Archive for June, 2007

Jun 23 2007

On to step two

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Friday may have been a landmark day in Oregon public policy, not to mention the health of Oregonians, with passage of Senate Bill 329 – the comprehensive health bill. When Governor Ted Kulongoski signs it, as he has said he will, prospects for a whole different health system in the state will start to take form.

Only by steps, and not immediately. First will come appointment of an executive director to oversee the effort, and then a board. In 2009 will come the toughest step – money, to be raised by the Oregon Legislature. All of these steps have the potential to become more contentious than SB 329 was this – and that was, in truth, not nearly as contentious as it might have been.

Still, partly because the first step is so often the most difficult of all, it’s entirely possible that Oregonians will look back on June 22, 2007, as an important day.

ADDITIONAL NOTE All that said, by all means check out these comments at Blue Oregon on the evidently impending loss of Senate Bill 27, which apparently will be left hanging at session’s end. Just how key is it to the success of 329? Our sense is, considerable but less than some of the commenters indicate. But by all means read for yourself – there’s a passionate debate here.

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Jun 22 2007

Clinton gets one

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Hillary Clinton at diner

from the Clinton ‘Sopranos’ ad

The Democratic frontrunner, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, finally has a Northwest public figure in her camp. So, of the top three candidates on each side in the race (Fred Thompson isn’t formally in the race yet – though he does have blog/radio support), all now have someone backing them in the Northwest.

She has not, until now, in any of the three Northwest states. But today came word that Washington Representative Jay Inslee has signed on, and was named chair of her energy committee.

Of Washington’s 11 members of Congress, just three – Inslee for Clinton, Democrat Adam Smith for Barack Obama, and Republican Dave Reichert for Rudy Giuliani – have declared support for a candidate. How long will the other eight hold out?

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Jun 21 2007

A Democratic crowd

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Afew months back, 2006 Democratic congressional candidate Larry Grant, who lost to Republican Bill Sali in Idaho’s 1st House district, seemed to be rolling unopposed for the nomination to a rerun in 2008. (He has not formally announced, but is broadly presumed to be in the running, and has not discouraged the presumption.)

Matters have changed. An educator at Moscow, Rand Lewis, said last winter he plans to run in that primary as well. Then came last Sunday’s blast from Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey, who recounted a string of self-induced problems from Grant’s campaign last year along with his determination that the campaign was run, essential, just right. That seems to have jogged loose some additional Democratic interest.

The New West site is reporting this afternoon that Walt Minnick, a Boise businessman who in 1996 ran against Republican Senator Larry Craig, is interested in the 1st district Democratic nomination, at least to the point that people on his behalf are calling around to gauge interest. That doesn’t mean he’s necessarily running, of course. But it does tell you something about the present mindset of Idaho Democrats, as regards the Sali race.

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Jun 21 2007

Copycats

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The reach of the Internet is such that tactics that may have worked well once might not work so well now. Case in point, Kari Chisholm’s amusing find on the Oregon legislative press release depository, showing identical press releases – identical, including quotes, except for the name of the senator – giving credit for a bill to each of a number of Republicans.

Problem being that none of them (none of those listed in Chisholm’s piece at least) floor sponsored the bill, or even signed on as formal sponsors.

(A question for Republican readers: Can you find a counterpart case for Democratic legislators, in Oregon or elsewhere? No instance comes to mind, but we wouldn’t be surprised if one or more exists. There are, however, variations: Members of Congress of both parties routinely proclaim how they delivered money and projects back to their districts, or performed various other herculean tasks. Maybe they did, sometimes. But many are certainly, how you say, exaggerations.)

News media reporters really should be catching, and reporting on, this kind of stuff.

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Jun 20 2007

Un-uniform

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Culture battle commentary of the week turns up in the Ontario Argus Journal, where a story on the Fruitland School District’s decision to adopt a dress code and school uniform has drawn a mob of responses.

The most immediate trigger seems to have been this quote from a parent, Terence Eastburn, a recent immigrant from California: “They’re (the students) not able to express their individuality except through their clothing while they’re at school, and they’re trying to take that away. It’s against our children’s civil rights under the 14th amendment, called freedom of individuality. That’s what this is about.”

