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Inlander Looks At CdA Mayor’s Race

With the city still reeling from one of the most heated stretches in recent history, all three candidates promise to heal the rift that's divided Coeur d'Alene. “We won't allow name-calling,” Souza said at the launch. “We will not allow juvenile behavior. And when citizens get up to speak, they'll be listened to, and they'll be treated well.” But on her campaign website, Souza links to older columns where she dubbed long-haired Woody McEvers a “hippy dippy councilman,” dismissed letters opposing a public vote for McEuen Field as “from cronies of the Mayor,” and criticized councilwoman Deanna Goodlander's mid-meeting coughing spells as “disruptive and unfair to anyone trying to give testimony.” Repeated attempts to schedule a phone or in-person interview with Souza over the past week were unsuccessful. Some supporters, like Councilman Dan Gookin, have found Souza's critical rhetoric refreshing. “She doesn't sugarcoat it,” Gookin says/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here. (Photos: Inlander compilation, from left Mary Souza, Steve Widmyer & Joe Kunka)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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