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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.14.15 

I still haven't recovered from that irresponsible vote by state Rep. Kathy Sims & Co. that KO'd the Child Support services bill in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. Nor am I confident that Gov. Butch Otter will do the right thing and call a...

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Parting Shot -- 4.14.15 

Fernan Elementary 1st graders Aria Vanway, left and Aaliya Ross, right held hands during Run for Fun at the school in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. Students run during recess three times a week throughout the six-week program designed to encourage them to stay fit and...

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Quotable Quote

We actually have 4 seasons in Idaho: winter, not winter, road construction, and the silly season (that slog of foul weather emanating from the Capital between January and whenever the last wheel falls off the clown car) -- Uncle Bob.

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Otter Defends Wasteful GOPrimary  

Speaking through his PR guy, Gov. Otter sez he can't put a price on the early GOPrez primary next year. Huckleberries can. $2 million wasted dollars. A million here & a million there & pretty soon you're talking about a lot of money. Oh well, it'll be a fun watching Idaho GOPoohbahs strut when GOP candidates come courting in 2016 ...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.14.15

In today's Huckleberries blogosphere roundup, Rich Landers sez Extreme Huntress from Bonner County in trouble+Faithful Geek describes "Kootenai crazy"+Carlson Chronicles sez candidacy of Marco Rubio is mixed blessing for GOP+Grip On Sports: Gonzaga's Wiltjer has tough decision to make+Cindy's interview with Spokane Talks Online ...

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DUI Driver Who Killed 3 Released 

Frederick Russell, convicted of killing three Washington State University students and injuring four others in an auto crash, has been released from prison. Russell served seven years of his 14-year sentence. Russell, who’s now 36, was released from Larch Corrections Center Tuesday and will spend...

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DFO: Silver Lining In Stupid Vote? 

My 2 Cents: Maybe there's a silver lining to that goofy 9-8 vote by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee to kill the Child Support services bill. Maybe voters in the districts affected by the involved elected officials will wake up. Hey, Coeur d'Alene voters awakened to dump the Radical Right School Board after it had misfired for 2 years ...

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ITD Project Slows I-90 Traffic 14 

That slowdown along e/b I-90 @ H41/Post Falls is being caused by a project by the Idaho Transportation Department to install a "weigh in motion" facility near the Highway 41 overpass. The current slowdown has nothing to do with the Greensferry Project, which will include a lane closure at night April 21-22.

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Sen. Mortimer Made A Difference

Clark Corbin of IDEDNews.org spotlights one of the few bright lights in the 2015 Idaho Legislature -- Senate Education Committee Chairman Dean Mortimer. Mortimer, an Idaho Falls Republican, and his House Education Committee counterpart Reed DeMordaunt, of Eagle, made a difference in boosting education funding/teacher pay this session.

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Malek: Integrity of Process Important 27 

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, explains why he voted for the Child Support services bill in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. But voted with all other GOP legislators against bringing it out of committee when the matter was brought to the House floor later.

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Worst Job? Newspaper Reporter 

Oh great, now they tell me. A story promoted by Romanesko.com blog says that the job of newspaper reporter has slipped from No. 199 of 200 (2014), just behind lumberjack, to dead last this year. Other media jobs rank almost as poorly. I'm glad I spent the majority of my career when things were a little better professionally.

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Hey, Commissioners, It's The Water 

Writing for the Idaho Conservation League, Susan Drumheller of Sandpoint has a message for the twoKootenai County Commissioners Marc Eberlein and David Stewart: Many of us have been attracted to North Idaho by the quality of the water found here. Eberlein and Stewart appear to be busy trying to dismantle protections for that water quality.

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Balladeer Percy Sledge, 74, RIP 

Balladeer Percy Sledge, who recorded the 1966 soul classic, "When a Man Loves a Woman," died today at age 74. Question: Is there any Baby Boomer male out there who hasn't tried to sing at least some of the lyrics to Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman"?

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Post Falls PD: Home Or Jail? 

From Post Falls Police Department Graveyard Shift: "(Firestone Street) -- Anonymous RP called and advised a 38YO female was in the area of Firestone Street. trying to find Moonstone Street, but was having difficulty due to being intoxicated. (She almost made it, just one block...

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Luker: We Wanted To Go Home 42 

"When the attempt was made at the last hour, at 12:30 in the morning, I think everybody was ready to go home, and so that's why it wasn't brought out on the floor" -- Rep. Lynn Luker in defending House Judiciary & Rules vote against...

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AM Headlines -- 4.14.15

Today's AM Headlines includes: Victim of Hauser shooting recounts event+Child support bill vote angers single parents+Fire destroys Rathdrum home+Hunger study shows 150K Idahoans at risk+2/3s of Spokane County believes in global warming+Lake Pend Oreille levels to remain the same this summer+more ...

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Poll: It's 'Core Da Lane' 

The French may pronounce the name of the Lake City as "Kur" d'Alene. But Hucks Nation overwhelmingly pronounces it "Core" d'Alene. So that should settle that. Today's Poll: Should Gov. Butch Otter follow through on threat to veto $95 million road bill because it taps into general fund money?

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Edit: Otter Should Veto Road Bill 

A bad road bill is worse than no road bill at all, opines Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. Trillhaase said the Idaho Senate was wrong in going along with the House in writing a bill that dips into the general fund, the source of money for schools, welfare, public safety, etc. He calls on Gov. Otter to veto the road bill ...

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Edit: Labrador Right About Bill 15 

In an editorial, the Idaho Press-Tribune take the dissenting position that Congressman Raul Labrador was right in voting in the overwhelming minority against a spending bill that included crucial money for rural schools. The editorial comments that Labrador showed courage in standing up against the huge debt this country is rolling up ...

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Sharia Fear Leads To Bad Vote 

In the Coeur d'Alene Press, columnist Sholeh Patrick writes: "Fear is never the right reason to make law, or in this case, to unmake it." Sholeh, of course, is discussing the ludicrous 9-8 vote by which nine clueless House Republicans held the Child Support services bill hostage in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee last week. Sholeh's right...

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Barbieri, Nonini Questioned Bill 10 

Bill Dentzer of the Idaho Statesman reports that Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, were involve behind the scenes before the House Judiciary & Rules Committee voted 9-8 to kill the Child Support services bill. They raised questions about it after Barbieri's controversial lunch on 'True Face of Islam'.

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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.