A blog on progressive news and politics on both the California and Nevada sides of Lake Tahoe which aims at helping to elect Democrats and Turn Tahoe Blue. The blog is written from Germany by a former German exchange student at George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tuesday News Roundup

While I put together yesterday's news roundup my laptop went down on me and I didn't really feel like starting from scratch. So, I'll include a couple of yesterday's stories in today's roundup.

  • A South Lake Tahoe Middle School teacher claims she was discriminated against because she's gay. Wouldn't be surprised. The Tahoe Daily Tribune has the response of the school district. (Link)
  • The Reno Gazette-Journal takes another look at the candidates for the Republican primary for the 2nd congressional district. The most fun profile is of "Dawn has got to be Dawn" Gibbons. She actually manages to insult the entire staff of her doctor's office. But I wish I could've have been there when she teared up when asked about the "liberal" accusations. Oh, Dawn! We feel for you, we really do. (Link)
  • Another West Nile virus story. This time a political one. State Sen. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) claims he got it in South Carolina. The Reno Gazette-Journal and the Las Vegas Review-Journal report. Though the latter's headline is a little dramatic. (Link) and (Link)
  • Another veteran legislator died. Carl Dodge, Republican of Fallon, was 91 years old. The Nevada Appeal and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Link) and (Link)
  • Dawn seems to have several variations of her "Dawn has got to be Dawn" slogan. J. Patrick Coolican's profile in the Las Vegas Sun closes with "Now I can just be me". Dawn, we love you! Too bad we won't hear from you any more after August 15th. It's gonna be a tough day when you and your lovely goverwannabe husband lose your primaries. (Link)
  • Ed Vogel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal hasn't gotten with the program, yet. Somehow, he missed out on the news that Jill Derby will win the 2nd CD this fall. (Link)
  • In her Political Notebook Molly Ball of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on the goverwannabe's poor attendance record in Congress. Too bad he uses pending business in DC as an excuse for not debating his primary opponents. Hey, Molly, let's just call Mr. Gibbons what he is - a sissy. (Link)
  • The Review-Journal has the Angle, Gibbons and Heller on the issues. Interestingly, Heller states that "I do back a woman's right to choose abortion. It is the conservative position." You just have to wonder whether Ms. Club for Growth is gonna use that against him. Dawn can't since she's pro-choice herself. Maybe Heller and Gibbons actually are liberal, well for Republican standards anyway. (Link)
  • Somehow, I can't help but feel that were Tony Blair a Californian, he would be a Republican. And, no, that's definitely not a compliment. Can't wait for the day he's gone. Until then we have to hear about useless photo-ops like his latest with the Arnold about climate change. It's not like they'll actually do anything. The Sacramento Bee reports in case you're interested. (Link)
  • Some good news: ALL of the six down-ticket statewide Democratic candidates currently lead their Republican rivals according to the Field Poll. However the contests for Insurance Commissioner and Secretary of State are relatively close. I can't stress often enough how important the Secretary of State office is. Debra Bowen needs all your help! The Bee has the numbers. (Link)
  • One story, three headlines: "Governor takes lead in cash race" (Sacramento Bee), "Financial reports - Angelides' campaign funds lagging far behind governor's" (San Francisco Chronicle), "Schwarzenegger slightly ahead of Angelides in fundraising" (Los Angeles Times). Now tell me again, how the media don't frame the news. (Link), (Link), and (Link)
  • The Bee reports that "Democrats roll out their big fundraising gun" aka Bill Clinton. (Link)
  • The Auburn Journal is getting impatient and asks Doolittle and Charlie Brown to schedule the debate as soon as possible, do several debates, allow questions from voters and hold one in Auburn. Somehow, I've got a feeling that Charlie Brown would be more than okay with that. I think Doolittle's the problem. It's funny how incumbent Republican congressmen are afraid to debate and face their opponents and the voters. (Link)
  • The San Franciso Chronicle also reports on the poll on California's statewide races and observes that many candidates are still unknown. (Link)
  • The LA Times wonders whether San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will one day face off in a statewide race. Well, I know who I'll support. Hint: the LA mayor hasn't even endorsed the Democratic candidate for Governor yet. What a shame! (Link)


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