On the Town

Wrong Saxton is on the ballot

Election day may not be till Nov. 7, but at least in the governor's race the results already are in. And the winner - based solely, I must admit, on the results of recent TV commercials - has to be Lynne Saxton. …

I mean, where else can you find someone with the same charisma and ability to articulate the issues of the day? Not to mention a track record unsullied by inaction or bad judgment. … What's that you say? She's the wife of one of the candidates? Oh, never mind. … Seriously folks, this woman has a career in politics if she wants it.

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In Mark Schorr's new thriller, 'Borderline,' someone is bumping off all the nastiest crooks in P-town - and it might even be someone in city government. …Well, that's one way to keep crime statistics down, I guess. It's fiction, of course, but the idea had to come from somewhere. … Good Dog, Bad Dog, the sausage emporium on Southwest Alder, is gone. There's a lock on the door and a for-lease sign on the window. … To take the words right out of faithful reader Stephen Sasser's mouth: 'Dog gone.'

Over at Ray's Ragtime on Southwest Morrison, proprietor Ray Tillotson isn't one to be overly impressed when the stars stop by - as former child star Molly Ringwald did while starring in the traveling production of 'Sweet Charity' earlier this month. … But boy, was he ever knocked on his can when, out of the blue, she sent him a top hat - now on display at the retro clothing establishment - that she used in one of the show's dance numbers. Just in case, says Tillotson slyly, you haven't finished your Halloween shopping yet. … Blogging professor Jack Bogdanski has a funny bit going on former City Council candidate Emilie Boyles - all done, of course, with one of those computer programs that allows you to monkey around with photographs. … This time, it's Boyles as a nun, lighting candles in a cathedral. … Before that, Boyles somewhere on a deserted Caribbean beach, obviously enjoying herself. … Where is she, anyway? And how'd she get away with that $92 thou or so of all that, heh-heh, Clean Money? See it for yourself at http://bojack.org.

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More hot political news for those who might be wondering why your mail-in ballot instructs you to 'Use a pencil or blue ink pen' - when, if you're like me, you always thought blue was a no-no. … According to the nice lady at county voting headquarters, it's the other way around now. In order to save money - because black ink apparently is very expensive - the big ink manufacturers have started mixing red with their black, which actually makes it harder for the county's machines to scan. Next question: Why do I get started on things like this? … And then there's the woman spotted driving north on McLoughlin in a beat-up red Subaru with all the obligatory anti-administration political messages affixed to its rear bumper. Plus a hand-lettered sign, prominently displayed in the rear window: 'I'm a sucker for men with eyeliner.' Somehow, though, I don't think it would make her one bit happier if George W. started wearing eye makeup. … The political season seems to be heating up.

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