Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 | 1:07 p.m.
Back from the Oregon Coast. Why would anyone want to live there? There are very few slot machines and I couldn't get a payday loan.
Here's your Wednesday roundup:
-- Sun columnist Jon Ralston quizzes readers on the upcoming primary's judicial races. This blogger scored poorly. We elect judges here. Why again?
-- Local Dems have hired a new spokeswoman, Emilia Pablo, a reporter from Univision. She's a known name and face in the Hispanic community, and Dems are trying to drive turnout with that important demographic, the Sun's Tim Pratt reports.
-- The R-J's Molly Ball has a feature on a political memorabilia convention here in town.
-- Anjeanette Damon seems to have redesigned her Inside Nevada Politics blog. Check it out.
She reports on Democrats raising money in legislative races, as well as Sharron Angle raising $35,000 in her Republican primary challenge against Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio.
-- Steve Sebelius is all over Angle in this blog post.
-- If you didn't read the Sun's Tuesday story on Raggio-Angle, check it out. Good stuff.
-- Sen. Harry Reid went to Afghanistan and just had a conference call. More from the Sun's Lisa Mascaro in a bit.
-- A radio ad campaign tells Reid to get back to work (with the Afghanistan trip, not the best timing here.)
-- The coastal pointyheads at The New York Times are mad at Reid for obstructing mining reform. It's a bit overstated, the Sun's Lisa Mascaro says.
-- According to a press release, Rep. Dean Heller is headed back to D.C. to protest high gas prices and the failure of Congress to do anything about it. That's fine and all, but there's nothing Congress can do about gas prices, and everything said about this issue, on the left, on the right, is a bit of a sham, as I reported several weeks ago, though no one was reading that day or something. The price of oil is driven by the sagging dollar, demand in Asia and fears of instability in the Middle East.
-- The Las Vegas Gleaner posted a great video of Paris Hilton's response to the McCain ad that compared Obama to the famous hotel heiress. (Not to be confused with the beer heiress, of course.)
-- Sun columnist Jon Ralston got some celebrity billing yesterday with his interview with Barack Obama. Gleaner riffs.
-- And lastly, Obama needs Big Labor:
"Barack Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council he is counting on the union movement’s largest-ever voter mobilization to play a key role in his drive to take back the White House for working families on Election Day.
"Speaking via video conference at the council’s two-day meeting in Chicago this morning, Obama pledged his support for the Employee Free Choice Act, new fair trade policies that don’t reward companies for shipping jobs overseas, a major job-creating investment in rebuilding and repairing infrastructure and a new energy economy."
And the AFL-CIO has already begun to work on his behalf:
"The nation's largest labor organization mailed 600,000 fliers to swing union voters in four states Tuesday in an effort to help Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama correct some of the most persistent rumors about him."
Sun reporter Michael Mishak contributed to this report.