Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Rounding out the election news

Nothing really new on the Israeli-Lebanon front.  Russia has offered its own proposal, but that’s not what’s important; what’s important and heart-breaking is that while the politicians wrangle, people are continuing to die needlessly.  Why can’t people stop killing each other until somebody in authority forces them to?  That’s something I’ll never understand.


Anyway, here’s the election news I promised:




One of the Democrats' most prominent figures is fighting for his political life as the Iraq war has an impact on mid-term primaries in Connecticut.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who stood for vice-president in 2000, faces a stiff challenge for the Senate nomination from anti-war newcomer Ned Lamont.

Mr Lieberman, a senator for 18 years, has been harshly criticised in his home state for his support for the Iraq war.

Sen. Liebermann indicates that he’s going to run as an independent if he loses the primary.  Brings back memories of “Sore Loserman” in Florida, 2000.  In this case, the shoe would actually fit.




He hasn't been caught in the Abramoff dragnet--yet--but Rep. Bob Ney has joined former Rep. Tom DeLay in succumbing to its political costs, deciding to withdraw his re-election bid.

The six-term Ohio congressman, who has been at the heart of the influence-peddling probe involving convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, decided Monday not to seek re-election this fall in what had become an increasingly close race against Democrat Zack Space. Ney maintains his innocence but says he could not continue his bid for family reasons. "I must think of them first," he said in a statement, "and I can no longer put them through this ordeal." (As for Delay, his name will remain on the ballot after the U.S. Supreme Court this week rebuffed Texas Republicans' attempts to replace him. Democrats had sued to keep Delay on the ballot as a symbol of GOP corruption).

Oh, speaking of Tom Delay….




US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [OYEZ profile] denied a request [JURIST report] Monday from Texas Republican Party chair Tina Benkiser seeking to stay a federal appeals court ruling [text, PDF] that former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] must remain on the Texas ballot for the November election against Democratic candidate Nick Lampson.


More material tomorrow.  I promise.

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