Administrators Gear Up For New Literacy Law

As I read this, my first thought was “and if literacy keeps declining, are you going to remove the funding?”  The education-industrial complex has done a great job of marketing themselves as just needing more money. Funny, education was better when per student spending was significantly less.  The legislator who sponsored this year’s signature literacy …

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Faith-healing practitioner: ‘Our goal is eternity, it isn’t here’

It’ll be interesting to see how the Idaho Legislators deal with this.  Dan Sevy, a member of the Followers of Christ and a practitioner of faith healing, told lawmakers today, “I want to point out that we believe in freedom of health care. Not free health care, but freedom of choice in health care.” Sevy, …

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New ACLU Lawsuit: Pasco’s Voting System Weakens Latino Voice

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following up on a lawsuit that forced voting changes in Yakima with a similar case against Pasco, alleging that the way the city runs its elections weakens the political voice of Latinos. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, the ACLU says that …

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Boise High School Covers Old Native American Logo

An Idaho school district has painted over a mural that some considered disrespectful to Native Americans. KTVB-TV reports that officials say the former logo depicting a stereotyped Native American doesn’t reflect the current culture of Boise Schools. The school mascot is still the “Braves,” but the logo hasn’t been used for 25 years. District spokesman …

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Trump To Visit Washington, Oregon, Within Next Month

Campaign officials said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest within the next month for rallies and fundraisers. Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, the deputy director for the Washington state campaign, said Thursday that while the dates and locations are still being worked out, Trump will visit Washington …

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Idaho Legislators Study Religious Exemption

Idaho’s religious exemption from charges of child abuse, neglect, child injury and manslaughter, passed in the 1970s to accommodate faith-healing groups, came under close scrutiny at a legislative hearing Thursday. “The religious exemption is the only place in the child protective act that places the parent’s right before the child,” Mary Jo Beig, an attorney …

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Idaho Group Backtracks On Plastic Bag Maker Accusations

Whoops! Sorry about that. Back to our hole… An Idaho environmental group that accused a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste says it made a mistake. The Idaho Conservation League in a joint statement Monday with Novolex says that after reviewing information it now understands that a facility operated …

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Tuition cuts at state universities has been a surprising success

Imagine that. Surprise, surprise!  A year ago, Washington became the first state to substantially lower tuition since the recession. The Legislature poured nearly $160 million directly into the coffers of colleges and universities and capped how much they are allowed to charge students. Some called it a “historic” effort to pull skyrocketing tuition rates back …

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DNC Headquarters Mobbed By Republican Refugees Seeking Asylum

Via Andy Borowitz:  A humanitarian crisis has been unfolding over the past week as Republican refugees seeking asylum have overrun the Democratic National Committee headquarters, in Washington, D.C. D.N.C. staffers have confirmed that they were woefully unprepared for the masses of desperate Republicans who have shown up at the D.N.C.’s door, looking for safe harbor. …

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Groups File Suit To Block New Washington Charter Schools Law

They are blocking positive educational options because they are “for the kids”. Uh-huh. Follow the money into the pockets of the teacher unions… Teachers unions, parents and other groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Washington’s new charter school law, a measure that was enacted last spring after the state Supreme Court struck down the old …

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Latah County Revenues Higher Than Expected

Well done to the Latah County Board of County Commissioners!  Latah County got good news about its current budget Wednesday. Initial figures indicate the county’s revenues from sales and liquor taxes are higher than the estimates predicted last year. The county commissioners discussed the year’s revenues to date, as well as considerations of county employee …

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GOP Frustrations With Trump Mount

Their party in crisis, Republicans’ frustration with Donald Trump reached new heights on Wednesday as party leaders on Capitol Hill and inside New York’s Trump Tower scrambled to persuade their presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale. Party Chairman Reince Priebus appealed to the New York billionaire’s …

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Overall Crime Down In Pullman: Police Department Releases 2015 Annual Report

They have a category “Crimes Against Society”. These are “crimes” that hurt no one but the individual himself, but it’s a crime nevertheless. You’ll have to read to the end to see what it is.  Crimes against people, property and society declined in Pullman between 2014-15, according the Pullman Police Department’s 2015 Annual Report. While …

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Obama: Trump is unfit to be president

In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama castigated Donald Trump as “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House. He challenged Republicans to withdraw their support for their party’s nominee, declaring, “There has to come a point at which you say ‘enough.’ “ While Obama has long been critical of Trump, his blistering …

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