Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

Posts tagged: Senate District 3

Whalen Brings Up Nonini’s Drug Arrest

This flier from Pat Whalen's camp hit mailboxes in the Post Falls area during the weekend. It spotlights state Sen. Bob Nonini's 1983 arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The front of the flier shows 5 stones and says: “Bob Nonini threw rocks for political gain,” a reference to Cathyanne Nonini informing the local and national Boys & Girls Club earlier in the campaign re: an old DUI on Whalen's record. Whalen is president of the local Boys & Girls Club.

  • DFO: You can see the front of the flier in the comments section.

Question: Will this flier hurt Nonini?

Nonini-Whalen Race Hits Nasty Patch

That Facebook post by state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, didn’t stay up long – you know, the one in which he blasted opponent Pat Whalen for picking on Nonini’s wife, Cathyanne. It read: “My opponent took a cheap shot at my wife (Thursday night) at the NIC Candidate Forum – what type of person attacks a wife? Not a reputable or credible person.” At the forum, Whalen raised the fact that he had received a DUI in 2006, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. That was a shocker. So was his subsequent comment that Cathyanne Nonini was trying to use the old DUI conviction to get Whalen dumped as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County. Nonini pulled his Facebook post Friday after Huckleberries Online published the text of an email that Cathyanne Nonini sent to regional director Steve Ratto of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. At 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, she emailed Ratto: “This is per my conversation with Tony in your National Office. This gentleman is currently the Board President for our local B&G Club. We do not feel it is a good example for a person with a DUI conviction to be serving on a B&G Club Board, Peace and Blessings, Cathyanne.” On Friday, Whalen offered to resign as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club. But the board rejected the notion from its hard-working chairman. Some indignant Whalen supporters noted that Bob Nonini had been arrested – but not convicted – on a cocaine charge in 1983. What’s that they say about glass houses?/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. Rest of the column here.

Jorgenson, Blocks ‘Discontinued’

Dunno why the individual selling these blocks used a campaign sign belonging to state Sen. Mike Jorgenson to prop up his advertisement: “Discontinued block $1 each.” But it amused a Berry Picker who provided Hucks Online with the photo. After all, Jorgenson also was “discontinued” in the GOP primary in May when relative newcomer Steve Vick upset his bid for re-election. You can find the discontinued pile of blocks about a block north of Hayden City Hall on Government Way.

Jorgenson Has Big Fund Edge On Vick

Incumbent Mike Jorgenson has more than a 3-to-1 funding edge on challenger Steve Vick in their Senate District 3 Republican primary race. Finance disclosure statements obtained from the Secretary of State’s website shows Jorgenson has raised $25,661 in contributions and loans and spent $22,852 prior to the 7-day pre-election period, for a balance of $2809. Jorgenson has a balance of $16,019 in loans he has made to his campaign. Vick has raised a total of $7596 in cash and loans and spent $4111, for a balance of $3485. He has loaned $3000 to his campaign. Top contributors to the two campaigns are below in drop-down box:

Jorgenson’s Try To Block Vick Fails

A North Idaho senator’s initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he’s not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office saying that his GOP challenger, Steven Vick of Dalton Gardens, isn’t qualified for the ballot because of a 2006 voter-registration glitch. Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said today that Vick meets registration requirements to run; Jorgenson now plans to take his complaint to court. You can read my full story here at Vick told Eye on Boise he was recruited to run against Jorgenson by the two state representatives from Jorgenson’s District 3: Reps. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and Phil Hart, R-Athol/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Did Mike Jorgenson hurt himself by making an issue of Steve Vick’s eligibility — and providing Vick w/a lot of ink and pixels that he wouldn’t have had otherwise? And/or: What do you make of Vick’s statement that Jim Clark and Phil Hart recruited him to run against Jorgenson?

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

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.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here