Dan Chmielewski

Is $17 Billion a Lot of Money? More GOP Doublespeak

  The late Senator Everett Dirksen once said wryly about spending public money, “A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money.” Red County’s Matt Cunningham is positively shameless when it comes to being critical of anything President Obama does that might be viewed as a positive for the…

Colin Powell: “GOP needs to move to the Center”

A set up to this post.  Matt Cunningham has this post at Red County where he urges state assembly Republicans not to vote for Sam Blakeslee as the new assembly GOP leader because he’s the most liberal member of the GOP assembly. Matt writes: “The bad news is Assembly Republicans are apparently poised to replace…

Maine Governor Signs Gay Marriage Bill into Law

Maine Governor John Baldacci, who had 10 days to sign or veto a gay marriage bill approved by the State of Maine’s Legislature, has reoprtedly signed the bill making Maine the newest state to protect equal rights. Maine is now the fifth state in the uniuon to approve Gay Marriage; voters cna overturn the Governor’s…

Bob Herbert: GOP “Out of Touch”

Reading the letters to the editor section of the OC Register is a particularly sobering experience.  Many progressives, Democrats and liberals I speak with used to write letters to the editor, but stopped because why waste your time? The Register’s Letters pages provide a wink and a nod that there are readers in this county…

Maine the Next State to Legalize Gay Marriage

This is starting to look like The Liberal New England blog, but the New York Times reported that the State Senate in Maine, home to the last two moderate Republican senators, has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage.   From the story: “The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 21 to 14 for a bill that would…