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Posts published in “Day: June 6, 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)

Hailey copes with Bergdahl debate (Boise Statesman)
INL program stems from waste deal (IF Post Register)
Shootings at Seattle school (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Whitman Co responds to financial audit (Moscow News)
Turning trains quieter at Caldwell? (Nampa Press Tribune)
Debate over four-day school agency plan (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bergdahl debate continues (TF Times News, Pocatello Journal)
Snake River sludge may be algae bloom (TF Times News)
Wildfire in wilderness expands (TF Times News)

Piercy letter quests UO harassment issue (Eugene Register Guard)
Springfield getting Hobby Lobby (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath, Lake on new child welfare plan (KF Herald & News)
Phoenix shop quits pot dispensary (Ashland Tidings)
Seattle shooting leaves one dead (Medford Mail)
PGE building new natural gas plant (Pandleton E Oregonian)
Possible pay raise at Chemeketa College (Salem Statesman Journal)

Shooting at Seattle university (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Olympian, Longview News)
Insurance parity in same-sex marriage required (Kennewick Herald, Olympian)
Disagreements on Bergdahl exchange (Spokane Spokesman)
Feds may change anti-gang fund rules (Yakima Herald Republic)

Why Richardson can’t win

harris ROBERT


In poll after poll, Oregon voters identify the economy and jobs as the most important issues to Oregon voters. And Dennis Richardson’s supporters are adamant that we should focus on his ability to handle the State budget and Kitzhaber’s fiscal failures and incompetence.

Meanwhile Democrats want to focus voters’ attention on Richardson’s positions that are more conservative than those held by a majority of Oregonians. Mainly:

1. Guns. While most Oregonians do believe in the personal right to keep and bear arms, most don’t advocate arming school teachers as Richardson does. In most people’s book that moves him along the second amendment supporter scale from a gun rights position, to the gun nut fringe.

2. Gay rights. Not just anti gay marriage. Richardson was an adamant opponent of even civil unions. And he has stated his belief that singling out “preferential” treatment of gays is wrong because it’s based on ones behavior. Clearly putting him in the camp of people who believe being gay is a choice. Michelle Bachmann territory.

3. Abortion. Richardson is an adamant opponent of a woman’s right to chose.

Richardson supporters argue that our biggest problems are economic. Taxes and spending. That Richardson’s positions on guns, gays, and gestation are irrelevant, and that his opponents are really missing the big picture. His ability to manage our State government. They are wrong.

Two counter points.

First. We all know very well that in the general election, the “Three G’s” are going to be used to get out the Republican base and churn up their inner outrage dial against Kitzhaber and Democrats in general, thus admitting that the three G’s are a potent and important issue for many. You can’t have it both ways. Don’t ask me to ignore the man behind the curtain while taking your supporters on a private tour behind that curtain and treating it like a conservative voting booth where who knows what kind of promises are being made. Now, if Richardson will publicly disavow any interest in these issues, and state that he will entertain no law, statute, bill, discussion or policy regarding these issues, I’d start to take his candidacy seriously.

Second. What if there was a very economically sound Democrat running who also believed that everyone should be required to compost and do curbside recycling. That only smart guns should be allowed in Oregon, and that people should all be required to give blood once a month. None of these positions could ever be adopted by our State legislature, but I bet centrists and independents –and even many Democrats – would all have a pretty hard time voting for that person, regardless of our confidence in their ability to handle the Oregon economy and government budgeting. (more…)