Freeway bridge collapses into Washington river
AP: A major freeway bridge in Skagit County, Washington, collapsed Thursday night, dumping people and cars into water.
The portion four-lane Interstate-5 bridge that passes over Skagit River fell about 40 feet into the water at around 7 p.m. local time. The Skagit Valley Sheriff Department initially reported three people were rescued from water.
The bridge is a steel-truss bridge with a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records.
Photo: North end of the I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapsed Thursday night. (Gina Cole / Skagit Valley Herald)
In December 2009, the Swing State Project noted in GOP trying to pressure 17 House Dems to retire (updated):
An informal list of 17 members the NRCC believes can be convinced to step down, privately called the “Dem Retirement Assault List,” makes clear the party needs Dem incumbents to step aside if they have hopes of taking back the majority. The NRCC has taken pains to attack those lawmakers in recent weeks.
The list includes 14 members whose districts voted for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in ‘08. McCain won districts held by Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO) and Bart Gordon (D-TN) with more than 60% of the vote, and districts held by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Marion Berry (D-AR), Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Mike Ross (D-AR) with more than 55%.
McCain narrowly won seats held by Reps. John Spratt (D-SC), Allen Boyd (D-FL), Vic Snyder (D-AR), Baron Hill (D-IN), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Tim Holden (D-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN).…
The Minnesota Independent noted in Peterson on GOP’s Retirement Assault List:
But that pressure seems weak so far: press releases criticizing the incumbents, plus a little money thrown to media buys in certain districts. But the emphasis goes on the word little: in three districts ” not including Petersons 7th ” a total of $6,300 was spent by the NRCC on ad buys.
Peterson was re-elected. On November 4, 2010, Politico reported in 2012 targets already in GOP’s sights:
In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, NRCC Executive Director Guy Harrison listed 10 moderate Democrats who are in the committee’s sights for 2012: West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall, Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson and Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire. All four were held under 60 percent Tuesday and represent districts that voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.
Peterson increased his margin in 2012 against the hapless Lee Byberg.
In today’s National Journal, Reid Wilson (remember him from the 2009 Hotline retirement piece?) reports in Parties Push For House Retirements:
In 1992, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson won re-election by a single point. Two years later, he defeated Republican Bernie Omann again, but by just two points. He hasn’t faced a serious re-election bid since.
But this year, more than 18 months before Election Day, House Republicans are trying to convince Peterson he’s in for a tough race. The National Republican Congressional Committee has already spent a small amount of money on advertisements in Peterson’s district, and the committee has a press staffer dedicated to pushing opposition research to reporters in Democratic-held areas that, like Peterson’s, voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.
The amount of money and effort Republicans are putting into Peterson’s race, at the moment, is negligible. The committee spent just $2,000 on the early advertisement, a drop in the bucket compared with the millions spent every cycle on competitive races. But the goal isn’t to beat Peterson so far out — it’s to get in his head on a daily basis and, eventually, to get Peterson to retire rather than run for a 13th term.
So far, Peterson doesn’t seem bothered by the Republican attention. “They don’t have anybody else to go after,” he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribunelast month, when the ads ran. “It’s kind of ridiculous, but whatever.”
But when he goes home next week, Republicans will seek to remind Peterson that he’s not alone. The NRCC has a dedicated tracker set to follow Peterson around his district …
Oh! Scary on the prairie! A tracker! This about as frightening as the news we reported in“Whatever”: Collin Peterson’s threat to Utah’s families prompts totally scary $2000 TV ad buy and Deceptive NRCC web ad targets Collin Peterson in GOP war on working women’s paychecks (an attack on overtime).
Next thing we’ll hear out here in western Minnesota is that rural electrification is coming our way along with same-sex marriages.
WESTBORO BAPTIST IS ACTIVE IN NORMAN TODAY, AND THEY ARE BY NO MEANS WELCOME. THEY ARE PLANNING TO PROTEST THE FUNERALS OF CHILDREN KILLED IN THE RECENT TORNADO. SHOW THEM WHAT AN ANGRY OKIE IS LIKE, Y’ALL!
REBLOG REBLOG REBLOG!
The Corporate class has taken all the profits while the average worker has seen little or no increase in pay. This phenomenon is called capitalism.
Traffic-Stopping Leafleteer, St. Cloud State University’s “Day of Peace” Protest, 1972
Minnesota campuses buzzed with anti-war sentiment in May 1972. The protests that month were triggered in large part by President Richard Nixon’s decision to mine North Vietnam’s rivers and harbors.
Republicans will always think welfare and food stamps are the problem because they are racist and classist.
Register and VOTE.
Get rid of as many Republicans as possible in 2014.
WHY I NEED FEMINISM
- Because this little princess right here is 7 years old, and thinks that she is “too fat” to be pretty.
- Because Television and Advertising is what has made her think this.
- Because she had a “girlfriend” at school (like how little kids get married at recess) and she was spit on by her, supposed, friends for it.
- Because she is bullied constantly for wearing cow “boy” boots to school, even though she looks adorable wearing them.
- Because this is my little sister and I don’t want her to have to go through what I went through.
This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.
This is what sick people in America are resorting to. But BEST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, right guys?