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With the time for public comment on the Bush administration's efforts to expand mountaintop removal and weaken existing laws getting short, has your presidential candidate made any public comment on this issue?

Bill Richardson has.  

The Administration's decision to streamline mountaintop mining isn't good for anyone.  Instead it's a gift to the industry that has been most loyal to the GOP at the expense of mine workers and the environment.  What this nation needs is a 21st century energy policy that will reduce the pressure to dig up and burn every last ounce of coal, no matter how dangerous or how destructive.  Coal can fit into this picture with new technologies, but the Administration is hanging onto the last scraps of a failed energy policy as long as it can.  

In the West, and in Appalachia, people are fighting to protect their communities, their jobs, and the environment in the face of this rapacious policy.  Jim Webb said it best before he was elected senator to the coal state of Virginia: 'The ever-hungry industrialists (realized) that (Appalachia) sat atop one huge vein of coal.  And so the rape began.  The people from the outside showed up with complicated contracts...  Soon the (local folks) were treated to a sundering of their own land...  The Man got his coal, and the profits it brought when he shipped it out.  (The local people) got their wages, black lung, and the desecration of their land.'"  (From Born Fighting, Jim Webb, 2004).

How many more miners must die, and how many more landscapes must be ruined, before we recognize that this is an industry whose owners and operators are out of control?  The Bush Administration should protect people and the environment, not sacrifice them for a few special interests who contribute heavily to the Republican Party.

If you want to put the brakes on this industry out of control, call your representative and ask them to support the Clean Water Protection Act.  The act already has 107 cosponsors, but we need more to get it out of committee and up for vote.   Check the list to see if your representative is already on board.  If so, thank them and let them know this issue is important to you.  If not, it's even more important that you contact them and tell them to sign on.  

If you've already contacted your own congressperson, here are a few more you might consider calling today.  Dingell's been so keen on obeying the auto industry at the cost of the environment, the least he can do is put his name on this bill.  And Russ Carnahan doesn't have a miner in his district -- but he does have the headquarters of three major mining companies.  Make him prove he values ordinary citizens over CEOs.

DistrictRepresentativeDC OfficeDist Office
MI
1Bart Stupak202-225-4735231-348-0657
13Carolyn Kilpatrick202-225-2261313-965-9004
15John Dingell202-225-4071313-278-2936
MN
1Tim Walz202-225-2472507-388-2149
7Collin Peterson202-225-2165218-847-5056
8James Oberstar202-225-6211218-727-7474
MS
2Bennie Thompson202-225-5976601-866-9003
4Gene Taylor202-225-5772228-469-9235
MO
3Russ Carnahan202-225-2671314-962-1523
4Ike Skelton202-225-2876816-228-4242
5Emanuel Cleaver202-225-4535816-842-4545

Oh, yeah, and check after the break for the growing list of kossacks who have put made the effort to contact a representative on this issue.  Thanks.

My Heroes
These kossacks have taken a moment to contact a representative about the Clean Water Protection Act.  In some green future, when the mountains have been saved and the streams flow free, look for these names carved into the hillside No, no no!  Engraved on a nice plaque.  Sheesh.

Those in bold have already contacted at least five representatives.  Rock stars, all.

afguy08rlamoureuxfaithfull
plf515susie dowMogolori
Leslie in CA neiacrose
chamJim in AZbetson08
Jersey Joe SethOLisaZ
ezdidit emmasnacker RunawayRose
bklynDrewprodigalkat goblin
Gabriele Drozgloryous1slksfca
waitingforvizzinimadgrannyJanet Strange
Prof DaveQuarterHorseDemCount Imbroglio
willb48word is bondbeabea
WeatherDemlgmcpAntKat
LJRdgilmakfan
ElisealiciaLazyhorse
takebackdashatmon
taxismomkeepyourcoinsva dare
AAbshierUndunaWary
Clytemnestrablueteamnorthsylvania
tarantulapattyppeagreen
shermanesqTraveling Companion Iteacherken
Mary MikeJanieannetteboardman
TN yellow doghowardparkSolarMom
Grouchy Cowboyaarlene4jkb4ia
A Siegeltarantulaarainsb123
randalltnautilus1700jct
FischFryAlecBGreenMannabass
paprogEthrDemonChucho

If I missed anyone, please let me know.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 07:29 AM PDT.

