Does Alaska really need a third U.S. Senator?

The Stranger’s Josh Feit has been sticking it to GOP senate hopeful Mike McGavick… that is, if you consider the definition of “sticking it” to be insisting that McGavick give a straight answer to a straight question.

It took four tries, but Josh finally got the McGavick camp to say that no, he “would not support” the Snow-Dorgan Net Neutrality amendment. (Sen. Maria Cantwell was a co-sponsor.)

Curiously, back when Josh first posed the question, the campaign claimed Net Neutrality wasn’t an issue they’d even bothered to consider, saying it “isn’t something we’ve been asked about yet” — a surprising statement considering McGavick seeks to represent two of the amendment’s most adamant corporate supporters, Microsoft and Amazon. Yet by his third shot at giving a coherent answer, McGavick seemed to have developed a nuanced rhetorical approach to the issue, saying…

We ought not to restrain innovation through heavy handed regulation…

Hmm. Where have I heard that line before?

Alaska’s Ted Stevens, the committee chairman, accused his colleagues of “imposing a heavy-handed regulation before there’s a demonstrated need.”

So I guess when the McGavick camp told Josh that they had to think about the issue and get back to him, what they really meant was that they had to ask Sen. Stevens what he thought about the issue.

Alaska doesn’t have all that many people. Does it really need a third U.S. Senator?

McGavick stares at oil fatcat's boobs
AK Sen. Ted Stevens introduces Mike McGavick to oil industry fatcat.


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    My Left Foot spews:

    Hi Roger,

    I have been posting here for about a year, maybe a bit less. I hate RightWingNuts and anything Republican. I can’t remember their last good idea (probably because they have not had one yet).

    I was banned from (un)SoundPolitiks for expressing an opposing view so I appreciate Goldy’s policy of non censorship.

    When they come for my guns, or when it becomes necessary because the RightWingNuts have pushed us to it, I will be right there next to you, in your rabbit/fox hole, shooting to kill. There is nothing redeeming about Republicans. Power mad, selfish, Constitution be dammed morons.

    Here are some virtual carrots for you.

    Carl Grossman
    Liberal and Proud (All of our forefathers were too. Every signature on the Constitution was written by an UNPATRIOTIC LIBERAL)

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    My Left Foot spews:

    I can’t help but notice that money is against net neutrality. It also occurs to me that if a horse is out of the barn, it is too fucking late to close the fucking door. The regulation has to come first. Trying to rope this particular horse and drag it back to the barn will be very difficult and by the time it is done the telecommunications industry will have reaped (raped) zillions of dollars of profit.

    This is just wrong.

    Carl Grossman
    Liberal and Proud

    The difference between genius and stupidity, is that genius has its limits.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey, all I get is a little red “X” where the oil fatcat’s boobs are supposed to be! Waaaa! I wanna see the dirty picture!!!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    When the telecoms start manipulating what we can see on the internet, people will stop using the internet, just as they’ve tuned out the din from the rightwing-saturated airwaves.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Bush suffered another big loss in SCOTUS today. The justices (by 5-3) put the kibosh on Bush’s attempt to conduct “trials” of Gitmo detainees that don’t comply with the Geneva Conventions or provide basic due process protections. This isn’t a big surprise. Even the spineless partisan court that Bush has created won’t allow the executive branch to usurp the judicial branch’s functions.

    The funny thing about Supreme Court justices — as many previous presidents have learned — is that once they’re appointed, confirmed, and on the bench for life, they acquire an independent streak and don’t do what they were put there to do.

    But then, Bush has never been very big on learning from history.

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    Harry Tuttle aka voter advocate spews:

    Stevens oppostion to NetNeutrality should alert the Democrats who cooperate with his that their going down a one-way street.

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    Harry Tuttle aka voter advocate spews:


    He didn’t get the lesson today, Roger. Roberts recused himself and Alito voted with Scalia and Thomas.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    The news today out of Washington D.C. and Snohomish County is that Snohomish County ratepayers will not have to pay millions of dollars to the bankrupt Enron company for contracts which were cancelled when Enron’s fraudulent manipulation of the energy market became known. But note this:

    “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected Enron’s argument, saying that “Enron’s financial fraud induced Snohomish to enter into the contract.”

    And the PUD would not be held liable for being the victim of fraud, they said.

    The energy regulators used 2005 federal legislation authored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to invalidate Enron’s claim against the PUD.

    PUD Told It Doesn’t Owe Enron, Everett Herald, June 29, 2006.

