Iowa: young and old are caucusing with the stars

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B3: Here is the Christmas Eve report from Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen journalist in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She will be reporting regularly up through and after the Thursday election. The key question remains: Will Iowans pick the president this time around?

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa--The papers are so full of good stuff, I'll give you some choices. It's way more than you probably want to know.

Candidates are bringing in special guests to campaign with them these last few days. Read more »

Ammiano sums up San Francisco, 2007

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San Francisco 2007:

Ed Jew. The zoo. The mayor.

Liars and tigers and affairs. Oh, my.

Liars and tigers and affairs. Oh, my

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Dec. 3l, 2007).

Personal note to Tom: Keep up the Ammianoliners. And go back and collect them and think about publishing them in 2008. B3

Iowa: who is "reasonable" back there?

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B3 note: I asked Carolyn Schmidt, our ace citizen journalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to check out the column of Peggy Noonan, the former Republican speech writer, in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.
I enjoy Noonan, a rock-ribbed Republican, but an intelligent and witty one, who is covering the race from afar.
She is looking for a "reasonable" candidate, finds Joe Biden and Tom Dodd "reasonable," finds John Edwards"unreasonable," finds Obama is not "on fire," and doesn't like Hillary Clinton much at all on much of anything. Here is Carolyn's response, filed Sunday, Dec. Read more »

Iowa: snow storm tests candidates and voters

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B3: Here's a dispatch filed Satuday afternoon by Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen journalist, operating out of Cedar Rapids, Falls, Iowa, an election hot spot

As always, Iowans take the snow, Pakistan assassination, and all in stride

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa--We had a 4-5 inch snow fall Friday on top of what's already on the ground (19 inches for the month of December). Richardson cancelled his appearances, but the others soldiered on--evidently not expecting much of a turnout for their rallies. Read more »

Cake's John McCrea cuts up

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Oh, have more Cake, please! On the occasion of the Sacto-Bay Area band's New Year's Eve show Monday at the Warfield, I spoke to frontman John McCrea from his Oakland home - an intriguing and educational experience, natch. McCrea wandered down some unique avenues regarding his neighborhood, the music industry, farming, gorging, general loudness and so much more.

SFBG: I always associate Cake with Sacramento. Read more »

Golden Girls: Ghetto Fabulous!

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Oh, Mary! The girls spend Christmas in a homeless shelter.

REVIEW There's something about performing old television shows (i.e. "The Twilight Zone") on a bare-bones stage two feet from the front row that accentuates what was good about them in the first place--the snappy dialogues, the solid story construction, the tinge of the absurd. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Sweeney Todd, spokesperson for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, said, "We can't afford health care. It costs an arm and a leg." mmmmmmmmand a chomping sound.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.) B3

The secret zoo

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The late Tatiana. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Saigon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Brown

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All the shows that didn't make print - but should have!

SAIGON
The Brooklyn rapper makes his SF debut, after doing seven hard years behind bars. Read more »

Iowa report: Is Obama really leading?

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Here's the latest report Friday afternoon (Dec. 28, 2007) from our citizen reporter Carolyn Schmidt in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- Seems that in small towns like Indianola, two campaign staffs may be working out of the same building, since there are more requests for office space than there are available buildings in some of these towns. The Clinton and Edwards campaigns are both working out of the same building in Indianola, according to the Des Moines Register. Read more »