Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 | 11 a.m.
It's two weeks before Labor Day, and the campaigns up and down the ticket are in full swing.
Democrats and Republicans debated last night in Las Vegas, with the CD03 race dominating this morning's papers. Democrat Dina Titus and Republican Rep. Jon Porter, traded barbs over energy policy and flip flopping.
As colleague Michael Mishak notes, the two candidates "got straight to what Sen. Hillary Clinton famously called the 'fun part' of campaigning ... It was brutal."
City Life Editor Steve Sebelius had this take on the Porter/Titus portion of the debate:
"Based on what we saw, Titus was more restrained than usual, perhaps seeking to avoid a repeat of her contentious 2006 gubernatorial campaign persona, while Porter was more aggressive than usual, perhaps knowing he’s coming from a deficit of voter registration (more than 20,000) and campaign trail energy (Barack Obama at the top of the ticket rather than John McCain)."
He also stuck around and blogged on the local races, ripping the Democratic candidates for state Senate.
"Shirley Breeden and Allison Copening turned in two of the worst performances we’ve ever seen in covering politics," Sebelius wrote.
Up north, Anjeanette Damon has the rundown on a union alliance, which includes the Culinary, protesting in front of Washoe County Republican headquarters on Monday. Today, they'll be protesting outside the governor's office in Carson City.
Eventually, the pro-Obama labor group will make it down south.
Other political news
-- Erin Neff gets a five-minute phoner with Obama, and can't shake him off his message.
-- Collican has Obama becoming more aggressive, something he started Sunday in Reno.