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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.29.15 

My sources were right this morning in predicting that Gov. Otter would call a special session to fix the mess that Sims & Co. created in rejecting the Child Support bill on the last day of the Legislature. And one even called the correct day for the session to start, May 18. Not bad for a Hump Day. Here's your replayed Wild Card ...

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Parting Shot -- 4.29.15 

Three-year-old Elliot Edgar(cq) gave some fishing tips to his buddy Julien Schneider, 3, both of Spokane while enjoying the weather at Coeur d'Alene City Beach in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

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Kerby Backpedals For All He's Worth 

Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, one of the Paranoid 9 that created the Child Support crisis in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee is backpedaling. Now he' saying proposed amendments to the bill will make it acceptable in the special session. So it appears Sims & Co. won't be able to kill in this time. The spinning has begun.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

Politicians shouldn't kiss when photojournalists are around. Here's another example why. Hillary Rodham Clinton puckers up following a special at the David N. Dinkins Leadership forum this morning. Meanwhile, there was a tie for best entry in the Tuesday cutline contest. See below.

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Fire Dept Answers HBO Questions

Working on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, city spokesman Keith Erickson has provided Huckleberries with a Q-and-A response to questions raised by commenters here Tuesday. Commenters were responding to the 5Q's interview that I conducted with Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel & Finance Director Troy Tymesen Tuesday.

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Fewer Country Cousins Out There

Believe it or not, New Hampshire is more rural than Idaho. And Nevada is more urban than New York. Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles notes that USA is becoming more urbanized, with children and grandchildren moving to the cities leaving behind retirees and the elderly.

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2 Hurt In H95 Rear-Ender 

Two local residents were injured and taken to the hospital this morning in a rear-end collision at southbound Highway 95 at Canfield Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. Melinda Duncan, 52, Post Falls, was stopped in her 2015 Volkswagen Golf at the intersection lights at 9:36 a.m....

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Analysis: Idaho's Perfect Storm 

The Idaho Statesman analyzes how Idaho got itself into the Child Support services mess that requires a special session to fix. Yes, xenophobia, religious ignorance, misappropriated constitutional claims, paranoia over internation treaties, etc. But there's more.

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Post: Idaho Hurt Single Parents 

An edit in the Washington Post Tuesday begins: "It would be hard to find people more adept at cutting off their noses to spite their faces than the members of an Idaho legislative committee who balked at bringing the state into compliance with federal child-support collection rules." Do you think Sims & Co will stand firm in their paranoia May 18?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.29.15 

In the HucksOnline blogroll roundup today, Facebook Friend Keith Boe provides this superb photo of a sunset on the Spokane River at Post Falls Monday, from his kayak. Also: War Bonds talks with Colorado reader+Idaho doing so-so re: digital learning+downtown bike corrals are coming back+our own brand of terroris+more ...

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Henderson Humble Servant -- Otter 

Gov. Butch Otter issued the following statement re: the death of former legislator Frank Henderson: “Frank was a tireless and humble public servant who had a remarkably rare combination of skills that cannot be easily replaced. His keen understanding of how government should work, coupled...

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Grizzly Cubs Enjoy Day In The Sun 

Four grizzly bear cubs, about 35 pounds apiece, enjoyed at outing at WSU's Bear Center that included a wading pool Monday. The cubs, belonging to two mothers, are the first cubs born at the WSU habitat in 10 years. Shanon Quinn of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News provides the rest of the story below.

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4 Ready To Do About-Face 29 

In an April 27 letter to Gov. Butch Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke writes that he has worked with four of the House committee members who voted to kill SB 1067, the child support enforcement bill, on the final day of the legislative session, along...

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Chief Lee White Describes Life As Cop 

Police Chief Lee White penned an article for Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living that includes: "If you had told me that someday I was going to be Police Chief in Coeur d’Alene when I was a young grunt in the Marines, I would have sent you for a drug test or would have fallen over laughing." You can read the rest below.

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Rusche: Contact Your Legislators 

House Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston applauds the decision by Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to fix the Child Support mess caused by 9 House Republicans. Now, Rusche wants constituents to contact their GOP legislators to encourage them to support legislation in the special session.

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Playing To An Empty Stadium 

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox pause during the National Anthem before a baseball game without fans Wednesday in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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Poll: Crapo, Risch & Good Ol' Boys 

According to Tuesday's Huckleberries Online poll, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch ignored potential female candidates for a federal U.S. District Court vacancy because they're part of the "good old boy" system in Idaho. Today's Poll: Do you think the Legislature will pass Child Support legislation during the special session?

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Otter Won't Criticize Paranoid 9 13 

In announcing his call for a special session to fix Child Support system mess, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declined to criticize the 9 House Republicans on the Judiciary & Rules Committee who successfully voted to kill the important legislation. Betsy Russell covers this point and others in her SR story re: this AM's announcement.

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Local GOP Opposes Child Support Bill 22 

Well, now Huckleberries knows why the local Elephants were sneaking around with their resolutions this month. The Kootenai County GOP OK'd a resolution last night opposing the Child Support legislation that died in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee by a 9-8 vote earlier this month. You can find link to the resolution below.

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Balance NI Endorses Seymour 36 

In somewhat of a surprise, Balance North Idaho has endorsed incumbent Terri Seymour in her Coeur d'Alene School Board trustee race against challenger Tambra Pickford. You can read why below. Also, Balance North Idaho has announced its picks for a variety of nonpartisan races that will be decided Tuesday, May 19.

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AM Headlines -- 4.29.15

Scott LoBaido, a Staten Island, NY artist, works on an 8-foot by 40-foot mural of the American flag Tuesday at the American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls. LoBaido is on a crusade to paint a thank you mural to vets in all 50 states....

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Otter Calls Special Session 18 

Gov. Butch Otter has done the right thing by calling a special session, to begin Monday, May 18. And he thinks he has the votes to override the mess created by state Reps. Sims, Cheatham, Scott, McMillan & 5 other Republicans in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. Hooray for the governor. Shame on the ideologues.

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SR Selling Cindy For $19 

Joker points out that photos of Cindy Hval (SR columnist, HucksOnline super sub and author of "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation") are being sold by the SR for $19. And Joker is requesting a HucksOnline discount. He's also wonders what photos of other SR columnists and key reporters are worth.

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