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Town council brings in shaman to purge bad vibes

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Campaign news from around the country, compiled by CNN Political Unit staff.

  • The town council in Telluride, Colorado, has taken an unusual step to improve sometimes stormy relations among its members. The council recently brought in a shaman -- who declared the council chambers full of negative energy. The shaman held a "smudging ceremony," which included the burning of imported menthol to get rid of the bad vibes.
  • In Georgia, the bad vibes keep growing between GOP Congressmen Bob Barr and John Linder. Over the weekend, a man dressed as cartoon gunman Yosemite Sam showed up at a Barr rally -- apparently to make light of a recent incident involving Barr and a misfiring handgun. A man later identified as Barr's son got into an altercation with the demonstrator. Barr has called on Linder to change his campaign tactics. Linder denies any association with the protester or the incident.
  • Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has been fined $277,000 for violating the city's election code. The election board found more than 5,000 forgeries on the election petitions submitted by the Williams campaign. Because of the forgeries, Williams will not be on the ballot -- he is running for re-election as a Democrat write-in candidate.
  • Challenger Denise Majette has taken the fund-raising lead in her race against incumbent Cynthia McKinney for Georgia's 4th Congressional District. Majette has raised a little more than $1 million. Fellow Democrat McKinney has raised about $623,000. Majette has been helped by outside contributions, many from pro-Israel groups opposed to past McKinney statements about the Middle East.
  • Tickets will be free of charge to the performance of the play "Love Letters" starring Massachusetts Democrat Robert Reich. Tickets were supposed to cost up to $500 each, but the show is being staged at a public school. And it is against a century-old state law in Massachusetts to hold fund raisers in government buildings. Reich, who is running for governor, now plans to act for free and then hold a fund-raising reception at a book store.
  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has given away the mobile home that temporarily served as the governor's mansion. The triple-wide home will be used for office and living space at the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch. The governor and his family lived in the mobile home for 16 months while the real mansion was being renovated.
  • Missouri Sen. Jean Carnahan kicked off a multi-city campaign bus tour in St. Louis this week. The four-day trip ends Thursday in Hannibal, with stops in a dozen cities along the way. Carnahan faces Republican Jim Talent in November.
  • And minor league baseball fans in Ohio attended Wednesday's Jim Traficant Night at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game for free, if they were wearing a hairpiece. The team also gave free admission to anyone describing himself or herself as the son of a truck driver. That's how Traficant liked to describe himself. The former congressman, of course, is now serving an eight-year prison term for bribery and racketeering. The Scrappers are the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.


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