Archive for May, 2014

May 31 2014

If it worked once

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idaho RANDY
STAPILUS
 
Idaho

If it worked the first time . . .

You can understand what probably is the temptation facing Sherri Ybarra right now: It worked once, so it should work again.

During the just-finished Republican primary campaign, she raised scarcely any of the money serious statewide candidates usually do (just $2,850), and apart from debates and forums campaigned, hardly at all. She won her race for the Republican nomination for superintendent of public instruction, leading a field of four. And she could look across at a bunch of hard-working, exhaustively-campaigning, solidly fundraising candidates, for her office and for others, who on election night went down to defeat.
The quote from Senator Russ Fulcher, who lost a run for governor after campaigning solidly for months, probably spoke for quite a few of his counterparts: “Holy cow. Ybarra for superintendent? I was on this campaign trail start to finish. And she might be a fine person, but she was not engaged. She was not engaged heavily in this campaign.”

It’s easy to conclude in the circumstances that you’ve just got the right stuff to go all the way.
Anyhow, why mess with what worked once?

In military terms, such thinking is called fighting the last war: Usually a prescription for losing the next one.

Her primary circumstances were unusual. Explanations about her win flowered after election day. She was presented as a teacher, while the others in the race were administrators. (Not entirely true anyway; and administration, not teaching, is what the superintendent’s job is all about.) She had a Basque name, which seems not to hurt in Idaho elections.

Maybe a bigger factor: Voters working their way down the Republican ballot encountered no women at all until they got to her – and she was running for an office many voters are accustomed to seeing go to women. Also, she was the only woman among the four candidates, none of whom were well known statewide. Some combination of these things probably account for much of her vote. And remember, she won by just 28.5% – barely more than she would have gotten if the four candidates had split the vote evenly. This was no sweeping mandate.

Since the primary, instead of using the surprise to her political advantage, she seems to have avoided the spotlight and retreated. Continue Reading »

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May 31 2014

Exemptions on the table

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malloy CHUCK
MALLOY

 
In Idaho

The popular notion is that public schools, which receive just over $1.3 billion, is the largest item in the state’s budget.

But there’s one other item that eats up $1.7 billion, and it does nothing to help schools, roads and state services. That’s the amount it takes to maintain the 80 or so sales tax exemptions, many of which have been in place since the sales tax was implemented almost 50 years ago.

It’s the elephant in the room that politicians don’t want to talk about. Several lawmakers have tried to tackle the issue over the years and all have failed. Sales tax exemptions should be an issue in this year’s election campaign, but it’s more likely that they won’t in the interest of political self-preservation.

Imagine what could be done with another $1.7 billion. Idaho could double what it spends for the public schools and have money left over. It could be enough to take Idaho out the race for the bottom in just about every funding category for education. Maybe some of that money could be used to take our universities off the road to mediocrity. Or maybe the quality of lives of Idahoans could be better with improved roads and social services.

Of course, the odds of winning the lottery probably are better than eliminating the sales tax exemptions. There is a strong constituency for every one of those exemptions. And there are lobbyists lined up to protect all of them. It would be easier to push for increases in the income and sales taxes than ending the exemptions.

Eliminating exemptions would be tax increase on the business world and business operators don’t like higher taxes any more than Republican legislators. Given the choice between improving state services and company profits, business operators will favor the bottom line. That doesn’t make business operators the bad guys. In some cases, a sales tax exemption could make the difference between a business surviving, or going under. Continue Reading »

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May 31 2014

On the front pages

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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)

St Luke’s says expansion would help efficiency (Boise Statesman)
Geothermal water will heat Boise natatorium (Boise Statesman)
What are the Snake River black globs? (IF Post Register)
New cleanup project manager at INL (IF Post Register)
New Lewiston gun manufacturing plant open (Lewiston Tribune)
Whitman Co financial report in (Moscow News)
GOP establishment gaining more party control (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon Co asks for jail review input (Nampa Press Tribune)
Megaloads still pursued at Bonner (Sandpoint Bee)
High school graduations (TF Times News)

