Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter delivered a couple of Idaho firsts today: He delivered the annual State of the State address at Boise State University, since the Capitol is under renovation.
And he used PowerPoint, that slide-show technology known for distracting bored meeting-goers everywhere.
Both of those went fine. But it's doubtful he'll get anywhere near a teleprompter again anytime soon.
"I have to tell you, if I pause in inappropriate spots it's because something is going on with this teleprompter," Otter said, shaking his head. "I'm not always looking for applause. But I appreciate it."
For which he got applause.
Full speech text after the jump.
Last year's session of the Idaho Legislature featured lots of chatter about the possibility of creating a "Treasure Valley caucus," a group of bipartisan lawmakers from the area that would band together on things they all agreed upon.
Today, at least one member of that group said 'fuggedaboudit.'
Interstate 84? Closed because of airborne semis landing in all the wrong places.
Canyon County? Dark.
Highway 21? Shut down because of sudden appearance of mashed potatoes on highway.
We're not sure if this is a response to the Iowa caucus returns or not (ID Dems: Yay. ID GOP: Grump).
We knew it: Armageddon is here.
Idaho Democrats elected Hailey attorney Keith Roark to be their party's chairman over the weekend.
Roark bested former gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brady for the job.
The intra-party sniping began early and continued late in the blogosphere. Conspiracy!
With Roark's election, the Idaho Democratic Party now has its leadership in the Legislature and the party all centered in the resort community of Sun Valley and environs.