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Veteran Shoshone County Commissioner Sherry Krulitz, who has become the high-profile chairman of the commission, will seek re-election. Krulitz, a Democrat who got her political feet wet on former Gov. Cecil Andrus' 1974 campaign, began her current term in 1993. Before that, she was on the commission from January 1987 to January 1991. Krulitz is a former Pinehurst city clerk and Shoshone County treasurer. She's managed the Whispering Pines housing project in Pinehurst since 1984. She sits on public lands committees for the Idaho Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties. About three-fourths of Shoshone County is public land. She also sits on councils and committees for children, solid waste and environmental restoration from mining. She's a former deacon on the church council of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Krulitz is married to Art Krulitz, transportation director at Shoshone School District 391. The couple and their two daughters have lived in Pinehurst for 24 years. Archie Hulsizer, recently named acting mayor of Wallace and a retired banker, will serve as treasurer for Krulitz's campaign.
A new report says the "motor voter" law is a national success story. But while more people are registering to vote in Washington, the opposite is true in Idaho, which is exempt from the federal law.
Veteran Democratic legislator Mary Lou Reed, a longtime voice for the environment and education in the state Senate, will run for re-election. Reed, 66, said her top issue is establishing a state fund to help school districts build new classrooms and school buildings. Now, those costs are borne by local property owners, who pay added taxes. "School kids must have school rooms in which to learn," Reed said, "and property taxpayers who aren't causing the growth shouldn't have to bear the entire burden of providing those classrooms for kids." The six-term legislator beat Republican challenger Ron Vieselmeyer two years ago. During this year's legislative session, Reed pushed successfully for legislation supporting information technology, outdoor recreation, child support enforcement, regulation of personal watercraft and management plans for Priest Lake and the Priest River Basin. She supported the ban on dog racing. Reed also helped draft an unsuccessful bill to raise the minimum wage. She also pushed unsuccessfully for a campaign finance bill banning contributions from corporations. "I want to go back to Boise for another session and take more independent-thinking people with me to better represent the broad interests of the men, women and children of Idaho," Reed said. Reed represents Idaho's 4th legislative district, which includes all of Shoshone County, the western half of Benewah County and the southeast portion of Kootenai County.
Idaho State Rep. Don Pischner, 56, announced Tuesday he will seek re-election in November. "I will continue to stand up for the average taxpayer," Pischner said. "We are all squeezed by the increasing costs of government compared to decreasing job opportunities and wages." Pischner, a Republican, had never held elected office before his 15-vote victory in 1994 over four-term Democratic Rep. Gino White of Plummer. During this year's legislative session, Pischner helped develop bills to dispose of sawmill wood debris and to raise penalties for speeding in construction zones. He also successfully pushed through a bill to ensure that proceeds from land sales at the Bunker Hill Superfund site will be spent on environmental site management there. Pischner, an asphalt construction consultant, represents Idaho's Fourth District, which includes all of Shoshone County, the western half of Benewah County, and the southeast portions of Kootenai County.
Election workers feel like the Maytag repairman Tuesday as they wait for voters at the South Hill Woman's Club. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
Dole speaks at a victory rally Tuesday. Photo by Associated Press
Chip Roos was Bonner County's first sheriff in 20 years to serve two consecutive terms. Now he's going after an unprecedented third. "This is what I have chosen as a career and spent my adult life training for. I am very well-qualified to do it," said Roos, 47, announcing his re-election bid Monday.
Better late than never, Washington voters will have their say in the presidential selection process today in a special primary with a choice of three different ballots. Voters who go to the polls today between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. can request a Republican ballot and choose among Lamar Alexander, Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole, Bob Dornan, Steve Forbes, Phil Gramm, Alan Keyes and Richard Lugar. Half the candidates already have quit the race but did not drop out in time to have their names removed from the ballot. Republicans will award half of the state's 36 delegates to their national convention based on the results of the GOP ballots.
Rally rouser. Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan signs autographs Monday for supporters in Spokane. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review <
Eastern Washington residents may have little influence on the presidential nominations, but they'll have the last word today on a wide range of local issues. Airway Heights residents will get another chance to approve a $1.7 million bond measure to build a sewer system - mostly serving existing homes and businesses.
Washington voters have a chance Tuesday to voice a preference in the race for the White House in the state's presidential primary. It's a special election with special rules that was specially scheduled for March 26 in an attempt to affect the presidential race. But with an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election unopposed and a Republican race that mathematically has been decided, the spotlight on the race is dimmed.
U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has wrapped up the Republican nomination for president, but he'd like to send a message to President Clinton by winning Washington state. "I believe in the Republican Party. I believe we are the best hope for America," Dole told a cheering crowd of more than 500 people here on Sunday.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says he's running for president and if that hurts President Clinton, "he deserves it." Commentator Pat Buchanan says that if Sen. Bob Dole doesn't heed his wishes, "I don't see how we can beat Bill Clinton."
Dole, addressing supporters in Fresno Saturday, could have trouble against Clinton in California. Photo by Associated Press
1. Picking a president. Businessman Rick Walsh says the government shouldn't abandon social programs. "You've got to care about other people," he says. "And that's what government should do." Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. Alvin Beetham, 71, wants to see the federal government surrender power to the states. "The federal government has taken away almost everything from the states," he says. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 3. Band manager Vic Mostly, 26, is pessimistic about elections but plans to vote for Clinton. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 4. Crossing guard Cheryl Barkdull, 39, says she is better off than she was four years ago and will vote Democratic. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
Now you know During the 1994 campaign, candidate George Nethercutt labored assiduously to avoid saying how he would vote on a repeal of the contentious assault weapons ban. It would depend on the language of the proposal, which he would have to study, Nethercutt said repeatedly at debates. Then-Speaker Tom Foley was in the sights of National Rifle Association members for voting yes on the ban, and Nethercutt was the beneficiary of a $50,000 independent campaign by the NRA ... Well, now both sides know what they may have long assumed: Rep. Nethercutt voted to repeal the ban Friday when it came before the House ... But we don't know anything in depth about his reasons, or his thoughts about the hurry-up process the repeal experienced as it rifled through the House. Nethercutt wasn't available for comment, either the day before or the day of the vote ... His spokesman Ken Lisaius answered queries with this explanation: "His vote is consistent with his tough-on-crime legislative record and with his steadfast support for the Second Amendment."
Developments on the campaign trail: He can't help it Trying once again to put to rest the notion he might be a candidate for vice president, retired Gen. Colin Powell said Saturday he does not have the passion needed to be on the Republican ticket. "I can't help it," he said. "I'm not a politician." Last fall, he announced he would not run for president and now he insists he won't become the running mate of Sen. Bob Dole. Polls show Powell would boost Dole's popularity, giving him an edge over President Clinton in November.
San Francisco bar owners made no 'bones' about feelings for Buchanan. Photo by Associated Press
1. Systemic problems. Rathdrum barber Don Royse, 61, says U.S. culture is driven by pleasure, not values. "Kids get married, they don't get their own way, they get divorced," he says. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 2. Timber Turner, with sons Titus, 7, and Chase, 3, likes what Pat Buchanan has to say about corporate responsibility and the media. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 3. Cindy Murray, with daughter Katie, says politicians take so much in taxes that she and her husband both must work. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
Bob Dole reaches out to shake hands at the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber plant in California Friday. Photo by Associated Press