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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

Tea Party Boise Targets Young People 

Chad Inman, elected last month to replace Russ Smerz, has revived a board that dwindled to three members, aims to collaborate with other Idaho tea party groups and plans a scholarship and other tactics to lure younger members. "Tea Party Boise has a large task...

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MR: Most Conservative? Who Cares? 12 

Miracle Rose: While those are busy arguing who is conservative and who is not. Otter is getting ready for another China Trade Mission. Obama is getting ready to go to The Summit of Americas to sign on to mandates to regulate our lives in America....

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Johnson: ObamaCare In Trouble 

There is an old and respected approach to judicial review of controversial and essentially political issues that holds that judges should do almost everything possible to avoid wading into the dense thicket of politics. If Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow conservatives on the...

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Edit: Wasting $$$ Hiring Bad Advice 

Nobody in the Idaho Legislature says Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is giving them bad advice. They just don't agree with the good advice Wasden's giving them. So rather than heed what Wasden is telling them, these lawmakers want to squander your money buying bad advice....

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Ladybug In Flight

A ladybug in flight spreads her wings as she flutters from grass blade to grass blade at Rooks Park in Walla Walla, Wash. on Monday. After three or four short flights, she left grasstop level, soared skyward then lumbered out of sight. (AP Photo/Walla Walla...

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Idaho Charter School Law Ranks High 

Item: Idaho's charter school law ranks high/AP More Info: Idaho now ranks among a dozen states with the strongest charter school laws. That's according to the Center for Education Reform, a school choice advocate based in Washington, D.C. Idaho climbed several notches in the group's...

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Spirit Lake Now More ATV Friendly 

Why did the ATV cross Highway 41 in Spirit Lake? Because it's legal. Utility and all-terrain vehicles can now cross Highway 41 in Spirit Lake without being ticketed. State law prohibits the ATVs and UTVs from crossing state highways in cities without an encroachment permit...

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Supreme Court Hears Hart's Appeal 

Phil Hart’s anti-tax battle hit the big time Monday, at least in Idaho. The visiting Idaho Supreme Court considered oral arguments in Hart’s continuing fight against income taxes and the justices appeared to have little patience for the Athol lawmaker’s claims that the state constitution...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.2.12 13 

The Idaho Legislature is finished, and Major League Baseball is about to resume (if you figure the two games between Seattle and Oakland last week to be the start of the season). Huckleberries forecasts turbulent political weather for the next 6 to 7 weeks as...

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Parting Shot -- 4.2.12 

Kentucky fans cheer before the start of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game tonight in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Question: Anyone picking Kansas?

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Idaho Dad: A Powerful Addiction 10 

Idaho Dad re: "Ryan Leaf arrested 2 times in 2 days": That’s a powerful addiction, which I can only barely understand (Coca-Cola being the one habit I can’t seem to quit). I do feel sorry for him being an addict. Hope he gets some serious,...

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Servers Can't Handle '40 Census Hits 

Americans' fascination with their roots overwhelmed Monday's ballyhooed online rollout of the complete 1940 Census when 22.5 million people swarmed the website in the first three hours — paralyzing the system. Most people couldn't access the free data on the National Archives and Records Administration's...

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PM Headlines -- 4.2.12

The Idaho Potato Commission displays its six-ton tuber replica on the street in front of the Idaho Capitol on Friday in Boise. It plans to truck the potato, made from steel, plywood, foam and concrete, around the country promoting the state's signature agricultural crop and...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.2.12

5:14 p.m. Male who'd been ripping wires from breaker box on Bancroft/CdA now barricaded. 4:51 p.m. Caller is concerned friend might be hurt after seeing blood around her freezer area. 4:44 p.m. Mother on Atwater Street/Hayden reports to KCSD that missing daughter has returned. 4:39...

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NRA Ranks Idaho U.S. Reps Highly 

Incumbent GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have received grades of “A-plus” and “A,” respectively, from the National Rifle Association. According to the NRA’s website, an A-plus candidate is “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but...

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Top HBO/SR Commenters For March 19 

1. misjustice: 332 (2.509%) comments 2. Stickman: 225 (1.700%) comments 3. duroc: 206 (1.557%) comments 4. dinosaurman: 162 (1.224%) comments 5. Phaedrus: 141 (1.066%) comments 6. fortboise: 137 (1.035%) comments 7. JBlim: 133 (1.005%) comments 8. Digger: 121 (0.914%) comments 9. Northerner: 101 (0.763%) comments...

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County "Republicans" Disagree 

Seems two of the three wings of the Kootenai County Republican Party disagree on the candidates running in the GOPrimary, except for three: Congressman Raul Labrador, Bob Nonini in Senate District 3, and Steve Vick in Senate District 2. The anonymous posters behind the new...

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North Idaho Blogs -- 4.2.12

On her Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images writes: "This little roadside falls flows in spring and summer on Moon Pass in the St. Joe National Forest. This was August of 2010." Spring break staycation/A Butterfly Moment Panhandle Sun/Bay Views I've gone liberal ... after...

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Ryan Leaf Arrested 2 Times In 2 Days 

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf makes an initial court appearance before Cascade County District Judge Dirk Sandefur via video link as his defense attorney, Eric Olson, listens at left, Monday in Great Falls, Mont. Leaf was arrested again on Monday and is accused of committing...

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De Pasquale: Living American Dream 

The Left and their cohorts in the media love a personal story to illustrate the need for a government-centered society. Here’s one they wish they could manipulate. It’s the story of a single mother who sacrificed a lot to raise her only son in Puerto...

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Idaho Wolf Number Cut In Half 

Wolf hunting ended Saturday in most of Idaho. Hunters have bagged 372 animals since the season began in August, cutting the state’s estimated wolf population roughly in half, according to the latest count. Idaho Fish and Game officials are pleased, while wolf advocates find the...

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Palin Gets 'Today' Show Gig Tuesday 

NBC's "Today" show is bringing Sarah Palin, left, on board as a co-host _ for one morning, this Tuesday. The announcement was posted Sunday on NBC's website. It says the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate will "reveal a different side" than viewers...

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Apartments Coming To Vacant Field 

Ah, the ways we find things for this column... One way is spies. A fellow (whose email address I lost) asked "What's going on between Safeway and Black Sheep?" I replied that I'd check. When I did check with the Cd'A Building Department at the...

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Kempthorne Still Has Political Itch 10 

Dirk Kempthorne is profiled in the latest edition of the subscription-only "CEO Update," a magazine covering national associations like the one run by the former Idaho governor. Since 2010, Kempthorne has been CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, where he says the job...

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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.





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