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Carlson Responds To McMillan 

Responding to criticism from Wallace attorney James McMillan, Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicle explains why he columnized in part re: rumor that McMillan's mother, Shannon, planned to resign after 2015 Legislature. James McMillan has unequivocally denied the rumor in an email to Huckleberries Online & Carlson.

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Pope Francis Observes Good Friday 

Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service where he heard the Vatican's official preacher accuse the international community of indifference to the persecution of Christians, a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people. Story below.

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McMillan Denies Resignation Rumor 

In an email to Huckleberries Online, Wallace attorney James McMillan unequivocally denies rumor mentioned in Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles (and posted on Huckleberries) that his mother, state Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, will resign after 2015 session with hopes that he'll be appointed as her successor.

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London Paper Analyzes Arfee Killing 14 

Earlier this week, I was contacted by Paul Lewis of The Guardian newspaper in London re: the reaction by the Coeur d'Alene community to the shooting of Craig Jones' dog, Arfee. In the article below, he weighs the Coeur d'Alene reaction to that shooting against the lack of reaction to shooting of troubled pregnant woman by Sandpoint police ...

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Hard Cider Revival Finds Lake City 

Rick Bonino reports:The hard cider revival that’s been sweeping the nation is taking root in Coeur d’Alene. Both North Idaho Cider and Summit Cider began draft distribution late last year, and recently opened tasting rooms. While they share an appreciation for fermented apple juice, they’re following somewhat different routes to expressing that.

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Hitching Posts Continues Suit 10 

At KXLY, Caiti Currie reports: Despite being told they won't have to perform same sex weddings, the Hitching Post, a Coeur d'Alene marriage chapel, is moving forward with a federal lawsuit. The Hitching Post wants the city to pay them for wages lost during the...

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Why Are You Here? 10 

Tired of answering a "why are you here" question, prior to a medical procedure Thursday, Cindy mixed it up a little bit. Liposuction. Sex change. Derek had to step in. Do you keep your usual sense of humor when you visit doctors?

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AM Headlines -- 4.3.15

AM Headlines today include: Wolve numbers are holding steady in Idaho, declining in Montana+Saran Wrap pranksters face 5 years in prison+Bergdahl hearing set July 8+USPS issues final EIS in NW Montana mine proposal+STEM action center in works after funding approval?+more ...

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IFF: Time For Legislature To End 

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation says: "They all are. This legislative session is weird for the way it has strained the usual political paradigms. This session, you’ll find the names of conservative Republicans on bills to expand government, and liberal Democrats on bills to curtail it." Do you consider this session weirder than others?

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3 Gay Idahoans Confer w/Shepherd, Trujillo 12 

Three gay Idahoans met this week with state Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, who sponsored a short-lived memorial calling for impeachment of federal judges who support gay rights. Chelsea Gaona Lincoln of Nampa tells of the meeting with Shepherd, , Rep. Janet Trujillo (R-Idaho Falls) and House Republican Caucus Communications Director Cindy Agidius.

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Poll: Otter Won't Sign Repeal

A plurality of Hucks Nation believes Gov. Butch Otter will allow the repeal of "instant racing" legislation to become law without his signature. Only 27.6% say he'll veto the legislation. Today's Poll: Who is the best legislator in Kootenai County.

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Otter Signs 27 Bills Into Law

In the past two days, Gov. Butch Otter has signed 27 bills into law, 14 of those, all House bills, on April Fools Day. Otter said yesterday that at one of those April 1 bill signings, he pulled out his “VETO” stamp, to the dismay of the sponsors, and acted like he was going to use it – then put it away, April Fools.

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From The Peanut Gallery ... 

In a comment, Uncle Bob gives Ilah Hickman high praise for her persistence in winning state amphibian designation for the giant salamander. He sums up the feelings of many at HucksOnline in three words and three exclamation points: "You ROCK, Ilah!!!" Uncle Bob would like to see Ilah run for the Legislature some day. Would you?

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Trib Jeers Agidius 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase jeers former Palouse legislator Cindy Agidius, who allegedly has used her position as the House GOP Caucus spokeswoman to spy on the woman who defeated her in November, Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer. Huckleberries offers Marty's full Cheers & Jeers column below.

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Letter Invites Nuxoll To Temple 

In a letter to the SR, Mary Nabor of Spokane invites Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, to the Spokane Buddhist Temple "so that she could experience how devout and hardworking our little Buddhist community is." Nuxoll refused to be present at the state of a Senate session this year because a Hindu chaplain offered a prayer ...

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Lab Tests Game-Changing Battery

If Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ manufacturing plant loses power during an outage, the company can turn to huge batteries on its campus for electricity. The batteries could supply enough power to run most of the factory’s operations for about three hours -- and are considered game changers.

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'Religious Freedom' Laws Modified 

The governors of Arkansas and Indiana on Thursday quickly signed revised versions of their respective “religious freedom” laws, hoping to quell a national uproar that united business leaders and gay rights activists who fought the measures as potentially discriminatory. Proponents of the laws argued that...

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Edit: North Idaho Gets Crisis Center

In an editorial this morning, the Coeur d'Alene Press applauds the vote by the Idaho Legislature in favor of a mental health crisis center in North Idaho. The Press mentions that three Kootenai County legislators voted against this worthy project. But doesn't name them. Huckleberries does. See below.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.2.15 

April 15 holds no fear for me. I filed my 2014 taxes via the H&R Block link provided on the Idaho Tax Commission Web site. The filing is relatively inexpensive (or free, if you earn less than $53,000). It's nice to have the annual headache out of the way. I even finished in the black. Which is another cause for celebration ...

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Parting Shot -- 4.2.15

Are you ready for some Mariners' baseball. The season begins at home against the Los Angeles Angels Monday afternoon. And for the first time in a long, long time, the Mariners are considered a contender not only for postseason play but also for the World Series. Yeah, they're good. So this may be the season to tune in to their games ...

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Teens Admit Saran Wrap Stunt 

KREM 2 reports: "Three teenagers admitted to a dangerous saran wrap prank on Interstate 90 according to the deputies. Authorities with the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said the teens admitted to stretching the plastic wrap across Interstate 90 on March 21. The prank did damage...

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Idaho Joins Anti-Gay Marriage Brief 26 

Idaho has signed on to a brief with 14 other states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold bans on gay marriage and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers, the AP reports. The brief, filed today, argues that the court will do "incalculable damage...

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