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The Informer: Week of Oct. 14

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Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck is taking a few days off this week to have medical tests conducted on his hands and feet. It seems that the teary-eyed blabbermouth is having trouble feeling his extremities. That's odd because Beck certainly has no problem communicating his extremist feelings to his listeners.

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Sheriff's candidate Joe Price, a Democrat, learned the hard way the high price of posting puerile opinions on a public Internet forum. He's now a man without a party.

The Post-Standard, the institution which runs the cyber-soap box, made a fool of Price with its front-page expos on Sept. 24. That afternoon the county Democratic Committee promptly disowned Price because of his racist and homophobic computer comments. Democratic Chairwoman Diane Dwire announced that her party was pulling all support - financial and otherwise - from the Price campaign. His name will still appear on the Democratic line on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Looks like it'll be a cakewalk, if not a landslide, for incumbent Republican Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

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Retired General Motors tool-and-die maker Sam Roberts proved that - when it comes to local elections at least - unions still carry clout. The 54-year-old former Onondaga County legislator upset Democratic Party designee Phil LaTessa and another challenger, Jane Fahey-Suddaby, in the Sept. 14 primary election for the 119th state Assembly seat.

LaTessa, the longtime Syracuse city auditor, had amassed a huge campaign war chest, but Roberts' support from his own United Auto Workers and the Greater Syracuse AFL-CIO carried the day over the money man.

Now Roberts is practically a shoo-in for the seat being vacated by Assemblywoman Joan Christensen because Democratic voters in the 119th outnumber Republicans 44 to 27 percent.

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