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On his Facebook wall, opinionator Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman mentions the props that former President Bill Clinton game former Coeur d'Alene High grad Bruce Reed for his input into the speech that wowed the Demcractic National Convention:
He didn't mention Idaho by state, but former President Bill Clinton said a former Idahoan had a hand in crafting his speech before the Democratic National Convention. The Idahoan in question: Bruce Reed, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and the son of former state Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d'Alene. Clinton discussed the speech Thursday on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show.” The mention of Reed starts about one minute in, and goes to about the 1:30 mark. Video here.
Question: Do you know much about Bruce Reed?
The Oct. 6 lecture at Gonzaga University by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai has been canceled because of travel complications from Kenya.
Refunds for tickets purchased at the McCarthey Athletic Center Box Office will be available there, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the Spokane Arena Box Office. Refunds for tickets purchased via TicketsWest outlet locations will be available at the Spokane Arena Box Office Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets purchased online and by phone will be refunded automatically by TicketsWest. An announcement will follow if the event is rescheduled.
“But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together”— President Barack Obama//Now Public. More here.
Question: Were you inspired by President Obama's speech last night in Tucson?
News shows are giving Barack Obama high marks for Tuesday’s speech.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response? Not so much.
President Obama’s speech starts at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or as close to that as possible after he gets in the door, walks down the aisle and gets to the podium.
Members of Congress have been told the speech will take about 50 minutes, allowing time for expected applause pauses.
Some of the Washington and Idaho delegations may duck out a tad early; others might be caught on camera in Statuary Hall, which is where the national press corps waits to get the congressional take on the president’s speech.
Sure does make you think… I do have a question though. Do you think segregation and racism are still problems today?
Mixed reviews from the GOP side of the aisle to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s call for an economic stimulus plan, government reform and other changes this year:
“This is a financial wreck that she spent four years creating, and then to be shocked when it comes due is a little scary for me. We’ve been saying for 3-4 years this would be a wreck.” (Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda)
“I’m excited to look at these things, but the proof’s in the pudding.” (Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax)
“This session can’t be about platitudes and it can’t be about slogans. It has to be about real solutions.” (Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis) (In fairness, this line is becoming a bit of a slogan in itself. It’s at least the second time DeBolt’s used this line in news conferences.)
Calling it “our time to show courage,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday urged lawmakers to back her plan to create 20,000 new jobs, boost unemployment benefits, and use the economic crisis to forge a more nimble state government.
“When this recession ends, and it will end, we must be ready for a new economy,” Gregoire told cheering state legislators at the capitol.
The economic crisis is hitting the state hard, she said, calling it “the most difficult and trying times maybe since the Great Depression.” Families are struggling with bills, businesses are trying to keep their doors open, and unemployment claims last month were up 75 percent over the same time last year.
But the state cannot just ride out the hard times and return to business as usual, Gregoire said. By planning well and making tough decisions now, she said, state government can “lay a platform for a better tomorrow.”
Her plan includes:
-a roads and transportation plan that Gregoire says will create 20,000 new jobs and spawn a “green economy” for the future. The state should tap Washington’s healthy unemployment fund for better benefits. She also indicated that a tax break for business is in the works, although she didn’t provide details.
-a balanced state budget that focuses on basic needs, like protecting children, schools and colleges, public safety, the environment and the economy.
-reforming state government, doing away with decades of layered-on bureaucracy in favor of a more responsive system.