Dallas City Council candidate Richard P. Sheridan is not happy he lost to Leland Burk.
He’s blaming D Magazine reporter Dan Koller because of his election preview article didn’t make a big thing that Burk was gay.
Or maybe Sheridan is just mad because he received only 28 votes (0.27 percent), two years after he somehow backed into 1,054 of them (10.56 percent).
A teenager did better than him this time around - 18-year-old Jacob King grabbed 77 votes, and Sheridan promised to stop running for office if King’s total exceeded his.
Anyway, Sheridan grabbed the phone and left the sweet voicemail to Koller.
We cleaned up the worst of the dirty works, but it’s still some rough listening.
Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again.
Every time the US bumps up against its debt ceiling, we start the cycle all over again.
President Obama insists he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling, but of course he will.
Members of Congress grandstand about changing this vicious cycle, and then most clamber for the easy way out so they can return to matters they’d rather talk about, which is just about anything but cutting spending.
Meanwhile, federal spending continues and the debt clock keeps ticking.
We will hit the debt limit again this Sunday.
The Treasury is expected to exhaust its cash management tools sometime in September or October.
In the meantime, Washington’s periodic debt ceiling ritual will play out.
Debt ceiling fights are always about leverage.
Members of Congress want to use the vote to get concessions from the other side, usually the President.
The President pushes for tax increases from Congress.
Both sides say “no” and the talks end for the day.
Here we go again.
Endorsements are a big deal to a candidate.
It’s a way of saying these people like me and you should too.
Here’s an endorsement to beat all those from the carpenters, the firefighters and the police – rolled into one.
A mayoral candidate in North Miami says she’s been endorsed by Jesus Christ.
It’s right there on the campaign poster for Anna L. Pierre.
“It’s a spiritual endorsement. Why? Because everything I do I always get God involved.”
Pierre says she received three signs that Jesus was her endorser, and no, she won’t say what they were.
It’s been an interesting campaign…
Last week, candidate Jean Marcellus was punched in the face inside his own campaign headquarters by an so-called friend.
Candidate and former mayor Kevin Burns said he’s filed five police reports for stolen signs.
And Pierre said last month she was the target of voodoo spells.
We can’t wait to see who wins.
UPDATE: Pierre received just 56 votes and came in last in the field of seven.
This happened in a shopping mall.
It was video taped and used for a commercial for a bank.
A good rule of thumb is that a vast majority of alleged political scandals will have less voter impact than most people expect.
There are two main reasons for this:
First, voters look at major issues such as economic performance and the conduct of foreign wars in making their decisions.
That leaves little room for everything else.
Second, the news media may overplay the story, scandalous or otherwise, on any given day, even though it may turn out to be relatively unimportant in the context of a multiyear political cycle.
But the recent admission by the Internal Revenue Service that it targeted conservative organizations with terms like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names when they applied for tax-exempt status could be an exception.
Remember that the IRS is something that touches everyone, for better or worse.
It is not an admired agency and what’s going on is something that might interest most people.
The so-called scandal reinforces the negative feelings many have about the tax collectors.
It can negatively affect the President depending on how successful the Republicans are at blaming him.
We’re just at the beginning of this so-called scandal.
For now, it’s the standard blah-blah-blah about how we don’t know just what we’ll find.
But we can guess what the political implications will be – and they’re significant.
Tennessee state Representative Jon Lundberg is back in our sights again.
He’s the Republican that introduced a resolution last month in the state house to honor himself.
He’s now co-sponsoring a bill to take down a traffic camera.
The same one, we note, that busted him for speeding in 2010.
Lundberg said the traffic camera speeding ticket “had absolutely zero effect” on his decision to sponsor the bill, adding, “In fact, until you said that, I completely forgot about that.”
He was ticketed for driving 60 miles an hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone just weeks before voters elected him to a third election.
He said he receives constant complaints that the traffic cameras are a bother for people wanting to visit the Bristol Motor Speedway in his district.
He said he is also worried about traffic crashes at the site of the cameras.
The answer is – of course – don’t speed.
Ah, to be young and free and stupid.
To believe you’ll live forever and nothing can hurt you.