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Monday, July 24, 2006

In Brief - July 24th, 2006

Here is today's quick news digest:
  • Today was the first day of filing week. The AP's David Ammons reports on the action, including some of the candidates who have filed so far.
  • SLOG checks out the New York Times' 2006 Election Guide. The Times has rated the 8th District race between Dave Reichert and our own Darcy Burner as a "toss up" - one of only thirteen races in the country that they gave that designation.
  • Mike McGavick tries to avoid taking a position on right wing ballot measures (for example, Tim Eyman's R-65) but gets caught in a double standard.
  • The outrage over Diebold and its unreliable voting machines continues to grow.
  • Things are still bad in the Middle East, but instead of trying to broker a diplomatic solution to this crisis, the Bush administration appears to be signing a blank check for Israel. We can't wait for 2009 when this embarrassment will be out of office and we can begin cleaning up eight years of failed leadership.
  • Californians are using so much electricity that the threat of rolling blackouts is back. The summer heat wave is certainly making conservation difficult.
  • Speaking of heat, Republican James Inhofe today compared those of us who believe in global warming to Hitler's "Third Reich". Inhofe is a joke and a humiliation to the United States of America and the state of Oklahoma. The sooner he's out of the U.S. Senate, where he doesn't belong, the better.
Finally, here's an editorial cartoon from Washington's Andrew Wahl, which seems appropriate given the recent heat wave and the need for more Americans to pay attention to global warming:

Andrew Wahl

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