Monthly Archives: February 2014

Just Say No

At your right is a photo taken of me in 1990. Behind me are Gigi and Roxi, two strippers from the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco. We are adorning a replica of The Great Red Shark made famous … Continue reading

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The Many Faces Of California.

There’s a petition going around to split the state of California into six separate states. (Talk about Statesophrenia! We got multiple personalities up the ying yang!) Nevada County would be relegated to the new state of “North California”.

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We Have An Election!

Whoopie! Looks like we may actually have an election in Nevada City this year -if all three potential candidates follow through. It’s a good thing, because for the NC to skip two elections in a row would have been somewhat … Continue reading

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Merry Widow Gazette Hits The Stands!

The 2014 edition of the Merry Widow Gazette should be on the streets by this afternoon. Congrats to Mary Ann and the crew for another fine effort. (The Merry Widow Society of Nevada City is a non-profit group dedicated to … Continue reading

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Will Nevada City Pass On Elections Again?

I don’t live in Nevada City anymore, but thirty of my sixty-three years were spent in and around The Queen OF The Northern Mines. And before I started covering politics full time, I used to endorse candidates for city council. … Continue reading

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Now Count Backward From One Hundred….

Way back in 1945, there was an attempt by Governor Earl Warren to enact compulsory health insurance in California. As you can see from this Sacramento Bee editorial cartoon by Newton Pratt, the legislation was “chloroformed”. It only took another … Continue reading

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Good Morning?

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The Campaign In The Ass

The local election scene is starting to take shape, and the usual lines are being drawn between competing ideologies. Oh, we say that these offices are non-partisan, but everybody knows that in most cases it’s a progressive versus a conservative. … Continue reading

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Carmen (Updated 3:50pm)

Carmen Miranda would have been 104 yesterday. The Merry Widow Society of Nevada City tip their hats (no small feat) to the Brazilian Beauty and remind everyone that Mardi Gras is but three weeks away. Every year, the Widows publish¬†The … Continue reading

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Commies vs. Capitalists In The 1800’s

Denis Kearney, born in C0unty Cork, Ireland, in 1847,¬† immigrated to California in 1868. His career as a rabblerouser began on the mean streets of San Francisco, where he championed the rights of “the working man” of California. His loutish … Continue reading

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