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   Alabama Democrats pound Republican incumbents over SCHIP vote.

   The California Dream Act, which would provide for financial aid for ALL students, is now on the Governor’s Desk. Take Action Today.

   The state of play on SCHIP doesn’t look good, but in Maryland we do have some options.

   More about the Presidential primary mess in Michigan.

   On Wednesday, the UAW struck Chrysler for half a day. This follows on the heels of the 2-day GM strike last month.

   Martin Heinrich may be running for Congress in New Mexico but he was born in Fallon, Nevada. He shares his childhood memories with My Silver State.

New Mexico
   The surprising retirement of Republican Senator Pete Domenici created a domino effect, which New Mexico FBIHOP explored in a five part series, the final part coming today.

   Republican Congressman Lee Terry of Omaha cast one of only two votes AGAINST freeing the leader of Myanmar’s democratic movement. New Nebraska Network’s Mike Nellis wants an explanation.

West Virginia
   Among other offenses, West Virginia right-wing columnist Don Surber shows no decency in attacking the Frost family.

TxSharon at Bluedaze finds that it’s no longer safe to go into the water in Texas. Meanwhile, Brains and Eggs reveals the sordid tale of Sharon “Killer” Keller, the presiding judge of Texas’ Court of Criminal Appeals, where “justice for all” closes at 5pm – sharp. Blue 19th discovers Rattlebrain Randy Neugebauer likes disasters.

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Blue Jersey’s Huntsu asks WTF ??? with the federal attorney publicizing the arrests of Democrats but not Republicans? Meanwhile, I explain why the NJGOP cannot win (Hint: We know what they stand for).

AzNetroots ponders the Art of Not Playing Into the Enemies Hands. And Blog for Arizona gleefully discovers that the GOP is gearing up on immigration – an issue that cost them dearly last election cycle.

Bleeding Heartland wonders why Joe Biden is campaigning with Sam Brownback – there’s a reason, but it’s a dumb-as-hell one.

New Hampshire
Blue Hampshire uncovers more asshattery by John Sunnunu. The Liberal Patriot has noticed Americans want the war funding cut – has Congress?

Blue Indiana points the finger at a lying “Christian Conservative” organization (that’s about the only kind there is, right?).

Blue Oklahoma believes that kids deserve decent schools and maybe health insurance, too.

Green Mountain Daily knows – anti-tax nuts are everywhere. The Vermont Daily Briefing has a voice in their pocket – but it keeps saying “dese” and “dem”.

Left in the West says “We love us some Democrats!” – Maybe because they fight for kids

Prairie State Blue reports victory in pressuring Baron Hill and looks at growing up in GITMO.

Raising Kaine reports that Virginia is turning more blue than purple – maybe because Republicans can help being dicks.

Dick Armey (that’s his real name) has some choice words about James Dobson. Square State also has the sickest deportation story you’re likely to hear today.

New York
Joe Brunno ripped off taxpayers – guess which party he’s in?

Where did the water go? Maybe the drought is God punishing Glenn Richardson’s insane 20% sales tax plan.

Stupid Republican tricks. Turn Maine Blue also discusses single payer healthcare.

Why can’t the voucher people play fair – did they have a bad playground experience?

And, in case you’ve been dead, Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

OK-Sen: Inhofe Puts Banks Above Students

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Even Oklahoma’s corporate power structure believes the state needs more college graduates, but do not count on U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to help out.

Inhofe was one of just twelve U.S. Senators who recently voted against a bill to expand federal aid for college students.  President George Bush has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 79-12 and the House 292-97.  The extra funding will be financed by cutting fees to banks on loans provided to students.

Oklahoma lags behind the nation in the number of college graduates.  The state’s corporate media outlets often bemoan the fact the state’s two major metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, do not have enough educated, highly-skilled workers to attract or sustain businesses. This bill provides better access to loans for students and will increase the state’s business viability.

So why did Inhofe vote against the bill, even though many Republicans supported the measure?

Inhofe is a shill for big corporations, including major banks and oil companies.  He has completely lost touch with ordinary Oklahomans, who have faced skyrocketing college tuition in recent years.  He has “gone Washington.”  He rewards big corporations as he denigrates ordinary Oklahomans trying to go to college.

Inhofe is a highly partisan extremist who fails to take into account Oklahoma’s particular needs and issues.

