- Monday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation says President Obama lacks a coherent strategy for fighting ISIS. 110 of 182 respondents (60.44%) said Obama lacks a coherent strategy for fighting the Islamic terrorists. Only 56 (30.77%) said he has a solid strategy in the war on terrorism in Iraq and Syria. 16 (8.79%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: How big of a problem is racism in this country?
About half of Americans, 49 percent, say that racism is "a big problem," according to a new national poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation. A third of Americans, 33 percent, described racism as "somewhat of a problem" in society, while 9 percent said it is "a small problem" and 7 percent said it is "not a problem at all." The percentage who describe racism as "a big problem" has surged 21 points since 2011, when it stood at 28 percent, according to CNN. It's now above the 41 percent seen in 1995 after the O.J. Simpson trial. The topic of race ticked upward last year following a series of fatal shootings of black men by white police officers, and it was the focal point surrounding this year's Charleston, S.C., church massacre/The Hill. More here.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is far and away the most popular senator among his own constituents, a new Morning Consult poll reveals. The veteran lawmaker, who is also a Democratic candidate for president, scored an 83 percent approval rating among voters in Vermont. His 13 percent disapproval rating also ranks as the lowest in the country. Sanders's closest rival for the top spot among Democrats is fellow Vermonter Sen. Patrick Leahy, who received a commendable 71 percent approval rating with just 22 percent of voters disapproving of his performance. The most popular Republican senator, among the GOP 2016 field, is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Fifty-two percent of Texans approve of his work in Congress, while 32 disapprove/The Hill. More here.
Question: I don't get Sanders' phenomenon. Is it because he's an Independent -- and seems more interested in the welfare of Americans than ideology espoused by usual suspects?
GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz has named Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane as his Idaho state chairman, and former state GOP Chairman Norm Semanko as his state campaign director. “Idaho is an important state for us, and with Ron serving as our chairman and Norm as our state director, we gain two of the most respected conservatives in the state,” Cruz said in a press release. Crane said, “Idaho is a state that I believe Ted Cruz will win next March. … Ted Cruz has a proven track record of not wavering or ducking the tough battles”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Cruz said that "Idaho is an important state for us." Is that lip service? Or is ruby-red Idaho truly a prize for Republican presidential candidates?
Nearly three months after the Pullman Planned Parenthood office was firebombed, police say there are no suspects in the case. Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said detectives followed lots of early leads to their logical conclusions, and in recent weeks the number of leads has diminished. "It's kind of a waiting game at this point," Tennant said. "Solving crimes is not a linear thing, you can put in all the effort and not solve a thing." He said the case remains active and one lead could offer detectives the information they need to move the investigation forward and make an arrest.An award of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction in the arson/Josh Babcock, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
The Tamarack RV Resort on Government Way suffered tremendous damage, as last week's windstorm destroyed five RVs, leaving some homeless. Tim and Charlee Morgan, along with their 7-year-old daughter, Alyssa, now consider themselves homeless again after a tree completely totalled the motor home in which they lived. They did not have insurance, and Red Cross cannot help them, either. For the time being, Charlee said, they have been staying at a motel and with some friends and family. “We met with Red Cross (Monday) morning and they gave us $375, but that’s all they can do,” she said. “They don’t help people who live in motor homes.” This isn’t the first time they have been homeless, Charlee said/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: When I see the damage and hear the horror stories of individuals who survived the brunt of Wind Storm 2015, I'm amazed more people weren't killed or seriously injured. Thoughts?
Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency approved as much as $1.6 million for the planned Mullan Avenue realignment construction project. "It's just going to be a whole improvement in that area," said Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer, who is also a board member for urban renewal agency ignite cda. Traffic on Mullan between Northwest Boulevard and Park Drive has dwindled since the eduction corridor work was completed. City officials also have sought to better connect City Park and Memorial Field, allowing pedestrians to walk between both parks more safely. The Mullan work will cost $2 million. The city has budgeted $400,000 to cover some of the expense, and ignite's money will cover the rest/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
DFO: Gee, another major improvement to Coeur d'Alene, brought to us by ignite cda. Can't Mary Souza and Kathy Sims shut the dastardly urban renewal district down before we get everything fixed around here? Thoughts?
Utility crews continued to make progress in restoring power, but about 23,500 homes and businesses remained in the dark Monday night. Avista CEO Scott Morris said crews from six states and British Columbia have joined the massive undertaking of rebuilding Spokane’s power grid. “We are doing everything we can to restore your power,” Morris said at a briefing Monday afternoon. In all, Avista has 132 crews working 16-hour shifts with a total workforce of about 700 electrical workers, he said. Some of the damage is so severe that work crews are having a hard time making progress. In one example, a crew worked an entire shift to restore power to just eight homes, Morris said. “That’s just how hard it is,” he said/SR. More here.
DFO: After spending two days with my neighbor rebuilding a fence in relatively decent weather, I'm amazed at the incredible work accomplished by the utility company crews to restore power after the Wind Storm 2015 mess. Thoughts?
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