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Hold onto your hat!

The political winds are kicking up, and they’re blowing some people right out of their homes.

Take Doug Dorn, for example. The Boise investment consultant and one-time gubernatorial candidate is “taking a very, very hard look” at running for Congress in the 2nd District, where Rep. Mike Crapo’s departure will leave an open seat.

But Dorn’s been living on a ranch out in Eagle, a pastoral suburb of Boise that’s squarely in the 1st District.

Asked last week just when it was that he’d moved, Dorn admitted, “Last weekend.”

When in Idaho Falls …

In a Boise room filled with suits, three-term Congressman Mike Crapo showed up to announce that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate - wearing a dark green open-necked shirt, black Wrangler jeans and beat-up old boots with red laces. Why this choice of attire?

Crapo said when he first was elected to Congress about five years ago, “everyone would tell me you’ve got to be in a suit.” But he decided to try going casual when he was back in Idaho - which is at least every weekend.

“Since I did that, I’ve had tremendous comments from people in the 2nd District,” Crapo said. “They expect me to dress like this.”

Crapo comes back every weekend because his family stayed in Idaho Falls when he went off to Washington. He makes a point not only of returning, but also of not working or campaigning on Sundays.

Crapo says the frequent Idaho contact, while a necessity for his family life, has helped him in his work in Congress, too.

“I’ve often joked that I come back to Idaho to breathe the air here.”

It’s easier that way

Larry Eastland has tossed around the idea of running for governor on an anti-gambling platform, so it’s no big surprise that Eastland’s organization, Help Idaho Inc., is rejecting the recommendations of the Governor’s Gaming Study Committee.

Eastland’s group this week signed up Larry EchoHawk, the anti-gambling former Idaho attorney general who’s now a law professor in Utah, and brought in the head of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling for a Boise rally.

The governor’s committee brought together people from all sides of the issue for months of debate, study and public hearings across the state. Then, the group voted 7-5 to maintain the status quo on gaming in Idaho, which means a state lottery, horse racing, charitable raffles and limited reservation casinos.

Complicated issues of tribal sovereignty and federal law mean that if the state does it, the tribes can, too. The committee’s recommendation includes a rare agreement between tribes and the Idaho Attorney General’s office as to just what “it” is - an issue that up to now appeared likely to be decided only in court.

None of that concerns Eastland, who strongly opposes tribal gaming. And since he already had his mind made up, he had no need to travel the state, listen to folks at public hearings or sit down with people with opposing views.

For whom the bill tolls

While those North Idaho ski resort season passes may take a bite out of the wallet of a few hundred dollars, you could get passes for the whole family for the price of a single season pass to Sun Valley.

The fabled southern Idaho ski resort has its season passes on sale now - for $1,450 apiece.

A single day’s skiing at Sun Valley this year, from Dec. 20 on, will cost $52.

That puts the break-even point for season pass holders at 30 days of skiing, which is a lot. Maybe those who can afford to plunk down nearly 1,500 bucks for a season pass can afford to ski a lot.

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