Coming and Limping

An immigrant wins his freedom while the McGavick campaign looks for answers.

Coming Home

Score one for immigrant dads: A judge ruled last week that Ceasar Keymolen can stay in this country. The 30-year-old welder and legal resident has lived in this country since he was a toddler, having been brought here from Mexico by his mother. Last year, he was raising two young children on his own following the death of their mother, when he was detained for six months and threatened with deportation ("They Could Be Citizens and They Might Be Deported," April 26). Years ago, he had received a misdemeanor assault conviction that in the convoluted lexicon of immigration law counted as an "aggravated felony," requiring all but certain deportation. Keymolen was able to get the felony label removed by petitioning a judge to retroactively reduce his suspended sentence, thus allowing U.S. Immigration Judge Edward Kandler some leeway upon hearing the case. According to Keymolen's attorney, Manuel Rios, the judge was persuaded by Keymolen's argument that he was a changed man whose children depended on him. NINA SHAPIRO

Limping Home

Was it that valiant but fumbled DUI explanation? The syrupy family-values TV spots? Did "Problem Solver" sound too much like Bush's "The Decider"? Can anyone embrace a corporate exec who gets a bonus so big he can't remember the amount? Or does Mike McGavick's voice just sound too much like Nelly Furtado's?

Yes, it's only the primary. Perennial candidates Michael Goodspaceguy Nelson and Mike the Mover got a combined 18,000 votes and can now slink back to obscurity. But there's something to be made out of last week's election results that left McGavick, the Republican challenger, with 150,000 fewer votes than incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. She has her own issues: ducking debates she thought were so important when she first ran, insulating her campaign staff while she campaigns safely from D.C., and sporting a grating voice in her own right. (Forget issues—when people go into the voting booth, the final decision comes down to whether or not they like a candidate: looks, voice, and persona included.)

Nonetheless, as of this week, Cantwell had almost 510,000 statewide votes to McGavick's 353,000—that's out of 973,000 votes cast for 11 Democratic and Republican Senate contenders. (King County voted for Cantwell 161,000 to McGavick's 71,000.) November will bring a larger turnout; and, of course, people voting last Tuesday were doing so according to party lines. But for a candidate trying to assess his chances, this is about as good a poll as you can get. With just over two-thirds the tally of the front- runner, McGavick has about five weeks to come up with something other than, say, another traffic violation to turn things around. RICK ANDERSON

Coming & Limping

Last week, the city of Seattle settled a lawsuit brought by Bob Davis, a comedy club owner, who wanted to open a strip club but ran into the city's moronic ban on allowing new strip clubs in the city. Davis made his case in federal court last year, and the judge ruled that the city's ban violates the First Amendment, so the city is about to hand Davis a check for $500,000 to cover his damages. What's he doing with that loot? According to The Seattle Times, he's going to open a strip club—likely after voters weigh in on Nov. 7 on Referendum 1, which calls for shooting down Mayor Greg Nickels' proposed four-foot rule (and other newer restrictions on strip clubs). If the rules are rejected, then strip clubs would be allowed to operate under the city's already restrictive laws (no booze!). But according to the federal court ruling, the city would have to allow more than the four current clubs to operate within its limits. The mayor has proposed that new clubs only be permitted in a red-light district south of Safeco Field, an idea that is meeting resistance among Georgetown residents who feel singled out and a City Council that doesn't want to piss anyone off.

This isn't 1965. There are now Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers who like to see naked women (and men) dancing about—and it isn't necessarily an insult to feminist precepts to let that go on. Besides, younger, hipper parts of town would gleefully welcome a strip club or two in their midst. Count on it. PHILIP DAWDY

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