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Still on Ballot
There is a dispute over whether voters in former Congressman Mark Foley's district will see signs or notice s telling them that he is no longer the candidate — that Joe Negron is running in his place. Foley's name still appears on the ballots because they had already been printed when he resigned. The state Division of Elections says it is OK to place a notice about Negron in each booth.
But the head of Florida's Democratic party says state laws prohibit any signs at polling places. A spokeswoman for the state contends such notices have been used in the past when a candidate has been replaced after ballots were printed. That will be a problem on absentee ballots too, but election supervisors in Foley's district decided not to send any sort of notice when those ballots are mailed.
Coming To a Theater Near You?
Two major movie theater chains are refusing to show a film dramatizing the fictional assassination of President Bush. Cinemark USA and Regal Entertainment Group are both passing on "Death of a President."
Regal CEO Mike Campbell says, "We feel it is inappropriate to portray the future assassination of a sitting president, regardless of political affiliation." But the film's distributor says it is having no trouble booking the movie and claims that it will open October 27th in several hundred locations.
There have been several deadly shootings at schools this fall, including one in Wisconsin last week. Now, a Wisconsin state lawmaker says he has a solution: let teachers, principals and other school personnel carry concealed weapons.
Republican Frank Lasee cites similar practices in Thailand and Israel as being effective. He would insist that anyone carrying weapons first get strict training.
But he faces two obstacles: First, of course, he'll have to figure out a way around a federal law prohibiting weapons on school grounds. And second, some school officials oppose the plan.
Now a Word From Our Sponsor
White House press secretary and former FOX News commentator Tony Snow is frequently heard putting out the president's message. But in Iowa he was recently heard selling windows and aluminum siding. The New York Times reports a Des Moines radio station has been playing a three-year-old ad for a company that used to advertise on Snow's radio program. One Iowa radio executive said "just imagine, you're listening to the radio, Tony Snow has been speaking to you as the spokesman for the leader of the free world, and then a commercial comes on …with him trying to sell you a window."
Snow asked White House lawyers to contact the company to stop them, saying, "you don't have the White House Press Secretary flacking siding." But the company that ran the ad insists it has the rights to the commercial.
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.