Election Results & Obama Comments plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
The 2010 mid term election is now history but in many areas ballots are still being counted with many issues still undecided. Across the northwest and nationally a number of hotly contested races saw major upsets and disappointments. In Washington DC it appears that the Democrats have retained control of the Senate while the House has gone Republican. It will be interesting now to see what these party line changes will do to the face of immigration and other ag issues.
President Barak Obama used the word "shellacking" to describe the election results and admitted he was willing to do some compromising. He also spoke very frankly about energy issues facing the U.S.
OBAMA: I'm going to be looking for other means of addressing this problem. Cap and trade was one way to skin the cat and I'm going to be looking at other means to address this problem. And I think the EPA wants help from the legislature on this. I don't think that the desire is to somehow be protective of their powers here. I think what they want is to do is make sure the issue is being dealt with.
In Washington State a referendum authorizing bonds for school energy retrofits has been defeated. R-52 would have authorized $505 million in bonds to be paid back by extending the temporary sales tax on bottled water set to expire in 2013.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
I can already tell it's going to be a long winter. How, because I've already started planning what I want to do next spring in the way of landscaping and garden planting, and Thanksgiving is still three weeks away! Even though fall is my favorite time of year, with its crisp air and beautiful color changes, it's a surefire sign that old man winter isn't far behind. And with the weather prediction for the Northwest this year being one for above average snow, cold temperatures, and precipitation, the seed and gardening catalogs can't begin arriving in the mail anytime too soon. Of course every cloud has a silver lining and a long wet winter with plenty of snowpack points to a good water year, which is some consolation for avid dirt diggers like myself, and more importantly, farmers. Besides there's the garden journal I have been meaning to create still waiting to be done, birds to feed, and yard cleanup to do. So I will try to control my whining, while clicking my heels together and repeating, "there's only 136 days till spring". The mail carrier and I are going to become very good friends indeed, either that or he or she will issue a restraining order.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.