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Posts published in “Day: February 26, 2015”

The blame is ours

rainey BARRETT


Our so-called “social media” has been filled in recent days with the totally embarrassing remarks of an Idaho Republican legislative troll during a public hearing the other day. And the state’s reputation took yet another prominent hit in the national media as it so often has in recent times.

This time the troll was Rep. Vito Barbieri of the crazy North Idaho Barbieri’s. Guy’s been elected three times because voters in his district all seem to come from the same shallow end of the gene pool and see nothing wrong. He’s a California transplant who says he’s a lawyer though he’s never taken the Idaho Bar exam. He eats his own shoe leather - regularly and publically - by inserting his foot in his mouth before engaging his brain.

This time, his question of a doctor testifying before an Idaho House committee - a woman doctor yet and in a very public hearing - was whether it would be possible to peek inside a woman’s vagina by putting a small camera down her throat. Now, if for some reason you haven’t heard this, I’m definitely not making this up. I swear!

The cherry on top of this dipstick? He’s a board member of a North Idaho pregnancy crisis group. How’d you like to have him answer the phone when your scared teenage daughter - or any daughter - was reaching out for help?

“Just swallow a little camera, Dear, and see if it’s all O.K. down there.”

Now, I grant the nation’s political bodies aren’t full of PhD’s. And not everyone who chooses to run for public office has the skills deemed necessary to tie both shoes. So, some political vacancies extant are filled in by ... well, let’s just say the “intellectually under-served.” Like a Barbieri.

Yes, he’s caught his share of embarrassing shots for the last week or so. Yet again. He’s even tried to say the question was “rhetorical.” Rhetorical? To which one could legitimately respond, “What the Hell’s the difference?” (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)

University adjuncts protest for better pay (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
More research into how sagebrush survive (Boise Statesman)
Lewiston police short on ammo supplies (Lewiston Tribune)
Legislators says 2nd amendment activists harassing (Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
Moscow-Pullman airport work near start (Moscow News)
Anti-bully measure introduced at legislature (Nampa Press Tribune)
Citizenship test bill runs into problems (Nampa Press Tribune)

Fewer hospitalist doctors available (Eugene Register Guard)
KCC leader will stay at Klamath (KF Herald & News)
Numbers of Oregon wolves on increase (KF Herald & News)
Kitzhaber's appointees halted at Senate (Medford Tribune)
Heavy absentees in Oregon schools may affect budgets (Medford Tribune)
Pendleton tries to create public database (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Legislators prepare to fund schools budget (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Economy looking good for eastern Oregon (Pendleton E Oregonian)
IRS looking into Kitzhaber finances too (Portland Oregonian)
The difficulties of prosecuting bike theives (Portland Oregonian)
Vaccine requirement bill meeting canceled (Salem Statesman Journal)

Some health insurance recipients overbilled (Bremerton Sun)
About grizzly bear restoration efforts (Everett Herald)
Lovick delivers state of Snohomish speech (Everett Herald)
Inslee doesn't talk taxes to air industry leaders (Everett Herald)
Longview community house has financial trouble (Longview News)
Impacts of low-snow winter on power weighed (Longview News)
Discussing costs of legislator travel (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Olympia courts might move to downtown (Olympian)
Feds study new arco protections (Port Angeles News)
Seattle downtown workers using more non-car transit (Seattle Times)
Microsoft managers fires over expenses (Seattle Times)
Gig Harbor tax activists want vote on building (Tacoma News Tribune)
Still more about 'In God we trust' (Vancouver Columbian)