North Bend school budget reshuffled (Coos Bay World)
Gazette Times slows move, a little (Corvallis Gazette Times)
500 Lane ballots still under review (Eugene Register Guard)
Kingsley Field will expand, 84 more people (KF Herald & News)
DFW biologist gets KF support (KF Herald & News)
Mt Ashland ski area could expand, but no money (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Rogue Ales co-founder died (Ashland Tidings)
High school graduations (Ashland Tidings)
Fire season starting early (Medford Tribune)
Umatilla port, city at odds on zoning (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Morrow Pacific project delayed again (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Law enforcement staff falls in rural area (Portland Oregonian)
Dispute over Portland zoo analysis (Portland Oregonian)
Court orders change to liquor ballot title (Salem Statesman Journal)

Granite Falls saves summer lunch program (Everett Herald)
Hwy 530 reopens today (Everett Herald)
Rainier HS sees battle over bullying (Longview News)
Smith talks about Benghazi committee (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Heavy construction on 520 bridge (Seattle Times)
Ballmer buys LA Clippers; fallout (Seattle Times)
Tacoma spends $300k on new strategic plan (Tacoma News Tribune)
Did Clark commission violate meeting law? (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima prosecutor accused of bias (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima will open new pot testing lab (Yakima Herald Republic)

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May 30 2014

Voting on secession. Again.

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rainey BARRETT
RAINEY

 
Second
Thoughts

Here they come again! This time it’s California. Again. But, over the horizon, we could be talking about several counties in Oregon. Again.

The secessionist birds are flying once more in California’s Tehama and Del Norte Counties where they’ll be voting Tuesday – officially, of course – to have county commissioners – they’re called “supervisors” South of our border – push harder to pry certain counties loose to create the State of Jefferson. Butte County folks will deal with the same issue on the 12th. Glenn, Modoc, Siskyou and Yuba have already voted to go – stage right. Far right. And out.

Given how long malcontents in Oregon’s Josephine, Jackson, Douglas and Curry counties have been trying to bring the issue of secession to a vote, this new effort may “juice” them up to try yet again. Wouldn’t be surprised.

At the root of these useless expenditures of time and money is, of course, frustration. Some of it real. Some not so much. A guy named Aaron Funk in Del Norte, makes the “frustration case” for leaving California.

“We have 11 counties up here that share one state senator while Los Angeles has 20 and San Francisco 10 more,” he says. “Essentially, we have no representation whatsoever.”

There is some tiny, frustrated logic to that. Except for laws requiring equal representation based on nose-counting. One basic point adding to Mr. Funks angst is the real isolation of Northern California from the rest of the folks. The seven counties that have voted to leave – and the others who likely will next week – have a combined geographic area twice the size of New Hampshire but only about 467,000 souls residing. Mt. Shasta and all the redwoods are there along with some of the state’s poorest citizens. Racially, the population is nearly all white.

But Washington and Oregon residents living east of the Cascades could make almost the same case for almost the same reasons. Far from the seats of power, less political representation, lower economic scales and heavily white. So far, they haven’t. Officially.

Siskyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong already wants to pull out. She’s one of the Tea Party secessionists and says there are “too many nanny laws” coming out of Sacramento. Continue Reading »

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May 30 2014

On the front pages

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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)

BMC building firm mostly relocates to George (Boise Statesman)
Potatoes get fed approval for food program (Boise Statesman)
Maxican markets opening for Idaho potatoes (IF Post Register)
Supreme Court IQ ruling may shift ID case (IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow schools adjust their zone map (Moscow News)
Historical society digitizes old newspapers (Nampa Press Tribune)
Debate rages over fairgrounds site (Nampa Press Tribune)
Black globs infesting Snake River (TF Times News)

Basketball player case records redacted (Eugene Register Guard)
Major expansion for Springfield hospital (Eugene Register Guard)
Kitzhaber wants to sue Oracle (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Tuition may rise at Klamath college (KF Herald & News)
Klamath Falls plans for drought (KF Herald & News)
Medford cops concerned of black market pot (Ashland Tidings)
Most OR teachers like their jobs (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Many rural OR counties have too few cops (Portland Oregonian)
Syphilis, gonorrhea increase in OR (Salem Statesman Journal)

