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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 2.24.15 11 

If you have a Twitter account, you might want to tune in to tweets from @BjornHandeen re: tonight's Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meeting. I don't know how much of the meeting Bjorn will live-tweet. But he plans to tweet the "Christian state" resolution backed…

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CdA School Bus Hit By BB, Pellet?

Coeur d'Alene Police officers are currently investigating a report of damage to a Coeur d’Alene School District 271 bus window that may have been a result of a projectile from a BB or pellet gun. Officers were notified at 3:06 pm that a window located...

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'Christian State' Makes Reuters 31 

The Reuters news service has picked up on that "Christian state" resolution that will be discussed by Kootenai County Republicans tonight. Former Reagan Republican chairman Jeff Tyler is mentioned as one of its backers. Bjorn Handeen is mentioned in article as opponent.

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Paranoid Call Leads To Arrest

Post Falls police were called to the scene of a bogus home invasion and murder this morning on 12th Street by a paranoid male suffered delusions. The call led to a school lockdown. And ultimately to the arrest of the individual on an unrelated charge.

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'Fighting Every Day For Common Core' 

The head of Idaho Business for Education touted Idaho’s 20-point plan for reforming education — with a particular focus on Common Core. “We are fighting every day to keep those standards,” Idaho Business for Education CEO Rod Gramer said at a City Club of Boise…

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Vito Makes The Big Apple 

State Rep. Vito Barbieri's tiny-camera-gynecology-exam question has landed on the pages of the New York Daily News. The story also made New York Times, People, Slate and Daily Kos. Among others. Alas.

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Senate Limits Eminent Domain 11 

Legislation to block any government entity in Idaho from using the power of eminent domain to create hiking trails, bike paths or greenways passed the Senate yesterday on a 20-13 vote, after much debate, and now moves to the House side, though opponents warned that…

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Edit: Otter's Vote Of No Confidence 

Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter had plenty of warning his signature achievement in office, the Idaho Education Network, was in jeopardy. There was Syringa Network LLC complaining - and then filing a lawsuit - about how Otter's best bud and former Administration Director Mike Gwartney…

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Obama Vetoes Pipeline Bill 11 

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the…

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Yesteryear: Waterfront Flooding 

On the Old School North Idaho site, Aaron J. Rich posted this photo of flooding at Coeur d'Alene's City Beach (circa 1933). Much, of course, has changed since this photo was taken. Do you suppose some of the threes planted nearby were growing then? Methinks…

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Panel OKs Con-Con Plan 

The House State Affairs Committee, which shot down the salamander and was the staging area for state Rep. Vito Barbieri's errant female anatomy lesson, has OK rules for a limited constitutional convention. Want you want our legislators involved in anything-goes constitutional convention? Shudder.

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'Constitutional Carry' Bullies Scolded 11 

House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, made an unusual statement on the House floor today. He said he and other lawmakers are being harassed by supporters of the “constitutional carry” bill to repeal Idaho’s concealed weapon permit law. “We have arrived at a time…

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AM Headlines -- 2.24.15 

AM Headlines kicks off with photo & story re: Alaska becoming the 3rd state (all in the West) to legalize marijuana. Also: that fireball in the NW sky last night was a Chinese rocket+North Idahoan gets life for murdering wife+Senate Ag votes to protect wild elk.

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Vito & Wikipedia 2.0 

The language on Rep. Vito Barbieri's Wikipedia entry has been changed again. Today, the listing under "controversies" says that Barbieri received the answer that he sought from Dr. Madsen during the hearing on an anti-abortion bill Monday.

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Poll: Christian State? No 

87.69% of Hucks Nation opposes that resolution before the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee that seeks to have Idaho declared a "Christian state." Today's poll: Was Rep. Vito Barbieri quoted out of context as he claims re: tiny cameras & gynecology exams?

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Barbieri: 'Quoted Out Of Context' 26 

State Rep. Vito Barbieri told the Coeur d'Alene Press that his now-infamous quote about tiny cameras & female exams was taken out of context -- that he knows a pregnancy can't be diagnosed by swallowing a camera pill. You can click on link below to hear his exchange with Dr. Madsen. Was he taken out of context?

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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.