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Posts published in “Day: November 14, 2006”

Conference in tennis shoes

This probably makes Washington Senator Patty Murray the most powerful member of the Northwest delegation in the next term: She has been named secretary of the Democratic Conference [that is, of the caucus], the fourth-ranking person in Democratic leadership. Incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid's statement was that "As Secretary of the Conference , Senator Murray will play a critical role in helping shape and set the Democratic agenda."

Murray with leadership
Patty Murray, second from right; Majority Leader Harry Reid on her right

In the last decade, Idaho Senator Larry Craig chaired that caucus' policy committee on the Republican side; that would be the last time someone from the region rose to a similar level in Senate leadership.

The appointment gives Murray considerable clout in the Senate. It also links her tightly to however well the Senate, and the Congress, do in the next few years.

Exile on Boise Avenue

You know it's a new century when the Rolling Stones play Boise - no, wait, excuse us, Nampa - as they do tonight.

You know it's an even newer century when you get to follow the report on the concert by blog - and newer yet when the blog to watch will be that of: Dennis Mansfield.

The social conservative, Republican candidate and church activist will be there and will be blogging. From a Mansfield e-mail recently received: "Yes it is true. I will be blogging the Rolling Stones Concert in Boise tomorrow night (11/14/06), as it unfolds. Though, not on the stage (something about my yodeling style not meeting certain standards...) I will be in the seats way high up near where the air may not be too clear....hmmmm.

"Why blog it? Because, as my website, www.DennisMansfield.com says: Business and Culture do Matter. Visit the site now for some pre-game warm up notes....and add your own. Visit the site tomorrow as the concert begins in the evening, around 6 pm or so MST. Have fun, make comments, join in the event...if only by blogging."

We're not able to make the concert, but we'll definitely be reading the blog. (Though you might take with a wink and nod the case there that the Stones are "conservative.")