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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.31.15 10 

It looks like House GOP leadership has finally gotten up the nerve to push through an overhauled tax bill that balances tax cuts for Idaho's wealthiest on the backs of the middle class. I appreciate the fact that the bill calls for eliminating the grocery...

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Religious Leaders Slam Vito's Islam Lunch 

Three Idaho interfaith groups have released a statement condemning last week’s luncheon in a Statehouse meeting room, organized by state Rep. Vito Barbieri, that featured a speaker on “The True Face of Islam,” suggesting Muslims are trying to infiltrate and take over conservative western regions of the United States.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz, right, watches as three of his Mariner teammates practice their leadoff and start move in unison at a practice prior to a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday in Surprise, Ariz. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lenny...

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Senate Kills House Tax Shift Bill 

By unanimous consent, the Senate has just agreed to return HB 311, the big House-passed tax bill, to the Senate Transportation Committee to die. “It appears that the majority of the Idaho Senate is not inclined to or will support the legislation,” Senate Majority Leader…

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Otter To Get Concealed-Carry Bill 

The Senate has voted 30-5 in favor of HB 301, the concealed-carry gun law, sending the House-passed measure to Gov. Butch Otter. The bill reorganizes Idaho’s concealed-carry laws, says permits aren’t required for concealed weapons outside city limits, and leaves in an elected-official exemption that…

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NIC Journalists Visit Sorensen

Student staff members from North Idaho College’s literary magazine, Trestle Creek Review, paid a visit to Sorensen Elementary recently to share insights on what is involved in putting out the publication. Sorensen students have their own literary publication as well and were able to pick…

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Why Ask Why? 

"So now that I'm paying for the Republican primary does that mean I can vote in it without getting the correct party papers? Usually in this country when you pay for something you get something else in return, not that I'm holding my breath."

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Coeur d'Alene City Hall Has Heard Our Cries 

Spokesman Keith Erickson tells Huckleberries that the city has extended the public comment period for the five finalists competing to sculpt the statue honoring the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. The deadline for public comment has been pushed back to next Tuesday. So get down to the library and comment -- or forever hold your tongue.

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House OKs $2M Primary Boondoggle 31 

The Senate has voted 50-19 in favor of bill for a new $2 million presidential primary election on the second Tuesday of March, over objections from Democrats, and a handful of Republicans, who said the political parties – not the state – should pay for that. All 5 North Idaho senators voted for this boondoggle. Dunno how many NI reps did so, too...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.31.15

The daily blog roundup report includes a trip I took to Dike Road to check out work that's nearing end+Slight Detour visits Moyie area+Outdoors warns that time is now to sign up for bicycle events+Slice expands definition of "full service"+Grip on Sports sez things seem upside-down this week ...

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Widmyer, Bloem Want Otter To Sign 

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer, former mayor Sandi Bloem, President Ron Nilson of Ground Force Manufacturing & 4 others have signed an open letter asking Gov. Butch Otter to sign legislation repealing "instant gaming" in Idaho. The bill was passed with overwhelming support in the House & Senate. See letter below.

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The Gun That Killed Lincoln 

John Wilkes Booth's pistol used to kill President Abraham Lincoln is displayed at a new exhibit entitled "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination" at the Ford's Center for Education and Leadership across the street from the historic Ford's Theatre, in Washington. The exhibit is…

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PFPD: Do Not Pass Go

A gimlet-eyed Post Falls officer suspected that he'd seen the guy washing his vehicle at a Post Falls car wash before. He had. Click below to see what happened next. Also, you can read about (link) the Canada goose brought to the PFPD during the Swing Shift Monday ...

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Update: KCSO Investigates Rape 

North Idaho authorities are investigating a reported abduction and sexual assault involving a teenage girl near Hayden but are having difficulty corroborating the attack. A 17-year-old girl called 911 shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday to report that a man had abducted her from her bedroom, taken her to the nearby woods and sexually assaulted her ...

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SR News Quiz -- 3.29-4.2.2015 

So what is it going to take to get you started entering weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz? By simply entering, you're eligible to win 2 free movie tickets in a drawing. If you get 8 to 10 right, you're eligible for the top weekly prize of a $50 gift certificate to the Davenport Hotel. It's all free no matter how you do.

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Full Senate To Get Tax Bill 

On a 7-2 vote, the Senate Transportation Committee has agreed to send HB 311, the House-passed tax bill, to the full Senate with no recommendation. Only Sens. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Lori DenHartog, R-Meridian, dissented; both said they didn’t want to rush a decision on such a big bill, and wanted to hold off to allow for more testimony...

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Feds OK Idaho Real ID Extension 

Looks like Idahoans have dodged a bullet, no thanks to the 2008 Idaho Legislature. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension that allows Idahoans to continue to use their driver's licenses to board commercial flights and enter federal areas.

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Art To Honor Coeur d'Alenes

Here's another one of the finalists for public art sculpture to be placed along Spokane River to honor the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. Artist Jeff May calls this one: "Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribal." The deadline for comment is Wednesday. But I've heard that city officials may push that back to give the tribe and others more time to comment.

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House OKs High School Civics Test 

The House has voted 59-10 in favor of SB 1071a, to require Idaho high school graduates to pass the same civics test that immigrants must pass to become citizens of the United States. Earlier, the Senate passed the bill 29-6. Question: Can you name the three-person delegation that represents you in the Idaho Legislature?

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Judge Impeachment Resolution DOA 

A joint memorial calling for the impeachment of federal judges who support same sex marriage is DOA in the Senate, according to Idaho Reports. Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Curt McKenzie told him his committee will not hear HJM 4. Sponsor Paul Shepherd, will not appear at a public forum to speak with LGBT leaders as he indicated he would.

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Poll: District 2 Delegation Worst 

Who does Huck Nation consider the worst legislative delegation in North Idaho. Hands down, that dubious honor goes to the three-man delegation from District 2 (Sen. Steve Vick, Rep. Vito Barbieri & Rep. Eric Redman). Today's Question: Do you support the sweeping tax bill passed by the Idaho House Monday?

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Finalists For CdA Tribe Sculpture 14 

Some of you have grossed about not being able to comment on pieces of public art selected by the city Arts Commission. Huckleberries is posting all 5 finalists for sculpture honoring Coeur d'Alene Indian tribe, which will be placed along the Spokane River, near NIC. Feel free to comment. City officials will be reading comments here ...

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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.

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