October 27 2004 



Boise State University President Bob Kustra hosts an "Election Countdown" panel with Boise State professors Jim Weatherby and Gary Moncrief from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Student Union Hatch B Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature informal dialogue between the three participants on the upcoming general election. Discussion will include potential electoral college outcomes in the presidential race, expected voter turnout, the use of new voting technologies, an assessment of Idaho legislative races and a summary of Idaho's "Deliberation Day" and how Idaho voters compare to the rest of the nation. Panelists will also take questions from the audience.

Kustra served two terms as lieutenant governor of Illinois and was also a member of the Illinois Legislature for 10 years. Weatherby is a political analyst, chair of the Public Policy and Administration Department and director of the Public Policy Center. Political scientist Moncrief is a leading scholar in the field of legislative studies, including term limits, redistricting and the effect of the electoral systems on female and minority candidates.


"The Legacy & Future of Nuclear Weapons" is the topic of the Snake River Alliance Community Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 6. Guest speaker is Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. The event takes place at First Congregational Church, 2201 Woodlawn Ave. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. Cost is $6 for SRA members, $7 for nonmembers, $2 for children. For more info call SRA at 344-9161 or e-mail eceja@snakeriveralliance.org.


Can a doughnut change the world? Probably not (would that it could!), but it can sweeten this year's Presidential election. Stop by the Krispy Kreme at 1525 N. Eagle Road in Meridian now through Nov. 2 and cast your vote by choosing a Bush (red), Kerry (blue) or third party sprinkled doughnut. The results will be posted every day in the store. Extra bonus: for every sprinkled doughnut you buy you will receive a free original Krispy Kreme doughnut.


Overheard (factually and actually!) at the MOB (Mothers Opposing Bush) rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 21:

"Get the foreigners out!"

--Shouted by the driver a new orange Volkswagen Beetle with a large Bush/Cheney sign in the back window who pulled up to the curb

"My people have been here 5,000 years. Why don't you go back to Germany!"

--Response from a MOB rally participant


U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1,104 U.S. service members have died (including nine from Idaho) since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 846 in combat and 258 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 8,150. Last week two U.S. soldiers died.

Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 966 soldiers have died and 7,608 have been injured.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 13,908 and 16,033.

Source: www.iraqbodycount.org

COST OF IRAQ WAR: $141,986,000,000.

Source: costofwar.com

--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell

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