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Sen. Patty Murray is in Spokane this afternoon to makr the celebration of a local company, McKistry Co., with Mayor Mary Verner. They’re whooping it up at 1:30 p.m. at the Great Northern Building, 802 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
The city’s Father’s Day Centennial Celebration Committee will be planting a tree in honor of Dad’s Day at 2 p.m. at Grant Elementary School, 1300 E. 9th Ave. Why a tree and why Grant? you may ask. Because the person who invented Father’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd was from Spokane and her son, Jack, went to Grant Elementary and later grew up to be in the U.S. Forest Service. (Bet you thought Father’s Day was invented by Hallmark.)
And just when you think late night television has forgot all about former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, the Daily Show features him on a segment about the perks one misses when leaving the Senate. John Oliver dying to ask about one aspect of flying back to Idaho, while Craig is talking about another aspect, is pretty funny…and Craig demonstrates he still has his singing voice.
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Skip Mercer confirmed this afternoon that he’ll stay in the U.S. Senate race, but will file as an independent rather than a Republican.
Mercer was out of the country on a research trip last week when Republican Dino Rossi announced that yes, he was indeed running for the Senate. In a list of other announced candidates in Spin Control, Mercer’s wife Lisa said the Seattle physicist and University of Washington professor was likely to stay in, but not as a Republican.
Skip Mercer said he had initially planned to run as an independent anyway. But his treasurer had written in Republican when filing some forms. “Philosophically, I’m basically a conservative.”
Given the state’s Top Two primary which advances the first and second vote getters regardles of party, Mercer thinks that everyone basically runs as an independent, anyway. But he’s cautious about his chances.
“I think anybody running against Patty Murray or Dino Rossi is a long-shot,” he said. But in travelling around the state pre-Rossi, Mercer said he and some other candidates found significant support for someone running who wasn’t an established politician or a lawyer.
Art Coday, one of a flock of Republican candidates who were in the U.S. Senate race, said today he’s getting out and supporting Dino Rossi.
Coday said he’ll run for an open state House of Representatives seat in the 32nd Legislative District instead.
Coday, a Shoreline physician, said none of the other candidates’ views matched his perfectly, but he’s been a longtime supporter of Rossi, backing both of Rossi’s bids for governor.
“I think highly of each of these guys,” Coday said. “I think Dino has the best chance of beating Patty Murray.”
Rossi, who has been discussed as a possible candidate for months, officially entered the crowded race on Wednesday. Staying in are (alphabetically) Paul Akers, Don Benton, Clint Didier, Skip Mercer, Sean Salazar and Craig Williams.
And, of course, Murray, a Democrat seeking her fourth term. In the state’s Top Two primary system, they all appear on the ballot together (along with anyone else deciding to file next month). The two top vote-getters go on to the November general election, regardless of party preference.
National political experts are taking Dino Rossi’s entrance into the race fairly seriously. Two “name” politicos — Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report — are “upgrading” the state’s status from ho-hum to looky there.
Or whatever words they use to connote boring races and exciting ones.
The Rothenberg Report had rated it as clear advantage for Democrats and Patty Murray, but with Rossi in they moved it to Narrow Advantage Murray.
The Cook Report moved it to Toss Up, from Solid Democrat. The Cook analysis is longer, but not always consistent. For example, it notes that Murray is ahead of Rossi by 4 percentage points in one recent poll, but ahead of a generic Republican by only 3 points. (So having a name like Rossi jump in is at best a wash, folks.) But at least it points out that the polls are all over the map.
It also has a bit of history, noting that Washington voters sometimes pass over experienced incumbents in favor of change, as they did with House Speaker Tom Foley in 1994.
“Foley was well-liked and his position certainly gave Washington a great deal of clout in Congress, but neither could save him in an election that was about change,” they write. (Except that Foley made some campaign mistakes, and some voters bought the concept that their vote counted for more if they could oust the speaker of the House, so the parallels aren’t exact here, either.)
Anyway, this attention is good, regardless of your political persuasion. As long as the contest is believed to be close, more national political pundits will come to the state to watch the candidates and talk to the voters … and spend expense account money on hotels, restaurants, bars and rental cars. A hot U.S. Senate race through November would definitely be good for the economy.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s not worried about fellow Democrat Patty Murray’s chances against here two-time opponent Dino Rossi. But trading a three-term incumbent like Murray for Rossi or any Republican challenger “would be a disaster for the state” by losing so much clout and hard work.
