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Inslee on Obama’s shortlist for interior secretary

U.S. Rep. Jay Inlsee of Bainbridge Island was mentioned in a Politico report as one of two picks for the next interior secretary and the only Washingtonian named as a possible Barack Obama appointee.

Politico’s list of possible Obama appointees was compiled with input from sources close to the presidential candidate.

The interior secretary oversees of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the environmental lawyer and son of Robert F. Kennedy, was also mentioned as a potential candidate for the job.

Inslee and Ishmael’s talking heads

Tired of reading about the November elections? Well now you can sit back, relax your reading muscles and allow the Kitsap Sun’s political coverage to wash over you in moving pictures and stereo sound. Click here to watch U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger Larry Ishmael as they ruminate on the economy, the environment and other issues impacting the 1st Congressional District (which includes Bainbridge).

Inslee rumored as possible pick in Obama cabinet

Congressional Quarterly mentioned island Congressman Jay Inslee as a possible choice for interior secretary in Barack Obama’s cabinet, should he win the presidential election next month.

Here’s what CQ had to say about the Bainbridge Democrat:

During six terms representing suburban Seattle, he has become one of the leading liberal voices in the House on energy and natural resources issues. He is a strong advocate for environmental protections on public lands and has opposed controversial proposals to allow more logging in national forests. So for environmental groups he would be an attractive pick. Advancing renewable sources of energy is a top priority of his, and Inslee would mark a clear reversal from Bush administration priorities to aggressively expand oil and gas development, and mining. But he would be a controversial choice who could alienate conservatives and Western energy producers.

What do you think of Inslee, as interior secretary, taking the helm of the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management?

Inslee brokers deal that may save Internet radio

Is there anything better to do at the office than read the Bainbridge Conversation blog?

If you answered “do actual work” you are probably too productive and hard working to care about Internet radio. According to leading Internet radio provider Pandora, most of the 7 million folks who snap their fingers and tap their feet to their online service are sitting at a cubicled computer.

It’s for those folks that Rep. Jay Inslee has some hopeful news. The Bainbridge Democrat (who once admitted to me that KEXP frequently streams into his D.C. office via the Net) earned unanimous approval in the House this week for a measure that may save Internet radio stations from crippling rate increases.

Read my story below.

While you’re at it, read my story from last September about Inslee teaming up with Indie rockers to save Internet radio.

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Inslee bucks his party and votes against the Wall Street bailout

Rep. Jay Inslee on Monday helped kill President Bush’s $700 billion bailout of some of the nation’s biggest financial institutions.

The Bainbridge Island Democrat’s vote in the narrow, 228-205 defeat ran counter to the urgings of both parties’ leaders.

“For all the talk of protecting the taxpayer, there were only limited promises that the taxpayers’ $700 billion investment would be paid back and there were no provisions to help struggling homeowners,” said Inslee in a statement released shortly after the House vote.

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Kayaking congressman seeks federal boost for marine trail

The island’s own kayaking congressman wants to raise the profile of Puget Sound’s Cascadia Marine Trail, a 150-mile long network of campsites for human and wind-powered boats.

The Washington Water Trails Association, the group that established and oversees the trail, says the federal designation that Congressman Jay Inslee seeks could have special meaning for Kitsap County. In June, the WWTA had to remove three Kitsap sites from the trail after county officials made it known that no camping – even the bare bones, low-impact kind the water trail users adhere to – is allowed in county parks.

Federal designation could give boost funding, protections and clout necessary to expand the network closer to the WWTA’s goal of over 150 sites.

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