Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne left office on a relative high note with an approval rating of 60%, according to a Survey USA poll of the 50 states. That rating ranked him 17th most popular among governors. The most popular was North Dakota's John Hoeven with a rating of 78%. The least popular were Ohio Repub Bob Taft, at 18%, and Alaska Repub Frank Murkowski, at 20%. Washington Demo Chris Gregoire, at 50% disapproval, and Oregon Demo Ted Kulongoski, at 59% disapproval, were among the least popular. For all the approval ratings, click here.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.