A.J. Balukoff

Boise Businessman Takes Second Shot at Winning Idaho Governor's Race

A.J. Balukoff is running for governor again in Idaho. The Boise businessman, a Democrat, challenged Republican Butch Otter in 2014 and lost by 15 percentage points. This year Otter is retiring and several Republicans are positioning themselves for the G-O-P nomination. Balukoff is running against Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) for the Democratic nomination.

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On Thursday, USA Gymnastics announced they will stop using the Karolyi Ranch — the site of many of the atrocities committed against Olympians by Larry Nassar, the team's former doctor. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to New York Times reporter, Juliet Macur about what happens next as Nassar faces sentencing hearings this week.

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Inland Journal, Jan. 18, 2018

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Inland Journal for January 18, 2018

    ▪    One of the signs that Democrats control the Washington legislative agenda: hearings this week on several gun control bills. We’ll hear some of the testimony from Washington legislative hearings that aim to put restrictions on assault guns and bump stocks.
    ▪    We’ll talk with A.J. Balukoff, a businessman who challenged Butch Otter for Idaho governor in 2014. He’s running again in 2018 and launched his campaign in Coeur d’Alene last Friday.
    ▪    We’ll talk with Spokane artist Ildiko Kalapacs about her Bearing Project sculpture that has approved for installation in a park in the city’s Kendall Yards neighborhood.
    ▪    We’ll look ahead to next week’s program, an hour-long small group discussion about suicide and grieving.

The Bearing Project

Ten years ago, Spokane artist Ildiko Kalapacs was thinking about women who live in and around war zones.

“I saw a picture of an Afghan woman who was stoned out of her mind in a hut and crouching down by a wall," Kalapacs said.

A.J. Balukoff

A.J. Balukoff is running for governor again in Idaho. The Boise businessman, a Democrat, challenged Republican Butch Otter in 2014 and lost by 15 percentage points. This year Otter is retiring and several Republicans are positioning themselves for the G-O-P nomination. Balukoff is running against Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) for the Democratic nomination.

Washington Legislature Takes Up Gun Bills

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The new legislative session in Washington has revived debates about several contentious issues: property rights, water rights and development in rural areas, a possible carbon tax and, this week, limitations on the ownership of guns and gun accessories.

On Monday, the Senate Law and Justice Committee, with Democrats back in the majority, held hearings on several gun control bills.

Moutai baijiu reigns as China's favorite brand of its favorite liquor — but the famously fiery drink is getting hard to find, as bottles are snatched up by market speculators. Renewed thirst for baijiu has sent the value of brand parent Kweichow Moutai soaring, making it the world's most valuable distiller.

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