Tomorrow's BW contains a story about a pitched battle between a pair of liberal Idaho bloggers and a right wing radio shock jock in Burley.
"I had the option of not doing an interview with him, that was my option and I thought, you know what, I am never gonna to run away, I am never gonna to stick my tail between my legs and not answer anybody’s questions on this because I don’t want to be ever like the low-life vermin of these bloggers that have no courage and no conviction to stand up for what they say by putting their names or attributing to themselves anything to do with those blogs. They are cowards of the keyboard."That's just a little preview of the story to come... check the News section at boiseweekly.com at midnight tonight, if you just can't wait, and listen here:
“Well, Zeb because that’s the thing that’s happening all over this nation is we’re trying to redefine the purpose of man being here on the earth…If those people want that kind of lifestyle we will do away with the human race. That’s what it was intended to do. Zeb I appreciate your position on this.”The interview has sparked demands for Stevenson's resignation, an article in the Times-News and, need we say, a slew of blog entries.
The guy who has Karl Rove's old job—deputy chief of staff to the president—was in Boise last weekend as a guest of the Idaho Democratic Party ... and of his mother in Nampa.
While Jim Messina, 39, bragged of being a "private schemer" (as opposed to a public speaker), he was more mama's boy than Bush's brain.
"How am I doing, Mom?" Messina asked in the middle of his speech at the Democrats' annual Frank Church Banquet. (Mom was gushing.)
Idaho's Stimulus Executive Committee met this morning to begin advising Gov. Otter on how to spend Idaho's share of the state's estimated $1 billion in Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
In a rare feat of transparency, Gov. C. L. Butch Otter has put all of the state stimulus proposals online, within about 24 hours of receiving them.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter got to know the next generation of business leaders on Wednesday when he attended a lunch sponsored by Boise Young Professionals.
Standing before a crowd of more than 200 Boise business people—nearly all in their 20s and 30s—the 66-year-old Otter shared his personal and political background, touted his support for the 10th Amendment and states' rights, and said unemployment is his biggest concern in the current economic climate.
With his right arm still in a sling from recent surgery to repair the damage of a cattle roping injury, Otter waxed on about his political position and espoused the virtues of groups like BYP, which he said lend incredible political power to younger generations.
While many in the audience wanted to know specifics about the economy, the federal stimulus plan and other pressing issues, Otter offered largely generalities about the current national situation. When it came to the recession, he asked how many people remembered the recession in 1982 and 1983, a question which led to silences as most of the audience remembered their grade-school years.
Otter said he continues to have strong hope for the state economy, due in large part to the enterprising work of new and growing businesses like the ones represented before him in the expanses of downtown Boise's Rose Room.
Listen to Otter's own comments and answers by checking out the video links.
We just caught Michael Franti's blog post on his shows in Idaho to benefit the Special Olympics. Franti played benefit shows in Boise and in Sun Valley.
It was a huge honor and fantastic fun to play at the 2009 Special Olympic Winter Games in Sun Valley, Idaho. I want to give a big shout out to all the athletes; organizers and volunteers who have continued this journey dedicated to making all people feel special and included. It was a huge community effort and I was particularly moved by receiving a hand knitted blue and white scarf (the Special Olympic colors) from a fan at the show in Boise. Organizers of the event had called to the people of Idaho to make 5000 scarves for the athletes and their families by the time the opening ceremonies began they had received 55,000!!!Franti goes on to say his thumb is still numb from playing the outdoor pavilion at Sun Valley and talks about his visit with the athletes.
When I put it on the next morning I felt the stitching with my fingertips and thought wow someone stayed up late in the night, like my mother did when I was a kid, stitching this scarf for a complete stranger and now those hours are wrapped around my neck (and voice) keeping me warm.
citydesk bumped into an Idaho Statesman reporter last week who pointed out that BW had not been picking on the daily as much of late. We agreed it had been a few months, and offered that we had more important things to do.
But then, a few days later, the Statesman arrived on our tiled stoop a few inches shorter and thinner, complete with an explanatory pamphlet.
"Busy readers will find even more to like in the new Statesman," the top of the fold bragged.
In newspaper land, that is code for, "we're dumbing it down because we can't afford as much ink anymore."
The Statesman confirms as much in an inside (inside the sports section, that is) business story sidebar: "The paper is 1 inch narrower and about 2 inches shorter, matching the emerging industry standard. It's the same size as USA Today and the Wall Street Journal."