WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 1.28.15 26 

In an editorial today, the Coeur d'Alene Press announced that state Rep. Luke Malek and state Sen. Mary Souza will begin writing columns about their experience in the Idaho Legislature. They'll flipflop the columns. Luke launches the new feature with an op-ed column today about...

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Parting Shot -- 1.28.15

Young fans gape at Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps at the Haslam Family Club University in Knoxville, Tenn., today. Phelps coached the swim team on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and participated in an announcement about the “Our Kids, Our...

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Romney Goes After 'Clueless' Hillary 

It begins again, 21 months before the 2016 presidential election. 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney is about to test-drive his case against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. In a speech tonight, Romney will paint Clinton as clueless on foreign policy. Fasten your seatbelts, kids.

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Comcast Sorry For Rude Billing 

A Comcast official is apologizing today after a customer service representative apparently changed the name of a customer in Spokane to "Asshole" on her bill. The matter was first reported by consumer advocacy blogger Chris Elliott, who said the customer, Lisa Brown, contacted him. No,...

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'Add Words' Hearing Wraps Up 

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher expects "Add the Words" vote to take place Thursday. Final tally from Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise: 190 people testified over the three days. Of those, 134 spoke in favor, 54 spoke against, and two were neutral. Vote will take place Thursday AM.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

People work to shovel snow-covered cars out in Boston's Charlestown section this morning, one day after a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow in the city. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Tuesday Winner -- SLFisher, with 7 likes: "Hey, guys! Watch me...

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PM Headlines -- 1.28.15

Coeur d'Alene police officers set up a perimeter around the Budget Saver motel, where a pipebomb was found in one of the rooms Tuesday. The Spokane Bomb Squad defused the device. Investigation is continuing + links to other afternoon stories today.

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SR News Quiz -- 1.25-30.2015

How much do you know about the New Horizons spacecraft, Idaho's official state amphibian, a young inventor from Spokane and other recent items in the news? Find out in the SR's Weekly News Quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card...

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Statesman Edit: Add The Words 

It is long past the time the Idaho Legislature should have added the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's Human Rights Act. Any rejection of the amendment in House Bill 2 from here on out is tantamount to endorsing discrimination against gay...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 1.28.15 

On its Facebook wall, Kootenai Environmental Alliance posts this photo of stumps along the Dike Road on the southern edge of North Idaho College. The KEA comment accompanying the photo & 2 more points out that 70% of the 1000 trees in targeted area were saved.

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On The Waterfront 

Walking partner Greg Lee and I were forced to make two detours as we walked along the waterfront during the noon hour today, to avoid tree thinning on Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive). Street Department crews were running a chipper to dispose of tree limbs at...

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Panel OKs Friends of NRA License 22 

Idaho’s last NRA license plate was discontinued for lack of sales, but the National Rifle Association’s Boise lobbyist says that’s because the money from the sale of the specialty plates all went to Idaho road funding. A new proposed “Friends of the NRA” plate will...

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8 Couples To Launch 'War Bonds' 

Out of 36 couples featured in “War Bonds Love Stories From the Greatest Generation,” 12 couples are still living and loving. Of those 12 couples, eight have confirmed that they will attend the Book Launch on February 22 at Auntie’s Bookstore with another two, possibly...

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Lynch In Hot Water Again 10 

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks is in trouble again, not for what he said or didn't say to the Media this week, but for what he wore on his head. Read the latest on the ongoing Beastmode circus at the run up to the Super Bowl.

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Sunny Dispositions 

this photo of 3 little girls holding hands and laughing together on a warm winter's day in the Dakotas makes me smile. I hope it brightens your day.

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Day 3: 'Add The Words' Hearing 13 

The "Add the Words" hearing has ended for the morning but will resume at 3 (MST) this afternoon. You can find links to Betsy Russell's live-blogging below. Also you should know this factoid: The salamander-hating trio of Kootenai County legislators serve (their word) on the House State Affairs Committee -- Barbieri, Cheatham & Sims.

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AG's Opinion RE: Add The Words 

From Idaho Statesman story: "The Idaho Attorney General's Office issued an opinion in the form of a letter dated Jan. 26 to Rep. Ilana Rubel stating that the proposed Add the Words bill would not force clergy to marry gay couples, nor would its passage...

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Idaho Racing Chief Lobbies Wyoming 

Idaho Racing Commission Director Frank Lamb told lawmakers last week that he is not a "cheerleader" for instant horse racing because his agency regulates the pari-mutuel betting system in Idaho. In his other job, though, Lamb is a cheerleader for instant racing. In addition to...

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AM Headlines -- 1.28.15 

AM Headlines today: Audit results in Athol embezzlement case released+Spokane police advertising for recruits+Liberty Lake ends pot moratorium+links to 6 more stories making the news this morning.

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Huckleberries Hears ... 

At their monthly meeting, the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee discussed the possibility of not handing out American flags at the 4th of July Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene this year. Seems funds are tight this year. The Pachyderms also passed goofy informed-juror resolution.

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Poll: 'Add The Words' Won't Pass

Tuesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the 2015 Idaho Legislature won't pass "Add the Words" legislation thisyear. 120 of 167 respondents (71.86%) said the legislation won't pass. 28 of 167 respondents (16.77%) said the bill would pass this year. 16 (9.58%) were undecided....

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