One of the two Democrats in governor's race stays mum

April 13, 2014 

A little bit about a lot of things ...

- We continue our "Where the Candidates Stand" series today with the Democratic candidates for governor - at least one of them.

A.J. Balukoff of Boise writes about his hopes and concerns regarding Common Core, known as the Idaho Core Standards in our state. His challenger, Terry Kerr of Idaho Falls, did not submit a Guest Opinion on the topic.

I spoke with Kerr by phone nearly two weeks ago and he indicated then that he would participate in our series. But since then I have received no response to a letter and a second phone call.

Balukoff's guest opinions and those of all the Republican gubernatorial candidates can be accessed at IdahoStatesman.com/opinion, under "Idaho Political Commentary."

The Idaho Statesman's Voter Guide has begun receiving information from candidates and it goes "live" on Friday, April 25. In the meantime, those with a political appetite can always access the latest on one of our apps: Idaho Politics or Idaho Statesman.

- Coming up this week is the Creating Healthy Communities Summit, Thursday and Friday at the Riverside Hotel. Among other things, the summit will examine how health care agencies and communities can work together to create opportunities for citizens to make exercise and healthy habits more of a routine.

Today we have Guest Opinions from two of the Summit speakers: Dr. Richard Jackson and Tyler Norris. Jackson is a pediatrician, and host of the PBS series "Designing Healthy Communities." He has done extensive work on the impact of the environment on health. Norris is vice president of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente.

- On Tuesday the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board was visited by residents about traffic and safety surrounding plans for a new convention center and transportation hub in The Grove Plaza area. The citizens support the projects, but they are concerned about how bus routes could impact Capitol Boulevard and pedestrian traffic.

Developers have been working with Boise and Ada County Highway District officials on the proposed new hub for Valley Regional Transit. Monday is the final day for public comment on an environmental assessment of the VRT multimodal center planned for Capitol and Main Street. April 23 is the date for an ACHD public hearing on Downtown roadways and sidewalks. On May 7 there is a design review of the area by the Boise planning department.

Robert Ehlert is the Statesman's editorial page editor. Contact him at 377-6437, or on Twitter @IDS_HelloIdaho.

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