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9.16.2008
California’s Real Budget Victims

California’s Real Budget Victims

It is common in the world of politics, for attention to be focused on the absolutely dead wrong thing. 

Sometimes that is done by intent – “Look over there, say isn’t that Elvis?” – to low-ball some greasy piece of legislation or fly some unpopular regulatory or policy change under the public’s radar.     Read more »

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9.04.2008
Gov. Palin’s Speech and Harry Truman

Gov. Palin’s Speech and Harry Truman

(Editor’s Note: Gov. Sarah Palin’s invoking of Harry Truman has stirred up plenty of banter on the Internet. Truman was more than a failed haberdasher, some of the comments say. And a Democrat, others rather unnecessarily inform. He was, among other things, initially refered to by colleagues in the U.S. Senate as the “Senator from Pendergast,” the political machine that fostered Truman’s political career.    Read more »

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9.04.2008
Republican National Convention Coverage By Grace Malaihollo

Republican National Convention Coverage By Grace Malaihollo

I’m so sorry I haven’t been blogging, I just got my Internet on in my room. But OMG! Where do I begin? This week has been crazy, adventurous, wonderful and busy. Haha. Monday night we went to the Medtronic Party and it was amazing. We were also invited to the Hispanics rfor McCain reception at a nearby club which featured a Daddy Yankee Concert.    Read more »

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9.03.2008
Julie Soderlund from the Republican National Convention

Julie Soderlund from the Republican National Convention

Ron Paul… The adventure really started in Sacramento when the good people at Northwest Airlines seemed to think that seating me next to a woman in a Ron Paul t-shirt, short shorts and a big hat was a good idea. Or, if nothing else, an amusing social experiment. 

She was headed to Minneapolis too, but not for the same reason I am here.    Read more »

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9.02.2008

Another Worthy Candidate for Banning

Heard three times too many in one day by one lobbyist:

“Made out of whole cloth.”

Know the Enemy:

“Whole Cloth”

Notes by Ellen Rosen from  alt.usage.english FAQ

The phrase “made out of whole cloth” (and variants) currently means “utterly without foundation in fact, completely fictitious.”

Merriam Webster gives only this sense for “whole cloth” and dates it to 1840.    Read more »

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9.02.2008
This Just In From the Twin Cities — Ashley Gsell

This Just In From the Twin Cities — Ashley Gsell

I am e-mailing just having left the Lafayette Club at Minnetonka Beach. It was absolutely beautiful. There was warm rain outside but we were welcomed with a generous buffet and magnificent service. I also got the wonderful opportunity to hear Dr. Frank Luntz speak but I missed the second speech because I was in line for Dr.    Read more »

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9.02.2008
News from the Republican National Convention By Ashley Gsell and Michelle Dionicio

News from the Republican National Convention By Ashley Gsell and Michelle Dionicio

(Editor’s Note: These posts come in response to a weekend email containing a series of lame questions from the know-nothing editor. These were the questions: How was your Saturday and Sunday? What did you do? Do Youth Delegates get VIP treatment? How is Hurricane Gustav affecting the convention program? What’s the buzz on Gov.    Read more »

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