Hwy 530 at Oso will reopen (Everett Herald)
Battle over potatoes on federal programs (Tacoma News Tribune, Kennewick Herald, Olympian)
A good fishing year on coast expected (Longview News)
Ballmer buys LA Clipper; whither Seattle? (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
I-5 Traffic questions surveyed (Olympian)
Port Angeles pot business okayed (Port Angeles News)
Port Angeles city hall building underway (Port Angeles News)
$15 minimum wages progresses in Seattle (Seattle Times)
Wyoming presses for coal ports in WA (Vancouver Columbian)
Increase in liquor thefts reported (Vancouver Columbian)

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May 29 2014

Tyranny of the minority

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carlson CHRIS
CARLSON

 
Carlson
Chronicles

Think about this: if State Senator Russ Fulcher of Meridian had won the Republican nomination for governor and upset two-term incumbent Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, he would have been a prohibitive favorite to win the governorship in November. After all, he’s a Republican.

Now ponder this: a Governor Fulcher would have been nominated and elected by just one out of every eight eligible voters. That’s correct. Do the math. The Secretary of State said the turnout was approximately 25% of the eligibles and with 12,000 more votes Fulcher would have captured slightly more than half of one-quarter, or one eighth of the vote.

Something is rotten in Denmark, to quote Shakespeare. Why don’t more Americans and Idahoans use their God-given, patriot-blood derived precious right to vote? The percentage of eligible voters who withstood threats to their very lives had a higher degree of participation in the recent Ukrainian election.

While campaigning with Governor Andrus, I sometimes saw this scenario unfold: usually before or after an Andrus speech or a Capitol For a Day, some loud-mouthed, white male in his 40’s or 50’s would come up to Andrus and demand the answer to some incomprehensible question.

Once they swore, or got obnoxious, Cece would invariably stop their diatribe cold with a question: let me ask you this—are you registered to vote and did you vote in the last state-wide election? He had a sixth sense because invariably they were caught so flat-footed they answered honestly and admitted they were neither registered nor had voted.

In general, Cece was an excellent listener, but he always wrote these folks off. Yes, he knew represented all the people of Idaho, even the none-voters, but if they couldn’t take time to register and vote, he seldom took the time to listen. “There are real voters to meet and help,” he would say.

Another voter “tick” that neither of us could understand was why so many of the few Idaho voters who showed up, would only vote on the marquee races – governor, U.S. senator and maybe lieutenant governor, and then not vote on the down ballot races.

It happened again in the May 20th primary. Continue Reading »

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May 29 2014

On the front pages

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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)

Magnida plant at AF fought by Conida (Boise Statesman)
Fire chief, deputy at IF resign (IF Post Register)
Otter helped by Simpson in election (IF Post Register)
Same sex marriage backers seek court costs (IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune)
WSU studies low-income legal assistance (Moscow News)
Moscow business finder departs (Moscow News)
Bannock Development points to successes (Pocatello Journal)
TF theatre downtown closes (TF Times News)
PUC rejects Idaho Power solar plan (TF Times News)

Covallis executive sessions on garage (Corvallis Gazette Times)
State revenues on increase (Portland Oregonian, KF Herald & News, Corvallis Gazette Times)
Eugene shifts land use for more homes (Eugene Register Guard)
Regional fish/wildlife position may be cut (KF Herald & News)
Pendleton prison remains in lockdown (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Land shift allows Hermiston OSU site shift (Pendleton E Oregonian)
In mass survey, teachers say classes too big (Portland Oregonian)
OR health exchange delivers report (Salem Statesman Journal)

Darrington considers renewing tourism (Everett Herald)
Transfer deals pump WSU TriCities (Kennewick Herald)
Should Rachel road extend to preserve? (Kennewick Herald)
Wyoming gov will promote coal terminal (Longview News)
EPA seeks to publicly hit polluter (Longview News)
Sequim could get titantium business (Port Angeles News)
Police reforms draw copy lawsuit (Seattle Times)
Spokane schools rejects armed teachers (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma considers ridesharing rules (Tacoma News Tribune)
Oil terminal plan hits zoning rules (Vancouver Columbian)
Bridge near Sunnyside closed to trucks (Yakima Herald Republic)

