The first mayoral debate will be conducted today and will air tomorrow afternoon on KDKA, that being Saturday at 12:00 NOON, so as to maximize viewership (ha ha).
My only advice: both Independents ought to have snappy counterattacks ready for when the Democratic Republican protests that his opponents are only interested in talking about the past (i.e. his public record) whereas he'd rather talk about Pittsburgh's future!
Also, we all get to roll our eyes mercilessly at anybody who makes vague references to "headlines" or "cronies" or even "pay-to-play" without detailing exactly what or who those are, and why they're indicative or important moving forward.
I would advise both challengers to lay off one another and focus on attacking Luke -- but that's essentially what Dowd and Robinson did in the primary, to nil or negative effect. So hey guys, knock yourselves out, or should I say knock each other out. I'm obviously leaning towards Kevin Acklin a little bit at this precise juncture (*-UPDATE: this explained in comment #6 underleaf) -- he just has been seeming more together, somehow, even serious -- but obviously there's no point to making up one's mind until we watch at least one debate. My mind's still very much open and I think that's the consensus.
Some news: the ICA just returned the Mayor's budget with an "Incomplete" and a "What The What?" (P-G, Trib). Zober can say what he wants but I'm pretty sure this is the first time the ICA dissed a budget proposal and asked a Mayor bluntly to fill in some gaping holes.
Extreme sincere congratulations to The City Paper for reporting in print that Mayor Ravenstahl donned police riot gear and told the American Civil Liberties Union and its local lead attorney Vic Walczak "fuck you", just days after troubling events on Pitt campus in Oakland. I know the annual event is entitled "Off the Record" and I know it's for charity, but even the White House Correspondent's Dinner gets criticized for encouraging too-cozy relationships between government and the press -- and that's decidedly not even remotely off the record! So I'm not sure what they think they're doing that's so great. Although in the past, the players have conducted themselves with just enough intelligence to get away with their naughtiness, the City Paper made the right call in reporting the egregious lack of class and sense shown by our City's leader just days after the fact. As I wrote somewhere earlier, he could have joked about the $1,000 garbage cans or anything else -- or he could even have joked about G20 security issues without telling the defenders of our civil liberties point-blank what they can go do. Or he could have been funny in some way, a thing which multiple reports confirm did not transpire.
Now if we could only get a picture of him in his