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  •  Great series (6+ / 0-)

    I believe Obama's on board as well:

    We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal, than simply blowing the tops off mountains.

    •  Everybody gets a day (9+ / 0-)

      Heck, you expect me to fill up thirty days if I blow all my content in one morning?

      However, if Edwards supporters or Clinton supporters want to point me any any release from their campaigns opposing mountaintop removal, that would be great, because I've been unable to get a reply from those candidates.

      •  It's frustrating (2+ / 0-)
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        faithfull, Prof Dave

        The campaigns don't all run on Internet speed.  Obama supporters waited for days on statements on the McClurkin thing; Edwards still has no statement on the Peru FTA (from what I can tell) and Clinton barely made a statement on FISA yesterday.

      •  Edwards (1+ / 0-)
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        LIsoundview

        voted for more MTR in 1999. I hope he's changed his position.

        "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

        by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:05:45 AM PDT

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        •  What else has Edwards changed his position on? (0+ / 0-)

          This is starting to happen with too much frequency for Edwards to claim a change of heart or that he was misled.

          •  heh (1+ / 0-)
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            nasarius

            your candidate Richardson does not have clean hands wrt coal.  Ever heard about his ties to Desert Rock?  Richardson was forced by environmentalists to come out with a statement about the huge proposed coal burning plant.  Richardson makes some noises about "clean coal" - yeah right - "clean coal" which would still dump heaps of mercury into the air in a state state with unlimited potential to develop wind and solar power.

            But please.  You want to talk about Edwards changing his position.  At least Edwards admits his mistake about Iraq.  Richardson and his supporters continue to talk about an interview in which he "urged patience and diplomacy", but repeately fail to take responsibility for the Guv having said (at the time) that he would have voted for the authorization for military force - Richardson repeatedly fails to take responsibility for actively beating the drums for war.


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            •  Richardson on Desert Rock (1+ / 0-)
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              LIsoundview

              Perhaps you missed this press release from Governor Richardson.

              I am gravely concerned about the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Desert Rock Energy Facility. I firmly believe, as currently proposed, the Desert Rock Energy Facility would be a step in the wrong direction.

              I received the results of a scientific review done by the New Mexico Environment Department of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Desert Rock Energy Facility. The EIS fails to adequately address a number of the State’s serious concerns. As planned, this new facility will adversely impact air quality, exacerbate existing environment problems, and negatively impact scarce surface and ground water resources. Because Desert Rock has potential statewide impacts, I called for additional hearings on the draft EIS to be held in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Per my direction, the New Mexico Environment Department has submitted tough comments to the Bureau of Indian Affairs outlining these serious concerns.

              Each new conventional coal plant built without significant carbon dioxide controls is a step backwards and does not move us towards a future of more safe and efficient energy use.. The estimated 12 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted each year from the Desert Rock Energy Facility would increase New Mexico greenhouse gas emissions by about 15 percent, making my aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals difficult – if not impossible – to meet.

              I believe we need to be moving forward, toward new carbon capture ready technologies for power generation, not back to the old dirty coal plants of the past. My administration has taken steps to ensure that any new coal-fired power plants built in New Mexico include the latest carbon clean gasification methods, making up to $60 million dollars in tax credits available for coal plants that capture at least 60% of carbon emissions.

              I hope that the Navajo Nation considers these important concerns of the State and strives to address them. I respect the sovereignty of the Navajo Nation and the rights of tribal governments to determine their economic futures and to pursue positive change within their communities. I understand the dire economic conditions and high unemployment rates on the reservation and respect the Navajo leadership’s courage and commitment to bettering the lives of its citizens. While each sovereign may disagree or have concern regarding the other’s action, it should not pose a barrier to communicating and discussing those concerns on a government-to-government basis.

