"Bob,what does Syria have to do with defending the USA? Get US Out of NATO! Get US Out of the UN...."
A Clinton delegate from Missouri makes clear that Hillary Clinton did not release her delegates:
I am an alternate pledged delegates for Senator Clinton from Missouri. I can say unequivocally that she did NOT ask us in any way to vote for Senator Obama at the Convention. She in no way released us. She asked us to "support" him, but not ever with our votes at the Convention. It seemed clear from the conversation and from the answers given by Harold Ickes that she was not releasing her delegates, but that ALL delegates (even Senator Obama's) are not "bound" and are allowed to vote for anyone they want at the Convention. In addition, it was made known that she would appreciate it if we could stay together as a group in order to support her fight for Universal Health Care with the Platform Committee.
Jun 11, 2008 3:42 PM
Via a press release:
Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. will hold a press conference this Friday, June 13, at 10:30am to address concerns about rising energy prices and discuss solutions. Jim Haslam II, founder of the Pilot Corp., will join Congressman Duncan at the event. The purpose of the press conference is to discuss energy policy changes that need to be made in order to bring real relief to the citizens of East Tennessee, and to the entire Nation. The press conference will take place at the Pilot Travel Center located at Exit 398 off I-40 on Strawberry Plains Pike.
Jun 11, 2008 3:27 PM
Rep. Marsha Blackburn blogs her solution to high gas prices:
We know that a history of inaction has caused a lot of the situation that is in front of us. We also know that if you go back and look at the issue historically, you can look at the Carter policies in the 70s. You can look at Bill Clinton vetoing drilling in the ANWR in the 90s and see what has happened. I find it so interesting that some of our friends don’t want to talk about the supply and demand issue. We have capped our supply. We have capped our capacity, and the global demand continues to increase. To address the issue, we need to look at that. Uncap and open up that supply. Open up our capacity and address those issues, so that we can begin to address the price at the pump.
Jun 11, 2008 2:43 PM
Katie Allison Granju thinks Bob Corker may have been right about those economic stimulus checks:
A flood of economic stimulus payments pushed the federal budget deficit to an all-time high of $165.9 billion in May. The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that the May deficit was more than double the imbalance in May 2007. That reflects some $48 billion in payments as part of the government’s $168 billion effort to give the economy a jump-start and keep the country from falling into recession. For the first eight months of the budget year, the deficit totals $319.4 billion, slightly below the all-time record for this period of $346 billion, set in the 2004 budget year.
Jun 11, 2008 1:50 PM
Democratic Senate Candidate Mike Padgett on gas prices:
I was filling up last night in Nashville for today’s drive to Montgomery and Stewart counties, and for the first time, at Trousdale and Sidco Drive, I paid $4 a gallon for regular gas.
What really burned me was that I hit this dubious hallmark on the same day that Senator Alexander did something that I can only call arrogant. He voted against the Consumer First Energy Act.With Tennesseans now paying $4 for a gallon of gas, their senator passed up a chance to do something about it.
Jun 11, 2008 1:42 PM
From the Sunlight Foundation:
[T]here is real investigative gold in the Personal Financial Disclosure forms. The Center for Responsive Politics maintains a Personal Financial Disclosure Database, as does LegiStorm. By accessing these databases, you can explore the holdings and activity of a particular politician. By using keywords or organization names you can search to see who has holdings in a particular corporation etc.
Jun 11, 2008 1:36 PM