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Posts published in “Day: April 19, 2014”

Supremely intense

idaho RANDY

Idaho these days may be more likely to have a truly competitive contest for its Supreme Court than for its major partisan offices – a complete reversal from a generation ago.

It had a competitive race in 2008 won by Joel Horton, and in 2010 won by Roger Burdick. The challenger in both of those, John Bradbury, now is in a competitive 2nd district judgeship race. The 2008 Horton race, which he won by a sliver – 50.1% - was the closest Idaho Supreme Court race since at least the 1940s.

Horton is up for re-election this year, and this time the challenger is a well-known and long-time Boise attorney, Breck Seiniger. Mostly, these Supreme Court races have been calm and magisterial, even when they've sometimes featured energetic personalities. But this one has become a knock-down, and even drawn other candidates into the fray.

Seiniger has unleashed several blasts in the direction of the court, but this one (posted on his campaign web site) aimed directly at Horton got the most response: “Since Justice Horton has chosen to make impartiality an issue in this race, let me share with you Greg Obendorf’s story. In 2008, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton was in another very tight race for re-election. . . . During this time, the Idaho Supreme Court deliberated on an appeal filed by J.R. Simplot, Co. to overturn a Canyon County jury’s $2,435,906 verdict in favor of a group of Idaho farmers, including Mr. Obendorf, and against Simplot.

"While the Obendorf case was under deliberation Justice Horton appointed one of Simplot's in-house attorneys as his political treasurer. After doing so, not only did Justice Horton fully participate in the Idaho Supreme Court deliberations on this case, he wrote the opinion which resulted in all of the damages awarded by the jury were taken away, and the case being sent back for re-trial. Justice Horton's opinion in favor of Simplot was issued on May 1, 2008 and Justice Horton was re-elected on May 20, 2008.” (He placed his supporting information online at (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

New Albertsons CEO talks corporate plans (Boise Statesman)
Lewiston kindergartners heading to Clarkston? (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow preparing for road construction (Moscow News)
Feds, state at standoff on Hanford cleanup (Moscow News)
New UI president settling in (Moscow News)
More cops for Nampa schools (Idaho Press Tribune)
Poachers a heavy load on Idaho wildlife (Idaho Press Tribune)
Busy Pocatello Cr Rd area land for sale (Pocatello Journal)
New Sandpoint stadium design set (Sandpoint Bee)
Bonner assessor candidate has $448k federal tax liens (Sandpoint Bee)
Earthquakes around Challis (TF Times News)
But $18m grant for Friedman airport (TF Times News)

UO Foundation asked to avoid fossil fuels (Eugene Register Guard)
Whole Foods considering Eugene site (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath water deal signed (Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News)
Charter cable conversion draws critics (Medford Tribune)
Kenton will lead EOU (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Public has questions on events center (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Expansion at Boardman Cheese plant (Pendleton East Oregonian)
WA state blasts Hanford cleanup plan (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Draining Portland water due to yuck factor (Portland Oregonian)
Water shortage at Crater Lake? (Salem Statesman Journal)

More Oso mudslide answers wanted (Everett Herald, Longview News)
State may ease on fish pollution rules (Everett Herald)
Hanford cleanup plans roundly blasted (Kennewick Herald)
Allegations of abuse at Woodland school (Longview News)
WA may lost No Child school waiver (Seattle Times)
Sandpoint plans solar paving project (Spokane Spokesman)
Sterling-Umpqua merger is complete (Spokane Spokesman)
Iconic Vancouver Steakburger closes (Vancouver Columbian)
Newhouse leads in 4th district money (Yakima Herald Republic)