John Kerry on ANWR: The Republican Party is Mortgaging America’s Future

In four years they have run the government into massive, historic debt. Record surpluses are now record deficits. And now, today, they’re selling off America’s national lands to the highest bidder. It will start with Arctic Refuge, but it won’t stop there. Piece-by-piece, false claim-by-false claim, national resources and natural treasurers will go on the auction block. It will be a fire sale. Continue reading

Arctic Refuge Action Day Sept. 20, 2005

Here’s two more photos from today’s Arctic Refuge Action Day in Washington. Click on the photos for a high resolution full page photos (the lower righthand corner of each photo has a button to resize the photos). Enjoy! Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addresses the crowd at Arctic Refuge Action Day, which brought thousands of citizen activists from more than 30 states to Washington D.C., Tues., Sept. 20, 2005 to protest plans to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Following the rally hundreds of citizen-lobbyists visited their members of Congress on Capitol Hill to call for continued protection for the Arctic Refuge. Congress is expected to vote on Arctic Refuge drilling later this fall as part of a … Continue reading

Reid to Vote NO on Roberts – Baucus and Nelson Not as Willing to Vote No

Harry Reid announced a short time ago that he will vote NO on John Roberts nomination as Chief Justice, “voicing doubts about Roberts’ commitment to civil rights and accusing the Bush administration of stonewalling requests for documents that might shed light on his views.” Reid also said Roberts followed a “disingenuous strategy” at last week’s confirmation hearings of suggesting that the views in the memos were not his own. Not all Senate Democrats seem as willing to vote NO on Roberts.

Senator Kennedy’s Proposal for a Gulf Coast Redevelopment Authority

Senator Ted Kennedy and 13 other Senators spent the day last Friday visiting “the stricken city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to see Katrina’s devastation firsthand and hear from the affected residents.” His report on his visit can be found here: Senator Kennedy on His Visit to New Orleans. Kennedy has laid out a proposal for a Gulf Coast Redevelopment Authority. The entire proposal can be found here. Here are some quips: The size and scope of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation is unprecedented. Rebuilding the area affected by the disaster, which spans more than 90,000 square miles, will require money and manpower. To put Katrina’s impact in perpsective, consider the economic impact of previous natural disasters: 1989 Earthquake, San … Continue reading

Bush Official Arrested for Obstructing a Criminal Investigation

David H. Safavian, a White House procurement official was involved until last week in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He was arrested yesterday, “accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with the federal government.” It was the first criminal complaint filed against a government official in the ongoing corruption probe related to Abramoff’s activities in Washington.

Kerry to Speak at African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit Today

From U.S. Newswire: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; at least 5,000 will die. African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as men of other racial or ethnic groups. However, with early detection and the proper treatment prostate cancer is curable. “Prostate cancer strikes the African American community at disproportionately high rates,” said Congressman Meeks. “This Summit will help increase prostate cancer awareness and visibility within the Black community for this treatable and often curable disease.” Sen. John Kerry, himself a prostate cancer survivor, noted that the summit “marks the first time that such … Continue reading