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Cutline Contest — 7.16.13

Time 2 vote …

A border collie herds ducks during a demonstration at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, N.C., recently. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Monday winner (tie) — DFO & Phaedrus: “Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy emerges from Coeur d'Alene political waters long enough to say he's not running for re-election” — DFO, and: “Another candidate enters Coeur d'Alene city politics” — Phaedrus. You can see Monday photo & 7 entries here.

Write-In Jokes re: Shooting Simpson

Well, that’s one way to launch a campaign. Buhl resident Jack Wayne Chappell announced his intent to run as a write-in candidate for Congress, with a press release implying he wants to shoot Congressman Mike Simpson. In the lengthy announcement, Chappell acknowledges his bid is less about politics and more about publicity, though he did have criticisms for Simpson. He ended with this: “So here’s the famous original quote, Mike, written especially for you. To wit: ‘You can’t even be a duck in this world without somebody wanting to shoot you.’” Chappell ran against Nicole LeFavour in the May Democratic primary, calling his campaign a “political cartoon” and acknowledging that he ran mostly to drum up support for Simpson primary challenger Chick Heileson. LeFavour won with 84 percent of the vote/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Congressman Simpson's campaign isn't taking Chappell's words seriously. Should it do so?

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