Mary Lane Strow, a spokeswoman for Rossi, replied: “Spoken like a true goverment insider. I would expect nothing less from another career politician.”
Asked about the potential matchup between Murray and Rossi at a morning press conference, Gregoire said if asked for advice, she’d urge Murray to compare their records for the last six years. Rossi gave up his state Senate seat in 2004 to run for governor, and has been in business since then, except for his 2008 rematch against her.
“What’s he been doing since 2004. Where’s he been? Talk about what she’s done, talk about what he’s done,” she said. “What has he done? He runs on ‘I wrote a budget once.’”
Strow countered that Rossi has been in business, “helping to contribute to economic growth” since leaving office.
“While Patty Murray has been sitting in Washington, D.C., spending massive amounts of tax dollars and bringing on huge debt levels…Dino has been working in the private sector,” she said, adding that politicians “tend to look down on people who work in the private enterprise.”
A poll released Monday shows Murray in a close race with Rossi or any Republican candidate, and with less than half the voters contacted saying they were ready to vote to re-elect her. Incumbents below 50 percent are generally considered vulnerable for re-election.
Gregoire said she thought there were other races around the country, particularly for governor’s posts, where the incumbents were in more jeopardy than Murray.”I’m not worried for Patty because Patty’s never taken anything for granted in a race.”
And she defended the opposition research against Rossi underway by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, even though he’s not yet officially in the race, as merely “due diligence”.
“I don’t think it’s any less fair than him holding…12 candidates at bay. What has been the issue that has taken him so long to make up his mind,” she said.
Countered Strow: “That’s lawyer speak for dumpster diving. I’m sure Christine Gregoire is deeply concerned about the other Republicans in the U.S. Senate race.”
Rossi said as recently as Friday that he’s waiting for all members of his immediate family to be on board with a run, and trying to make sure he can put together all the pieces of a campaign. But he also told the Mainstream Republican Conference that his wife is “100 percent” behind him if he decides to run — a comment that some of the political activists in the room took as a sign he’d enter the race.
“I think he’s been running all along,” Gregoire said.
More voters think Washington is “seriously on on the wrong” track than going in the right direction, a new survey by University of Washington researchers says.
More than half approve of the job President Obama is doing, and slightly les — 51 percent — approve of Sen. Patty Murray’s job performance. But less than one in three give Congress good marks for the work its doing.
Less than half say they’re planning to vote to re-elect Murray in November, and two out of five would either vote for Dino Rossi or any Republican candidate runnign against her.
The Washington Poll, which was released today, has more voters giving Gov. Chris Gregoire bad marks than good marks for her job performance. While her overall numbers are relatively close — 44 percent say they approve compared to 47 percent who say they disapprove — those who feel strongly about it are much more likely to say they disapprove. Nearly a third, 30 percent, say they strongly disapprove compared to 17 percent who say they strongly approve.
Gregoire’s numbers look good compared to the Legislature. Only about one in three approved of the job the Legislature is doing, while 43 percent disapproved.
Attorney General Rob McKenna fared better than Gregoire or the Lege, with 41 percent saying they approve of the job he’s doing and 23 percent disapproving. But more than a third (37 percent, say they have no opinion or have never heard of him; less than one in 10 had no opinion of Gregoire.
Democrats currently have a slight edge in upcoming legislative races, the poll suggests, but nearly one in five voters polled was undecided when asked if they planned to vote for a Democrat or Republican candidate for the Legislature this fall.
The poll flagged something that could help Republicans and pose a problem for Democrats in the legislative elections: 60 percent said they support a two-thirds majority vote for the Legislature to raise taxes. The state had such a law, enacted by voters, until this year when Democrats in the Legislature voted to suspend it.
More than half the voters surveyed said they would for an initiative to institute a state income tax on those making more than $200,000 and another initiative to end the state ownership of liquor stores. Both proposals are among ballot measuers in the signature-gathering phase.
Voters surveyed were about evenly split on the new taxes the Legislature approved to support the budget, on the health care reform approved by Congress, and on McKenna’s decision to sue the federal government to block some aspects of that reform from taking effect.
