I'd better make with the retrospectives. I've always been honored to have been granted the opportunity to interview local officeholders, candidates, and other persons of interest on the political scene. I've found they're quite easy to do but a pain to produce something from, yet at the same time unbeatable in terms of truly grasping what is going on around us. Why don't we take a trip down memory lane?
Ricky Burgess I
Michael Lamb I
Jim Motznik I
Patrick Ford, part 1
Patrick Ford, part 2
Ricky Burgess II
Jim Motznik II
Henry Sciortino (after a fashion)
Theresa Smith, Georgia Blotzer & Brendan Schubert
Michael Lamb II
Darlene Harris (briefly)
Yarone Zober (close enough)
Dok Harris, part 1
Dok Harris, part 2
Falun Gong @ the G20
Kevin Acklin (guess I was really lazy by this point)
The Comet has held among its guiding principles, "Apologize for nothing, and admit no mistakes," but among three apologies we feel we must make, one is to former Councilwoman Tonya Payne. I had a delightful, informative conversation with her in the midst of my Hill District investigations, and I never wrote up a summary. Partially it was out of being distracted at the time, partially out of having a hard time piecing together facets of the story. We'd like to say again we're truly sorry if it bespoke of any disrespect, as it was not intended that way: it was a good interview, and it did help with my further reporting.
If it's any consolation, I did the same thing with Doug Shields once.
Speaking of which (maybe?) as a special treat, the Comet has been holding onto audio from an interview the Pist-Gazette and it together had conducted with Councilman Patrick Dowd in -- well, it must have been around May 22 or 23 of 2008. We were discussing the vicissitudes of his position on the Grant Street Transportation Center zoning controversy, the appeals and lawsuits, and the legislation to pay other councillors' legal fees. I think it dovetails nicely with concerns many have raised more recently about Dowd's preferences in terms of Council leadership. We present it now in five excruciating parts: