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Posts published in “Day: January 21, 2015”

Pay-for state-ofs

frazier DAVID


President Obama is headed for Boise in the next few days. His speech — a follow up to the “state of the union” — will be free, even if it doesn’t include the infamous “rubber chicken” or snacks.

Imagine the uproar if the Governor or the President delivered a “state of the state” or “state of the union” address as a fund-raiser and charged for seating. That’s the plan for Treasure Valley mayors in coming weeks.

Seems the mayors of Treasure Valley have simply forgotten their roots–with the exception of Garret Nancolas of Caldwell. They are planning to address the citizens about public issues, talk about spending public money, and charge the citizens to hear them at an inconvenient time for the average worker. Nancolas’ speech is free.

Bob Henry of Nampa, Tammy de Weerd of Meridian, and Eagle’s Jim Reynolds all have scheduled “State of The City” speeches and they expect citizens to PAY to hear them expound on their goals and accomplishments. Sure, if you want to be a cheapskate or simply can’t afford lunch you can sit in the corner for free.

The GUARDIAN has bitched about the practice and the fund raiser nature for years, especially in Boise where 1,000 businessmen, contractors, and other beneficiaries gather for a breakfast where it costs $40 a plate–yielding a gross of $40,000 for the special interest business lobbying group called the Chamber of Commerce. (The only reason there is free seating at all is due to prior GUARDIAN posts). (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)

Obama will visit BSU tech laboratory (Boise Statesman)
Rep. Andrus and the salamander bill (Pocatello Journal)
Obama will meet with wife of jailed pastor (TF Times News)

Lane county reports measles (Eugene Register Guard)
Utility district wants leader back, he won't come (Eugene Register Guard)
Hospital board members rescind resignation (KF Herald & News)

Port Prchard spots grill closes (Bremerton Sun)
Ferry game failures upset Kitsap (Bremerton Sun)
Pro-life rally draws statehouse crowd (Olympian)
State official delay avian flu quarantine (Port Angeles News)
Final trip planned for Kalakala (Tacoma News Tribune)
Bill would require local pot bans win votes (Tacoma News Tribune)
Goldendale considers its pot future (Yakima Herald Republic)