Since there is both state-level and national interest in Harry Reid’s falling poll numbers and much talked about 2010 election campaign, I think I’ll start doing occasional “round ups” of Reid related news and info here on E!! I’ll scan the news wires and blogs; if you see anything news and/or noteworthy, please send it to me at elizcrum at gmail dot com – or just drop a Comment with any pertinent links.
Here we go:
– Both Reid and Pelosi said last week that they would not commit to giving the public even a week to review the final text of the health-care bill, nor would they commit to waiting for the Central Budget Office (CBO) to review the bill and report the costs to the public. I find their audacity – in the form of their continued lack of transparency and accountability to the American public – just appalling. This by itself should be reason enough not to vote for Reid in 2010.
– Steve Benen at Washington Monthly provides some very self-revealing Reid quotes. In a nutshell, Reid admits he is more bark than bite and doesn’t have much power over Senate votes. Remind me again why Nevada “needs” Reid on the Hill?
– The LVRJ reports that membership in the controversial group “Republicans for Reid” is growing. Though, apparently, some formerly named members are back-peddling and/or denying their support for Reid.
– The LAT reports that Department of the Interior – which in yet another irony of government nomenclature is in charge of everything Outdoors – secretary Ken Salazar has just designated 1,000 square miles of land in the Southwest U.S. “for two years of study and environmental reviews to determine where solar power stations should be built.” Says the LAT:
Salazar vowed to have 13 “commercial-scale” solar projects under construction by the end of 2010. He set a goal of producing a total of 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity. Salazar said the federal Bureau of Land Management plans to spend $22 million conducting studies of 24 tracts in the 670,000 acres of property he set aside in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
Expect Reid, aka Mr. Green Jeans, to take credit for all this in his 2010 run. Expect his opponents to say that some lines on a BLM map and a $22M two year study is not the same as action.
– On Thursday, July 2, 2009, Harry Reid, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, held a press conference about a proposed high-speed train that would go from Las Vegas to Southern California. Though there was no mention of the DesertXpress by name, Reid’s portion of the announcement featured a large map showing the DesertXpress route to Victorville. The Las Vegas Sun story described Victorville as “the high-desert outpost 85 miles north of Los Angeles” and explained that DesertXpress has a “planned spur to Palmdale to connect with California’s planned north-south line connecting San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County.” Public opinion varies re: Reid’s recent abandonment of the maglev train and sudden enthusiastic support of (prominent Republican) Sig Rogich’s DesertXpress. Either way, I think most people who travel back and forth agree with Rick Moore’s recent post: “I personally don’t care if the thing’s magnetic or runs on Froot Loops. I just want to see a train on that route.”
Update: If you want more background on how/why Reid left long-time Mistress Maglev in the lurch and took up with DesertX, read Victor Joeck’s post over at the Nevada Policy Research Institute blog.
– Everyone’s known for months that Rory Reid plans to run for governor of NV. Though he has not officially announced, CQ reports that he has hired David Chase Cohen as his campaign manager. Cohen worked on Obama’s presidential campaign as deputy national director of voter contact and then as manager of general election direct mail in 16 battleground states. The race should be interesting. Word on the street is that state Assembly speaker Barbara Buckley (D) will also make a run – and though (so far) only Joe Heck and Mike Montandon have announced for the R’s, there is another possible candidate who could break the whole thing wide open. Especially because he says he would run as an Independent…