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Did Spencer Hang Up Or Not?

On Wednesday, Larry Spencer denied in a Huckleberries Online comments thread that he hung up on SReporter Erica Curless during a phone interview about his race.  You can read his comments by following this thread here. Curless reported in her story that Spencer had hung up on her. Curless sent this sequence re: the disputed hang-up:

  • Curless: Just a reminder that you hung up on me this morning, refusing to answer my questions and indicating that you would only answer email questions. I have received your emails. I still want to talk with you about these issues instead of receiving written sound bites.
  • Spencer: Erica, the only question you asked prior to my receiving a call I needed to take was about my age. I told you I needed to take a call that was coming in, and had informed you of that prior to your telling me you had more questions. While the conference call repeatedly called me, I asked you to send the questions by email. I took a lengthy unscheduled interview a few days ago, but my schedule today simply doesn't provide me the opportunity today. Thanks for understanding.
  • Curless (to me via email): I also sent him a text indicating that I had more questions and wanted to talk with him on the phone. We were way past the age question and into his legal dealings when he told me he wasn't going to respond and to send e-mail questions and then he hung up when I indicated that was unacceptable.

Question: Wouldn't Spencer have been better served had he simply answered the questions rather than create a mini-flap by seeming to avoid a reporter?

McGruber: Green Or Spencer Will Win

McGruber: Vic Holmes shot himself in the foot with that interview and his remarks about running for the paycheck. Dan Green needs to remind people of that at every forum. Vic might be a nice guy and all but he’s out of his league in this commission run. Taryn nailed it. The primary is just a month away and that’s not enough time for Vic to become known outside of Rathdrum. He probably shouldn’t count on a big groundswell of support from his hometown voters after doing just what Taryn said. Gets elected in November to a four year term and then three months later decides he’s worth more money so wants to be a county commissioner. This race will be between Dan Green and Larry Spencer and will probably be too close to call on election night.

Question: Anyone else think Larry Spencer has a chance to win one of three Kootenai County commissioner seats?

CdA School Trustee Interviews Set

The Kootenai County Board of County Commissioners will conduct interviews for the vacant School District 271 trustee position.  The interviews will take place at the county administration building Room 1 at 5 p.m. The commission is accepting questions from the public for the candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The board and incumbent trustees will decide which questions from the public will be asked. Send questions to Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene. Or deliver to them to the commissioners office at 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. The public is welcome to attend the interviews.

Commish Tondee To Seek Re-election

County Commissioner Todd Tondee will announce today his re-election bid to serve a two-year term on the Kootenai County Commission.  Tondee, who won election to the District 1 seat four years ago with an over 23% margin, will make the announcement during a meeting of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, Noon today at Fedora Pub & Grille, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene. Tondee, 47, has served on the Kootenai County Commission for five years and lives in Post Falls with his wife of 25 years DeDe. They have two grown children/Todd Tondee news release. More below

Question: Are you satisfied with Tondee's performance as commissioner?

Spencer Running For Commish?

At Blogfest 2012, Larry Spencer and former Kootenai County clerk Dan English discuss politics at the Fort Ground Grill. Huckleberries hears that Spencer has been hinting that he'll run against Commissioner Dan Green in the Kootenai County GOP primary election in May. Also, Huckleberries hears that Spencer has registered to vote in Kootenai County. Stay tuned … (Blogfest photo: Nic)

Question (from an interview of Spencer in Sunday's Coeur d'Alene Press:  You say your life if “very public.”  How so?
Larry Spencer:  I face scrutiny for most things I do.  For example, last year I took my kids our for a boat ride on a friend's boat.  He is also a political figure, and within half an hour of my walking to his boat at The Resort Marina, a post had been put up on a political gossip blog site by a prominent Democrat who wanted to know if this man with the boat and I were friends.  A couple years ago, I had moved before an election and didn't vote.  That missed vote of mine was run as a story on the front page of the Sunday Idaho edition of the Spokesman-Review, above the fold and in a print size that could be read from about ten feet away.  Even the governor doesn't face that level of pressure. Complete Coeur d'Alene Press interview here.

Question: Would you like to see Larry Spencer run for the Kootenai County commission?

HBO Poll: Currie Or Nelson?

  • Wednesday Poll (didn’t have one Thursday): It’s obvious that the Wednesday poll got hijacked. It shows that 235 of 326 (72%) of the votes were for Democrat Keith Allred. 84 of 326 (26%) were for incumbent Republican Butch Otter. Independent Pro-Life got 5 votes, and Independent Jana Kemp received 2. Otter should win Kootenai County easily.
  • Today’s Poll: Who do you favor in the contested Kootenai County commissioner race: write-in candidate Rick Currie or Jai Nelson?

Obit: Ex-Commish Mike Anderson, 55

In 1993, he was elected County Commissioner for Kootenai County. Following relocation to Southern California, he worked as Security Supervisor for Knott’s Berry Farm. In 1998, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and became the Security Manager for Pike Place Market later working as the Emergency Services Manager for the Seattle Center. Following his heart back to North Idaho, he went to work for the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department. In June 2009, he moved to Kamiah to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren and began working with Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department as their back country deputy/Coeur d’Alene Press via Yates Funeral Home. More here.

DFO: I’m hoping that these things, indeed, don’t come in threes because the state of Idaho has lost two good public servants this week — Mike Anderson, Clint Stinnett …

Jai Nelson Tackles Campaign Rumors

Item: Politics turn personal: Commission candidate Jai Nelson responds to accusations/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press.

More Info: Another accusation surfaced in a letter to the editor by Rick Currie on Oct. 3. Currie stated that Nelson had “told outright lies” about their political opponent, Fillios. Fillios said on Thursday that during the primary campaign, several individuals approached him about rumors they heard from Larry Spencer, a Spirit Lake developer understood to be part of Nelson’s campaign.

Question: Is Nelson being helped or hurt by the rumors swirling around her campaign?

Huckleberries Interviews Rick Currie

Kootenai County Commissioner Rick Currie dropped by Hucks Central a few minutes ago to announce his candidacy as a write-in candidate for the seat he now holds against Republican Jai Nelson, who beat Chris Fillios and him in a three-way race in the spring primaries. You can read Rick’s official announcement here and a brief interview with Hucks Online below:

  • DFO: It’s extremely difficult to win a write-in election. You must realize that. How do you intend to knock off a Republican who’s on the ballot?
  • Rick Currie: I am a Republican, too. I’m running as a Republican. There was an extremely low voter turnout in the primary. It was embarrassing. No candidate got near 40 percent of the vote. And you have a tremendous number of people out there who are not politically affiliated. We’re going to get a lot more people voting. Citizens of Kootenai County deserve a choice.
  • Rest of interview in drop-down box below

Question: What would Rick Currie have to do to beat Jai Nelson as a write-in candidate?

Jai Nelson (Hearts) Phil Hart?

Am I the last to know that uberconservative Phil Hart and Kootenai County commissioner-elect Jai Nelson are an item?

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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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