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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

Best Name For Judiciary & Rules 9? 30 

I'm trying to settle of a shorthand name for the nine House Republicans who created the need for a special session by voting in the 9-8 majority in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee to kill Child Support Enforcement legislation. The Idaho Statesman suggests "The…

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'Stand By Me' Singer King, 76, RIP 

R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song "Stand By Me," has died at the age of 76. King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing hits including "There Goes My Baby" and "Save The Last Dance For Me." After going solo, he hit the US top five with "Stand By Me" in 1961.

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Native: D's Should Run As Independents 12 

In a comment today, NativeCDA sez that Idaho Democrats would increase their chances of winning elections if they ran as Independents. Native wonders why Democrats should run under their party label in Idaho when they don't get money from national party and the national brand brings them down.

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Poll: None Of Idaho 9 Will Recant

Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation believes that none of the four North Idaho legislators involved in the Child Support Enforcement fiasco will change her/his vote in the upcoming special session. Today's Poll: Is it fair to compare the damage to Idaho's reputation caused by a few legislators to that caused by the Aryan Natons in days gone by?

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City of Coeur d'Alene Is Hiring 

From city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook page: "Anyone looking for a job? The City of Coeur d'Alene is hiring! Utility Worker II, City of Coeur d'Alene. Starting hourly wage is $17.83 plus excellent benefit package available. Performs diverse office & field duties for the Water…

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AM Headlines -- 5.1.15 

The headlines leading the news in the region today include: Anthony's restaurant is coming to Riverstone+auto burglars caught on video+ex-Pasco cop is suspect in 1986 Spokane slaying+East Side Highway District candidates debate+Obama would veto bill that could free Boise pastor in Iran+more ...

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Visiting Flyover Country 

Marc Johnson of the Johnson Post has spent the last two weeks on a 3,000-mile road trip through nine very rural western states -- flyover country "for Hillary, Jeb and the cast of thousands seeking a nomination, any nomination, for president." He provides his insights from the trip in a column today.

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A Pleasant Prom Night Surprise 

Maria Schnepf couldn't believe the news delivered by the waitress. Schnepf and 12 of her Lakeland High classmates had finished their prom dinner at Embers by the Lake, a wood-fire artisan pizza restaurant on Hauser Lake, when waitress Anna Hammons informed the group that their meal had been paid for. Do you remember prom night?

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IFF Lauds Collective Bargaining Law 15 

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation columnizes that a 2015 bill that you haven't heard of has made Idaho's collective bargaining law the best of its kind in the nation. The bill, passed unanimously by the Idaho Legislature, eliminates the exclusive for collective bargaining in the state's Open Meeting law.

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Stallings To Nat'l D's: To Hell w/You 12 

Richard Stallings, the former Democratic congressman from Idaho, has had it with national Democratic organizations that barely give lip service to quality candidates, like A.J. Balukoff, during campaigns. Stallings message for groups like the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee? "I'm saying the hell with them."

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Edit: In League With Richard Butler? 

In an editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Devin Rokyta of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News opines that Richard Butler may be gone but his legacy lives on in the fear-mongering of some Idaho legislators, who are damaging Idaho's reputation by such irresponsible actions as voting against the Child Support Enforcement bill.

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Edit Welcomes Crisis Center

In today's editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press applauded the announcement that the state's second mental health crisis center will be located in Coeur d'Alene. The Press notes that most of Kootenai County's legislative delegation supported the center this year after opposing it last year -- all, of course, except Reps. Sims and Barbieri.

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Refugee To Run In Bloomsday

Come Nzibarega, a refugee who has escaped the violence of Burundi's hateful civil war, will run with 40,000-odd of his best friends in Bloomsday in downtown Spokane Sunday. John Blanchette tells the amazing tale of this man who has fled his native country and then his uncle's home to avoid becoming another statistic. This is his 3rd Bloomsday

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Seymour To Reveal Finances 

Coeur d'Alene school board candidate Terri Seymour said she plans to voluntarily report campaign contributions. A new law, passed by the Legislature this year, will require school board candidates in districts with more than 500 students to start reporting their campaign contributions. While that law…

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Jeers -- To Crapo, Risch

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives jeers ... to U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho -- for ignoring female candidates in the nomination process for a federal court vacancy (until Betsy Russell called them on it).

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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.

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