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May 28 2014

Voter turnout plummets

Published by under Harris,Oregon

harris ROBERT
HARRIS

 
Oregon
Outpost

Oregon primary voter turnout for the 2014 primary was 32.7% . The lowest percentage of any primary since the Secretary of State started keeping statistics online. This is an acceleration of the trend reported on Oregon Outpost a week ago.

One obvious reason – the drop in major party registered voters. In April of the 14,661 new voters, only 36% joined the Democratic or Republican Party. Thats COMBINED. While 64% opted to not join any party, or to join a minor party. Non Major party voters get ballots full of judicial races – usually with a single candidate – low profile non partisan races, and a few ballot measures.

My ballot – I assume typical for a non major party voter – had two contested races. Both for Washington County Commissioner. While I did vote, I understand why turnout of non major party voters was a paltry 18.9% statewide. There’s little for us to vote on or get excited about.

With the continuing crash in the numbers of registered Democratics and Republicans, expect to see:

Lower voter turnout in primary elections, because there are simply less D’s and R’s to vote.
A tighter grip by financiers of the major parties on financial issues (public employee unions, traded sector corporations), as it takes more money to reach non i/Independent voters who are locked out of the primaries and less interested in finding out about D’s and R’s.
More influence within major parties by those with special social issue interests (anti choice, environmental). When there are less foot soldiers for campaigns, the most motivated become the most valuable and important.
A firmer stance against any democracy reforms that would encourage more participation by non major party voters (tightening election laws that favor the Dem’s and Rep’s, defeating reforms like approval voting, and assuring unfettered money to major party candidates directly or through third parties)

This inevitably will lead to a spiral of reduced primary participation as more voters, particularly new voters, become disaffected from the major political parties power structure and opt to register as i/Independents.

Over the coming days, we’re going to be taking a look at various primary races around the state. Where there was only a single candidate from one party on the ballot. Where each major party had a single candidate on the ballot. And where one party had multiple candidates, but the other party had none.

Stay tuned to see how democratic our election process really is. Or isn’t.

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May 28 2014

On the front pages

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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)

Still family farms out there (Boise Statesman)
Environmental groups helped oust Pearce, Barrett (IF Post Register)
Tourists arrive in northern Fremont Co (IF Post Register)
Clarkston continues pot moratorium (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow’s north of downtown area under review (Moscow News)
Greenleaf continues alcohol ban (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon canvasses election results (Nampa Press Tribune)
Raven poison plans held off (Nampa Press Tribune)
Magnida fertilizer plant appealed by ConAgra (Pocatello Tribune)
Population loss in Pocatello, Chubbuck, Blackfoot (Pocatello Journal)
Long waits for state lab results (TF Times News)

Traffic backup leads to ODOT apology (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene’s Willamette St goes bike-friendly (Eugene Register Guard)
Hoopa Valley Tribe complains on water deal (KF Herald & News)
Grass fire hits near Ashland (Ashland Tidings)
Supreme Court rejects claim by Jacksonville Bush protesters (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Pendleton prison lockdown after fights (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Loren Parks contributes to driver card battle (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon divides on GMO battles (Portland Oregonian)
GMO task force will convene Friday (Salem Statesman Journal)
Salem ends downtown improvement district (Salem Statesman Journal)

New trail may run from Arlington to Stanwood (Everett Herald)
Kennewick schools call for road extension (Kennewick Herald)
Longview tries to clean Lake Sacajawea (Longview News)
Return of an off-leash dog park (Olympian)
Seattle sets new 6-month record for rain (Olympian)
Spokane councilor Salvatori resigns (Spokane Spokesman)
Standoff on filling Clark Co commission spot (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark Co prohibits marijuana business (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark Co considers new charter (Vancouver Columbian)
Union Gap will allow poty business (Yakima Herald Republic)

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May 27 2014

Avoiding voter approval?

