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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2015

Drop supermajority? Idahoans split 

Idahoans are split on the idea of reducing the two-thirds supermajority requirement for school bonds. 49% oppose any change, according to an Idaho Politics Weekly poll. 44% would like to see the supermajority dropped to a simple majority.

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And now a word from Mitch 

Sheriff Mitch Alexander of Shoshone County Facebooks: "To say our state has a crisis with mental illness would be an understatement. The centers are so overloaded, that recently we've had to Transport patients back and forth to Boise. (And yet some North Idaho legislators fought against funding for regional mental health center ...)

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Carl Bessent walks with his guide dog Nerice through Coeur d'Alene recently. Carl is legally blind and is concerned about the growing problem of impostor or poorly trained service animals and the problems they create for legitimate service animals. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

Fake service dogs cause problems 18 

Fake service dogs -- the pets that some owners take into stores and businesses under the ruse that they are legitimate aids -- are causing problems. Individuals like Carl Bessent, who is blind and truly needs his trained service dog by his side, is irritated by the growing ruse of people who exploit the law to take their pets with them everywhere.

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Pope sides with Kentucky county clerk 19 

Pope Francis on Monday appeared to side with a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying government employees should have the “human right” to object to acts that violate their beliefs. “Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure, because it is a right,” he told reporters earlier today.

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Former foster kid beats odds 

Kailamai Hansen, a former foster child who grew up in Kellogg, has beaten long odds to become an author planning on a legal career. In her book, "Out of the Darkness, My Journey Through Foster Care," Hansen describes the years of physical and emotional abuse, as a message of hope to the troubled children of Idaho.

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Malloy: Spitting on the Idaho Constitution

In his online column today, Chuck Malloy of Idaho Politics Weekly discusses the dissent of Butch Otter from a courageous congressman who stood against the Patriot Act to a governor who has become the ultimate insider -- a chief executive who makes up rules as he goes along as part of a political culture in Boise that does so, too.

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Total eclipse of a Supermoon 

Earth's shadow obscures part of a so-called Supermoon during a total lunar eclipse above St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Monday. Supermoon, or perigee moon, is the name given when the full or new moon comes closest to the Earth making it appear bigger. Question: Did you spend much time looking at the supermoon eclipse last night?

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Secret tax talks draw criticism 

Watchers of the Idaho Legislature are reeling over the news that a panel of state lawmakers from both houses – not listed among the official legislative interim committees or task forces that have been holding open public meetings streamed live on the internet – has been meeting all summer to discuss tax policy and tax relief.

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Hucks: Urban farming can be noisy 

On Sunday, Huckleberries pring launched with a look at a noisy rooster that's making life miserable for some neighbors. Resident Jeanna Hofmeister (aka "Baggy-eyed in Bayview") tells Huckleberries that the arrival of a noisy rooster and the outbreak of "roostosterone" has made life difficult of late.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 9.26-27.15 

I spotted the first two yards decorated for Halloween this week, including the yard belonging to the new neighbors across the street. The nice weather might say that summer has extended somewhat. But the ghosts hanging from the trees across the way say otherwise. I'm…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 9.25.15 

Mrs. O and I soaked in the viewtiful fall evening as we ate dinner on the patio Thursday night. The wildfires of summer have given way to the incredible falls that we generally experience in the Inland Northwest. And I don't even mind this year...

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Parting Shot -- 9.25.15

In this Jan. 29, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama holds up a document of Republican solutions given to him by then-House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio before speaking to Republican lawmakers at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore. Boehner's announced exit as...

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BYU/Idaho bans 'man buns' 22 

First, it was the spaghetti straps and the Coeur d'Alene High Homecoming Dance. Then, it was the short cheerleader outfits during school hours at Post Falls High. Now, it's man buns. Man buns? That's the popular hairstyle for men involving a bun of sorts tied up at the back of the head. Boise Weekly brings you the story.

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Reed: In praise of ignite cda 

Former state senator Mary Lou Reed stands up for the name change of Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency to ignite cda. In her Inlander commentary this week, she also discusses how an agency that has done so much for the community, including projects people appreciate but don't connect to it, can be so misunderstood.

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Other things that Gookin isn't 

At the Reagan Republican lunch Thursday, Councilman Dan Gookin told the gathered activists that he's neither Repubican or Libertarian. So Wedeln6969 decided to list 10 "other things Gookin may consider himself not to be," including among other things: "A Rastafarian named Jimmy." And: "Councilman for Dummies!"

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KCSD chasing after transient camps 

Taylor Viydo/KREM reports: "Authorities in Kootenai County are trying to keep up with a roving group of homeless people. Some of them were kicked out of a makeshift camp along the Spokane River after an arson there. Authorities said at least 20 homeless people were staying at the makeshift camp before it burned down."

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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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