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Idahoans, Iowans Tired Of Mix-Ups

Idaho and Iowa are, in fact, two different states, and entrepreneurs, writers and creative-types want the world to learn the difference. It turns out, people have been confusing Idaho and Iowa for quite some time. At least since the 1980s, when Idaho journalist and author Tim Woodward got a letter from a woman explaining her Idaho-Iowa mix-up. Woodward says he wrote about it, and letters from other readers started pouring in. “At one point, the file weighed five pounds of unused material,” he says. By the early 1990s Woodward had enough Idaho-Iowa fodder for a book. Woodward has documented national broadcasters making the mistake on live television. “In a golden moment from his reporting days, NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw ended a newscast with a panoramic sweep of the Boise front and the words 'this is Tom Brokaw, reporting from Boise, Iowa,'” Woodward reads from his book/Emilie Ritter Saunders, Boise Public Radio. More here. (Photo by Flickr Creative Commons:Both agricultural states, Idaho is known for potato production while Iowa is known for its corn)

Question: Do you know anyone who routinely gets “Idaho” and “Iowa” mixed up?

Iowa Claims Top Party School Title

College students consider the University of Iowa the nation's best party school, even though Iowa City has tried to make its famous bar scene less hospitable to underage drinkers. The Princeton Review bestowed Iowa with the top ranking Monday on a list determined by 126,000 students in a nationwide survey. Rounding out the Top 5 are: University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; West Virginia University and Syracuse University. The organization also released its “stone-cold sober schools” list — led again this year by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; and followed by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo: a bar patron shows the wrist bands she collected while visiting various establishments in downtown Iowa City, Iowa)

Question: Would you describe the college you attended back when as a “party school”?

AM: Shock Lose Opener In Overtime

Shock the Fox has a few words for Iowa's Jason Simpson before a kickoff in the 1st quarter during the season opener Monday in the Spokane Arena. Iowa escaped with a 69-63 overtime victory. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Do you follow the Spokane Shock?

JohnA: Iowa, New Hampshire? Bah!

Item: Romney wins in New Hampshire, Paul in 2nd, Huntsman 3rd/USA Today

JohnA: How can we call ourselves a democracry when one party has no opposition and the other is decided by two of the smallest states in the Union. How ridiculous to think that just because someone wins, like, 11 electoral voters, that we adorn them as the nominee. That’s silly, it is contra-intuitive and it should be just plain wrong. I remember when George W. went to South Carolina in 2000 and somehow made John McCain go away. We all saw what happended over the next eight years. How sad that the rest of us didn’t have a reasonable vote in who our party nominee would be. The system is broken. I hope at some time in my life a real candidate selection system will evolve. I’m not counting on it.

Question: John makes a good point. Why have we allowed to relatively insignificant states like Iowa and New Hampshire to decide which presidential candidates are best?

Johnson: Iowa Thins GOP Herd

Iowa means nothing and everything. Four years ago, Barack Obama put himself on a rocky path to the Democratic nomination and eventually the White House with a win in Iowa. Mike Huckabee won on the GOP side four years ago and is now a Fox News talk show host. George H.W. Bush won in Iowa in 1980 and lost to Ronald Reagan. In fact, the only two eventual nominees to win in Iowa were Obama and George W. Bush. Even Jimmy Carter, who exploited the Iowa caucus for the first time in 1976, finished second to “uncommitted.” Iowa tells us who won’t be president – Bachmann and Perry for sure won’t be/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Are you miffed that one sorta insignificant state like Iowa can eliminate presidential candidates with its caucuses? Or glad that the Midwest state does the heavy lifting in cutting out the pretenders?

Idaho Makes Letterman Top 10

Tonight on David Letterman's “Top 10” list, he featured the “Top 10 signs it might be time to end your presidential campaign.” Among them, at No. 5: “Instead of Iowa, you've been campaigning in Idaho”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. (Betsy goes on to discuss the GOP straw poll scheduled Friday here.)

Question: Have you ever run into someone who mistakes for Iowa?

More Idaho Guvs Come From Iowa

Here we have Idaho — ranked No. 50. According to an exhaustive study at the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, Idaho has had 30 governors in its 120-year history. Only four are Idaho natives, a 13.3 percent rate. No state has a lower percentage of home-grown governors, although five other Western states came in under the 25 percent rate. Only one of Idaho’s first 24 governors was a native: Charles Ross, who served from 1931 to 1937. Here’s a kicker (and further evidence of that bizarre, fabled Idaho-Iowa nexus. While four Idaho governors are Idaho-born, five were born in Iowa) — Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you surprised so few Idaho governors were born in Idaho?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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