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frazier DAVID
FRAZIER

 
Boise
Guardian

The Greater Boise Auditorium District (G-BAD) is tiptoeing around the law once again. This time they are aiming to deprive voters of their constitutional right to approve long term debt for a $38 million dollar kitchen and ballroom.

Article VIII, Sec 3 of the Idaho Constitution requires a vote of the people to approve debt. G-BAD lawyers have formulated a convoluted plan to have CCDC go into debt (which it can legally do), but not use CCDC funds–all on behalf of the auditorium district.

The plan as it stands now is to launder a loan through the Capital City Development Corp (CCDC). The terms of the so-called lease agreement call for CCDC to sell 24 year bonds in the amount of $22 million using the G-BAD credit and ability to repay.
G-BAD figures they can somehow convince a judge through a “judicial confirmation” petition they will merely be leasing the “project” on an annual basis. The project is actually a condominium portion of the new building proposed by the Gardner development group of Zion Bank fame.

The lease agreement blatantly uses an interest and principal component and even bases the rental payments on the cost of the bonds. Those close to the project refer to the CCDC role as a “pass through” which will not use tax money diverted from schools, city, county, and ACHD to fund urban renewal.

In layman terms the deal is like renting a house with the intent of owning it after making payments for 24 years, but using someone else’s credit rating and including a “non-appropriation” clause which says you don’t have to pay the rent.

Even though the intent is to OWN the project after 24 years, G-BAD is asking a judge to find they are not really going to PURCHASE the project, just LEASE it and magically get title at the end.

Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre testified at a G-BAD public hearing last Wednesday and told the board she is a frequent purchaser of bonds on behalf of Ada County, but would never invest in bonds which have a “non-appropriation” clause and call for a third party to ultimately own the project.

GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier also testified before the board urging them to hold an election as mandated by the constitution. He said the project at $38,000,000 was “so profound it deserves the vote of citizens, not just a single judge.”

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May 27 2014

On the front pages

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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)

Otter lost the 1st congressional district (Boise Statesman)
Splits remain among Idaho Republicans (IF Post Register)
Tough superintendent race for Ybarra (Nampa Press Tribune)
New UI president projects safe campus (Nampa Press Tribune)
Lake Pend Oreille court pass flood stage (Sandpoint Bee)
Dalay ordered for raven kill project (TF Times News)

Concerns in region about oil trains (Eugene Register Guard, Corvallis Gazette Times, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Coping with high tuition costs at UO (Eugene Register Guard)
Oregon rates on school spending are low (Portland Oregonian)
Salem reviews beautification (Salem Statesman Journal)

Risk acknowledgement on some build permits (Everett Herald)
Still tighter parking around Statehouse ahead (Olympian)
Gates reduces Foundation spending (Seattle Times)
Same sex partners convert to marriage (Tacoma News Tribune)
Unkown what pot revenues will amount to (Vancouver Columbian)
Concerns in region about oil trains (Vancouver Columbian)
Debate over how much fish people eat (Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
Concerns for future of bighorn sheep herd (Yakima Herald Republic)

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May 26 2014

Get mad, get even

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carlson CHRIS
CARLSON

 
Carlson
Chronicles

Alaska’s long-time senior senator, the late Ted Stevens (1968-2008), had a vicious temper. He could erupt in a split second. Turnover on his staff was constant for few folks would take his berating their competence for long.

He was demanding, would not accept excuses and expected one never to make the same mistake twice. His caustic criticism often was aimed at the press. He rarely hesitated to call a reporter and let them know how badly they’d screwed up.

Behind all the anger, bluff and bluster, though, there was one decent person who had a tender heart, truly cared for those less fortunate and was devoted to his wife, Ann, and their children. He was a man of his word, a tireless advocate for Alaskans and a formidable adversary. He rarely carried a grudge, with one major exception – his senatorial colleage, Alaska’s junior senator, Mike Gravel.

He hated Gravel, and with good reason Stevens truly believed, and it was plausible, that Gravel brought about the situation that led to the death of Ann.

