One way to discover what a candidate’s priorities would be if they were to take office is to see who is supporting their election. This year, it is hard to know exactly who is funding the Republicans, because they are being supported by numerous outside organizations that are spending tens of millions of dollars but that do not have to report where they are getting that money from. What is clear is that eight misleadingly-named corporate front groups are planning to spend more than $250 million this election cycle, with almost all of it devoted to defeating Democrats and electing Republicans.
North Coast conservationists encouraged by Tasmanian logging deal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
North Coast conservation groups hope a decision to phase out native forest logging in Tasmania will inspire change in New South Wales.
The Tasmanian deal calls for an end to the logging of high conservation value forests within three months, with a longer-term end to all native forest logging
The North East Forest Alliance says hopefully a similar deal will be struck in New South Wales.
Alliance spokeswoman Susie Russell says it is possible the state’s forest industry and unions will begin discussions in the next month.
“Obviously it’s taken some months for those discussions to reach an in principle agreement in Tasmania and it will probably be the same in NSW,” she said.
WASHINGTON — I’m cautious about the conventional wisdom that the Democratic Party is about to get flattened by a Republican steamroller. Pollsters are less certain than they’d like you to believe about who’s a “likely voter” and who isn’t. It’s easy to imagine how Democrats, facing near-unanimous predictions of a wipeout, could bestir themselves to narrow the enthusiasm gap by just enough to turn a potential “wave” election into a regular midterm setback for the party in power
via RealClearPolitics – The Wave and the Reality.
Musk Ox at ANWAR
WASHINGTON — For a quarter-century, environmentalists have succeeded in blocking efforts to drill for oil in what they consider a pristine, cherished patch of tundra in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
But with sky-high fuel prices and a wider Republican majority in Congress, their long fight to keep oil companies out of the refuge looked to be in trouble. Then they got some help from an unexpected place: House Republicans angry over cuts to social programs.
House leaders put off plans Thursday to vote on the budget-cutting package because of opposition to issues unrelated to the Alaska refuge — deep cuts in Medicaid, food stamps and student loans. The leaders earlier were forced to jettison the Alaska drilling provision from the bill after a group of GOP moderates said they would not vote for the budget if ANWR were included.
They also dropped from the budget document plans to allow states to authorize oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts — regions currently under a drilling moratorium.
Arctic refuge drilling on ice, for now – U.S. news – Environment – msnbc.com