The Democrats started pushing their agenda right away, promising to work five--or at least four--days a week, limit the influence of lobbyists, protect the country from evil-doers, invest in alternative energy, create jobs, provide more health care and prevent the privatization of Social Security.
The third woman to represent Arizona in Congress, Giffords succeeds Republican Jim Kolbe, who retired after 22 years of representing Southern Arizona. Kolbe has kept a low profile since the November election, surfacing just long enough to do a few interviews with the daily press in which he blamed GOP losses on an emphasis on social issues such as opposition to abortion, stem-cell research and gay rights.
The addition to the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative makes Tucson eligible for additional federal funds, which can be used to help protect Rio Nuevo projects.
The Old Pueblo and three other cities--El Paso, Texas, Norfolk, Va., and Providence, R.I.--replace four other hotbeds of terrorist activity: Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge; La., Louisville, Ky.; and Omaha, Neb.
We considered making the five-hour drive across the state to Spokane for Saturday's game against Washington State, but we elected to remain in Seattle instead. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the game on TV anywhere, because the city was alive with Seahawks fever (and could you believe the end of that game?), but it was just as well that we didn't make the effort, because the Cats fell in overtime to Washington State, 77-73.
How was the rest of our trip to Seattle? Super, thanks for asking! Except for when the odd little troll working the door at a crappy dive called the Nite Owl refused to let our 52-year-old brother in because he wasn't carrying any ID. Guess those youthful good looks run in the family.
In other sports news: Randy Johnson, who proved to be a lousy postseason investment for the New York Yankees, is headed back to Arizona next season. Why the Diamondbacks want him back remains a mystery to us, but as a Yankees fan, The Range is glad to see him leaving New York. (The only thing worse than watching Randy Johnson beat the Yankees in 2001? Watching him blow playoff games for them over the last two years.)
We disposed of the fan mail as quickly as we could and, after washing our hands a couple million times over the course of the rest of the day, we found ourselves wondering what kind of sick little monkey would do such a thing? Executives from a mining company? A wealthy land developer who probably pays no attention to what our silly little publication puts out every week? An odd little real-estate hustler who is now fending off an invasion of privacy lawsuit? Without sending a sample to the lab for analysis, we guess we'll never know.