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Politics heated to a high pitch as election day neared to within about a month - and voting in Oregon and Washington gets seriously under way within two to three weeks. A key gubernatorial debate was held in Oregon, others were about to get underway in Idaho, and newspapers in Washington and Oregon unleashed their first major round of endorsement editorials.

The backdrop for all this was ongoing economic hard times, but the picture was mixed. Word about a number of new federal programs was released, along with a string of new state projects, and some new business ventures getting underway. But numerous social indicators continued to project an ominous tone.

As a reminder: We're now publishing weekly editions of the Public Affairs Digests - for Idaho, Washington and Oregon - moving from a monthly to a weekly rundown of what's happening. And we're taking it all-electronic: The print edition will be moving to e-mail.

That means we can include more information, and get it out a lot faster: The weekly Digests will be in your in-box first thing Monday morning. If you subscribe, of course: That's $59 a year, for 50 issues and the yearbook. Yes, including the yearbook. The Idaho Yearbook, which we published for years up to 2002, will return early in 2011 - in printed book form - and Digest subscribers get it for free with their subscription. And the Oregon and Washington yearbooks will be coming out at the same time.

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He’s ba-ack

When you want to organize a no-subtlety-about-it hate-a-thon, who you gonna call?

That's right: Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, but quite often on the road. And headed to eastern Washington and northern Idaho on October 21 and 22, presumably with their signs saying "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," "God Hates America," "God Hates Fags" (have you seen the sharp deadpan parody of that one in the opening credits for True Blood?) and others of similar ilk.

This undiluted hatred is so far out that the acceptance level for it has to be miscroscopic. Phelps and company will turn off more people than it turns on.

At the Spokesman-Review, Dave Oliveria asked those on his Huckleberries blog: "Is it best to ignore these hatemongers? Or stage a counter-protest?" Good question, about which the audience was split.

Another question, though: Suppose the news media declined to give Phelps any coverage - not an inch of print, not a second of air? That might be the most effective response of all.