There was strong support for repealing the state’s civil and criminal penalties for possession of marijuana, something the Legislature considered briefly but didn’t pass.
The poll showed increasing support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, and allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country and becoming citizens “but only if they meet certain requirements like working and paying back taxes over a period of time.
Want more poll results? Click here to see the full Washington Poll Issues and Opinions May 2010.
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell see eye-to-eye on most things. The two West Side Washington Democrats have fairly similar voting records.
But they parted ways today on the Senate’s Wall Street regulation bill. Murray voted yes, calling it “the strongest consumer protections in our history:”
Cantwell voted no, saying it allows Wall Street “to continue to exploit loopholes.”
And yes, they are talking about the same bill.
To read their separate takes on the bill, which passed the Senate, go inside the blog.
Clint Didier has something that the 10 or so other GOP candidates looking to challenge Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate don’t have… and we’re not talking about Super Bowl rings here.
Support from Sarah Palin.
The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate tweeted “be inspired by patriot running for U.S.Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!Go #86.”
The number is a reference to Didier’s NFL jersey, not a shout out to Special Agent Maxwell Smart.
This could definitely be considered an up and down week for Didier, with this being the high point, and a news report earlier in the week that the opponent of federal government spending is himself the recipient of some six figures worth of subsidies and other farm program payments from the federal government.
The ever-vigilant Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee took a break from firing volleys at not-yet candidate Dino Rossi to call Didier the “Tea Party candidate.” Which isn’t really a slam in some parts of the state.
OLYMPIA – The favorite game among the political “experts” these days is Will Rossi Run?
It’s sort of like Trivial Pursuit without the board, but the cognoscenti award themselves colored wedges by ferreting out clues as they roll the dice and run in circles. No winners yet, except maybe the polling firms, which are cleaning up.
Depending on whose poll you like in the last fortnight, Murray is comfortably ahead or Rossi is surging ahead or they’re in a statistical dead heat. Never have so many been polled so much for so little clarity.
The fact that Rossi has come no closer to announcing his candidacy than “You never say never” discourages no one from playing the game because the Legislature is out of session, the governor’s race is two years off, most of the congressional races are thought to be shoo-ins for the incumbents, and we political reporters have columns to write and expense accounts to justify.
Oh, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which apparently has even less to do than West Side political reporters, calls or e-mails almost daily in an effort to scuff up Rossi before he gets in the race, if he gets in the race. . .
Washington’s U.S. Senate race may not be on most people’s radar yet. But if you’re a pollster, you’ve gotta love a race with a three-term Democratic incumbent, 10 announced Republican challengers. one potential but unannounced Republican challenger and the national political machines ready to jump into anything with the slightest provocation.
Today there’s word of an Elway Poll which has Sen. Patty Murray up 51% to 34% over Dino Rossi, who’s thinking about the race but hasn’t committed to it yet. The same survey has her up 51% to 27% over Don Benton; 50% to 24% over Clint Didier and 50% to 26% over Paul Akers.
Which is a big difference from yesterday’s Rasmussen Report poll that was:
Murray 48% Rossi 46%
Murray 52% Benton 38%
Murray 51% Didier 36%
Murray 49% Akers 35%
Which was different from the mid April SurveyUSA poll that was:
Rossi 52% Murray 42%
Murray 46% Benton 44%
Murray 46% Didier 44%
Murray 45% Akers 44%
Which was different from the late March Research 2000 poll in Daily Kos that was:
Murray 52% Rossi 41% (they didn’t do the other candidates)
Which, in turn, was different from the Moore Information poll in late January, that was:
Rossi 45% Murray 43% (also did not do the other candidates)
So take your pick, but remember when partisans start talking about “the poll results”, you have to ask “Which poll results?”
Sen. Patty Murray’s staff has apparently peeled her off the ceiling enough to get a comment on reports the Pentagon will delay awarding the bid for a new Air Force aerial tanker yet still again. To wit:
“These endless delays come at the
expense of our men and women in uniform, American workers, and our economy. I
want to hear directly from the Pentagon on why we are again delaying this
contract for a company that has had ample time to bid and compete. I also want
to know why we continue to bend over backwards to accommodate an illegally
subsidized foreign company.
