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Shoshone County Sheriff Dan Schierman, vowing to be tough on drugs, announced Monday that he will seek re-election. So far, he faces two challengers: former Las Vegas police officer Larry Irvine of Kingston, and Osburn private security firm owner Tim Castle. Since his election in 1992, Schierman said, he's established a countywide drug task force, helped develop a local drug-sniffing dog program and found outside funding for a Silver Valley drug-abuse prevention program. As a result, he said, drug arrests in the county went from 37 in 1993 to 148 in 1995. Schierman said Monday that he's brought credibility to Shoshone County's law enforcement, and "dramatically improved" the integrity, competency, effectiveness and public confidence in the department. Schierman was an informant in the Silver Valley's notorious 1991 anti-gambling raid by federal agents. His predecessor, Sheriff Frank Crnkovich, was indicted on gambling and racketeering charges, but never convicted. The two faced off in the ensuing election. Schierman won easily. Schierman said he wants to develop block watch programs and further improve citizens' support of the department.
Tanya Melich was a hot-blooded Republican back when the New Deal was cool. As a Utah youngster in 1940, she handed out fliers for Wendell Willkie. She signed on as a delegate for Richard Nixon in 1972, and she did the same for George Bush in 1992. But this year, she won't lift a finger.
Not to toot my own horn, but I'm starting to see a strong voter response to my presidential campaign (Motto: "It's Time We Demanded Less!"). Every day, more and more voters are turning toward me. Granted, they immediately turn away and barf, but that is not the point. The point is that I'm getting attention, and I'm getting it without the negative campaigning and cheap-shot name-calling you're hearing from my dirtbag slimeball opponents.
Pat Buchanan pours a drink at a Chicago bar on Sunday. Photo by Associated Press
Think of Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole's trip through the Midwest this week as a vice presidential audition tour. With his nomination now within sight, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is turning his attention to the fall campaign - and few decisions will be as important as the selection of a running mate. Retired Joint Chiefs chairman Colin L. Powell tops the speculative lists of potential vice presidential candidates, but in an interview published Saturday he reiterated his intention to sit out the 1996 election. "It really irritates me that a few people are purporting to speak for me, stirring up this frenzy about my running for vice president," Powell said in an interview with columnist Carl T. Rowan.
Church ushers stand in the aisles as Pat Buchanan addresses the congregation at the Christian Coalition Zion Evangelistic Temple in Clawson, Mich., Saturday. Photo by Associated Press
Bob Dole's campaign juggernaut and Patrick J. Buchanan's sputtering crusade have entered the dangerous season, the thrust-and-parry of public feinting and back-channel gamesmanship that will either cement or dissolve their fragile political relationship. With all their major rivals gone from the Republican presidential race, Dole and Buchanan are circling each other like locked scorpions in a familiar awkward minuet that has wedded and scarred presidential primary combatants in both parties for almost two decades.
Is she a smart cookie, or what? Like most Republicans seeking statewide office, state Sen. Ann Anderson was in Spokane over the weekend for the county GOP fund-raising dinner. She may have made better use of her trip, doing a series of phone-in radio interviews and newspaper visits to plug her campaign for lieutenant governor ... During one such stop, she explained why she is seeking that job now, when four years ago she ran a tough campaign for a much different statewide post, the lands commissioner. Change of priorities and emphasis, she said, from natural resource and school issues to reforming government. If elected, she'd like to lead a task force on regulatory reform ... Anderson gets the nod for the most unusual gimmicks on her campaign literature to date. The fliers are sealed with a piece of red tape, which one must cut (get it?) to see inside. On the back is her special recipe for chocolate chip "Victory Cookies" which she says she makes every Election Day for her campaign workers. Democrats making up?
Sen. Bob Dole, close to securing the Republican nomination for president, picked up more support Friday from Washington state. Ten days after the March 5 state caucuses, the Republican Party announced that Dole finished with 36 percent of the vote in a nonbinding straw poll of mostly GOP activists. That was 8 percentage points higher than his closest competitor, commentator Pat Buchanan.
Sen. Bob Dole speaks in Cleveland. Photo by Associated Press
Parents of elementary students in Spirit Lake and Athol want a place where their kids can go to get out of the rain during recess. Garwood Elementary teacher Debbie Shepherd wants a bigger room for her 20 students, who are now crammed into a space half the size of a regular classroom.