I attended the hearing yesterday morning, and found it to be a sad commentary on the political system we depend on. IMO, Miranda was at best, average in her presentation while the senators were clearly "on a mission". The Spoksman link in Freestone's post summarizes the hearing quite well. The question that isn't addressed is why the NW Indian Fisheries Commission has such a strong position in determining the makeup of the State's commission? I don't believe the State plays a role in determining the make up of NWIFC...? And then, why has it taken the Senate four years to begin confirmation proceedings for the commissioners...? As frustrating and sometimes discouraging as the past few weeks have been, 5127, 1778, and now this hearing, for me, the message that comes through loud and clear is that we all need to be better informed, and take a much stronger position with our elected and appointed officials than we have in the recent past. It is clear that at least many of them see their positions as giving them the right to persue personal positions, vendetas, and paybacks, rather than representing the will of their constituents or acting in the best interest of the resource. CITORI is right, we don't want this to turn into a political "bitch board", but we all need to take a position on political issues and be prepared to defend it.