              To that end, I am directing high-level representatives from my Administration to conduct formal discussions with the Navajo Nation to ensure that the State’s concerns regarding this project are understood and considered at this critical stage of the process.

              It's important to note that Desert Rock is located on the Navajo Nation and the Governor of New Mexico has no juridictional authority there. Bill Richardson has done his due diligence and continues to do what he can to mitigate the situation.

            •  lol, yeah, I'm fresh off the (1+ / 0-)
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              peace voter

              Google, checking to see if he (Richardson) really had dropped his support of the Desert Rock plant.

              Virginia Wilderness Bill passes House! Thanks for the help, kossacks!

              by emmasnacker on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:30:37 AM PDT

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              •  Richardson & Desert Rock (2+ / 0-)
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                faithfull, sap

                Earlier this year, the company developing this plant, Sithe Inc. (owned by the ruthless Blackstone Group, one of the largest investment firms in the World), tried to extract a $60 million tax incentive for this environmental catastrophe from the New Mexico Legislature. Local Navajo citizens and environmental groups managed to defeat that, but Richardson, for all his strong talk on climate, failed to take a strong position. He could still easily stop this plant by using his clout to find better alternatives for the Navajo, but the plant still seems to be on track.

                Now, in an email broadcast, the New Mexico group "Break The Grip!" (www.breakthegrip.org), has revealed why Richardson may be so reluctant: It turns out that the Blackstone Group arranged a special alliance with Kissinger and McLarty Associates (KMA) in 2000 to help promote a wide range of corporations to various governments. This is Henry Kissinger's ugly "revolving door" organization to use ex-politicians for corporate gain for mutual profit. This was just before Richardson joined that same firm as Senior Managing Director in 2001. It also turns out that the chair of the Blackstone Group is also the chair of the Council on Foreign Relations with whom Richardson has a close association. And Blackstone also donated to Richardson's campaign.

                Bill Richardson Failing to Oppose New Coal Plants
                Wednesday, July 25, 2007

                Richardson issued his press release about Desert Rock on Friday, July 27, 2007.  Two days after the diary critical of Richardson and Desert Rock appeared on dkos.

                A problem with Richardson's energy plan is that he sets his dates for the construction of no new coal plants after Desert Rock is scheduled to be built.  And if Desert Rock is built - even as a supposedly "clean coal" plant - it will still dump mercury and C02 into the air.


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        •  Candidates on MTR (3+ / 0-)
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          peace voter, Ken Camp, faithfull

          http://www.appvoices.org/...

          Dodd, Obama and Richardson are all given recognition by the Applachian Voices blog for being against Mountain Top Removal.

          Dodd, speaking against the Buffer Zone:

          Spoke explicitly against Bush's relaxed buffer zone:

          I oppose Bush’s proposal to relax environmental rules on mountaintop removal.  This rule change is an example of special interests, in this case coal companies, running the government.  When big coal companies make the rules, worker safety and the environment suffer.  

          Concluding:

          This can only be accomplished by opposing mountaintop removal.  

          Obama at a speech in Lexington, KY:

          "We’re tearing up the Appalachian Mountains because of our dependence on fossil fuels," he said, sparking loud applause.

          Richardson:

          The Administration’s decision to streamline mountaintop mining isn’t good for anyone.  Instead it’s a gift to the industry that has been most loyal to the GOP at the expense of mine workers and the environment.  

          •  Obama (0+ / 0-)

            further spoke about MTR previously:

            Strip-mining is an environmental disaster!

            and...

            We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal, than simply blowing the tops off mountains.

            "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

            by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 11:06:29 AM PDT

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    •  Thats a good lookin fella next to him! (0+ / 0-)

      "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

      by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:06:02 AM PDT

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  •  Come one, make it hard on me (6+ / 0-)

    Make the list of people calling so long I can't actually fit it into a post.  

