Cantwell Watch

A site dedicated to tracking what U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wa) does (or doesn't do) to warrant her reelection, or ouster, in 2006.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Deputy announces his candidacy for US Senate

Benton County Sheriff's deputy Brad Klippert has announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in 2006. His campaign issue? Keeping "under God" in the pledge of allegiance.

I doubt Cantwell is worried...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Big oil money predicted for McGavick

Now that Cantwell has scored a big win for the environmentalists by beating back plans to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Seattle Times guest columnist predicts the oil industry will strike back by pouring millions in to the McGavick campaign.

There is, no doubt, some truth to this.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Stevens vows revenge on Cantwell

In the wake of Cantwell's use of the so-called "Byrd rule" to kill plans for oil drilling in Alaska, Senator Ted Stevens vowed revenge. Complaining that the move also killed funding for hurricane relief and home heating oil assistance, Stevens told the Senate, "I am sure the senator from Washington will enjoy my visits to Washington, because I am going to visit there often."

Thursday, December 22, 2005

McGavick exits Safeco with a cool 14.3 M

While Maria Cantwell is grabbing headlines for fighting with the oil companies and observing elections in Iraq, challenger Mike McGavick has worked a deal on his "retirement" from Safeco that will earn him a cool 14.3 million. That's 3.5 million more than Cantwell got when she exited RealNetworks and used that money to buy her seat in the Senate.

Will McGavick follow the same strategy? His campaign manager says no. We'll see...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Money talks and -u-- --i- walks

Think Money in Politics Got 'Reformed'? Just Try Running for Senate. Now, according to Newswire, almost a year before the election, Cantwell has raised 10 million. Compare that with Parry Murray, who spent 14 million in 2004 for her entire campaign.