Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: That post-primary hangover

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Last night's primary brought a few interesting surprises: Incumbent Leonard Christian looks like he was kicked out of the 4th Leg State Representative race by former Spokane Valley mayor Diana Wilhite and by Bob McCaslin, Jr., son of the late State Sen. and Valley council member Bob McCaslin. 

Treasurer candidate Mary Kuney, despite have a massive funding advantage and the support of all three commissioners, couldn't get past Republican incumbent Rob Chase or Democratic challenger Amy Biviano. 

And despite the liberal vote being split between former Commissioner Bonnie Mager (running as an independent) and Democrat Mary Lou Johnson, Johnson was still leading incumbent Republican Commissioner Al French by just a hair. (Bloglander)

Now it appears to be Idaho's turn to deal with massive wildfires. Evacuation orders have been issued do to a fire near Lewiston. (KREM)

The Coeur d'Alene city council votes to purchase two miles of old railroad bed. (CDA Press)

The challenge to negotiating with Hamas: Even Hamas can't control Hamas. (NYT)

NYT columnist Josh Barro suggests ending the corporate income tax — not to let rich corporate owners off the hook, but to tax shareholders instead, preventing tax dodges. (NYT)

What happens when the anti-incumbent Tea Party challenger becomes the incumbent? They lose their reelection. (TheWire)

With Ebola spreading in Liberia, the search for a scapegoat to blame for God's wrath is on. (Washington Post)


Yes, Nathan for You did feature a naked old man in a hot dog bun costume last night, but there was a very good reason for that. (Comedy Central)

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Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters was a staff reporter for the Inlander from 2009 to 2023. He reported on a wide swath of topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.His work investigated deep flaws in the Washington...