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Kootenai County commissioners have rescinded a resolution that previously ended Chief Public Defender John Adams' 17-year run in the office come September. During their regular business meeting on Tuesday two of the three-member commission — Todd Tondee and Dan Green — voted to rescind Resolution 2013-26 that passed unanimously last month. Passage of that resolution generated a considerable backlash in the legal community statewide, prompting two legal organizations and even some of Adams' legal adversaries to cry foul. Contacted after Tuesday's meeting, Adams declined comment, saying he had recently learned of the commissioners' decision and needed some time to process it before talking with the media. He plans to make a statement in the future/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Why did the two commissioners vote — sans Commissioner Jai Nelson — to rescind their firing of Public Defender John Adams?
After he was fired for dissing Bozeman Chronicle corporate bosses on Twitter, sports editor Colter Nuanez posted on Montana State Bobcats social media: “Well Twitter, my disdain for corporate America and my respect for the public’s right to know has gotten me terminated,” former Bozeman Daily Chronicle sports editor Colter Nuanez tweeted this afternoon. “No more Chronicle.” He elaborated this morning on the Bobcat Nation message board: “Well people, this place finally came back around to bite me in the butt. Because of my comments and opinions expressed on this website, I have been terminated effective immediately”'/JimRomenesko.com. More here. (Romenesko photo of Colter Nuanez)
Words to Get Fired By: This is one line from Nuanez that Chronicle Publisher Stephanie Pressly apparently referred to, in commenting on the firing: “But you must understand that we are all handcuffed by money-hungry corporate f***ks who want to run newspapers as a business rather than an essential part to maintaining a free-flowing democracy.”
Question: Should Nuanez have gotten a second chance?
Robb Akey knew his Idaho coaching staff needed a pick-me-up after a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. So he called a staff meeting for Sunday afternoon to suggest some changes, find some bright spots and go over recruiting plans heading into the final four games of the season. Before he got to meet with his staff, however, Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear fired Akey. “I didn't expect it in the middle of the season. I knew we needed to win more games. We needed to win more — and that was an ugly game on top of it,” Akey told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday evening. “I expected to be able to finish the season”/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Should AD Spear have waited until season's end to fire Coach Robb Akey?
This morning Jason Gesser met with reporters for the first time after being named Idaho's interim head football coach. The 33-year-old former Washington State quarterback, wearing a black pinstripe suit with a gray tie, started crying a few minutes into the press conference when talking about the influence that Robb Akey, the man he's replacing, has had on him. “Akey’s been everything for me,” Gesser said. “The guy means a lot. … I mean, I owe my life to the guy”/Josh Wright, SR SportsLink. More here. (Dan Pelle's SR file photo of Jason Gesser earlier this fall)
Question: Do guys cry too much today?
Take your pick: Either former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe got the boot without cause and in violation of a law that protects people in her position from political reprisals. Or Lowe was the victim of blatant sexism. She took on cronyism and because she lost, more of your tax dollars went into the pockets of Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's corporate allies. And when she wouldn't knuckle under, a powerful state senator threatened to change the law to make transportation more susceptible to political interference. Only the size of the check Idaho wrote to Lowe to settle her three-year lawsuit - after paying its own lawyers almost $540,500 to fight off the case - will illuminate what truly happened/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Why isn't there more of an uproar re: this firing by the Otter administration?
The state of Idaho has settled a lawsuit filed by fired former Transportation Director Pam Lowe, who charged she was illegally let go for standing up to political pressure and was discriminated against because she was female. Lowe was the Idaho Transportation Department's first female director; after she was fired, she was replaced by a man who is being paid $22,000 a year more than she made. No information was immediately available on the terms of the settlement; Lowe had sought reinstatement in her job, back pay and benefits, and attorney fees and costs as well as damages for emotional distress. Just the back pay, benefits and attorney fees would add up to close to half a million dollars. Lowe , a professional engineer, was a longtime ITD employee, starting there in 1993 and rising to director in January of 2007. She was named the department’s first female district engineer in 2000/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Idaho Democrats tweet: “The Governor and GOP cronies in the Legislature punished her for doing her job — and for being a strong woman.” Do you agree/disagree with that evaluation?
The firing of former state Transportation Director Pam Lowe, and defending the resulting wrongful-termination lawsuit, is costing Idaho about $25,000 a month, the Idaho Statesman reports today, with the state's legal bills for the outside lawyers it's hired to handle the case now at $257,913 and counting. That's just for March through December. A trial in the case is scheduled for Aug. 8, and there are a lot big legal bills to come; last month, the state submitted a 5,400-page brief in the case/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (SR file photo of Pam Lowe)
Question: Could the Otter administration have handled the firing of former state Transportation Director more poorly?
- Tuesday Poll: 90 of 163 respondents (55.2%) voted that former Post Falls police officer Ian Johnson shouldn't have been fired for pretending to use a Taser on a friend while on duty. 61 of 163 respondents (37.4%) support the firing. 12 were undecided.
- Today's Question: Should Idahoans be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits?
Juan Williams, pictured, told a television audience that when he saw Muslims boarding a plane it caused him concern. Something Juan Williams now understands he never should have admitted. The group-thinkers at NPR could not allow it to stand unchallenged. Being a leading purveyor of political correctness, they know the world has more to fear from a lumberjack, miner or roughneck than radical Muslims. So they canned him. The people at NPR are shell-shocked at the reaction. The firing of Juan Williams has caused irreparable damage to the reputation and credibility of NPR. The fact they did not expect the backlash is just another example of the arrogance/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.
Question: What do you make of the Juan Williams’ firing by NPR?