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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.7.12 13 

Twelve-hour Election Day & only 5 1/2 hours of sleep are catching up to me this evening. Looking forward to dinner, a nice fire and vegging in front of the TV this PM. The world went on as predicted today. As it will tomorrow. Now…

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Parting Shot -- 11.7.12 

Democrat Jimmy Farris, who was overwhelmed in the polling by Congressman Raul Labador, updated his cover photo on his Facebook page about an hour ago. Jimmy, a former NFL football player from Lewiston, promises to be back in two years to challenge Labrador again. I…

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Nathan: Get It Out Of Your System 

On his Facebook wall, Nathan Empsall, a Coeur d'Alene High graduate who desscribes himself as "a pro-life, anti-pot liberal from two very red states who knows about politics & has been on the losing end of some bruising elections": It will be okay. As a…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.7.12

5:32 p.m. Juvenile who threw rock through window still on scene @ 11820 Forest Road/Hayden. 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 6-7 here. 4:52 p.m. Motorist is following blue sports vehicle who hit her car on w/b I-90/Spokane Street, PF. 4:41…

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PM Headlines -- 11.7.12 

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser provides this photo of the Coeur d'Alene Resort testing its Christmas lights on the beautiful evening that we had Tuesday night in Coeur d'Alene. Ysursa: 2012 likely won't set voter turnout record/KTVB Democrats pleased they didn't lose legislative seats/AP…

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NIdaho Blogs & Friends -- 11.7.12

On Election Night, conservative Boise blogger Dennis Mansfield was hanging with Raul Labrador, who was talking on the phone to Dennis' son, Colin. More here. Thankful/A Butterfly Moment How not to run a campaign/Arch Druid Civil War series begins at library Thursday/David Townsend, Coeur d'Alene…

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SR Blogs: Best Football Name Ever 

At Spin Control blog, Paul Turner wonders whether Sonny Sixkiller was the best football name ever. (Courtesy photo: Californiaindianeducation.org) The Slice: A penny for his thoughts/Paul Turner A Grip on Sports: Things quiet down/Vince Grippi, SportsLink SportsLink: Simmons at loss re: Marques Wilson situation/Christian Caple…

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Fashionable Mrs. O 10 

President Barack Obama along with first lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd at his election night party Tuesday. As Michelle Obama stepped on stage , she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, file)…

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Taryn: They Need A Good Spanking 

Taryn Hecker: The local GOP needs to learn to get along as well as the Democrats do. I don’t hear the Ds crying that one of their fellow Ds isn’t Democrat enough or isn’t a real Democrat. Where are the splinter groups and factions? Are…

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Goedde May Step Down From Ed Role 13 

Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde, who's just won re-election to a seventh term in the Senate, says he may or may not continue as the Senate Education Committee chairman. “I would be in line to take the Commerce & Human Resources chairmanship, and that's something…

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BillB: Conservatives Become Minority 17 

BillB: The population has changed and I don’t foresee a conservative (presidential) win in the future. The urban areas outweigh the rural areas by ha-huge margins and the minority voters have unified into a majority. I think the peak has been reached for conservatism. I’m…

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Prop 3 Loss Won't Cost Idaho

Maria Greeley, a Boise mom and co-founder of the Vote No on Propositions 1, 2, 3 campaign with Mike Lanza of Boise speaks to supporters (Eye on Boise photo) I've had several inquiries from readers concerned that now that voters have rejected Proposition 3, that…

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Slate: How Obama Won 18 

On Monday, President Barack Obama makes a call to thank a volunteer as he visits a call center in a campaign office in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio. In the end, Obama won re-election exactly the way his campaign had predicted: running up…

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Fedora To Host Thanksgiving Dinner 

Last year in co-operation with community organizations, The Fedora Pub and Grille fed over 1000 people from our area for free. This year the planning committee is working hard preparing for an estimated 1500 of our friends and neighbors who have been hit hardest by…

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Adler: Why Luna Laws Flopped 

In Tuesday’s convincing defeat of the three educational reform measures, widely known as the “Luna Laws,” Idahoans delivered a stinging rebuke to GOP leaders, including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and state schools superintendent Tom Luna. In their rejection of Proposition 1, voters retained and protected…

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Bay Views: Hats Off To D2 Dems 

This year, at age 74, I jumped over the traces and freed from my preconceived ideas of political philosophy, I chose to back some democrats in district two. I felt it was a classic race between whacked out ideologues and those that alas, were democrats,…

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Shoshone Sheriff Alexander Wins 

Voters from across Shoshone County Tuesday made their way to the ballots to cast their votes for not only the President, but for several important local races. In one of the more hotly-contested local races, incumbent Democrat Mitch Alexander (pictured) won the position of Shoshone…

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Noon: CNN Wins Nielsen's Squeaker 12 

It was a squeaker race in Nielsen’s popular vote that showed a clearly divided cable news audience. But CNN still managed to edge out Fox News on election night. CNN delivered 8.8 million viewers (4.4 adults 25-54) on Tuesday evening. Fox News was right behind…

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Luna/Otter Run Into Sledgehammer 

By most metrics, Tuesday was a business-as-usual Republican election night in Idaho. Mitt Romney, an adopted favorite son, ran up 64.5 percent of the vote, up from John McCain’s 61.5 percent four years earlier. Reps. Raul Labrador (63 percent) and Mike Simpson (65.1 percent) were…

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Mets Cut Ex-NIC Baseballer Bay 

Willie Harris, left, greets a towel-clad Jason Bay in the dugout after Bay scored on an error by Houston Astros in a 2011 baseball game in New York. Bay, a former member of the now-defunct North Idaho College Cardinals baseball team, has been cut by…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.7.12

12:20 p.m. Large truck pulling mobile home has lost tire on S curves on H53 near Rathdrum. 11:43 a.m. Caller reports juvenile possibly hitting probation worker on St. Michelle/CdA. 11:28 a.m. Person in van tried to steal speakers from another vehicle along Appleway/CdA. 11:11 a.m.…

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DFO: Let's Stop RRampant Ideology 10 

Now that the preliminaries are over -- the 2012 general election -- it's time for Coeur d'Alene business and civic leaders and mainstream Republicans and Democrats to brace for the onslaught of Hard Right politics in nonpartisan races in 2013. Huckleberries predicted a year ago…

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Local Election System Goes Down 

At 6:35 a.m., the Coeur d'Alene Press online edition reported: Kootenai County elections officials have just posted the following message on their website: Due to technical difficulties we are unable to post Election results now. As soon as we have accurate numbers they will be…

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Luna Unrepentent On School Reform 17 

After a crushing defeat for his so-called education reform, Superintendent Tom Luna issued this release this morning: “I still believe that Idahoans want better schools through education reform. I still believe that empowering local school boards, phasing out tenure, giving parents input on evaluations, helping…

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AM Headlines -- 11.7.12

1st Congressional District candidate Pro Life watches the tv monitors at the Republican Party primary Headquarters held at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise on Tuesday. Pro Life changed his name from Marvin Richardson and has run for four major political offices. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)…

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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.