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Kopel coverage of the DNC:

This week I will be part of a team of 150 journalists covering the Democratic National Convention for the Rocky Mountain News. The News' coverage will be 24/7, with very frequent web updates. You can find a link to my material from the Opinion page for DNC commentary. Topics already in the pipeline are: Al Jazeera's terrible coverage of Joe Biden; the connections between late 19th century politics (including "rum, Romanism, and rebellion") and the present; Joe Biden and the RAVE Act; and the press missing the story about some of the controversial speakers at Sunday's interfaith prayer meeting.

Frog Leg (mail):
I'm surprised that the Rocky Mountain News has 150 journalists.
8.25.2008 3:30pm
Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
I'm surprised that the Rocky Mountain News has 150 journalists.
So am I. But I am not surprised that Dave is there. But Dave is probably one of the more political ones there. When my mother was alive, Colorado Inside Out, a PBS political show, was her favorite TV show, and Dave was usually the most outspoken. She knew Dave's father from his legislature days when she was the legislative chair and chief lobbyist for the League of Women Voters. And of course his RMN columns often seem to verge into the political.

That said, following his second link, the RMN seems to have enlisted a wide range of contributors, including some of my favorites, including, since I am an attorney, Caplis and Silverman (both are litigators, and have a drive home radio show. Caplis is the conservative, and Silverman the liberal).
8.25.2008 3:44pm
Joe Kowalski (mail):
Just a clarification question: are the news staffs of the Post &the News totally separate, or do the two papers share journalistic resources since they are part of the same company?
8.25.2008 4:00pm
Dave N (mail):
Joe Kowalski,

My understanding (and I have no doubt I will be corrected by many if I am wrong) is that the two newspapers have separate editorial staffs--which includes separate reporters.

The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News have a joint operting agreement, which in turn created a jointly owned compant that actually handles circulation, printing, and advertising for both newspapers.
8.25.2008 4:09pm
donaldk2 (mail):
Well, it doesn't mean that one paper has 150. Not even the NY Times. Means 150 former journalism majors in all.
8.25.2008 4:29pm
Anderson (mail):
Topics already in the pipeline are: Al Jazeera's terrible coverage of Joe Biden; the connections between late 19th century politics (including "rum, Romanism, and rebellion") and the present; Joe Biden and the RAVE Act; and the press missing the story about some of the controversial speakers at Sunday's interfaith prayer meeting.

I have no idea which of these topics are intended satirically, if any.
8.25.2008 5:17pm
Justin (mail):
Anderson - $10 on none. Colorado's 9 EVs are in play, and David Kopel is on a mission.
8.25.2008 5:21pm
zippypinhead:
"Colorado's 9 EVs are in play, and David Kopel is on a mission."

Always on a mission, but the mission has morphed pretty radically over time. Once upon a decade when Kopel was temporarily resident in Ann Arbor during law school, he was arguably the biggest Gary Hart partisan in the upper Midwest (even had a minor Hart campaign staff title, if memory serves). My how times have changed...

Dave also really liked Springsteen in those days, but given the announced musical entertainment line-up for the stadium extravaganza where Obama will accept the nomination, I am willing to bet his musical tastes have also changed since 1984. Not sure who represents "Libertarian rock &roll" nowadays, but I'm pretty sure The Boss isn't it...
8.25.2008 5:42pm
CherkyB:
I'd like to see a post on some of the details of the news article about the fellow arrested for illegal weapons possession in Nancy Pelosi's hotel. None of the news reports seem to indicate exactly what law this guy broke. Does it really become illegal to check into a hotel with locked up rifles depending upon who is occupying one of the other rooms, and if so, how is one expected to comply with this law?
8.25.2008 6:59pm
Joe Kowalski (mail):

None of the news reports seem to indicate exactly what law this guy broke. Does it really become illegal to check into a hotel with locked up rifles depending upon who is occupying one of the other rooms, and if so, how is one expected to comply with this law?

From what I understand, the City &County of Denver has a home rule gun law that makes possession of a concealed handgun (loaded or otherwise) in a public place illegal unless one has a concealed carry permit. From the article, this guy had his unloaded handguns packed into cases which he was carrying. Whether or not that made the handguns "concealed" and thus subject to the law will determine whether he broke the law.
8.25.2008 8:36pm
Kevin P. (mail):

From the article, this guy had his unloaded handguns packed into cases which he was carrying. Whether or not that made the handguns "concealed" and thus subject to the law will determine whether he broke the law.


Outrageous. This is what happens to Home Rule cities - fiefdoms of despotism. How the hell was the guy supposed to transport his handgun?
8.25.2008 9:37pm
Rich Rostrom (mail):
Mr. Kopel listed several interesting topics. Unfortunately the RMN website has no way to browse articles in any useful way.
8.28.2008 5:39am