Aug. 21 DC Radio Update Features National Parks Leader & Alabama Critic Of Karl Rove

Newly appointed National Parks Foundation President and CEO Neil Mulholland described his mission on today’s “Washington Update” radio show, which also included continuing coverage of the 2006 scandal of the mid-term firings of nine U.S. attorneys for political reasons.

Regarding those firings, Alabama journalist Roger Shuler attacked a column in today’s Wall Street Journal by former White House political strategist Karl Rove, who now claims vindication from conspiracy claims and demands apology. On the noon (Eastern) My Technology Lawyer Radio segment:

• Mulholland described his work after taking office Aug. 10 as leader of the national charitable partner of America’s 391 national parks. Mulholland, a Denver-area business executive, entrepreneur and community advocate, directs the Foundation in its strategic mission: To strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks. He brings 28 years experience from the private sector, including work with Fortune 500 companies, raising private investment capital and engaging local communities to create sustainable development.

• Shuler, editor and publisher of the Legal Schauzer law-oriented Alabama website, challenged as false various claims by Rove regarding his role in shaping the Bush Justice Department and such controversial convictions as that of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. The Journal today published a column by Rove entitled, “Closing In On Rove,” with the subtitle “Why John Conyers, The New York Times and The Washington Post Owe Me An Apology.” Shuler challenged the facts behind several of Rove’s key points in the column. On Aug. 13, and subsequently, Shuler analyzed Rove’s responses to questioning by Conyers’s House Judiciary Committee such blogs as, “Rove Did NOT Deny Involvement in Siegelman Case.”

Today’s Update show is co-hosted by the show’s founder and business radio pioneer Scott Draughon and by Washington commentator Andrew Kreig. Kreig moderated a panel discussion Aug. 15 that included Siegelman at the annual Netroots Nation convention.

Update focuses on Washington impact on the nation’s business, politics and quality of life. Co-hosts begin the radio show by addressing the capital’s most relevant news developments. A Listen Live! link ( connects listeners to the radio-stream or to archives of previous shows. Radio listeners can call in questions at 866-685-7469 or by email: As a listener advisory: MAC computer users need a tool called “Parallels” to listen to a Windows Media Player. Also, some companies block such programs from their office mainframes.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is an independent charitable organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks. As the official national non-profit partner of America’s National Parks, the Foundation raises private funds, makes strategic grants, creates innovative partnerships and increases public awareness about the need and opportunity for park philanthropy. In its 2008 fiscal year, the National Park Foundation distributed grants and program support of $27.3 million. Its incoming CEO is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Des Moines, Iowa-based Prairie iNet, one of the first commercially successful regional wireless broadband companies in the United States. Also, he is the managing partner of Denver, Colorado-based Phoenix Ventures, where he has advised niche content companies such as MapMyFitness, and FidoTV, as well as several of the largest wireless broadband companies. Details.

About the Roger Shuler and Legal Schnauzer
Roger Shuler graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, and joined the Birmingham Post Herald, where he worked for 11 years. Later, he worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in various editorial positions for 19 years until May 2008. In June 2007 as a personal project, he created the Legal Schnauzer to be an independent web-based publication focusing on Alabama and national news after he and his wife witnessed judicial and legal misconduct in the handling of a property-related lawsuit by a neighbor. The blog examines his personal experiences along with broader justice issues, particularly those involving the Bush Justice Department and its apparent use of political prosecutions. Shuler has written extensively about the Don Siegelman case in Alabama and the Paul Minor case in Mississippi. Also, he alleges that “a mountain of evidence” shows that UAB fired him illegally because of the controversial contents of his blog, even though it was developed entirely with personal time and resources. Details:


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