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Huckleberries: Matching views to office sought can be tricky

Sun., Dec. 11, 2011

Let’s play a game. Huckleberries will tell you where candidate John Green stands on issues. And you guess which office he’s seeking. Ready?

On his Facebook wall, Green lists his stands on several issues, including the Second Amendment: “The Federal Government has no authority to regulate firearms within the State of Idaho.” And states’ rights: The 17th Amendment (removing the Legislature’s power to appoint U.S. senators) “should be repealed.” And taxation: “The ‘Internal Revenue Code’ is an abomination and an absurdity.”

Which office does Green want? Kootenai County sheriff, of course. Or maybe not. Under the topic of “Sound Money,” Green says, “As an Idaho senator, I will work to ensure that the State of Idaho protects its citizens from the fraud of ‘fiat’ money.” Green might consider updating his position stands and tailoring them more to the current office he targets.

Funny thing about this uber-conservative candidate? In a closed primary, with the backing of the growing Constitutionalist wing of the Kootenai County GOP, Green has a good chance to win the GOP nod in a four-way race next spring.

A cut above

Again, Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy proved he had more class than Jim Brannon and his posse. Brannon? He’s the 2009 candidate who lost to Kennedy by five votes and then sued to overturn the election, resulting in more than $100,000 in legal costs for Kennedy and the city of Coeur d’Alene. In the process, Brannon’s followers defamed Kennedy, former County Clerk Dan English and others involved in the 2009 election before and after a trial that switched only two votes into Brannon’s column.

On Tuesday, Kennedy and other council members were asked to rubber-stamp final vote results for the Nov. 8 City Council elections in which 20 county residents had voted illegally in the Lake City. (Countywide, 24 county residents voted improperly in city elections and 21 more legal voters cast ballots in wrong precincts, for 45 flawed votes total.) Instead of political payback, Kennedy stated the obvious: Mistakes happen in all elections. And moved on. Meanwhile, Brannon has appealed his now three-vote loss to the Idaho Supreme Court.


A Post Falls cop responding to a fight in the Treaty Rock lot Tuesday told dispatch he found “a multiplicity of juveniles.” Don’t juveniles come in “gangsta packs” rather than “multiplicities”? … Poll: Pearl Harbor Day is alive and well among HucksOnline blog readers, 84 percent of whom consider the “date which will live in infamy” to be “very” or “fairly” important … After spotting decorative cleaning gloves at the local Grocery Outlet, Shannon Forbes of Coeur d’Alene thought: “Must be for people who want to look good while cleaning the toilet.” Is that possible? … From a Facebook friend: “Nothing says ‘happy Friday’ like being gate raped by Spokane TSA. That was horrible.”

Parting shot

Cindy Hval, the Front Porch columnist for this newspaper, was the guinea pig for this pick-up-line test drive by her 12-year-old son, Sam: “Want to hear a great pick-up line?” Cindy: “I guess.” Sam: “How much does a polar bear weigh?” Cindy: “I dunno.” Sam: “Enough to break the ice for us, baby.” Finally, Cindy: “I really hope he doesn’t get better at this.”

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