Late last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sean Connaughton as U.S. Maritime Administrator. CONGRATULATIONS SEAN!!!!

From the Congressional Record

Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

Sean T. Connaughton, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration.

UPDATE: No swearing in ceremony has been scheduled yet, so it may yet be a while before Sean takes the oath.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

DeLay Must Remain On The Ballot

This is just stupid, not to mention a double standard. It was just four years ago in 2002 when Democrats argued that they had a right to replace Sen. Bob Torricelli on the ballot in New Jersey after he had won his nomination AND the filing deadline had passed for the general election. The court agreed and they made a last minute switch placing former Sen. Frank Launtenberg on the ballot. In Texas, the filing deadline hasn’t even passed yet, but the Republicans can’t name a new candidate to replace their current nominee who doesn’t even live in the state anymore? Ridiculous.

I’ll tell you what. We’ll keep Tom DeLay on the ballot if the Dems kick Frank Launtenberg out of the Senate and replace him with Doug Forrester who was the GOP nominee that year and should have been unopposed. Deal? Didn’t think so….

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Judiciary_

LG Bolling Named To Leadership Post In Nat’l LG’s Assoc.

Bolling Named To Leadership Of National Lieutenant Governors Association
Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Attends NLGA Annual Meeting In Seattle

August 03, 2006

Despite taking office just six months ago, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has been elected to serve on the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governors’ Association (NLGA). Lieutenant Governor Bolling will serve as a South Region-At-Large member of the NLGA Executive Committee.

NLGA is a professional association providing research and training for the officeholders first in line of succession to the governor in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Lieutenant Governor Bolling is also serving on the Executive Committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors’ Association.

“Lieutenant Governor Bolling was nominated to this position by a bi-partisan group of his peers,” said NLGA Executive Director Julia Hurst. “The positive vote on him from officials of both parties from every region of the country speaks to the high regard to which he is held among his peers.”

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association,” Bolling said. “I have been very impressed with the work NLGA does and the important policy initiatives they promote across our country.”

NLGA’s Executive Committee meets three times a year and is responsible for charting the course of issues and training to be pursued by the nation’s second-highest state officeholders on a number of bi-partisan initiatives. In addition to its specific duties, the committee will also address issues of mutual concern to all members.

Bolling’s election came at NLGA’s 2006 annual meeting, which was held in Seattle July 17-20. Some twenty Lieutenant Governor’s from across the country attended the meeting, along with key members of their staffs and corporate sponsors of the association.

The 2006 annual meeting included presentations on a number of important issues, including the impact that an aging population will have on public policy, how to implement a successful international trade program, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, national health information technology initiatives and various education initiatives for the states.

NLGA adopted three policy resolutions at the meeting. These resolutions include support for additional state funding for the arts; and promotion of the Steptember program, which will encourage physical activity and weight loss during the month of September, and Ending Cervical Cancer In Our Lifetime, which will promote awareness on the prevention of cervical cancer.

While in Seattle, Lieutenant Governor Bolling also took time to visit the corporate headquarters of Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft Corporation and Boeing Enterprises. Each of these major corporations, which are based in Seattle, have a strong presence in Virginia.

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2009 Elections_

Committee Favorably Reports Connaughton Nomination

*** UPDATED ***

From today’s Congressional Record:

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Charles D. Nottingham, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board, and Sean T. Connaughton, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, both of the Department of Transportation, Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jay M. Cohen, of New York, to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology, Nathaniel F. Wienecke, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and a promotion list for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Next stop, a confirmation vote by the full Senate. This could happen by sometime this weekend, folks….

UPDATE: Sean now has a calendar number, 844, on the Senate’s Executive Calendar, which indicates this will probably happen soon. As soon as the pension bill clears the Senate containing Sen Baucus’s fix to the highway bill, it should be smooth sailing. My sources are telling me this could be a done deal in the next 24 hours.

Categories: PWC Politics_, Congress_, 2006 Elections_

Nutroots Update of the Day

Nutroots fav Ned “Don’t Call Me Flanders” Lamont now leads Joe Lieberman by 13 percent in the latest poll for the CT Dem Senate primary next week. Given that the GOP candidate in this race is polling in single digits, don’t be surprised to see a big block of GOPers and independents backing Lieberman in the general in November if he is running as an independent. Meanwhile the DSCC will be faced with the choice of supporting their party’s nominee or their party’s incumbent and from what I’m hearing, they’ll support their nominee.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Nutroots_, War on Terror_

SHOCKING!!! Webb discovers you need to raise money to run for the U.S. Senate!!!

Webb blasts money in politics

Of course you’re going to blast money in politics when you don’t have any and have no real hope of raising any either.

Sitting with five Richmond area Democrats at a West End home, Webb said the need for campaign money has been the biggest surprise of his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

At this rate, meeting in kitchens with 5 voters at a time, Webb will have garnered enough support to win the race by Election Day in the year 2276.

UPDATE: Additional coverage of this shocking story can be found at J’s Notes and The Ward View.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Potential Connaughton Roadblock Removed?

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had placed a hold on all Department of Transportation nominees until he obtained $50 million to refurbish Montana’s 52-mile “Going-to-the-Sun” road, which was built in 1932. That money is now included in the Senate’s version of the pension reform bill. Baucus had believed he secured the funding for the road in the last highway bill, but because of an error in language, the Transportation Department is not able to appropriate the funds.

This should remove Baucus as an obstacle to Sean Connaughton’s confirmation as U.S. Maritime Administrator. The Senate will probably not recess for August until Sunday or Monday at this point, so there is still plenty of time for them to bring up a unanimous consent to approve Sean’s nomination before they leave town. That would in turn lift any perceived clouds over either or both parties holding nominating contests later this month for PWC Chairman should the post be vacant by then.

UPDATE: Senator Baucus has left town to be with his family after the death of his nephew in Iraq. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. Baucus and his family and our thanks go out to his nephew for the ultimate sacrifice that he made in serving his country.

Categories: Congress_, PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_