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Henry Johnston, a Sandpoint High grad, wonders where former Bonner County commissioner Cornel Rasor got the idea that gay men wear tutus to work. Rasor, as you may recall, is part of the Idaho GOP push to ask the 2014 Legislature to void nondiscrimination laws that add gays to human rights protections. Six Idaho cities, including Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, have approved the ordinances. Out and living with his partner, Alex, in Moscow, Johnston had this to say about Rasor’s remark that he should have the right to fire a gay man who appeared for work in a tutu: “Where does Rasor get the idea that gays wear tutus? Media? The Internet? Watching a gay pride parade? I’m out and proud and won’t deny who I am to anyone. But you won’t find me in pink briefs walking down Main Street Moscow waving a rainbow flag. I think that’s kind of counterproductive to our cause of proving we’re ‘normal’ just like everyone else”/DFO, SR. Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Other SR weekend columns:
- Van Tol would do this for free, and has/John Blanchette
- Creach dispute should have been settled in court/Doug Clark
- Smart Bombs: Talking w/patients cheap, effective/Gary Crooks
- Outdoors: Summers filled to rafters with teacher guide/Rich Landers
- Eye on Boise: Otter backs local control in anti-bias fight/Betsy Russell
This Dan Pelle SR file photo from the 4th annual Monster Dash in Manito Park/Spokane last fall is for illustrative purposes only.
Cornel Rasor, who chairs the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee, says that he pushed for a resolution to void all local ordinances banning discrimination against LGBT people because he wants to be able to fire any gay man who “comes into work in a tutu.” The Associated Press reported that a non-binding resolution passed Saturday at the party’s Central Committee summer meeting in McCall calls for the state legislature to block anti-discrimination ordinances passed by at least five municipalities throughout the state/David Edwards, The Raw Story. More here.
- Correction: If you follow the link above, The Raw Story reports that Rasor made this comment at the Central Committee summer meeting. He actually made the comment directly to SReporter Betsy Russell during an interview.
Question: Do you know any gay guys who show up to work in tutus?
Continuing the statewide trend of more-moderate Republicans winning in yesterday's GOP primary, Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, defeated Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor, and Broadsword will become a Bonner County commissioner, as no Democrats filed for the seat. Rasor is the current chairman of the Bonner County Republican Central Committee. Broadsword, a log home company owner, is a fourth-term state senator.
Rasor is a tea party backer and property rights activist who declared on his re-election website, "Zoning and owning are incompatible." As commission chairman, he hired local tea party leader Pam Stout to coordinate a controversial county "Property Rights Council." As central committee chairman, he sent a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010 seeking Arizona license plates to decorate the GOP central committee's county fair booth, after members objected to the fair's "fiesta" theme, saying decorating to the theme might be mistaken for a weakening of their resolve that English should be the primary U.S. language, or their support for cracking down on illegal immigration.
Broadsword got 2,857 votes, 51 percent, to Rasor's 2,744 votes, 49 percent.
Cornel Rasor (pictured), the conservative chairman of the Bonner County Board of Commissioners who helped bring us the Property Rights Council, has circulated a five-page email to Idaho state GOP Central Committee members, asking them to endorse the presidential campaign of maverick Ron Paul. Rasor maintains the 12-term Texas congressman is the only candidate of the remaining four that has a chance to beat President Barack Obama in the general election. Rasor writes: "Because of his wide appeal amongst independent voters, Congressman Paul is likely the only Republican candidate that will be able to defeat Barack Obama. He is certainly the only candidate that will offer substantial government reform. Even if you don't agree with him on every issue, you can be assured that his principled consistency will guarantee that you will know exactly where he stands, and that he truly will do what he says." Complete email here. (Photo from Cornel Rasor commissioner Web site)
Question: What do you make of Rasor's endorsement of Ron Paul?
You may think the Property Rights Council birthed by Chairman Cornel Rasor and fellow commissioners is simply a strange extension of Bonner County government. But Right Side News online considers the council to be a “major new weapon in the fight against the UN.” Yeah, U.N., as in United Nations. (Remember that line from “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield? “Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep.”) Right Side News explains the purpose of the council: “The mission of the PRC is to review county government activities and inter-governmental activities to determine whether the activities may cause adverse impact to private property rights. The PRC then is charged with supplying to county officials an opinion on that impact.” With tea party queenpin Pam Stout on the county payroll to oversee the council, you can bet those opinions come from the extreme right precincts of North Idaho’s political rabbit hole/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
- The Slice: Behind wall probably where it belongs/Paul Turner
- Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm products sales/Betsy Russell
- Take a stand and support local talent/Doug Clark
- System worked, 'start to finish', to nab MLK bomber/Shawn Vestal
- Smart Bombs: Social issues enjoy revival/Gary Crooks
- Crews, 23 others vying for Olympic boxing berth/John Blanchette
- Outdoors: Ski patrol candidates make steep commitments/Rich Landers
- Front Porch: Learning to run away from fears/Jill Barville
Question: Does Kootenai County need a Property Rights Council?
Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor is leading the effort to line up endorsements from GOPlegislators in advance of Idaho's first-ever Republican presidential caucus on March 6. So far, four lawmakers are in the Paul camp: Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. That quartet is featured in a four-page e-flier from Rasor dated Monday, along with Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams (pictured, in Adams' Facebook photo). Many Paul supporters hold precinct committee posts that give him substantial influence on the Idaho Republican Central Committee/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that Rasor, Hart, Barbieri, & Adams are bucking the Idaho GOP establishment and supporting Ron Paul for president?