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Posts published in “Day: June 17, 2014”

Time for house cleaning

rainey BARRETT


Last week’s shameful, amateurishly conducted, unbelievably arrogant and utterly unnecessarily divisive Idaho GOP convention was - is - and always should be - looked upon as the state’s absolute low point in political history. But - it should not be remembered as a surprise.

Those of us with a lifelong interest in things political can’t help but look upon that horrendous display and want to think - to say - to write something thoughtful and meaningful in it’s wake. Anyone who tries to do so will embark on a fool’s errand. But that won’t stop some of us from trying.
There was nothing in the raucous display of political throat-cutting upon which to base any thoughtful review. It was an expensive embarrassment for the party. And, as word spreads through the national political networks, equally as embarrassing for the state.

Idaho’s Republican Party has been headed off the cliff for a long time. Like the party nationally, it’s been organizationally kidnaped by narrow-minded absolutists in no way representative of either the long and honored conduct of the GOP or the mainstream of its historic membership. Both groups have created platforms filled with homophobic, racist, close-minded and hurtful language. Both are exclusionary. Both have espoused political goals antithetic to good government. Both have turned their backs on historic accomplishments of past Republican leaders who worked in the best interests of the country at-large rather than some imagined utopia of better days.

When a handful of party “loyalists” meets ahead of convention, voting to disenfranchise some 30-percent of the delegates who were to attend, it doesn’t take a great deal of political acumen to see who’s in charge and how the experience will end. This particular convention was not only doomed from day one, it was doomed years ago as unity, comity, accommodation and compromise were drummed out of the party vocabulary. The Idaho GOP has been walking along the cliff’s edge for a long time. The convention finally proved to be one foot out in space. There will be a fall. In fact, it’s started already.

Republicans have become more divisive - more likely to exclude those who differ in thought and word. The GOP has become an intolerant, narrow-minded group. Nowhere has that been on display more arrogantly than in Idaho in the past week. If one or more sheep differed on any subject from the single-minded theology presented, such sheep were quickly cut from the flock. The aforementioned organized effort to exorcize nearly a third of voting delegates was proof positive. Three entire counties were targeted for elimination in the convention process. (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)

GOP people try to patch it up in the party (Boise Statesman, Pocatello Journal)
Clarkston working on pot regulations (Lewiston Tribune)
Pullman may get highway land that blocks expansion (Moscow News)
Washington state's best paid employees are coaches (Moscow News)
Idaho drops some more in per-student spending (Moscow News)
Charter schools getting facility payments (Nampa Press Tribune)
New economic director, Steve Fultz, at Caldwell (Nampa Press Tribune)
International implications of Bergdahl exchange (TF Times News)
Gun policy set for College of Southern Idaho (TF Times News)

Corvallis gets greenhouse gas report (Corvallis Gazette)
Corvallis still considering hotel plan (Corvallis Gazette)
Eugene will limit legal fireworks this year (Eugene Register Guard)
KF schools hiring 16 teachers (KF Herald & News)
Klamath troops heading for Afghanistan (KF Herald & News)
SOU president goes to Eastern Washington (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Former Tidings building sold for office space (Ashland Tidings)
State progresses on Oracle lawsuit (Portland Oregonian, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Report points to continuing illicit pot in state (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
Chemeketa College president departs (Salem Statesman Journal)

Boeing's fortunes and aerospace training (Everett Herald)
Snohomish County may get some pay raises (Everett Herald)
Unions critical of possible water quality regs (Everett Herald)
Sexual haraassment case costs Clatskanie PUD $1.3m (Longview News)
Seattle mayor cuts deal with ride service firms (Seattle Times)
Big pay raise for Seattle City Light CEO (Seattle Times)
Bertha to grow by 86 tons, then restart (Seattle Times)
Eastern Washington U gets new president (Spokane Spokesman)
A fifth of Spokane water supply leaked away (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoman sweeping up pot licenses (Tacoma News Tribune)
Vancouver public income not matching costs (Vancouver Columbian)
Court says Yakima broke records law in police case (Yakima Herald Republic)