  •  Completely unrelated to article... (1+ / 0-)
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    faithfull

    But I like the secondary color addition in it.  Orange, grey, and white only go so far.

  •  Time for one quick call and comment this morning (6+ / 0-)

    called my congressman, Cleaver, and ask if he would be willing to cosponser.  The woman who answered did not know his position but said she would get back to me.

    I actually ran into Cleaver on columbus day and ambushed him with various questions at that time.  We talked some inside baseball and while he is not perfect (no one is) and for mt taste he has bought in a little to much to thte "way things are done in DC' meme, still, he is on the right side 95% of the time and I would be suprised if he doesn't do the right thing here.

    "For me, walking into a nice Jewish deli IS a religious experience." -my mom

    by ETinKC on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 07:47:21 AM PDT

  •  Added a comment on the comment page (5+ / 0-)

    "Do not allow mining companies to fill our streams with debris, or use mountaintop removal to mine. Instead of allowing this terrible practice, consider putting an end to mining practices that come at the expense of our environment. Stop allowing mountaintop removal, especially when it leaves deposits and pollution in our waters. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it. Do the right thing and instead of expanding the use of mountaintop removal, ban the practice altogether."

  •  thank you for posting this (4+ / 0-)

    I sent in a comment.

    As for your list of representatives up there - Collin Peterson is a douche. Maybe I'll call him. I promise I won't use any 4 letter words. I really hate that man. We need to run someone against him in the next primary.

  •  Thanks Governor! (2+ / 0-)
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    peace voter, faithfull

    Now if only you hadn't made such a spectacle of yourself at the LOGO debate.  Sigh.  Such a pity.

    •  never made a promise he didn't keep, or bust . . (2+ / 0-)
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      Ken Camp, faithfull

      Richardson's comment was wrong, but he promptly recognized his error and reversed himself in a statement issued immediately after the debate.  Plus, let's not forget he also observed in his comments during the debate that all persons are entitled to equal treatment regardless of their sexual identity.  

      And as Governor he's walked the walk.  Others give speeches on LGBT rights, Richardson (in a state that votes Red) has actually delivered for the LGBT community.  Read what those who Richardson's record on LGBT best have said about him.  Check out  http://www.democracyfornewmexico.com...

      Here is part of one comment:

      That said after 14 years of trying in NM to pass Non discrimination in the workplace, he helped us get it, and kept Gender Identity in the bill when many legislators were backing away from that language! The same with Hate Crimes. Executive Order granting DP benefits to state employees, and working hard to keep a DOMA off the books here. The biggest thing to know about our Governor, that has been my experience is that in the GLBT community he has never made a promise he didn't keep, or bust his ass trying!

      What have Edwards, Clinton and Obama actually accomplished on this issue?

      Bill Richardson: "Get out now. Get all our troops out now. It is the only right and responsible choice."

      by Stephen Cassidy on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:43:12 AM PDT

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      •  He broke his promise on WIPP (2+ / 0-)
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        faithfull, sap

        For years he promised that the radioactive dump (WIPP) in southern New Mexico would not open unless it was proven "safe".

        Activists worked hard to force then-Congressman Richardson to pass a law to give EPA regulatority authority over the dump so that the Department of Energy would not be in the position to self certify the facility.

        When EPA tried to do its job and provide an independent assessment of WIPP the agency was threatened with major budget cuts.

        When environmentalists were in court so that EPA could make an independent assessment, then-Secretary of Energy Richardson did an end run around the EPA and around the court and opened the dump for plutonium contaminated nucear weapons waste.  

        Richardson mislead the people of New Mexico on WIPP.  He broke his promise.  A promise he repeated year after year.  And now his good friend and former congressional scheduler Butch Maki is making lots of money off of WIPP related enterprise.  What a surprise. (not)


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        •  NM Conservationists rate Richardson an "A" (1+ / 0-)
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          Ken Camp

          Being the sole Democratic candidate for President with executive branch experience, voters can evaluate Bill Richardson from the unique stand point of an actual record of implementing policy on key issues, not merely the speeches he has given.  

