Also to clarify about Nancy Pelosi not coming to the Coast this month

Sometimes in cyberspace things take on a life of their own. In this case a surf bot came across some bad info that Madam Speaker was coming to another town hall meeting this month in Bay St Louis and broadcast it out into cyberspace. But that doesn’t make it so.

Not too many small towns like the Bay attract Madam Speaker 3 years running which we did. This year we’re going to let Speaker Pelosi enjoy her summer vacation in peace.¬† ūüėČ


Is it better to live life on your feet than on your knees?

Evidently if you are Treasury Secretary Paulson trying times mean one must sometimes grovel:

…in the Roosevelt Room after the session, the Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., literally bent down on one knee as he pleaded with Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, not to ‚Äúblow it up‚ÄĚ by withdrawing her party‚Äôs support for the package over what Ms. Pelosi derided as a Republican betrayal.

‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know you were Catholic,‚ÄĚ Ms. Pelosi said, Continue reading “Is it better to live life on your feet than on your knees?”

A Few Thoughts and Observations on Pelosi's Bay St Louis Visit

I haven’t had much time for blogging of late as other responsibilities have taken up most of my time. Before too much time slipped away I wanted to give some personal impressions of Gene Taylor’s Insurance Town Hall meeting held exactly one week ago. First, as predicted by the Clarion Ledger’s editorial board the event was indeed “a partisan rally for needed change.”
Courtesy of First-Draft

The political speeches on coastal insurance issues by Representatives Larson, Hoyer and Israel, all representing the coastal Northeast reminded me of this picture I found on First-Draft that accompanied their post on the NFIP re authorization.

During my relative absence from slabbed I noted this comment from Karen who is now feeling our pain on Long Beach Island New Jersey. So is her US Representative.

I live on Long Beach Island and have had State Farm Insurance since 1982. Ihave never had a claim and we have never had any damage from storms ever since my family owned the home since 1940‚Äôs. Continue reading “A Few Thoughts and Observations on Pelosi's Bay St Louis Visit”

More Media Coverage of the Congressional Visit Part II: Natalie Chandler on the Insurance Specifics

The Clarion Ledger and Natalie Chandler were at¬†Gene’s insurance¬†town hall gathering¬†last year and were impressed enough to come back for a repeat visit. She does a great job drilling down the policy and the politics for today’s Clarion Ledger:

House Democrats told hundreds of residents here Monday that legislation to provide wind and flood insurance may have to be piecemealed together but assured them it is moving forward.

The author of the bill, 4th District Rep. Gene Taylor, said conversations recently initiated by a key Senate chairman signal that negotiations are forthcoming between House and Senate leaders.

Taylor, a Democrat from Bay St. Louis who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, said Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd indicated his interest after tornadoes hit the Midwest. Continue reading “More Media Coverage of the Congressional Visit Part II: Natalie Chandler on the Insurance Specifics”

More Media Coverage of the Congressional Visit: Anita Lee Puts the Meeting on the Record

I’ll be sharing my own observations in a later post. Here is the story from the front page of today’s Sun Herald.

U.S. House leaders assured an overflow crowd Monday night that they are behind U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., as he joins a conference committee to push for multiperil insurance coverage for coastal Americans. 

Residents and community leaders gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,D-Calif., a standing ovation for her support of the bill, which passed the House earlier this year but failed in the Senate. Pelosi has appointed Taylor to a conference committee that will work on compromise legislation. Continue reading “More Media Coverage of the Congressional Visit: Anita Lee Puts the Meeting on the Record”

News Town Hall Meeting Style: Dodd Open to Compromise

Anita Lee of the Sun Herald heard the same thing I did, that Senator Dodd is ready to bargain. More observations tomorrow:

House leaders gathered with U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor Monday afternoon to say they will continue to support his efforts to pass multiple-peril insurance legislation for coastal residents. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that if the U.S. Senate is unwilling to pass a bill offering wind coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program, a model project including Mississippi might be possible.

They said U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, has indicated he is open to discussing a compromise measure. Continue reading “News Town Hall Meeting Style: Dodd Open to Compromise”

The Clarion Ledger Opines on Today's Pelosi Visit

Even if not there officially I¬†may see some Republicans like Comissioner Chaney¬†or perhaps Senator Wicker tonight. In any case today’s event merited mention on the C-L editorial page¬†as the quest for insurance solutions should indeed¬†cut across party lines.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to visit with a congressional delegation in tow on the Coast today in a repeat of last year, and it might not be pretty.

Pelosi came to a town meeting almost exactly a year ago to meet with victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Despite two years having passed since the storm hit Aug. 29, 2005, people at the Bay St. Louis meeting told story after story of private insurers and government only handing them more hardship.

The subject of insurance reform brought Pelosi and other Democrats then to tour the region and to tout a bill originated by 4th District U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis. Continue reading “The Clarion Ledger Opines on Today's Pelosi Visit”