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Country Music Votes for President

So this morning, as I'm getting ready to head to the polls, I get curious about country music and the presidential election right here and right now on Election Day. The perception is still pretty strong that the Republicans have the lion's share of the country music support, but what's the reality? Now, between voting and getting to work on time, I didn't have a whole heck of a lot of time to put into this, so I turned to the poor man's Gallup poll, my old friend Mr. Google. I punched in a few different variations of search words and let the old Boolean algorithm go to work.

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Poll: Idahoans Deem Mitt Fit and Want More Gore

This just in: Results from a poll of Idahoans indicate that the state’s voters prefer former Vice President Al Gore and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president in 2008. Seriously. Greg Smith & Associates, an Idaho marketing and research company, released the results of a statewide public opinion research study among likely 2008 primary election votes. Poll respondents were asked who they would support for their party’s nominee “if the election was held today.” Of the Idaho Democrats polled, 31 percent indicated they would vote for Gore.

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SLC Protests 4-Year Anniversary of Iraq War

Several gathered in downtown Salt Lake City Monday to mourn the 4-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke to a crowd outside of the City County Building, repeating the same sentiments he expressed last August when he articulated his opposition to the war in Iraq and demanded President Bush’s resignation. Anderson spoke to a crowd of about 600 anti-war protesters. That’s according to the Deseret Morning News. Despite local criticism, Utahn demonstrators are actually in lock step with the majority of Americans when it comes to discontentment with this war. According to The Salt Lake Tribune recent polling suggests that the majority of Americans are in favor of withdrawing American troops from Iraq within a year. Even within Utah support for the president’s handling of the war is on the decline. The Tribune conducted a poll in January that showed only 41 percent of Utahns agreed with the president’s course of action since the war’s conception four years ago.

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Romney Runs. Romney Stumbles.

When a candidate for president blows into town, most reporters show up. There’s always a chance he or she will say something surprising or stupid, and there could even be a chance to ask a substantial question and get an answer with some teeth to it, but it’s not likely. That’s just the way these things go. But when the Idaho press showed up today for Republican candidate Mitt Romney,

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Boise Rabbi Heads to Washington for Presidential Chanukah Party

The newish Jewish tradition of having a Chanukah bush to assimilate and celebrate the festivities of the winter holiday season is still pretty corny, but it’s becoming a lot more popular lately. And this year, Idahoans can expect the biggest and baddest Chanukah Bush ever, because this year actually includes a Chanukah meeting with a state delegate and the biggest and baddest Bush in the country: President George Bush. True, Boise Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz will be at the White House in Washington, D.C., today to participate in the President’s Chanukah Celebration at the White House. Rabbi Lifshitz, the outspoken and proactive leader of Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho, an observant orthodox congregation that’s just a few years old in Boise, was selected as one of only a handful of rabbis from across the country to join President and Mrs. Bush at the White House annual private event.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson’s Speech Brings National Attention to Utah, Now What?

Notoriously red Utah garnered national attention this week when along with their mayor, Salt Lake City residents took to the streets in protest of President George W. Bush and his policies, most notably, the war in Iraq.

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Debate Heats up as Presidential Visit to Salt Lake City Approaches, Part II

Mr. Mero’s use of divisive “us or them” language is crafted in such as way as to maintain the disparity and heighten the fears among those who disagree about the war in Iraq. If you’re “honest” and “of good will” then you agree with him and if you don’t agree with him, well, you get the picture. The problem with Mero’s argument is that it leaves out much of the complexity behind both sides of the issue.

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Debate Heats up as Presidential Visit to Salt Lake City Approaches

This Wednesday Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and an estimated 5000 Utahns plan to protest the visit of President George W. Bush. The intended protest has been cause for much controversy over that past several weeks, provoking some critics to go so far as to label those who intend to participate as being “on the terrorists’ side,” but with the country embroiled in its third year of war and no end in sight, is now really the time for such “You’re either with us, or you’re against us” rhetoric? Some Utah families of fallen soldiers seem to think so.

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Amid Record Heat, Wildfires, Fishing Bans, and Drought, An Inconvenient Truth Torches The Skeptics

To the so-called skeptics of human-caused climate change, the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, turns to a quote from the great American writer Upton Sinclair who wrote: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." On a sweltering summer evening, Todd Wilkinson, our Bozeman editor, ruminates a bit about the film and the multitude of ways its message is playing out before our eyes.

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On Mitt Romney’s Chances in 2008

By all accounts, Mitt Romney is a whip-smart man of integrity with unique skills and qualities that would seem a perfect fit for the presidency. He is well liked and respected on both sides of the aisle and is widely considered a good man, but his potential bid for the presidency in 2008 just might force the GOP to deal with some major underlying tension between its devoted Mormon and evangelical bases.

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