          On the issue of climate change, Richardson has offered the most aggressive plan of any candidate, proposing to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050.  But will Richardson be true to his word if he's elected President?  Richardson is proving by his actions as Governor of New Mexico that the answer is yes.

          Each year, the Conservation Voters of New Mexico release a Legislative Scorecard breaking down the votes on key bills impacting the environment.  The scorecard is an invaluable tool in holding the legislature accountable for their environmental votes. This year, the CVNM gave Richardson an "A":

             The CVNM Scorecard recognizes Governor Bill Richardson with a solid "A" for his commitment to protecting the environment. The Governor weighed in behind a strong renewable energy agenda in 2007 and exercised his veto power on several anti-conservation measures, including a line-item veto of $945,000 for "Gila basin water development", and a pocket-veto of SB 220 that would have provided a de facto $6.9 million subsidy to the coal industry.

          See http://www.cvnm.org/...

          In terms of the WIPP project, others with a greater knowledge of NM will have to answer that question.  But given PV previous misleading posts and extreme hostility to Richardson, I will not be surprised to learn what PV states is wrong.

          Bill Richardson: "Get out now. Get all our troops out now. It is the only right and responsible choice."

          by Stephen Cassidy on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:37:06 AM PDT

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          •  Richardson's Energy Plan (0+ / 0-)

            Carl Pope of the Sierra Club says Governor Bill Richardson's energy plan is the strongest among all presidential candidates.

            But there is one presidential candidate with enormous depth on the issue, and he's just raised the bar on all the rest. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson served as Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration. Today, at the New America Foundation, he delivered his new energy approach. Dave Hamilton, Director of our Energy and Global Warming program, advised me that "his 18-page energy policy is much more aggressive than anything we've seen so far from the candidates. It is also significantly better-elaborated in theory with regard to where we end up."

            •  Undue influence from coal & nuke industry (0+ / 0-)

              From Break the Grip!

              Undue Influence by PNM on the 2007 Increase of the Renewable Energy Standard:

              Following recommendations crafted by Governor Richardson's Climate Change Advisory Group in 2006, the Richardson Administration proposed to increase the Renewable Energy Standard in the 2007 Session, saying it would "work with utilities" to get to 25% by 2020. But instead of introducing a true 25% renewable energy standard, the [Richardson] Administration introduced and then vigorously defended a version with conspicuous corporate loopholes and giveaways, and then used the negotiations to gain advocate support for a clean coal bill as well (see next bullet):

              The first sign of trouble for advocates occurred when the [Richardson] Administration began strongly rebuffing all attempts by advocates to participate in developing the detailed provisions of the bill before the 2007 Session, similar to the delay in negotiations surrounding the first standard in 2004. In an email to advocates one Administration official actually attempted to discourage advocates from negotiating directly with utilities. The Administration then arranged for a severely flawed version of the bill to be introduced with several loopholes and corporate giveaways that advocates knew, from meetings with PNM, closely matched those sought by PNM's CEO, Jeff Sterba.




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      •  The point is: (1+ / 0-)
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        peace voter

        Once you make an arse of yourself on national teevee, you can never really undo it.  Yes he can apologize and try to put it in context, but that bell can never really truly be unrung.  

        •  candidates are humans too (1+ / 0-)
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          Ken Camp

          I agree the bell can't be unrung but we elect humans not robots.  Every candidate scr*ws up and makes gaffes over the course of a long campaign.  See http://www.time.com/...

          Bill Richardson: "Get out now. Get all our troops out now. It is the only right and responsible choice."

          by Stephen Cassidy on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:01:18 AM PDT

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          •  He told Melissa Etheridge that homosexuality was (2+ / 0-)
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            peace voter, faithfull

            "a choice."  That's so bone-headed, it boggles the mind. It was a candidacy-ending moment, and the only person who seems not to realize that is him.  