“Concession after concession has been made to keep Airbus at the table. Yet we have seen no bid and no sign that they are willing to play by the rules. In fact, all we have seen are delay tactics and repeated efforts to gain U.S. market share and undercut American workers.
“Boeing’s workers have the know-how and product to build these tankers. They are ready to compete. It’s time to stop playing the waiting game and to move forward with getting these tankers into the hands of our men and women in uniform.”
Sen. Patty Murray created a link for voters to watch legislation designed to rein in Wall Street — well, her legislation anyway — and posted this video on her official Senate website of a speech on financial reform.
It’s not as well-produced as the Didier video below, but then, it’s not a campaign piece. Wink, wink.
…this video would be the result.
There have been two recent events flying just below the media radar but which should be sounding alarm bells. Officials in California arrested Gregory Giusti for threatening the life of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In Washington the FBI arrested a Yakima man, Charles Alan Wilson, for threatening the life of Senator Patty Murray. The crime they’re charged with is isn’t just for making the threat, but making the threat with the intent to impede, intimidate, interfere or retaliate against an official in the exercise of her official duties. 18 USC 115 et seq. I raise that point to demonstrate that society has rendered illegal threats of violence as a form of political persuasion. This type of violent coercion is not protected political speech under the first amendment nor should our process be tainted by it/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.
- 2010 Idaho Conservative Scorecard/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog
- Eagle Scout: Getting job done w/integrity/Dennis Mansfield
- Costco FAIL/Fort Boise
- What’s up with anti-Boulder-White Clouds wilderness ads?/Rick Johnson, ICL
- Mediating toward health care?/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press
- What is it about Montana? Giants in the U.S. Senate/Marc Johnson, Johnson Post
- Friday Morning News/Treasured Valley
Question: Do you think we’re going to see an attempted assassination of an elected official within the next year? Or are the threats Sisyphus mentions above so much hot air from disgruntled, fringe people?
The state Republican Party and couldbe candidate Dino Rossi were quick Tuesday to denounce a Selah man’s death threat against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane said he was “horrified by this
awful news, prays for Sen. Murray’s safety, and condemns any threats made to any
public official.” State GOP Chairman Luke Esser also condemned the activity: “Threats of violence have no place in our political process. We are pleased that this man has been taken into custody.”
The man in question, Charles Alan Wilson, allegedly called Murray’s office numerous times in recent months, most recently making threats over her vote for health care reform, using phrases that suggested he was armed and planned to use it. Wilson was arrested earlier Tuesday.
Health care is expected to be a major issue in the fall elections, but could violence against officials who voted for health care be a game-changer that works against Republicans?
Dino Rossi may not be a candidate for U.S. Senate, but he is reacting strongly to an anti-Rossi for Senate Web site put together by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Rossi sent Sen. Patty Murray a letter over the weekend demanding she tell the committee to take down the “scurrilous” site if she can’t produce any proof of the “shady” deals it claims.
Although the site is an independent operation of the DSCC, Rossi argues Murray could stop it: “You are the fourth ranking member of the leadership of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Senate. The Democratic SenatorialCampaign Committee will do whatever they think you want them to do to support your re-election.”
(This is debatable. Should Murray call the DSCC and tell them to take down the site, someone — not necessarily Rossi, but someone else running for the seat — could claim it wasn’t an independent site. But if Murray were to denounce all such campaign tactics and the DSCC were to announce in the spirit of good clean elections it was taking down the site even though it was technically accurate, then maybe it could be finessed. But, we digress.)
Rossi’s letter came with a separate letter from an attorney who contends there was nothing amiss about his real estate deals.
So judge for yourself: Does Rossi sound like a candidate getting ready for a campaign or like a private citizen who just doesn’t like having his name used in vain? Feel free to hit the comment button and weigh in.
Democrats may be paying Dino Rossi the ultimate compliment.
The guy is not a candidate against Patty Murray — not yet, anyway, and possibly not never — and yet they are going after him hammer and tong. Or more accurately, Web site and Twitter.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been working diligently to trash Rossi ever since his name surfaced as a measurable marker against Murray in some GOP polls. They may be taking these polls more seriously than Rossi himself, who appears content to let folks speculate by uttering the standard “in politics you never say never” line to questions about a run.
