Throughout my life, I have avoided “endorsing” candidates; I consider it somewhat pretentious, and despite the intellectual snobbery of some of my fellow political travelers - both liberal and conservative - I actually think that most people are pretty smart, once they have all the facts at their disposal.
The fake polling operation by Republican Stacy Hurst's campaign for state House barked up the wrong tree today. Retired Justice Jack Holt said he was voting for Clarke Tucker no matter what information they were putting out.
Upon first venturing to write about politics 20 years ago, I held naive views about political journalism. Specifically, I imagined that factual accuracy mattered as it did in the kinds of books and magazine pieces I'd written on non-political topics — opinionated, yes, but grounded in careful reporting.