Pin It
Favorite

Quotes & amp;amp; Notes 

by Inlander Staff


It's that time of year again. Sure, it's time to pick our leaders who will represent us as major decisions are pondered. Yadda, yadda, yadda. More important, of course, is that it's time for another installment of The Inlander's Campaign Awards.





Best Use of a Prop in a TV Ad -- George Nethercutt won this one back in 1994 for using his golden retriever to scold Tom Foley: "I'd never kick my dog." That was pure genius. This time around, who could miss the ad with Alan Blinken, the U.S. Senate candidate for Idaho, furiously cleaning his gigantic gun. It's like the camera's bugging him during his daily devotion. He does glance up just long enough to point out that his opponent, Larry Craig, doesn't even have a license to kill animals in his home state. But then he's back to cleaning that sucker out for the next conquest!





Best Campaign Photo -- Head shots are the name of the game during campaign season, so why not set yourself apart? That seems to be the thinking of Thomas R. Macy, the Libertarian candidate for Kootenai County Commissioner, District One.





Best Low-Budget Strategy -- Jeff Knox, a first-time Republican candidate for state representative from the Third District of Washington, found a way to woo voters from the side of the road. If you happened to drive by his corner, you'd notice him holding a sign: "Will Work for Votes."





Best Non-Issue -- Puget Sound gets the lion's share of the benefits of R-51. Thus goes the refrain from some East-of-the-Mountainers who won't support anything that might give Puget Sound more than its fair share. The fact is, Puget Sound pulls more than its fair share. It is the economic engine of the entire state, and the taxes generated there support the rest of us.





Best Predictor of Victory -- In the seven city council races for the new Spokane Valley Council, differences have been hard to find. But there are a couple of areas in which local candidates have been trying to outdo each other. We have a hunch that winning candidates may well be determined not by their stands on sewers and police, but by how long they have lived in the Valley and how fruitful they have been. Long neglected as criteria for politicians, this new city aims to do things differently, and why not start here? If you've lived in the Valley your whole life, you've got a great chance. Add in eight or so grandkids, and you're a shoo-in.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Growing Pains
  • Growing Pains

    When the only constant is change itself, we'd best saddle up and make the most of it
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Access for Sale?
  • Access for Sale?

    Trail Mix: Clinton's shaky Foundation, Trump's questionable staffers
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Why I'm With Her
  • Why I'm With Her

    Ignore the chants: Hillary Clinton has earned America's trust from her life of public service
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Silver Valley Showdown

Silver Valley Showdown @ Silver Mountain Ski Resort

Sat., Aug. 27

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Inlander Staff

Most Commented On

  • 'Unreasonable Threat to Life and Property'

    Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • 'End of Story'

    Condon administration aims to close the controversial Frank Straub chapter — but last week's scathing report has irrevocably changed the narrative
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • A Persistent Life
  • A Persistent Life

    Scott Reed won more cases than he lost in life, and the beauty of the Coeur d'Alene area has been the beneficiary
    • May 27, 2015
  • People vs. Machines
  • People vs. Machines

    It's time to end the war on people
    • Jan 14, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation