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Prep notebook: Libby spikers building toward big momentPrep Extra: All state scoring duo drawing state’s attentionBills’ Carpenter kicks way to AFC honorCoyotes wary of Griz weaponsSource: Rice elevator video sent to NFL office in AprilBitterroot Forest offers Full Moon Walk at Hamilton’s Kiwanis ParkGREG TOLLEFSON: Idea of wilderness will never get oldMARK WARD: Bowhunting underway, and trout biting on HolterDeer population rebounds in southeastern MontanaOutdoors briefs for Thursday, September 11PORTLAND, Ore. “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response Air Jordan 13s to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life.Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bumper stickers: “Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator.” She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Air Jordan 8s Barack Obama carried the state with 57 percent. This year, Merkley’s task is to run far ahead of Obama’s 43 percent Air Jordan 9 Retro job approval among Oregonians, with 54 percent of independents disapproving of the president.Oregon is one of the 18 states and the District of Columbia that have supported Democratic nominees in at least six consecutive presidential elections. About half the state’s voters live in the Portland metropolitan area, which has become emblematic of urban progressivism (“smart growth,” autophobia). But from 1969 to 1995, both Oregon senators were Republicans, and Wehby’s pollster says Merkley’s two point lead (41 39) derives from the incumbent’s perishable seven point advantage in name recognition. Wehby is up one point among voters who say they “know” both candidates.Wehby not only has two X chromosomes but supports abortion rights and the right of states to recognize same sex marriages, which complicates the Democratic Party’s continuing accusation that Republicans wage “war on women.” Still, The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel noted in a May 22 column (“A Democratic War on One Woman”) that Democrats were complicit in attempts to portray Wehby as having had an unstable romantic life. Never mind the selective prurience of some members of Bill Clinton’s party. Note, however, Strassel’s information: Of the two men with whom Wehby is said to have had tumultuous relationships, one, a former boyfriend, says he regrets his “emotional” behavior, and Jordan Pro Strong the other, her ex husband, lives four doors from her, calls her a friend, and has contributed to her campaign.Another Democratic theme is that all Republicans are extremists. Wehby, however, won 50 percent of the vote in a five candidate primary in which her rivals accused her of moderation. Oregonians interested in real extremism should note that Merkley is co sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would do something unprecedented alter the Bill of Rights to reduce its protections. It would eviscerate the First Amendment by empowering Congress to regulate the quantity and content of political campaign speech, including speech about Congress.The federal government owns 32.7 million 53 percent of Oregon’s acres, some of which are inhabited by sage grouses. These birds the size of chickens might be big enough to matter in November. The federal government, resourceful at devising ways to burden economic activity, might declare the bird an endangered species. This could have large economic consequences, so Merkley, caught between liberal environmentalists and timber and other agricultural interests, supports a measure that is pluperfect liberalism: Let’s spend $15 million to study how birds and bipeds can coexist.Oregon had the worst of all the unpleasant experiences that states had with the Obamacare rollout. The FBI is investigating how the state managed to spend $250 million on an online insurance exchange Air Jordan Women Size that failed. Which is just one reason health care matters here.Oregon’s largest employer is not Nike, which is only sixth. The three largest employers, and 13 of the top 25, are health care providers. But, then, in the archetypal Rust Belt manufacturing city of Cleveland, the largest employer is the Cleveland Clinic and the second largest is another health care provider.Given the enormous and growing role of medicine in this aging nation’s economy, it is unfortunate that only three senators are physicians Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, an obstetrician, and Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist. Coburn is retiring, but another doctor may be coming, straight from the operating room to her first elected office.Today, there are only eight senators who ascended to that institution’s glory, such as it is, without prior success in electoral politics. This, too, is probably too few.George Will’s column appears each Thursday on the Missoulian’s Opinion page.Remember that Will is drumming up radical support for Ted Cruz and his radicals in the 2014 midterms. It seems the Tea Party in this election is not as rabid in the country as its leaders in the House. Will hopes to change that, so when he reports Ted Cruz’ statement in May that Senate Joint Resolution 19 attempts to repeal the First Amendment he plays dirty pool on two counts. First he does not inform his reactionary GOP base that the bill addresses the Citizen’s United decision to take down the For Sale sign on US elections or that nearly half the Senate sponsors the bill to protect citizen rights. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Comments can only be submitted by registered users. By posting comments on our site, you are agreeing to the following terms:Our guidelines prohibit the solicitation of products or services, the impersonation of another site user, threatening or harassing postings and the use of vulgar, abusive, obscene or sexually oriented language, defamatory or illegal material. 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