Tell Buchanan what to do
A company that makes its money off such ventures as playing the Gennifer Flowers tapes over the telephone to people willing to pay for the privilege of listening has a new venture. Sasha Corp. wants you to say whether Pat Buchanan should run as a third party candidate. By dialing its special 900 number (and be willing to part with the 96 cents for the call) a person can “vote” on what Buchanan should do. It’s 1-900-RUN PAT3 for those who think he should go third party, or 1-900-RUN-PAT2 for those who want him to stick with the old two-party system and endorse Bob Dole. Sasha Corp. promises to send the results to the Buchanan campaign, as well as to Republican headquarters, the networks and wire services. None of the aforementioned offices has as yet promised to pay any attention.
U.S. Rep. and re-election candidate Helen Chenoweth makes several North Idaho appearances next week, including speaking at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday morning and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting Wednesday.
She also will meet with small business owners at the Todd Lecture Hall on the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m.
Northwesterners for More Fish, the not-so-green group that wants salmon recovery that doesn’t trample on industry’s interests, took the fish out of its logo, the Washington Post reports. The group, which reportedly has ties to U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, had a squawfish in its logo. Squawfish eat young salmon.
Call it Painhound
Murray window-washer Matt Alan Lambert, one of two running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House, wants to buy a bus and take his campaign on the road. That’s a painful proposition for Lambert, who ruptured a disk in his back last fall to the point that he had to have surgery. When Lambert unsuccessfully ran against state Rep. Gino White in 1992 and 1994 he got a toll-free number for interested voters to call. None did, he said.
Fiscal conservative and Idaho state senate candidate Tom Daugherty is planning a web page on his candidacy if he wins the primary. Ian James, one of his Republican opponents, long ago announced his techno-capabilities, inviting people to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org. When someone told Daughtery about James’ optimistic address, Daughtery seized the moment to say it’s a strike against James since “America Online” supposedly is one the most expensive online services.
Bringing in the Green
Congressmen on House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s newly appointed environmental task force voted for pro-environmental legislation 19 percent of the time, according to the League of Conservation Voters, and includes U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, who scored 0 on the green party poll.
Web sites of the week
Cyber-political junkies can track their congressman or senators by tapping into the Congressional Quarterly’s web site. The site offers information on sponsored bills, key votes and official statements. Try dialing http//voter96.cqalert.com on your computer keyboard. Another sources is a web site at http:/ /www.allpolitics.com, according to the North Idaho Republican Newsletter.
The deadline for registering to vote in the Idaho primary is May 3, although voters still can register at the polls on election day with proof of residency.
The Idaho Primary Election is May 28.
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