Oh, that explains why Gibbons would abandon the Sagebrushers
Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada) were both on NPR's To The Point this morning discussing the part of the House budget that would allow for mining companies to get dirt cheap mineral rights across the West. While I'd heard that it was mostly our man in California, Richard Pombo that was behind the big private give-away, it was actually Gibbons that wrote that particular section of the budget.
And, why would Gibbons wait until now, when the moratorium on the practice that he wants to waive has been in place since the mid 90s? I mean, there’s been a Republican President since 2001, and a Republican majority since 2002.
Tom Udall cleared it up for me pretty quickly. Gibbons is running for Governor, and you know, there are some mining companies in Nevada. It doesn't surprise me that this entire line-item in the budget is a fundraiser for Gibbons, I'm just surprised that he'd sell out local control like that.
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Posted by: Jim | Nov 19, 2005 2:20:49 AM
Posted by: Jim | Nov 19, 2005 2:21:44 AM
Yes, Diane Titus is running against Jim Gibbons. And, she's doing a pretty good job of it too so far.
Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Nov 19, 2005 7:38:09 AM
Yes, the money from the mining companies is something Gibbons really desires, certainly, but he's already virtually guaranteed that given he's been in their pocket from day one. I suspect Gibbons is more looking for positive media coverage after a continuous serious of verbal gaffes. I mean, when was the last time Gibbons was on NPR? Try never: his Congressional career has been too mediocre for him to get national attention...until now. Fortunately, it seems to be turning negative on him.
Posted by: Nevada Scandalmonger | Dec 5, 2005 4:15:14 PM
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