TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Parting Shot -- 2.21.17

The Parting Shot today focuses on public reaction at a veterans roundtable event held by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, at Moquoketa, Iowa. This is one of many similar photos provided by the Association Press today.

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Stapilus: Behind 'Enemy of the people' 

Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press comments: "Lest Donald Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the American people” – to describe the news media – be dismissed as just another rhetorical flights by an incoherent president, put it into some context. The phrase has a long and deeply chilling history."

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Wait 5 minutes? Really?

I notice that Meme 13 mentioned that well-quoted local phrase: "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it'll change." I've always felt that the comment covered Montana more than North Idaho. The Montana weather of my experience is way more varied than North Idaho weather.

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"Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker tells that that there's a lot more cold, snowy weather in the forecast. Here's the latest outlook for the first week of MARCH!" -- KXLY Facebook.

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Huckleberry Friends -- 2.21.17

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline social media: Mexican farm workers/Bay Views, Not the president's day/Fort Boise, Repeal the exemption/Jim Jones, Who is your president/Dogwalk Musings, Frustrating life of electronics/Simple Mind, Tuesday Twitterdee-Ho-Hum/Slight Detour, Openings: Memories of James Baldwin/7 Blog ...

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A crowd fills a Capitol hearing room on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2017, for a hearing on legislation to ban "motorcycle profiling." (Betsy Z. Russell)

'Motorcycle profiling' bill attracts crowd 

There's a big crowd at the House Judiciary Committee's meeting this afternoon. The committee has a fairly long agenda; at its very end is Rep. Robert Anderst's bill to define and forbid "motorcycle profiling," so that law enforcement officers don't target bikers for stops or searches merely because they ride motorcycles or wear motorcycle gear.

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Huckleberries Past -- Feb 24, 1985

Do you remember the Child Evangelism billboard, south of the Bible Book Nook, along I-90, between Northwest Boulevard and the Government Way overpass? Here's an item from my column 32 years ago (Feb. 24, 1985) that discussed the impact of the nasty Winter 1985 on the billboard.

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Senate OK with 18YO colleagues 

It wasn’t the original focus of the bill, but the Idaho Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds – rather than just those 21 or older – to run for the Idaho Legislature. That’s already allowed under the Idaho Constitution. But a longstanding state law puts the minimum age at 21.

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Song Dedication 

Sam Crawford dedicates a Buffalo Springfield song ("For What It's Worth") to Chairman Brent Regan and the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, which is beefing up security for its Lincoln Day Dinner March 4 to protect attendees from area Democrats (both of them). It begins: "Paranoia strikes deep ..."

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What would you put in the basket? 12 

Mary Wolfinger, wife of Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, is putting together a gift basket to be auctioned at the Western States Sheriff's Conference. She wants to put Idaho-only things in the basket. What would item(s) would you suggest for the Idaho-only gift basket?

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From right, Emma Van Every gives Karl Barfuss a hug while he clears a drainage ditch for friends Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Minidoka County, Idaho. (Drew Nash/The Times-News via AP

AM Headlines -- 2.21.17

AM Headlines: Nordstrom stores losing ground/SR, Boat inspections for mussels get OK/SR, Sex offender charged w/indecent exposure/Press, 2 roundabouts included in Seltice Way project/SR, AG: Attempt to change gaming compacts illegal/EOB, $16M Long Bridge project ahead of schedule/Daily Bee ...

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Poll: Trump using dictator language 21 

In the Monday Poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation said President Donald Trump was using the language of dictators when he tweeted last weekend that the media are enemies of the American people. Today's Poll: Is it wise for local Republicans to beef up security for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner March 4?

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Nic: A simple request for street crews 12 

After praise city streets crews for their swift and thorough response to snow this winter, Nic makes a simple request in a Facebook post: "Please demonstrate the same expediency and diligence in filling the fresh potholes that are opening up everywhere around our fine city as you did plowing and sanding."

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Carlson: Where have the senators gone? 

In a recent column, Chris Carlson of the Carlson Chronicles remembers U.S. senator William Borah, "The Lion of Idaho." And wonders where have all the Idaho senators of that caliber gone. In the end, Carlson challenges readers to list one significant piece of legislation sponsor by either current Idaho senator.

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McMorris Rodgers defends Trump 

Before taking questions from constituents in a (townhall) conference call Monday evening, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers offered a carefully worded endorsement of President Donald Trump, with whom she has maintained a tepid relationship.

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.