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J. Patrick Coolican

Blog Post Archive

Ensign's chief of staff leaving
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
John Lopez, Sen. John Ensign's chief of staff, is leaving the senator's employ, as first reported by Sun columnist Jon Ralston.
Lawmakers preparing for governor's speech
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
Governor's budget won't spread the pain equally
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
I just left an embargoed press briefing on the governor's budget. "Embargo" in the media world means we can't reveal what was said until an appointed time, in this case, 6 p.m., when the governor makes his State of the State speech.
Mood more somber ahead of governor's speech
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
Danny Glover stumps for Obama
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008
Memo to Democrats: No one cares about Danny Glover.
GOP gives help to Al Franken's opponent
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008
State Democratic leader says he's staying
Monday, Oct. 27, 2008
Ensign pointing finger at McCain
Monday, Oct. 27, 2008
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, head of the Senate Republican election effort, is blaming the McCain campaign for his unhappiness.
Report: McCain's troubles in the West
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
Palin on the powers of a VP
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
Responding to a question from a third-grader today, here's Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:
Nevada political roundup: Palin in Henderson, Dems have early advantage
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008
Nevada political roundup: The bailout, Obama up in battlegrounds
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
Bar talk positive toward Palin
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
No hangover in the Twin Cities, with conservatives having closed the bars and moved right on to bloody mary bars after Sarah Palin's impressive performance last night.
Rudy wows the Republicans
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — They're not booing.
Playing to the crowd
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Michael Steele is revving up the crowd.
Politics, policy and polls
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Inside the hall now. The Israel Project has left a press release for me at my seat.
Oratory as background noise
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
An unfortunate aspect of these conventions, both Democrat and Republican, is that you often wind up with people making important speeches, interesting speeches, compelling speeches, while no one listening.
Cathedral evokes humility
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Just walked up a hill to the Cathedral of St. Paul. A true architectural wonder, a Roman Catholic church of western European grandeur, with touches of central and Eastern Europe.
Raving over Rove
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Karl Rove, in the lobby.
Adman not sold on McCain-Palin ticket
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Republican advertising consultant, who seemed unaffiliated with the McCain campaign, totally off-message in the bar of The St. Paul last night.
Paul takes the stage
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
Backstage at the Ron Paul Revolution event at an arena in Minneapolis. Some Paul-ites are discussing some story about how a Paul leader was in New York and confronted David Gergen about Bohemian Grove.
Krolicki is in the building
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki has just arrived.
Rove in demand by media
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
Sitting in The St. Paul, the swanky hotel where the Nevada delegation is staying, and there is Karl Rove, a Sparks native.
Norquist blasts Obama
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
Grover Norquist, movement conservative extraordinaire, spoke to assembled Arizona delegates this morning at breakfast. Some Nevada delegates, not having their own breakfasts, have joined the Arizona folks.
McCain adviser: Candidate will be in Nevada 'frequently'
Monday, Sept. 1, 2008
Charlie Black, a D.C. legend and key adviser to Sen. John McCain, just addressed the Nevada delegation.
Lunch with the state delegation in St. Paul
Monday, Sept. 1, 2008
Nevada, Arizona GOP gather on convention's first day
Monday, Sept. 1, 2008
Reid speech calls for unity, attacks McCain
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Here's Sen. Harry Reid's speech. Interesting piece of writing. No one is listening though.
Roll call a landslide for Obama
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Democrats nominate Obama in a landslide.
John Kerry was there
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Just saw Sen. John Kerry. Um, not sure what to say.
Reid: McCain doesn't have temperament to be president
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Hall was electric last night, the TV reviews seem lukewarm
Left wants Obama to listen
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
The day's highlights: Some earnest leftists demand Obama listen to them. Lots of pent-up lefty demand.
Misty-eyed, but nervous
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
Morning everybody. Coffee and water consumed, ready to begin day of high-altitude urban hiking.
Settling in at the convention
Monday, Aug. 25, 2008
Sorry reader(s). The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of trying to get this figured out, and colleague Jon Ralston sums it up: "Assume everything will be a hassle."
Obama playing the press negativity with VP timing
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008
Announcing Biden in the middle of the night going into a Saturday seemed strange -- note my post Thursday about how people consume less media on Saturday than any other day of the week.

Songs of the road
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
WTW soundtrack: Iron and Wine, The Mars Volta, The Decembrists, Bob Dylan, Coltrane, Talking Heads, Sigor Ros, early Beatles, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou."
More voters' views on Iraq
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
Sorry for the light posting today, but we've been busy learning about algae (there's a lot of it, and it can make fuel), seeing what happens to a smoothie made from ice cream and juice concentrate when it sits in a hot minivan (it separates and looks evil), and suffering the effects of altitude sickness (I'd only smoked a half pack and it felt like I'd smoked the whole thing.)
The Big Tease
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
Obviously I was wrong about today being VP day.
Cool energy, hot tub
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
We've arrive north of Denver here, to report on how Colorado State is driving economic development with partnerships with some cool energy companies
Viva for the other Vegas
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
We've just spent a few hours in the original Las Vegas and it's much more aptly titled.
Obama VP pick expected today
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
It's VP announcement day for Obama, according to a lot of speculation. He's in Virginia, then to Chicago and Springfield, Ill., where he announced 19 months ago. There's a rally in Indiana Saturday. Who will it be?
McCain has fun in Las Cruces
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Campaigns love the local press. Check out this report in the Las Cruces Sun-News after covering Sen. John McCain today.
Blogger: Obama whining too much
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
August sure is the cruelest month for Democratic presidential candidates, isn't it?
War and peace and green chiles
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Snooty elitism food criticism interlude. In the lovely historic Old Town here, we just had an incredible meal at La Placita, an historic dining room. It's nearing green chile season here, and it makes for greatness. Plus, there's a tree, really old tree, growing in the middle of the dining room and through the roof. Outside, in the old plaza, artisans sell their wares. Plus there's a super-old Catholic church.
Random polling at the gas pumps
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Our second stop interviewing voters today was a Chevron right near Kirtland Air Force Base.
Talking to the voters
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
It's voter day, as the Team WTW (that's Winning the West) interviews residents of Albuquerque and its suburbs.
New Mexico attracting TV, film industry
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008
We're doing some reporting this week on how other states in the Intermountain West are trying to create vibrant, diverse and sustainable economies.
Getting the cold shoulder from Bill Richardson
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008
Gov. Bill Richardson is avoiding the Las Vegas Sun again. Ok, not really. A few of you know that story well. Richardson was running for president, and his strategy was predicated on winning Nevada (at least until it wasn't.) Mike Mishak chased the failed presidential candidate Richardson for six months last year. His press people kept promising and then putting him off, until it just got ridiculous and Mike wrote a piece about it.

A lesson for McCain
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008
A quick interlude from politics and the Intermountain West.
Following up after Obama
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008
Chek our stories and photos in today's Sun. Yesterday we were with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama here.