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Vandenberg Seeking Re-Election To House

State Rep. Marvin Vandenberg, D-Coeur d'Alene, has filed for reelection. Vandenberg, 69, has served four terms in the House and also earlier served as a representative from Boundary County for five terms in the 1950s. "My record should speak for itself," Vandenberg said. "I've been interested in people issues, and will further that interest if I'm re-elected." This past session, Vandenberg successfully pushed bills requiring drinking water systems to notify customers if their water is polluted, and clarifying that a donor designation on a driver's license is sufficient consent for organ donations to occur. Vandenberg said that law will eliminate delays that sometimes occur in seeking consent from next of kin, which can cause cause the opportunity for organ donation to be lost. Vandenberg serves on the Human Resources, State Affairs and Transportation and Defense committees in the House.

Cda Doctor Will Run Against Sen. Reed

Coeur d'Alene physician Jack Riggs announced Monday that he's running for the seat held by state Sen. Mary Lou Reed, D-Coeur d'Alene. He said he doesn't enjoy campaigning, but that he's always had an interest in holding public office.

Jeff Alltus To Seek Second Term In House

Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden, will seek election to a second term. Alltus represents legislative District 3, which includes Coeur d'Alene, Dalton Gardens and Hayden.

Powell Calls Dole, Congratulates Him

Retired Gen. Colin Powell telephoned Kansas Sen. Bob Dole at his apartment here over the weekend, but the certain Republican Party presidential nominee wouldn't talk about whether Powell might yet emerge as his running mate. "It wasn't that long," Dole told reporters, referring to the conversation. "It was very nice of him to call." Powell just called to congratulate him on getting more than the 996 delegates needed for the GOP nomination, Dole said.

Sen. Tom Hayden May Run For L.A. Mayor

State Sen. Tom Hayden is laying the groundwork for a possible mayoral run. In a 16-page pamphlet, the 1960s radical and former husband of Jane Fonda accuses Mayor Richard Riordan of ignoring problems in the inner city and says Los Angeles is ready for new liberal leadership. "No one has played the conductor's role on the gravy train more than Richard Riordan," the brochure said. "While spending billions on boondoggles, the mayor has been inattentive to the needs of the inner city." Riordan, a Republican, was elected in 1993.

Campaign ‘96

One fish, two fish, red fish, squaw fish It was a bonus week for campaign strategists who managed to keep fighting over U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's involvement with the not-so-green group Northwesterners For More Fish. But it's the biologists who really want to cry. It turns out the fish pictured in the logo for the industry-friendly group is a squawfish, not a salmon. Squawfish, for the uninformed, eat enough young salmon that some areas have a bounty on them. Beating their own political drum The Coeur d'Alene Tribe formed a political action committee last week, the first Indian tribe in the region to do so. The PAC was named Schee-chu-umsh, the tribe's original name. It means "the people who are found here." The PAC's first act was to endorse Democrat Dan Williams for Congress over Rep. Helen Chenoweth, and donate $800 to his campaign. Chenoweth has angered tribes repeatedly with her comments and allegedly with a cold shoulder. Doling out ballot slots ...

Most Governor Candidates Support Death Penalty But Not All Agree When And On Whom ‘Ultimate Penalty’ Should Be Used

All but one of the candidates who want to succeed lame-duck Gov. Mike Lowry support the death penalty, but that doesn't mean they're of one mind. Republicans Nona Brazier, Ellen Craswell and Bob Tharp support the death penalty for crimes other than murder, such as rape, kidnapping or some drug cases. And Brazier proposes a new capital crime: "rape of a virgin."

Walton Enters Race Against Darrington

Idaho Citizens Alliance Chairman Kelly Walton plans to challenge state Sen. Denton Darrington in the May 28 Republican primary. The Heyburn contractor said on Thursday that his decision stems in part from Darrington's vote to end agriculture's 79-year exemption from Idaho's workers' compensation law. "I believe Darrington did the district a tremendous disservice by voting to mandate workers' comp for farmers and ranchers," Walton said. The sponsor of four initiatives proposed for Idaho's November ballot, including a new version of the anti-gay rights measure that voters rejected in 1994, said he has yet to file as a candidate for the District 25 Senate seat Darrington has held for seven terms. He plans to file late next week.

Craig Urged To Quit Institute Minnick Says Senator On Board Of Deceptively Named Forest Group

Walt Minnick called on Sen. Larry Craig Friday to resign from the advisory board of the National Wilderness Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes private property rights and reduced government regulation. "I don't think any U.S. senator ought to be involved in an organization that is inherently deceptive and not what it pretends to be," said Minnick, a Democrat who is challenging Craig.

Rotating Primaries Would Make It Fair

Those of us present at the creation of the modern political primary in 1952 remember the thrills of New Hampshire campaigning: Gov. Sherman Adams drove the lead car in the motorcade himself, careening down the icy road from Concord at 70 mph, terrifying the scheduler (me) and the "Oklahoma!" star Ann Crowley, who roused rallies with Irving Berlin's "I Like Ike." In the bus behind was Fred Waring's glee club, which would swell patriotic hearts with "Where oh where but in America can you sing true Freedom's song?" But now the thrill is gone. The 1996 New Hampshire primary was a parody of participatory democracy, the last hurrah of a tradition corrupted by local hubris and overwhelmed by media hype.

Hydro Opponents Short Of Signatures

Hydroplane racing opponents have gathered about half the signatures they need to put a ban on the races on the May 28 ballot. Protect Our Lakes Association has gathered signatures from about 1,500 Coeur d'Alene voters, said Kathy Canfield-Davis, who is organizing the effort. The group needs 3,200 signatures by April 12 to put the issue on the primary election ballot.

Primary Fails At The Ballot Box Low Turnout, Inconclusive Results Prompts Calls For Caucuses’ Return

Light turnout, a confusing process and questionable results for Washington's presidential primary are prompting calls for change. "It's confusing. It's a waste of money," said Cathy Allen, a political consultant in Seattle. "The process is making people as angry as the politics." The process yielded results vague enough that President Clinton and Republican nominee Bob Dole can each find something positive in the outcome.

Harris, Hasson Spurn Vote-By-Mail Experiment

Elections to create two new cities in the Spokane Valley will be held by conventional ballot instead of by mail, even though it will cost more and promote less voter interest. County elections officials urged commissioners Tuesday to hold the county's first ever vote-by-mail election. But Commissioners Phil Harris and Steve Hasson argued that it's too close to the May 21 election to tinker with an experiment.