            Which is not to say that I want him sent to the gallows or anything.  I'd love for him to quit this pretentious  vanity campaign and buckle down to eviscerate any candidate the Republicans might run for NM's newly available Senate seat.  As for the Presidency, though, Richardson needs to give up the ghost.  

            •  it was a mistake (0+ / 0-)

              It is interesting how times change.  Science was once used to justify discrimination against gays.  

              That noted, Richardson's policies and actions on LGBT issues have been among the most progressive of any governor in the nation.  Why should he not run for President?  Which other candidate has a better position on Iraq, global warming and energy use, the economy, addressing global needs?  I am still waiting for anyone to tell me what Edwards, Obama or Clinton have actually accomplished for the LGBT community.

              Bill Richardson: "Get out now. Get all our troops out now. It is the only right and responsible choice."

              by Stephen Cassidy on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 12:12:02 PM PDT

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          •  And I quote: (1+ / 0-)
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            peace voter

            MS. ETHERIDGE:  Thank you.

            Do you think homosexuality is a choice, or is it biological?

            GOV. RICHARDSON:  It's a choice.  It's --

            MS. ETHERIDGE:  I don't know if you understand the question. (Soft laughter.)  Do you think I -- a homosexual is born that way, or do you think that around seventh grade we go, "Ooh, I want to be gay"?

            GOV. RICHARDSON:  Well, I -- I'm not a scientist.  It's -- you know, I don't see this as an issue of science or definition. I see gays and lesbians as people as a matter of human decency.  I see it as a matter of love and companionship and people loving each other. You know I don't like to categorize people.  I don't like to, like, answer definitions like that that, you know, perhaps are grounded in science or something else that I don't understand.

            Richardson came off not just as a bigot, but also as a colossal bonehead.  He joined Patricia Madrid in an illustrious club of New Mexico Politicians Who Killed Their Candidacies On Live Television.  

             

            •  Wasn't that a 'trick' question? (1+ / 0-)
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              sap

              Did you read the account from Venice Dave?

              "[Richardson] was truly confused about the question, and he also thought Melissa Etheridge, an outspoken supporter of Al Gore, was trying to trick him with a question."

              — VeniceDave

              Richardson boasts about how he's gone head to head with the likes of Omar al-Bashir, Kim Jong-il and Saddam Husein, yet he was thrown off by what he mistakenly perceived as a "trick question" posed by big, bad Melissa Etheridge.  Trick questions and jet lag really seem to trip him up.

              Well. Boo. Hoo.

              Are his explanations presidential? You be the judge.  Oh. wait.  I wouldn't want to be accused of opposing due process.


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  •  Wrote my representative today (5+ / 0-)

    But unfortunately it's John Shadegg, a total Republican tool.  We have a viable Dem candidate running against him (Bob Lord), so hopefully this will be Shadegg's last term in office.

    Impeachment is not a constitutional crisis. We are in a constitutional crisis already. Impeachment is the cure.

    by ZAPatty on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:10:04 AM PDT

    •  We're workin real hard on Harry Mitchell (3+ / 0-)
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      peace voter, emmasnacker, Unduna

      right next door, if you have the chance to give him a call. He's on the Water Resources Subcommitte and has been getting a lot of calls from folks in his district and on this site.

      "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

      by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:41:47 AM PDT

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      •  Faithful- (3+ / 0-)
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        Devilstower, peace voter, faithfull

        I'm home today sick with a bug, so I can do a few things, let me know what besides what I have done. I'm gonna call Lincoln Davis, he's my home-base district, and I'm going to call Wamp in addition to the e-mail. What else?

        Here's the response from Corker:

        "Thank you for taking the time to contact my office to share your concerns about mountaintop removal coal mining. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

        I appreciate your interest in a proposed rule by the Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to amend regulations regarding stream buffer zones and the creation and disposal of excess spoil and coal mine waste. I understand your desire that this proposed rule be reviewed by Congress and that OSM extend the public comment period and hold hearings to gather feedback as to the effects this rule could have if implemented.

