Thursday, June 28, 2007

Smith and the salmon: If everyone's interests lie in the same direction, do you really need a conspiracy?

TJ at Loaded Orygun has exposed and connected more dots in the Gordon Smith/Klamath Basin affair.

On one side, you've got Dick Cheney, for whom the Klamath Basin decision was all about using his bureaucratic powers to curb agency regulation of corporate activities in general. On the other, you've got Karl Rove, for whom the overriding concern was the electoral math for 2002, 2004, and beyond.

And somewhere in the middle is Oregon's junior Senator who, as LO shows, seems to be almost prescient in his ability to politically surf the waves Cheney was creating (as well as being ready to seize any local advantage Rove's political calculus would create for him).

We're finally there. I've been waiting for weeks to say it:
What did Gordon Smith know, and when did he know it?

Stay tuned.

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Anonymous said...

Subject line: In Eugene this Saturday, Virtual Town Hall with presidential candidates


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

MoveOn Members in Eugene Gather for Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Climate Crisis

Local residents to watch Live Earth concerts and launch Virtual Town Hall Meeting with new video of presidential candidates talking about climate solutions

EUGENE – On Saturday, July 7, local residents will participate in MoveOn’s second Virtual Town Hall meeting. At the gatherings, called “Party for the Planet,” members will watch the presidential candidates, for the first time, discuss their plans for addressing the climate crisis. Over 1,300 events will take place around the country, sponsored by Political Action.

Saturday evening’s event coincides with a series of Live Earth concerts sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore, which partygoers will watch live on TV. After they watch the presidential candidates answering questions about the climate crisis posted by MoveOn members on YouTube.

“People who participate in MoveOn's Virtual Town Hall on climate are part of the solution to a crisis that affects us all,” said former Vice President Al Gore.

“This is the first time ever voters can compare the presidential candidates’ side-by-side on the climate crisis,” said Joel Thomas, owner of Cozmic Pizza, and 17-year resident of Eugene. “The public is paying attention to the climate crisis like never before, and we will demand that our next president promise bold action on this issue.”

The “Party for the Planet” Virtual Town Hall event part of a free all day live-feed screening of the Al Gore/Live Earth worldwide concert for the climate crisis which will happen at Cozmic Pizza from 1PM-8:30PM on July 7th.

Beginning Sunday, July 8th, MoveOn members will vote for the candidate with the best plan. The results of the vote will be released on Wednesday, July 11th, 2007. Votes taken after the Virtual Town Halls do not represent an endorsement.

The first Virtual Town Hall was held in April and focused on Iraq. A third Virtual Town Hall will take place this fall on health care. MoveOn’s membership voted to make these three issues the organization’s top priorities.

In recent weeks, MoveOn gained 250,000 new members from a petition asking Congress to move toward a clean energy future—showing high energy among voters on this issue. The “Party for the Planet” is being co-sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Saturday “Party for the Planet” Details:

Who: Residents of Eugene, members of Political Action. All Ages. Everyone Welcome!
What: "Party for the Planet" - watch Live Earth concert, debut video of presidential candidates talking about solutions to the global climate crisis
When: Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 6 p.m.