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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington Rob McKenna, the former attorney general who narrowly lost his bid for governor in 2012 to now-incumbent Jay Inslee, has been sending out periodic missives on the foibles of Olympia, taking aim most generally (as you’d expect) at the Democrats, including his former opponent. His email from la

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 The Northwest’s newest member of Congress, Dan Newhouse (third from left) of Washington’s 4th district, is sworn into office by House Speaker John Boehner. (photo/Office of Representative Newhouse)   Here comes the legislature – over the next week. That means different things in the three states. In Washing

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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) Previewing Otter state of state (Boise Statesman) Profiling new chair Luker (Boise Statesman) Looking at 2015 session in Idaho (Lewiston T

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts Hate mail on the ol’ I-net keeps hitting new highs. Or lows. For several years, the target was Pres. Obama, his wife, kids and any non-white person supporting the President. Told a number of my friends to knock it off. Lost several. Now the target I see most is Muslims. Any Muslim. Since

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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) Business group predicts increased road funding (Boise Statesman) Profiling Dean Mortimer, on JFAC and chairing ed (Boise Statesman) Shooti

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho It’s an old, old phrase: The governor proposes, the legislature disposes. Seems to go back a century or so at least. It’s worth considering in the coming week, as Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter makes his pitch at proposing. The question after that will relate to disposition of those ideas

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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) Dixie case returned to Canyon County (Boise Statesman) Profiling energy chair Thompson (IF Post Register) DOE won’t protest state fi

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  A time lapse video in Portland. Share on Facebook

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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) Committee chair profiling Barbieri, House Business (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune) Mayor says Idaho Falls growth con

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Northwest Reading Today we’re releasing 100 Influential Idahoans 2015 (see the box above) which is about what it says: The 100 most influential Idahoans, at present. Or, more or less. I make the point in its introduction – though little attention may be paid – that the book essentially is about the sources

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho When market analysts such as politicians need insight into how people really view something, they often convene a focus group. Last week I sought out something like that, consisting of party-line Republican Idaho voters. The 19 responses were enough (together with a collection of comments from a ran

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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) Heavy snow falls on Treasure Valley (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News) Eagle former energy firm execs accused of stock

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts If you think national government has been unresponsive to our national needs for the last several years, get used to it. ‘Cause you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet! Unresponsiveness is about to hit a new, record low. “Whoa, there Rainey,” you say. “Yeah, that was pretty much a Republica

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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) Southern Idaho hit by snow storm (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News) Reviewing next round on Idaho hea

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MARTINPETERSON  On election day, while many Idahoans visited their polling places, I was 7000 miles away on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. For Jews, Temple Mount, the former location of their two historic temples, is their holiest site. For Muslims, the mount contains the Dome of the Rock and al- Aksa Mosque, the third hol

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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) ACHD supports new Collister connection (Boise Statesman) Wolf reintroduction debate continues (IF Post Register) 16 INL wrks exposed to ra

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Dear CH— You commented recently on your Facebook page how courageous you thought the young 29-year-old California woman was that moved to Oregon and availed herself of Oregon’s Doctor assisted suicide law on November 1st. With all due respect to your right to hold a differing vie

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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) Dubois scrambles with possible sheep station closure (Boise Statesman) State broadband contract killed in court (Boise Statesman, IF Post

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Ten years ago this month, a cardiologist told me I was a prime candidate for dropping dead at any moment because my heart was clogging up, as if Elmer’s glue was flowing through my veins. I checked into the hospital the next day, and doctors were cracking open my chest for a five-way […]

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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) Collister/State interchange may be shifted (Boise Statesman) Clarkston asked to ‘ban the ban’ on pot (Lewiston Tribune) Moscow

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W. SCOTTJORGENSEN Conversations with Atiyeh In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s very easy to forget that we are living tomorrow’s history. It’s also easy to forget that there are historical figures among us, whose wisdom awaits those who seek it. I came to this realization last year. One of Oregon

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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 gay marriage ban falls at 9th circuit (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Poca

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts The time has come to say it. So here goes. Government employment – especially federal – has, in too many cases, become a haven from the unemployment lines for too damned many people. In addition, holding elective office – especially federal – has become a haven for

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Two things are certain to come from this year’s race for superintendent of public instruction. One, a woman will occupy one of Idaho’s constitutional offices since Donna Jones was elected controller in 2006. Secondly, Tom Luna will ride out of office after eight years – which is good news to

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The biggest story on regional front pages today was the Supreme Court’s decision not to decide a batch of appeals from various circuit courts on same-sex marriage; the tenor of headlines throughout was that the court had in effect set a nearly-inevitable path toward such marriages nationally. The impact was varied amo

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Political debates are rarely enlightening or much of a factor in a voter’s thought process before voting. The October 3rd gubernatorial debate in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library was a delightful exception. Ever since I read a UCLA study on debates (Among its major findings was that

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Biggest regional story today not on this list: Reports (from unnamed sources) that Hewlett Packard is on the verge of splitting itself into two companies, which seems to be a favored response for some businesses operating in tough environments. The story was strongly noted in Seattle, but also at Boise and Corvallis, each o

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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington Would be interesting to know who was the cool head who came up with the idea of ending the impending war between the University of Washington and Washington State University over medical education, and developing a powerful alliance of the two instead. Whoever it was, it was a smart move. UW ha

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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) Looking at BSU tuition increases and costs (Boise Statesman) Scientists go to work on wildfires (Boise Statesman) Reviewing teacher certif

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho All 105 Idaho state legislative seats are up for election next month, and if that was all you knew, you might assume wholesale change at next year’s session. The legislature isn’t all that popular, right? There will be, of course, few changes. Many seats are unchallenged, or barely chall

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