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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2015

Cindy running blog Thursday, Friday 

I'll be gone today (Thursday) and Friday for personal reasons. My capable sidekick, Cindy, and her cat Thor will fill in for me. I'll be back Monday to steer us through the final two days of the municipal election season including Election Day. I suspect…

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 10.28.15 15 

I have a question for you readers of morning Huckleberries Online. Do you read AM Headlines? It takes time to produce the roundup. But the time is worth it if the feature has a reader base. I'd appreciate your insights. Now for today's Wild Card...

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Parting Shot -- 10.28.15 

An Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad, India, Wednesday. People buy earthen lamps to decorate their homes during the festival of lights Diwali, which will be celebrated on November 11.

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What is 'Responible CDA'? 19 

A group calling itself "Responible CDA" has filed paperwork with the city of Coeur d'Alene to announce "appointment and certification of political treasurer for candidates and committees" for the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. The "Responible CDA" group has yet to make a splash in the fall campaign for the municipal election.

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Cindy: My cat is exceptional 

Few parents would admit that they favor one child over another. But Cindy Hval is willing to say that her cat Thor may be more exceptional that Milo. Question: Do you brag about your pets and consider them more "adorable" and "sweet" than pets owned by others?

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Petrino: Epps gone if claims true 

Idaho coach Paul Petrino addressed the Dezmon Epps situation with the media Tuesday afternoon, stating he waiting for the legal process to play out. Idaho suspended Epps indefinitely from the football program after he allegedly struck his girlfriend early Sunday morning.

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Update: Resort worker faces charge 10 

A dockmaster accused of stealing $467,800 from the Coeur d’Alene Resort since 2005 has been charged with grand theft. Anthony David Parks, 37, of Coeur d’Alene was fired from his job at the resort marina Oct. 15. Coeur d’Alene police arrested Parks on Oct. 22, and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov 13.

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Reuter: Idaho liberal? Ahaha 11 

In the Inlander, former Sandpoint councilman John T. Reuter chuckles when he hears an Idaho politician described as a liberal, especially the ones he left behind in Boise when he moved to Seattle. Describing what a real Seattle liberal is like, Reuter says: " I'm skeptical of claims Boise has been taken over by left-wing liberals."

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Adams & English & MacNeil, oh my 

As part of a front-page series today, the Coeur d'Alene Press spotlighted the Coeur d'Alene City Council race for Seat No. 5, featuring incumbent Steve Adams, former county clerk Dan English and challenger Bruce MacNeil.

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Schindelbeck vs Edinger 

The Coeur d'Alene Press published a series of front-page candidates' profiles today, including ones for the face for council Seat No. 1 -- challenger Toby Schindelbeck and incumbent Ron Edinger. You can read those two profiles below.

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A small boy enjoys one of the many pieces of public art in Coeur d'Alene -- a downtown sculpture depicting the popular Mudgy & Millie story book characters.

Sara: Vote to protect CdA public art, vote Edinger 

Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck said he would like to see the city's public arts budget eliminated, to avoid raising taxes. In a Facebook post, Sara Meyer notes that public art is important to Coeur d'Alene, concluding that the candidate who supports local art in Coeur d'Alene is incumbent Ron Edinger.

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Poll: Idaho congressmen vulnerable 10 

Nationally, voters are angry with their members of Congress – sick of little getting done in what seems to be hyper-partisanship leading to political gridlock. A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds Idahoans are no different – as the three congressional incumbents facing re-election next year have clear challenges with their constituencies.

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Freedom Caucus member Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, after a meeting with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GOP nominates Ryan as speaker 

House Republicans have nominated Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to become the chamber’s next speaker. GOP lawmakers hope Ryan will lead them out of weeks of disarray and point them toward accomplishments they can highlight in next year’s elections. Question: How long until Raul & his playmates start undercutting Ryan?

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Dan: Hit pieces coming? 

Candidate Dan English comments: ""I know there has been some speculation about any last minute "hit" pieces by candidates, or more commonly, people who are willing to have their hands dirty on behalf of candidates." I've heard those rumors, too. It could be just that. It could be that last minute hit pieces occur so often that we expect them.

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Otter wants 'instant racing' back 

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he wants to see lucrative betting machines known as instant horse racing terminals reinstated in Idaho, with tighter regulations. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the betting machines are illegal because Otter's veto of legislation banning them wasn't returned to lawmakers on time.

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AM Headlines -- 10.28.15

AM Headlines for Wednesday includes: Idaho Records/Press, Jeff Daniels concert canceled/SR, CdA Leafest begins Nov. 16/Press, Washington denied Real ID extension/SR, Twin Lakes student held on threat charge/Press, Open forum set for controversial murals/EOBoise, and UI coach fights to win while battling cancer/KREM 2 + more ...

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DFO: Here we go again? 29 

DFO: "I'm intrigued why some of the same people who were involved in the takeover of the Coeur d'Alene School Board -- Reagan Republicans and Brent Regan -- are invested in this City Council race. I suspect that partisan supporters are trying to expand the beach head for their ideology from just Adams to Adams and Schindelbeck."

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Elk fight to death benefits food bank 

Kerri Thoreson provides this photo and the rest of the story re: that titanic battle between two bull elk in the Alder Creek area of Wolf Lodge in September: "The rest of the story ... 950 lbs of elk meat for the Post Falls Food Bank from the two elk featured in the news last month. Thank you Prairie Custom Meats and IDFG!"

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Permitless carry group files report 

One financial disclosure statement stands out among those filed in the Coeur d'Alene City Council races to meet the 7-day, pre-election deadline -- the one from Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Victory Fund. The financial disclosure report says that the 2nd Amendment Alliance spent $350 in this election for work by Vista Print of Waltham, MA.

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Panel planned to violate meeting law 

A high-profile committee working to iron out differences between Cassia County and the city of Burley over policing accidentally copied reporters on an email this week instructing its members to mislead the media if journalists or a city council candidate came to its next meeting, the Twin Falls Times-News reports today.

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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.