Thursday, June 26


Wonkette - Some guy wrote in to let us know that redirects to Barack Obama’s very own web site so obviously Evan Bayh, the senator from Indiana, has gotten the nod. We thought that Barack Obama, a rumored smart guy or whatever, probably planned ahead and bought up all the domains of Obama(Potential Vice Presidential Stooge The Press Is Speculating About This Week), but we thought wrong. turns up nothing, ditto, actually belongs to somebody, and took too long to type, so we gave up. Meet your new vice president, America! He is the most boring man alive.

House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation with an immunity provision, according to an analysis by In March, the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity. But last week, 94 Democrats who supported the March amendment voted to support the compromise FISA legislation, which includes a provision that could let telecom companies that cooperated with the government's warrantless electronic surveillance off the hook. The 94 Democrats who changed their positions received on average $8,359 in contributions from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint from January, 2005, to March, 2008, according to the analysis by MAPLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the connection between campaign contributions and legislative outcomes. Huffington Post

The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is engaged in an effort to rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the "George W. Bush Sewage Plant." The group has been gathering signatures at local festivals, events and city parks and has already collected 8,500 signatures, about 1,300 more than is needed to put the question on the city's ballot in November. If the measure passes, the new name will become effective starting next January, when the new president is sworn in. Supporters plan to engage in a "synchronized flush" during the inauguration as a way to send a "gift" to the newly-renamed plant, saying they believe this will be a "fitting monument to this president's work." PR Watch

South Carolina voters - or at least handfuls of them - went to the polls on June 24th for runoff elections in 11 state legislative elections. Overall, turnout declined by more than 48% in one runoff, and declined by at least 20% in nine other runoffs for state office. With instant runoff voting, voters would have had the option to rank candidates in order of preference rather than select only one choice. If no candidate receives a first choice majority, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the runoff. Ballots cast for eliminated candidates are added to the totals of the runoff candidates according to which candidate is ranked next on each ballot. More than a dozen American cities have passed instant runoff voting or started to use it.

The Washington state Democratic Party ran a video ad attacking GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi backed by the them from "The Sopranos." The predicable flap arose along with the predictable apologies for the "inadvertent" error.