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OLYMPIA – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Washington legislators to “be bold, be courageous” and require wider background checks on gun sales. Gun rights advocates urged lawmakers to protect constitutional rights and pass a competing initiative. But even before testimony began in a packed hearing room Tuesday, it was clear the Legislature is likely to do neither.
The play “Coeur d’Alene” by Arizonan Lisa Jayne is based on events in the Lake City in 1998 when Steve Judy was a 27-year-old mayor. It focuses on Judy’s handling of a request from the Aryan Nations to stage a parade in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The names have changed. But you can recognize some of the characters. “Thomas Metzler” is former Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler. “Danny White” is human-rights activist Tony Stewart. Judy and his wife, Michelle, are identified under their own names.