Friday, May 05, 2006

Pombo & McNerney News Items

Richard Pombo

Salon: The Pombo mambo -Rep. Richard Pombo, the environmentalists' scourge, was feted by the industries he so loyally serves. I'd tell you more, but they kicked me out.

"From the grain elevators of Lodi to the gated McMansions of Blackhawk, central California voters can be forgiven if they mistake their congressman, Richard Pombo, for just another local kid from a rich family who made good. Every few weeks, the 45-year-old cattle rancher returns to his home district to make the usual rounds in the usual way, holding meetings on Medicare reform, honoring local veterans and talking about the need to shore up the levees on the San Francisco Bay delta.

But back here in the nation's capital, Pombo is known for only one thing, and it has little to do with the immediate concerns of most voters in his district. For nearly a decade now, he has been one of corporate America's leading generals in the war against environmental laws. As the Republican chairman of the House Resources Committee, Pombo has spearheaded efforts to open up public lands to mining, cut back endangered-species protections, and increase logging and offshore-oil exploration. His 2000 proposal to rewrite pesticide regulations was written by the chemical industry, and his committee's recent reports on pollution rely heavily on industry research." (

"The Senate bill would ban outright gifts from lobbyists. That ban, for instance, would have prohibited the then-press secretary of Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, from attending three World Wrestling Federation events in 2000, courtesy of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff." (

The Record: Pombo hopes for lift from Cheney - May 22 event with vice president set (source)

Tracy Press: Hastert to appear at fundraiser (source)

The Record: Pombo in 'aye' of the storm - Lawmaker says vote for felony provision was a political move (source)

SF Chron: Pombo under fire from watchdog group (source)

Jerry McNerney

Roll Call: Favored Candidate in California Could Lose Democratic Primary
"Breaking with tradition, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has endorsed in a primary — though its preferred candidate to challenge Rep. Richard Pombo (R) in California’s 11th district, Steve Filson, is far from a lock in his primary battle with 2004 nominee Jerry McNerney" (More-At-Source)

The Record: Jerry McNerney gets Democrats' endorsement (source)

Jerry McNerney for Congress: Jerry McNerney at the California Democratic Party convention (source)


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