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Nuketown Endorses Libertarian Ken Krawchuk for Pennsylvania Governor

by Ken Newquist / October 31, 2002

It’s that time of year again – time to research the candidates, step into the voting booth, and cast a vote and hopefully change Pennsylvania for the better.

Pennsylvania’s biggest race is for governor. From the major parties we’ve got Democrat Ed Rendell, former mayor of Philadelphia, and Republican Mike Fisher the state’s attorney general. The Libertarian candidate is Ken Krawchuk. I don’t know – and don’t care – who the Green candidate is.

At the start of the campaign, I didn’t have any particular strong feelings against Ed Rendell, aside from my typically moderate, knee-jerk dislike of Democratic policies. Since then I’ve had the chance to read up on Rendell’s history in Philadelphia, which isn’t quite as momentous as the Democratic party would like to be believe. He did some good work down there, but his refusal to deal with the public education crisis in the city and his failure to significantly cut taxes will insure that no matter how much time he bought the city, eventually the flight of the middle class from Philly to the suburbs will continue.

The Great Comic Book Store Migration of 2002

by Ken Newquist / October 17, 2002

Jim Lee penciled the story that got me hooked on comics. Oh I'd read comics a few times before to be sure -- I had a G.I. Joe subscription one year, and I remember my grandparents buying me a few when I'd stay with them during the summer, but I was never hooked until the day I picked up that copy of Classic X-Men with the Jim Lee filler in the back.

I'd bought it in the airport on the way home from Huntsville, Alabama, on the eve of my junior year of high school. I don't know exactly why I did it -- maybe it was the cover, maybe it was fate, maybe it was that $2 in my pocket that was about to spontaneously combust.

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