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Newt’s $500 Check Bounces In Utah

Whoops — Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly reports that Newt Gingrich's check for the $500 filing fee for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election bounced, and he may not be on the ballot as a result. “Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced,” Rolly reports. “He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response. Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Do you expect Newt Gingrich & Ron Paul to drop out of the GOPresidential race b/n now & convention?

Seizing On Etch-A-Sketch Misstep

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich displays an etch-a-sketch during a Tea Party Presidential forum and straw poll hosted by the LSU College Republicans Thursday at Dotson Auditorium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)

Question: Don't you think most presidential candidates take an etch-a-sketch approach to their candidacy, running to appeal to the extreme in the primary and then to the center for the general election?

MB: Resort Shoulda Kept Bar Open

Meesterbox: It was a bit frustrating after the first round when only (Buddy Roemer, pictured) was eliminated. He received zero votes at our location and only made the process that much longer. Also in the first round Gingrich received 15.1% of the votes. I did the math and if 4 people would not have voted for Newt county wide, he too would have been eliminated in the first round. Everyone had their phones and tablets out tracking the states progress and Romney did loose a significant number of supports once it was shown he had all Idaho regardless of our votes. Although it was frustrating at times, it was great to be involved in the process. There was one mistake made last night - the resort should have kept the drink bar open in the hallway. They could have made a lot of $$ in between rounds.

Question: Tell us about your experience with the first Idaho GOP caucus?

Romney Wins Idaho Handily

Statewide results

95.5% precincts reporting

Mitt Romney27,390 votes 63.3%
Ron Paul7,765 votes 18.0%
Rick Santorum7,139 votes 16.5%
Newt Gingrich940 votes 2.2%
Other17 votes 0.0%

Breakdown by county here And: Early story here

Question: Did anyone see big Romney win coming?

Early Going: Newt Wins 1, Mitt 3

As results trickle in for Super Tuesday's nominating contests, CBS News projects presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (silhouetted in AP photo today in Alabama) will win the Republican primary in his home state of Georgia, clinching his first primary victory since South Carolina's January 21 primary contest. CBS News also projects Mitt Romney will win in Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont.  Polls closed at 7:30 in Ohio. Based on exit polls, CBS News estimates a close race between Romney and Santorum. With polls closed in Tennessee, CBS News projects former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has a small lead, with Romney and Gingrich trailing behind. In Oklahoma, CBS News projects Santorum is leading/CBS News. More here.

Question: Who will be the biggest winner/loser when the night is over?

Update: Paul Leads Romney In Poll

Ron Paul has pulled into a slight lead in an online straw poll being being conducted prior to the Idaho caucuses on Super Tuesday. After trailing Romney by a quarter of a percent this morning, Paul leads Romney 42.44% to 39.81%. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum remains a distant third with 3.61%. Newt Gingrich has a negligible 1.1%. You can find the poll here.

Question: Do you think Mitt Romney & Ron Paul are the only true contenders for Idaho's Republican delegates?

Newt, Mark Fisher Work CdA Crowd

Mark Fisher (left in red tie), who introduced Callista Gingrich at the Coeur d'Alene rally, works the rope line with Newt Gingrich at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. For those of you keeping score at home, Fisher has announced that he will run against state Rep. Vito Barbieri in the spring GOP primary election. (Special to HucksOnline)

A lot of show biz has crossed the stage at the Bing, and Thursday was no different. Fans stood in line more than an hour before showtime. Some held signs or dressed up. A tour bus lurked outside, and police rerouted traffic. When the doors opened, people flooded in, filling the ground floor immediately and then streaming up to the balcony. The crowd buzzed and rustled, in the full flower of Spokane diversity: every kind of white. Bald old graybeards dominated, but there were plenty of teenagers, families with children in tow, people dressed in athletic spandex and backwoods flannel, blue jeans and T-shirts and ball caps. One of Spokane’s better qualities – our pronounced lack of suits and ties – shone through. One man standing near the back refused an offer of a seat. “I’m too excited to sit,” he said/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR photo)

Question: Any of you commenters/bloggers/blurkers out there attend the Gingrich rally? Impressions?

Rick Seward Meets Newt Gingrich

Rick & Joy Seward, long-time Kootenai County Republicans, meet Newt Gingrich at the Coeur d'Alene Inn Thursday night. (Special to HucksOnline)

Newt’s Peeps Managed Event Well

A Berry Picker photographer writes of this photo: “The security at the Gingrich event was much more robust than that experienced at the Santorum event.  It was interesting how the whole event was managed.  While there was a lot of room available, the management pressed everyone into a relative small area.  This made it look like people were crowded in which they were.  There was a lot of room for the media.  A raised platform was provide at the back of the roped off area for video and just in front of that was a long table for reporters with laptops.  I cannot help but think that this was because of a grater attention to detail on the part of the Gingrich organization.  I saw one senior staff person carefully check the stage flags to make sure they hung just right.  The level of both security and stage management was impressive.”

Newt Promises $2.50/Gallon Gas

HucksOnline's embedded photographer snapped this shot of Callista Gingrich along the rope line at the Coeur d'Alene Inn last night. Her husband spoke to a packed room afterward.

