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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Journal Gazette Doesn't Know Politics

Much has been said about the lack of fact checking in today's Political Notebook (see FWOB). Ben and the Journal don't seem to have an understanding of local politics either.

It is not uncommon for Democrats to have an uncontested ticket in the primary. When this happens some party members will vote in the Republican primary to try and influence their primary. The best example of this was in 2002 when Helmke took on Souder.

Karen Goldner wasn't alone in crossing lines in 2002. Several thousand local Democrats crossed party lines to vote in this race (including some notable figures connected with the Richards-Henry administrations).

Today's Political Notebook just emphasizes that the newspaper's competency in political matters is questionable. But what should we expect, Ben has only been voting locally since 2004 and wouldn't have the institutional knowledge to cover anything from this community before Bush's second term.

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Anonymous Not Souder said...

Who do you think pitched the story to Ben Lanka?

Did Karen Goldner do it as the first step in trying to figure out how to win reelection in a district that only gave her a 12 vote margin in a year when the GOP mayoral candidate crashed and burned?

Why would someone have tried to boost Karen Goldner and at the same time try to contrast it with two people she is going to have to serve with?

Doesn't seem very bright to me.

9:35 PM  

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