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Posts published in “Day: September 6, 2006”

‘not political’

Musician Curtis Stigers, one of Boise's better-known and best musical exports, is back in his hometown this summer, and busy. He describes his activities and the reasons for them in an op-ed piece in today's Idaho Statesman, and what he has to say makes good sense - all of it save one point.

He talks first about a benefit concert for Victor Pacania, the long-time host of a long-running local Saturday morning music program (much enjoyed by us, among many other listeners) called "Private Idaho." Pacania is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, is without benefit of health insurance, and needs what help he can get.

Stigers goes on to talk about another benefit concert set for this weekend, on quite a different subject: a proposed cyanide leach mine in the mountains northeast of Boise at Atlanta. (more…)

Challenger ahead?

Polling numbers for U.S. House races, where much of the action is nationally (and to an extent in the Northwest) have been rare this year. But the firm Constituent Dynamics does have numbers up for about 30 House races around the country, including one in the Northwest.

That would be the premier race in the region, Washington's 8th congressional districts, between incumbent Republican Dave Reichert and Democratic challenger Darcy Burner. It shows a tight race with Burner ahead - 49% to 46%.

It's only one poll, and we don't know a lot about the methodology. But it is another chunk of evidence that this contest is very much up for grabs at least. And if it continues trending as it has, it could start to tilt Democratic in another few weeks.