Done Deal: Obama Picks LaHood as Transpo Secretary

The Washington Post says it’s official

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Obama Talks Urban Policy as LaHood Seeks More Urban Transpo Money

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Ray LaHood, Known Unknown

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Ray LaHood, holding plaque, in 2004 with members of the League of Illinois Bicyclists Ray LaHood? Ray LaHood? That was the rippling reaction on the Streetsblog Network yesterday and early today as the news about Obama’s pick for Transportation Secretary sank in. "Say it ain’t so, Barack," was the headline on the brand-new blog WalkBike […]