Yes, we’re tempted to jump in on that, but we’ll refer you instead to the comment section in the link above; the argument there will not bore.

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Jun 20 2007

Considering higher

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Before leaving behind this year’s edition of the Willamette Week‘s legislator review, we thought one mostly unexamined aspect of it should be noted: The frequent references to interest (by legislators) in running for higher, or at least other, office. (And note here too: The WW survey covered only lawmakers from the three-county Portland metro area.)

The article noted, in the case of one reputedly ambitious lawmakers, that he is interested in stepping up, just “like about half his colleagues.” So who was noted as on the bench, waiting for the call (or opportunity)?

bullet Senator Kate Brown, D-Portland, Senate majority leader. Was thought to be interested in the 3rd district U.S. House seat, but not now since incumbent Earl Blumenauer seems to be headed nowhere else. WW: “Her next move is up in the air.”

bullet Senator Ryan Deckert, D-Beaverton. Said to be “pondering a run” for state treasurer. (So, word has it, is Senator Ben Westlund, D-Tumalo.)

bullet Senator Rick Metsger, D-Welches. Thought to be considering a run for secretary of state, when incumbent Bill Bradbury is term-limited.

bullet Representative Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, House speaker. Considered a prospect for a wide range of possibilities, including governor.

bullet Representative Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, House majority leader. Interested, WW said, in the U.S. House 5th district come the day incumbent Democrat Darlene Hooley retires.

bullet Representative Greg McPherson, D-Lake Oswego. Said to be interested in attorney general.

There are of course fewer Republicans than Democrats in the Portland metro. But still: WW mentioned not a one as interested in moving on.

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Jun 20 2007

The way to Klamath policy

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On the Klamath River

On the Klamath River

As we keep learning about federal policymaking in recent years, the picture consistently darkens, sometimes just by shades at a time. In point, a 2002 decision of consequence for the Northwest, and its origins.

The decision concerned water flows on the Klamath River, in southwestern Oregon and far northern California. The aridity was damaging the farm economy in the region centered on Klamath Falls. It also was damaging prospects for the area’s environment, and especially the region’s Coho salmon. The Bush Administration ordered the water given to the farmers, a locally popular decision and one you might expect the administration – given its philosophical stance – to make.

What emerged a while later was something suspected by the administration’s critics, that White House political director Karl Rove had intervened in the policy decision. More has been emerging since.

The subject of the Klamath policymaking came up in a deposition, released Monday, by former Department of the Interior official Susan Ralston, to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It is best seen in context of the testimony developed from a number of angles. In a piece on line today, reporter Jason Leopold summed:

According to Congressional investigators Rove used the PowerPoint presentation at the West Virginia retreat to solicit Republican donors. But Rove’s priority was to ensure that farmers in Oregon got the additional water they wanted from the Klamath River, so Senator [Gordon] Smith would be reelected. President Bush lost Oregon by less than one percent in the 2000 presidential election to Al Gore, according to polling results from the Associated Press.

Laying the groundwork to get Smith reelected, Rove set up a cabinet-level task force on Klamath River issues to specifically study whether diverting water from Klamath River to farmers would hurt the endangered Coho salmon population. The task force Rove set up gave the impression that the administration was going to take an unbiased look at the situation.

According to Michael Kelly, a National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, that wasn’t the case. Kelly spoke out publicly in 2003 alleging that he was subjected to political pressure and ordered to ignore scientific evidence that said the plan would likely kill off tens of thousands of Coho salmon, and to support the Klamath River low-water plan Rove wanted enacted to help farmers, who Rove saw as a crucial part of the Republican constituency in the state.

In March 2002, in a sudden reversal of a long standing policy, then Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Senator Smith held a joint press conference in Klamath Falls and opened up the irrigation system releasing thousands of gallons of water to 220,000 acres of farmland.

Connecting the dots.

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Jun 19 2007

ESA disclosure

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Pushes for disclosure – and disclosure of what – can vary depending on where you are. Provided fair standards and reasoned accuracy, this one – from Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers – sounds like a useful part of the mix.

