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Dustin Hurst Makes Waves In Montana

Looks like our old Idaho Reporter friend Dustin Hurst has encountered some turbulence in his new in Montana. A blog called Montana Cowgirl penned an article titled, “Pro-Rehberg blogger fled Idaho under a cloud.” It begins: “Dustin Hurst is a right-wing blogger that recently arrived in Helena from Idaho, and has written stories defending Congressman Dennis Rehberg and the Montana GOP, and attacking Democrats.  He calls himself a “reporter.”  His “articles” are trash with no connection to facts or truth.  Last week, for example, he wrote a story saying that Schweitzer is “happy with high unemployment.”  He also claimed that Rob Stutz had called for a pre-emptive strike against Iran, as this video explains.  Intelligent Discontent did a write up of the factual problems with some of the other blog posts Hurst was responsible for. Hurst works for the Montana Watchdog, a somewhat absurd website that is a subsidiary of the right-wing Montana Policy Institute.” More here. (Photo from Dustin Hurst Facebook page)


Popkey: Reporter Used Fake Name

Dustin Hurst left with unfinished business. On March 5 he had boasted on Twitter that Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, “will be hired as a lobbyist in a few weeks.” But Hurst didn’t get the story. He left Idaho last week to start a new job at Montana Watchdog. What had excited Hurst was hypocrisy: Cronin was among the Democrats calling for a one-year cooling-off period before lawmakers could lobby state officials. On Tuesday, Hurst called the Seattle office of Strategies 360, identifying himself as “Joe Turner” of Boise. “He is interested in having you help with some business and would like for you to call him,” the 360 staffer’s phone message to Cronin said. Then he called his former colleague at IdahoReporter, Mitch Coffman. “He said that he had called in using a fake name,” Mitch Coffman told me. “I think the role of a good journalist is to say, OK, well, you said you verified it, but if I’m the one that’s going to write the story, I need to be the one to get the information”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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Dustin Hurst Leaving Idaho Reporter

Via Twitter, Dustin Hurst has just announced that he's leaving the Idaho Reporter to take an online job in Helena, Mont. Quoth: “I am taking a news job in Helena, Montana, starting April 1. I am so excited for the new opportunity, but sad to leave the Gem State. I look forward to the team at IdahoReporter continuing the success we've had in our short time together.”

Question: Any shoutouts for Dustin?

Hurst Launches Political Online Site

I am formally announcing the launch of, a news aggregation and opinion site serving the entire state of Idaho. This site is the initial step of my vision to create a people-based opinion site that represents the Gem State’s entire political spectrum.  This new site will feature linked content from already-established and respected writers such as Dennis Mansfield, Idaho’s political guru, and the Idaho Conservative Blogger, who is already a force in political discourse in the Gem State. But, will feature something that other news and opinion aggregation blogs don’t: Original content. Joel Kennedy, who maintains one of the top submarine blogs in the world, is bringing his skills and political insights to and I think you’ll appreciate his words and humor/Dustin Hurst, iSightonline. More here.


Dustin Treads Off To HBO Graveyard

Dustin Hurst: I was talking with a Democratic operative today in the Capitol and he told me that my commentary on issues is really hurting IR's image and credibility around the state. I guess that it should have been been obvious to me that might be the case, but I didn't realize it. Phaedrus, I hate to admit it, but you were and are right on this issue. I don't care if people question me or my own credibility, but when that begins to rub off on my organization due to my actions, something has to change. That being said, I am now taking my place in the HBO graveyard. You will no longer see my posts here, even if I could post solely news stuff. I will be reborn as with a new handle in a few days.

Question: Any parting words for Dustin?

Dustin: Me Hates Wind Gusts

On Twitter, Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter writes: “I hate wind. I hate it more than any other weather condition. I would rather have 7 feet of snow than wind gusts.”

Question: Which weather condition bugs you most?

