Today, August 25 -- Current conditions 72 degrees, mostly cloudy, humidity 58% (we call that "muggy"). Low tonight 57.
Yesterday Armando called for "someone less flammable" than him to take up the problem of race on the left and on this site specifically. While I recognize that "less flammable" than Armando describes a lot of people, I felt that call was specifically directed at me. Like Armando, I am a Kossack with an obviously Latino username who is often appalled by the level of discourse on race at this site and on the left generally. I've studied the subject academically and I've lived my life as a brown Latino-identified person raised in the south Denver suburbs, aka Tancredo Country who went to college and law school in well-known liberal havens. So I've seen racial attitudes in the conservative suburbs and the liberal college towns, and I don't think there is a tremendous amount of difference. This is my small attempt to try to advance the discussion in this liberal community.
The team promoting Denver's bid to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention went to New Orleans this week at the DNC spring meeting there. You can understand why Chairman Dean chose to hold the spring meetings there, because everyone who went came back reporting that things are much worse in New Orleans than generally reported. Colorado Democratic Party vice chair (and blogger) Dan Slater, part of the Denver 2008 team, spent some time doing relief work in the city with a group of fellow Dems:
This afternoon, Pat, Sherry and I joined about 25 other Dems,
including DNC Vice Chair / ASDC Chair / Michigan Chair Mark Brewer, New
Mexico Chair John Wertheim, and the Executive Directors from Washington
state and New Mexico, to help work on a house that had been flooded by
Katrina. We didn't go to the Lower Ninth Ward -- the area that gets the
most coverage for devastation -- instead, we went to a location only
about five minutes from our hotel by bus (and which was under "only"
eight feet of water for ten days).
In a telephone press conference, Salazar repeated that he had not made a final decision on Alito, but went on to express his doubts about the federal appeals court judge. In particular, Salazar said he questioned whether Alito would set aside his personal political views when making court decisions.
Saying he was reviewing Alito's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Salazar said he was concerned about Alito's support for a "unitary" or broad view of presidential power as well as his previously expressed disagreement with major civil rights decisions made by the Supreme Court in the 1960s.
It's big news that the Democratic Party task force that is studying changes to the presidential nomination process has approved the idea of adding one or two caucuses between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. That's good because it has obviously hurt the party to let two primarily rural, overwhelmingly white states have so much weight in the process. Heck, those two states practically nominated John Kerry by themselves last time. Commission member Michael Stratton of Colorado says Nevada is the early frontrunner but the consensus is that the additional state should definitely be from the West -- if not Nevada or Colorado, then Arizona or New Mexico, or maybe two of the four.
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