July 23, 2005


Stem Cell Bill, Once Seen as a Sure Thing, Is Now Mired in Uncertainty (SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, 7/23/05, NY Times)

A measure to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research, passed by the House and once considered a shoo-in for adoption by the Senate, is tangled up in a procedural dispute that will probably delay a vote until fall - and could wind up killing the bill, its chief Republican backer said.

"The bill is in some danger," said Representative Michael N. Castle, Republican of Delaware and the measure's leading sponsor in the House.

Mr. Castle accused the White House, which has threatened to veto the measure, and the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee, of "doing everything in their power to deflect votes away from it or keep it from coming up for a vote at all."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2005 9:22 AM

Delaware hopes to lead the nation in baby-harvesting and in the Soylent futures markets. The Human Garden State.

Posted by: Noel at July 23, 2005 11:07 AM

Ain't it the disturbing truth. Now that MBNA is getting bought by Bank of America and the political money spigot is getting shipped down to Charlotte, our local Democrats (mostly fully-paid members of the culture of death) and Republicans (mired in the Nixon era in virtually every way) can't think of any other way to recreate the economic boom that banking brought to Delaware 25 years ago. Hence the governor's creepy mug on billboards on I-95 touting Delaware as the natural place to start up your biotech company, a hurrah-for-cloning bill in the state legislature, and of course the inimitable Mike Castle, doing what he does best. Mostly I'm just glad Castle doesn't float rumors about running for President.

The state motto is "At least we're not New Jersey," but nowadays that seems to be true with respect to taxes but not much else.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at July 23, 2005 12:02 PM
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