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Objections so noted Councilman Jeff Colliton suggests the City Council should pull the City Cable 5 program that scrolls the names of those arrested for drug dealing and convicted of buying or selling sex. "The stats don't show we've changed anything," he said at last week's council briefing ... The program was former Councilman Joel Crosby's plan to embarrass perpetrators out of their evil ways. Colliton's suggestion energized colleague Chris Anderson, who'd been silent during most of the briefing session. "So, all the things we who were opposed to the plan feared are now coming to pass?" he said. "I want the record to reflect that."

Low Voter Turnout Causes Concern Some Skeptical Non-Voters Say Political Process Is Not Working

In the aftermath of the lowest voter turnout since 1924 in last week's election, the debate over why so many Americans stayed home largely has focused on this year's candidates and issues. But for five of those Americans who skipped going to the polls last Tuesday, the issue wasn't the political landscape as much as a deeply held skepticism of the process.

Gop Celebrates In High-Rolling, High-Tech Style

So, what's the difference between Kootenai County Democrats and Republicans - besides basic philosophy? While the D's scrounged for a TV set to watch election results Tuesday at the Iron Horse, the R's gathered at Agency One and watched television and political Web sites projected on a wall. Also, they had wireless microphones - which allowed party leaders to point out significant results in stereo sound - plus a barbecue served by Rustler's Roost. The Democrats settled for a small buffet - and a giant whuppin'. Indeed, money is the mother's milk of politics. Election reflections On the other hand, Ada County Republicans weren't as well-prepared, reports Our Woman in Boise. Seems a convention forced them into a ballroom at the Red Lion Riverside hotel about half the size of 1994's gathering place. Horrified, GOP Chairman Ron McMurray ordered tables removed from the room. But the crush of bodies sent the room temperature soaring. Most of the faithful retreated to hotel hallways. ... Our Woman in Boise also reports that McMurray and head Democrat Bill Mauk were upset that network TV projected U.S. Republican Sen. Larry Craig's win before Idaho polls had closed. So was I. ... By the way, while other candidates greeted their fans, Craig played hard to get in a Boise hotel room until the late news. So what else is new? North Idaho hasn't seen him yet.

New Prosecutor’s Task: Deal With Kevorkian Kevorkian Has Quickened Pace Of Assisted Suicides Since Last Trial Ended

Dave Gorcyca thought he had lost his bid to become prosecutor of Oakland County, a sprawling collection of mostly white-collar Detroit suburbs whose million-plus residents include Jack Kevorkian, the doctor trying to legalize assisted suicides. But while the apparent winner, Steven Kaplan, a Democrat, was doing a radio interview on Wednesday, an election worker discovered an 18,000-vote error, and within minutes Gorcyca, a 34-year-old lawyer, learned he was the new prosecutor-elect instead.

Will Demi, Bruce Stay In Idaho?

In the aftermath of the defeat of a proposition to overturn Gov. Phil Batt's nuclear waste agreement with the federal government, a question remains unanswered. Will actor Bruce Willis, who put up more than $121,000 for the initiative campaign, remain in Idaho?

Campaign ‘96

By now, the election's winners have recovered from their celebrations and the losers from their wakes. There are no candidates to catch, no political dates to mark, no weekly Web Sites to worry about. There's only one thing left to do before this election season is relegated to the ash heap of history: Hand out awards for the best and worst of Campaign '96. The George Armstrong Custer Trophy for the worst strategy of 1996 goes to the Ellen Craswell campaign, which claimed with a straight face, up to the end, that victories in Eastern Washington could overcome Gary Locke's margins in Seattle. Not only was it bad math - there just aren't enough votes to do it - Craswell lost Spokane and several of the East Side's more populous counties.

Three Put Touch On State Policy North Idaho’s Outgoing Democrats Made Mark In Gop Stronghold

For the past decade, the face of North Idaho in Boise was that of four longtime state legislators, all Democrats, all well-known around the Statehouse. Now three of the four are gone, defeated by Republicans in last week's election. It's the end of an era in North Idaho's legislative representation, but the three can point to lasting changes they brought about in state policy.

Conservative Values Rewarded Again

"I can guarantee you one thing: There will be six more years of torment for Ted Kennedy and all those other liberals." - North Carolina Republican Jesse Helms, claiming victory in his fifth US Senate race. Rejoice, conservatives. You won.

