Popkey will become a “real” press secretary the first time he has to write a news release, or commentary, that defends a position contrary to Popkey’s personal views. In this case, it could be a monthly occurrence. The hiring of Popkey provides some adjustments for Labrador. Listening to advice is not one of Labrador’s strong points, but in this case it will pay for him to listen to somebody who has been around as long as Popkey. But Popkey’s success will not be determined by how much Labrador accepts advice. It will be how he helps improves accessibility with the media. Labrador is treated like a king with the national media, but often is trashed by the Idaho media – and not just the editorial writers. Reporters can attest that getting interview time with Labrador is next to impossible/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.
Question: Did you know that Idaho media has a rough time gaining access to Congressman Labrador?
In her post below, “The heat goes on,” Marianne Love/Slight Detour includes several photos of her fine garden, including this one of a growing pumpkin.
HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, July 30): 7547 page-views/4569 unique views
A Boundary County Jail inmate hanged himself in his cell sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. On Wednesday, David Lee Ericson of Boundary County was arrested in Bonners Ferry on an outstanding warrant from Bonner County. according to the Boundary County Sheriff's Department. Also, he was charged with resisting arrest. Ericson, who had no apparent injuries and was in good health, was then confined by himself in the Boundary County Jail. During the night, Mr. Ericson died of an apparent suicide by hanging. There is no suspected foul play. All subjects in confinement are checked every 30 minutes within the Boundary County Jail for their own safety as was Mr. Ericson. CPR was performed on Ericson before he was transported to the Boundary County Hospital. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Reports on toxicology and a full autopsy are proceeding. The Idaho State Police is investigating the matter/Boundary County Sheriff's Department news release.
We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But Euromonitor’s numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association's estimate). Why? One simple explanation is that cats are more compact. You can fit more cats in a house than you can, say, golden retrievers/Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo, for illustrative purposes)
Question: I hate to admit it but Washington & Idaho lean cat. Thoughts?
It's 96 degrees right now in the land of the Huckleberries, which is suppose to be the max temperature today. But not to worry. Weather.com sez it's suppose to feel like 92 degrees. Whatever that means. 14% humidity, 5-10 mph winds. Low tonight: 60, with 40% humidity. More here.
Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this week they want to end a current ban on licensed firearms carriers from bringing guns to campuses. “If there were a predator out there whose prey is young college-aged women and he wanted to assault them, where would he go to do that? He would go to a place where they are vulnerable, where they are unarmed … and that is a college campus,” said Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, who is leading the push with Republican Representative John Enns. The move comes after a rash of shootings at U.S. schools and universities has prompted fresh calls to supplement police and university security forces/Reuters. More here. (AP/Statesman file photo: In February, about 300 people showed up to protest a successful bill that allowed guns on Idaho college campuses)
Question: Where have we heard this questionable idea before?
Goodness! Betsy Russell is on vacation. And Dan Popkey has jumped ship. Who is minding the store while the mischievous Idaho politicians plot in their back rooms? We're at the mercy of the dysfunctional politicians who couldn't even conduct a convention properly. Woe is us. Here's today's Wild Card …
Tyler Viydo/KREM2 tweet: “Update on @'s LPO swim: Just 6 miles left! Team says she's starting to get tired but is going strong. ETA 3:30 at city beach.”
On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts: “Caught up with a couple who have been married 68 years. Wife says, “I hate to do all the talking, but he won't, so I HAVE to!” Husband just grins.”
Question: Who does most of the talking in your family?
Idaho’s go-on rate apparently is going downward. That’s the startling, sobering message from the latest round of numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse. Just under 52 percent of Idaho’s 2013 high school graduates have enrolled in two- or four-year college, according to the current clearinghouse numbers. This represents a drop from Idaho’s lackluster 2012 numbers, when 54 percent of graduates decided to continue their education. The apparent drop comes as Idaho policymakers have made postsecondary attendance a centerpiece education issue/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
At WorldNetDaily, controversial rocker Ted Nugent responds to the recent cancellation of his concert at the Coeur d'Alene Casino:
They say that if you’re taking flak, you must be over the target. Well, lo and behold, the old Motorcity guitarslayer is not only directly over the target, I am obviously sitting deadcenter in the enemies’ own foxhole, driving them batty with my unstoppable onslaught of self-evident truth, logic, common sense and a tsunami of irrefutable evidence that obliterates their America-hating agenda. And I don’t even put forth any extra effort to do so. When experienced under the proper conditions – driving the enemy batty – flak is indeed a beautiful thang. For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, Moveon.org and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one. Full response here. (AP file photo)
A federal appeals court ruling issued last week puts Idaho in a bit of an awkward spot when it comes to the state insurance exchange that the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter opted to create in 2013. If the ruling stands on appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court, Idaho’s insurance exchange will become the catalyst for enforcing the Obamacare individual and employer mandates and related taxes. The exchange will also be the vehicle for running a fairly new entitlement program costing millions of dollars. In other words, had lawmakers not enacted an insurance exchange, the best guard against Obamacare would have been refusal to go along with Obamacare/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Do you still think the Idaho health exchange was a good idea?
Screen shot of new online poll for city of Coeur d'Alene, which goes live Friday.
Tell us what you think! A new online service encourages city residents to take a simple poll on important city issues, events, services and programs in the community. It will launch Friday, August 1. CityPoll will provide leaders at City Hall with important information on how citizens feel about a wide range of topics. Residents can respond to a monthly poll question by visiting www.cdaid.org/citypoll. One vote per household per month will be recorded. Notification of the program will be included in monthly municipal utility billing statements. City officials will monitor responses and use the results as a strategic planning tool to assure the city is providing optimum service to its citizens. CityPoll supplements existing opportunities for the public to engage with the city/Coeur d'Alene Today. More below.
Question: What are your thoughts re: the city of Coeur d'Alene polling citizens re: a variety of topics?
Flagpole painter Warren Hinrichs, 73, holds his dog Stitch and rests up at home in Spokane on Wednesday. He started climbing and painting flagpoles and water towers more than 50 years ago with his dad, Bill Hinrichs, seen in many photos in his home office. He was rescued after passing out on a Yakima flag pole Monday. Story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)