Gravel, born in Massachusettts, went to Alaska with the not so secret desire to achieve high public office. He drove a cab for awhile but soon got into real estate and was successful enough to seek office. An intelligent, charming fellow, he was liked well enough by his House colleagues to be elected Speaker.

In 1966 he trried to parlay the Speaker post into election as Alaska’s sole member of the House but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Ralph Rivers.

In August of 1968, though, he shocked many Alaskans by upsetting the venerable Ernest Gruening, one of Alaska’s last territorial governors and, along with Bob Bartlett, one of the first two Alaskan senators. Gruening, who will forever be remembered as one of only two sagacious votes against LBJ’s Tonkin Gulf resolution authorizing the president to do whatever he had to do in Vietnam, was in his early 80’s. To his regret he ignored Gravel and did little campaigning. Gravel went on to win the first of two terms in November.

Twelve years later Gravel himself was knocked off in the August Democratic primary by Ernest Gruening’s grandson, State Rep. Clark Gruening. Gravel had by then alienated many Alaskans but the clincher was the move Stevens quietly organizned to have a massive Republican turnout vote in the open Democratic primary for young Gruening. Stevens exacted his revenge.

Had Gravel been resonsible for Anne Stevens’ death? You be the judge. Continue Reading »

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May 26 2014

In the Briefings

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Seattle bike
 
How an intersection might look on the future Waterfront depicts the connections between bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles.. (image/Seattle Department of Transportation).

 

Elections, of course, dominated news coverage last week in Oregon and Idaho, as a U.S. Senate contest provided some of the big headlines in the former, and a battle of two slates within the Idaho Republican Party offered drama in the latter.

Washington, just a week away from its candidate filing period and still in a relatively quiet political moment, saw less dramatic headlines. A series of noteworthy studies, however, were released around the state shining fresh spotlights on a range of topics. See more about all of this in the Oregon, Idaho and Washington Briefings, out this morning.

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May 26 2014

On the front pages

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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)

UI sees higher enrollment, safety (Moscow News)
Oldest Latah cemetery being fixed (Moscow News)
Managing lawsuits over federal lands (Nampa Press Tribune)

Southern Oregon wine selling in Japan (Medford Tribune)
Willamette ESD to be trained in state meeting law (Salem Statesman Journal)

Media interests conflict at Mill Creek (Everett Herald)
Lottery system planned for food distribution (Everett Herald)
Deeper Columbia channel brings business (Longview News)
Many more vets asking for VA help (Seattle Times)

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May 25 2014

Idaho’s slate regions

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idaho RANDY
STAPILUS
 
Idaho

With the most recent election results, a new regional political map of Idaho has emerged.

The higher-level offices contested in Idaho’s Republican primary election last week were fought over primarily by two clearly competing slates of candidates, those you might call the establishment candidates (who mainly were incumbents) and the insurgents, who challenged them.

Apart from the fact that the establishment won those major offices nearly across the board – losing only for secretary of state (where former House Speaker Lawerence Denney won) – the results varied quite a bit among the candidates. In the controller’s race, Todd Hatfield came within about a percentage point of unseating incumbent Brandon Woolf (who had the disadvantage of never having been on the ballot before). Incumbent Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter scored only a modest win (51.4%) against state Senator Russ Fulcher. Meanwhile, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden scored a near-landslide over attorney Chris Troupis, and Lieutenant Governor Brad Little won smashingly (66.8%) over county commissioner Jim Chemelik. In the four-way superintendent of public instruction race, insurgent candidate John Eynon came in third.

But these races, as varied as their statewide totals may be, look surprisingly similar on county maps.

Fulcher, Chmelik, Denney, Hatfield, Troupis and Eynon, so varied in their statewide results, all won in Benewah, Clearwater, Idaho and Kootenai counties, and either won or nearly won in Latah, Boundary, Bonner, Shoshone and Latah and Nez Perce – in other words, all of northern Idaho. In no southern Idaho county did the insurgency fare nearly so consistently well.

