From Eye on Boise quotes respected political forecast site “Sabato Crystal Ball“: ““Those looking for a sleeper race this year ought to take a look at Idaho,” Crystal Ball managing editor Kyle Klondik wrote. “In his quest for a third term, Gov. Butch Otter (R) really struggled in his primary, getting only 51% of the vote, and we’ve heard from some sources there that he could be vulnerable. Apparently, Otter is having trouble unifying his party, and deep-pocketed challenger A.J. Balukoff, a conservative Democrat who said he voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, might give disaffected Republicans an alternative (a Libertarian is also running).” More here.
Question: Obviously, the Otter camp is worried — or it wouldn't be hiding behind IACI hit ads & tweets, as well as the Republican Governors' Association, right?
Gov. Butch Otter & friends will be invading Coeur d'Alene in two days for a debate at the library community center room. I'm sure Jimmy Mac & Co. have everything under control as we move toward another gubernatorial election. The voters should begin awakening from their slumber to start paying attention. Or mebbe they'll simply vote straight ticket rather than think for themselves. Who knows? A number of favored candidates on the state, legislative and courthouse ballots are scary. But the shire will endure. Now for today's Wild Card …
“If a guy comes and wants to sell hot dogs and asks us what the rules and regulations are, there aren't any,” says Coeur d'Alene city council member Dan Gookin. Gookin says it was only after seeing someone selling knives next to a school that he realized the city can do nothing about mobile vendors. There is no ordinance governing them and that is something he's hoping to change. “There's a price of doing business in the city, unless you're a mobile merchant,” says Gookin. The city is hosting a public workshop on October 1st to discuss the possibility of an ordinance that would regulate mobile vendors, for reasons Gookin says is simple public safety but also fairness. “At the end of the season these guys just pull up their stakes and then they're gone, but the brick and mortar guys are still here, they're fighting for that business,” says Gookin/Victor Correa, KHQ. More here.
From city spokesman Keith Erickson: “What do you picture when you think of a great community? We want to know! In recognition of National Community Planning Month in October, the city of Coeur d’Alene is sponsoring a “What Makes Places Great” photo contest all month long. Send us photos that you feel best represent the city and make this a great place to live or visit.” Winning entry will win a free lunch with Mayor Steve Widmyer. More here.
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Texas coach Charlie Strong met with embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last Sunday and the two concluded that college coaches need to do more to prepare their players. Goodell has faced heightened scrutiny in the wake of a number of recent domestic violence scandals, most notably that involving Ray Rice and accusations that the NFL did not adequately investigate the incident or punish the player involved. Strong said that colleges were sending players of questionable character to the NFL. On Tuesday the head coaches at Washington’s two FBS programs offered dissenting opinions/Jacob Thorpe, SR. (SR photo: Mike Leach says any player who hits a female would be dismissed immediately at WSU)
Question: Who's to blame for the bad behavior of professional football players — the NFL or the colleges that nurtured them?
Police chasing after doughnuts — am I stuck in one of Uncle Larry’s jokes? No, not this time: Someone stole a van full of doughnuts and led police on a merry chase for it through Portland, OR, before cops were able to apprehend the suspect and make him drop a pilfered pastry he was apparently munching on during the pursuit. No doughnut left behind. According to FOX 12 Oregon, a delivery driver from a local doughnut store had stopped his van at one point to make a delivery, leaving it unlocked with the keys inside. With such tantalizing treats sitting there for the taking, the van was stolen at some point. Police caught up with the vehicle, turning on the flashing lights to pull it over, but the driver instead sped off with officials chasing after/Consumerist. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes: Bacon maple bars from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland are shown)
Question: Why do we have the impression that cops eat a lot of doughnuts?
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to improve the Spokane River’s water quality. Now state regulators say it’s time to ensure that the urban waterway has enough flow to support healthy fish populations and recreational uses. To help achieve that goal, the state Department of Ecology has drafted rules for how much water should flow in the river. They would apply to Spokane County and part of Stevens County. “It’s kind of like a water right for the public,” said Guy Gregory, a hydrogeologist for the Ecology Department. “It protects the surface water uses the public has an interest in.” Public comment will be accepted on the proposal through Nov. 7, with a decision expected by January. But critics already say the agency’s proposal isn’t adequate/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: Gregory Arut fishes on a tranquil portion of the Spokane River on Tuesday south of Nine Mile Falls)
Question: Are you concerned that Washington is drafting flow rules for the Spokane River?
