Boise's City Council goes where Idaho's Legislature won't

An editorial sneak preview. Since I have a column running Thursday, this won't make the paper until Friday. But here's the draft.

On Tuesday night, a City Council of six showed more courage than a Legislature of 105.

The Boise City Council voted unanimously to stand up for their consitutuents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Idaho's nuclear waste debate: the next chapter

Jeff Sayer would like Idahoans to take a good long time thinking about — and talking about — nuclear waste.

Even though voters spoke loudly in 1996, when they overwhelmingly ratified an agreement to close Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste in 2035.

And even though Sayer’s boss, Gov. Butch Otter, has said emphatically that he opposes allowing Idaho to become “the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.”

The $9,000 sockeye? There is a better answer

Here's a draft of our lead editorial for Wednesday:

Compared to Lonesome Larry — who swam from the Pacific Ocean into legend two decades ago — today’s Idaho sockeye have a lot of company.

In 2012, 243 sockeye salmon made the improbable trip to Central Idaho’s Redfish Lake, following the migration route Lonesome Larry traveled alone in 1992. Returns topped 1,000 apiece in 2010 and 2011.

This considerable improvement has come at a considerable cost — calculated by the Seattle Times at $9,000 per fish since 1991.

Crapo, Risch vote against U.N. disabilities treaty

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 36 Republican colleagues in blocking a United Nations treaty addressing the rights of the disabled.

The treaty — known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — received a 61-38 vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority required to pass a treaty.

Details about the vote — and the treaty — from Jim Abrams of the Associated Press:

Could Idaho's Crapo be a dealmaker on the Senate Banking Committee?

Maybe, according to a profile at, the online Beltway insiders' news site.

Idaho's senior senator could play a key role in seeking bipartisan consensus on housing and financial regulation, says POLITICO's Patrick Reis.

An excerpt from Reis' profile:

"(Crapo) said he believes the panel is on the verge of a more cooperative era and that there is more to agree on than meets the eye.

“'We will try to build common consensus-based solutions between the members of the committee,' he told POLITICO.

Arnold urges Boise council to reconsider Bieter's raise

Rebecca Arnold isn't backing down from her fight with Boise City Hall — and, specifically, her criticism of a pay raise for Mayor Dave Bieter.

On Monday, the Boise resident and Ada County Highway District commissioner asked the council to reconsider raises that would increase Bieter's annual salary from its current $91,229 to $113,059 by 2015.

Idaho legislators to get an overdue, encouraging education in ethics

Here's a draft of our Tuesday editorial:

Usually, when the words “Idaho Legislature” and “ethics” wind up in the same sentence, things end badly.

Today, we present and praise the exception to the rule.

When the Legislature’s large freshman class meets for orientation this week, the newcomers will spend part of Wednesday afternoon in ethics training. Since nearly a third of the 2013 Legislature has no Statehouse experience — two senators and a whopping 29 House members are newbies — Ethics 101 couldn’t be better timed.

Otter praises Idaho nuclear commission for answering 'some tough questions'

Idahoans will have the next month to comment on a "progress report" submitted by a gubernatorial panel reviewing the mission of the Idaho National Laboratory.

On Monday, Gov. Butch Otter hailed the work of his Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission.

Fundamentally fair, artfully simple: Boise's anti-discrimination ordinance should pass

Here's a draft of our Sunday editorial:

No one should have to fear losing their job or their apartment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

That’s a matter of fundamental fairness. And it’s also a fairly simple concept. Several of Boise’s largest employers — Micron, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot and St. Luke’s Health System — have such anti-discrimination policies on the books. Boise City Hall adopted a similar anti-discrimination workplace policy in 2006.

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Legislative leadership races: Will baggage weigh down Denney and Davis?

Next week’s GOP legislative leadership races may hinge on, well, leadership.

That’s fitting, since there aren’t deep philosophical distinctions between the candidates. And the absence of ideological differences makes the races even tougher to handicap.

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