    So Cantwell looks out for her constituants in a battle with big corporate interests. What’s the odds of McGavick doing the same – he doens’t even know which state he is supposed to represent!

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    willie spews:

    you know, back in the Maggie and Scoop days, it used to be argued that Ted was Washington’s third Senator — that’s because the trio worked TOGETHER on so many issues.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    That was then, this is now. What has Ted done for Washington lately, besides try to fill Puget Sound with oil tankers?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    If we had a Senator Gorton or a Senator McGavick representing us, Snohomish PUD ratepayers would be taking it in the shorts.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Progressives upset with Cantwell over Iraq need to rethink their notion that only Iraq matters. If McGavick wins in November, that will be disastrous for everything Progressives believe in. And we will all get hit hard in the pocketbook on a wide range of issues from utility market manipulation to consumer non-protection.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    I wanted to read the opinion – it looks like Hamdan vs. Rumsfield is going to be part of every constitutional law class for the next hundred years or so. But 185 pages? I miss Justice Douglas – he could say a lot in a very short amount of space. I guess I’ll have to save it and read it later.

    Link to the decision:

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    Harry Tuttle spews:

    I got to thinking of the Cubs’ Tinkers to Evers to Chance matra in reference to the fabled double-play combo. Putting the conservative members of SCOTUS into one, Scalito Thomas to John is the best I could do. Too many syllables. Of course, it does cover the four of them. Stevens to Goldberg to Bryer gets only three of the liberals.

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    Libertarian spews:

    I don’t think you folks have much to worry about. Cantwell will get re-elected without too much trouble.

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    pbj spews:

    Carl Grossman – “Liberal and Proud”

    I commend you for stating the truth about your liberal worldview. I think it is utterly wrong, but nevertheless, you do not see a need to deceive people with sneaky diversions such as “progressive”.

    Now can you get Darcy Burner to do admit the she is a liberal?

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    Another TJ spews:

    Liberal and progressive are not the same things. Just as libertarians and traditionalists make up much of the modern right, liberals and progressives compose most of the modern left.

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    BushWentAWOL spews:

    It is absolutely stunning how hard Bush got bitch slapped today. I just finished reading all 132 pages of the Supreme Court decision and many people may not know that the Justices went further than they had to. They expressly found that we HAVE to abide by the Geneva Convention. Baby Bush and his cabal of crooks and cowards have been dreading those words. This may be one of the worst days in Bush’s already miserable life.

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    wayne spews:

    When do we expect a press release from Mike! taking credit for the FERC decision in support of Snohomish PUD. It should go something like:

    In the nearly six years since Maria Cantwell took office, there was no decision from FERC concerning Enron’s $122 million claim against Snohomish County PUD. Now, only a few short months after I kicked off my campaign (again and again and again) to be Alaska’s third senator, FERC has ruled in favor of the Snohomish County PUD. I am glad that I could bring about this result and I expect Washington voters will remember this in the fall election.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    “Fat guy looks like NOrm Dicks” Commentby righton— 6/29/06@ 12:38 pm

    Skinny guy looks like Goebbels.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    It’s even worse than that for Bush. SCOTUS said “liberty is in peril.” Now let’s see how many of the wingfucks who spent the last 50 years paying lip service to “freedom” step up and say, “We’ve got a problem. George W. Bush is a fascist.”

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Are you new here, Carl? Welcome to! Allow me to explain the rules.

    1. There is no censorship on this blog.
    2. Unpatriotic America-hating fascist traitors are allowed to post here.
    3. It’s our job to verbally kick the shit out of them.
    4. We don’t take any guff from them.
    5. Nobody here is planning to move to Canada; we’re going to dismember the trolls, box up their remains, and ship them to a Canadian landfill for disposal.

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    Mark The Redneck Kennedy spews:

    Do we need a “third” senator? Ummm… maybe… since one of ours consistently wins the No Rocket Scientist Award. She’s a good girl and does as she’s told by kookdem leadership, but she’s a litle short in the brains department. So we could use a MAN with a fucking brain.

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    dj spews:

    Mark the Thieving Redneck @ 29

    “Do we need a “third” senator? Ummm… maybe… since one of ours consistently wins the No Rocket Scientist Award. “

    By those standards, we urgently need a “second” president. Talk about “no rocket scientist,” whew…!

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    L-Mur Phd. spews:

    That picyure of Stevens is hilarious. A good caption might be: ” And later, I’VE GOT THE COMPLETE lAWRENCE WELK RE-RUNS FOR OUR DELECTATION!!!”