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Posts published in “Day: November 18, 2014”

The rural view

malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

Elections are over, but the groaning continues from the “enlightened” elite, which saw beloved Democrats get kicked in the teeth.

Conventional “enlightened” wisdom is that those ignorant hicks in rural Idaho didn’t know what they were doing. If unenlightened rural folk read the Idaho Statesman, the flagship paper of the Great State of Ada, they surely would have voted for Democrat A.J. Balukoff as governor. Better informed people also would have voted for Jana Jones as state superintendent of public instruction, Holli Woodings as secretary of state and Deborah Silver as state treasurer. I’ve also heard speculation that Democrats lost because they failed to field quality candidates in this cycle.

Hogwash. Rural Idahoans knew exactly what they were doing on Election Day and the Democratic ticket was plenty strong. The only problem with Democrats is they were from the wrong party; people in rural Idaho simply don’t trust Democrats. State Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale, a former congressional staff member of Helen Chenoweth, says the “enlightened” few have it all wrong.

“People in rural Idaho are well educated and very independent, and that’s why we live here,” she said. “We like coming up with our own ideas, doing our own research and we don’t need to receive a daily paper with liberal tripe telling us how to think.”

With few exceptions, rural Idahoans think Democrats belong in California, or the East Coast – but not in any position of authority in Idaho. As Boyle explains, Democrats tend to be for gun control and more taxes, and liberal concepts such as Common Core and Obamacare.
Voters from Idaho’s heartland knew little about State Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra, who had the closest race of the night. “But they figured an ‘R’ was better than a ‘D,’” Boyle said. Rural Idahoans were not about to go against Secretary of State-elect Lawerence Denney of Midvale, who was about as rural as a candidate can get.

“He’s a farmer and he’s not afraid to say, ‘I believe in the Lord, believe in the family and believe in our country,’” Boyle said. “Those are basic Idaho principles.”

Abortion, gay marriage and gun control – staples of the Democratic platform – are not among the basic principles in rural Idaho.

Boyle celebrated the GOP’s victory in the mid-term elections, saying “the American people figured out what was going on.” But she is not pleased to see another four years of Gov. Butch Otter, which Boyle said has produced “backroom deals, the whole dang thing with the prisons, the (Idaho Education Network), the crony capitalism that is going on.”

Boyle’s friends and neighbors saw the “good-old-boy” side of Otter. “He goes around, slaps everybody on the back and has a drink with them,” Boyle said. “People don’t know how vindictive he is, how hateful he is and how he says one thing and does the totally opposite.”

But those factors didn’t come into play on Election Day, and it probably would not have made a difference if news about the IEN’s broadband contract came out before the election. All that mattered was that Otter had an “R” by his name.

To rural Idahoans, a flawed Republican governor is far better than the best candidate that Democrats can field.

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)

Gayle Steel plant plans to expand into Caldwell (Boise Statesman)
Boise weather records falling (Boise Statesman)
Molenaar jewelers will close with retirement (Boise Statesman)
Poverty, low incomes in Salmon (IF Post Register)
Idahoans are heavy water users (IF Post Register)
County won't get into aquatic center head firing (Lewiston Tribune)
Palouse changes rule on animals in residences (Moscow News)
Inslee plans tax on carbon pollution (Moscow News)
Idaho schools running in broadband loss trouble (Moscow News)
Ice persists on Canyon Co roads (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa plans library opening for March 14 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho health insurance exchange goes smoothly (Nampa Press Tribune)
More whooping cough cases seen (Pocatello Journal)
Grand Targhee, Pomerelle ski areas opening (Pocatello Journal)
Some consider closing Idaho Medicaid gap (TF Times News)
After embezzlement, CSI changes finance controls (TF Times News)

Springfield looks to grow into Goshen (Eugene Register Guard)
UO donors may encourage nursing degrees (Eugene Register Guard)
Sea star due off attributed to virus (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath commissioners get blowback on water deal (KF Herald & News)
Richardson reviews campaign, money (Medford Tribune)
Bob Jenson wraps 18 years in Salem (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Some Pendleton area roads in rough shape (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla co okays 50% pot tax (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wyden timber bill splits environmentalists (Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap hospicer changes leadership group (Bremerton Sun)
Hot Springs Road reopens after 3 years (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish County offers alternative budget plan (Everett Herald)
Cowlitz has state's highest heoin death rate (Longview News)
Trial ahead on in-jail deaths (Longview News)
Old Olympia brewery at Tumwater gets new owner (Olympian)
Sea star die off attribured to virus (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Driver said too have caused Skagit bridge collapse (Olympian)
Union Bank cut three branches on Peninsula (Port Angeles News)
Inslee plans more environmental legislation (Seattle Times)
Avista offers site for museum (Spokane Spokesman)
New convention hotel nearly done at Spokane (Spokane Spokesman)
No problems with reopening of Idaho exchange (Spokane Spokesman)
More sheriff cuts approved at Pierce Co (Tacoma News Tribune)
Class size issue creates budget conflict (Vancouver Columbian)
Oil terminal mail misstates finances (Vancouver Columbian)