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Posts published in “Day: September 2, 2014”

Running against Elvis

malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

People in Meridian don’t attend city council meetings and only 10 percent of school district voters bothered to cast ballots in the last bond election. But when Congressman Raul Labrador comes in for a town hall meeting, a standing-room-only crowd waits for him at city hall – which poses a big problem for State Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow, Labrador’s Democratic opponent for the 1st District congressional seat.

She is running against a political rock star.
He’s a Puerto Rican version of John F. Kennedy. He has a quick wit and his humor often is self-depreciating, which is a big hit with the audience. He asks the crowd not to boo questions they might not like, “but if you don’t like my answer, then you can boo me – as long as it’s with love and kindness.”

He talks about President Obama being an ideologue and gives praise to former President Clinton for being a “pragmatic politician” who was smart enough to take credit for Republican accomplishments – such as creating a government surplus. He has charts illustrating how the nation is heading down the tubes if it doesn’t get spending under control and warns that Social Security for him (at 46) and people younger will not look the same as it does today. Changes need to be made.

Not all his criticism is directed at Obama and liberal Democrats. Republicans, he says, will go nowhere unless they do a better job identifying what they are for – rather than what they are against.

Labrador doesn’t always let facts get in the way of good political rhetoric. One questioner asked why he has not cosponsored legislation that would help revive the U.S. Postal Service. He said the postal employees helped create the mess by signing off on a retirement plan that would help employees not even born yet. Actually, it was Congress that created the plan in 2006, bringing the Postal Service to the brink of bankruptcy.

But his explanation sounded good and his analysis of the federal deficit, and other issues, made sense. He promises to continue to “fight for less government, less spending, more accountability and … to fight for the people of Idaho.” (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)

Looking ahead at wilderness (Boise Statesman)
Measuring intelligence of bears at WSU (Lewiston Tribune)
Looking at Owyhee canyonlands (Nampa Press Tribune)
Otter's race complicated by Tea Party (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Pine Bowl alley closes down (Pocatello Journal)
Lots of new school principals in Magic Valley (TF Times News)

Eugene rehab center expands (Eugene Register Guard)
Mushroom harvest notably popular this year (KF Herald & News)
School safety program funded (KF Herald & News)
Prospect fire roars near Medford (Medford Tribune)
Southern Oregon summer heat hit records (Medford Tribune)
Boardman will consider funding fire station (Pendleton E Oregonian)
More felonies reported in Umatilla County (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Math, reading scored dampened by absenteeism (Portland Oregonian)
Richardson fields quries on campaign finance (Salem Statesman Journal)

Legislature, court battle again over schools (Everett Herald)
Gun measures divide WA law enforcement (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Neah Bay gets large dock project (Port Angeles News)
Olympic Peninsula gets more health plans (Port Angeles News)
Rural docs scramble for newly insured (Seattle Times)
Schools dealing with Common Core (Tacoma News Tribune)