- While NY Gov. David Peterson's support is still collapsing (voters would prefer to have Spitzer back! And yeah, "Gov. Cuomo" is a near-certainty after the next election), there's more important news in the latest Siena University poll:
By a 53-39 percent margin, voters support the Senate passing a bill to legalize same sex marriages that would virtually ensure its becoming law. Democrats, independent, and young voters, and women strongly support Senate passage. Republicans strongly oppose passage, with men, older voters, African Americans, and Protestants also opposed. Support is strongest in New Your City. Every region of the state supports passage.
- Hugo Chavez's Venezuela is more popular than the Republican Party.
- PA-Sen: While the NRSC has called for the party to rally around Sen. Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania congressional delegation is sitting on the sidelines.
The state’s Republican House Members indicated in separate interviews that they are not ready to endorse Specter, who faces a challenge next year from former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in what is likely to be the toughest battle of his 30-year Senate career.
Specter enjoyed the support of almost everyone in the delegation in 2004, when he narrowly defeated Toomey by less than 2 percent in the GOP primary. But with Specter trailing Toomey in polling on next year’s rematch, Pennsylvania Members aren’t inclined to choose sides for now.
Specter leaned heavily on endorsements from more conservative House Republicans in 2004 to beat back Toomey. This action, while professed as "neutrality", is actually a stinging rebuke.
- Charlie Pierce, shooting the messenger:
d) I would like an explanation, in detail, of how much the people who work for the various "organically sprouting" news operations, both locally and nationally, actually will get paid. I know the HuffPo doesn't pay its contributors, and I'm willing to bet that nobody at A Better Oakland makes enough to live on, either. Is this the new business model for the new paradigm? Don't pay the reporters and writers?
For Charlie Pierce and many of his journalism friends, this debate is about how they continue to get paid. For me, I don't give a shit who gets paid or how much, but whether people get the news they need to make informed decisions in a democracy. If people get paid in the process, great! If they don't, but people still get good information, then great!
And you know what? Lots of "amateurs" are producing excellent information. Sometimes, even better than what the pros used to deliver. Now the old media types can rail and complain and bitch and moan about this, but it is what it is. The times are changing, and the culture with it. And consumers are getting increasingly sophisticated about how and where and from whom they consume their news. Shoot the messenger, Charlie, but it doesn't change anything. I'm not the reason people are deciding to take more direct ownership of their media production and consumption.
Oh, and one more thing Charlie: The Huffington Post does pay its reporters.
- MN-Sen: Sen. Al Franken starts staffing up his Senate office, even as Sore Loser Coleman continues to talk appeal.
Then again, his previous appeal was filed on Day One.
- Wingnuts sue Napolitano over extremism report. They really are working hard to protect the right of neo-Nazis to engage in domestic terrorism.
Me, I'm so old that I remember wingnuts hating the ACLU for defending the rights of neo-Nazis to march in Skokie.
- The Sun-Sentinel took a gander at Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's schedule:
"I'm never not governor," Crist said this week. "I have no days off. I'm working all the time."
But a Sun Sentinel review of the governor's detailed schedules for the past two years found he had no events or appointments on 62 weekdays -- the equivalent of three months. On another 74 weekdays -- or nearly four months -- his schedule shows him working only part of the day.
Much of his time, however, is spent being a politician, campaign for McCain, etc.
- Chris Hayes tweets:
If a US soldier was captured and water boarded 183 times in one month, something tells me Fox News would say he was tortured.
- The whole "going off the record" thing has gotten so out of control, you have administration officials invoking it while sitting on panel discussions with hundreds of journalists in the audience.
- Every state should adopt the Idaho bicycle model -- which allows cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs. It's a proven safe approach that better reflects the realities of the road: