As all the local geeks are aware, “Pete Ashdown”: is running against the incumbent “Orrin Hatch”: for US Senate. It’s not like every local group hasn’t been chatting about this for a while. While really wanting to vote for him, I can’t be positive yet, as I still have questions for him. But that’s one of the great things it seems about Pete, not only is he willing to talk to geeks like us, he’s going out of his way to do it. He’s been scheduling with every Linux group in Utah, and making time to answer real questions (yes, many extra bonus points there, and he already had a lot).

One thing we’d really like though, is the chance to actually get a similar discussion with Senator Hatch. We geeks represent a group that has a *lot* of questions about decisions he’s been promoting, and it just seems fair to give him a chance to own up to why he’s been saying what he has. But how to we get him to talk to us, and even better, with Pete Ashdown at the same time. If anybody has any contacts, the local LUG leaders would like to arrange a multi-group meeting, which could bring in the numbers that could interest them. Pete is more than willing to talk with us, is Orrin?

Personally, I would have really enjoyed it if “Steve Urquhart”: had stayed in the race, although I can see how he would have had trouble kicking Orrin out of the Primary. But Pete has a *lot* going in his favor in my opinion, and it would take some strong opinions on major issues to be able to push my vote back towards Orrin.

Erasure Union Street

I’ve been an “Erasure”: for many years now, and have a rather extensive catalog of their music. They recently came out with a new album, an acoustic rendition of several of their tracks.

I’ve really liked several of their older acoustic tracks, both live, as well as other tracks, such as the orchestral version of _Wave Goodbye_ on the ‘Two Ring Circus’ album, so I had high hopes for this album.