The polling numbers that make Rossi a viable candidate have to be taken with a certain degree of caution. The Republicans, see, have 11 candidates elbowing each other to take on the three-term incumbent, but not one of them has statewide name ID that makes a head-to-head comparison worth the price of the poll. Clint Didier might poll well with sports fans, Don Benton with legislative political junkies, and a few of the others with GOP faithful who have caught their acts at the odd Republican luncheon or Lincoln Day dinner and liked what they saw.
So this is how much clout the Washington congressional delegation has: A day after five House members join in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to keep the schedule on track for building a new tanker to replace the KC-135, the Pentagon announces…
It will extend the deadline by 60 days so Airbus can submit a bid.
To be fair, the Pentagon gets so much mail that it’s possible Gates hadn’t even gotten around to reading the letter from Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings, Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen and others from around the country. Maybe if they’d have sent a singing telegram or something to stand out from the crowd and catch his attention. Maybe if they’d camped out in his office. Who knows.
IIt’s also possible that after nearly nine years and two high-profile failures in trying to find a suitable replacement for some of the KC-135 fleet, someone at the Pentagon decided “What’s another 60 days to see if we can finally get this right?”
In any event, the Air Force will wait an extra two months before closing off bids. Right now The Boeing Co. is the only one bidding on the contract, which could be worth as much as $40 billion. Airbus, which apparently has lost its U.S. partner Northrop Grumman, says with the extra time it can come up with a proposal to use a version of its A-330.
The Pentagon’s decision really torqued U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who said the World Trade Organization just confirmed Airbus gets illegal subsidies to build its planes. For the full text of her press release, go inside the blog.
Some people were shocked when a speaker at the Asotin Tea Party gathering suggested Sen. Patty Murray be “hung.”
Most were shocked at the suggestion of violence; a few language purists were appalled by the grammar.
Murray’s re-election campaign was so shocked that it included a video of Tea Party organizer Dianne Capps’ statement in its latest fund-raising appeal.
The letter, signed by Campaign Manager Carol Albert, suggests a line has been crossed from the normal campaign tactics. So for anyone who hasn’t seen the clip, she includes links to a page with the YouTube video (which includes the statement, the cheering crowd and the rest of the nearly two-minute news report from local Lewiston, Idaho, station KLEW ), and a page that allows one to donate from $25 to $4,800 to the Murray re-election campaign.
The YouTube clip is below. Most of it is a discussion of the Tea Party’s goals for organizing locals (they should probablyl be happy the Murray campaign is circulating that) but it does start with Capps making a stab at a cinematic reference to “Lonesome Dove.”
“What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd?” Capps asks. When she doesn’t get much of a response, so she has to ask again, then provides the answer: “He got hung. And that’s what I want to do with Patty Murray.”
(Note to Capps:. Regardless of how Larry McMurtry writes, the past tense for stringing someone up by the neck is “hanged.”)
Tea Party organizers have since insisted that Capps’s comments were taken out of context, that she was just filling time unexpectedly when another speaker didn’t show up, that her comments that she wanted to hang Murray with votes were edited out (KLEW says no such comments exist on their unedited versions of tape) and that the media is trying to hype this as a way of discrediting the movement. OK, and that “Geld Obama” sign in the video is what? A misspelling?
Albert’s initial comment to the Associated Press about Capps’ comment was it was “unproductive.” Apparently, the Murray campaign is working on a way to make it productive — for them.
Vice President Joe Biden makes a stop in Seattle Friday morning to help raise money for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign.
Normally Spin Control wouldn’t care because a) it’s closed to the press except for a pool reporter which ain’t us; 2) it’s in Seattle, which is a bit of a schlep to see folks going in for breakfast; and thirdly we kinda already knew Murray was running for re-election.
Then Republicans called with notice of a special phone-in press conference Thursday in which Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was going to discuss Biden’s visit to Seattle for Murray. That was a phone call, rather than a schlep, so Spin Control dialed in…
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray heads up a congressional trip to China this week, and has decided to blog about it.
This is not some travel-blog that talks about the best Peking Duck and sight seeing spots. The trip involves meetings between U.S. and Chinese officials on things like trade, human rights and energy, so those who are interested in those topics can check in.
