Paris pleads for a pardon
A high school senior who was issued the former cell phone number of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) has been bombarded at all hours with calls for the state’s chief executive, at first getting at least six a day, according to the Lansing bureau of The Associated Press . “This experience hasn’t given me any political aspirations,” student Katie Kamar said. Last week the governor left a voicemail for Kamar, apologizing for the calls and thanking her for being so courteous.
Holding your bladder might be a sought-after job skill for Oregon lawmakers. Partisan tension in the Legislature has gotten so rancorous that a Republican who missed a vote to go to the bathroom wasn’t allowed by Democrats to cast his vote when he returned. So much for the civility of a Legislature whose rules require lawmakers to refer to “my good friend” or “my colleague” instead of by a lawmaker’s name, notes The Oregonian .
Seymour, Wis., now claims the official title of “original home of the hamburger” by decree of the Wisconsin Legislature. But those are fighting words for Athens, Tex.; Akron, Ohio; and New Haven, Conn., which each also boast to be the birthplace. Seymour traces its burger heritage to an 1885 fair. Wisconsin state Rep. Tom Nelson (D) was moved to defend Seymour’s honor after Texas lawmakers drafted a resolution claiming Athens the home of the all-American beef patty. Nelson tells the Appleton Post-Crescent he might send a few cans of Manwich sloppy Joe mix to the Texas Legislature “as a consolation prize.”
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