Her proposal (observed via NW Republican) is the Endangered Species Transparency Act of 2007, “The bill requires Power Marketing Administrations, including the Bonneville Power Administration, to estimate and report the direct and indirect costs associated with the Endangered Species Act to each wholesale power customer on a monthly billing basis.”

There are costs, of course; how much gets into dispute, and becomes political. This sounds as if it could – properly managed – put some fact into the situation.

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Jun 19 2007

Opening the doors to success

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Washington Corrections employment

Washington corrections employment

The point isn’t quite as clear in this graphic from the employment page at the Washington State Department of Corrections as it is on the image in the Slog – that one, using mostly the same graphic elements, showing an ad on the side of a bus in Seattle. The slogan on the bus ad reads: “Department of Corrections – Opening the Doors to Success – 900+ jobs open.”

The bit about “opening the doors” is, of course, too good pass up. But there’s something else to say here too.

And not diminished by the fact that, when you get to the Corrections job site, you see the offering of “300+ jobs.”

The job categories you see are more varied than you might expect. Plenty of correctional officer slots, sure. But also: Human Relations Consultant; Senior Contracts Attorney; Dentist; Recreation Therapist; Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator; Religious Program Specialist; and – coming soon – a batch of positions in information technology.

All in one of the most expansive growth industries around. A look at the list gives you fresh appreciation for just how much growth and how big – not to mention how influential – all this is becoming.

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Jun 18 2007

Those from without, those from within

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So – what has the sound of a pivotal moment in Boise mayoral race, and it appears not courtesy of a candidate or reporter but in the comment section of a website. My how things change . . .

The candidates are incumbent David Bieter and his challenger, Council Member Jim Tibbs. It has been a quiet race so far, in part because Tibbs hasn’t been saying much about the current direction the city has taken, other than to be supportive. (Beiter has pointed out that Tibbs hasusually supported the council’s direction, and his, on most issues.) Which raises the question: Why kick out the incumbent? Tibbs hasn’t yet answered that question.

In an indirect way, though, he hinted at an answer in an interview last week in the Boise Weekly. In talking about his intent to improve relations with nearby local governments, Tibbs remarked, “We’re the capital city, does that make us more important? What makes Boise so great is its surrounding communities.”

We’d be hesitant to over-estimate the importance of that line – it can easily be explained, in part at least, as an olive branch. But . . .

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Jun 17 2007

Buyout mania

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Today’s must-read about how the Northwest’s economy has been remade in recent years, and continues to be, in an essential overview in the Seattle Times.

We’ve been watching in recent months the long list of publicly held Northwest companies being swept up in asset management buyouts. This piece puts some of that into perspective: “All told, about one of every eight publicly traded companies in the Northwest has been sucked up by the wave of deals since the beginning of 2006. Ten were bought or merged in 2006, six more have been bought out so far this year, and four more deals are pending.”

Where it doesn’t go, which a future article should: What happens then to all these companies, and to the communities that rely on them?

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Jun 17 2007

The Grant races, I and II

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Larry Grant

Larry Grant

Noteworthy material in today’s Dan Popkey piece in the Idaho Statesman about the Larry Grant congressional campaign from last year, in which he lost to Republican Bill Sali, and prospectively about the next one as well. Those following politics in Idaho’s 1st House district will find some useful background here.

The core point was that Grant hurt his on campaign in several significant ways. Popkey reported that “Democrats are grieving and resentful. Folks close to Grant don’t want their names attached to criticism, but they want this story told in hopes he’ll reform. They told me he’s ‘a hard guy to help,’ and ‘a pain’ who ‘knew everything’.” That would be a recipe for trouble, all right.

A couple of specific instances certainly sound damning. In one, Grant was on the verge of winning support from the Associated General Contractors, ordinarily a very Republican group, but he “lectured the contractors on unions, the minimum wage and a gas-tax hike, and said his aim would be to clean up Congress. ‘You may hate unions, but that’s the way it is, guys,’ Grant recalled telling AGC. ‘I’m not afraid of being on the side of the working guy.'” In a second, he didn’t even reply to an offer of no-cost media work from Bryant Reinhard, formerly of WRC Advertising, whose experience in working for successful Idaho Republican congressional and statewide campaigns goes back a couple of decades at least.

