Green "Investment" Receipients Take the 5th, A Glimpse of Our Energy Future?

Politico - Solyndra executives repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment this morning as House lawmakers pressed them to answer questions about the company's financial collapse and any hopes of repaying their $535 million federal loan guarantee. "While I hope to have an opportunity to assist this committee in the future, on the advice of my attorney, I must respectfully decline to answer any questions," Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison told Energy and Commerce oversight subpanel Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who opened the questioning.
The repeated questions drew an objection from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who slammed Republicans for persisting even after knowing that the executives would invoke their right to remain silent. "I just want to take this moment to assert the fact that I think it's unseemly and inappropriate for members to be asking questions that you know they will not answer," Waxman said, saying the GOP questions were "sound bites" for the press. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Andy Nunez: "I Got the Shaft"

Andy Nunez
NewsNM note - Spence - Sometimes you do an interview that is pleasant but not particularly revealing. Just the opposite was the case when we interviewed the only independent in the legislature on Friday morning. Rob Nikolewski of Capital Report New Mexico participated in the interview. Here is his recap: 
Capital Report New Mexico - today, we posted that the driver’s license bill that Gov. Susana Martinez wants so badly will not be introduced during this current special session. The man designated to carry the bill says he doesn’t have the votes to even “blast” it onto the House of Representatives floor. Rep. Andy Nuñez, the Independent pecan-grower and chile farmer from Hatch, is one of the most plain-spoken members of the state legislature … and on Friday morning, he appeared on the News New Mexico radio program that’s heard around the state and gave his unvarnished opinions about the driver’s license issue (“I don’t have the votes”), the current redistricting plans (“Oh, they really messed ‘em all up”), how he thinks the special session is going to end as soon as Saturday, Sept. 24th (“I think really, tomorrow is going to be the last day”), what he really got for voting for the Democrat House redistricting plan (“the thing that I got … was the shaft”), what grade he would give this special session (“an F-plus”) and what might have happened if Republicans had backed Democrat Joe Cervantes earlier this year as Speaker of the House (“now they’re kicking themselves”). You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here on the News New Mexico archives site … or read what I transcribed of the interview, conducted by Michael Swickard, Jim Spence and myself. Ask Andy a straight question, and you’ll get a straight answer: Read Rob's full story here: News New Mexico

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