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Posts published in “Day: February 4, 2015”

Timing is everything

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Boise
Guardian

Once again, Cynthia Sewell at the DAILY PAPER has shown the “power of the press.”

Idaho Horse Racing Commission director Frank Lamb resigned his position following Sewell’s disclosure of his dual role as a regulator in Idaho while simultaneously acting as a paid lobbyist advocating the slot machines in Wyoming.

Lamb’s job fell under the Department of State Police.

At issue was the practice of gambling on casino-like slot machines and calling them “instant racing or historical racing.” The GUARDIAN has declared them to be slot machines for several years and at the beginning of this year’s legislative session many lawmakers agreed.

There is a bill, presented by Idaho Indian tribes, seeking to repeal the 2013 approval of electronic gaming on horse races on the machines. Some legislators say they were “duped or hoodwinked,” into approving the machines because the machines in place are not the same as those approved in 2013.

On the front pages

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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)

Harvard innovation lab head comes to BSU (Boise Statesman)
Institute of Medicine says potatoes are healthy (Boise Statesman)
Measles outbreak under scrutiny (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bill to move money from urban renewal to schools (Nampa Press Tribune)
Caldwell state of city address delivered (Nampa Press Tribune)
Guns on campus costing money at universities (Pocatello Journal)
Male-female wage gap lessens in Idaho (Pocatello Journal)
More state funding sought for wolf kills (TF Times News)
Idaho dairies won't lose permits for waste dumping (TF Times News)

At Eugene, another packed hearing on marijuana (Eugene Register Guard)
Second deadly bacteria instance at UO (Eugene Register Guard)
Are gas projects undermined by cheap oil? (KF Herald & News)
Jackson may set up wolf compensation program (KF Herald & News)
Hearing draws strong reaction on Medford casino (Medford Tribune)
White City could become major pot center (Medford Tribune)
Local legislators take their seats (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton still grapples with pot regulation (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Gas now cheaper than bottled water (Portland Oregonian)
Cities want to regulate, tax pot (Portland Oregonian)
About the hiring of Salem's new bridge builder (Salem Statesman Journal)

State bill would end daylight savings time (Bremerton Sun, Longview News)
Legislators consider changes to fiscal initiatives (Everett Herald)
Murray concerned over Hanford budget cuts (Kennewick Herald)
Newcomer named head of Cowlitz humane socity (Longview News)
Kelso's violence crime diminished (Longview News)
Olympia considers joining Sound Transit train system (Olympian)
Military personnel barred from pot shops (Port Angeles News)
UW President Young heads to Texas A&M (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune)
Enrollment in state health exchange slips (Seattle Times)
Tights oil by rail rules proposed for state (Spokane Spokesman)
Ruston considers development annexation (Tacoma News Tribune)
Murray plans to push for Obama's budget (Vancouver Columbian)
Critics of La Center casino file appeal (Vancouver Columbian)
Civil rights violations noted in Yakima schools (Yakima Herald Republic)
Still progress on downtown Yakima hotel (Yakima Herald Republic)