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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015

Blogfest Hangover WC -- 2.23.15 

I haven't counted heads. But it appears that we all survived Blogfest 2015 at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill Saturday. The mayor said some nice words about Huckleberries. Cindy sold out the "War Bonds" books she brought, including one to Yours Truly. And everyone seemed...

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Update: Vito Makes National News 12 

In her story for the Spokesman-Review Tuesday morning, Betsy Russell pulls together all the various threads of the now infamous exchange b/n state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and Dr. Julie Madsen. Question: Has Barbieri caused himself long-range political harm today?

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Barbieri: Question Was 'Rhetorical' 24 

Huckleberries offers the audio of the exchange between state Rep. Vito Barbieri and Dr. Julie Madsen this morning that has gone fire. Also below is a post by Eye on Boise in which Barbieri claims that he was simply trying to make a point when he uttered the viral question to Dr. Madsen.

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Vito's Wikipedia Page 

Someone is having fun with information of state Rep. Vito Barbieri's Wikipedia page. The portion under education now reads: "Barbieri earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law. On February 23, 2015, during testimony from Dr. Julie Madsen, Barbieri learned that if…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.23.15 11 

Roundup of HucksOnline blogroll this Monday includes another Blogfest 2015 photo + a link to a whole lot more + successful "War Bonds" launch for Cindy + Tree friendly Coeur d'Alene gets arbor award + tundra swans head back to North Idaho's open water.

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Vito Goes Viral 26 

The national spotlight is beginning to shine on Kootenai County's zany politics again, as the Huffington Post and Salon.com have picked up AP story re: Rep. Vito Barbieri's question about tiny cameras & female exams. Check below to see HuffPo's parting shot ...

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Tweetable 

Here's the tweet that focused attention on state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, re: the small camera and the gynecological exam.

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Firm Offers Broadband Transition 

Ednetics, a Post Falls-based tech firm, has sent an email out to Idaho school districts pitching its broadband service, now that districts need to find new broadband providers, and offering to save districts money over the cost of the previous Idaho Education Network. “As an…

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Kibitzing At Blogfest 2015 

3 elected officials who seemed to enjoy themselves at Blogfest 2015 were Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson, Coeur d'Alene Councilman Woody McEvers and Coeur d'Alene School Board chairwoman Christa Hazel. This was posted on Kerri's Facebook page. So I'm not sure who snapped the photo.

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Vying For Next Broadband Contract

As the self-labeled Idaho Education Network “incumbent,” Education Networks of America is urging the state to stick with a reliable, cost-effective statewide school broadband system. Syringa Networks, the Idaho company that has successfully fought the Idaho Education Network contract in court, says Idaho can save…

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Vito Schooled In Female Anatomy 46 

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing ab

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'Add The Words' Protesters Return 

“Add the Words” protesters have returned to the Idaho Capitol, holding silent vigils in the rotunda outside the House and Senate chambers each morning until the morning floor session adjourns; the vigils started late last week. The protesters, who stand silently with their hands over…

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An Old-Time Lake City Parade 

Here's another Keva Wolfe post on Old School North Idaho -- of a parade on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. (Photo: North Idaho Museum) Question: Anyone out there whose family dates back to the early days of Coeur d'Alene?

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Blogfest 2015: State Of The Blog 

DFO addresses the Blogfest 2015 gathering midway through the annual event at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. Items covered included a toast to our Dearly Departed OrangeTV, reading of a letter from our ailing Bard of Sherman Avenue, some jokes at the expense of Mayor...

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House Panel OKs Anti-Abortion Bill 

After a tense three-hour hearing, the House State Affairs Committee has approved controversial anti-abortion legislation on a straight party-line vote, 13-4, with only the committee’s four Democrats objecting. David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life, author of HB 154, said, “This is a mechanism for women…

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AM Headlines -- 2.23.15

Idaho Records/Press Public Defender wants staff increase/Press Malek's meeting generates questions, conversation/Press Vets to Idaho: Don't risk importing parasitic worm with farmed elk/Outdoors

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Poll: County Misfired On Hiring 

A supermajority of Hucks Nation disapprove of the Kootenai County hiring of former commissioner Todd Tondee for a $21.74/hour job in the new grants department. Today's Poll: Should Idaho be declared a "Christian state" per resolution before local GOP?

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Blogfest 2015 Attracts Pierce 

One of the old acquaintances of mine made an appearance at Blogfest 2015 at the Fort Ground Grill Saturday was former Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg. In the background Sgt. Christie Wood & Police Chief Lee White look for unsavory characters in the crowd.

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Weather Is Unpredictable, Period 

Columnist Kathy Hedberg of the Lewiston Tribune scoffs at the notion that we're going to have a hot, dry April and May simply because we had a mild winter. Weather, by its very nature, she columnizes, is unpredictable. Question: Do you think we're going to have a hot dry remainder of the year?

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Obama Fiddles While ISIS Beheads 70 

In his weekly column in the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello claims that ISIS is the purest manifestation of Islam since the 7th century. And accuses the Obama administration of setting the stage for mass murder by failing to recognize the threat ISIS poses.

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Huckleberries Online

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.