The Jan. 12 issue of New Times' flagship paper summarizes a report by Douglas Jones on "widespread problems within the Maricopa County [Ariz.] Elections Department." Jones, a University of Iowa computer science professor, has been a subject of controversy ever since state Sen. Jack Harper issued a subpoena allowing him to examine the county's voting machines. Both Harper and New Times, which paid for Jones' report, have been strongly criticized in the local press. New Times Editor Rick Barrs said local politicians and press have drummed up controversy over the subpoena to obscure the real story: local elections are ripe for error and fraud.
According to the The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Tisserand is one of four plaintiffs suing in federal court to overturn Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's decision to postpone the city's mayoral and City Council elections indefinitely. Tisserand plans to relocate to the Chicago suburbs. He chronicled his post-Katrina experiences and decision to leave New Orleans in "Submerged," a series of articles commissioned by AAN.
The Nov. 16 issue of the Press contains a letter from its editors drolly scolding the editors of the Times. Apparently, a Nov. 6 article in the Times referenced the Press's endorsement of a mayoral candidate but missed the joke. The Press editors note, "Maybe The New York Times sees nothing suspicious or even funny when an alternative weekly writes, 'We're honored to add our name to this list [of endorsements], and offer the all-important escort-seeking demographic.'"