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Rumors Sweeping County Courthouse

One of the wild rumors sweeping the Kootenai County Courthouse these days is that county clerk-elect Cliff Hayes might tap failed 2009 City Council candidate Jim Brannon as his chief deputy. Then, the worker bees initially were worried that he might pick Tina Jacobson. Another totally unsubstantiated rumor that was out there, even during the election campaign, is that Hayes will hold the office for a couple of years and then turn it over to whoever is his chief deputy. That he’s already accomplished his job of getting the office back into Republican hands. The worker bees are nervous. But I doubt that either of the two mentioned above are on Hayes’ radar. He’s sharper than that.

Question: Who do you think Hayes will pick as chief deputy? Why?

OOST: News Stories Hurt Clerk

Out Of Stater Tater: The lawsuit raised a lot of questions about how Dan (of the County) keeps house, fair or not. The stories over the last few days about his office failing to disburse revenues just reinforced those doubts.

  • Democratic County Clerk Dan English was unseated by Republican Cliff Hayes last night — 24,935 (60.49%) to 16,290 (39.51%), with 41,225 votes cast.

Question: Was Dan’s defeat simply a matter of the Republican tidal wave? Or did he suffer from the drawn Brannon election challenge and/or newspaper disclosures re: failed disbursements over the last couple of weeks?

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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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