Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Current and former elected officials also back Quintana
Boise City Council candidate Ben Quintana announced endorsements from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and several other current and former elected officials.
"Initially, I had not planned to weigh in on the Council races, and in particular the open seat,” said Mayor Bieter. “But having had the opportunity to get to know Ben Quintana better in the recent weeks and having looked closely at his positions on the key issues facing our city, I've come to conclude that Ben's vision for Boise is very much in tune with my own vision and priorities as Mayor. I heartily endorse Ben's candidacy and look forward to having his passion, energy, and commitment to promoting livability on the City Council."
Additional endorsements from current and former elected officials who support Quintana include: Boise City Council Member, TJ Thomson; State Senator, District 14, Chuck Winder; Ada County Sheriff, Gary Raney; Garden City Council Member, Kathleen Simko, State Representative, District 18, Phylis King; Former State Senator, District 19, Mike Burkett; Former Democratic National Committeewoman, State Senator and Assistant Democratic Senate Leader, Gail Bray; and Former State Representative, District 18, Branden Durst.
Boise City Council is a non-partisan office. Quintana is running a non-partisan campaign and has drawn broad-based support from the Boise community. For a full list of endorsements and testimonials, please visit www.ben4boise.com/endorsements read more »
Individual participants from six Idaho communities, from all reaches of the state, join Marcia Franklin to discuss why they are taking action. Frickin' frick, when you get Harry, Rigby resident in his mid 60s, calling in support, this movement is definitely tapping a nerve. The link for these episodes is on the Dialogue website and also contains links to sites for each of these movements. The web extra segment follows after the jump. read more »
In case you haven't heard, the fine folks at Occupy Boise helping to focus the traditional media on things that matter to 99% of us, have decided to elevate their profile by forming up a tent city on the site of the old Ada County Courthouse adjacent to the Statehouse. So far it appears there won't be much push back, but we're dealing with bright crimson state officials, so far.
Not sure how we as a society can deploy riot gear encrusted police armed with tear gas and other weapons on people whose only crime is camping. Its not like they ruined the economy. Here's the list of things they need to get going. Please note their number one need, and if that's not doable then do what you can. read more »
I'm not asking for money. I'm asking you for five minutes to do what you've always wanted to do. You get loads of supplications from banksters in the mail everyday. Take a minute to establish a dialogue. Tell them how you feel about junk mail or anything else that may be bothering you.
And for those who think that none of this is gonna make a bit of difference, it already has. If you believe this is just about dirty hippies wanting entitlements, Matt Taibbi pummels that media driven fallacy. Here's a quick and dirty report on the efforts and failures of your government in holding Bankster's accountable. And if you still doubt, know that this movement isn't necessarily divisive, the one percent agree with many of the objectives. Keep your eye on the prize. read more »
and to the Republican Party.
So far, Monday is shaping up to be a long day for Herman Cain amidst the sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced, and his misfortune at having public events scheduled for today, writes Barbara Morrill.
Cain has already appeared at the American Enterprise Institute, where his hosts helpfully blocked any questions about the Politico report about Cain's alleged "sexually suggestive behavior" toward two women during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association, but dodging the bullet may be more difficult at his next stop: the National Press Club.
Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block appeared on MSNBC earlier today and stated that Cain had "never sexually harassed anybody ever, period, end of story," but followed that up with a classic non-denial denial:
I am not personally aware of any cash settlement relating to sexual harassment charges to Mr. Cain.
Further entertainment is scheduled for later today, when Cain will appear on Fox News and, no-doubt, spout off further complaints about the "liberal media."
"And what better venue then Fox?" Morrill said.
Now there are reports that Aides’ Corporation May Have Illegally Gotten Cain Campaign Off The Ground.
All of this reeks of a classic insider Republican hit job.
That's why the sexual harrassment allegations appeared in Politico.
Rove and Crew are scareder than Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, that this crackpot might actually win the nomination.
If that happens, it's Goldwater 1964 all over again. They needed to intervene so Shazam: opposition research is dropped into Politico's lap.
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cable talk shows
the left, the right
many hoppy ales
IKEA black leather sofas
dancing w the stars
we gave you
so much from
weak to stronger
short to longer
must you occupy
a soft couch or
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The current "guest" worker programs, temporary visa programs, have been termed "close to slavery" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. We must be wary of the value of any piece of legislation that is proposed by Tea Party Congressman Raul Labrador. I wouldn't elevate these suggestions or their sponsors as 'interesting,' rather as bait to divide the movement for immigrant rights." - Fred Hirsch
With Congress unable to agree on a comprehensive immigration overhaul, and with states taking immigration matters into their own hands, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho thinks he has an idea that can draw bipartisan support, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Labrador, 43, who spent 15 years as an immigration attorney before riding the Republican wave to Congress last year, one of five Latino Republicans elected -- is right on the mark about some things:
Labrador said his party's immigration rhetoric is a turn-off for many Latino voters who might otherwise be inclined to vote Republican on social and fiscal issues.
"They don't feel welcome in the party, and I think that's a shame," he said. "I think we can change this."
