Posts tagged: IdaBlue
The University of Idaho announced that they received a $1 million grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, to help start a U of I Law School in Boise. … The plan is to eventually be housed in a remodeled Ada County Courthouse, and to be co-located with the Idaho Supreme Court Library. They still need to raise another $6 million to achieve that dream. I dunno about all this, though I’m not sure the U of I has much choice. If they don’t get a Boise presence, the new Concordia Law School is going to siphon off a bunch of their students. And if they do get a three year Boise program, it will pull students from the Moscow campus. Either way, it’s difficult to see how the Moscow law school stays viable, or at least, stays in anything like its current configuration/IdaBlue. More here.
Question: Do you agree with IdaBlue that a law school branch in Boise eventually will undercut that main one at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow?
Ward also has said, “A government job isn’t a real job. True wealth creation comes from small business.” (Dan Popkey article w/quote here.)
This is a flat out Fox News talking point, oft repeated by wingers, so let’s unpack it a bit. A government job is not a real job. Well. I guess, then, no one in Ward’s family has a real job, preferring to feed at the government trough, while dissing it. Talk about biting the hand that feeds it. Also, given that our military is now all volunteer and the troops work for pay, those are government jobs. Not real ones, though. Please, Vaughn, keep telling our troops that they don’t have real jobs. Police? Not a real job? Firefighters? Not real? Coast Guard rescue swimmers who will drop from a helicopter into an icy and stormy sea to rescue a fisherman? Not real? The helicopter pilot who fights to keep the aircraft aloft in a storm to help the rescue? What a bunch of pussies, the lot of them/IdaBlue. More here.
Question: Is a government job a real job?
Now that Bill Sali is no longer a congressman, he’s going to need a new job. He wasn’t exactly prospering as a lawyer before going to DC. After all, he had to work three jobs; lawyer, legislator, and musician. I’d guess that an unpopular 1-term congressman isn’t going to be a prime candidate for a lobbiest or consultant job. So, I wonder if Gov Otter will toss ol’ Bill a bone and give him a state job. I know of one that’s coming open in a few weeks at an annual salary of $89,711. The Idaho Industrial Commission, which administers Idaho’s workers compensation system, has three commissioners/IdaBlue. More here. Idaho Blog roundup below
Question: What will Bill Sali do while he waits two years for another run for Congress?
I don’t really like the idea of asking state employees, even ones at the top, to bear the brunt of budget shortfalls. People vote for fiscally conservative legislators, and they accordingly try to keep the budget lean. When state employees don’t get raises, or take days without pay, they still deliver the services of the agency they’re working for, so taxpayers don’t experience the effect of budget problems/IdaBlue. More here.
Question: IdaBlue goes on to say that well-heeled Gov. Butch Otter shouldn’t have to give back his housing stipend in these tight economic times. Do you agree?
Well, some of us would lose our jobs if we were exposed, but that’s an argument for some other time. My chief beef with Richert’s opinion is that he confuses commenters with bloggers. Folks who leave some comment under a fake name on a blog aren’t bloggers. Bloggers maintain a blog. Udapimp, for example since s/he is referred to by Richert, doesn’t have a blog that I know of, is not a blogger. Leaving comments is not the same as blogging. Anonymous commenters can be bomb throwers, kind of like a drive-by shooting. They [a few of them, not all] pop up and post some angry comment and move on, leaving no trail. We semi-anonymous bloggers might throw a bomb, but we have a more substantial presence by which Richert can tell “where [we’re] coming from.” Just read our blogs/IdaBlue. More here.
Question: Why did you choose to be anonymous?