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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) Idaho Air National Guard might move to Mtn Home (Boise Statesman) Wolf pups watched by biologist (Boise Statesman) Stillaguamish mudslide:

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MARKTRAHANT Austerity The Affordable Care Act is a grand promise. Basically it’s a complicated insurance mechanism that’s designed to reduce the number of uninsured Americans, including those who rely on the Indian health system. But one thing the ACA is not: Transparent. This is a critical flaw because we are near

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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) Treefort Music nearing profotability (Boise Statesman) Parking garages move toward auto-pay (Boise Stastesman) Stillaguamish mudslide toll

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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) Conservatives on pot legalization (Lewiston Tribune) Reviewing new ed budget (Nampa Press Tribune) Pumpers see resolution for Rangen call

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts Not all columns herein need to be lengthy to make a point. To prove ‘tis so, just consider this brief set of facts from the National Journal’s vote ratings of members of Congress. “For the third consecutive year, no Republican Senate member had a more liberal voting record that ANY D

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho Last week a veteran of Idaho Republican politics pitched to me a simple case for a big reason the outsider candidates – insurgent or Tea Party-aligned by other verbiage – are unlikely to do well in the May primary elections. The idea is that many pro-Republican voters do not self-identify as Rep

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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) Many pro-exchange legislators not primary-opposed (Boise Statesman) Many Idaho colleges will again raise tuition (Boise Statesman) SAT may

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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) Kuna plans for new school levy vote (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune) Legislature okayed one business tax measure (Boise Statesman) L

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Media hypocrisy and hysteria never cease to amaze. One should not be surprised to learn what low regard the general public has these days for journalists who all too often the public sees as editorializing instead of reporting. The bully pulpit the media has had for several generations i

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MARKTRAHANT Austerity Is it a foregone conclusion that the Senate will go Republican in November? That’s the talk coming from many strategists in both parties lately. On Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove said it’s “highly likely” that the Republicans take power. He said seven seats could shift to the GOP control in No

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts Bear with me a minute. This takes some background. From our little burg-in-the-Oregon woods going South on I-5 to the California border, it’s about 125 miles. Within the last half dozen years, four multi-lane bridges along the way have been replaced/rebuilt and smaller ones in the commun

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QUIET WATCHDOG Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has had a fairly good reputation, at least in some quarters, for watchdogging reporting and ethics issues in state government. But is that reputation inflated? The Associated Press has a powerful piece out about the agency’s deficiencies. Oddities in repor

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 Press confernce at the Skagit bridge. (photo/Washington Department of Transportation)  Collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon was the hot topic last week and into this one – even occurring as it did near the end of the week. I-5 is the major throughway for most people in Was

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles An edited excerpt from Chris Carlson’s new book, Medimont Reflections, about the idea of breaching Snake River dams – and the effect on Lewiston. Ed Chaney has been correct all along. So has my Columbia classmate, Pat Ford. From their first appearances before the Northwest Po

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We’ll be circumnavigating Idaho in the next week. All of which requires explanation. The travelers will be Chris Carlson, author of the new book Medimont Reflections, and Randy Stapilus, publisher of that book and co-author (with Martin Peterson) of the book Idaho 100. We’ll be traveling around Idaho, stopping a

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CARRELL’S PASSING Washington state Senator Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, who died earlier today of cancer complications, was one of the veterans of the legislature – a House member from his election in 1994, and a senator most of the years since. He was quick to call himself a conservative, but that did not mean int

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles One of the guiding principles for legislators and other elected officials is often summed up by the phrase “the greatest good for the greatest number.” Elected officials are lobbied by a variety of special interests who seek advantage for their respective enterprise by seeing a law o

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RANDYSTAPILUS The View from Here The Oregonian has been running a fine series – as of today, unfortunately, concluded – of interview pieces profiling the attitudes of various Oregonians about guns. Many of them have been enlightening and thoughtful, but a pairing of two of them shines a bright light on the

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts Like a lot of other things in our America these days, poverty ain’t what it used to be. It’s not where it used to be. It’s not who it used to be. And we in the West are among the prime statistical examples of the “new” poverty that seems to be under most [...]

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SCHOOL RAFFLE Truly strange, or it should be. Not a complaint against Middleton resident Phillip Allaire, who devised the plan, whose intent doubtless is the best, and probably should be commended for trying to held. But is this the best the Nampa School District, one of the largest in Idaho, can do? Here’s a descript

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RANDYSTAPILUS The IdahoColumn Idaho voters hate taxes so much they re-elect, and re-re-elect, legislators who (mostly) reflexively slap down anything with a sniff of tax about it. Here is what Idaho voters did on Tuesday: Approved, often by overwhelming margins, local tax increases or renewals. In the Vallivue School D

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 The collapsed Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River (photo/Washington Department of Transportation)  Maybe 100 yards from our house, a bridge we use regularly was replaced across a narrow river fork. The bridge was showing some signs of cracking and crumbling, and the need to do something about it was fairl

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts A few miles from our little burg-in-the-Oregon-woods, we’re witnessing an act of economic, civic and politically assisted suicide being committed by residents of Curry County. It’s a deliberate failure to shoulder local fiscal responsibility unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Especially

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MARKMENDIOLA Reports The Idahoans who called into U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s town hall teleconference Wednesday night, May 22, virtually all expressed concerns about the federal government’s increasingly intrusive actions that they fear are eroding their constitutional rights. The nation’s debt crisis, the Internal R

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RANDYSTAPILUS The View from Here Here’s one that sounds like a feel-good deal on the surface, and maybe will never be more than that … but opens the door, just a crAck, to something much larger. As John Lennon exhorted, imagine … For-profit corporations set up under a legal framework in which they are

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BOEING CUTS This is rough, and Boeing knows it – CEO Jim McNerny even compared himself to Darth Vader in making the announcement. It plans to end about 1,500 IT jobs in the Seattle area over the next few years. The larger picture isn’t looking wonderful, either; from the Patch.com: “McNerney said the compa

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GBAD STADIUM A baseball stadium on the edge of downtown Boise? Show me the parking … But there could be some potential. Portland has long had such a facility on the west side of its downtown (although that one has become a soccer venue) and Seattle long has had sports facilities on the south side [...]

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RANDYSTAPILUS West ofthe Cascades Among the many lessons of the Portland flouride vote concluding Tuesday was, as the Oregonian pointed out, this: Money does not always win elections; it more often follows a likey winner than dictates who one will be. The movement in favor – led by a city council that decided to

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Northwest Reading What’s it like to live in Idaho on the minimum wage? The people who actually have to do that don’t get a lot of media attention; they don’t heavily populate the ranks of broadcast spokesmen and interview subjects. We don’t hear from them much. Should be the job of news reporters to

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