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Handeen Congratulates Hearn

Bjorn Handeen, who lost his Zone 5 Coeur d'Alene School Board campaign to Tom Hearn, sent this message to Huckleberries moments ago:

Though I am disappointed I did not win enough votes to be elected, I still consider it worthwhile to have spread the message that we need to ensure that our students have some idea about how to make a living by the time they leave our school system. My supporters agreed with this message, and agreed that revitalized vocational instruction- along with a more honest and robust career counseling program- is the first step in organizing an economic defense of this country.  While it is true that Tom Hearn and I had clear and significant ideological differences, the people of Coeur d’Alene can be proud that at no time did either campaign resort to the mud-slinging that characterizes modern political races. Mr. Hearn ran a strongly ethical campaign, and I thank him for that. We are lucky to be represented by a man of his caliber, and I congratulate him on his victory. Full statement here. (Facebook photo: Bjorn Handeen)

Question: Do you agree that the candidates were civil to one another in their campaigns?

Press #2 For Bjorn

From a Berry Picker: “Thought you’d like to know…I got a phone call at 7:10 last night.   Recorded voice: 'Just a quick 1-question survey;  If you were voting for CDA School district trustee today, press 1 if you’d vote for Tom Hearn, press 2 if you’d vote for Bjorn Handeen, press 3 if you’re undecided.'  I pressed 1, and the voice said “thank you for your participation” and hung up   no other information given!!

Question: Anyone else receiving these, ahem, Coeur d'Alene School Board survey calls?

Seddon, Handeen To Be No-Shows

From Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership Facebook wall: “CEP's Coeur d'Alene School Board Candidate Forum is TONIGHT! The Forum starts at 5:30 in the Library Community Room. Candidates from Zones 1, 4, and 5 have all been invited to participate. The Forum will be recorded and will be aired at a later time on CdA Channel 19. Candidates Christa Hazel, Brent Regan, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn will be in attendance. At this time, candidates Ann Seddon and Bjorn Handeen have declined to participate.”

DFO: Seddon told me after the Mica Grange forum that she had a scheduling conflict with tonight's CEP/Coeur Group forum, which will be recorded and later televised on Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19. Seems strange that Bjorn Handeen also has a scheduling conflict.'

Question: I believe candidates who refuse to show up for major debates are like job applicants who don't appear for work interviews — not worthy to hold the job. What do you think?

Mary Backs Handeen

In the Coeur d'Alene Press online comments section, Mary Souza announces her support for Constitutionalist-turned-GOP committeeman Bjorn Handeen (pictured in Duane Rasmussen file photo) for the Coeur d'Alene School Board post now held by appointed Trustee Jim Hightower. In doing so, she goes a step further than the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, who backed appointed Trustees Brent Regan and Ann Seddon but balked at Handeen. Who has been a thorn in the RRs side by working hard to elect uber-cons to the local GOP Central Committee. Mary writes that Handeen: “brings a fresh, younger family viewpoint. His kids are just about ready to start school and he's a concerned, passionate parent and citizen, willing to step forward.” Handeen is campaigning against Tom Hearn. (BTW, I wouldn't take Handeen for granted. He's organized and a hard worker. It wouldn't surprise me if he knocks on almost every door in his zone himself, including mine.)

Question: What does Tom Hearn and other challengers (Christa Hazel and Dave Eubanks) have to do to defeat the local GOP establishment candidates for school board?

Candidate Handeen Backs Adams

In this Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 video, Coeur d'Alene School Board candidate Bjorn Handeen (who's running against Tom Hearn) voiced support for Councilman Steve Adams before Adams withdrew his threat of appealing a judicial confirmation decision re: sewer plant expansion. During public comments, Handeen said he took offense to jabs taken at fellow Constitutionalist Steve Adams for his stand against judicial confirmation on constitutional grounds. Handeen said there are thousands of fellow Constitutionalists in Coeur d'Alene who support Adams through their votes.


Koler Targets School Elections Again

If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, the Kootenai County Republican Women are already on board in support of appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustees Ann Seddon and Brent Regan — and candidate Bjorn Handeen. On the Republican Women Web site, Duncan Koler of Citizens for Better Education (CBE), which was instrumental in the elections of Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, is calling for help in supporting these candidates. Koler wants ground troops to begin walking precincts as early as April 6. Quoth Koler: “We need to be super-organized because the liberal opposition is fully mobilized. Both sides view this as a critical election.” You can read the rest of the post here.

Question: Are you happy with the work of the current Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Huckleberries: A Young Ron Paul Fan

You know your 3-year-old daughter is as cute as you think she is when she’s photographed by two members of different media at the recent Ron Paul confab. Nicole Hensley of KXLY snapped Lajla Handeen near glad-handing Ron Paul. Jesse Tinsley of The Spokesman-Review photographed her peeking through a curtain. She was in Spokane with her father, Bjorn Handeen, Precinct 52 committeeman for the Kootenai County GOP Committee. Bjorn tells of Lajla’s close encounter with Paul: “When Ron Paul shook her hand, he asked if she knew his name. She smiled, nodded, and said ‘Ron Paul!’ He got a big kick out of that. She was beaming that whole weekend. She’s not even 4, but I have the feeling that she’ll remember that exchange for a long time.” Bjorn packs Lajla to political events. She behaves well, he told Huckleberries: “If she can sit through a (Kootenai County Republican Central Committee) meeting, a Ron Paul speech is easy”/DFO, HucksOnline. More here. (Anthony Terrell of NBC News shot a third photo of Lajla Handeen at the Ron Paul Rally)

Question: Do/did you take your children to political events?

All Eyes On Lajla

Here's more proof that Bjorn Handeen's 3YO daughter, Lajla, was the most photogenic individual at the Ron Paul rally in Spokane Friday — this side of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Monday, HucksOnline provided you with photos of Lajla by KXLY web producer Nicole Hensley here and by SR photog Jesse Tinsley here. Now, a Berry Picker offers this third photo of Lajla and Bjourn at the rally.

Question: Were you a cute 3-year-old?

Area Ron Paulers: We Have Overcome

Ron Paul's North Idaho supporters in the 2008 presidential election have regrouped for 2012. Now calling themselves “North Idaho Patriots for Ron Paul 2012,” they have been meeting regularly for the past few months. A scheduled gathering Thursday evening at the Donut House in Hayden attracted 40 people. An age-diverse group turned out to hear guest speaker Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart. Bjorn Handeen's baby daughter giggled and bounced on her father's lap as Hart spoke. “Many of the Ron Paulers from the last election have now been elected themselves, or joined other grassroots efforts,” said Handeen, now a precinct committeeman in Coeur d'Alene's “Borah Triangle.” “We need to cultivate a new group of activists”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Handeen goes on to say that the Ron Paulers are embedded in the local Republican Party. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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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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