Roberts = Secrets

Short of that, how about the White House quit stalling and stonewalling the release of Robert’s opinions and briefs for the 16 cases that deal specifically with constitutional law while he was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General, a position, that Senator Kennedy reminds is, is to serve the people, not any specific administrion. Continue reading

Homeland Security Investigators to Monitor Katrina Contracts, Democrats Call for Independent Commission

AP News reports that a “team of investigators” are being sent to “Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast to follow the money — namely, billions of dollars in relief aid the federal government is pouring into the region without normal contracting safeguards.” This should be good news to those worried about who’s getting the contracts to clean-up and rebuild the Gulf Coast. But it’s not good news. No, it’s more of the same old, same old… the Fox is watching the Hens, once again. Par for the course for the Bush administration, as we have seen over and over again. Here’s why we need to be concerned: The 30 Homeland Security Department investigators and auditors are part of what officials call an … Continue reading

Journalists Say, Government Data Harder to Get

A report released Monday by the Society of Environmental Journalists found that delayed non-response to a FOIA request are becoming commonplace. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mark Schleifstein, hurricane reporter of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans “filed a request under the federal Freedom of Information Act, asking for any reports on spills, accidents or fires.” After badgering the Environmental Protection Agency for days to learn where dangerous chemicals were leaking after Hurricane Katrina, still couldn’t get a clear answer. More than a week later, he has received no response.

The Roberts Nomination – What’s at Stake?

If you’re not paying attention — you should be. The first day of the Roberts nomination hearing has come to a close. The day was filled with statements on the nomination by the various members of the Judiciary committee, there’s more on that here, here and here. I checked around the blogosphere to see what’s being posted about the hearings… not much, considering this nomination could affect the direction of the Supreme court for the next 20 – 30 years and involve 8 – 9 presidential terms. There are some major issues at stake. Issues that will affect the future of our country for generations to come. We simply cannot sit back and wring our hands and say well, they … Continue reading

A Republican’s Insight: Is There a Chance for a Democratic Foothold in the South?

EDITORS NOTE: The following post was to be posted in our comments by Donnie from Houma, LA. Donnie appeared on The Democratic Daily about a week or so ago, fresh from the Katrina disaster in LA, Donnie and I struck up a conversation about what was really going on in LA. Donnie is registered Republican, who’s not at all happy with the way things are going down there. I’ve invited Donnie from Houma, LA to share his insight with our readers. Here’s his first post in what we hope will be a series based on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Donnie from Houma, LA: As promised, get ready for my own style of shock and awe. This is the gift … Continue reading

Welcome to Camp Katrina

In the aftermath of this unbelievable tragedy, emotions are running high, fear being one of them. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind, but in the midst of the horror, some beautiful, uplifting stories are unfolding. Colorado has invited 1000 survivors to make a new home in this sun-filled, high-spirited, DRY, infinitely friendly place. The people are overjoyed at this opportunity to embrace these Americans who have just been through hell. Here are some excerpts from the Rocky Mountain News: Volunteers canceled Labor Day weekend plans and worked around the clock to cart off truckloads of debris and mop away years of grime. In a massive outpouring of support — from pastors to policy wonks, from cops to … Continue reading