Friday, June 08, 2007

End-of-week Round-up

This has been a very long week for me. You know the sort of week where everything good and everything bad happens all at once? Yeah. Walberg Watch hasn't been my top priority the last few days.

But enough of that shameless plea for sympathy. Here's a quick round-up of all the stuff I've wanted to mention, but haven't.
  • David Nacht's campaign website has been expanded somewhat, and now includes more issue positions and some photos. It's great to see so much serious action this early in the campaign, and I'm feeling really good about 2008 right now. Some suggestions (for all candidates, not just Nacht): When talking about specific issues, mention specific legislation (ie. Walberg voted against X, I would have voted for it). Also, start a blog. A regularly updated campaign blog would be something I'd love to link to.
  • It turns out I'm not really necessary, 'cause some fantastic readers have posted anonymously in the comments about some of Tim Walberg's most recent votes. First, on stem cell research, then human cloning:

Anonymous said...

Once again Walberg votes no on an important issue and is in the minority.

He consistantly votes no. He's an obstructionist and has a very shallow understanding of things.

His information on stem-cell facts he cited is absolutely wrong, but consider his sources.

He had a great opportunity to extol "life-affirming" research and advancements which would also provide great benefits to Michigan research funding, but instead his closedmindedness and tunnel vision on this important issue clouded his judgment and he voted no.

We must elect someone more intelligent and reasonable. We all deserve better.

Anonymous said...

Just to be clear, in voting "no" on this latest bill, Walberg says that he *still* *does not* support stem cell research. His splitting hairs is simply dodging the issue.

I wonder who is feeding him this stuff, as he certainly is not up to it himself.

Anonymous said...

I cannot figure this one out either. Would the "liberal culture of death" that Walberg campaigned against support a ban on human cloning?

Walberg had a chance to make it very clearly a crime to clone humans and he voted against it. It failed 204-213.

His right to life grassroots are going to question that decision. Many of the arguments against embryonic stem cell research hinge on the doomsday scenario of it encouraging human cloning. Why would Walberg take a pass and not outlaw cloning?

  • The Michigan Democratic Party is hitting Congressman Walberg hard on oil drilling in the Great Lakes, and rightly so. Here's what they sent out to their e-mail list (also featured in a front-page diary on Michigan Liberal):
The newest controversy surrounding Congressman Tim Walberg is his support for oil drilling in the Great Lakes. This controversy has reached all forms of media: television, radio, newspapers and blogs.

On television: WZZM Channel 13: Idea of Great Lakes oil drilling sparks debate

In the newspaper:

On the radio: WWJ, The Michigan Talk Radio Network and WILS 1320 AM all provided offline coverage of Walberg’s support for oil drilling in the Great Lakes.

In blogs: Walberg Watch, Swing State Project and many others covered it here, here, here and here.

... And yes, I would still have mentioned that even if they hadn't linked to this blog and my Swing State Project comment.

So that, plus Susan Demas' article and Doug's write-up of the town hall pretty much covers it for Walberg this week. I'm tired, and tomorrow is going to be a very long day. What's new with all of you?

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The drilling issue is only an attention grab and a distraction for Walberg. He knows nothing will ever become of it. That is a moot issue on both sides of the aisle, nobody wants to see it happen and it's a waste of time and effort to even discuss it. Not even Posthumus or DeVos supported it.

I agree with the poster who said he missed the boat with the stem-cell bill. He had his own opinion in mind, not the best interest of his state. Michigan is poised to be a huge player in this research (thanks to the ongoing efforts of Joe Schwarz). This research is not fruitless has he claims, but offers great hope for chronic diseases.

Hopefully, he can go back to his pulpit soon and preach his narrow ideology to those willing to listen. We need to put a statesman back in office who is willing to do what's in the best interest of his state and constituents.
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