        As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the protection and preservation of wildlife and the environment is very important to me. Should legislation regarding the OSM proposed rule and mountain top removal mining come before the Senate, I will certainly take your concerns into consideration."

        Not great, but it is more than his generally generic response to my e-mails. At least this is specific, fcs.

        Also - I'm not super sharp today, but I can't figure out how to make a comment on the comment page. I've done it several times before, but I can't seem to think today. Help? Thanks!

        "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

        by Unduna on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:19:20 AM PDT

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        •  1. Feel better (2+ / 0-)
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          peace voter, Unduna
          1. I would try and get some friends and neighbors to put in calls and emails to Lincolns Legislative Director - brandi.mcbride.lowell@mail.house.gov - and see if we can get a position from Lincoln Davis on the CWPA. Let me know if you need any info via email.

          I would focus on Lincoln Davis' staff today. If we can get a position from them, lets move to Wamp. But he's a whole nother can of worms. Wamps legislative director is Melissa Chapman if you want to try and get in touch with her as well.

          Thank you for all your good work, and I hope you feel much better. :)

          "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

          by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:38:07 AM PDT

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          •  I sorta straddle btwn two districts but all my (2+ / 0-)
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            family and friends (and my own little shack in the woods, lucky me) are in Davis' district, so yeah, I can definitely do something about that. I can probably garner about 10-15 calls/e-mails, maybe more. Half my people are on TN land trusts, they can be organized, so I'll try and find out what's going on with them on this and get them pumping if they aren't already.

            BIG Thanks for your hard work.

            "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

            by Unduna on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:48:06 AM PDT

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          •  Oh - (1+ / 0-)
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            how do I comment on the public comment page? Feel like an idiot, but I can't figure it...

            And do you have any specifics of how you want to go about getting a position from Brandi McBride Lowell, and is she Ms. Mcbride or Ms. Lowell?

            "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

            by Unduna on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:51:02 AM PDT

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            •  Commenting (2+ / 0-)
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              Where it says
              "Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Buffers for Waters of the United States", go over to the yellow bubble and click it. The comment field and everything is right there. They sure don't make it too clear do they?

              As far as getting a position out of Ms. McBride-Lowell (lets be safe :)) the number one weapon is persistence. Its rare to get an answer on your first try. But, especially if she is getting a number of requests, we should be able to get something out of Congressman Davis on the bill within a week or two.  Other than that, just let her know you're a constituent and speak your heart. If you need anything else, just holler.

              "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

              by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:00:12 AM PDT

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          •  Lowell. Got it off his site. Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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            "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

            by Unduna on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:59:07 AM PDT

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      •  Done (1+ / 0-)
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        I hope he finally takes a stand for the Arizonans who voted him in instead of caving in to Republicans like he's done on Iraq and Iran.

        Impeachment is not a constitutional crisis. We are in a constitutional crisis already. Impeachment is the cure.

        by ZAPatty on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 12:46:30 PM PDT

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  •  Contacted my rep, Lloyd Doggett (D-TX 25)... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm kind of surprised he wasn't already a cosponsor. I haven't heard back from him yet.

  •  Tim Walz (4+ / 0-)

    Tim Walz was a netroots candidate on ActBlue, and is on the Transportation and INfrastructure Committee where this bill will go. If you know anybody up in southern Minnesota, or who helped on his campaign online, he is in a very important spot to help this legislation.

    "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

    by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:33:55 AM PDT

  •  Dear Lincoln, (6+ / 0-)

    (Lincoln Davis, D-TN)

    I was a bit disappointed in your failure to stand with Congressman Stark but I am much more concerned about whether you will co-sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act.

    America can no longer afford to consider coal as a way out of our energy shortage, nor can we afford to destroy what's left of Tennessee's environment and ecology simply in order to make sure National Coal continues to make obscene profits at the expense of our Tennessee water quality.

