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Craig’s lawyer calls ‘foot-tapping’ protected free speech

So, now foot-tapping is protected by the First Amendment. What’s next? Nose-scratching? Coughing?

CNN’s Political Ticker blog reports that lawyers for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig argued in court today that foot-tapping — the infamous alleged sex solicitation signal between Craig and an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul men’s airport bathroom — is free speech. Craig is asking the court to throw out his 2007 guilty plea.

I was recently in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to attend the Republican National Convention. There was a a bit of talk about sending me to find the bathroom and write about it. I didn’t.

For one, I couldn’t go into the men’s bathroom without attracting law enforcement attention. Two, it’s not like Craig is still there. Three, the airport has a lot of bathrooms and it hasn’t put up an identifying plaque on THE bathroom door, such as the “The Foot Tapper Crapper.”

But if you really, really want to see it what the door looks like, check out my intrepid colleague Carla Marinucci’s blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Under: Blogging, Political conventions | 2 Comments »

CCT phones down? Turn to Twitter

I came into the office this morning after taping two segments of Comcast’s “Newsmaker” series only to learn that I cannot make a phone call out and I cannot receive phone calls. Nobody can.

The phone system is inexplicably down and the phone guru is on vacation. Now, I’m hearing that our email system is “spotty.” Great.

It’s quiet in here. Too quiet for a newsroom.

Maybe it’s time to get that Twitter account set up. While I was at the Democratic convention visiting the blogger tent in downtown Denver, I heard about Twitter. I can do it. Heck, I conducted interviews via texting at the two conventions, uploaded video and filed stories for the daily paper. It can’t hurt to have another mode of reporting at my fingertips, right?

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Under: Blogging | No Comments »

Dem convention: Big Tent a big hit

Take a look at a story I helped my colleague San Jose Mercury News reporter Mary Anne Ostrom write about the bloggers’ “Big Tent” at the convention.

It’s literally a tent erected in a parking lot for bloggers denied credentials to the Democratic National Convention. We visited on Monday and the place was packed.

A talented Mercury News designer produced a great video to go with the piece, and I’ve also pasted below links to my Flip video shots of the outside and inside of the tent.

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential election, Blogging, Democratic politics, Political conventions | No Comments »

Dem convention: Visit Lea Austin’s blog

Check out Obama delegate Lea Austin’s blog from inside the convention at

Lea is from Tracy and she’s terrific. I profiled her as an East Bay delegate even though Tracy isn’t technically quite in the East Bay. But she works at Mills College in Oakland and that good enough for me.

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential election, Blogging, Democratic politics | 1 Comment »

Vorderblog: Calling all delegates

I deployed the Flip camcorder tonight during my interview with Democratic delegate Kath Delaney from Kensington. It’s one of a series of taped interviews we’re doing with East Bay delegates headed to the national political conventions in Denver and St. Paul in late August and early September.

Here, I’m asking Delaney how she feels, as an elected delegate for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, about the near-certain nomination of Sen. Barack Obama as the party’s nominee in Denver. Delaney is a longtime Clinton supporter.

We’ll offer prior to the conventions a full package of video and online interviews with delegates for Sen. John McCain, as well as Clinton and Obama. (Don’t worry. The quality will be much better. You can’t see it in this video but our expert photographer Karl Mondon was taping the interview using a fancy camera. I’m using my new Flip video as an experiment to see how it would come out.)

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential election, Blogging, Vorderblog | No Comments »

New blog hits Discovery Bay

Discovery Bayite Jennifer Mixon has started a new community web site —

It’s title sounds like a bit of a play on and the author warns on the home page that folks without a sense of humor should stay away.

Is Mixon suggesting that Halfway founder and blogger Mr. Bill Gram-Reefer of is humorless? Surely not.

But the web site’s discussion topics and entries from Mixon do indicate that she supported the June re-election of Discovery Bay resident and Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho while Gram-Reefer sided with challenger Guy Houston.

Discovery Bay is often a political maelstrom, so this already sounds good!

Check it out.

(4:04 p.m. Fixed Bill’s name. Sorry, Bill!)

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008
Under: Blogging | No Comments »

Ah, vacation!

It’s my last chance for a break before the general election season overtakes my every waking hour. I’m headed out for the wild blue waters and campgrounds of Northern California and the chance to get away from the blog, the phone, the email and candidates.

But it’s not an entirely politics-free trip. While I’m bobbing around a cove in the shade in Lake Shasta, I’ll have the latest books on hand authored by the two presumed U.S. presidential nominees, John McCain and Barack Obama. Maybe I’ll finish them. Maybe not!

I’ll be back July 6. Have a safe and great Fourth of July!

(Photo taken last year of me and my husband, Joe, in our Crownline ski boat at Lake Berryessa.)

Posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2008
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A political break

For those of you kind enough to read this space, I’ll be snorkeling with the turtles rather than fishing for stories for the next two weeks.

Check back on Oct. 8 when I return.


Posted on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
Under: Blogging | No Comments »

Vorderbrueggen out until July 16

Please forgive my absence until July 16.

My lovely daughter is getting married and I’ll be out of the office attending to all things wedding.

Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Under: Blogging | No Comments »

Conservative bloggers call confab

Not to be outdone by lefty Daily Kos bloggers who gathered last spring in Las Vegas, conservative cyber activists will convene in Sparks in October.

The theme of the Conservative Leadership Conference, co-sponsored by Citizen Outreach and Americans for Tax Reform, is “Conservatives and the New Media.”

The program, according to a press release, will focus on bloggers and the Internet in addition to the more traditional grassroots activist training.

“As dissatisfaction within the conservative ranks begins to reach record levels, the timing of this event in the West couldn’t be better,” wrote conference director and conservative blogger Eric Odom. “With Nevada being a key swing state, the location is ideal as well.”

Presidential candidates will be invited to address the conference, although none are listed as confirmed on the agenda. The event also features the first annual “State of the Conservative Union” address. Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist will speak. The conference will wrap up with the announcement of the results of a straw poll of the 2008 presidential race.

But Sparks?

One has to wonder how all those family values bloggers will stomach the gambling, scantily clad show girls and booze. If you think you can handle it, sign up at

On the other hand, YearlyKos is headed for Chicago in August. Click here for details.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
Under: Blogging | No Comments »