After five years of effort, a group of ten media organizations called the Sunshine in Government Initiative has succeeded in getting Congress to pass a much-needed reform bill that addresses some of the worst problems with the Freedom of Information Act. It now goes to the president -- but since there are Republican co-sponsors and it passed pretty overwhelmingly, there's a chance he'll sign it.
As an Iowan, I am fascinated by all the reports by all the hotshot out of state reporters who paratroop into the state and start filing stories from Rock Rapids, Clear Lake, Storm Lake, and Cedar Rapids and little places all over the state.
Iowans like to see their candidates up close and there is a feeling back there that they may end up voting for the candidate they would most like to invite into their living room for a chat or meet down at the local cafe for breakfast. Read more »
Tuesday night, Dec. 11, and I was feeling really zoned in: got the good word that the RZA and his stagemate Monk were just getting to town after a long drive up the coast, and that meant I didn't need to stress about getting
down there all that early. I happened to be on their clock.
The openers - Audible Mainframe, Mr. Sayre, and Benflowz - held it down as a packed-full Independent waited for its headliner. Read more »
This is President George W. Bush. I am outraged by the baseball hemorrhoid scandal. Uh. Steroid. Whatever.
(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Dec. 14, 2007)
Tom was spotted at the annual SFT Holiday party on Wednesday night, working the crowd, doing informal Ammianoliners (his enunciation is better in person), and letting people know he is running for Assemblyman Leno's seat. Sacramento can use some Ammiano and some Amminanoliners on a regular basis. B3
The law that lets him do this has never been used before; it's 2004's Proposition 58, and you can read a pretty good analysis of it here. The basic language says that the governor can call the Legislature back into session and propose measures to address the fiscal crisis. Read more »