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The every-other-year Oregon blue books have had wonderful covers for years, and the new one out today – just online at the moment, though in print in a few weeks – follows the tradition.

The covers are chosen by contest, and hundreds of people typically submit prospects. This one: ““Strawberry Hill Sunset” was taken in March 2011, by John Pedersen of Beaverton. John used his Canon 5DmkII camera and Canon 16-35mm lens to capture this image at sunset on the Oregon Coast, south of Yachats near Strawberry Hill.”

Looking forward to checking out the inside as well …

(Idaho has biennial blue books as well, traditionally with plain but dignified dark blue covers. Washington doesn’t have such a publication.)

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75 POINTS IN A WEEK Well, this is ambitious: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a job promotion plan that involves 75 specific points, and “got a response from the Legislature that was more warm than cold.” Considering that the deadline for moving bills out of committees is only one week away, that suggests either (a) Inslee hasn’t (re)accustomed himself to state legislative timing rhythms or more likely (b) he’s calculated that something like this will fare better if its pushed in a hurry – credible since its topic is increasing the number of jobs – as opposed to giving legislators lots of time to pick over and amend it. High risk, but it may be the only immediate option Inslee has to give it a try.

THE PROPER SLOT This could just about go to Stewart or Colbert as another example of Republicans irritating women (read: female voters). The story involves Joan Hurlock, appointed to the state Fish & Game Commission by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter but denied confirmation by the Idaho Senate. There was some back and forth about whether the rejection had to do with her gender (only one women previously had ever been appointed to that panel). That argument may be strengthened by what Hurlock recalled Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monte Pearce saying to her: ’We’re going to look like bunch of men beating up on a young woman. He said if I withdrew “’I am sure the governor could appoint you to another commission, maybe the nursing board.”’ Idaho Legislature, your next national close-up is ready …

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