Dustin: Hart Nixed Video Interview

Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter, a former North Idaho College student, is in North Idaho again today, covering the 2010 Legislative Tour, sponsored by area chambers of commerce. Hucks will continue to publish his Twitter:

  • 1:17 p.m. Tour has concluded & lawmakers are heading back to various parts of the state. (Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell) left holding a garfield doll.  … for his daughter
  • 11:30 a.m. Lawmakers headed to silverwood for lunch.
  • 11:10 a.m. Responding to a Hucks Online inquiry re: his interview with Rep. Phil Hart Monday night, Dustin tweets: “he wouldnt do video (which kinda irked me) and gave very short answers. Not enough to write a whole story.” And: “Hart wasn’t rude, he just didnt have much to say. he did say his work with tax research is fulfilment of oath of office.”
  • 10:42 a.m. Touring natural gas power plant in rathdrum. interesting to see water evaporation process.
  • 10:03 a.m. Lost my phone for a second. Tramatic for a reporter. Bus is definitely from the 60’s by looks of upholstery.
  • 9:54 a.m. State lawmakers are heading out on final leg of tour. Heading to Avista’s Rathdrum plant and eventually Silverwood Theme Park.
  • 9:49 a.m. Avista CEO: There r going to be more renewables, not less. That’s just how it’s going be … It’s going to be a new world for our kids.
  • 9:42 a.m. Avista CEO says through conservation program, company has saved as much energy as would be produced by one power plant. 150 megawatts
  • 9:29 a.m. Scott Morris, CEO of Avista, speaking to state lawmakers now.
  • 8:50 a.m. It seems as if Idaho Reporter is all-Hart, all the time. I suppose that’s what north Idaho is doing to me.
  • 7:38 a.m. Kootenai Health rep says his hospital will deliver more than $40 million in service for people unwilling or unable to pay for it. Wow.
  • 7:37 a.m. During health care speech at legislative tour, group shows picture of someone getting a colonoscopy. It was modest, though still awkward.
  • 7:08 a.m. The speaker and the senate pro tem are sitting next to me at breakfast. I wonder what I have done to earn the honor.

Twitter: Hart Protesters Greet Solons

Four bus loads of legislators encountered a small group of people protesting against Rep. Phil Hart when they drove into the Coeur d’Alene Inn a few minutes ago. The individual holding the sign on the right is Howard Griffiths, who won 25 percent of the vote as a write-in against Hart last Tuesday. (Idaho Reporter photo from Dustin Hurst)

Dustin Hurst of the Idaho Reporter is one of the boys on the Legislative Tour 2010 bus. His morning tweets are in the drop-down box. You can follow his tweets at Idaho Reporter:

  • 5:33 p.m. Gov. Butch Otter is in the house in Coeur d’Alene. And I just saw Sen. Russ Fulcher (R-Meridian) in his swim trunks and a t-shirt. Odd day.
  • 4:39 p.m. Dustin: “I am back in control at HQ and quickly penning a story on anti-Phil Hart protesters.
  • 4:30 p.m. Sen. (Nicole) Lefavour on Hart protesters outside cda inn: oh that’s so great. I want to go take pictures!
  • 3:01 p.m. Rep. Phil Hart and I will have a video interview after the governor’s banquet tonight. Anyone have questions for him?
  • 2:44 p.m. There is way, way too much Vandal vs. Bronco talk going on throughout the tour. (Vandals-Broncos play Friday night in Moscow.)
  • 2:31 p.m. Sen. (Dean) Cameron, R-Rupert, jokingly asks ITD director Ness if he will help reorganize the Department of Health and Welfare to save money.
  • 2:17 p.m. (Director Brian) Ness says no ITD employees will lose their jobs as a result of reorganization, but that positions may be eliminated and people moved. Ness asks legislators for help in clearing red tape in the process (at Sandpoint Community Center).
  • 1:38 p.m. Several businesses in Sandpoint are presenting to legislators. ITD director speaks in 10 minutes, following which buses head back to cda.
  • 12:18 p.m. Sen. John Mcgee (R-Caldwell) referred to as part time legislator and part time media personality by Sandpoint chamber president.
  • 12:02 p.m. Sen. Keough wouldn’t say who she thinks is the most powerful idaho senator (re: Hucks Online poll: “Which state senator in North Idaho is the most powerful?”

Question: Does anyone have questions you want Dustin to ask Phil Hart?

Dustin: Passing On Some Races, voting

Dustin Hurst: The wife and I voted this morning at a school in Boise. The wife had to write down everyone she should vote for. She relies on me to do the investigations into the candidates. Neither of us filled in any circles for county commission races and a few other races about which we knew nothing. We left one side of our ballot completely blank.

Question: Do you vote in races that you know nothing about the candidates or issues?

Dustin: Thanks For Being Civil, HBO

Dustin Hurst: Dear HBO Nation, As the election winds down and rhetoric continues to heat up, I just wanted to write a little note of thanks. Thank you, HBO Nation, for keeping commentary civil and respectful and above stupid bickering that gets us nowhere. I am so tired of the fringes of the right (Savage and Levin) and left (Alan Grayson) yelling at each other, getting us nowhere. Though I disagree with many of you (Phaed, Sis, Fort, I’m looking you way), I respect they way you each bring your facts and rational discussion into the HBO world. Enjoy your Election Day!

