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APhoto Of The Day — 1.30.12

Jim Clark kisses one of his four Capuchin monkeys inside their RV at an undisclosed location near the Louisiana Border in Texas. Even in their Texas hideout, Jim and Donita Clark are terrified that wildlife agents from their home state of Louisiana will descend on their motorhome and seize the four Capuchin monkeys they've reared for 10 years. You write the cutline. (AP photo: Gerald Herbert)

Top Cutlines

  • 1. Jim, a Tarzan fan, never could have imagined that he and Donita would fall into such poverty living in their RV, but their monkey never doubted it, remembering what his wise mother once told him: ‘Cheetah’s never prosper’ — JohnA.
  • 2. Bobo knew she shouldn’t date outside her species — and that life with Jim and their future family would be tough. But she couldn’t protect her heart whenever Jim looked at her that way — and puckered up — DFO.
  • 3. Jim, not able to find any frogs, decided that perhaps there were other ways of finding a princess — Herb Huseland.
  • HM: Misjustice.

Raul Meets Huckleberries’ Hound

I didn’t realize that Dennis Mansfield or Jim Clark was taking a photo of my interview w/Raul Labrador (via Labrador Twitter) — or I might have tidied up Huckleberries Central a bit. See all my toys? I enjoyed meeting Labrador. Indeed, he’s a hard guy not to like. Wished more politicians could smile and remain friendly with the opposition no matter whether they agree or disagree.

Question: Is your desk better organized than mine?

HBO Poll: Berry Pickers Prefer Vito

  • Monday Poll: By a slight margin, Vito Barbieri is the pick of HucksOnline to win the House District 5 seat now held by retiring Rep. Jim Clark. Barbieri captured 36 of 138 votes (26.1%) to edge Hayden Councilwoman Jeri DeLange (34 of 138, for 24.6%). The rest of the votes were cast for Duane Rasmussen (25 of 138, 18.6%) and Fred Meckel (9 of 138, 6.5%). None of the above received 34 of 138 votes, 24.6%.
  • Today’s Question (in lefthand rail): Are you a member of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce or another civic organization?

HBO Poll: We Want To See ‘Iron Man 2’

  • Weekend Poll: You Berry Pickers are looking forward to seeing “Iron Man 2” and “Robin Hood” during the summer movie season. 30 of 98 respondents (31%) said they most want to see “Iron Man 2,” while 28 of 98 respondents (29%) said they prefer “Robin Hood.” The rest of the votes were scattered among “Toy Story 3” (10 votes); “Shrek Forever After,” “Sex in the City 3” and “Karate Kid” (8 votes), “MacGruber” (6 votes), and “The A Team” (4 votes).
  • Today’s Question: Who do you want to win Rep. Jim Clark’s House District 5 seat: Vito Barbieri, Jeri DeLange, Fred Meckel, or Duane Rasmussen?

4 Run To Fill Clark’s Legislative Seat

The hottest legislative race in North Idaho this spring is the four-way contest for the House seat in District 3 that’s opening up due to seven-term Rep. Jim Clark’s retirement. The matchup between the four candidates, all of whom are actively campaigning, is the final chapter in this story – no Democrat has filed for the seat, so the GOP primary winner on May 25 will be the district’s new representative in Boise. And with the typically very low turnout in Idaho primary elections, there’s no telling what could happen in the race between Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Jeri DeLange of Hayden, Fred Meckel of Rathdrum and Duane Rasmussen of Hayden. “It’s going to be kind of fun to watch – somebody could win with 30 percent of the vote, 30 percent of the 15 percent who show up to vote,” said Clark (pictured), who’s not endorsing any of the candidates but says he thinks there are “a lot of good-quality people in the field.”

Question: Who do you want to win state Rep. Jim Clark’s House District 5 seat — Vito Barbieri, Jeri DeLange, Fred Meckel, or Duane Rasmussen? Why? (Bonus Question: Do you think Jim Clark did a good job as an Idaho legislator?)

Hart, Clark Back Vick Over Jorgenson

(Steve) 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. “They just felt like their district there would be better represented by somebody else than Sen. Jorgenson,” said Vick, a former four-term Montana state representative/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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 spokesman.com. 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?

States trying to block the feds, but the effort may be null and void

OLYMPIA – Conservative activists in Washington and Idaho are trying to force the federal government to “keep out” on issues ranging from guns to health care to the environment.
Through legislation and initiatives, people aligned with what’s variously known as the 10th Amendment or State Sovereignty movement are trying to pass state laws that limit what the federal government can do within its borders.
“Government closest to the people is best able to solve the problems,” said State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Greenacres, who introduced a series of “sovereignty” bills the first week of the session.
The 10th Amendment, which reserves to states any right not spelled out in the Constitution, is the basis for the bills, he said. Language for much of the legislation came from the 10th Amendment Center, which supports and tracks efforts to strengthen states’ rights.
But legal scholars question such efforts to have the Legislature set limits on Congress or to interpret what the U.S. Constitution means within their borders. That’s really the job of the courts, in precedents that stretch back to 1803, Amy Kelley, who teaches constitutional law at Gonzaga Law School, said.
“What the U.S. Constitution means is not a state option,” Kelley said.

ALEC names Jim Clark ‘Legislator of the Year’

Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, is one of nine lawmakers named “Legislator of the Year” this year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national conservative group of legislators and business people that promotes “limited government, free markets and federalism.”

Clark, a seven-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said, “It’s an honor for me to be selected for this award and the fact that it comes from my peers in the American Legislative Exchange Council makes it even more special. I have benefited tremendously by being a part of ALEC and participating in the wide range of discussions on policy issues. I am a better legislator for Idaho and District 3 as a result of my association with this outstanding organization.”

ALEC spokesman Jorge Amselle said nine legislators will receive the award this year at the organization’s annual meeting, which will be in Atlanta on July 17 and feature Zell Miller and Newt Gingrich as keynote speakers. In a press release, ALEC said, “This award goes to state legislators who are ALEC members in good standing and have distinguished themselves by advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.”

Clark is the Idaho state chairman for ALEC, “so he’s taken a really strong leadership position in promoting membership in ALEC and assisting other members to attend our meetings,” Amselle said. The group creates model legislation on various issues; its business members have full votes just like the legislative members.

Bill Bans Repeat DUIs From Booze Buy

Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, proposed legislation today that would ban repeat drunk drivers or those who drive drunk at far above the legal limit from buying or possessing alcohol, for anywhere from five years to life. “Have you ever read in the paper about somebody with their eighth DUI, their ninth DUI, 10th DUI?” he asked the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. “This will put a stop to it. … This is a big idea. It’s a total shift in how we deal with these individuals.” Clark said the bill hasn’t yet been reviewed by sheriffs or others; he asked the panel to introduce it so that discussion could start/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you think of the Rep. Jim Clark’s idea to ban repeat DUIs from buying alcohol?