It appears that no one can put butts in the seats, or get a bunch of protesters to stand on their feet, like Karl Rove. George W. Bush's former right-hand man and Republican Strategist appeared at UCSB's Campbell Hall last night. Coverage, complete with a slide show, is at Noozhawk and in the Daily Nexus.
While the college crowd was protesting Rove, the middle aged and older crowd is up in arms about the fee hike for adult education classes at Santa Barbara City College. According to this morning's Daily Sound, get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to pay for courses like, "Salute to Sushi," "Survival Cooking and Singles" and "Barbecues and More."
Audra Strickland, the conservative Republican Assembly Member who represents Ventura County, and who is married to Santa Barbara's State Senator, Tony Strickland, is term-limited out. So what will the about to be unemployed politician do next? She is running for county supervisor in Ventura, and is challenging an incumbent, moderate Republican Linda Parks who represents the Second District..
Strickland doesn't live in the Second District, so she is moving from Moorpark, located in Ventura County's Fourth District, to the Conejo Valley. The move by Strickland to enable her to run has brought forth allegations of carpetbagging.
So, why all the maneuvers in pulling up her roots to run and challenging a fellow Republican? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that a little over a year ago Parks crossed party lines to endorse Santa Barbara's Hannah-Beth Jackson who was locked in a tight campaign against Strickland's husband for State Senator. As James Brown would say, "it's the big payback."
I guess she never heard of Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: Though shall not diss a fellow Republican. More on this political grudge match in the Ventura County Reporter.
The News-Press has an article, written by Scott Steepleton, about how it was found to have committed labor law violations in issuing unlawful subpoenas to current and former employees. According to the headline that appears on newspress.com, "the paper's attorneys vow to take the case to federal court." What? Over being ordered to post a "mea culpa" notice?
Then again, Wendy appealing an decision that goes against her hardly qualifies as "news."
Ben Preston who was a half-time staff writer for the Independent and has a resume that includes being an embedded reporter in Iraq, has joined Noozhawk. By my reckoning, that means that Noozhawk now employs more full-time reporters (3) than the Daily Sound (2).
One brand that won't be missed: Hummer. After a sale to a Chinese company fell through, GM says it will wind down the brand. At last, the Ecology Eliminator will finally be eliminated.
Gotta love those cigar smoking, beer swilling Canadian women.
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