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Posts published in “Day: May 9, 2014”


malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” - Lord Acton

Sen. Russ Fulcher, fighting an uphill battle to end Gov. Butch Otter’s regime, should use this quote as his them for the stretch run of this primary election campaign.

This election is not about electing Fulcher as the Republican’s nominee for governor, or repealing Obamacare.

This race is about stopping a dictatorship.

No, it’s not the kind of dictatorship that produces oppression and mass killings. It’s about one man potentially holding power for a lifetime. Two terms – or at least two consecutive terms – is long enough for presidents and governors.

If Fulcher doesn’t take Otter out this year, then Idaho will be stuck with him – potentially for decades to come. Otter already has said he is not discounting running for a fourth term in 2018, which translates to this: He’ll run for a fourth term. Then a fifth term, a sixth term and beyond.

It’s not unusual for members of Congress to serve 12 years or more in office. But a senator or congressman is only one of 535 other members. They do not define the agenda, or the power structure, for the nation and states – as presidents and governors do.

When the same people are in power for so long, some very friendly relationships develop over time.
Looking at Otter’s campaign staff, he makes no effort to hide those relationships. His staff includes a representative of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the state’s most powerful business lobby. It also includes a lobbyist with Veritas Advisors; a representative of the scandal-plagued private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America; and a former lobbyist for the troubled school broadband provider, Education Networks of America.

It’s not illegal for money machines to be working on campaigns. But it shows there’s a lot of big money people and organizations who have an interest in keeping Otter in power. (more…)

The Conger case

harris ROBERT


Because of the rules of the Senate, and because both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate vote with unity, a Senate general election isn’t solely about which candidate you like or are closer to agreement with. It is as much about which party you like more based on their national platform and leadership behaviors.

That’s why Jason Conger is the best choice to represent Oregon Republicans against Sen. Jeff Merkley in November.

First a reality check. There is very little chance that enough Oregon independent moderates are going to put the National Republicans in charge of the US Senate. Because while the OR GOP sometimes seems to be on its way towards being more modern party, the national GOP does not.

Dr. Wheby is more pro choice? So what? That will carry exactly zero weight in the general election because we know that her position on that issue will have zero effect in the US Republican Senate caucus. In fact, her pro choice position probably hurts her chances for party leadership if she were elected At least if independents vote for Merkley we know that his leadership stock is rising and he can protect Oregon financially at the leadership table. And if we are able to vote for Conger his social policy positions are more like a non-elitist blue collar Reagan Democrat and could help him within the GOP caucus.

What could a Conger nomination do for Oregon Republicans? It would elevate a strong leader with deep roots onto the State leadership stage. A candidate who didn’t just parachute into politics and who you can count on to continue working to make the Oregon GOP a better party – win or lose.

So, OR GOP’ers should do themselves a favor here. Think about which candidate would be better for the Oregon GOP win or lose. Though there’s nothing wrong with believing that lightening will strike at the same time as all the stars align and that candidate Conger will pull a big upset of Merkley. And that’s just as likely to happen with a Conger candidacy as with a Wehby candidacy.

If the Oregon GOP wants to get back in the game. Vote for Jason Conger.

(The opinion expressed here is solely that of the author and not of any other authors associated with Oregon Outpost)

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)

Supreme Court race reviewed (Boise Statesman)
Boise aquarium renamed and organized (Boise Statesman)
Latah's community college fund underused (Moscow News)
Extended stay notel opens at WSU (Moscow News)
Profiling Rule, Canyon commissioner (Nampa Press Tribune)
Candidate Rice spent a decade in prison (Nampa Press Tribune)
Stevens-Henager college complaint filed (Nampa Press Tribune)
Major Yellowstone Ave project starts (Pocatello Journal)
ISU's hillside I being pulled (Pocatello Journal)
Campaign finance in 2nd district race (TF Times News)
Drive in movie firm future cloudy (TF Times News)
Blaine, Custer disagree on White Clouds (TF Times News)

Considering KF high school remodel (KF Herald & News)
KF strike catches 30 in food stamp fraud (KF Herald & News)
Debate over high-density area at Ashland (Ashland Tidings)
Inquiry over candidate Sergi dropped (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Many thefts of railroad ties in area (Medford Tribune)
South OR farmers see net loss (Medford Tribune)
Wildhorse casino sees economic development (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Insurance agents owed $900k by Cover Oregon (Salem Statesman Journal, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Troubles in deaths, staffing at Oregon Zoo (Portland Oregonian)
OR lacks planning for oil train spills (Portland Oregonian)
OSP executive placed on leave (Salem Statesman Journal)

Adam Smith on immigration detention (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
What to do with cloaed PA theatre (Port Angeles News)
Cruise ship arrives at PA today (Port Angeles News)
Spokane mayor speaks of lean government (Spokane Spokesman)
17 teachers may be lost at Tacoma (Tacoma News Tribune)
State commission approves Cowlitz gaming plan (Vancouver Columbian)
Special federal money for 4 Yakima schools (Yakima Herald Republic)