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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 5.12.15 

Betsy Russell is back from vacay and ready to cover the special session to fix the Child Support Enforcement mess, created by Rep. Kathy Sims & Co from the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. That session will begin Monday. Meanwhile, we have a few more...

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Parting Shot -- 5.12.15

Seattle Mariners' Logan Morrison, left, is dumped on with a trash can by Nelson Cruz as Morrison was interviewed after his walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in the 11th inning of a baseball game Friday in Seattle. The Mariners won 4-3 in 11…

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Idaho AARP Backs Child Support 

Idaho AARP isn't buying the Kool-aid being sold by conservative RINOs and some Republican legislators re: Child Support Enforcement. The organization is circulating an online petition urging legislators to support Gov. Otter's efforts to preserve Child Support Enforcement.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.12.15

This afternoon's Scanner Traffic (23 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes transformer blowing at 4th Street/Best Avenue, intersection of 4th St/Appleway closed. Officers closing down nearby intersections & 4th Street onramp.

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Spokane Pats' Fan Raising $$$ 

A New England Patriots fan in Spokane -- yes, there is one -- has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to help billionaire Robert Kraft pay his team's $1 million fine for Deflategate. He has raised about $5000 so far. Question: Is this the goofiest fund-raiser or what?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.12.15

Marianne Love/Slight Detour provides this photo of periwinkle, along with several other scenics, from her part of paradise in Bonner County. More here. Crafts: Some people just don't have it/Simple Mind Just Walker, his team & Mr. Adelson's people/Fort Boise Spokane Craft Beer Week, Day...

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Taco Time Sets Moore Fundraiser

Taco Time on 4th Street/CdA plans to donate 50% of Wednesday's proceeds to the family of slain Coeur d'Alene officer Greg Moore. Former Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander, whose daughter owns Taco Time with her husband, reports that the family has a long history of supporting officers during tragedies.

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Crapo To Seek 4th Term 14 

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador as his campaign co-chairs. In a statement from…

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ANesse: Wage Issue Not Dead At All 12 

Commenter ANesse reports that the attempt to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 in Coeur d'Alene isn't dead. But the initiative process is for this year. ANesse and others plan to ask the Coeur d'Alene City Council to put the matter on the November ballot for an advisory vote. Question: Would you vote to raise Lake City's minimum wage?

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CdAIndie: Foolish 9 Have Support 58 

Coeur d'Alene Independent makes a good point in a comment re: the Twin Falls Times News editorial that used the term "fools" to describe the 9 GOP House Judiciary & Rules Committee members who voted against Child Support legislation. Their followers are praising their, ahem, courage on social media and GOP speaking stops.

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City Connects Centennial Trail 

The city of Coeur d'Alene is reconnecting the Centennial Trail to avoid confusion near City Hall. After the reconstruction of McEuen Park, the trail stopped at the east end of the park, to pick up two blocks to the north at Mullan Ave/8th St. The new striping addresses that problem.

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Washington OK'd Child Support Bill

Washington's Legislature passed its version of the same child-support bill that's prompted a special session in Idaho with little fanfare; the bill passed both houses unanimously and was signed into law on Friday. Spokane Valley legislators proposed amendments to ensure foreign law wasn’t imposed in…

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Twin Falls Struggles To Pay Staff

The Twin Falls School District will get more state funding to pay teachers next year, but it is struggling to retain classified employees due to low wages. With an increase in funding, it’s an exciting time, finance director Bob Seaman told school trustees Monday night.…

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Bid To Raise CdA Wages Dead 28 

An effort to raise Coeur d’Alene’s local minimum wage led by a former Democratic legislative candidate is dead for 2015, City Clerk Renata McCleod confirmed. The effort, part of the progressive movement’s push for so-called income equality, died after Democrat Anne Nesse failed to submit…

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Critics Protest 'Hookerville' Ban 11 

The Spokane City Council ban on the word "Hookerville" encountered stiff resistance at its meeting Monday night. The council is miffed that civic gadfly George McGrath keeps using the word to describe the "high prostitution activity" area in downtown Spokane. But has the Spokane council shot itself in the vote by banning the word?

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PFPD Makes Arrest, Handles Mockers 19 

If you were an officer at this time and place, what would you do if some punks in a suspicious vehicle started making fun of the death of fallen Coeur d'Alene PD Sgt. Greg Moore. See how a PFPD officer handled the carload of clowns.

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Idaho D's Back Hillary, GOP Split 33 

With about a year until Idaho's political parties choose their presidential candidates, the Republican field looks pretty open, and Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming early favorite on the Democratic side. Question: Aren't you glad Idaho is going to spend $2M to figure out which candidate the Idaho GOP prefers?

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AM Headlines -- 5.12.15

AM Headlines includes: Sandpoint, resident fight over spilled water/Hagadone News Network, Wasden announces 'cramming' settlement with Sprint, Verizon/Eye on Boise, Idaho H&W chief: 'Child support bill is about personal responsibility/Eye on Boise, Kellogg PD finds truck with bear meet on fire, Ramsey School rallies for Sgt. Moore's widow + more...

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Poll: Hillary Won't Be Next Prez 

A slight majority of Hucks Nation says our next president won't be Democrat Hillary Clinton. Today's Poll: Should Idaho place a moratorium on new charter schools until it addresses the under representation of minority students in them?

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Idaho 50th Re: Status Of Women 10 

Item: The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has released its “Status of Women in the States: 2015” report, and Idaho came out 50th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., ranking better than only West Virginia. DFO: The silver lining here? At least we're not last. Right? All is well?

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