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Posts published in “Day: September 17, 2014”

Idaho’s own political dynasty

peterson MARTIN

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns’ series on the Roosevelts. They were the most influential American political dynasty of the twentieth century, which is something when you consider that we also had the Kennedys and the Bushes.

But Idaho has had its own political dynasty. A family that, by nearly any measure, has been the most influential political family in Idaho’s relatively brief history. Even those who have heard of it are generally not aware of its extent. It is a family tree that, examined in detail, includes such notables as Governors Robert Smylie and Cecil Andrus and Senator Frank Church. It is also a family that, while heavily Democratic, also includes some influential Republicans.

The tree begins with the arrival of Joseph Addison Clark in Idaho in 1885. He became the first mayor of Idaho Falls, serving from 1900-02. He ran unsuccessfully for governor on the Prohibition ticket in 1904. Two of his sons, Barzilla and Chase, also served as mayors of Idaho Falls. He had a third son, David, who did not hold elective office, but needs to be mentioned because of others in his line of the Clark family who did become major players in state and national politics.

Barzilla Clark served two terms on the Idaho Falls city council and was elected mayor in 1913, serving a single term. He was elected governor in 1936 and served a single two-year term. His daughter Lois married Merlin Young, who served as a state district judge before being appointed federal bankruptcy judge for Idaho. The Young’s daughter Patricia, a state magistrate judge, married Byron Johnson, and Idaho supreme court justice.

Chase Clark served two terms in the Idaho legislature representing Custer County. When his brother Barzilla resigned as mayor of Idaho Falls to become governor, Chase succeeded him as mayor. He was elected governor in 1942 and served a single two-year term. Following his term as governor, he was appointed to the U.S. District Court by President Roosevelt. His daughter Bethine married Boise attorney Frank Church, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1956 and served through 1980. The Church’s son, Chase, was married to Kelly Andrus, daughter of Governor Cecil Andrus and they have two children. (more…)

Jeanne Buell’s ads

carlson CHRIS


Few Idahoans know Jeanne Buell. She lives outside Worley, just off of Highway 95 as one heads south towards Plummer. She is the vice chair of the Idaho Democratic Party, has long labored in the trenches working hard to advance the principles that guide Democrats. She tells-it-like-it-is mincing no words, thereby endearing herself because of candor.

She has decided its time to hang up the bridle and put the saddle on a saw horse. She wants to spend more time with her grandchildren. As she exits, though, she is taking one last shot at the idiocy of Idaho Republicans who are being led down the path to mediocrity by a governor and a legislature unbelievably out-of-touch with the real world.

She conceived and is the driving force behind four “generic” ads demonstrating how bad things are in Idaho. At her own expense she paid for the script writing and production of the ad concepts, had dozens of dvd’s made and sent them off to numerous political action committees (PAC’s) pointing out what an inexpensive media buy the markets that cover Idaho are.

Jeanne is inviting these PAC’s to “invest in Idaho” where a little bit of money can go a long ways, i.e., they’ll have a much better return on their investment and can really make a difference.

Working with her good friend, former Kootenai county State Senator MaryLou Reed, they came up with four generic ads lampooning and spearing several of the mind-boggling pieces of legislation passed in the last session and signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Following all the applicable rules, Jeanne is also making the generic ads available to Democratic candidates in Idaho who can easily “Idahoize” the ads and get them on the airwaves.

The first ad goes after the mentality that saw passage of the “Ag/Gag” law. Set aside that the courts will declare this one unconstitutional. Just imagine the reactions of others across this nation, especially the numerous dog and cat owners. It was easy to find on YouTube footage of a dog being beaten to death, a cat being tortured, a horse being starved. The narrator (a former North Idaho Collge prof) says “in Idaho the person filming this travesty is guilty of a greater crime than the one committing the travesty. Whose interests does this serve?” (more…)

On the front pages


The blitz fire at Weed in California was a major news story around the Northwest, not only in the newspapers around southwest Oregon (the communities around Medford are only about an hour away, and quickly sent a good deal of help southward) but also further away. The super-hot and super-fast blaze wiping out about 100 buildings hit close to home in a northwest that has seen its share of wildfires this summer, including a number edging uncomfortably close to communities. And isn't done with its wildfires yet.

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)

PERSI recipients getting a pay bump (Boise Statesman)
Boise city, Community House end lawsuit (Boise Statesman)
Ybarra campaign struggling (IF Post Register)
IF council starts strategic planning (IF Post Register)
Schweitzer Laboratories, Pullman, has new CEO (Lewiston Tribune)
Big board changes on board of St. Joe's (Lewiston Tribune)
Labrador bill hit police militarization (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bear Lake dress code under dispute (Pocatello Journal)
Ketchum city urges easing back on wolves (TF Times News)
Magic Valley 911 dispatch has high turnover (TF Times News)

Eugene sets heat record this summer (Eugene Register Guard)
Battle over sick leave may go statewide (Eugene Register Guard)
Salmon at Klamath face die-off (KF Herald & News)
Weed wildfire wipes out town (Medford Tribune)
Campaign to register voters launched (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla set adult business moratorium (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oracle tries to move case to federal court (Portland Oregonian)
Efforts increase to contain Estacada fire (Portland Oregonian)
Estimate: third of area homeless mentally ill (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton considers restoring ML King road (Bremerton Sun)
Salaries go up for Kitsap Transit (Bremerton Sun)
Big pot operation at Kelso busted (Longview News)
Cowlitz County will watch coal dust from trains (Longview News)
Retail pot in WA beginning to prosper (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Thurston County may see budget freeze (Olympian)
Move of Enchanted Chalet completed (Port Angeles News)
Seattle considers building tax for affordables (Seattle Times)
New railroad bridge sought at Sandpoint (Spokane Spokesman)
A co-UW/WSU med school partnership? (Spokane Spokesman)
Clark County makes new fireworks zones (Vancouver Columbian)
Cantwell blasts 'Redskins' name (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima's council backs election by district (Yakima Herald Republic)