Runaway Spoon

Fingers are crossed & the dice rolls for a Vegas senatorial candidate

December 8, 2011

As Nevada goes, so goes the U.S. Senate.

Or at least that’s the view of some political prognosticators for 2013.  The Democrat who wants to be the senator who tips the scales is Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who currently represents The Strip in Las Vegas and nearby towns.

As the electoral caldron heats up across the country, a group hosted a reception for Berkley Wednesday night in D.C. in high hopes that she’ll be successful in her bid for a Senate seat next year.  The supporters braved a stormy night to gather at the Colorado Avenue home of hostess and arts advocate Judith Terra.

The two-hour event also was hosted by Richard and Helane Goldstein, Robert Kinberg, Sharon Wilkes, Jay and Connie Krupin, Hilary Smith Kapner, the Hon. Richard and Lilo Shifter, and Jeffrey Snyder.  

Rep. Shelley Berkley, Judith Terra, Virginia E. Hayes Williams and her granddaughter Jessica (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rep. Shelley Berkley, Judith Terra, Virginia E. Hayes Williams and her granddaughter Jessica

Answering a question from the audience about how her election might affect DC, she said she supports statehood for the District and has been working with DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on that issue.

Berkley, who has served in the U.S. House since 1999, is seeking the seat of former Senate Republican John Ensign, who quit under a cloud of scandal.  The Las Vegas (Clark County) representative is running against Republican Dean Heller, who was appointed by the Nevada governor to the Senate vacancy created by Ensign’s resignation.

During her professional career, Berkley served as legal counsel for several Vegas casinos. The congresswoman is one of the supporters of the drive to regulate online gambling. 


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Giuliomaria Terzi di Sant'Agata elevated to top post in new Italian government

November 21, 2011

Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, Giuliomaria Terzi di Sant’Agata has been appointed to a high level Cabinet post in the new Italian government.

He is the new Foreign Affairs Minister, the press office at the Italian embassy here confirmed.

A new ambassador has not been named, the press office said. The naming of a new ambassador could take a few days or a month or so, the office said.

The new Foreign Affairs Minister is already in Italy to assume the new job.

The job of the new minister is substantial  and a key to the new government of Italy, as he deals at the very top levels with the heads of other nations and their top government officials around the world.

The Italian embassy is located on Whitehaven Street. The ambassador has been significant in the Washington scene, both politically and socially.


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No, it wasn't the trains creating all that rumbling at Union Station, it was the Mayor's birthday party

November 16, 2011

The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown isn’t exactly Marilyn Monroe but the Happy Birthday he sang for Mayor Vincent Gray’s 69th birthday Tuesday night, along with 450 well-wishers, was just as sweet.

The Mayor and Barbara Lang (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) The Mayor and Barbara Lang
In a jovial mood at B. Smith’s restaurant at Union Station, Gray, looking stylishly sharp, schmoozed and posed for photographs for several hours with friends and colleagues loyal to the core.  There were three large sheet cakes, salmon, chicken strips and passed appetizers.

Born November 8, 1942, the Mayor keeps in shape mentally and physically by playing first base in a local recreational baseball league.

The somewhat belated celebration was in support of the mayor’s Constituent Services Fund; donations were accepted up to $500. The invitation stated that the mayor’s constituent services fund “will be used strictly for DC residents with emergency needs such as funeral expenses, utilities, food, and toys for needy children."

Virginia E. Hayes Williams and City Council Chair Kwame Brown (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Virginia E. Hayes Williams and City Council Chair Kwame Brown
Hosts included campaign supporters of Gray: DC Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Lang, PR executive Linda Greene, lawyer and DC Zoning Board of Adjustments member Lloyd Jordan, DC Arts and Humanities Commission Chair Judith Terra, and education leader Josh Kern.

The collegiality brought to mind that ol’ time question of who do you want to be in a fox hole with when the bullets are flying?  From the support Tuesday night, the response for the Mayor could well be:  anyone who came to celebrate his birthday.

Georgetown ANC member Bill Starrels and the Mayor (Photo by: Natalie Janetti) Georgetown ANC member Bill Starrels and the Mayor

Councilmember Jack Evans gets hug from Mayor Gray (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Councilmember Jack Evans gets hug from Mayor Gray

Council Member Mary Cheh (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council Member Mary Cheh

Gallery Owner Juanita C. Britton (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Gallery Owner Juanita C. Britton

Council Member Marion Barry and guest (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council Member Marion Barry and guest

Joe Sternlieb, ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, Anthony Lanier and Deryl McKissack (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Joe Sternlieb, ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, Anthony Lanier and Deryl McKissack

City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and the Mayor (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and the Mayor

Council member Vincent Orange and Judith Terra (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council member Vincent Orange and Judith Terra


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