The rest of us will just have to wait to see whether there’s a description of eating birds nest soup or a photo of Murray at the Great Wall.
The blog can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Most of the time, when a plane takes off and lands, that’s not news. It’s only when it fails to take off or land that we get news.
Today’s an exception, however, because Boeing’s newest plane design, the 787 Dreamliner, took off and landed for the first time. Sure, it was two years late, but at least they didn’t lose anyone’s luggage.
Various Washington politicos marked the event with official statements of best wishes, which can be found inside the blog. One thing you might notice is the emphasis on Washington workers doing a great job in building the plane…as opposed to say, South Carolina workers which Boeing is going to be using for its second assembly line.
But hey, after Washington workers figure out how to get it flying, South Carolina workers can just follow their instructions, right?
Comments from notables inside:
A generation after serving in Vietnam, Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president their lives could be sacrificed in another Asian country.
“It was an honor to be here, a generation later,” said Minnick, an Army veteran who was one of seven members of Congress asked to attend President Barack Obama’s speech on raising troop levels in Afghanistan. “There was rapt attention in that room. Their futures are on the line.”
Boeing Co.’s announcement that it will build jetliners in South Carolina was not particularly well received in Washington, as most readers can well imagine.
Some Democrats were disappointed. Some Republicans were disappointed but more in a “we warned you” mind set.
For a compilation of comments, go inside the blog…
When a president talks, congresspersons listen…and then they talk, too.
Such was the case Wednesday night when Barack Obama talked about health care reform, and members of Congress talked about Obama’s talk.
Go inside the blog to see what the honorables who represent the Inland Northwest had to say.
Sen. Patty Murray is backing Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. That comes as no surprise, considering Murray is a Democrat, and all the Ds are backing Obama’s first court pick.
And considering that Murray has made no secret of her general support for the appeals court judge.
This morning, however, she took to the floor of the Senate to memorialize that support. Want to read her speech? It’s inside the blog.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says she’s included $11 million in a senate spending bill for a new “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” training facility at Fairchild Air Force Base.
The SERE training teachers aviators what to do to avoid capture and survive if downed behind enemy lines. The current training facility is more than 50 years old, Murray said, and increasingly outdated. Maintenance alone on the buildings costs more than $140,000 a year, she said.
The bill is the 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill. It now heads to the Senate appropriations committee for consideration.
For the record, Patty Murray’s favorite word is “help.” Maria Cantwell’s is “oil”. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ is “students.”
In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo’s fave is”energy”. Jim Risch’s is “guard”. Walt Minnick’s is “Idaho”.
That’s the conclusion of Capitol Words, a new Web site that combs through the Congressional Record for speeches and comments by members of Congress, then counts how many times they use words other than a or the or and or…well, you get the picture.
The record for some of the region’s honorables is much longer, because they’ve been around for years. For Minnick and Risch, who just arrived in January, it’s sparse, but the site also tracks their predecessors Larry Craig and Bill Sali.
Go inside to see the top 5 for each.
Air Force officials told a Senate subcommittee they still don’t like the idea of “splitting the baby” on the new refueling tanker.
That’s not a surprise, because the Pentagon has been saying to anyone who will listen that they want to have one version of the replacement for the aging KC-135s. They want to take bids from Boeing and Lockheed/Grumman/EADS and do a winner take all. Problem is, certain members of Congress, particularly the head of a House military appropriations committee, don’t much want to listen.
Sen. Patty Murray — who is a big supporter of Boeing (it’s a mutual kind of thing) — wants just one contract, and took a Capitol Hill visit by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Norman Schwartz to get them to reiterate what they’ve been saying all along about a single contract.
They also got to repeat that they support a “fair and open” competition for the contract, which could be worth about $40 billion. This is hardly news, although it would be news if they would own up at some point to supporting a “rigged and secretive” competition, right?
So what about sending the new tankers — should they EVER get built — to Fairchild?
Answer inside the blog.
University of Washington’s women’s softball already has the College World Series trophy, so it’s not clear how excited they’ll be about congressional recognition.
But Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced a Senate Resolution todday, congratulating them on their first-ever NCAA championship. The resolution hasn’t been approved yet, but it’s likely to sail through…barring a filibuster by senators from Florida.
Full text of the resolution is inside the blog.