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wants everybody to share one idea with their friends and family. That “I represent $2.50 a gallon gasoline,” the former U.S. Speaker of the House said at a rally Thursday night at the Coeur d'Alene Best Western Inn. The price of gas now is a major part of Gingrich's game plan as he seeks to become president. He said President Barack Obama was responsible for “the most expensive gas in history” in 2011. Gingrich made two appearances in Coeur d'Alene Thursday night. The other was at a fundraiser at a home on Neachen Bay, where tickets to the event were $1,000 each/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: If Newt Gingrich truly could bring the country $2.50 gas, would you support his presidential candidacy?

Gingrich: Karzai Owes Us An Apology

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday a U.S. apology to Afghan authorities for burned Qurans on a military base was “astonishing” and undeserved. President Barack Obama formally apologized Thursday after copies of the Muslim holy book were found in the week burned in a garbage pit on a U.S. air field earlier. Later Thursday, news organizations reported that an Afghan soldier had killed two U.S. troops and wounded others in retaliation for the burning. Campaigning in Washington state, Gingrich said Afghan President Hamid Karzai owes the U.S. an apology for the shootings/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo of Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama in New York last Sept. 20)

Question: Gingrich goes on to say: “There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama’s attention in a negative way.” Do you agree with Gingrich?

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Parting Shot — 2.23.12

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shakes hands, signs autographs and poses for photos with the large crowd assembled to hear him Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The man who orchestrated the Republican wave that took out Spokane’s own Speaker of the U.S. House nearly two decades ago was back Thursday, this time with a bid for the White House. Newt Gingrich finds himself trailing in polls, well behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the surging campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But he said Washington could help put his campaign back in the running. He said Washington, which holds its GOP caucuses on March 3, can make a “big difference” in the race as the final contest before Super Tuesday, when 10 states, including Idaho, hold primaries or causes/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Will Super Tuesday be Newt Gingrich's last hurrah?

PM: Newt In Spokane Heading To CdA

Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callistra, arrive at the Bing Crosby Theater for a rally Spokane this afternoon.  Picture story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stopped in Coeur d’Alene Thursday night for a town hall meeting. Before taking the time to meet with some of his supporters Gingrich sat down at a $1,000 per plate private function in North Idaho. Ahi-tuna, tiger prawn martini's, a full bar and an oyster dish were all on the menu. The function is serving nine different hors dourves, and no entres. Roughly thirty republicans will fill the lavish Coeur d’Alene home to meet Mr. Gingrich for about an hour and a half/Cole Heath, KREM. More here.

Question: If you had an extra $1000 now and didn't intend to spend it on a ticket to talk to Newt Gingrich, what would you do with it?

Newt Visits Lake City At 7 Tonight

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a debate watching party Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today, Gingrich is visiting Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. He'll be present at a townhall meeting at the Coeur d'Alene Inn tonight. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Columnist Shawn Vestal covering Gingrich this PM in Spokane, via Twitter: “Newt filled the Bing like he was Matthew Modine or something.

Question: Do you plan to see Newt Gingrich in Coeur d'Alene tonight?

Callista Gingrich Reads ‘Sweet Land’

Callista Gingrich, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, reads her book “Sweet Land of Liberty” to a group of students in the library at Chaparral Elementary School in Gilbert, Ariz. Sitting next to Gingrich is a character from her book, Ellis the Elephant. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

Question: What was your favorite children's book growing up?

Newt To Hold CdA Townhall Meeting

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will hold a town hall meeting in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday night, the Idaho Republican Party announced today. The venue is still being nailed down, but Idaho GOP executive director Jonathan Parker said the meeting will begin at 7 or 7:30 p.m. The former speaker of the U.S. House also will hold a private fundraiser at a Harrison home on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., Parker said. Gingrich's visit marks the fourth major GOP presidential candidate to campaign in Idaho in less than two weeks/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP photo of Newt Gingrich at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Monday)

Question: Would you pay $1000 for the chance of a one-on-one conversation with Newt Gingrich?

National Review: Let It Be Santorum

The editors of the journal founded by conservative pioneer William F. Buckley Jr. say today in an article titled “Santorum's Turn,” that they hope Rick Santorum will become the “principal challenger” to Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination for president. Santorum will be in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday afternoon and will appear at a free event Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Capital High School auditorium in Boise. “At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney,” write the National Journal editors/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of Rick Santorum after Iowa caucus victory party in January)

Question: Who would stand a better chance of unseating President Barack Obama — Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum?

Romney, Gingrich Decry Prop 8 Ruling

Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on Tuesday decried the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for striking down California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage — both of them targeting the judiciary system for invoking what Gingrich described as a “radical overreach” of power.
Prop. 8 was a California ballot measure passed in 2008 that amended the state's constitution to make same-sex marriage illegal. (The California Supreme Court had ruled in 2008 that same-sex couples legally had the right to marry)/CBS News. More here. (AP photo)


5 Qualify For Idaho GOP Caucus

The Idaho Republican Party announced today that five Republican Presidential Candidates have qualified for the first-ever Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus that will take place in every county across the state on March 6, commonly known as Super Tuesday. The five candidates who have qualified for the ballot are: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Buddy Roemer (in the order they filed with the State Party). “We are delighted to have these five Republican candidates file to participate in the Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus,” stated Chairman Norm Semanko. “It is becoming apparent that we are on the radar of the Republican Presidential candidates as they realize that Idaho’s 32 delegates are more delegates than Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada”/Idaho Republican Party. (AP file photo of former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer)

Question: Buddy Roemer?

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