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Posts published in “Day: March 4, 2015”

The Hindu prayer

frazier DAVID


Looks like the Ada County Highway District isn’t the only governmental body making headlines based on religious prayer to open meetings.

With its history of accepting free trips to Turkey from the Islamic-based Gulen Society, it is no surprise the Idaho Senate is set to open its Tuesday session with a Hindu Mantra–according to a press release we received from Rajan Zed who bills himself as “President of Universal Society of Hinduism.”

We assume the release is legit since it included the image of Zed and appeared to come from him. When we did some additional research (Google), it looked like he has enjoyed a vast amount of prior publicity forcing legislative bodies to hear his Hindu invocation. Most notable was on July 12, 2007, when he appeared at the United States Senate as its guest Chaplain to the dismay of some Christians who were arrested. (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)

At Senate's Hindu prayer, partial GOP walkout (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
UI student dean resigns after 2 months (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Washington may raise minimum wage to $12 (Lewiston Tribune)
Boater say 'poison pill' in Deer Flat plan (Nampa Press Tribune)
Little action on road funding legislation (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho may get March presidential primary (TF Times News)
Should state try to recoup IEN payments? (TF Times News)

Oil pipeline protest at Eugene brings artists (Eugene Register Guard)
Bill would let workers discuss salaries (Eugene Register Guard)
'In God We Trust' motto opponent gets death threat (KF Herald & News)
Gold Hill city hall cameras watching employees (Medford Tribune)
Aryan gang may get plea agreement (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Why gas prices rose so fast lately (Portand Oregonian)
Unemployment rate falls again to 6.3% (Salem Statesman Journal)

Very low snowpack around Washington (Bellingham Herald)
Adele Ferguson of Bremerton Sun dies (Bremerton Sun)
House votes for $12 minimum wage bill (Spokane Spokedsman, Vancouver Columbian, Bremerton Sun, Olympian)
Flu kills 9 people in Snohomish (Everett Herald)
Big pay boost for Lacey manager (Olympian)
Local lawmakers oppose gas tax (Port Angeles News)
Moneytree pushes to weaken state loaning laws (Seattle Times)
Why gas prices rose so fast lately (Tacoma News Tribune)
Plans for five waterfront blocks released (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima Clerk, commissioners battle rages (Yakima Herald Republic)