Popkey also quotes Grant as saying, “I really do believe that we did almost everything right in the campaign.” There’s a fair implication in this of trouble ahead for 2008, when Grant is planning a rerun against Sali.

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Jun 16 2007

Giuliani’s entre

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Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert

The 2008 presidential campaign has been going on for a long time now, and from a Northwest perspective one of the most notable things about it has been the thinness of many of the presidential campaigns in the region.

That’s not true of all the campaigns. But while our presidential support page, in which we’ve been citing all the public-figure backers of presidential candidates we can locate around the region, has plenty of names in a few places, many others are empty.

Two candidates, one on each side, has amassed some strong support in the Northwest, though even then limited. Democrat John Edwards has an impressive collection in Oregon, though not so much in Washington or Idaho. And Republican Mitt Romney seems to have all but sewn up Idaho, and has a strong endorsement list in Oregon too; we’ve not seen anything comparable in Washington.

This is recounted by way of this week’s announcement that Dave Reichert, the U.S. House member from Washington’s 8th district (Bellevue area), will be the lead local figure in Washington state for the current (still?) Republican frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani. Not a bad catch, but it drew out the thought that Reichert is the first public figure – so far as we’ve heard – so far in the Northwest to endorse the frontrunning Republican.

Among the other candidates: Democrat Barack Obama has a small contingent in Washington and Idaho (plenty of individual Oregon supporters, but no public figures we’re aware of). Republican John McCain has backing from Oregon Senator Gordon Smith and former Washington Senator Slade Gorton, but that seems to be it in the region. Democrat Bill Richardson has one Idaho name. We’ve seen no reports of a regional endorsee for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

We could, of course, always have missed some announcements; if you know of endorsers beyond those on our page, please let us know. But for the moment, with a couple of exceptions, the regional efforts look a little thin.

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Jun 16 2007

A matter of membership

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Stepping back from the current Idaho debate over party declaration, maybe we should reconsider the whole question of political parties and what they are. Ordinarily, most of us are happy with the concept that private organizations can have broad control over who to admit to its membership. But what about an organization that in effect holds the keys to elective office? From the standpoint of the unaffiliated (as we are), political parties can look like private organizations that have hijacked our election system. Certainly such constitutional framers as George Washington, who was appalled at the rise of “faction,” would likely see it that way.

Should we simply declare that political parties are not private at all – insinuated as they are in our governmental and political process – and declare them quasi-public organizations operating on special rules? In some ways, they already are. For all the discussion (periodically in Washington state and currently, hotly, in Idaho) about party members maintaining control of the nomination process, there is no control at – and none is proposed – for controlling who is allowed to be a Republican or a Democrat. (Will the courts address that next?) Anyone can join either party, for any reason. And if you doubt that leads to some loose election results in places where party registration is part of the system, look to Oregon, a party registration state, and compare the party registration numbers with the often at-odds results on general election days.

The current row in Idaho stems from an 88-58 vote at a state Republican Party meeting a Burley in favor of “closing” the Republican primary – that is, allowing only voters who are registered as Republicans to vote in Republican primary elections. (That is how it works, for both major parties, in Oregon and a number of other states.) Doing that would require a change in state law, which despite Republican legislative control doesn’t seem likely; it also presumably would mean that Idahoans would register by party when they register to vote.

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Jun 15 2007

Sue the reviewer

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Courtesy a couple of attorneys who feel offended on and essentially on that basis have launched a lawsuit, we have introduction to a web site that reviews the work of them and their colleagues – Avvo, which is based in Seattle.

Avvo is an online database providing background information on attorneys – including in Seattle and some other metro areas – and ratings, which the firm says is “based on a proprietary mathematical model applied equally to each lawyer to analyze information Avvo has about them, including their experience, disciplinary sanctions and professional achievements.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Seattle attorneys John Henry Browne and Alan Wenokur, who think the system underrated them (and, in the process, misrepresented them).

We’re not keen to get into the validity of the mathematical formula involved, or the data fed into it. Inevitably, it is based on a series of assumptions and selected information; most such efforts (and we’ve worked on a few in other arenas, notably that of public affairs influence) wind up being subjective in one way or another – that is, opinion.

