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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006

Huckleberries Hears ...

... That local Democrats are trying to seize upon the controversy created by Senate Education Chairman John Goedde's disclosure that he warned the Idaho Education Association about running a candidate against him. The D's are trying to rally around former Post Falls High football coach...

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HBO -- To CDADave RE: Ida-Opoly

CDADave/Thin Air: I read that there's a movement underway to put together a "State of Idaho" version of Monopoly, with sponsors paying money to have their names on the gameboard. And the little dealies you move around the board would be in the shape of...

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Coeur d'Alene Press Poll: Why Levy Failed

What was the biggest reason for the Coeur d'Alene schools' levy failure? *They wanted too much money 6.9% *The projects weren't high priority 2.3% *Property taxes are too high already 52.9% *None of the above 9.0% *All of the above 29.0% Total Votes: 435Related: For...

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WorldNetDaily Poll: Press & U.S. Extremism

Issue: Muslim: I attacked 'out of love for Allah': Man who barreled SUV into 9 people sends letter to TV station, cites Quran/WorldNetDailyHow do you feel about the way violent acts committed by Muslims in the U.S. are reported? 1. It's hugely overblown – Islamophobia...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2006

Hump Day Wild Card -- 3/15/06

Both papers should have an interesting story about a Kootenai County incumbent legislator tomorrow who basically stared down the teachers' union. Good stuff. We'll talk about it in the morning. Meanwhile, you can work on the threads below or start your own with this Wild...

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Huckleberries Hears ...

... That Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has a scheduling conflict that'll keep him from attending the Kootenai County Lincoln Day celebration at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Sunday. But he made a point to tell the local R's that it had nothing to do with the fact...

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IHillary: Youth Indoctrination In Colorado

Pennsylvania Blog Buddy Pete Weaver/IHillary had some fun with geology teacher Jay Bennish's rant comparing Dubya's State of the Union address to Hitler's speeches (above) and added a link to Walter Williams' column re: the same here.DFO: I know, I know, this is gratuitous baiting...

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Netherlands: So Much For Freedom Of Religion

A woman wearing a Muslim head scarf walks past a lingerie advertisement at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Wednesday March 15, 2006. Would-be immigrants to the Netherlands are expected to watch a film that has images of gay men kissing and topless women on...

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CDA School Levy Vote Breakdown

yes no (percent yes)ATLAS -- 142, 155, 47.81%BORAH -- 260, 278, 48.33%KMC -- 157, 241, 39.45%HAYDEN LAKE CENTER -- 90, 254, 26.16%WINTON* -- 187, 138, 57.54%CANFIELD -- 170, 276, 38.12%WOODLAND -- 205, 229, 47.24%FERNAN -- 200, 203, 49.63%CDA HIGH -- 177, 250, 41.45%BRYAN -- 120,...

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Extra! Rice Turns Down UIdaho Offer

Gonzaga assistant coach Leon Rice has pulled his name from consideration for the Idaho’s men’s basketball coaching job. Rice, who said Sunday he was offered the job, informed Athletic Director Rob Spear of his decision in a telephone conversation this morning. “He just thought that...

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Question No. 2 -- Switching Parties

Issue: Washington state Republican switches parties mid-term: Tom says he won't resign despite requests/David Ammons, Associated PressDFO: We've had a coupla party conversions in Kootenai County, with Democrats becoming Republicans, out of political preservation, if nothing else. (Think: Pierce Clegg, Rocky Watson and Bill Douglas.)...

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APhoto of the Day -- 3/15/06

Louis, a Bichon Frise, shares a chair with owner Barbara Allen during the Top Dog agility dog trials Saturday, March 11, 2006, in Elma, Wash. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Daily World, Kevin Hong)

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CDA School Levy Fails To Break 50%

Issue: School levy fails/Linda Ball, Coeur d'Alene PressAdditional Info: The $39.8 million school plant facility levy did not meet to the approval of school district 271 voters, with 3,456 votes in favor, 4,257 opposed. The total approval rate of 44.81 percent fell shy of the...

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Quick Fix 6 -- 3/15/06

1. APhoto Fix: Customers wait in line for free Starbucks coffee this morning in New York. Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee between ten and noon in a promotion called the National Coffee Break. The offer's good at the company's 75 hundred locations...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2006

P.S. -- Flipping The Finger In Traffic

Issue: Pennsylvania man: Flipping bird 'free speech': Says police violated his constitutional rights after he used middle finger in public/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review DFO: Dunno if it's free speech or not, but in this era of road rage, flipping someone off in traffic isn't a good idea.Question:...

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 3/14/06

"The geese have returned to stake their claim on the nesting box. (You can see it behind them.) They are daily visitors, skidding across the ice on the pond. This picture was taken several days ago, before we got our latest big snow" -- Toni/Idaho...

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Huckleberries Hears ...

... That reps from the Post Falls Mafia were noticeably absent from Commissioner Gus Johnson's re-election announcement at the courthouse today. And that none of the PFM signed his candidacy petition. Instead, Jim Putnam of mega-church Real Life Ministries was there -- and signed Gus's...

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A Funny Thing Happened At The Weekly ...

... SR Editor's meeting this afternoon. I brought up all the complaints re: our comment letters. And Editor Steve Smith mentioned how he'd tried to post a comment on "News Is A Conversation" -- only to be blocked five times. "That's unacceptable," Steve roared. To...

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Property Tax Reform: Crow Vs. Bunderson

"Everyone at the Idaho Statehouse is expecting a final battle between two retiring political powerhouses — Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and House Speaker Bruce Newcomb. But as months of property tax debates around the state finally come to a head, two other key lawmakers may clash...

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Bumpersnicker ...

... Sighted this morning by a Berry Picker (turning onto Prairie Avenue from Highway 53 near Hauser Junction) -- an otherwise nondescript white pickup with a camper shell that appeared to be an Avista truck. A huge sign was plasted to the rear tailgate. It...

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APhoto of the Day -- 3/14/06

Scullers lift a shell out of the Schuylkill River onto a dock along Philadelphia's Boathouse Row Monday. Laid out on the dock, covered by a sheet, is a body that was found earlier in the day floating in the river. You write the cutline.(AP Photo/Philadelphia...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.





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