50 State Blog Roundup - 2/22/08

Rick Renzi's under indictment, Sue Myrick gets caught with her fingers in the cookie jar - possibly legally, Patrick McHenry has questions surrounding just about everything he does, John Shadegg can't make up his mind. How many more Republicans will get caught up in legal or ethical controversies prior to November?

One way to stay on top of this is to follow along with the state blogs. We're discussing our congress critters and their shenanigans long before it hits the national scene. Stop by. Check us out. You too can be the first to know.

Here's your roundup for the week:

New Mexico
   Republican Senate candidate Steve Pearce says legalizing same sex marriage will lead to legalized pedophilia. Classy.

California
   The California Yachting association wants you to call the California Republican Party and thank them for not taxing your yachts!

Virginia
   Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) politicizes the Iraq Study Group

Texas
   Krazypuppy at Texas Kaos thinks John McCain may have gotten a bit too smart for his own good. FEC Investigates McCain, May Be Forced to Use Public Financing.

North Dakota
   North Dakota's Republican Realtor-legislators and developers plan to build the Emperor a new prison using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars so they can subdivide public riverfront land and build McMansions and starter castles.

Alabama
   Payday lending vultures thrive where "fake Christians" have political power.

Maryland
   Art Brodsky of Public Knowledge comments on a bill to collect information on broadband deployment.

Nebraska
   Republican Attorney General Jon Bruning claims to be "surprised and disappointed" by the Nebraska Supreme Court's declaring the electric chair an unconstitutional form of capital punishment. Nevermind that the notorious hypocrite is on record as a state senator predicting and expressing support for the court's decision.

Oregon
   Rasmussen polls the Oregon Senate race, and finds Gordon Smith vulnerable, two strong Democratic challengers running within range despite low name ID. The Oregon Republican Party admitted this week the IRS has a lien on their assets, they're a quarter million dollars in debt, they got kicked out of their already crappy strip mall office, and they owe AT&T 60 grand. So much for effective GOTV in that open seat in CD5!

West Virginia
   Keeping an eye on the right in W.Va., first with "Cartoon: Maynard and the 3.5 Million Dollar Man respond" and next with... Keeping an eye on the right in W.Va., first with "Cartoon: Maynard and the 3.5 Million Dollar Man respond" and next with...Keeping an eye on the right in W.Va., first with "Cartoon: Maynard and the 3.5 Million Dollar Man respond" and next with... Keeping an eye on the right in W.Va., first with Cartoon: Maynard and the 3.5 Million Dollar Man respond" and next with... a look at coal industry Sludgeroots"

South Dakota
   If Steve Kirby runs against Tim Johnson, he'll be making a big mistake. If Steve Kirby runs against Tim Johnson, he'll be making a big mistake.If Steve Kirby runs against Tim Johnson, he'll be making a big mistake.

Vermont
   Ben Cohen redecorates his vehicle for Obama

Minnesota
   In an important race, some Dems are doing their best to be as dirty as possible in Minnesota's Third district open seat race.

Chris Baker gives a moving personal perspective on the Clinton legacy in Ohio in The Prodigal NAFTA.

Kentucky
   BlueGrassRoots carpetbombs Chuck Schumer, Gov. Steve Beshear and the KY Dem Party for the Horne/Lunsford debacle that let Mitch McConnell off the hook. Chuck Schumer responds by slamming the KY blogosphere. Falsely.

Nevada
   NV-02: Jill Derby announced this week she'll seek a rematch against Republican freshman Congressman Dean Heller.

Louisiana
   Supporters of Gilda Reed held a 24 hour blogathon fundraiser for Democratic Candidate Gilda Reed at Daily Kos. All of the posts are linked to here. Supporters of Gilda Reed held a 24 hour blogathon fundraiser for Democratic Candidate Gilda Reed at Daily Kos. All of the posts are linked to here. Supporters of Gilda Reed held a 24 hour blogathon fundraiser for Democratic Candidate Gilda Reed at Daily Kos. All of the posts are linked to here. Supporters of Gilda Reed, including Ryan of the Daily Kingfish, held a 24 hour blogathon fundraiser for Democratic Candidate Gilda Reed at Daily Kos. All of the posts are linked to here. Here's a look at one of the Democratic candidates' ads in LA-06 Here's a look at another one of the Democratic candidates' ads in LA-06

Michigan
   Some thoughts on how to do better GOTV in Michigan

North Carolina
   It's been rumored for years, but BlueNC outlines how Republican Sue Myrick is legally(?) pocketing hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions.

Arizona
   At AZNetroots Shadegg is back in an Renzi is out......for a loooooong time.

Colorado
   At Squarestate, they're laughing at The Heritage Foundation.

Connecticut
   At My Left Nutmeg, they take at look at Lieberman as McCain's VP.

New York
   Daily Gotham sees a brewing fight between party establishment and netroots in New York.

Idaho
   They're discussing bigots in Idaho at 43rd State Blues.

Illinois
   Illinois GOP Advocate Wants Women and Girls Investigated for Using Birth Control.....This is not a joke.

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the Texas Story - McCain and the FEC

Federal Election Commission Chairman David Mason, in a letter to McCain this week, said the all-but-certain Republican nominee needs to assure the commission that he did not use the promise of public money to help secure a $4 million line of credit he obtained in November.

Citing the loan agreement, Mason wrote: "We note that in your letter, you state that neither you nor your (presidential campaign) committee has pledged the certification of matching payment funds as security for private financing. In preparation for commission consideration of your request upon establishment of a quorum, we invite you to expand on the rationale for that conclusion."

I heard this on the Rachel Maddow show this morning (we listen in the am as we get ready for the day.) This is all true. It is possible, but not likely, that McCain may be limited to spending only 54 million in the Republican Primary - which he is close to already, which means he might have to go dark. This gives Huckabee an edge. Not enough to win, but enough to make McCain look bad. And it could be why McCain is making so much noise about it Obama and public financing.

Go read the story at TexasKaos.

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