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On financial reform, now the Republicans want to talk.
Maybe it had something to do with the Administration’s presser today in which they basically said that they feel “liberated” by the GOP tactics. I guess they’re going to nominate a liberal candidate to replace Stephens on the basis that the Republicans are going to oppose the nominee in any case. 30 years later, it sinks in to a prominent Democrat.
Are the Democrats getting a little too cocky? Apparently they’re taking up immigration reform in May.
In an unintended moment of levity, the likely Republican opponent of Harry Reid wants to return to a system in which doctors are paid with chickens. I shouldn’t laugh. I was literally given a chicken in return for legal advice some years back. And no, I didn’t report it as income. If I’m hauled away in cuffs tomorrow, you’ll know why.
Addendum: If you’ve been paying attention you know that moderate Republican Florida Senator candidate Charlie Crist fell behind his “tea party” opponent Marco Rubio in the polls for the Republican primary, so now Crist is pulling a reverse Lieberman. Republicans aren’t happy with him. In fact, they’re hoping to toss him into the pit of darkness where there shall be a weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Meanwhile, Rubio is facing an FBI investigation.
Second addendum: Bring a chicken to the doctor!
Spent much of the day in Eureka yesterday. I don’t know what impact the signs have on the outcome of a race, but a few local candidates have already plastered the landscape with their June election signs.
It’s only a trickle down here in Sohum at this point. Paul Hagen has a big sign up at Calico’s. Kathleen Bryson has a window sign up at the 4×4 sales place occupying the former office of EPIC. A few Rodoni and Downey signs pepper the main routes. I haven’t been out on Briceland Road nor Alderpoint Road recently, so I can’t say what’s out there. I expect a slew of Gallegos signs will pop up all at once at some point soon.
In Eureka Rodoni, Downey, Hislop, Bass, and Leonard can be seen everywhere. Mari Wilson has a hsndful of signs up, and Neely and Gallegos signs are starting to sprout.
I saw one Pat Cleary sign on I Street, but obviously that’s out of district. I haven’t been up in the 5th District lately so I can’t report on signage movement up there.
Virginia Bass has some huge signs up on the major arteries. She probably wins for volume at this point.
In terms of aesthetics, this year I give the prettiest sign award to Bonnie Neely. Leonard went for bright primary colors, which grab your attention but make some of them with smaller print hard to read.
Hislop isn’t seen as the favorite in the Sheriff’s race, but it won’t be for lack of signage. I’d say he’s at least matched Downey in Eureka so far, but I haven’t seen much outside of Eureka. Both Downey and Rodoni are well represented on the 101 corridor.
Again, some organizers will tell you that signs don’t win elections, but having your signs out in big numbers early conveys at minimum that you’re enthusiastic about your campaign and that you have it together.