Southern California Edison, the operator of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), has proposed to restart one of the facility’s two damaged reactors without repairing or replacing the parts at the root of January’s shutdown. The Thursday announcement came over eight months after a ruptured heat transfer tube leaked radioactive steam, scramming Unit 3 and taking the entire plant offline. But perhaps more tellingly, Edison’s plan–which must be reviewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission–was issued just weeks before the mandated start of hearings on rate cuts.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday October 5, 2012 2:45 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:35 am|
The latest set of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show the race moving marginally in Mitt Romney’s direction. After multiple bad weeks, it appears Romney’s nose-dive has finally stopped. In Florida and Virginia Romney is almost tied with Obama, but Obama still holds a solid advantage in Ohio.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 28, 2012 3:24 pm|
Early in the election it was thought Mitt Romney would have an advertising advantage. Not only was Romney raising more money than Obama in the beginning, but also there are significantly more well funded Republican leaning Super PAC’s. This expected advantage, though, has not materialized. In the big swing states the Obama team is actually winning the ad wars.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 26, 2012 8:35 am|
The news is getting better for President Obama almost on a daily basis. The last NYT/CBS/Quinnipiac polls show Obama with a huge lead over Mitt Romney in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:58 am|
A Bush appointee, Judge Timothy Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, has ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that reducing the number of early voting days from 14 to 8 would have an impact on/disenfranchise black voters. Cutting early voting days has been the pet project of Governor Rick Scott.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 24, 2012 10:50 am|
Florida is the largest swing state and currently President Obama holds an extremely narrow lead over Mitt Romney according to two new polls released over the weekend. The PPP poll found Obama has a four point lead.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00 pm|
I’ve mentioned the saga of Rep. David Rivera once before. He’s the South Florida Republican Congressman who paid for mailers for a fake Democratic “candidate” in the hopes that he could either drive up the negatives or defeat his likely opponent, Joe Garcia. Investigators, including the FBI, have already discovered a bounty of evidence showing Rivera’s fingerprints all over the mailers of the fake candidate, who makes a modest income but nonetheless allegedly self-funded his campaign with tens of thousands of dollars. He never reported the campaign expenditures to the FEC. And the invoices for the mailers were literally sent to Rivera with his name on them. Campaign finance laws were probably broken, in addition to conspiracy and possibly money laundering.
There have been developments in the case.
|By: Wade Rathke Saturday September 15, 2012 1:59 pm|
Let’s just be very clear right up front, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco may have both collected their share of mainstream awards, like Pulitzers, American Book Awards, and the like, but with this book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, they remove any doubt about whether they are “celebrity couriers,” as they derisively term a lot of what is left of the mainstream, main street journalists out there today slapping whitewash on poverty and helping spin the machinery that manufactures rose-colored glasses. They have traveled through some of the hellholes on the dark side of the American economic reality and they are angry about the whole damn thing, fired up, fed up, and desperately looking hard for a fight. This book needs to be read, and it needs to sell very well because these guys are pretty much unemployable now. Trust me, I know this!
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 14, 2012 7:30 am|
Another day of polling and another day of bad news for Mitt Romney. According to a new set of NBC/WSJ/Marist polls of likely voters, President Obama leads in the three biggest swing states – Florida, Ohio and Virginia. In all three state Obama’s lead is outside of the polls’ 3.1% margin of error.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 12, 2012 1:15 pm|
The state of Florida has backed down in their attempts to purge voter-rolls of suspected non-citizens. In the settlement of a lawsuit with civil rights organizations, Florida has basically rolled back the entire voter purge, including their initial list of 2,600 “potential non-citizens,” which ended up netting exactly one non-citizen voter, out of the 8.3 million who participated in the 2008 election there.