Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgensen made John Stewart's Daily Show, which was broadcast from the Twin Cities during the Republican National Convention.
The state senator, who hails from Hayden Lake, told a fake Daily Show correspondent all about small town America.
Traditional marriage, uh, uh, help me out here... church, Christian church... Jewish Church...(@ 1:12)
Ada County is pushing absentee voting this year by sending an absentee request card to every registered voter, throwing off the timing of some campaigns that thought they were going to get their own supporters to vote absentee first... read about it first at boiseweekly.com.
The Idaho delegation to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. cast 26 votes for John McCain and Sarah Palin, with it's six Ron Paul supporters refusing to cast a nominating vote.
Project VoteSmart, a national database of politicians, candidates and their positions, has released its totals for this year’s surveys. Only four of nine federal candidates in Idaho agreed to answer the group's questions, and 37 percent of state office seekers responded.
They call it the Political Courage Test, and 37 percent is not a bad response rate for state offices, Project VoteSmartspokesman Brandon Horton said.
I asked Horton why Idaho candidates should care about this national survey (which happens to be based in Montana).
“Our test and the organization itself is completely nonpartisan,” Horton said. So of the dozens of surveys candidates are asked to fill out during election season, VoteSmart has a track record, a national scale and a board of directors that warrant some attention.
The group’s board includes both George McGovern and Newt Gingrich. It used to include John McCain, according to Horton, but he was forced off the board when he refused to answer the questionnaire, a requirement for all board members.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also declined the survey in her bid for governor, but maybe she should get a second chance now that she’s playing in a different league.
From freelancer Ben Westhoff, roving the streets of St. Paul this week: One of the hot commodities on the streets at the GOP National Convention pays homage to the toe-tapping that a) made Idaho's senior senator famous or b) made the MSP bathroom famous or c) made the GOP pick that fair Metro Area for its convention.
John McCain's pick of Alaska governor Sarah Palin gave Idaho Republicans-some of whom are bred from the same cloth (described in this Anchorage Press story as "Christian Republicans of the 'wholesome' variety"-something to cheer, for the first time in this post-primary season.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sent this congratulations:
“I believe that Governor Palin is a great fit for the ticket. I think she brings a lot of balance. I know that everyone knows and understands that she is a westerner. She was born in Sandpoint. She was educated at the University of Idaho. That certainly helps. But in the short time that I have known Governor Palin…she has been very involved in the Western Governor’s Conference, in the National Governor’s Association on primarily education matters, criminal justice, natural resources, and transportation and she has always provided a lot of leadership and a lot of input to the other Governors that I don’t believe that understand as much of the western problems that we have. So I think she is a great fit for the McCain ticket and is going to bring the balance that we need.”Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko was at U of I the same time as Palin and told the Idaho Statesman: "I don't recall ever having met her, but we'll fix that next week ... We were all pretty excited to go to Minneapolis but we're really, really excited now."
"This is an exciting and surprising day for Idaho. Although many of us had expected to see Gov. Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket, I join other Idahoans in offering sincere congratulations to Gov. Sarah Palin, a native daughter and alumnus of one of our state's great universities. Her reputation as a champion of reform and enemy of corruption sends yet another message that people from both parties are ready for change in Washington, D.C."The Anchorage Press profile is a really good read if you want to get to know Palin a little better.
Another interlocutor wants to know about transportation. “That's a great question,” Palin says, “Thanks for asking it” - and then talks about keeping all the options on the table and getting the best minds involved in the debate and doing what's right for Alaskans, and respecting Alaska's constitution, and the importance of small government and local control, and what an honor it would be to serve her questioner and AlaskaIn Idaho that is a common answer to lots of questions too. Constitution, local control, keep options table open small gov....