In this March 29, 2012, AP file photo, Floyd “Creeky” Creekmore puts on his makeup before a performance in Billings, Mont. Creekmore, the world's oldest clown, died Saturday night of complications from heart disease at his home in Billings, Mont. He was 98. Story here. (AP file photo: Matthew Brown)
Facts: A pair of tandem surfers catch a wave at the Surf City Dog Surf competition Sunday in Huntington Beach, Calif. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register: Ana Venegas)
Tuesday Winner — Charlie, with 7 likes: “Pull my finger, you'll get a bang out of it.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Top House Republicans Lawerence Denney and Mike Moyle are trying to oust their own Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts from the Legislature by directing thousands to a political action committee that supports Roberts' opponent in Tuesday's primary. GUNPAC, a pro-2nd Amendment PAC, endorsed Roberts' District 8 foe, John Blattler. Denney, the House speaker, gave GUNPAC $10,000 via a House GOP leadership political action committee he controls. Moyle, the majority leader, chipped in another $5,000. Moyle said Tuesday that Roberts opposes him in leadership, so he's trying to get him ousted/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: And you really want Lawerence Denney to be your next secretary of state?
According to a personal finance website, Idaho is the 12th best state in the nation to be a teacher. Let’s take a closer look at the Wallethub.com survey, and the results. First off, what is Wallethub.com? Based in Washington, D.C., Wallethub.com touts itself as “the Web’s best personal finance resource.” Wallethub calls itself “a one-stop destination for all the tools and information consumers and small business owners need to make better financial decisions and save money.” What about the No. 12 ranking? It’s a mixed bag, because the site ranks the states on two broad categories. What’s the good news? The site ranks Idaho No. 3 for what it calls “opportunity and competition.” … What’s the bad news? Idaho ranked No. 38 for its “academic and work environment/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.
Question: Now do you know why Wallethub.com ranks Idaho as the 12th best state to be a teacher?
The Republican Governors Association has launched an attack ad against A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, calling him “a typical politician” who wants to raise taxes and “a perfect fit for California, wrong for Idaho.” Balukoff, a longtime Idahoan and Boise businessman, has served 17 years as an unpaid elected member of the Boise School Board, but other than that has never held political office. He’s running against GOP Gov. Butch Otter, who has held public office since the ‘70s and is one of Idaho’s longest-serving politicians. Otter has served eight years as governor, six as a congressman, 14 as lieutenant governor and four years in the Legislature in the 1970s/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Um, which side has the “typical politician”?
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who do not have breast cancer and those who do. A subcategory exists for those who do: The people who don't know it yet. For the first week of October 2013, and likely months or even years before that, my wife, Tana, was in that subcategory. Whatever circumstances bring on a tumor, they were at work in her body, and we did not have a clue. She did regular self-exams but wasn't a big fan of medical visits and tests. Even though her sister is a breast cancer survivor and her aunt died following a bout with a variety of illnesses, including breast cancer, Tana and lots of others dread going to the doctor. Octobers and Breast Cancer Awareness Months rolled by like the train of time, never stopping to invite her aboard. Who wants a ticket for that trip?/Opinion Editor Robert Ehlert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question (for the Women of HucksOnline): Do you undergo regular screenings for breast cancer?
Jim Ackerman didn't make the trip to downtown Coeur d'Alene very often last summer. The lack of parking spots close to Sherman Avenue businesses was enough to keep the 68-year-old Ackerman - who is recovering from hip surgery — away. Before the summer months, Ackerman said, there were multiple options for parking for those with disabilities both on Sherman Avenue and its intersecting streets. However, according to interim City Administrator Troy Tymesen, renovations to downtown streets triggered compliance issues with updated Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines that forced the city to remove the spots. “I understand why they might have that kind of policy in other cities, but we're talking about the small town of Coeur d'Alene,” Ackerman said. “Unfortunately there's quite a few people my age that need the handicapped parking close to the stores or businesses they are trying to get to”/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)
This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)
Question: Are you concerned that an Ebola outbreak could take place in this country?
John Bujak, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, is making the effort to pull off the biggest political upset since Jesse “The Body” Ventura went from the wrestling ring to governor of Minnesota. But if he doesn't win, he'd be fine if Democrat A.J. Balukoff did. As Bujak sees it, four years of gridlock from a Democratic administration would be preferable to electing Gov. Butch Otter to a third term in office. “After so many years, being in government for so long and now running for a third term, he's simply out of touch,” Bujak said. “And he has turned a blind eye to the corruption going on in his administration.” Although Bujak prefers Balukoff over Otter, that's hardly an endorsement for the Democratic candidate. Bujak offers himself as a “conservative alternative” to Otter and a choice for disgruntled Republicans. He's also trying to appeal to independents that are fed up with the two major parties/Chuck Malloy, former Idaho Statesman opinion editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question (for Independents): Does Bujak interest you as a Libertarian candidate for governor?
The U.S. Forest Service could not have done a better job blowing out the candles on the National Wilderness Act's 50th birthday cake if it had tried. Rather than focusing on this uniquely American endeavor — no other nation on Earth has preserved portions of the natural world untouched by civilization - it has decided to reinforce every possible negative wilderness stereotype:
Fueling those impressions is a Forest Service directive that - until it blew up last week - was on its way toward transforming the agency into the arbiter of news coverage in those areas. Anything that was not breaking news, an interim rule four years in the making said, was commercial photography or filmmaking in nature and therefore subject to permits/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you think this rule will ever go into effect?