Texas: early returns good for Culberson, bad for Lampson

Results are trickling in in Texas Congressional races, and the news is mixed for a pair of Houston-area incumbents with a strong interest in space. In the 7th District, Republican Rep. John Culberson has an early lead over Democrat Michael Skelly, 54.7-43.9%, with 12% of the vote in. This district would normally be a safe [...]

Florida: Posey likely to succeed Weldon

Although there’s been no formal declaration or projection, it appears increasingly likely that Bill Posey will succeed Rep. Dave Weldon in Florida’s 15th Congressional District, on the Space Coast. With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Posey, a Republican, was leading Democrat Steve Blythe 54-40%. Weldon, of course, had been a strong advocate of NASA during [...]

Colorado: Udall projected to win Senate seat

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver has projected Mark Udall the winner for the open Senate seat in the state. Udall, who had been chair of the space subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, gave up that seat to run for the Senate seat vacated by Republican Wayne Allard (who had a strong [...]

One last look at space and the 2008 presidential campaign

File under better late than never: the Fall issue of Space Lifestyle Magazine is now available online, with an article about where John McCain and Barack Obama stand on space issues. (The issue was supposed to be available online last week, but a publishing problem delayed it until today, the author, Nancy Atkinson, informed me [...]

Florida: Kosmas projected to defeat Feeney

The Orlando Sentinel is projecting that Suzanne Kosmas will defeat incumbent Rep. Tom Feeney in Florida’s 24th Congressional District, which includes NASA/KSC. As of 8:30 pm EST, Kosmas was head of Feeney 57-41% with just over half of the precincts reporting. Feeney had been the ranking Republican on the space subcommittee of the House Science [...]

One other space-related election today

Although most of the attention here has been on the space policies of the presidential candidates, as well as key Congressional candidates, there is one other election today with direct relevance to space. Voters in Otero County, New Mexico, which includes the city of Alamogordo, will be voting on a sales tax increase to help [...]

No gaps here

Today’s Houston Chronicle asks Houston-area Congressional candidates questions on key issues, which, not surprisingly, includes NASA. Specifically, the Chronicle asked the Democratic and Republican candidates in the 7th, 10th, and 22nd Districts, “Do you favor the Bush administration’s budget blueprint for NASA? Would you increase funding for the space agency?”

The sound-bite-sized repsonses published by [...]

Really slow on the uptake

Remember when I complained back in late August that the AP was still claiming that Barack Obama would delay Constellation by five years if elected, although early that month he made it unequivocally clear he would not? (Whether he’ll follow through on that pledge, of course, is a different manner, but one beyond the scope [...]

Frank talk about a NASA budget increase

While both major presidential candidates have promised to increase NASA’s budgets, those promises are just that. It will be up to the next Congress to pass budgets that incorporate—or not—that additional funding, and at least one key House member is expressing his opposition not just for additional NASA funding, but for current spending levels. In [...]

Ex-astronauts and endorsements

As the Orlando Sentinel earlier this week put it, “My astronauts are better than yours”. Both the Obama and McCain campaigns have signed up a number of former astronauts as supporters and even campaigners. The so-called “Obamanauts” have signed up former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart as well as former shuttle astronauts Kathy Thornton and Dan [...]