Barack Obama

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Latin tunes and Obama's howdy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:23 AM

In Boise State Radio personality George Prentice's final recordings from D.C., listen to Latin star Marc Anthony, for a warm up, and then listen to Obama's intro to his dance with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Latin Reprise. 

Postcard 6. Obama addresses Western States' Ball

citydesk would like to thank George for hitting us with all this sound!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More from citydesk's roving radio jockey in D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM

Boise State Radio personality George Prentice, the voice of Morning Edition in town, is up early and feeding us more sound from Washington, D.C.

Postcard 3. Tuesday's frigid hot morning on the National Mall

Postcard 4. Pretice is still looking for Idaho in D.C. (LeFavour Live, Roark Live)

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sounds of the inauguration

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Boise State Radio's George Prentice just sent us these audio postcards from Washington, D.C. where he is covering Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.

Postcard 1. Washington, D.C., the city that never sleeps.

Postcard 2. Idahoans in the nation's capital.

Prentice is the host of Morning Edition on Boise State Radio, which has a full day of inauguration coverage planned. citydesk asked him to send back a few postcards from Washington, and Prentice delivered his classic radio vocal chords on mp3 to us via e-mail just a minute ago.

Getting ever high-tech, we also found away to stream inauguration footage on this Web site, so if you are hiding out in your cubicle tomorrow morning, tune in here.

We also think this inauguration widget from NPR is pretty cool:

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Obama asks for DTV extension

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Idaho Public Television engineer Rich Van Genderen demonstrates DTV setup for seniors at Hillcrest Library. / Gavin Dahl

President-Elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to delay the cutoff date for analog television transmission beyond Feb. 17, according to a letter from transition team co-chairman John Podesta that was obtained by Broadcasting and Cable Magazine.

BW writer Gavin Dahl forwarded the letter our way. Dahl wrote about the many outstanding problems in the DTV transition in our final issue of 2008.

Dahl's story foreshadows some of the concerns expressed in Obama's missive: 1 million coupon requests for converter boxes are outstanding and the fund is empty, poor, rural and elderly Americans will be disproportionately affected and funds to prepare the public for an end to analog TV are inadequate. Obama's team indicates that additional funding for the DTV transition will appear in an economic stimulus package, as well.

Obama staffers are already working with Congress to draft a DTV transition extension bill.

Incidentally, Idaho Public Television hosts another DTV Answers call in show tonight, at 8 p.m. By all means, call in.

UPDATE: Idaho Statesman says most Boise valley broadcasters oppose the delay.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Healthcare Meetup: Part II

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 2:27 PM

It Hurts Obama: BW Healthcare Meetup Part Two from Boise Weekly.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

BW Healthcare Meetup discussion, Part I

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

About 50 people gathered Sunday morning at the Egyptian Theatre to talk about healthcare reform. Watch the video below if you missed the show (this is just the first half, more coming tomorrow). If you were there, feel free to leave comments below... if you missed it, watch for a bit and chime in below.

Words to listen for: fascism, behemoth, radical new ways of thinking, benevolence, yoga, culpability, obese, inefficiency, Scotland, drugs.

A word that did not come up: Cuba.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Healthcare Meetup "experts" named

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 9:36 PM

To get the Barack, please, It Hurts: BW Healthcare Meetup out of the gates Sunday morning, the Boise Weekly has arranged a trio of health care reformers to lead off the (re)forum.

Invite is here, in case you are just tuning in now.

We will begin shortly after 10 a.m. with comments from retiring Idaho Rep. Margaret Henbest, a nurse practitioner and six-term legislator who has been active on the health and welfare and budget committees. Next we will hear from Dr. Bob Vestal, a medical researcher and educator who is active with the Idaho affiliate of Physicians for National Health Program. (Check out their talking points for Obama here.)

And then we will chat with Michaile Metro, owner of the Boise hair salon Metropolis. Metro has stepped up her personal struggle to find coverage, campaigning for more transparency from insurance companies and organizing small business owners into a potential insurer pool. Metro is part of a newly formed group called the Idaho Main Street Alliance, affiliated with Health Care for American Now 

After these brief intros, it is time for you to weigh in... if you can't make the show (10 a.m., Sunday morning at the Egyptian) leave comments or questions below and we will try to get to them. And check back later on Sunday for coverage of the forum.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Crapo's Obama inauguration hub

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

We at citydesk were just wondering how to apply for press credentials for the Obama inauguration in the off chance BW wants to send us to that *historic* event, when an e-mail from Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R-, uh, Idaho) popped in the inbox, reading:

Yes, Crapo, soon-to-be-Idaho's senior senator, has a clearinghouse for inauguration information on his Web site including ticket info, parade info, ball info, and even, you guessed it, press pass info.

There are also links for fun things for Idahoans to do in *Warshington*, D.C.

Thanks Senator ... is this a spirit of bi-partisan cooperation we are smelling?

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama wins Idaho (in student election)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Sen. Barack Obama has won an early poll in Idaho, a secured, on-line, vote among the state's high school students.

Obama won Idaho's first statewide high school mock election by 105 votes, earning 2,240 votes to Sen. John McCain's 2,135. Ralph Nader polled third followed by the other two candidates on the Idaho ballot, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.

Fifty-four high schools across the state participated in this exercise on Oct. 23 and 24. The results were announced this morning. Some of the students are old enough to vote in the actual election as well.

"This Mock Election has served as an important learning experience for Idaho students," Idaho's Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna, said. "I encourage all students who took part in this event to remember the lessons they have learned about the importance of voting and carry these lessons with them throughout their adult lives."

In a sign that either young voters are willing to vote for the man, not the party or that they just pick the cooler names, Republican Rep. Bill Sali also won the polling by 160 votes, defeating Democrat Walt Minnick. Mike Simpson beat Deborah Holmes 66 to 34 percent in the Second Congressional District and Jim Risch would be Idaho's senator today, if it were up to the state's high school students.

Idaho Students also voted on mock ballot measures, favoring a lower drinking age by a slim margin: 53 to 47 percent, and approving a repeal of Idaho's food tax by 73.5 percent. 

The State Department of Education attempted a similar election two years ago, but the system was hacked and the event canceled. This year the Secretary of State ran the polling and assures BW it was not hacked.

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