Lateblogging again, on the 101st day of the Obama administration. citydesk participated in a call for regional reporters with Vice President Joe Biden yesterday. We never got a chance to ask our question, but here are two clips from the phone presser that we found interesting.
"Of course, coffee shop affiliations can be a touchy topic. While numerous sources reported that Otter was once a frequent visitor [at Dawson], Hanian was quick to deny that the governor was doing any caffeinated flip-flopping."Ledgard's customers--Dawson has a distinctive group of regulars--had urged him for some time to confront the governor over his choice of Spokane-based Hammer, which has nine shops in Washington and Idaho. And last week he did, approaching the governor as he left the shop.
The “Buy Idaho” message is simple but profound: Doing business with the family helps us all. That was the idea 20 years ago when I helped found Buy Idaho, and it’s still the idea today.
Amy Goodman, who was in Boise last night delivering a speech at the Linen Building to benefit Boise Community Radio, stuck around to film a fascinating show this morning in the studios of Treasure Valley Community Television.
Capitol Confidential blogger and Times-News Reporter Jared Hopkins recounted our recent exchange with Rep. Scott Bedke, who is apparently still miffed about a recent Unda' the Rotunda in which we spit roasted his economic theories. (Why hasn't anyone added that article yet as a source on Wikipedia?)
"Was the mere mention of the Boise Weekly…alarming? A sign of the apocalypse? A prearranged signal to disperse?"For our part, we think Bedke is right. If society, including those of us who work at Boise Weekly, are not asked to pony up for our roads, than we all share some of the blame when the break-up hits. Asphalt break up, that is.
No, no, not THAT kind of gay Republican flick. This one is a documentary from Kirby Dick that opens Friday at the Tribeca Film Fest in New York.
Dick's world view is best expressed in the film by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of the few gay congressmen who has voluntarily come out of the closet, who says: "There is a right to privacy, there's no right to hypocrisy."
It's a well-packaged effort covering the Reagan years and the birth of the religious right to the present, wrapping up the stories of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, Virginia Rep. Ed Schrock, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign manager Ed Mehlman, former GOP National Field Director Dan Gurley, former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe, former Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery, and current congressman David Dreier, into a tightly wound exposé of closeted D.C.IndieWIRE also has a review. The film opens in four more cities on May 8. No word on when it's coming to Boise.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama made a major speech on America's energy future from the floor of a former Maytag plant in Iowa that is now a windmill factory.
"We also need to find safer ways to use nuclear power and store nuclear waste."The rest of the speech focused on harnessing wind at sea, ramping up domestic oil exploration and creating millions of "clean energy" jobs, not least of which will be in energy efficiency retrofits.
"The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy – it’s a choice between prosperity and decline. We can remain the world’s leading importer of oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy. We can allow climate change to wreak unnatural havoc, or we can create jobs working to prevent its worst effects."That evening--Earth Day, it was--in Mountain Home, some 200 people gathered to state their minds on a nuclear power plant proposed for their commmunity. The so-called Idaho Energy Complex would be located in rural Elmore County, some 60 miles from Boise. Though the three county commissioners are just now considering whether the land where the plant is proposed should convert to an industrial use or remain farm ground, it was clear to everyone in the room that lines were being drawn around the sensibility of pursuing nuclear power.
Dispatch from Brazil:
The Boise Department of Parks and Rec won't allow a group of small farmers to use Capitol Park as a venue for a Wednesday night farmers market, according to a memo presented to the Parks and Rec Commission yesterday.
While Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent boastful letters to Idaho Tea Partiers this week, and Rep. Mike Simpson sent good tidings as well, Idaho Democrats had a a message for the throngs as well.
"Idahoans agree that we must take aggressive action to get our country out of the current recession. Americans are frustrated that eight years of irresponsible policies pursued by the Bush administration have left the economy in a shambles with record deficits, record unemployment and record home foreclosures...