If Browne, Wenokur or other attorneys can isolate libelous assertions of fact, that would be one thing: The law of libel could apply. Short of that, they’re arguing in essence that no one should be able to express an opinion about professional performance. The leap from there is almost absent: Why then should expressions of opinion about consumer matters of any sort (consumer reports and testing) or even opinion about people in the public sphere – whether public officials or not – be immune from lawsuit? (God help the Willamette Week at Portland and its recent ratings of legislators.) Will movie reviewers be targeted next? If not, why not – movies which critics “disparage” can, after all, suffer loss in ticket sales. (Or at least an attorney could argue that they have.)

Avvo’s blog has drawn a number of comments on the suit. We found this one of the most pertinent, from a business owner who has hired a number of attorneys over the years: “There seems to be an attitude of entitlement and arrogance…yes your private little ‘clubby’ world is coming to an end…the Internet is going to change the way lawyers do business just like it has changed many other industries (insurance, real estate, etc.). The notion that information about sanctions and disciplinary actions should hidden from consumers is outrageous. The notion that clients can’t provide feedback on the service they receive because lawyers will claim disparagement is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to silence them.”

Courts traditionally have upheld expression of opinion as highly protected speech, and we suspect they will again here. If not . . . watch out.

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Jun 15 2007

Turning off the spigot

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And so it begins: There may be any number of people out there who will be blaming Idaho Water Director Dave Tuthill and maybe Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter too, but no one person or any small group of people are to blame for the water turnoffs Tuthill ordered on Friday.

It was what had to happen, under Idaho law and given the water rights that various people have.

The curtailment ordered at the moment is less than had been expected; some later negotiations reduced the figure somewhat. What did happen is significant enough: “The curtailment orders affect ground water rights bearing priority dates junior to December 9, 1990 for the Blue Lakes call and junior to February 13, 1977 for the Clear Springs call. This includes approximately 591 ground water rights for approximately 16,638 acres of irrigation, and commercial, industrial, municipal, non-exempt domestic and stockwater and other consumptive uses.”

Tuthill’s comment carried a note of sadness: “Curtailment is a last resort, but we are obligated under Idaho law to follow through with enforcement when mitigation is not provided. We are more interested in water solutions than water confrontations. Unfortunately, the parties involved so far have not presented an acceptable solution to get through 2007, so I have no choice but to issue these curtailment orders.”

Maybe these curtailments will shock some negotiated settlements out of stakeholders. (Tuthill presumably hopes it will.) But we’re suspecting that the shock treatment on Idaho’s overallocation of Snake River water has just begun.

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Jun 15 2007

OR SB 329: Moving along

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By way of update on our recent post on Oregon Senate Bill 329, which marks out a path for sweeping health care reform: This morning it has cleared the Joint Ways & Means Committee, a significant stop.

To be sure, both lead co-sponsors, Senators Alan Bates, D-Ashland, and Ben Westlund, D-Tumalo, are members and in the majority. But the overall tenor of the session boded well for floor results, which could come next week.

Just two members of the committee, both Republicans, voted against; all Democrats and most Republicans on the two-chamber panel voted in favor. The major expressed concern during the brief committee debate actually had to do with another bill: Senate Bill 27, the proposal by the Archimedes Movement and former Governor John Kitzhaber (signed on to by 13 senators and 12 representatives), which is still in the midst of intensive negotiations. (Thoese were underway this morning, Bates reported.) Senator Jackie Winters, R-Salem, said she was concerned that both pass – that 329, which sets up a statewide board and a string of general policies, would not be enough to do the job without passage of 27.

Bates and Westlund said that negotiations on 27 are moving apace. Bates pledged to push it as hard as he could; Westlund said the differences between 329 and 27 were only about an inch apart (as he demonstrated with his fingers). They evidently concern, primarily, whether waivers or a change in law should be sought from Congress to amend Oregon’s uses of some federal medical pass-through money.

There were no other substantial stated criticisms in the committee. Sounds that, if the process continue as they did this morning, these two bills – together potentially of enormous impact – could be passed in the next 10 days or so.

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    Outlaw Tales
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    It Happened in Idaho
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    Camping Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
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