According to Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairperson Ivan Holmes, “Inhofe continues to paint himself as a ‘true’ conservative and deficit hawk, but his rhetoric doesn’t match his actions and this vote once again proves it.  Inhofe could have voted to reduce the deficit and help average families, but instead he sided with the banking industry. The latest Federal Election Commission report indicates that Inhofe received $10,000 from the American Bankers Association PAC so far in 2007.”

The 50-State Roundup

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The KY Speaker of the House
Sells Out.
A U.S. Senate candidate forum
for Dem candidates seeking to take on Norm Coleman next year was held Wednesday night.  Photos
In what Vince Leibowitz at Texas Kaos calls “a target on the state's working poor”,Texas
is rolling out a $6 million database in January to track auto insurance coverage for real-time police use in
traffic stops. What could possibly go wrong with THAT?
Desmoinesdem of Bleeding
Heartland paises Bill Richardson's proposals for
transportation policy.

In Aurora, Illinois, women's health
is under attack
. See what you can do to help Planned Parenthood
and its support of women's reproductive health.
A Michigan conservative blogger
has an unnatural fondness for hammers. 
Rosen of Calitics wonders why Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't
doing more to stop the GOP electoral vote dirty trick campaign.
 The Polis campaign
(CO-02) hires Jerome Armstrong as their internet political director
Joe Lieberman is going
to spend Sept. 11 not with his constituents, but with
Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. What a surprise.
Burnt Orange Report has released its August
Presidential and U.S. Senate tracking poll
with surprising
results. Clinton is lagging, Edwards is rising, and Obama is going
nowhere fast, not to mention there is a clear winner leader in the
race to defeat John Cornyn.


Maverick Senate candidate
Steve Novick formally endorsed the Boxer-Sanders global warming
reduction bill
, and encouraged readers nationwide to sign on as
“citizen-sponsors” in a show of support prior to the vote.
John Edwards Hits a
Packed House in Montana
and Wows the Crowd in the Process.
Free State Politics got seriously wonky in discussing
how Maryland can solve its looming budget crisis.
The Alabama Department of Environmental
Management has acquired an expensive plane for aerial spotting of
polluters and been very coy about where it flies and who's aboard,
not to mention the purpose of the flights. Left in Alabama
and the local paper have been dogging them about the plane and about
inconsistant penalties for polluters.
  New Jersey 
After six long years, gays no longer
getting thrown under a bus
in Congress.
The anti-union factions
in Colorado are delusional.

Georgia GOP reaches out to African American
community by advocating a “whiter” Augusta.
West Virginia
Carnacki of WVa. Blue implores Democrats to protect what's
most important about America.

LP laments the death of the
Alberquerque Tribune.
Romney's comparison of his sons' campaign work to military
service lands him in hot water with an actual soldier's
New York
Phillip Anderson does what Rudy Giuliani could not: list
all of Giuliani's mistakes in 30 seconds.

New Hampshire


Sen. John Sununu plans on
going down
with Baghdad Bush until the bitter end.



Lowell rates Virginia politicians on their
level of outreach with the netroots.



The state of Vermont is going to be
forced to pay
the attorney fees of the folks who got Vt.'s
campaign finance laws overturned. Ouch.



As Ohio Goes catches
Rep. John Boehner shifting the goalposts for progress in Iraq.


It looks like Dennis Kucinich is going
to get a primary challenger
for his Congressional seat.

New York


Brooklyn politics, it seems, is really f***ed up.



Sen. Jack Reed is giving his contribution from fugitive
Norman Hsu to charity. Good news.

North Carolina


There's a
meltdown going on
in the heavily Republican 11th congressional



Even the legal defense
fund for embattled GOP Rep. Tom Feeney isn't clean.



Suburban poverty in
Indiana is on the rise.



Hotflash of Show Me Progress takes on factory
in Missouri.



Conservatism is wreaking
on Washington state schools.



Daily Delaware takes on GOP Rep. Jim
Castle's cowardly stance on Iraq.



Gov. Matt Blunt may want English to
be the state's official language, but he still finds it useful to
hire a Spanish-
language polling firm.



Why did Republicans rally
around David Vitter, but not Larry Craig? I don't know, but their
excuses aren't holdiing up



MySilverState remembers a Las Vegas soldier who
committed suicide.



New Nebraska Network tracks the
of Sen. Ben Nelson's views on Iraq.



Sen. James Inhofe is “excited” at being
under attack in Iraq? Weird.



Lowell of Badlands Blue welcomes Sen. Tim
Johnson back to the Senate.