Labrador said that if the party wants to remain relevant, it needs to welcome people of different backgrounds.
"I think it's happening nationally," he said. "We need to continue to have this conversation."
Labrador, a Republican, recently introduced a bill that would speed up applications for permanent residency to foreign-born graduate students who are offered jobs by U.S. employers in high-tech fields.
"Many of these students actually leave," he said in an interview. "They go back to their home country or to our competitors."
Not only would his legislation help boost the U.S. economy by keeping highly educated workers in the country, Labrador said, but it also would help encourage more American students to pursue math- and science-based careers. Labrador said his bill aims to shorten the waiting period for approval of work visas, which can take several years and can discourage talented workers from staying put. While the legislation wouldn't change the process, it would enable students to obtain visas once they've completed their paperwork, which should take no more than two years. read more »
Occupy Boise invites the public to a “FREE! Bazaar” on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM in Capitol Park.
Occupy Boise's mission is to build community among the 99% to address the problems caused by the greed and corruption of the 1%. The “FREE! Bazaar” will be an exhibition of some small-scale, practical ways to serve human needs right now while preparing to address the bigger problems down the road. Don't miss this chance to spend time with friends and neighbors in a completely noncommercial (FREE!) setting.
The “FREE! Bazaar” will feature games, music, zombie face painting, a really free market (where all goods are FREE!), a free-speech soap box, a mass meeting, arts activities, food to share with Food Not Bombs, and educational workshops such as “Know Your Rights,” “Herbalism,” and “Consent”. To experience what it might look like to focus on human needs instead of corporate greed, come to the “FREE! Bazaar” in Capitol Park this Saturday, between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. The park is located at 601 W. Jefferson Street (across from the People's House) in Downtown Boise.
The event is absolutely free of charge and open to folks of all ages and backgrounds. The public is also invited to attend all Occupy Boise meetings to discuss and plan next steps. On Thursday and Friday, Occupy Boise will hold General Assembly meetings from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the House Majority Caucus Room on the 4th floor of the People's House, at 700 W. Jefferson St. On Saturday, our mass meeting will assemble at 2:00 PM at the “FREE! Bazaar” in Capitol Park. Other assembly times can be found on the calendar tab here. read more »
"I was the only council member that did not go along with the proposal for the Bujak contract with the county," - Stephen Kren in the Oct. 12, 2011 Idaho Press Tribune.
"In Nampa the Gang of 4, (Mayor Tom Dale), (Councilwoman Pam)White, (Councilman Martin) Thorne and (Councilman Curtis) Homer have voted for every tax increase they could legally get away with including Urban Renewal which caused the 5% increase to 2012 taxes," writes Ronald M. Harriman on the Idaho Statesman website. "(Councilman) Stephen Kren is the only one who stood against these efforts and singly tried to stop the now infamous Bujak contract."
Here is some background.
According to the Idaho Press Tribune:
(Former Canyon County Prosecutor John) Bujak won over the hearts of voters and his fellow county officers with his sharp campaign to reorganize and improve county prosecutions followed by a first year in office where he appeared to do everything right and nothing wrong.
The idea of saving taxpayer dollars using economy of scale to prosecute Nampa misdemeanor and traffic cases seemed too good to pass up. Although the Idaho Press-Tribune and critics raised concerns about his plan to put proceeds into a private account, the law stood on his side.
In that context, county commissioners and the majority of the Nampa City Council agreed to the Bujak-controlled trust fund — the one that’s almost broke now even though he owes the county six figures.
But what is Kren's real and complete voting history on Bujak?
June 1, 2009 - All council members voted Yes. Page 7. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Sept. 8, 2009 - No dissenting votes on Bujak contract. Page 8. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Aug. 16, 2010 - Kren finally votes Nay, twice. Page 10. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Oct. 18, 2010 - Kren makes the motion to approve the contract with Bujak, just two months after voting No. Page 4. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Food for thought: What changed from Aug. 16 to Oct. 18 that changed Kren's mind and led him to vote in favor of the Bujak contract?
According to yesterday's Idaho Statesman:
Nampa’s Nov. 8 city election ballot is dotted with well-known names. Incumbent Stephen Kren has spent 16 years on the council. Curtis Homer is a four-year council veteran who had been police chief for a dozen years. Some of the challengers should be familiar to voters as well: Bob Henry and Lance McGrath are making their third and second council runs, respectively. ... We believe McGrath and Homer provide the best combination of practical city experience and leadership, and get our endorsement. With nearly four years’ experience on Nampa’s Planning and Zoning Commission, McGrath would come to City Council with some valuable experience.
Kren has cultivated a reputation as a contrarian in his four terms on the council. There is certainly a place for a skeptic on any legislative body; for example, Kren wisely voted against Nampa’s ill-advised and poorly structured contract with former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak. But for us, the edge goes to McGrath, because he has better ideas for the future. read more »
Dear fellow Boisean,
As your newly elected Boise City Council Member, I will focus on strengthening our local economy and supporting job creation initiatives – key ingredients that will make Boise the most livable city in the country. City leaders have the ability to assist in these efforts by building a great environment that allows businesses and communities to thrive. By working in partnership with key stakeholders, crafting innovative policies and legislation, and planning smart for the future, we can create a better tomorrow.
