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Sharron Angle: Blast from the distant past
by Andrew Barbano
Aug 21, 2010 | 948 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I can't speak for all my colleagues in columny, but I love GOP U.S. Senate nominee Sharron Angle. As they say in the biz, she's hot copy.

Even her greatest hits are news. I didn't know that black is the official color of Satan's team and should thus be banned.

The latter was brought to light by longtime Nevada newspaperman Bill Roberts in a recent edition of the Pahrump Valley Times. Roberts noted that Mrs. Angle, in her winning campaign for Nye County School Board, advocated changing the color of Nye County High School football team jerseys. Wonder if she wanted it replaced with white for surrender? Wonder if she knows that white is the color of death and mourning in many societies.

Since every random thought of Mrs. Angle is now fair game, I think it time that another of her golden oldies gets dusted off and taken for a spin. If you've been following the Angle-Reid media lovefest, you might have heard that getting the two together for a face-to-face debate has turned into a case of perpetual ring-around-the-rosy with a side of sanctimonious finger-pointing.

In 2008, Mrs. Angle scared the bejabbers out of Republican state Sen, Bill Raggio of Reno by almost whooping him in the GOP primary. She refused to debate, probably because she saw herself closing in the polls and knew that Big Bad Bill has a secret weapon. No, not that he's a season lawyer, but that he has a sense of humor.

Ubiquitous media maven Sam Shad offered his half-hour show for an Angle-Raggio faceoff.

Angle refused, stating that Shad's puny 22 minutes of airtime were not enough.

"To fully discuss everything, respond to untruths with facts and have the continuity of a true debate will require three (3) hours of commercial free time," she wrote in a letter to Mr. Shad. She also checked off the usual defenses, accusing Shad of bias, naming a biased co-host, accusing TV station owner Jim Rogers of favoring a state income tax and not being a fan of her failed property tax initiative petition.

Shad read part of the letter on the air one morning when I happened to be scheduled on the pundit panel segment.

I promptly offered to give Angle v. Raggio my entire two-hour local TV show, adding that I could very probably hustle a third just to meet her demand.

I never got a response. I don't have a regularly scheduled show anymore, but I do produce statewide specials. Witness "Suing for Schools" from earlier this year, available online.

My offer still stands. If Sen. Reid and Mrs. Angle can find an agreeable date, I'll do the rest.

The full Angle letter to Shad will be posted with the web edition of this column at

As regular readers know, I favor no-moderator, no-rules debates. But there has to be a bathroom and coffee break somewhere in the three hours. I hope that's not a deal breaker.

Gimme what they're smoking

Local lawyer and folk-rock artist Geoffrey White unveiled his new retro-rock group "The Smokin' Bulldogs" at a recent political event. Maybe Mr. White and his killer Beatlesque band could play at halftime while Reid and Angle powder their by-then bloody noses. One of his band members is KTVN TV-2 boss Lawson Fox. (An ironic moniker for a guy who runs a CBS affiliate.) Wonder if he'd come up with three commercial-free hours if he gets to be a rock star on the show? I'll let you know if the players firm up.


Impressive Washoe County Commission candidate Betty Hicks sent along a reminder of this Thursday's commemoration of the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Yes, that's right. Without all them uppity women who made trouble for almost a century, Sharron Angle would not be on the ballot this November.

Nevada women got the right to vote four years before the 1920 passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Mrs. Angle may want to repeal the 14th Amendment, but I think she probably wants the 19th to stay in place, even it was not drafted by the fabled founding fathers who are always messing with her mind.

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the National Organization for Women asks everyone to wear purple this Thursday, Aug. 26. That's long been the color of the women's movement. The celebration starts at 4:00 p.m. in front of the federal courthouse at the appropriately named corner of Liberty and S. Virginia streets. Participants will adjourn to the Amendment 21 bar across the street at 6:00 p.m. "where we'll celebrate with notable women in Nevada politics, government, academia, business and the community." (To save Googling time, the 21st Amendment repealed prohibition on the sale of alcoholic beverages.)

Betty Hicks closes all of her communications with the Hawai'ian word "ho'oponopono," the gist of which means "if I or one of my ancestors offended you or one of your ancestors, please forgive and let us love again."

The warlike Big Blue Marble on which we reside would be a much better place if we would live by that simple sentiment. And it needs no constitutional amendment to be put into force.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 40-year Nevadan, member of Sparks-based Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO, political action chair and webmaster of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112, producer of the César Chávez celebration and editor of As always, his comments are strictly his own. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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August 26, 2010
This news was from the afl-cio and NAACP and they love Harry Reid. He gives them your money.They want him back in office so he can give them more of your money.

This is why I'm voting for Sharron Angle she is not a dog for the Lib's she is for the people of Nevada
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