The [Friday] Papers
I'm sorry, I've got to take one more day to try to get some business done. This is the first time in more than two years that I've skipped a column two days in a row. Hey, I write more often than our highly paid newspaper columnists and I certainly put more effort into what I do than some of those who seem to spend no more than 15 minutes turning out drivel of less quality than your average single blog post. Make a list of those who qualify!
At any rate, if you look to the right you'll see what's new today. --->>>>>>
And I'll try to catch up with the wealth of material in the papers these last two days with posts at Division Street later today and through the weekend.
Natasha Julius will be here tomorrow with her always-superb Weekend Desk Report. I'll be back in this space on Monday.
The [Thursday] Papers
Plus, everything I said about Indiana yesterday still goes.
The race nonetheless, has been called by most media outlets for Hillary Clinton. But her campaign is on life-support.
Rudy Can't Fail
Dollars and Change
"And I'm sure Lake County voting officials, and politicians, could care less that media outlets like the P-T have to scramble during every election to get the most updated numbers before rushing to print that night.
"Well, well, well, finally Lake County has been caught with its fat-cat hands in the cookie jar of chronic ineptitude - and alleged corruption once again - under the white-hot glare of the national spotlight."
"If you've been watching cable TV, you've heard all about how Gary mayor Rudy Clay has promised to deliver big numbers to Barack Obama, for instance by busing high school kids to early-voting sites. What's not mentioned as much is that he's the county Democratic chairman, which means he essentially controls the election apparatus. He, have no doubt, is responsible for the fact that the vote has not been announced on time."
"But there's no doubt that election shenanigans aren't too far in the Region's past. For a reminder, just look at Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' opinion upholding the Indiana Voter ID act last week. For part of his reasoning, he cites the 2003 mayoral primary in East Chicago, which is just west of Gary, as proof "that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election."
DeBonis also takes then national media to task for misunderstanding the demographics of the region, and live-blogs Clay "making an utter fool of himself on CNN."
"Asked if she could win the pole Saturday for the 92nd Indianapolis 500, which would be a first for a woman at the Speedway, Patrick responded with unbridled optimism.
"'Absolutely,' she said, beaming."
If she doesn't have the fastest time, she'll appeal to the superdelegates.
"'This confirms her resurrection from the political dead,' said Charles Dunn, political scientist at Regent University. 'It doesn't mean she will get the nomination, but she has a head of steam' heading into the final primaries in West Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota."
Indiana Wants Me
The Indiana Pant
Does Indiana Suck?
The Beachwood Tip Line: It depends.
Posted on May 9, 2008
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