Question: Do you think we’ve finally struck the balance between civility and irreverence here?

Dustin: I Ate The Skittles, So What?

Dustin Hurst, of the Idaho Reporter, reports via Facebook that he got the oil changed in his vehicle and bound some Skittles that somebody left in one of those candy dispensers. (Doesn’t this almost sound like George Costanza in a “Seinfeld” skit?) Continues Dustin: “Most people would leave those alone. I ate them.”

Question: What would you have done with the Skittles, if you’d been in Dustin’s shoes?

Dustin: Reject Avatar-less Comments

Dustin Hurst: I would like to object on the grounds of HBO etiquette. I think it is improper for someone who has yet to put an avatar beside his/her name displayed on the front page of HBO. I think posters should show proper respect to other Hucksters and put up an avatar before being given the spotlight at HBO nation. Anyone with me on this? … Also: I think we should have an HBO constitution or something … or at least some rules to be considered a legitimate commentator. I don’t want to see jokers with no avatars running around with Phaedrus, Sis, Spoke, or MM. In the words of Mayweather, “step yo game up.”

DFO: Usually, I don’t front-page nonavatar material … unless it’s particularly good or ludicrous. However, the idea that we adopt a constitution at HucksOnline scares me. One of you guys might suggest making “Jedi” the official religion of the blog or repealing the 17th amendment. And then nobody would take us seriously. ;-)

Question: Should commenters w/o avatars be banned from HBO’s front page?

Marty: Jeers To D’s For Booting Dustin

JEERS … to Idaho’s Democratic Party. Meeting in Worley last weekend, the state Democratic Convention voted - with only one dissenting vote - to complete its platform in private. Say it ain’t so. Tell us the champions of openness and transparency, the party that condemns Republicans for conducting business behind closed doors, didn’t just do exactly that. According to’s Dustin Hurst — and there’s no reason to doubt it — delegates decided he was an unfriendly observer. Hurst works for Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman. So what? Even if Hurst worked for the GOP, what’s the difference? Out went Hurst, along anyone else who wasn’t a delegate/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did Idaho Democrats compromise themselves at their state convention in Worley by excluding the media and other public from the platform discussion?

Which Party, Pol Uses Cyberspace Best?

Shortly before the primary elections, Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter wrote an article re: the use of social media by the various candidates, entitled “Social media shows its negative side in Republican primary.” In my opinion, Raul Labrador used the social media better than Vaughn Ward as he tweeted and Facebooked his way to an upset victory in the 1st Congressional District race. Two years ago, I remember explaining cyber world to Jim Risch and his wife after an online interview during the U.S. Senate race w/Demo Larry LaRocco. At the time, Risch and Idaho Repubs didn’t know much about blogs and other online media. But they were bugged by the anonymous attacks of bloggers and online commenters.

Question: Which party — or candidate — does best in using online media?

Hubby Dustin: What To Do In NIdaho?

Dustin Hurst (re: words of advice as he launches into the “happily ever after” of his marriage): Thanks for the advice everyone! We are two days in and still standing. I should be on my honeymoon right now, but due to the primary elections, we had to delay it. We will be coming to Spokane next week for the vacation (Julia fell in love will Spokane on our first visit). We have a myriad of activities planned, including a visit to Silverwood and Saturday night’s Spokane Shock game. Any other suggestions for fun things to do in Spokane?

Question: Any suggestions re: things Dustin & his new bride should do when they visit viewtiful Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area next week on a delayed honeymoon?

Dustin: Bachelor Party Or Not?

On both Facebook & Twitter, Dustin Hurst of the Idaho Reporter asks a question that I’ve never thought about. The young man is about to marry. And he’s wondering whether or not to hold a bachelor’s party. I didn’t. I just spent some time with some friends. Getting boozy and cuh-razy hasn’t been my idea of a good time for a long, long time — even years before I married. How about you?

Question: Did you have a bachelor/bachelorette party? Care to tell us about it?

Dustin: Questions For Raul, Vaughn?

Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter: I will be interviewing both Ward and Labrador tonight. Does anyone on HBO have anything they would like me to ask the two gentlemen?

Question: Feel free to post questions you want Dustin to ask the GOP congressional candidates at tonight’s debate in Nampa?

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