Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.
Ninety-nine times of 100 we finish putting together the newspaper on Tuesday evening. It goes to press on Wednesday and is delivered all around the region on Thursday. It’s an old-fashioned model, I know, but we like a well-made newspaper—a nice balance of hard news, exciting arts coverage and goofy fun stuff. I know that people like their news instant and breaking, online with plenty of pictures, but we work at a slightly different pace, and we like it like that.
Every once in a while, though, we like to wait til Wednesday morning to finish the paper. Usually this is because of some breaking news that we want to follow—often an election. For example, I’ll never forget coming into the office extra early on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016. Dear, departed news editor Dennis Myers and I arrived at the same time to the parking lot of our old office on the corner of Marsh and Lander streets. “Well, shit,” I said. He just laughed.
This current Tuesday, as I’m writing this and we’re finishing up, is not a regular Tuesday. It is, in fact, that lamest of all superheroes: Super Tuesday, the day on which roughly a third of Americans vote in their primary elections. (Well, this year it’s just a third of Democrats, since there’s a Republican incumbent, but you know what I mean.)
I couldn’t really justify asking the editorial team to come in early on this Wednesday so we could finish the paper. It’s not like there are any local races or anything, and the Nevada Democratic caucus already happened a couple of weeks ago.
All of which is to say that I’m writing this before there have been any official results from Super Tuesday. You freaky future people—from two whole days away!—know more about it than I do.
But it also means that, for a political junkie like me, it’s like I’m writing this during an NBA playoff game. And it’s wild how much the momentum seems to have swung from Sanders to Biden. We’ll see how it plays out. Y’all already know some of it. I can’t wait to find out.