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News Environment Wednesday, Aug 31 2011

Rep. Allen West Criticizes Bachmann For Wanting To Drill In The Everglades

On August 30, 2011, the Palm Beach Post reported that "U.S. Rep. Allen West told a town hall audience today that Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann made 'an incredible faux pas' when she said she is open to allowing drilling for oil and natural gas in the Everglades if it can be done safely." West also said he'd "straigten her out" on the issue.

News LGBTQ+ Tuesday, Aug 30 2011

POLITICO: Neumann: Gay lifestyle "unacceptable"

Dave Catanese covers Mark Neumann's comments on homosexuality:

Freshly minted Wisconsin Senate candidate Mark Neumann is being confronted again with anti-gay comments he made 15 years ago and later amended.

News Sunday, Aug 28 2011

Omaha World-Herald: Bruning owns lake house with 2 Nelnet officials

On August 28, 2011, the Omaha World-Herald reported: In the summer of 2007, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning waived a…

News Saturday, Aug 27 2011

Miami Herald: Senate candidate McCalister breaks Army uniform rule, offends general and vets

On August 26, 2011, the Miami Herald reported:

Mike McCalister, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, violated U.S. Army regulations by wearing his uniform to a political fundraiser — a move that further fuels the criticisms of veterans and service members who say he’s misleading voters to seem like more of a soldier than he ever was.

News Friday, Aug 26 2011

Huffington Post: Another Rick Perry Staffer Ensnared In Teacher Death Bond Scheme

On August 26, 2011, the Huffington Post reported:

"Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to Swiss banking giant UBS go beyond his relationship with former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Perry's current chief of staff and top press person for his campaign, Ray Sullivan, spent five years as a lobbyist for UBS in Texas -- a tenure that began the same year Gramm made his macabre pitch for Perry to enable Wall Street gambling on the deaths of Texas teachers. Sullivan reaped between $300,000 and $600,000 lobbying for UBS between 2003 and 2008, according to data compiled by Texans for Public Justice, a nonpartisan government transparency group. Disclosure forms only require lobbyists to indicate a salary range, not a specific salary. Sullivan had several other lobbying clients during those same years. He has been described in the local Texas press as a member of Perry's trusted inner circle. Sullivan worked for Perry both in the governor's mansion and in the late 1990s when Perry was then lieutenant governor. Sullivan started working for UBS in May 2003. That November, Perry aggressively pushed the Texas teacher pension fund and state teacher associations to sign off on a UBS plan to take out life insurance policies and annuities on retired Texas teachers -- an elaborate scheme in which the state of Texas would serve as a something of a bookie, setting up Wall Street bets on how long those teachers would live..."

News Friday, Aug 26 2011

Omaha World-Herald: Bruning attained wealth in office

On August 25, 2011, the Omaha World-Herald reported:

In a little over a decade, Attorney General Jon Bruning has amassed a burgeoning business portfolio that puts him squarely in the multimillionaires' club. He has done it all while serving in office and earning $95,000 a year.

News Wednesday, Aug 24 2011

Boston Globe: Brown links to ‘CrazyKhazei’ Twitter feed

On August 24, 2011, the Boston Globe reported: For nearly a month, Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei has been mocked…

News Energy Wednesday, Aug 24 2011

Washington Times: Ties to coal industry rise as issue for Allen

On August 24, 2011 The Washington Times reported:   When the Environmental Protection Agency announced new smokestack standards for coal-burning…

News Wednesday, Aug 24 2011

Dick Lugar: Big Spender

It is no secret that there is no love lost between Indiana Senator Dick Lugar and the Tea Party. Along with his colleagues Olympia Snowe and Orrin Hatch, Lugar represents one of the top Republican Senate primary targets for the Tea Party. But unlike Snowe and Hatch, Lugar has chosen to take a confrontational approach to this element of his party. Regarding the START Treaty, he told Tea Partiers to “get real,” and his spokesman has said that they “reject the premise” that conservative must “kowtow to the Tea Party.”

Explaining his distaste for the Tea Party, Lugar told reporters in January that Tea Party supporters are motivated by anger, complaining “we want this or that stopped or there is spending, big government—these are all, we would say, sort of large cliché titles, but they are not able to articulate all the specifics.”

If Lugar is concerned that Tea Party is having trouble articulating specific spending or “big government” policies, perhaps he will offer up cuts to the Farm Bill and agricultural subsidies. But, this is unlikely because a close look at Lugar’s record, shows he is a big fan of government spending.

As a look at his record shows, Lugar is a big spender, after the jump.

AB Leadership Climate Change Tuesday, Aug 23 2011

Plain Dealer: GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin Coughlin Calls Global Warming Science 'Sketchy'

On August 22, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:

A Democratic super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century sent a videographer to an Aug. 18 appearance that Coughlin made before a Strongsville tea party group called Strong Ohio. It filmed Coughlin calling the science behind global warming "sketchy," and rhetorically declaring: "I would ask the people in Pompeii who are frozen like this if an act of Congress could change their situation."

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