Through experience, I’ve learned that a small group of hard working citizens can accomplish anything. When people come together, ideas spread and solutions emerge. By working as a team with the City Council members, Mayor and citizens of Boise, I believe we will continue to discover new solutions to our unique challenges and implement plans to strengthen our local economy and create high paying jobs.
Over the years, I’ve spoken to thousands of citizens, businesses, and community leaders and listened to their concerns about our future. I’ve become passionately involved in the ongoing success of our city and want to do everything I can to preserve and enhance the qualities that make Boise unique. Below are just a few of the ideas I’ve developed and gathered by listening to our citizens. As I work to implement our ideas, I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts on city issues and communicating your vision for a better Boise. This is our city. Let’s make it great.
I will work aggressively, yet diplomatically to strengthen our local economy and support job creation initiatives by:
Attracting new companies to Boise
Developing new and existing companies
Growing local businesses
Turning ideas into reality
Connecting people and pooling resources
Attracting more dollars into and circulating within Boise
In addition to strengthening our local economy, we must also continue working to make Boise the most livable city in the country. To work toward accomplishing this vision, I will focus on:
Building on Boise’s strengths
Expanding Boise’s public art and cultural diversity
Strengthening our commitment to quality education
Improving our transportation system
Encouraging more leaders
Tapping into new ideas and energy
Yours in service, Ben
Vote Ben Quintana for Boise City Council
PO Box 7734
Boise, ID 83707
These are Ben's ideas. What would you like to see? Share your ideas for Boise below.
... exactly what America needs (snark):
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain came down hard on immigration Saturday on the campaign trail, telling crowds in Tennessee that part of his policy would be to build an electrified fence on the Mexican border that could potentially kill anyone trying to enter the country illegally.
The New York Times relays Cain's description of the fence: "It's going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you -- Warning.'"
He backed away from that proposal Sunday morning, however, saying he wasn't serious about the idea.
"That's a joke, David," he told NBC's David Gregory on "Meet The Press." "That's not a serious plan."
As you know, I will have no opponent in the election for Boise City Council. This good fortune is due to your early support and the impact of the strong campaign work we undertook over the summer. Thank you.
The fact that I do not have an opponent offers me a rare opportunity that I intend to maximize. I didn’t choose to lead to win elections. Short-term political victories are not the ultimate goal. Rather, advancing issues and policies that will have a positive impact on this great City is what really matters.
To that end, I’ll keep talking about these things and working hard to make my vision a reality. Boise’s future is too important to sit idly by just because I don’t have an opponent. In the weeks leading up to the election, I will be talking about Boise’s future – and what it takes to make us a model City in the West, creating a livable community that compares to no other.
The track record for Lauren McClean speaks for itself. She's worked to protect Boise’s foothills. McLean has worked hard to increase funding for schools. She has helped make new bus routes to meet neighborhood needs a reality. McLean has encouraged sustainable growth, community economic centers, urban agriculture and strong arts in Boise’s Comprehensive Plan. read more »
The title says it all.... We have a Candidate for Congress and it is a over a year before the election. This man is a Democrat! He is also a retired NFL player. He gave a very articulate speech at the JFK dinner tonight.....OK lets get someone in to run in the second district.
here comes the march of the dumb
like witches on meth
or frogs on a drum
one two four three
they are wet lipped w tea baggery
fence posts are smarter
bricks r more fun
tea party members dig themselves
then sniff at their thumbs
numb to the parts and the sum
oh here it comes,
here comes the march of the dumb
they walk into light posts
chant at the sun
denser than fruitcakes
smelling like chum
their bibles have pictures
comic book superhero god's son
with a stars and stripes cape
a Dodge Ram half ton
let's help these morans
buy even more high cap handguns read more »
Redistricting Panel 2.0 approved a map setting forth legislative districts for the next ten years. Take a look at this .pdf. There's some grumbling, particularly up north on the monstrous size of district 7 and its geographic disparity. This map will result in a change of personnel in the Statehouse pitting incumbents against incumbents, some of whom are in House leadership. I'm personally pleased with the urban heavy districts in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Nampa and Couer d'Alene, where Democrats will have a fighting chance. But those appear to come at a price in Moscow and Lewiston. Take a look and leave comments about the good, the bad, and the ugly. read more »
Good God let's
continue to demand class enrichment
laws to accelerate the velocity of inequitable
let us collude, obfuscate, pontificate
until it is too late
we got ours and we'll grab yours
let us break social contracts
burn safety nets in the bonfires of our greed
and bottomless tar pits of privilege
Lord take the poor, vulnerable, needy
get them jobs at IHOP scrambling my eggs
burning my steak
in Your name we take
the mirror of the window of the universe
opens to the transcended mind prism parallax
i see you and you see me and what we see is enmity
is amity amity amity ville
horror what you see is horror horror horror
where is your shining parallax god son now as the window
the mobarity of my third eye opens a new window sees the parallax
mind mind opens
mobarity mind opens
mitt mobarity mitt parallax
rick read more »