Now We’ll See The Real Clinton

It was midnight in America, and Bill Clinton was dreaming. He saw himself flying from sea to shining sea. At New York harbor, he looked down at the Statue of Liberty and saw his own face there, his arm raising the torch to welcome huddled masses. He passed over Philadelphia and imagined himself the new Liberty Bell, without cracks, without flaws. In St. Louis, he was the Arch. In the City of Big Shoulders, he was hog butcher to the world.

Bear-Baiting Ban To Cost $1 Million, Agency Says Fish And Wildlife Seeks Yearly Increase For Problem Animals

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has already put a price tag on the effect of the voter-approved Initiative 655 that restricts certain controversial hunting methods - $1 million a year. That's how much the agency plans to ask the Legislature for in January so it can hire additional wildlife agents and equipment to handle the increase in nuisance calls regarding bears and big cats that's expected as a result of the new law.


1. Rep. George Nethercutt celebrates his victory Tuesday night in Spokane. Photo by Associated Press 2. Congressional challenger Judy Olson is consoled by her campaign manager, Michael Ormsby, Tuesday night after her loss to Fifth District incumbent George Nethercutt. Photo by Associated Press

California Voters Reject Securities Fraud Proposition

High-tech businesses rejoiced in the defeat of Proposition 211 and promised another fierce fight if the proposal's supporters revive efforts to make it easier to sue companies for securities fraud. "We expect them to come back again, maybe not in California, maybe somewhere else. They'll have learned from their defeat," said Tom Proulx, chairman of the Alliance to Revitalize California, which led the campaign that defeated Proposition 211 by a 3-1 margin on Tuesday.

Valley Fire Levy Coasts To Passage

The Spokane Valley Fire District's maintenance and operations levy, rejected by voters in the primary election, passed Tuesday by a comfortable margin. The $6.325 million levy got 67.6 percent approval from Valley voters. The roughly 3,000 absentee ballots remaining to be tallied will not be enough to defeat the levy, which needed 60 percent of the votes to pass.

Election ‘96

PRESIDENT 99 percent of vote: CANDIDATE VOTES PCT. *Bill Clinton (D) 45,628,667 49% Bob Dole (R) 37,869,435 41% Ross Perot (RP) 7,874,283 8% U.S. CONGRESS TREND By party - Won or leading SENATE HOUSE Republicans 55 +2 226 -10 Democrats 45 -2 207 +9 Other 2 +1 WASHINGTON STATE Governor 99 percent of vote CANDIDATE VOTES PCT. *Gary Locke (D) 1,038,608 59% Ellen Craswell (R) 721,943 41% State lands commis. 99 percent CANDIDATE VOTES PCT. *J. Belcher (D) 880,685 53% Bruce Mackey (R) 723,952 44% Insurance commis. 99 percent CANDIDATE VOTES PCT. *Deborah Senn (D) 929,698 56% Anthony Lowe (R) 671,544 41% Initiative 671 Indian gaming 97 percent of vote VOTES PCT. *NO 944,243 56% 750,223 44% Legislature Trend SENATE Rep. 26 Dems. 23 HOUSE Rep. 53 Dems. 45 FIFTH DISTRICT CONGRESS Final, unofficial CANDIDATE VOTES PCT. *George Nethercutt (R) 110,338 55% Judy Olson (D) 90,592 45%

Incumbent Commissioners, Prosecutor Lose At Ballot Box

Incumbents in Bonner and Boundary counties took a beating from voters Tuesday, with three commissioners being ousted along with Bonner Prosecutor Tevis Hull. Hull, who was criticized for being soft on criminals, finished last in a three-way race. Former prosecutor Phil Robinson, a Republican, won the post with Democrat John Topp finishing second.

Batt Riding High After Nuke Waste Vote

Buoyed by overwhelming public endorsement of his nuclear waste deal, Republican Gov. Phil Batt said Wednesday he is leaning toward seeking a second term in 1998, although the decision will not be made for another year. "I'm, of course, inclined that way," said Batt, who put his prestige on the line with the unprecedented agreement with the federal government and who saw 65 percent of the voters agree with him on Tuesday.