TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016

75% of Idaho unhappy w/ed system 

Almost 75 percent of Idahoans would prefer their child attend a private or public charter school, a survey released Tuesday from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation reports. ... While the survey reports Idahoans believe that the state’s education system falls short, they also believe education is key to economic success.

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New front-plate license bill surfaces 11 

Sen. Jim Patrick has brought a new version of his bill to get rid of the requirement for front license plates on cars, this one just to exempt those vehicles that were “manufactured with no place to put the plates.” Patrick said this measure is a back-up, in case his other bill doesn’t advance.

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Blogos -- 2.9.16

The daily roundup of posts from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Saturday debate/Bay Views, Your weekly planner/On Tap, A musing for Lent/The Slice, Circus coming to town/Fort Boise', 'Debates' in quotes/Barrett Rainey, Lattern to air 'Son of Saul' Feb 26/7 Blog, Thanks for memories, Marshawn Lynch/Grip ...

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Ongoing standoff spawns cyber scolds 

Shawn Vestal/SR: "The remaining nuthatches in the Oregon bird refuge are drawing supporters from every corner of End-times Western America, and who knows what may happen now that movement patriarch Cliven Bundy is on his way to join them. But some folks have been offering more than their share of support from Eastern Washington."

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, points at Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Trump refers to Cruz with profanity 35 

Donald Trump echoed a supporter during a rally on the eve of the New Hampshire primary Monday night who called his Republican presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) a "pussy." Trump was touting his hardline stance against terrorists from the Middle East when he mentioned Cruz's response during the debate Saturday on the use of waterboarding.

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Recall elections: Sunshine Law loophole 

Organizers say the recall campaign against four West Ada School District trustees is a volunteer effort. Critics of the recall don’t buy it. They allege that the campaign is being fueled by “dark money” from special interests. Trouble is, there’s no way of telling who is telling the truth.

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House GOP fix homeowners exemption 

Don't look now, but Idaho House Republicans overwhelmingly voted to remove the indexing from the homeowner's exemption, fixing the maximum at $100,000. They will argue that the move stabilizes the homeowners exemption. Others will argue -- and I agree with them -- that it was already stable. And this move will take money out of homeowners pockets.

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Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Beyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she's announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Giuliani rips Beyonce halftime show 57 

New York’s former mayor is not pleased with the Queen B. Rudy Giuliani, a onetime Republican presidential contender, rebuked Beyoncé on Monday for what he described as an “attack” on police officers during her Super Bowl halftime show performance.

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Roizen: Idaho has Southern ties 

In 2014, Ron Roizen made a blog post noting Idaho's ties to the Confederate South. In view of the recent controversy involving Confederate flags on a Shoshone County employee's personal pickup, Roizen has re-published his blog post in the Huckleberries Online comment section and Facebook.

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How low can it go? 12 

Keva Wolfe of Old School North Idaho reported gas at $1.75 per gallon at State Line and $1.64 at Coeur d'Alene Costco. I bought gas at $1.67 at Zip Trip last week. And I noticed, on a Saturday trip to Sandpoint, that gas was $2.02 at Westmond. How much did you pay for gas during your last trip to the pumps?

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AM Headlines -- 2.9.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: XCraft touches down in CdA/KXLY, UIdaho adds research center/KTVB, Indicted doctor may forfeit assets/Press, Warming center to remain open/CdA Press, Roundabouts stop 2 possible DUI drivers/Press, Idaho committee backs revision to rape law/Press, House panel introduces Girl Scouts sales tax bill/AP ...

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Poll: 61% somewhat tuned in

In the poll Monday, a plurality of 39.33% said it hasn't seen a single presidential debate so far. OTOH, 28.87% said they've seen at least one debate from each party and 20.08% said they've seen most of the debates. Today's Poll: Which GOP candidates are most likely to drop out of prez race if they don't do well in New Hampshire tonight?

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Cindy outfriendlys barista 

Before her barista could launch into his "What are your plans for the day" spiel on Monday, Cindy asked him what he thought of the Super Bowl. She didn't let up on outfriendlying him even when he said he wasn't a football fan. (Question: Is your barista friendly?)

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Monday in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New Hampshire votes today, Trump in front 19 

The first votes were cast Tuesday in New Hampshire following a final campaign blitz as candidates crisscrossed the state and leveled blistering attacks on rivals in a primary that appeared to set the tone for the wild nominating races ahead. Donald Trump has a sizable lead in the GOP race. But who'll still be standing on GOP side after NH?

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Nuxoll pulls wildfire risk law 

The Idaho Freedom Foundation and state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, are hoping to give county officials another weapon to use in their battle against federal land management agencies. However, Nuxoll withdrew her bill promising to submit a new draft by next Monday.

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In this AP file photo, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks through a tackle-attempt by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) as Cowboys Byron Jones, left, comes over to help on the running play in the second half of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas.

Lynch goes gentle into the night

Columnist John Blanchette/SR comments on Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch's retirement: "The pitch-perfect timing and delivery of Marshawn Lynch’s retirement – fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, via Twitter, visual suggestion only – was another chasmal moment for the National Football League, which is being hit hard from all sides these days."

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Wasden: We can handle major suits 

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden told legislative budget writers today that his office can handle major litigation. He then went on to tout all the major litigation that his office has handled. In the past, Idaho has squandered millions of dollars by hiring outside counsel to handle several losing constitutional challenges.

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Jet boat racers eye 4 area rivers 

Jet boats could race up the Coeur d’Alene River in May as part of a four-river jet boat championship. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has applied for a Kootenai County marine permit to include 30 miles of the Coeur d’Alene River between Harrison and Cataldo. Other race venues include portions of the St. Joe, Grand Ronde and Snake rivers.

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.8.16 55 

During the weekend, I took time to watch a debate on each side of the political divide -- one a re-run of the Democratic debate earlier last week. The Democratic debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was passionate and informative. The Republican debate Saturday...

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Parting Shot -- 2.8.16

Waving a Denver Broncos flag, the team's airplane pilot leans out the window of the cockpit as players step off the plane after returning as victors over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Monday in Denver.

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Dr. Stanley Toelle and his wife, Loren. (Facebook photo)

Indicted Lake City doc sanctioned year ago 

Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a gastroenterologist for Kootenai Health who is charged with conspiracy to launder money as part of an alleged drug trafficking ring, was reprimanded a year ago by the Idaho State Board of Medicine. Toelle faced allegations he prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances to patients.

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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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