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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 5.18.15 29 

I need to run some errands. The Idaho Senate is still discussing the child support enforcement bill. But it passed the Senate unanimously during the regular session. And there's no evidence that it'll hit road blocks this time. I'll check back here when I get home and post finals results. Here's your replayed Wild Card ...

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Legislature OKs Child Support Bill 11 

Update: The Idaho Senate approved the child support enforcement bill on a 33-2 vote with only Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, and acting senator Brent Regan, fillng in for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, voting no. You can read Betsy Russell's full story re: today's special session in a link below.

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Souza Backs Bill Despite Misgivings 

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously in favor of HB 1, sending it to the full Senate for a vote. Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, made the motion, and Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, seconded the motion. Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, said, “I have grappled...

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House OKs Child Support Bill 49-21 

The House has passed HB 1, the child support enforcement bill, on a 49-21 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. Rep. Luke Malek was the only North Idaho representative to vote for the legislation. All the rest drank the Kool-aid. Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise, broke out votes below. 9 of 21 no votes from North Idaho districts ...

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Vito: It's All About The Money' Or Not 

Like a moth to the flame, state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, couldn't resist throwing in 2 cents when the child support enforcement legislation reached the House floor. I'm not quite sure what he said, after reading Betsy's blog report. But I think Vito's against the legislation. What do you think?

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IFF Strikes Back At Malek 

In a response to state Rep. Luke Malek's shot across the bow in a Sunday op-ed article, Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation writes: "No lawmaker in recent memory has made such a name for himself by bowing to the federal government and risking the futures and fortunes of Idaho families." Thoughts?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.18.15 

In the HucksOnline blosophere roundup today: Water & sewer election/Bay Views; Perfectly imperfect/Faithful Geek; Thank heaven, it's earlyDogwalk Musings; 2015 Writers Competition winners named/Coeur d'Alene Today; A possible factor in Idaho House distrust/Idaho Reports; and The black helicopters are coming/Fort Boise + more ...

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Petulant Scott Is District 1 Problem 

Fort Boise describes Rep. Heather Scott, R-Tea Party, during today's House Judiciary & Rules Committee hearing as having "a petulant, childish approach to what she's doing, coupled with self-righteousness that far exceeds her willingness to be informed about the actual process of governance. People of District 1, you have a problem."

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Judiciary Panel Backs HB1 12-5 

Rep. Heather Scott peppers speakers with questions during the House Judiciary Committee meeting on the child support enforcement bill this morning. In the end, she and the three other North Idaho legislators who opposed the original bill voted again to oppose the amended one. However, this time, she and the others were in a 12-5 minority.

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Regan Subbing For Vick: 'I Worry About My Son' 20 

Brent Regan, a former Coeur d’Alene school board member and vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation who’s filling in as a substitute senator for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, testified at length against HB 1. Question: Does this mean Vick has changed his vote on child support bill from yes to no, by proxy?

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CSB: Seymour Vs Pickford 

Coeur d’Alene School District Trustee Terri Seymour considered not running for a second term. She wanted to spend more time with her children. “It was tough at times when I wasn’t able to attend some of their sports activities because I had a board meeting...

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SR: Scotchman Peaks Gains Altitude

The Editorial Board of the Spokesman-Review editorialized Saturday: The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is gaining altitude. After almost a decade of advocacy for preservation of the 88,000 acres straddling the Idaho/Montana border, the group is ready to take its case to Washington, D.C. And…

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Chesrown Faces New $$$ Problems 

Marshall Chesrown, pictured in 2008, had high hopes for Kendall Yards, more than 80 acres of land between Spokane River and the Spokane County Courthouse. Chesrown also developed Black Rock on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Now, a trustee wants to recoup more than $2 million that...

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Edit: Vote Yes Of Safety Bond 

In an editorial Sunday morning, the Coeur d'Alene Press sensibly urged readers to support the $6M public safety bond on the ballot Tuesday. I'd add that it's important that you vote because, I suspect, not many are aware of this important election. It has been lost in news and events of the last two weeks. I'll remind you again all day Tuesday.

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Poll: Don't Reimburse 'Em 

An overwhelming supermajority of Hucks Nation says legislators shouldn't be reimbursed for their expenses for the special session, created when they failed to handle child support enforcement legislation correctly. Today's Poll: Is it a big deal that Nonini, Barbieri & Sims book round trip flights from Boise to home, for twice as much as others?

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AM: Mount St. Helens + 35 Years 10 

AM Headlines: Mount St. Helens erupts, blanketing the region with ash and debris, on May 18, 1980. It has been 35 years since the eruption that was felt throughout the Pacific Northwest. Do you remember what you were doing when the mountain blew its top?

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Regan Will Testify Against Bill 23 

Among those lining up to testify against the child support enforcement bill is acting Sen. Brent Regan, who is substituting for Sen. Steve Vick. So it doesn't look like another unanimous Senate vote for this important bill. Below, you'll find Betsy Russell's Eye on Boise live-blogging of today's special session.

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Mary Says Media Missed Story 16 

In her Sunday newsletter, state Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, blames the news media (of course) for not presenting the whole story when it comes to the Child Support Enforcement mess that requires a special session of the Idaho Legislature to unravel. Mary singles out veteran Statehouse journalist Betsy Russell especially.

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Malek: IFF Uses Fear To Push Agenda 18 

In a blistering op-ed article in The Spokesman-Review, state Rep. Luke Malek explains why the unorthodox views of Idaho Freedom Foundation "policy analyst" Parrish Miller matters. And how the Idaho Freedom Foundation uses the politics of fear to keep susceptible legislators in line, for example the 9 who voted to killed the child support bill.

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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.