimate claim” mean? Good Question.
May 12 2010
There used to be a day when the ‘Blame Game’ was just NOT an option. There used to be a time, WHEN Action was called for, Action was taken.
My oh my, how times have changed.
“The buck stops here” is a phrase that was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. (Footage from Jimmy Carter’s “Address to the Nation on Energy” shows the sign still on the desk during Carter’s administration.) The phrase refers to the fact that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions.
Aug 10 2009
Welcome to the 19th installment of “Considered Forthwith.”
This weekly series looks at the various committees in the House and the Senate. Committees are the workshops of our democracy. This is where bills are considered, revised, and occasionally advance for consideration by the House and Senate. Most committees also have the authority to exercise oversight of related executive branch agencies.
Even though Congress is out of session and the members are back home getting shouted down and physically assaulted by lobbyist-funded mobs of teabaggers, there are still a few things going on in the committees. This week, I will look at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has two field meetings (in Alaska and Colorado) scheduled this month.
May 06 2009
Would it matter to you if the nominee to the Supreme Court which President Obama is going to shortly pick were openly gay or lesbian? The Dog is going to assume his readers are liberal and would care less about a Justices sexual orientation than about her or his views on the law. After all, we don’t seem to care the current Justices are all heterosexual so what difference should it make, right?