More BS byproduct from the 1st 100 hours, perhaps???
Harry Reid Twists Arms to Kill Earmark Reform
LA Times: Through Earmark, Reid May Have Boosted His Land Value
By Paul Kiel - November 13, 2006, 1:41 PM
The Los Angeles Times does their muckraking duty this morning, taking a look at the new Democratic leadership's penchant for earmarking. And what did they come up with?
[/b]Soon-to-be Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) secured millions to build a bridge near to land that he owns, likely increasing its value[/b]
Last year, Reid earmarked $18 million in federal funds for the bridge linking Nevada and Arizona by traversing the Colorado River, just a few miles from Reid's 160-acre undeveloped plot on the Arizona side of the border. According to the Times, Reid "valued the Arizona land at $500,000 to $1 million in his most recent disclosure, which reported total assets of at least $2.2 million."
Robert Bluey: How bloggers took on Harry Reid and won on earmark reform
WASHINGTON - In ways both big and small, bloggers are changing how business is done on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., learned firsthand last week the effect bloggers can have on public policy when he was handed the first defeat of his short tenure as majority leader.
It all started last Thursday when conservative Sen. Jim DeMint,
R-S.C., sought to strengthen the Senate's ethics reform bill by amending it to include the same earmark reform language in the House-passed version. Reid's deputy, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., tried to kill the amendment, but nine Democrats broke ranks and backed DeMint. Instead of accepting defeat, Reid tried to twist arms and reverse the vote.
That's when bloggers took notice. Rallying to DeMint's defense, a coalition of bloggers, led by Andy Roth at the Club for Growth, documented Reid's strong-arm tactics. The Examiner's own Mark Tapscott and Ed Frank at Americans for Prosperity jumped on the story. I posted