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Posts published in “Day: November 15, 2014”

There are multitudes

idaho RANDY

When market analysts such as politicians need insight into how people really view something, they often convene a focus group.

Last week I sought out something like that, consisting of party-line Republican Idaho voters. The 19 responses were enough (together with a collection of comments from a range of other sources) to tell me this much: The 220,000 or more (more in a presidential year) who vote down-the-line Republican in Idaho arrive at that result not by any one, but in variety of ways.

First, thanks to all who responded. I'll honor the requests for anonymity from a number of respondents; I will say that none of them were familiar to me or are well-known public figures. Eight of the 19 didn't specifically meet the terms of the request: They broke from the Republican ticket once or twice, mostly in the superintendent of public instruction race, but also for governor and secretary of state. The explanations for the vote were usually specific, several about as lengthy as this column.

Detail wasn't absent from all down-the-line respondents. One said of GOP superintendent candidate Sherri Ybarra: “much more complete in the debates and showed her concern about educating the WHOLE child. She understands the use of money and how best to use in to get the most out of what she is given. She will not just have her hand out. She will fit in with the Republican Legislators and the land board.” Of Lawerence Denny for secretary of state: “This was a tough one for me. Reason, experience and land board.” Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter: “I've been disappointed at times. Idaho taking on the Federal mandated Insurance exchange for one. Balukoff ran a one issue race on more money for education without answers.”

Some respondents clearly had followed the campaigns, but there seemed a gap: Was it just coincidence that all their choices went to one party?

Most of the all-R voters, however, focused on the nature of the parties.

One seemed to focus on President Obama: “Considering the Republican tide that swept the country on Nov 4, with Obama stating he wasn’t on the ballot but his policies were; a vote for any Democrat was a vote for Obama’s policies. Idaho voters priorities were in step with the country and were clearly shown. Stop Obama’s policies!!!” (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)

Heavy snow falls on Treasure Valley (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Eagle former energy firm execs accused of stock scan (Boise Statesman)
Idaho health insurance exchange re-gears up (IF Post Register)
Board of Ed passes revised tiered teacher licensing (IF Post Register)
Lewiston school board may try local sales tax (Lewiston Tribune)
Stretch of earth between Moscow-Pullman moving (Moscow News)
Ethanol plant may be built in Canyon (Nampa Press Tribune)
Post workers protest Pocatello closure (Pocatello Journal)

New business workshop starts in KF (KF Herald & News)
Backers of KF research district collect signatures (KF Herald & News)
Measure 92 opponents lead, but by only 5k (Medford Tribune)
Britt Music Festival drops art director job (Medford Tribune)
Heavy snowfall in eastern Oregon (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton will try again on $10m bond plan (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla Co plans vote on pot tax (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wehby sought out state Health Authority job (Portland Oregonian)
No-firearms orders often not followed (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon health insurance enrollment starts (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Marysville shooting recorded on audio (Everett Herald)
Weyerhauser invests heavily in Longview operations (Longview News)
Washington health insurance season begins (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Building company owes $1.8 in Thurston property tax (Olympian)
Clark jail plans better mental health services (Vancouver Columbian)
Hazel Dell activist Van Cleve dies (Vancouver Columbian)
Many vacant spaces in downtown Yakima (Yakima Herald Republic)