By this time next week, Idaho Republicans will have hosted their first Super Tuesday Caucus, throwing their support behind one of four GOP presidential candidates. From where we stand as I write this, we at BW see it breaking down pretty evenly: North Idaho will take Ron Paul, East Idaho will get behind Mitt Romney, and Southwest Idaho may just pick Rick Santorum as its man. And that means Newt is toast in the Gem State. Mind you, there's absolutely no scientific method behind those speculations--they are merely guesses upon which we may or may not have placed a friendly newsroom wager.
To get primed for what will happen in every county in Idaho on Tuesday, March 6, read News Editor George Prentice's "Elephant in the Room." You'll get a peek behind the scenes, a look at the future of the Republican Party in Idaho, and a handy dandy list of rules on how the caucus will work. That night, we'll be reporting online via Twitter and live at Citydesk with updates on Facebook.
Also this time next week, I'll be sitting down to write a very similar sentence in my editor's note in reference to the following Tuesday, March 13, when voters take to the polls to vote on the Boise School District levy. Although an online debate among Boise Weekly readers has been raging over whether an LDS ceremony for the dead is technically a baptism, letter to the editor writers are overwhelmingly interested in comments about the levy. In next week's issue, you can expect to see a piece in News on the levy that's light on words and heavy on facts and numbers.
In much, much lighter news, music fans should log on to boiseweekly.com and look for the SXSW button on our home page. Click on that bad boy and it will take you to our mounting pile of SXSW and Treefort Music Fest coverage. New Media Czar Josh Gross heads out to SXSW in Austin, Texas, to cover the mega music and film fest next week. He'll be logging his trip through all the usual digital channels, we'll be reprinting chunks of it in upcoming print editions, and you can find it all in one place online: just look for the SXSW button.