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Posts published in “Day: May 16, 2014”

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)

Same-sex marriage for Idaho stayed (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
New Idacorp CEO meets with shareholders (Boise Statesman)
IF High School principal retires (IF Post Register)
Whitman county poverty studied (Moscow News)
Reviewing secretary of state candidates (Nampa Press Tribune)
Notus may face elementary school bond (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bingham commission 2 race reviewed (Pocatello Journal)
Race for TF County coroner (TF Times News)

David Taylor sentenced to death (Eugene Register Guard)
Campaign starts on GMO labeling (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune)
Food bank has restricted crop supply (KF Herald & News)
Klamath tribal leaders threatened (KF Herald & News)
Long to lead Cascade Christian HS (Medford Tribune)
Debate over city award of construction job (Medford Tribune)
Area tribes get land buyback funds (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Coos officials try to keep fee funds from state (Portland Oregonian)
Hwy 217 ramp finishes early with bonus (Portland Oregonian)
Chemeketa college exec faces assault charge (Salem Statesman Journal)

Getting closer to reopening Oso highway (Everett Herald)
Mentally ill in criminal case can be drugged (Everett Herald)
New bones, DNA throw light on Kennewick Man (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald)
New brewpub headed to Longview (Longview News)
Brewing again at Tumwater? (Olympian)
Cigarette tax would fight cancer (Seattle Times)
Idaho gay marriages stayed by court (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane VA said to be troubled (Spokane Spokesman)
Credit rating for Yakima improves (Yakima Herald Republic)

An Idaho kind of selection?

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Toward the end of the Idaho Republican gubernatorial debate Wednesday, candidate Harley Brown remarked, “You have your choice, folks: A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker, or a normal guy. Take your pick…”

Were those candidates for governor of Idaho or the Village People?

Alternatively, there's a more philosophical description at the delighted liberal website Daily Kos: “There's Anarchist-Leaning Tea Party Guy, there's Old West Sovereign Citizenish Guy, there's Ideological Party Purist Peeved At Establishment Guy and there's Establishment Guy Peeved At Ideological Guy. In Republican Party races we call that the sampler pack.”

That might not be as most people perceived it, though. Few paid much attention to the two guys – incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter and challenger Russ Fulcher – who have an actual chance to win. The many, many, many collections of video clips on the web in the hours and days after the debate overwhelmingly focused on the other two, Harley Brown and Walt Bayes.

They were great television. The debate played like a massive and slow-mo car wreck, your eyes drawn repeatedly to Brown, the biker-garbed equal opportunity offender with visions (and tattoo) of the presidency, and Bayes, the Bible-quoting mountain man given to declarations of divine (and nuclear) retribution who might have been a distant relation to the Duck Dynasty. Otter and Fulcher who?

So. Huffington Post: “10 lessons we learned from Idaho's incredibly dysfunctional GOP candidates.” The Portland Oregonian: “Leather-clad biker steals the show.” Gawker: “I can't stop watching this bizarre Idaho GOP governor debate.” Fox News: “Eccentric candidates make for strange Idaho gubernatorial debate.” Raw Story: The debate “is so bonkers …” PBS: “In Idaho, a debate like you've never seen before.” Cybercast News Service: “Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral.” It was the liberal Kos site which called the event “a thing of beauty.”

You can watch it on the Idaho Public Television web site. Go ahead. You won't be bored. (more…)