Issue: May 24, 2012

Good morning, folks:

Are you ready to vote? Know the issues and the candidates? Either way, we've got you covered with this week's special election issue. It includes our endorsements on a variety of local and state contests, as well as features on several of the races. One of the biggies is the controversial campaign for Wally Herger's congressional seat, with Republicans Sam Aanestad and Doug LaMalfa looking to duke it out until the end. The conflict between them likely will aid Democrat Jim Reed in his effort to make it to the general election ballot. That's because the top two finishers in the primary--regardless of party affiliation--will square off come November. It's a change stemming from California's new "open" primary, which voters approved back in 2010. Another change is with the numerical designations of many of the state's Assembly, Senate and congressional districts. Oh, and then there's Measure A in Butte County. Yes, we did vote on a Measure A last year in Chico, but this one is entirely different and it's for all of Butte County. Confused? You won't be after reading this package of stories.

Moving on to Newslines, check out editor Robert Speer's timely story about Cohasset residents' worries about the area having only one passable way to get out of town in event of a wildfire. Yours truly checks in with the latest news on Chico's beloved Saturday farmers' market; news editor Tom Gascoyne talks to Ed Rollins, a longtime political adviser who was honored last weekend during Chico State's commencement ceremony; and staff writer Ken Smith covers Chico's celebration of Harvey Milk Day, which included a stirring talk by Chico City Councilman Scott Gruendl.

You'll salivate when you head over to the Arts and Culture section and find Christine G.K. LaPado's review of the Filipino food being served at the Thursday Night Market. And Mark Lore has a write up on Texas band True Widow on the run-up to a Memorial Day show at Café Coda. There's plenty more in the section, too.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor