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Adam: Birthers Forever 

For some (in the Birther movement), it’s an emotional thing. They’ve put themselves too far out on the limb to come back and sheepishly say I was wrong. Anytime, there’s a conspiracy theory that people become obsessed with, some become too emotionally invested to admit...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Idaho Blogs: Overturning Health Care 

As the first anniversary of the controversial national health care reform legislation – or more correctly health insurance reform legislation – came and went a while back there was increasing acceptance of the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court will get the last word on...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

TJR: Charlie Russell For Governor

The great western artist Charlie Russell - that's him in a tent with a paint brush - never, as far as I know, contemplated a political life. Considering that he spent many early years as a cowboy in the tough country of central Montana, he...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

ID Blogs: Remembering Ted Stevens

Ted Stevens was tough on environmentalists and those who dared to cross him. He was a champion of the earmark back before speaking ill of federal appropriations became a litmus test for every politician. By one count, Stevens had a hand in nearly 1,500 earmarks...

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

Idaho Blogs: Idaho R's Strike Back 

The political war of words between the state’s top party leaders continues today, with Norm Semanko, Idaho Republican Party chairman, issuing a statement sharply critical of Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark’s guest opinion last week, which was entitled, “You Have Been Invited to Leave...

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Marc: 'Best Man' Best Political Film Ever

It's been a while since Hollywood produced a really good political film. With the exception of Primary Colors and Frost/Nixon, I'm hard pressed to name another really good recent film with a political theme. I've got to go back to the 60's to begin my...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Idaho Crossover Doesn't Help RINOs

When two professors, Washington University law professor and political science department Chair Andrew Martin and Colorado State University political scientist Kyle Saunders, analyzed every vote cast in the Idaho Legislature, they found no evidence that Democratic crossover voting in Idaho’s primary elections has resulted in...

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Idaho Delegates OK w/McChrystal Ouster 

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, in an interview: McChrystal had appeared to be the right person at the right time in Afghanistan, but his critical remarks constitute a "serious, serious error." "(Obama) didn't have much of a choice," Risch said. Petraeus probably will be confirmed...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Ed Board Wary Of UI Post Falls Lab

Idaho’s State Board of Education, meeting yesterday in Idaho Falls, backed upgrades in the University of Idaho’s athletic facilities but was leery of a UI proposal to establish a new nonprofit research lab in Post Falls; that proposal was delayed until the board’s August meeting....

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Kevin: Mea Culpa From Election Season 

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Tom Sullivan is taking heat for withholding information about his business tax troubles, from his party's leadership, and from Idaho voters. But Sullivan did discuss some of his tax problems in a May 7 Statesman editorial board interview (here's a link...

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ICL: How Big Is That Oil Spill? 

I'm more likely to learn of interesting websites while I'm on the web, but today I found this website over morning coffee while looking at the Idaho Statesman. This website, created by Andy Lintner of Royal Oak, MI, opens a Google map of the spill...

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward wave to the crowd during a rally for Ward at Qwest Arena Friday May 21, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (Chris Butler / The Idaho Statesman)

ICB: Sarah Palin Did Not Disappoint 20 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward wave to the crowd during a rally for Ward at Qwest Arena this morning in Boise. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Chris Butler) As you know Sarah Palin was the star attraction today at...

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

ICL Blog: R.I.P. Rathdrum Prairie 

Can you say "sprawl?" As if there isn't enough of this unsightly and wasteful use of land, the Kootenai County Commissioners just assured everyone that sprawl and leap-frog development will continue as usual. Rest in peace, Rathdrum Prairie. So long, rural character. After nearly a...

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Fort Boise: Is This The Best R's Have? 

The two Republican candidates for the Idaho 1st congressional district dropped the gloves in tonight's debate broadcast on public TV and more than anything else, I was left wondering are these really the best two candidates the party could come up with? I guess that...

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

Idaho: Gem State Voter Guide Available 

The 2010 version of the Gem State Voter Guide is now available to view online at This is the sixth edition of the online publication which was first produced in 2006 and covers each Idaho election on both a state and federal level –...

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

Betsy: How NIdaho Differs From SIdaho 

What’s the difference between North Idaho and southern Idaho? Well, there’s that whole water thing. This is Lake Coeur d’Alene this morning, amid country that’s so different from the arid south. And then there’s the wild GOP politics in Kootenai County, where the once heavily...

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Adam Strikes Back @ Statesman Rule 

However, the Statesman is trying to impose extra-legal restrictions on the use of their content to restrict the same bloggers whose work the Statesman without permission for nearly two years. Folks like me and Dennis Mansfield shouldn’t have to worry about whether we can link...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

IdaBlue: Sarah Palin Glasses Fake 35 

I've written before that I suspected that Sarah Palin's glasses are just glass, and have no real correction. I think she wears them to give herself a bit of gravitas. Our society tends to view attractive women only in the context of their looks. Most...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

Sis: Health Freedom Act Hypocrisy 

The state legislation had nothing to do with resolving the health care crisis in Idaho and was instead taking the partisan hackery, with ideological undertones, pervading the federal legislation, to the state level. In debate the sponsor even acknowledged the defensive nature of this legislation...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

NW Against Bernanke Confirmation 

Ben Bernanke was confirmed today to remain as chair of the Federal Reserve. the Senate vote was 70-30, a clear win margin. But two-thirds of the Northwest delegation was against him. Both of Idaho’s Republicans, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, voted against; most of the...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Adam: Remembering Helen Fondly 

Today, we went to lunch with some new friends from church and Helen Chenoweth-Hage again came up. My wife doesn't do political events, or if she does, she'll have one inevitable question, "Can I bring a book?" She complained about politicians who spend an hour...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010

Richert: Economy? Or Ideology? 

Legislative Republicans are doing one of two things with the state's steadily downsizing budget, says James Ruchti. They are either cutting back because they firmly believe the economy won't improve for the next 18 months, or they are using a crisis to size down state...

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TSSBP: Worst Songs Of '70s 14 

I like listening to classic rock; listening to the great songs of the '60s, '70s, and '80s is one of my favorite pasttimes. If your only knowledge of the music of that period comes from what you hear on radio stations today, you might think...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

Boise Gets 'F' For 'Urban Waistlines' 

When it comes to fast food joints per capita that is — in fact Boise was the 12th worst out of the 100 cities that Men’s Health reviewed for list on “Urban Waistlines”. Men’s Health reviewed the number of Burger King’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell’s and...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

KR: ITD Didn't Need Lowe Mess 

I have no idea whether Pam Lowe is telling the truth. I don't know if the ousted Idaho Transportation Department chief's litany of good ol' boy complaints will hold up in court. But her legal filing, reported by The Associated Press last week, is just...

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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.