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Political Clairvoyance


Voting in Idaho's first closed primary will be history as this edition of Boise Weekly hits stands and oh, to have a crystal ball so that I could write this week' Editor's Note with more relevance on the outcomes of several races. Not to mention that it's difficult to write about the future when it will be the past before it's actually read. As of May 14, the day I sat down to write these words, the election coverage plan at BWHQ was along the lines of our municipal election coverage last November: disperse a team of reporters to file via social media while live blogging the whole shebang at Citydesk. If all goes (went) right, we'll have the night's recap published at boiseweekly.com.

But the details of how we're going to pull off our reporting aren't what I'd want a crystal ball for. Nah, I'm more interested in how a few of the more contentious districts will shake out thanks to reapportionment. Fratricide was the buzz word last week thanks to an Idaho Statesman story detailing how Republican leadership is duking it out among themselves using politics' most powerful tool--money. For the latest news on just how the November races will shape up locally, in addition to news on the presidential race and the so-far low-key races Idaho's two incumbent Congressmen face, visit boiseweekly.com and click on the "Election Coverage Twenty Twelve" bar.

As for this week's paper, the main feature is a look at IGEM, the governor's long-awaited endorsement of Idaho's tech industry and the state's attempt to mimic USTAR, a similar program in Utah that has been instrumental to that state's tech growth. As reporter Zach Hagadone's story reads: "Idaho may be rich in ideas but turning them into companies is a perennial challenge. Now it's a matter of state policy." Will that make the difference? "The Politechs of Innovation" explores the answer.

In A&E this week, we're hitting you with not one but two arts stories. Same in Screen, where you can read about the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence and the local filmmaker who's making his remarkable journey into a film.