Andy Vidak is running for the open state senate seat in the 16th district. He is a Republican. I am a conservative. I am a radio talk show host. The primary is on May 21. So, we extended him an invitation on our air for a conversation between us and top democratic challenge Leticia Perez. Perez accepted with no restrictions.
Vidak, through his adviser Tim Orman, has stalled then outright refused. Producer David Taub had this e-mail exchange with him:
Can you send me Andy Vidak's daily campaign event stops?TIM ORMAN:
Sorry, we don't release that information.
Why not?TIM ORMAN:Because it is private internal campaign information. We're not running some 1920's whistle stop tour of the 16th district.DAVID TAUB:
Are you definitely not coming on the show on May 9 or any time before May 21?I thought campaigns are supposed to be public.
At this point, as much as we would like to, I don't see that we can. I suppose I could interpret your public comment as an attempt to dictate how we run our campaign, but I'm going to be nice and not go there.
Are you kidding me? First, we are a radio station. You are running a public campaign. And not only do you not want to come on to a radio interview program, you don't even want to let people know where you are going to be.
If your strategy is to campaign actively after the primary, you may not have to even bother. If a candidate earns more than 50% in the primary, they will win the election outright and no need for a further election. And, if no candidate receives a majority, then the top two move on to a July run-off. Guess what, Mr. Vidak? Not only could Perez win outright, you may not even make the top two. Enjoy your cherry picking.
Only in California. Our assemblyman friend in San Francisco, Tom Ammiano, is proposing a bill that would allow gender choice when it comes to using a school bathroom.
And, now Fresno school kids can get condoms for free without their parents knowing about it.
This is not what schools should be about. Parents should have control
Pete Mehas called in to update us on the search for a new Fresno State president. Pete is heading the search committee. He addressed concerns made in a Fresno Bee story about the secrecy of the search.
Pete says "secretive" is not the proper term. He defends the search as standard practice in colleges or business in searching for a new leader. He says the committee is comprised of representatives from all sectors: the community, faculty, students and others.
Whatever the process is, I hope Pete and company just the right fit for Fresno State.
A Fresno-based group is helping provide medical relief in Afghanistan. Dr. Mark Scoffield joined the show to talk about the efforts of American Medical Overseas Relief.
He says that most of the Afghan people are just regular folks trying to make it in life. They are in need of medical help.
He believes providing medical aid can help provide a positive influence on the people.
They average about 3,000 people they help at their Afghanistan hospitals.
A World War II veteran's bomber jacket has been rescued from a Goodwill. I love this story.
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