    Lincoln, you live very close to the Big South Fork. With the threat to the New River and the Royal Blue conservation areas, I can't believe you don't take this threat personally. How are you going to feel when the water quality in the Big South Fork is compromised and a huge tourist draw and environmental reserve very close to your home is threatened?

    Get with it, Friend... And call me sometime and we'll break some bread.

    Steve

    •  Lincoln Davis (3+ / 0-)
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      is one of the few people with MTR in his district that I can see supporting this bill. The mountaintop removal mines in Tennseessee are such a miniscule part of the economy and job production...and he's got freakin Royal Blue in his district. Its gorgeous, and generates a lot of revenue for central TN. Thanks for keeping the pressure on him.

      "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

      by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:08:09 AM PDT

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  •  thanks for the heads up on this-- (7+ / 0-)

    e-mailed and called my Rep.(Gillibrand). Her aide in DC claimed no knowledge of her position. I suggested a position.

  •  I called 4 more from the list (4+ / 0-)

    I received positive feedback from the following offices this morning, i.e., they were aware of the bill but did not make any further commitments:

    Stupak
    Dingell
    Carnahan
    Skelton

    Last week, I received similar receptions from:

    Eschoo
    Pelosi
    Hoyer
    Lantos
    Thompson

    I will do a bit more calling later today.

  •  I contacted my rep just now (3+ / 0-)
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    I got to attend a small gathering where Bobby Kennedy, Jr. spoke about this issue.  I saw photos of mountains removed where my mother grew up in southwest Virginia. The coal company is totally taking over one town where she lived, and the company gates will prevent my visiting the place ever again.

    My rep is a worthless Bush supporter and won't do anything about this, but thanks for prompting me to call her anyway.

  •  Just got off the phone with Boucher's (3+ / 0-)
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    office. I had called to congratulate and thank about the Wilderness Bill passing the House, but also made request, again, for him to co-sponser Clean Water Act.
    I'll be waiting with bated breath to read his response letter.
    So, 55 thousand acres of Wilderness in the making. That's some clean water, anyway.

    Virginia Wilderness Bill passes House! Thanks for the help, kossacks!

    by emmasnacker on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:04:17 AM PDT

  •  Richardson (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if Richardson would endorse ending mountaintop removal as President, or if he is just putting out a statement (and a fine one at that) in regards to another Bush Administration policy.

    "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

    by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:11:09 AM PDT

  •  Joe Donnelly (2+ / 0-)
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    I have sent 3 letters to congressman Joe Donnelly and have never received a single reply to my urging.  He is going to face a tough election next year against a military veteran and needs the support of people like us.  PLEASE!  Contact Joe Donnelly and tell him how you feel:

    http://donnelly.house.gov/...

    Thanks!

    •  His Legislative Director (1+ / 0-)
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      is Nathan Fenstermacher, if you wanted to call Donnelly's office and ask for him (202-225-3915.) Let Nathan know you've sent three letters and have never heard a response.

      "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

      by faithfull on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:26:33 AM PDT

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  •  toll free numbers (0+ / 0-)

    for the congressional switchboard:

     800.828.0498


     800.459.1887

     800.614.2803

     866.340.9281

     866.338.1015

     877.851.6437





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  •  I made a couple of calls (1+ / 0-)
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    First, I called the office of my congresswoman, Jane Harman (CA-36) - her aide told me that he didn't know why she wasn't a co-sponsor of the legislation, but that she is plannning to vote for it.  He siad he'd pass my message on - my message urging her to sign on as a co-sponsor.

    Next, I called Carolyn Kilpatrick's office.  I called that office because I have profound admiration for Representative Kilpatrick.  Her aide was very nice and told me that the congresswoman had not been receiving calls about the Clean Water Protection Act.

    Oh well - so much for the list of reps to call.

    Anyway - I'm glad I finally got around to making these calls.


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