Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Evan Derkacz writes for Alternet that the pro-gun vote doesn't necessarily belong to George Bush. He writes: "Although Kerry seems to have learned from Gore's mistakes and Bush has lost favor among much of the vigilant Second Amendment crowd, conventional wisdom grants NRA endorsement—a lock for Bush—a great deal of political weight. The NRA has been heavily involved in politics since at least 1980, when it endorsed Ronald Reagan for president. Since then, it has become the bogeyman of many a political campaign, wielding clout beyond its numbers, and is largely responsible for what many consider to be some of the world's most reckless gun control policies. But does it deserve the mythic make-or-break reputation this time around?"
I just read that the Florida Professional Firefighters have endorse Kerry/Edwards, even though they supported Bush '00 and Jeb Bush twice. Apparently Kerry is getting these endorsements over Homeland Security funding issues and labor/union concerns. Although you can't quite write it off as a "labor = lefty" thing if the union endorsed Bush in 2000. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040714/dcw022_1.html
- Todd Stauffer
OT, but I hope you've all noticed that we now have "landing" pages for every blog, largely thanks to Knol Aust. In other words, you can click on "Web Exclusives" link both at the top of the front-page blog and in the list to the left of the front page and find every entry for that cateogory -- ever! -- archived there. This is true for print stories as well (Talk, Cover, Features, etc.). And that's in addition to our new MusicBlog, and there are other special blogs like that coming soon. These are improvements we've been wanting to make for some time to the site and just couldn't find the time. Knol helped us figure it out. Cheers to him! (I'll also post this under JFPBlog, so pardon the double posts.)