Committee Favorably Reports Connaughton Nomination

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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_

Nutroots Gone Wild

The Democrat Party’s own Laurel & Hardy, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, will be hitting the road to campaign for Ned “Don’t Call Me Flanders” Lamont in his primary campaign against Joe Lieberman.

Meanwhile, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) is suing the Atlanta Journal & Constitution for libel over an editorial column that ran in the Sunday July 30 paper about McKinney’s alleged altercation with Capitol Hill police.

And finally, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Cmte. has launched the Fudge Report. (No, it isn’t what you’re thinking.)

“Beam me up, Nancy!!!”

Categories: Nutroots_, 2006 Elections_

Stewart First To The Web

Corey Stewart is off and running on the Web. Looks like he’s in the process of updating his 2003 website – just changing the face from Occoquan Supervisor to Chairman. I’d suggest doing some quick clean-up to get rid of the references of “what Corey will do when elected Occoquan Supervisor”.

In another interesting look around the web it looks like has been retained by an anonymous source. Or as calls it – a private register. However, was registered via as well back in December with Maureen being the administrative contact.

Categories: PWC Politics_, E Campaigning_

"You’ll Dance To Anything By Depeche Commode"

Howard Mortman tells the tale of Depeche Mode and the latest Middle East conflict.

FYI, the title of this post is not meant to be derogatory to Depeche Mode, rather it serves as a homage to The Dead Milkmen.

You’ll dance to anything by The Communards
You’ll dance to anything by Book of Love
You’ll dance to anything by The Smiths
You’ll dance to anything by Depeche Commode
You’ll dance to anything by Public Image Limited
You’ll dance to anything by Naked Truth
You’ll dance to anything by any bunch of stupid Europeans who come over here with their big hairdos intent on taking our money instead of giving your cash, where it belongs, to a decent American artist like myself!

Categories: Entertainment_

Monday Wrap-Up

Well, it wasn’t as bad on the golf course as I thought it would be. I played in the National Federation of Independent Business’s annual tournament benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. The event was held at Woodmore in Prince George’s County, Maryland (which is a beautiful course) and raised $20,000 for Habitat. The tournament was a scramble where you played best ball. My group scored a 66 (6 under par), which was good enough to tie us for third when our handicaps were figured in after that. Fortunately, there was enough cloud cover and breezes to keep us cool throughout the day. I’m just glad it was yesterday and not today.

From there, I stopped on my way home at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge to pop in on the PWC GOP meeting. As I drove up, the entire area was plastered with George Allen, Tom Davis and Corey Stewart signs. Inside there were representatives from the Allen, JoAnn Davis, Tom Davis, Frank Wolf and Jackson Miller campaigns who gave updates on each of those races. Supervisors Wally Covington, Marty Nohe, Corey Stewart and John Stirrup were all there (Supervisor Maureen Caddigan was at the McCoart Building for a regional BRAC meeting that she serves on as Vice Chairman — there should be news coverage on that meeting up soon.) I had to head out early, so check out Greg’s posts at BVBL for further details on the meeting.

Categories: PWC Politics_, Blogging_, Sports_