And this relates to all of the north, however it tends to vote in the fall. Latah and Nez Perce counties are fairly competitive between Republicans and Democrats, in contrast to such others as Kootenai and Bonner, but in the primary all fell sharply into the insurgent camp.

And some of those northern wins were really striking. While losing clearly statewide, for example, Fulcher won Benewah County about three to one – and so did Troupis, even while he was losing by a big margin in the state overall. Continue Reading »

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Two bulls fire near Bend, and defensible space.

 

JOURNEY WEST

by Stephen Hartgen
The personal story of the well-known editor, publisher and state legislator's travel west from Maine to Idaho. A well-written account for anyone interested in Idaho, journalism or politics.
JOURNEY WEST: A memoir of journalism and politics, by Stephen Hartgen; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, here or at Amazon.com (softcover)

 

 

NEW EDITIONS is the story of the Northwest's 226 general-circulation newspapers and where your newspaper is headed.
New Editions: The Northwest's Newspapers as They Were, Are and Will Be. Steve Bagwell and Randy Stapilus; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 324 pages. Softcover. (e-book ahead). $16.95.
See the NEW EDITIONS page.

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THE OREGON POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

The Field Guide is the reference for the year on Oregon politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Compiled by a long-time Northwest political writer and a Salem Statesman-Journal political reporter.
OREGON POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Hannah Hoffman; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
THE IDAHO POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase is the reference for the year on Idaho Politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Written by two of Idaho's most veteran politcal observers.
IDAHO POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
without compromise
WITHOUT COMPROMISE is the story of the Idaho State Police, from barely-functioning motor vehicles and hardly-there roads to computer and biotechnology. Kelly Kast has spent years researching the history and interviewing scores of current and former state police, and has emerged with a detailed and engrossing story of Idaho.
WITHOUT COMPROMISE page.

 

Diamondfield
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The Old West saw few murder trials more spectacular or misunderstood than of "Diamondfield" Jack Davis. After years of brushes with the noose, Davis was pardoned - though many continued to believe him guilty. Max Black has spent years researching the Diamondfield saga and found startling new evidence never before uncovered - including the weapon and one of the bullets involved in the crime, and important documents - and now sets out the definitive story. Here too is Black's story - how he found key elements, presumed lost forever, of a fabulous Old West story.
See the DIAMONDFIELD page for more.
 

Medimont Reflections Chris Carlson's Medimont Reflections is a followup on his biography of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. This one expands the view, bringing in Carlson's take on Idaho politics, the Northwest energy planning council, environmental issues and much more. The Idaho Statesman: "a pull-back-the-curtain account of his 40 years as a player in public life in Idaho." Available here: $15.95 plus shipping.
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Idaho 100 NOW IN KINDLE
 
Idaho 100, about the 100 most influential people ever in Idaho, by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson is now available. This is the book about to become the talk of the state - who really made Idaho the way it is? NOW AN E-BOOK AVAILABLE THROUGH KINDLE for just $2.99. Or, only $15.95 plus shipping.
 

Idaho 100 by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson. Order the Kindle at Amazon.com. For the print edition, order here or at Amazon.


 

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    watergates

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    Water rights and water wars: They’re not just a western movie any more. The Water Gates reviews water supplies, uses and rights to use water in all 50 states.242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

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    More about this book by Lin Tull Cannell

    At a time when Americans were only exploring what are now western states, William Craig tried to broker peace between native Nez Perces and newcomers from the East. 15 years in the making, this is one of the most dramatic stories of early Northwest history. 242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

    Upstream

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    The Snake River Basin Adjudication is one of the largest water adjudications the United States has ever seen, and it may be the most successful. Here's how it happened, from the pages of the SRBA Digest, for 16 years the independent source.

    Paradox Politics

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    After 21 years, a 2nd edition. If you're interested in Idaho politics and never read the original, now's the time. If you've read the original, here's view from now.


    Governing Idaho:
    Politics, People and Power

    by James Weatherby
    and Randy Stapilus
    Caxton Press
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    Outlaw Tales
    of Idaho

    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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    It Happened in Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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    Camping Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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